Need ideas for a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party?

Friends from your CrossFit® affiliate planning a wedding? Looking for a unique bachelor party?  Bachelorette idea?  Read on!

I had the pleasure of going to Vegas for a dear friend’s bachelorette trip when I was in my twenties.  It was an absolute blast!  I slept 4 hours in a 48-hour period, danced with some of my favorite gal pals at the two hottest new clubs, shopped, lounged by a beautiful pool, and left $20 richer than I had arrived because of some luck at roulette.  I sat in the airport at 6am on a Monday morning after sleeping ZERO hours in the past 24, alternately pressing an ice-cold water bottle against my neck and wrists to keep from passing out from sheer exhaustion before my plane arrived.  Obviously, I enjoyed myself, and I have nothing but good memories of Vegas.  HOWEVER, now that I am in my 30’s, my idea of a perfect bachelorette weekend has changed….just slightly 😊.

 Tao was super cool back in those days.

Tao was super cool back in those days.

When my sister, and Camp TimeOut founder, Christin, got engaged, she wanted an alternative to the typical “stay in a hotel and go to bars” bachelorette vacation.   She’s an outdoor girl.  She loves to have days packed with activity, and then relax with friends and have a few drinks in the evening.  Together, we planned a weekend of her dreams in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 Our bachelorette pad for the weekend!

Our bachelorette pad for the weekend!

On the first day, we took an 8-hour hike to the summit of Mount Washington, and a few of us wore boas for our picture.  We kept it “bacheloretty!”


On day 2, we (or at least I) could hardly walk, so we tubed down a river (wearing wetsuits, because it was about 65 degrees and raining).  The owner of the tubing company thought we were a little nutty, but was happy to take our money on a chilly day😊


In the evenings we grilled out, did a little yoga in the backyard, had a few drinks, played the “Heads Up” game as seen on Ellen, and watched Sweet Home Alabama.  The weekend was full of activity, but also there was time built in for the group to relax and connect with each other.

I think Christin’s bachelorette adventure was the perfect balance of activity and rest.  She and I strive to have that balance on all the vacations we plan, and we especially strive for that perfect balance at Camp TimeOut.


Since I am kind of an expert on planning and attending Bachelorette parties now :)...Here are 7 reasons why I think Camp TimeOut would make an excellent alternative to the typical Bachelor or Bachelorette party:


1. Maid of Honor/Best Man doesn’t have to lift a finger to plan.  It is SO HARD to make a vacation for a large group run seamlessly (I would know!).  We fully program Camp TimeOut weekends for non-stop fun from sunrise to well after sunset.  You don’t have to think about what to eat, where to sleep, or how to fill your days. 

This could be your room for the weekend.


You could be relaxing in an Adirondack chair rather than making dinner reservations and scheduling Ubers.


2. There is WAY more to our camp weekends than alcohol.  While we have an open bar, it is not the focus of camp.  The bar opens at 6pm, after most of the activities are finished.  You won’t have to worry about one of your friends getting sloppy and ruining the party.  The bar closes after 4 hours.  You might enjoy drinks around the bonfire, on a sunset hayride, during evening arts and crafts, or while watching a dodgeball tournament.  It is the perfect way to end a day full of activity.


3. You will have QUALITY bonding time with your bachelor party or bachelorette crew!  It’s hard to connect in a bar/club or even a restaurant with loud music thumping.  Not a problem at camp.  The background noises are tree frogs, birds, crackling fires and the laughter of happy/relaxed campers.  It’s hard not to feel close to your friends after a day of activities like an adventure relay race or a group polar plunge (this pic was taken at our October camp in Massachusetts…Brrrr😊)


4. You won’t get sick of each other.  Ever been to an awkward bachelor/bachelorette party where you end up super annoyed by one of the guys/girls?  All of our camps have plenty of space, constant activities and lots of nice folks to help distract you if necessary.


5. You will feel MORE fit at the end of a weekend!  Fitness is what we do best.  We have yoga, fitness challenges and hikes on the schedule.   (but we’ll make sure your couch potato friends feel welcomed, included, and have plenty of activity options as well!)


