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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Sun, June 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, June 15, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Guajome Regional Park, Oceanside, CA

    Guajome Regional Park offers partial hookup sites (water/electric 20/30/50 amps), with paved driveways, fire rings, and tables. Coin-operated, hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a waste water dump station. One tent and one RV (< or = 45ft.) or two tents will share each each site.  Both inhabitants will have access to the water and electricity. There is plenty of overflow parking for extra vehicles.

    The park is at an elevation of 130 ft. above sea level. Afternoon ocean breezes keep the park pleasant year-round.

    The upper area includes an outdoor fitness area, amphitheater and volleyball and horseshoe courts. Visitors to the park enjoy fishing and hiking. Bird watchers can spot dozens of species of migratory birds that stop at the park's two ponds and marsh.

    The park is close to other historical points of interest such as the Rancho Guajome Adobe, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and the San Luis Rey Mission, one of the 21 California missions, which was founded in 1798.

    Other historical adventures can be experienced at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which preserves and displays many examples of mechanical ingenuity and home crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and industrial revolution era

    There is a bicycle trailhead just outside of the park that extends through nearby Oceanside, all the way to the coast. Oceanside itself offers access to great beaches, a pier, a fine harbor, shopping, and restaurants.

    Park brochure - click here.

    Schedule of Events

    Sunday, June 12

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
    • 6:00 pm - Meet n’ Greet: BYOB, bring snacks to share.
    • 7:00 pm - Dinner on your own
    • 8:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Monday, June 13

    • 10:00 pm - Sun and fun at the beach!  Local beach recommendations welcome. Black’s Beach is only an hour drive on I-5 south.
      • Bring your towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and swimsuits.
      • Alternative: Explore Oceanside Pier and harbor areas.
    • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share)
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Tuesday, June 14

    • 9:00 am - Hike the local nature trails in the park and explore the marshes/lake, bird watching
    • 12:00 pm - Carpool to Del Rey Mission and Steam & Gas Engine Museum (there are admission fees you will have to pay)
      • Alternative: See whiteboard
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire (bring firewood)

    Wednesday, June 15

    •  9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
    • 12:00 pm - Check out

    Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga - via email to or text (760) 641-9112.

    Prices:  Prices listed are per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Payments:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund, minus $10, will be allowed only if there is a waitlist and must be received by June 4th.  All cancellation requests must be sent to the Trip Leader (see email above). 

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials

    Directions Guajome Regional Park Campground, 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057.  Google map directions - click here.

    From Coachella Valley:  Take I-10W to I-215S to I-15, exit onto Highway 76, turn right on SR-76 and head west. Turn left onto Guajome Lake Road.  The campground entrance will be on the right.

    Climate: Average temperatures - high 71,  low 60. View weather forecast - click here

    Pets: Are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash no longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Please pick up after your pet.   $1/night for each pet; you would pay upon arrival.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event.

    Special COVID Requirements

    You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.  This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policy - click here.

    Send proof of vaccination to: or text to:  760-902-1850

    • Sun, July 10, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, July 13, 2022

    Save the Date

    Registration for this event will open in March - watch for an email announcement.

    We have reserved 13 sites at the Idyllwild County Park from Sunday July 10 through Wednesday July 13. The sites will be shared between RVs and Tent campers. 

    Experience the cool mountain star-lit sky among conifer forest camping at Idyllwild Regional Park. This is a great summer mid-week excursion where you will find an uncrowded campground surrounded by mountain pines and vegetation. Three nights of camping, hiking and exploring the village shops and restaurants.

    • Sun, August 14, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Wed, August 17, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Barton Flats US Forest Service
    • 100


    Join us for this mid summer getaway near Big Bear Lake with forests, lush sub-alpine meadows and sparkling lakes. Bring your tent or RV to the Oso Group Camp. Just 25 minutes from Big Bear Lake, the camp is at 6400’ elevation in the secluded Barton Flats area off of Highway 38. Nestled in alpine and fir forest, the site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. Drinking water and  flush toilets are onsite, with inexpensive pay showers just a 5-minute drive away (Barton Flats), there are no utility hookups (dump site available nearby), RV’s park in the dirt, gravel parking lot. Hiking, biking, scenic sky chair at Snow Summit, kayaking and boat tour are some of the activities available.

    Schedule Of Events

    Sunday, Aug 14

    2:00 - Check-in. No early arrivals.

    4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*

    6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB, bring appetizer to share. Dinner on your own

    7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Monday, Aug 15

    9:00 am -

    1:00 pm - Hike *

    6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  

    7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Tuesday, Aug 16

    9:00 am - Hike*

    Wednesday, Aug 17

    11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

    *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.


    The group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt. The site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided at the campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. We will have a propane fire-pit for the group if there are fire restrictions in effect.

    Need to Know:

    Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations

    Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest

    Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

    What to BringTen Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle of firewood – obtain locally, see below.

    GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

    Driving Directions: SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station go approximately 22 miles to Oso Group Campground.  Map Click Here . Closest Town:  Angeles Oaks

     GPS Coordinates: 34° 10' 32.5380" N 116° 51' 44.8380" W 

    Climate & Elevation – 6400 feet.

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service charge, must be received by 

    Contact: Scott C. email:


    Quiet Hours - 10 PM – 6 AM

    Cell Service – Available depending on your carrier.

    Pets: Pets are welcomed, remember the usual - leashed and pick up and dispose of waste.

    Health Problems/allergies Discuss any medical concerns with the trip/ hike leader that may affect your participation in events.

    Emergency Contact Information   Dial 9-1-1 To report all other activities Call  Local Ranger Station  909) 855-8550 during business hours or (909) 382-2600.  After hours call (909) 383-5654.

    • Fri, October 14, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, October 16, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • To Be Determined

    Each year GO holds an annual conference/campout for all members.

    The dates are now set - Oct 14-16.  Our OCLB Chapter is now planning the event.  Please check back later for details

    For further information, contact:

    Lance via email at:

Past events

Thu, May 12, 2022 PS - Sequoia Park Three Rivers CA
Sun, April 10, 2022 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Wed, March 16, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Wed March 16 at 6pm
Thu, March 10, 2022 PS - Campout - Agua Caliente County Park
Thu, February 17, 2022 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Tue, December 21, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
Fri, August 02, 2019 PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)
Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)

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