Summer...and the living is easy with the Friars.


But COVID-19 restrictions will obviously dictate whether any of them will happen.
Check back and check your email for updates

Email us if you have questions about any of our summer activities.

Things you should know:

  • We count on volunteers to help run and organize trips. Please take your turn to volunteer if you are able!

  • Campfire wood is provided for all trips. For the sake of forests everywhere, do not transport wood to our camping trips.
    It must be purchased within 10 miles of state parks.

  • Pets are not allowed on our trips. Neither are children.

  • We do not supply adult beverages on our trips except coffee, tea, milk and juice for breakfasts.
    Because everyone's preferences vary widely, we ask that you bring your own beverages. 

  • We have a sign-up sheet for each trip for participants to help with garbage disposal, meal prep and clean-up. We all stay happier that way!


Note: most state parks require a daily entrance permit for your car. These fees are not included in the trip price and are the responsibility of each participant.

High Cliff State Park

June 18-21, 2020

Yeah, it's a bummer.
Friars Annual Picnic & Bike Ride

Miami Woods,
Cook Cty Forest Preserve

July 12, 2020
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Grilling madness. Side dishes galore.
Desserts a poppin'! 

Cost: $8
Leaders: TBD

​Event includes:

- Pre-picnic bike ride on the adjacent forest preserve trail to the Botanic Gardens

- Grilled foods

- Potluck side dishes and BYOB.

- Lawn games and great conversation!


Governor Dodge State Park

Dodgeville, Wisconsin

​July 16-19, 2020


Tent camping
Price: ~$20/25

Event Co-leaders: TBD

​3 night trip includes:

- Friday/Saturday night camping fees (or add Thursday for an additional $5), two breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, and entree for Saturday night dinner
- Activities: miles of hilly hiking trails, ice cream and cheese.

Devil's Lake State Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin

August 13-16, 2020

Tent camping
Price: $20/25

Trip Leaders: ?

​3 night trip includes:

- Friday/Saturday night camping fees (or add Thursday for an additional $5), two breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, and entree for Saturday night dinner
- Activities: biking in and around the park, miles of hilly hiking trails and rock scrambling, beach for swimming, boat rental, ice cream and cheese.

Heeler's Quiet Comfort Cabins

Labor Day in St. Germaine, Wisconsin -- da' Northwoods!

Sept. 4-8, 2020

Cabin Camping: cabins have electricity, TV/DVD, indoor plumbing, AC, pier to the lake and more!
Price: 3 nights ~$190, 4 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) $175

Trip Leader: Mike and Dale Chrystof

​Trip includes:

- 3 or 4 nights in well-appointed cabins on Lost Lake 
- Biking and hiking trails, local craft fairs and other entertainment, and boat , canoe, kayak rentals

- Partial service trip, POTLUCK MEALS -- Friday night through Sunday or Monday


chain o lakes 2012
Potato Creek
State Park
​ Cabins


October 9-11, 2020

Two cozy but spacious cabins! Two or three nights! Electricity, indoor plumbing, heat!
Price: 2 nights ~$90-100, 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) $tbd

Trip Leader: Pat Banik

​Trip includes:

- 2 or 3 nights in well-appointed cabins (indoor plumbing, enclosed porch and kitchen!)
- Beautiful hiking trails, open roads for jogging or biking 

- Full service trip, MOST MEALS -- Friday night through Sunday or Monday lunch included