We think you’ll also get lots of exercise from many of our other activities without even noticing. 

 high ropes

high ropes

 A friendly "pick-up" game of volleyball.

A friendly "pick-up" game of volleyball.

 SUP Yoga (one of our most popular activities!)

SUP Yoga (one of our most popular activities!)

 Archery..pretty good arm workout!

Archery..pretty good arm workout!

6. Camp TimeOut is a bargain compared to a Vegas style Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend. (Again, I would know!)  When you add up 2 nights in hotel, 3 meals out a day, drinks, and cab rides (not even including what can happen to your bank account at a Vegas casino), Camp TimeOut looks like a real steal.  Camp is all-inclusive, so the only time you need your wallet is when you show your ID at registration!


7. Want to relive your past before getting hitched?  Great!  Let’s take you back to early childhood, NOT college.  Everyone is better off😊

 Glow-in-the-dark balloons are a surprisingly big hit with adults!

Glow-in-the-dark balloons are a surprisingly big hit with adults!


Make it easy on yourself and leave the planning to us!  Connect with your crew in a gorgeous outdoor environment, and leave camp in much better shape (relaxed, rejuvenated and with no need for an ice cold water bottle pressed to your neck to keep from passing out!)


Send us an email if you are considering Camp TimeOut for a Bachelor or Bachelorette weekend.  We’ll answer any questions, and make sure it’s a stress-free weekend to remember!

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone (Like Me?)

Are you addicted to your smartphone?  I am.  My friends are.  I wish it weren’t the case.


I fill almost every “in between” moment scrolling on my phone, and it makes me crazy.  I do my loop (Instagram, Email, Facebook Business Page, LinkedIn…repeat) when I get into the car, when the car stops at the destination, while standing in line at the grocery store, as soon as I walk into my house. 


Too much time checking my smartphone makes me feel “gross”; a mix of guilt as well as stale from time spent immobile.  For me, it takes a conscious effort to break from the screen, look up from the phone, and give my brain the space necessary to have an original thought, to drift idly, to consider others.


Some tactics I’ve employed (with varying degrees of success):

*banish the phone from my bedroom

*while standing in line, don’t look at the phone

*limit phone use to certain hours (e.g. no phones after 8:30pm)


One magical space that is the exception from the endless cell phone loop?  Summer camp weekends at Camp TimeOut.  At many of our camp properties (like our western Massachusetts camp pictured below), the location is so remote that phones don't get service, and campers are forced to UNPLUG. For camps where cell service is possible, we are working diligently to setup systems to encourage campers to break from their phones.


For the first 2-3 hours after arrival, campers tend to “freak out” from smartphone withdrawal.  However, just wait for a few hours.  By the time the campfire is lit on Friday night, campers begin reporting an incredible lightness, freedom, and relaxation - they are free from checking their devices.


Registering for Camp TimeOut is more than a weekend of fitness and fun; it’s an opportunity to connect to others, to consider your goals, and to get a break from technology.  For me, the reset has a positive, lasting effect and helps me to notice negative, compulsive behavior.  So, stop scrolling!  Register for a camp, then put your phone away and join us for a weekend in the woods.


Has anyone tried to use their devices less?  What tactics have you employed?  When was the last time you spent a significant period away from electronics?  Comments On if you'd like to offer any tips of tricks that have worked for you.  (I'm all ears!)

-Christin, Founder Camp TimeOut

What’s It Like to Work on a Start-Up as a Stay-At-Home Mom? Awesome and Hard and Exciting and Stressful and ALWAYS Messy

This is my Family. Brad (forever age 29), Bennett (8),  and Blythe (4).  I'm Cara.  Mid-Atlantic Director at Camp TimeOut.  Truly, this is the most coordinated our outfits have ever been.  We also have a dog named Barnabus (age 2) and our cat is Bogart (age 70 in cat years). They will show up later in this post. 


