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Old 12-31-2013, 05:03 PM   #11
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I have never been to a FROG event, but I belong to a camping group, the Volunteer Campers and we have at least one get together each year in the spring and occasionally have one in the fall.

Each year, someone volunteers to be the "planner". Sometimes, they will pick a theme and we all decorate our rigs to that theme or sometimes we don't have a theme. (One year it was bees!! I purchased some white LED C9 lights and dipped them in yellow paint, added some screen wings, used black pipe cleaners for legs and around the body for stripes. These hung on our awning until the storm came up. I also painted a welcome sign with our faces cut out of pictures and placed on painted bee bodies and had out name and "welcome to our hive" on it.)

We always have a meal together - usually a pot luck and with everyone bringing their own "meat" to be grilled. We have a grill master who will cook the brought meats.

We have also done pie iron dinners. Everyone brings things to fix in a pie iron and we share. (Manwich meat and bread is WONDERFUL!), canned biscuits with ham and cheese, biscuits or bread slices with pie filling,

We also plan a group campfire and we pool our resources for s'mores.

When planning, we try to get somewhere that takes reservations that are site specific so we can be close together; it needs to have some amenities such as a playground; needs to be in an area that has some type of local tourist attractions; be of moderate cost; if it has a group shelter area, that is even better.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:20 PM   #12
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My wife and I have been looking at planning a FROG Event for Northeast Ohio which would include western PA and western NY. It would be a fall event focusing on the covered bridges in Ashtabula County, OH. Thinking of a Wednesday thru Sunday event with some planned activities and some free time also. We contacted Bob Byrne some time ago for the OK to go full steam ahead and are anxiously awaiting his reply. I'm sure he is busy with all the FROG activities but we are excited to get moving on this project. We really want the approval of FROG as they participate in the event.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:49 PM   #13
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I have some great pictures of us at the various covered bridges. We checked them out over July 4 and really enjoyed ourselves!

What campground were you thinking of having it at? I'm only familiar with the Outdoor World/Thousand Trails park there (Kenisee Lake).
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:19 AM   #14
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We have talked with Evergreen Lake Campground in Conneaut, OH. Located at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 7. Nice convenient location with the amenities needed to host such an event.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:58 AM   #15
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I do a boat bash every year. The first thing we do is get location ideas from the guys. Then we run a poll on the locations for 2 weeks and the winning spot it is. We always do it in June but then we have another poll for 2 weeks on which week. So to get a place and date takes about 5-6 weeks but since its a vote everyone seems to be happier then just being told where and when.
Then we basically have pot luck and go with the flow.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:20 AM   #16
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As most have said pick a date and a place to start with. I know depending where in Md. we would come from De. we live right on the state line near Elkton. We talked to Bob at the August rally because they are looking for folks to do this very thing, I would try to contact him for any info or help he could offer
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:43 AM   #17
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I'm also in De, just 5 miles from Md. I would be interested depending on date and location.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:27 AM   #18
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We live in illinois, but visit our daughter in Baltimore/anapolis area and would love to come. We have never attended a frog event and are looking forward to the amana colony event.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:48 PM   #19
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As most have said pick a date and a place to start with. I know depending where in Md. we would come from De. we live right on the state line near Elkton. We talked to Bob at the August rally because they are looking for folks to do this very thing, I would try to contact him for any info or help he could offer

I live in Elkton, MD. DBLR and I attended the Goshen Rally and did speak to Bob about what it takes to host a rally. Many of the other folks have offered very good advice. As DBLR indicated, if you are interested in hosting a rally contact Bob Byrne at bbyrne@forestriverinc.com as he can offer more advice and provide some support. I would be interested in a rally and would definitely help providing it did not conflict with any planned camping trips.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:30 AM   #20
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I just created a thread of Tips on Organizing a Local FROG Event that you might find helpful. It's at:

Tips on Organizing a Local FROG Event
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