Throwback 2014 Wrap-Up

by Brittany on June 4, 2014

in Camp Throwback, My youth and current lack of it.

I stood on the gravel with bags of marshmallows in my arms. The sun was just about down and as I stood at the entrance of the pavilion, I could see the fire roaring, people dancing, corn hole matches being smack talked, honeymooners kissing, beers being cheered, selfies being snapped, and smiling. So much smiling. And then I cried; I couldn’t help it, the tears just streamed down my face uncontrollably.

It’s oddly emotional to see a dream come true, especially one like this.

I came up with Camp Throwback, then called Camp Mardukas (50 internet points if you get the reference), four years ago. I pitched it to a friend in the Marketing business and every brand I was working with at the time, and was told the exact same thing… this will never be successful, people won’t come to this. So I saved and planned and filled two notebooks on my desk with ideas. I would do this alone.

Which was also totally terrifying, because I’ve done very little alone. I got married young to a boy I’d been dating since I was 15. I had three kids in rapid succession. Every large project I’d launched in the last 7 years was done so with a partner I credited as being more successful, popular and capable than myself.

Tickets for Camp Throwback sold out last October in 30 hours. Turns out, we were both wrong.

Camp Throwback Day 1

100 strangers met in the woods. We stayed in cabins and gathered around fires and bonded in a way only adults in the middle of nowhere could. Everyone was friends. Everyone was equal.

My co-ed band of campers did what campers do. We made friendship bracelets and learned archery. We flew down slip n’ slides and hiked through the woods. It was just like the summer camps from our youth… except we were drunk. Thank goodness for Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Hangover Breakfasts.

swag bags

Extra thanks to my amazing sponsors for taking a chance on my idea, and arming my campers with all the necessities.

Camp Throwback 90s

We caked our eyes in black eyeliner and shook off our favorite flannels to party like Clinton was still president and Michael Jordan wasn’t done retiring from sports, yet. We ate Bugles and Cheese Balls and totally rad cookies from Sugarbean.  DJ Jon Majerowski put us in the middle of an angsty Winona Ryder movie and we danced until 2am.

Camp Throwback Day 2

When I announced Drunk Field Day, everyone groaned. There was nothing fun about being the outcast on field day in high school, but I have one word for you… redemption. It was a cabin vs cabin competition of three-legged races, water balloon fights, watermelon eating contests, and an ultimate dodgeball championship. In the end, only one cabin was victorious… Cabin 4. Watch yourself, Cabin 4, there’s a target on your back next year, and the other cabins are out for blood!

Camp Throwback Jenny Talia

Our final night was spent enjoying a front row private concert from the one, Jenny Talia, who rocked it out vagina-style before grabbing a beer and joining us around the fire for one last night of complete debauchery. If that night had a catchphrase, it would have been, “I never want to go home.”

And that’s how we all felt. We never wanted to go home.

I’ve spent a large portion of my adult life convinced that I was weird and unlikable and that I didn’t have any friends. I operated as a loner and a recluse and didn’t realize what I had until it was right in front of my face.

Camp Photo

I got to put on an event surrounded by the best friends a girl could have, and I can’t fucking wait until next year. Speaking of which…

CTB 2015 Banner

Tickets go on sale Monday June 16th at 10am EST, watch CampThrowback.com and the Camp Throwback Facebook page for more news and information!

Thanks to my sponsors: Duraflame, CrotchGear, Mercy, Moroccan Oil, Chili Dan’s, and The Travelsmith.

And extra thanks to the amazing friends who rallied and helped me pull this off. I simply don’t have enough words (or liquor) to explain how much I love you… Julie, Jen, Stephen, Mike, Sara, Mike, Autum, Jon, Becca, Allison, Nate, Meredith, Shaun, Kate and Jason.

CampDirectors

And finally thanks to Jess, for helping me with this epic undertaking and never sending my calls to voicemail… even when she was in active labor and pushing out a baby. She’s that dedicated.