I have lots of company in my office (aka playroom) except for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 2 hours when Blythe and Bennett are BOTH in school.  (Yes, there is a bag of chocolate chips, foam sword, and a dryer sheet on my desk.  “non-Pinterest life”)


Blythe’s favorite spot to play is right behind me in my chair.  I’ve learned to make it work.  She keeps me warm, provides lumbar support, and ensures that my multi-tasking abilities are on point!  Bogart and Barnabus are usually nearby, too.


This is what my work break looks like


Sometimes I put Blythe to work.

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There is always a mess or house chore that is calling to me, but I am learning to push that to the side for the sake of the business😊  Sorry, Brad.

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The crockpot has become my most important appliance.  (Vegetable Korma from this week is pictured…not my best recipe)


Both my parents and Brad’s parents make it possible for me to travel.  They take turns watching our kids so that I can help run or scout camps.  They drive from North Carolina and Tennessee to Maryland, so it is no easy feat for them.  This picture was taken while I was away at our October camp.  I had to miss Bennett’s birthday, but thanks to Brad and my in-laws, Bennett had an amazing cowboy celebration and a pile of Maryland crabs for his birthday dinner.


When my parents (and Christin’s) aren’t watching my kids during camp…they come to camp!!  They help make everyone feel welcome, sweep floors, keep the coffee supply fresh and anything else they see that’s needed.  Kudos to my Dad for waking up before everyone to make sure we had a roaring fire in the giant stone fireplace before sunrise each day. (Yoga, in front of a fire, as the sun rises, with a view of the lake…is just as magical as it sounds) Thanks, Dad!  I have a family tribe of support that makes it possible for me to work on this passion project.

 Sunrise yoga with this view and a roaring fire!

Sunrise yoga with this view and a roaring fire!

 Mom and Dad at October camp in Western Mass

Mom and Dad at October camp in Western Mass

One hard part of the job is the rejection that comes with working on a start-up.  Some people just don’t get/care/want what we are offering, and Christin and I have had to learn not to get discouraged. At the beginning of last year, I would get one answer for every 10-15 emails I sent requesting meetings with gym owners. Gym visits were (and still are) awkward at times. Camp registrations were slower than we projected for last year.  The tide is changing now, and word of camp is spreading.  There have been so many little victories lately, and each one feels like Christmas.  It's so fun when we connect with gym owners who are really excited about camp, or when we find a great sponsor who will thrill our campers with fun product (most recently SMASHMALLOW!  Gourmet s’mores anyone??)  


The other hard part is finding balance.  I love working on all things camp, and I love taking care of my family.  There is always some way to be working on building Camp TimeOut, but there is always a little face (with or without whiskers) that needs me. The crockpot, grocery list, laundry pile, animals, vacuum, and gym all vie for my attention.  Each day I make a “to do” list of priorities and go from there.  Everyday, I feel a little guilty for not giving enough attention to the business, my kids, to the running of my house or to exercise (exercise is really getting the shaft these days).


The awesome part of this job is collaborating with Christin.  She is inspiring.  Entrepreneurship is her calling.  She creates a solution for every roadblock, and constantly generates innovative ideas.  She acts quickly.  She finds people who are good at what they do and allows them the freedom to be creative.  She is humble, accepts feedback, adopts clever ideas if suggested, and manages to always remain true to her vision.  She is also funny and random😊 This picture is from our scouting trip in Colorado.  She saw a sign for a “mining museum” and thought it would make a perfect pit stop.  She dressed up like this for Bennett’s benefit (besides cowboys, he’s into the gold rush era) While she is serious about her business, she doesn’t take herself too seriously!!

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Camp scouting is another awesome part of the job.  We get to meet great camp directors, spend time in beautiful natural environments, and dream about the camp weekends we could create at these properties.


However, the best part of the job is spending camp weekends with our awesome team, and delighting our campers!


So what’s it like to work on a start-up and be a stay- at- home mom?  Totally awesome, sometimes really hard, occasionally very exciting, definitely stressful and always very messy…but I feel really fortunate that I get to do what I love while around the people I love. 

