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Group Camp @ Chicot State Park 

Friday afternoon, March 1 -- Sunday noon, March 3, 2024 

A weekend of socializing with friends, hiking & learning new skills! 



$30 Early Bird 

now - February 17 


$35  February 18 - March 2 


$25 Senior Discount (65+) 


$5 Children 12 and under 


We have presentations, gear displays, navigation hands-on training, campfires, canoe trip, and a guided tour of the Louisiana State Arboretum. Saturday night dinner is furnished by the club. Menu: pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and dinner rolls. Sunday we will have coffee and pancake breakfast furnished by the club.  Members are responsible for dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Please plan for food/beverages requiring refrigeration, as space is not available for personal items in the Group Camp kitchen.  Please bring soda, adult drinks if desired, a coffee cup, and a reusable water bottle. 

The price also includes male and female dormitories with bunk beds and showers or primitive campsites. Please make sure to make your choice during registration.  

RV's must reserve a spot in the improved campsites at your expense. The south campground has 82 available sites, and you can put a maximum of 3 tents per site. Seniors get a 50% discount on the park camping fees, not on the $6 transaction fee. Members attending Campfest should not have to pay the entrance fee, let the ranger know you are with the Louisiana Hiking Club.  


Campfest is for Current Members Only 

Register for Campfest at: 


  • Kitchen access is limited to kitchen crew volunteers.  

  • Walk-in registration and/or membership renewal ($10) is welcome, but please bring CASH or check! 

  • State Park policy requires pets to be always on a leash (no longer than 6 feet). No pets in buildings.  

  • Chicot State Park prohibits tents, hammocks, and RVs of any size at the Group Camp area.  

  • USED GEAR SALE!! Please pre-label gear with your name, contact information and asking price. 

  • Make reservation for improved campsites or cabins at Chicot State Park (Click here

  • Map of park:  


CLUB LOGO SIZE OPTIONS  (iron-on transfers)

  • 3x3 (perfect size for T-shirt, hats) $2 each 

  • 11 inches (perfect for back of clothing/tote bag) $8 each 





Check-in opens at 4:00 PM 

Presentation - Mesa Verde National Park  

Club logo Iron-on patches sale and demo 

Campfire & S’mores   


Check-in (continues)  

Children activities 

Tips for beginning hikers 

Club logo Iron-on patches sale and demo 

Map and Compass - Part 1 & 2  (see workshop info below) 

Journaling & Sketching – RSVP Required (see workshop info below) Class size limit: 20 participants. 

Presentations                                  - Death Valley National Park          - AT or extended hiking gear list    - Moth (Insects and other creatures) 

Afternoon Hike   

DESSERT CONTEST! To participate, bring home-made dessert. (Onsite kitchen unavailable.) After the winner is announced, desserts will be served with dinner.   

Dinner – Officer election – door prizes 

Moth sheet & Night hike – bring a headlamp (with redlight preferred) 


Pancake Breakfast   

Bird Walk – bring your binoculars   

Canoeing  –  RSVP Required – or bring your own canoe/kayak   

Guided Arboretum Hike   

Check-out at 12pm 



MAP and COMPASS  Class  Instructor: Dale Mathews  

MATERIALS you will need to BRING : Compass (preferably an Orienteering Compass. You can find these a most outdoor stores from $20- $30) 

Description : This workshop will include the basics of using a Map & Compass in the outdoors with practice exercises.   

Illustrated Journaling for Hikers   Instructor :  Carroll Mathews 

MATERIALS you may wish to BRING :  

1. Mechanical pencil and eraser 

2. Waterproof ink pen(s) such as Staedtler Pigment Liner, Pigma Micron Archival Ink, available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Mo’s …and there are also some waterproof pens at Walmart on the Crafts Aisle. Size 02 and 05 are especially useful. 

3. Small Drawing or Watercolor sketchbook, for note taking and experimentation  

Description : Workshop will include samples of journals, how-to suggestions, a demonstration, an opportunity to experiment with light-weight, transportable media... and an assignment!   


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