Sequoia National Forest

camping Trip

July 4th - 7th, 2024

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Get away & unwind!

✅ YES! your state park fees are covered.

✅ YES! we are feeding you.

Camping offers a ton of benefits, from reconnecting with nature to fostering a sense of adventure and relaxation. Immersed in the outdoors, you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, breathe fresh air, and appreciate the beauty of natural landscapes. We do this every summer and want you to be a part.

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It's a Physical Workout

Camping also promotes physical activity, whether through hiking, swimming, or simply setting up camp. 
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Good for the Mind, Too

Unplug from technology, encouraging meaningful connections with people in real life, and oneself around a campfire under the stars.

We Outside! literally

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This year you will not go through another boring summer saying you didn't do anyting exciting!


Open to folk of all ages, all we ask is that you are the adventurous type who enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors. The Black Folk™ Camping Trip is gathering all the "cool folk" and we are marching out to the woods this summer for 4-days of city escaping fun.


If you're "about that life" - the outdoors life that is, then secure your spot and join the chat group as we prepare for this years trip.

Hiking & Trekking
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Campfire Stories
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Off-Road Trucking/4-Wheeling 
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Mountain Biking
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Networking
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Karaoke Sing-Off
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Morning Stretch & Yoga
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Campsite Games
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Raffle Contest
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Lake Swimming
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Hiking & Trekking
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Campfire Stories
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Off-Road Trucking/4-Wheeling 
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Mountain Biking
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Networking
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Karaoke Sing-Off
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Morning Stretch & Yoga
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Campsite Games
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Raffle Contest
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Lake Swimming
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Black Folk Camping Trip

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Ticket
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Adult Camper
Child Camper
$25 + $25 + $25 + $25 = Paid In Full

Arrive @ 2:00pm

Travel to Campsite

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Setup Camp & Pitch Tents

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Individual Explore

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner Is Served

8:00pm to whenever

4th of July Celebration 🎇

Campfire Stories & Games

6:00am to 7:00am

Stretch & Yoga

7:00am to 8:00am

2-Mile Run 🏃🏾🏃🏽‍♀️

8:00am to 9:00am

Hygiene & Get Dressed

9:00am to 12:00pm

Group Hike/Trek 🥾

Individual Explore

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Campsite Games

Lake Swimming

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Group Mountain Bike Run 🚴🏽‍♂️

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner Is Served

8:00pm to whenever

Karaoke Sing-Off 🎤

Campfire Stories & Games

6:00am to 7:00am

Stretch & Yoga

7:00am to 8:00am

2-Mile Run 🏃🏾🏃🏽‍♀️

8:00am to 9:00am

Hygiene & Get Dressed

9:00am to 12:00pm

Group Hike/Trek 🥾

Individual Explore

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Campsite Games
Lake Swimming

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Group Off-Road Trucking 🛻

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner Is Served

8:00pm to whenever

Karaoke Sing-Off 🎤

Campfire Stories & Games

6:00am to 7:00am

Stretch & Yoga

7:00am to 8:00am

2-Mile Run 🏃🏾🏃🏽‍♀️

8:00am to 9:00am

Hygiene & Get Dressed

9:00am to 12:00pm

Individual Explore

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Pack-up and Go Home 👋🏽

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Date: July 4th - July 7th

Version: 1.0, the 1st Annual, 2024

Where: Sequoia National Forest, California

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Black Folk™ Camping Trip

In 2020, 63% of campers were white; 12% were Black, 13% were Hispanic, and 7% were Asian. The annual Black Folk Camping Trip intends to change the way Black community views outdoor activities and encourage the Black community into exploring recreational options they are not accustomed to. 


Encouraging the Black community to participate in camping more frequently holds profound benefits that extend beyond simple outdoor recreation. Historically, outdoor activities like camping have been predominantly associated with white culture, often leading to underrepresentation and a sense of exclusion among minorities. However, embracing camping can foster a multitude of positive outcomes for the Black Folk, both individually and collectively.


First and foremost, camping offers an opportunity for individuals to reconnect with nature, providing a reprieve from the stresses of urban life and offering moments of tranquility and reflection. In a world characterized by constant connectivity and digital distractions, spending time outdoors allows for a much-needed break, promoting mental well-being and overall happiness. For Black Folk, who may face disproportionate levels of stress and adversity due to systemic inequalities, camping can serve as a therapeutic escape, offering a chance to decompress and rejuvenate.