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Special thanks to Brad, who quietly supports me through it all.


11 Best Moments of 2017

It's been an incredible ride so far - with spectacular highs and incredible lows.  To the team: Devon, Doug, Tom, and Cara, I can't thank you enough for the time spent on strategy, design, marketing, and production.  But more than that, thanks for pouring time and energy into a passion project.

To the coaches and staff, you bring the warmth, fun, and....heavy kettlebell swings to camp; thank you for vouching for Camp TimeOut and showing up ready and positive.



11. Biking Manhattan - 20 affiliates in 24 hours.
Showing up unannounced with a backpack full of flyers was met with far more warmth than anticipated.  Thanks to Rhys Probyn for navigating on the bike in front.  We survived road biking on slicks...during rush the rain....barely.


10.  The First Camp Photo Shoot
It's difficult to promote a camp when you haven't yet run a camp.  What to do?  Schedule a photo shoot!  Thanks to Sarah Kenyon at Studio Route 7 for capturing iconic images, and to the "models" who made the trip.


9.  The 1st Ever Burpee Mile
Is a burpee mile too difficult to complete as an individual? Can teams complete a burpee mile as a relay?  We needed to do a test event before we made the burpee mile a signature part of Camp TimeOut. Thanks to the crew (mainly non-CrossFitters!) who were bribed with beer and completed a burpee mile on the Shining Sea Bike Path last January.  Big shout out to Undercurrent Productions for a beautifully produced video.


8.  The Business Accelerator Win
We got the grand prize from the business accelerator program, Entrepreneurship for All.  To us, the win was a resounding vote of confidence from the business community.  We pitched camp to a panel of business-minded judges, they gave us a vote of confidence and the grand prize. Thanks to the EForAll staff and to the cohort of entrepreneurs for the push to build quickly.


7.  Camp's 1st Registrant
Thanks, Jason.  #1 camper hailing from CrossFit Hyannis!  Jason's at 100% attendance to Camp TimeOut weekends...can he keep a perfect record :)?


6.  Sponsorships and Giving Back
Partnering with our Board Chair and Designer, we recently finalized our sponsorship packet and policies, opening the door for brands to get involved with Camp TimeOut.  Current efforts are concentrated on selecting a platinum sponsor who will donate back to the campership funds at the locations where we host events. We'll keep you posted!


5.  Our First Shoutout from The Morning Chalk Up
As a Google Analytics nerd, I like to keep tabs on the number of people on the camp website on any given day.  One day, the website #s spiked, and we had a 1200% increase in visitors.  I couldn't figure out what happened until Katie Falkowski tipped me off that we'd been picked up and linked by the Morning Chalk Up.  If you aren't signed up for their daily blog, you should be.


4.  Successful Stalking of Girls Gone WOD®
Sometimes you have an idea, and everything falls into place.  I'd become a fan of the Girls Gone WOD podcast and thought "camp seems like a great fit for Girls Gone WOD, I wonder if they'd partner with us to run a trip for their listeners?"

After a couple of emails and texts, we decided to meetup at the CrossFit® Games in Madison, Wisconsin.  Cell reception was poor, so we weren't connecting, but I spotted Joy and Claire in the VIP area of the FitAid tent, I talked my way into the VIP area, met hosts Joy and Claire, and from there, we've developed a wonderful partnership.

East Coast folks: we're running a shuttle between Denver airport and the Girls Gone WOD camp weekend August 31-Sept. 2 in Deckers, Colorado, so we've made it easy on you if you want to fly over.

Thanks to Joy and Claire for being authentic, incredible people. Traditionally, you can't use the word "stalk" when describing a business partnership, but we've already mutually established that that's what happened.


3.  Tom Henell as Board Chair
Sorry LinkedIn - I thought you were worthless, then I checked my notifications, and I had a month-old message from, WHO? A VP of Spartan Race?  WHAT?

