Death Valley Fun Camp

Death Valley Fun Camp


Long for the simple times of your childhood when school camp was the pinnacle of your social calendar? Death Valley Fun Camp (DVFC) takes you back to the good old days with 24 hours of digital detox: campfires, crafts, food, drink, music, karaoke and connection. It’s an adult escape from your full-time job, Instagram account, Facebook status, 24-hour emails and the city. It’s time out to make memories with family, friends and friends-to-be.

Death Valley Fun Camp is run by John Paterson and Patience Hodgson of The Grates. The couple (with their daughter, Soda) have carved a niche in the Brisbane bar and cafe scene with their off-the-wall, fun approach to food, drink, music and activities at their dual venues Southside Tea Room and Death Valley Bar. They keep the trademark innovative approach the pair brought to the international music scene with fresh ideas percolating as hot as the gourmet coffee they serve up.

With three meals of campfire cooking by Jacob Knauth of Lucky Egg, drinks (optional extra) from Young Henrys Beer and Cider, and the official DVFC cocktail featuring Young Henrys Cider and The Bucha of Byron’s Kombucha delivered in reusable enamel mugs, Death Valley Fun Camp will make sure you’re well fed and watered. There’s even a tuck shop. Raid the larder for a midnight feast! Profits from food and drink will be donated to Kids Helpline.

You’re going to need the energy, with this wholesome raft of activities to keep you occupied: Zipline, kayaking, giant beach ball, swimming, archery, pom-pom making, fermentation workshops, badge-making, the lost of art letter writing, and cooking up a storm on the open fire are just some of the treats DFVC has in store. After satiating your thirst and hunger, it’s time to get your Kumbayas on with a set by the Top Shelf Wedding Band (featuring members of Velociraptor), followed by live indie karaoke. Bunk down in your shared cabin for ghost stories, gossip and (possibly) some sleep. Or pitch your own tent to sleep under the stars.

The 2nd annual Death Valley Fun Camp takes place an hour outside of Brisbane at Lake Moogerah School Camp Grounds from midday on Saturday May 27 to midday on Sunday May 28. First in, best dressed for cabins (limited places), with plenty of camp spots available. Ticket includes accommodation, food, all activities and a welcome pack including camp shirt, s’mores and more! Under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kids of all ages welcome.

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