Want to see even more pictures from camp? Check out the #campthrowback hashtag on Instagram!

See you next year, y’all!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky June 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Hell yeah!! I’m in for round #2~

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Carrie June 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Weird and unlikeable? Seriously? I just read this and I LOVE YOU!

How fabulous that you stayed with it and it all came full circle!?! I kinda wanna do it.

You did an awesome thing. Way awesome.

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s so amazing see it come full circle, and YES, you must come next year!

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Lexi C. June 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Alarm set for the 16th!!

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Selina June 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Hopefully I can attend next year. Looks like everyone had a blast. A big thank you to Andy for lending you out to us and putting the kiddos aside for a bit while you planned this epic getaway. Whether it’s in real life or virtual life, you’re reaching way more people that you can even imagine.

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

He’s very understanding and has already told me he’s spending WAY more time at camp next year. He totally feels left out:)

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Dusty June 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I love it. It was awesome. Hoping we can do it again (building a house and planning a wedding simultaneously has us financially nervous). Truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

So what you are saying is, you’re looking for rustic honeymoon ideas…. I may have one ;)

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Dusty June 5, 2014 at 8:19 am

Ha! I see where you’re going with this… maybe we can make it a tradition. One couple honeymoon at Camp Throwback each year.

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

I can give you the Chef’s cabin. Air… no bugs…

CoftheU June 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Damon and I are SO there! We had such a good time and I’m so happy this dream came true for you and we got to benefit. I love you, man. :)

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

Love you, too, girl! And I cannot wait to have you both back next year!

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Damon June 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I’ve hardly left the computer waiting for the post. It was such a time. See you next year.

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

INDEED! I am bursting with ideas and can’t wait to put it all together again!

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Corrine June 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Dreams coming true are the very best!! You totally deserve it!! I truly am so sad that I missed it and am so in for the next one!

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Nuala Reilly June 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Oh no! Why are tickets going on sale so soon?? I need to save up because I REALLY want to go next year. GAH!!

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Jana Frerichs June 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

“I’ve spent a large portion of my adult life convinced that I was weird and unlikable and that I didn’t have any friends. I operated as a loner and a recluse and didn’t realize what I had until it was right in front of my face.” I read this with utter shock! You are so not any of those things! But, I feel the same way, and maybe that’s not true either. Love you doll. Thanks for all you do!

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

You are so dead on, Jana, and it’s not true about you, either. We just have to get our brains to realize that.

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Jessica June 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Why oh why are tickets coming out the month of family wedding, birthdays, and other expensive stuff. Sigh.

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Nicki June 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

So soon on sale!!! Aughhhh! I can’t swing it so soon after this trip! Payment plan? Reserved space for alumni??!!

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Stephanie perry June 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Noooo…..too soon!! I’m a starving college student!! Oh, but I have to go….why so soon??!!??!!

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Stephanie perry June 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I’m with Nicki….payment plan???

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Gwen June 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

When we were walking back with the s’mores fixings that last night, I said the only thing I could to you without crying, “Thank you.” And I say it again, with my whole heart, thank you, Brittany.

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Brittany June 5, 2014 at 8:30 am

I have thought about that moment a lot. And truthfully, I couldn’t answer you because I was going to cry also, which is why I did that awkward shoulder bump. I am so glad we are friends, Gwen. Meeting you in person has made me so happy, and I cannot wait to hang out again!

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Heidi June 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

I’m so regretting not signing up for this one… It sounds like an absolute blast. Setting my calendar also for the 16th!

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DawnA June 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Where is the camp?

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Ki Anderson June 6, 2014 at 6:16 am

This looks sooooooo freak in AWESOME!!! Where was the camp at?! I soooo want to come next year adult fun is always needed. Great idea Brittany!

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Brittany June 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

I hold it at Camp Graham in Clarksville Ohio, near Dayton:)

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Janet Cooper-Bridge June 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Repeat after me…

I am awesome… No friends, my ass!

LOVE this post – Love your fearlessness – Love you!

xo

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