Tom's credentials are incredible, and more importantly, he has experience growing his own business from startup stage to highly successful exit.  Tom continues to make introductions that we'd never get without his help.  Big picture thinking with actionable ideas - thanks for your help this year, Tom.  (Anybody who got a s'mores box this holiday season? Yeah, that was Tom's idea).


2.  The First Expansion - Virginia!
Our goal is to build camps for the CrossFit® community.  CrossFit affiliates are located all over the world, and we want our camps to be accessible to enthusiasts everywhere.  Which means...geographic expansion.  This past summer, we locked in May 4-6, 2018 in Palmyra, Virginia - this will be our first camp outside of New England.  We hope you'll join us for Cinco de Mayo.  This camp boasts horses and ponies, hayrides, river tubing + all of the traditional camp activities you've come to love at our Massachusetts weekends.
Thanks to Mid-Atlantic Director, Cara Cowden for the leg-work in the D.C./Maryland area.  She's been forming partnerships with incredible people in the CrossFit community in the mid-Atlantic. Special thanks for the support from CrossFit 757 in Norfolk, VA.


1. The Rebrand
If you've been following along, you saw that we had to change our name. Brutal. Long story short, we thought that we could get the trademark for Camp Wild Child, but 6 months in, found out we couldn't....Bye Camp Wild Child...
To me, this is the crowning moment of 2017; it was painful, but we got the rebrand done in a matter of 3 weeks. Big shout out to our October campers, who generated over 100 name ideas, and set us up for success.  A new domain, logo, Facebook page, Instagram handle, and trademark filing later...we're Camp TimeOut™!  Thanks to our designer, Devon Clark for hours of design creation and bringing TimeOut to life.

Starting with Why

Why Build Camp TimeOut™?

Put simply? I looked around, and didn’t find an event for CrossFit® athletes that embodied all that I love about my own affiliate community (shout out to CrossFit Cape Cod!). In fact, most functional fitness events felt downright foreign. Sure, there were familiar movements, but as I sat in the stands and watched athletes completing thrusters, muscle ups, and box jumps, I felt like an outsider. With the sport removed from the affiliate community, the components were reframed: neon booty shorts, elite athletes competing, and the majority of folks on the sidelines.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully support some awesome, neon booty shoots. What bothers me is the sitting on the sidelines. Which gave me the thought…what if I could build an experience for CrossFitters that felt participatory and included what I love about my own affiliate community? Also, what did other CrossFit enthusiasts love about their own experiences at their affiliates?

First step: survey 100 CrossFitters. Most of the questions were quantitative, but one was open-ended: "Why do you love CrossFit?" Take a second, and answer the question for yourself. Why do YOU love CrossFit? Now, scroll down…..


Is your answer on this list? 100% of survey respondents answered with one or more of the following:

1.       VARIETY – (not getting bored working out)






Therein we found our mission: build an experience that embodies each of the 6 reasons above. At Camp TimeOut, we still consider ourselves as a startup, so we constantly seek to improve what we’ve built. However, I would argue that we’ve done an excellent job taking what you love about CrossFit, and packaging it into a weekend getaway at camp. Here’s how:

1. Variety? CHECK. Waterskiing, trail runs, drinking coffee on the porch, fishing, stand up paddleboarding, roasting s’mores over the bonfire, burpee miles, adventure races, mobility workshops, sunrise yoga, pumpkin carving, and on and on and on.  Camp is choose your own adventure, and each camper gets to curate their own, best experience.

2. Opportunity for Competition? CHECK. Let’s face it. With this many CrossFit athletes in one space, even fire building gets competitive.


3. Physical Challenge? CHECK. Circling back to variety, camp is ‘choose your own adventure,’ so each camper is able select as much challenge as they wish to take on. While some folks spend the Saturday of camp completing a burpee mile followed by 2 workouts later in the day, others take more time for nature walks, yoga, and arts + crafts.

4. Fitness programming by a Coach? CHECK. This is where we shine, people. Not only is your fitness programmed, but your entire getaway weekend. Your job is to show up at camp, and we take it from there. Know that feeling of going on vacation with your buddies, and everyone is exhausted, and no one can decide on a restaurant…? Yeah, that doesn’t ever happen at camp. Even your mealtime is programmed and effortless.