Moreover, engaging in outdoor activities like camping fosters a sense of empowerment and self-sufficiency. Learning outdoor skills such as setting up a tent, starting a campfire, or navigating trails not only builds confidence but also provides valuable life lessons in resilience and adaptability. For young Black individuals, particularly those growing up in urban environments, exposure to outdoor experiences can broaden horizons, instilling a sense of adventure and curiosity about the natural world.


Camping presents a unique opportunity for community building and cultural preservation. By participating in our group camping trips and other outdoor excursions, individuals can strengthen bonds with family and friends, creating lasting memories and traditions. Embracing outdoor recreation also provides a platform for celebrating cultural heritage, with opportunities to incorporate storytelling, music, and food into camping experiences, thereby reaffirming the richness and diversity of Black identity.


In essence, encouraging Black Folk to participate in camping more often not only promotes individual well-being and cultural pride but also broadens individual experiences in outdoor recreation. By embracing the outdoors as a space for connection, growth, and empowerment, we can forge a path towards a more vibrant outdoor community for generations to come.

Is this event free?
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It's not free. We have to pay the state, the site, taxes and cover some costs. However, no matter which option you select, you may cancel for any reason and receive a no-haggle 100% refund up until 6/1/24. After June 1st, 2024 you may only transfer your ticket to someone else.


UNDECIDED 🤔

Today you pay a non-refundable fee of $20. We will reserve your spot until 6/1/24. After June 1st, 2024, you must pay in full or you may start a 4-easy-payments plan at that time. This option is for the folk who are not yet sure about attending the trip but also don't want to run the risk of it selling out if they decide to come. The total you will pay is $120, of which $100 of that is refundable.


PAID IN FULL (ADULT/CHILD)

This option is for those who want to lock in their spot and get it over with.


4 EASY PAYMENTS (ADULT/CHILD)

No fees. No credit checks. No surprises!


This option simply allows you to pay only $25 today. Then every 2 weeks your credit card will be charged another $25 until you've paid $100 total. Super easy. This option will show up during the checkout process.

SHOPPING LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT...
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Our Private WhatsApp Chat 🔒:

(for past & future attendees only)


Our Public Facebook Group 🗣️:
https://facebook.com/groups/BlackFolk.net


Our Group Walkie-Talkie Channels 📡:

ZELLO: (for past & future attendees only)

RADIO: FRS Ch.5 (462.66250)


Here is a list of your MUST HAVE items. There is a link to each item that are tried and true because we have tested them and own it ourselves:

CLICK HERE for the Amazon shopping list of all items below.

• Personal Walkie-Talkie - click here

• Truckbed tent - click here

• SUV roof tent - click here

• Ground tent - click here

• Truckbed mattress - click here

• SUV mattress - click here

• Backseat mattress - click here

• Ground mattress - click here

• Sleeping bag - click here

• Foldable camping cot - click here

• Thermal set, women - click here

• Thermal set, men - click here

• Fleece Top - click here

• Hiking socks - click here

• Hiking boots, women - click here

• Hiking boots, men - click here

• Swimwear, women - click here

• Rinse-Free body cleanser - click here

• Soap-Infused body wipes - click here

• GoPro action camera - click here

• Your Sunglasses

• Your Sunscreen

• Your Cargo pants & shorts


Let us know if you think we should add anyting else to the list.

WHAT ALL, EXACTLY, DO I GET FOR $100?
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Every Camper will receive:


1. All your local camping fees paid for every day & night you're there, covered. 

2. State taxes paid for every night, covered.

3. Any parking and/or ranger fees associated with the campground, covered.

4. Cooked dinner, refreshments & snacks for every night, covered.

5. Campground cleanup fees, covered.

6. Participation in all of our fun competitions & campground games.

7. Administration fees, covered. (including supplies, equipment, etc...)

8. And of course all adult campers will receive an official Black Folk Camping T-Shirt in your size. ($30 VALUE)


WRISTBAND: All participants will be emailed a digital ticket with a link to click so that you can register your e-ticket to your name. Please check your email and register your e-ticket.

Upon your arrival to the campground, your e-ticket will be scanned and you will be given a non-removable wristband that should be worn for the duration of the camping trip. A secure untampered wristband is needed to gain access to our campground area.

Damaged wristbands can be exchanged for a new one, for free. Lost wristbands can be replaced for the full price of a Camper ticket.

