Every year we go on two all school camping trips. The entire Chrysalis extended famiy is welcome to join us.
This spring, we are going to Burney Falls! McArthur Burney Falls State Park has 910 acres of forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is stunningly beautiful. The falls were called "the Eighth Wonder of the World" by President Theodore Roosevelt, but there’s much much more to the region to explore.
Friday, May 19th is a minimum day in order to give everyone time to pack up and make the hour and 15 minute drive. We will break camp on Sunday, May 21. Monday, May 22 is a rest day. Classes resume on Tuesday, May 23rd. All families are welcome to participate in our campout and/or activities. We are happy to do what we can to ensure that every Chrysalis student has the opportunity to attend if they want to. If cost is an issue for your family, or if you need another family to supervise your child on the trip, or if you need camping equipment, please let Irene know and we will do our best to make arrangements so that your child can participate. We welcome donations to help pay for camping and food for families who need assistance.
Chrysalis has reserved 26 campsites at the McArthur Burney Falls Campground http://www.burney-falls.com/campground/ for us (sites 78-113). If you are tent camping there is plenty of room for you for just $12 per person for the 2 nights (ages 3+). If you are bringing your RV, we are setting aside 5 sites just for RVs for $78 per RV on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to invite a tent-camping family to share your RV site with you and thus split the $78 fee. Other RV sites may be reserved online at http://www.reserveamerica.com/ There are also cabins for between $82 and $104 per night. Cabins have bunk beds, a covered porch, a locking front door, propane heat, and room outside for a tent and a campfire (no electricity or plumbing). Bathrooms and showers are in a nearby building. You can reserve a cabin online at http://www.burney-falls.com/cabins/ Last I checked, there were 16 cabins available May 19-21.
Beware that there is a per-vehicle fee at the state park of $10 per night. One vehicle is complimentary with each campsite and cabin. We will give the 26 complimentary vehicle passes first to staff, then to families that would find a $20 savings financially helpful. If there are more requests than passes, then we will give them out by lottery.
Your family can buy meals from the Chrysalis Camp Kitchen starting with dinner on Friday through breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Food is very reasonably priced and there’s a lovely community spirit in the kitchen and communal dining tables. We will ask each family to volunteer two times in the Camp Kitchen to help prepare the meal or clean up afterwards.