5. Physical Results? CHECK. Warning: we have LOTS of snacks available to campers (Sour Patch Kids! Ice Cream Sandwiches!), but the awesome campy junk food available is balanced by FOMO (fear of missing out) of camp activities. Don’t want to miss the opportunity to shoot bb guns? Well, you better start walking across camp to get to the range! There’s a workout happening 20 steps away, guess you better go check it out, too. Oh man, sailing? Better run down to the waterfront, and hop in a boat. At camp, you don’t run the risk of going from consumption opportunity to consumption opportunity – chances are that you’ll be insanely active.


6. THE COMMUNITY? CHECK. Don’t take my word for it. Here are reviews from our 2017 campers:

I loved camping out with such a welcoming group of people that had similar interests and lifestyles. The opportunity to have fun with a new group of friends, play outside, hike, start the day out with yoga, do a three legged race, paint and draw, dance and end the day around a campfire, what's not to like?

-Dena, Western Mass Camper, June 2017

"…..Workouts and camp activities during the day (ropes course, yoga, wake boarding, etc.) and hanging out by the campfire with a few drinks at night. I highly recommend trying this if you are looking for a fun weekend away with some like-minded people."

-Dave, CrossFit Hyannis, Western Mass Camper, June and October 2017

"…..But maybe the best part was the people - an amazing group of chill, like minded people. I felt welcomed right away. I can't wait to go back next year!"

-Jen, Crush It CrossFit, Western Mass Camper, October 2017

"As a kid I went to summer camp and was thrilled that Camp TimeOut brings this experience back to adults. The weekend was a perfect mix of physical activities and relaxing fun. The activity options were endless...Yoga, workouts, archery, BB guns, climbing wall, art, hikes, boating, campfire, movies...and, lot's and lot's of food. Plus, we met some very cool new friends. Bottom line, there's something for everyone. I can't wait for the next camp!"

-Tom, Western Mass Camper, October 2017

Camp TimeOut™: What We're Building

As I age, I'm finding that it gets more difficult to be true to myself, forge meaningful friendships, and be vulnerable enough to try (and fail at) something new.  The beauty of camp is that it's an excellent opportunity for adults to let their guards down, enjoy being a novice (horseback riding! watercolor painting! archery!), meet new people, and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Really?  A Camp for the CrossFIt®  community?

CrossFitters®  are a diverse group with many common interests, but there are relatively few opportunities outside of individual affiliates to celebrate our community, play together, and form friendships.  Sure, you get a chance to get to know athletes at your own box, but what about other potential friends who are members at other boxes?

If I were a dog, I'd be a shepherd mix. I love rounding up friends and potential friends, and I herd them all into one place. That instinct is at the heart of what we're building at Camp TimeOut. We're creating an affordable all-inclusive opportunity, where masses of CrossFitters and their friends can getaway to play together.

That said, everybody is welcome, and I promise you'll enjoy camp.  Our strongest theme is definitely activity/fitness, but if folks want to spend the weekend posted up in an Adirondack chair, more power to them.


So, what's the point of rounding up adults and having them play at camp for a weekend?

The answer is as diverse as each individual. For some, the takeaway is a fitness challenge, for others, it's an opportunity to be challenged socially (roommates?! bunk beds?!). Almost everyone finds a reason to be intimidated about camp, but the sense of achievement after having attended only makes the camp experience sweeter (disclaimer: campers inevitably report that the experience is far more approachable than anticipated). 

I don't want to overstate what camp means to individuals.  I'm not interested in building the weekend where campers "transform" in 48 hours into bright, shiny, new humans.  However, reflecting on the first year, it was amazing to watch what happens when a diverse set of adults put away their phones, connect with new friends, chat around a campfire, and peel off stress.

Have I convinced you to try a camp weekend? I'll keep working on it!

-Christin, Founder