After June 1st, 2024 all tickets are non-refundable due to contractual obligations unless travel insurance is purchased. Travel Insurance is available for an additional cost per person. Trips can be transferred to another person for the upcoming event camping trip only. It is your responsibility to find a replacement person and to assign that person to your ticket using our system. Click here to purchase travel insurance.
WHAT IS considered A "CHILD CAMPER"?
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Yes, you can bring the kids!
Anyone age 3 to 16 is considered a child. Age discretion is soley on the group organizers and you may be required to provide proof of childs age upon arrival to the camp ground.


Going on a group camping trip can be incredibly beneficial for children in numerous ways. Here are several reasons why group camping trips are good for children:


Social Development: Group camping offers children the opportunity to interact with peers in a natural, unstructured environment. They learn essential social skills such as teamwork, cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution while engaging in fun outdoor activities together.

Physical Activity: Camping typically involves a range of physical activities such as hiking, swimming, and outdoor games. Engaging in these activities promotes physical fitness, coordination, and a love for the outdoors, encouraging children to lead active lifestyles.

Educational Opportunities: Camping exposes children to various learning opportunities outside the classroom. They can learn about nature, wildlife, and ecosystems firsthand, fostering an appreciation for the environment and sparking curiosity about the natural world.

Problem-Solving Skills: In the wilderness, children often encounter challenges such as setting up tents, starting fires, or navigating trails. These experiences encourage critical thinking, resourcefulness, and resilience as children learn to overcome obstacles and adapt to new situations.

Independence and Self-Confidence: Group camping trips provide children with opportunities to take on responsibilities and make decisions independently, such as helping with meal preparation or organizing camping gear. Successfully completing tasks and overcoming challenges boosts their self-esteem and confidence.

Bonding and Friendship: Camping fosters deep connections and friendships among children as they share experiences, stories, and adventures around the campfire. These bonds formed during camping trips can be long-lasting and contribute to children's emotional well-being.

Unplugged Time: Camping offers a break from screens and technology, allowing children to disconnect from electronic devices and connect with nature and their surroundings. This unplugged time promotes mindfulness, relaxation, and mental well-being.

Family and Community Connection: Group camping trips often involve families or communities coming together, providing children with a sense of belonging and connection to their loved ones and community members. These shared experiences create lasting memories and strengthen relationships.


Overall, group camping trips offer a rich and rewarding experience for children, promoting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while fostering a deeper connection to nature and community.

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WHAT TYPE OF CROWD WILL BE COMING?
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"Who gon' be there?" 👀 

LOL, we totally get it. Trust us!


The kind & caliber of "Black Folk" we allow in our circles are the best of the best. Typically educated, young spirited and upwardly mobile professionals who only surround themselves with other motivated individuals of a like-mind.


All participants of our events are screened and we quickly refund those who give signs of a problematic nature. In other words... we simply do not welcome or give admission to the riff-raffs, thugs, ratchet, boisterous or the embarrassing folk. Only the classiest Black Folk here.

Can you tell me more about the Campsite we will be staying at?
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We will be staying at the Tillie Creek Campground at Lake Isabella, California.

There will be:
• Parking spaces for your vehicle
• Running water
• Bathrooms

• Camp tables

• A park ranger on site


Tillie Creek is about a 3-hour drive north from Los Angeles. The weather will be warm & dry and there should be moderate mobile phone coverage in the area. It is nestled in oak trees on the shores of Lake Isabella, a popular destination for water activities, especially windsurfing and fishing. The 11,000-acre lake is actually a reservoir, one of California's largest, and it marks the division between the Upper Kern and Lower Kern Rivers.


When you arrive, check in with the Camp Boss and they will guide you to where you may park your vehicle and/or where the designated sleeping areas are. You may pitch your tent and camp on the ground or use your vehicle as a camper, if able to do so.


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What's on the menu for food?
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We are serving you dinner for 3 nights in a row. Chef Aaron Lauderdale will be on the grill as he prepares you some of his specialty dishes. Vegetarian options are available. We will collect your dietary preference after you secure your spot.


You will need to pack your breakfast & lunch for each day. Great suggestions that are energizing & lightweight will be listed in your "packing checklist" that you will receive after you secure your spot. We also discuss food and other great camping tips in our backchat discussion group in our WhatsApp Community.

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IF I COME, AM I REQUIRED TO DO ALL THE ACTIVITIES with everybody?
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Absolutely not.

This Camping Trip is designed for those that want to get away and enjoy the comforts of the outdoors. This may include you participating with new friends, existing friends... or being a complete loner. No matter your reason, we are totally okay with it.


The entire time you are camping with us is yours and you may go out and explore as you see fit. However we do require that you let us know where you are exploring/going so that we can keep an account of all our participants for safety. 


Please consider purchasing and bringing along a personal walkie talkie. The camp manager will assist you on dialing into our group frequency channel and we may check in with you from time to time as you are out exploring.

Talk to me about the group hike we are all going on?
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The group hike is our favorite activity.

Yes of course you may go off and explore the great outdoors anytime you want while we are out there. However, please make sure you're a part of our big group hike where we all go as a group.


Whether to go on a group hike or go alone depends on your personal preferences, your comfort level with hiking, and what you hope to get out of the experience. Here are some factors to consider for both options:

Going Alone

Freedom: Going alone gives you the freedom to set your own pace, choose your own route, and take breaks whenever you want.

Introspection: Solo hiking can provide a sense of solitude and introspection, allowing you to connect more deeply with nature and yourself.

Flexibility: You can be more flexible with your schedule and itinerary when hiking alone, without having to coordinate with others.

Personal Challenge: Solo hiking can be a personal challenge, allowing you to test your skills, endurance, and self-reliance.


Our Group Hike

Safety: Hiking in our group will provide safety in numbers, especially on challenging trails or in unfamiliar terrain.

Social Interaction: Our group hike is a great way to meet new people, socialize, and share experiences.

Learning Opportunities: Hiking with other Black Folk can provide opportunities to learn from more experienced hikers, whether it's about navigation, outdoor skills, or local flora and fauna.

Motivation: Our unity hikes can be motivating, as you're less likely to cancel if others are counting on you to join.


Consider the level of difficulty of the hike, your experience level, and any safety concerns. If you're new to hiking or unsure about the trail, going with our group might be a safer option. However, if you're an experienced hiker looking for solitude or a personal challenge, going alone could be a rewarding experience. Ultimately, choose the option that aligns best with your preferences and goals.


OHV? Are we going Off-Road exporing?
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Yes! We are. Do you own a Jeep, 4x4 or SUV?
Off-Highway Vehicles (commonly known as OHV Trailing) is also something we do, too. Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. The difference for us is, instead of spending the night out in the open plains in our vehicles, we return to basecamp after exploring the trail.


If you have a Polaris ROV, a 4-wheeler ATV or a truck/SUV that can handle the off-road trail then gas it up and bring it along. Be sure you have your walkie radio (FRS or GMRS) to stay in communication with the group as we traverse the OHV trail on an adventure you'll never forget.


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How about Mountain Bike Riding?
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Yup! So be sure to strap your mountain bike to your car and bring it along.


Ripping along trails offers an electrifying blend of adrenaline, nature, and camaraderie. Riders are drawn to the thrill of navigating rugged terrain, feeling the rush of speeding down descents, and conquering obstacles. The trails wind through stunning landscapes inaccessible by road, providing a deep connection with nature and a sense of freedom. As you hone your skills, you'll find a supportive community, sharing tips and camaraderie both on and off the trail. With the added benefits of physical exercise, stress relief, and evolving equipment technology, mountain biking delivers a dynamic and rewarding outdoor experience in a single thrilling package.


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Who is "Black Folk" and how can I get in touch with someone?
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Black Folk, LLC - Founded in 2009 by Mr. Shannon W. Rawls, BF is an event planning conglomerate that operates and partners with amazing people to provide upscale, positive and entertaining events that is designed & curated for amazing people. Black people, specifically.


That's it. 🤷🏾‍♂️ That's the story.

We just really enjoy seeing Black people (and others who love them) enjoy themselves. There's something special about connecting the dots for folk to provide networking, positive relationships and things for people to do that's filled with smiles, laughter and living life to it's fullest.


We do not let politics or religion hinder our progress. We love liberals, conservatives, christians, muslims, straight, gay or any combination of any creed... it does not matter. So long as you are a wonderful & positive person, you are welcome.



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This Trip

━━ brought to you by ━━
Shannon Rawls

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Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Leonard Redway

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Nataya R.
Campsite Boss
Chef Aaron L.
Food Boss
Cheryl L.
Activities Boss
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Photo Boss
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Campsite Boss
Chef Aaron L.
Food Boss
Cheryl L.
Activities Boss
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  • WE GO GROUP HIKING
  • WE GO MOUNTAIN BIKING
  • WE GO OFF-ROADING
  • WE EAT
  • WE MEET, LAUGH & SING

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