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


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 in or within 10 miles of state parks.

  • All trips cost $35 per person, which includes campground camping fees and firewood and coffee for breakfasts. Unless a trip leader is indicated, all other meals and meal prep are on your own. A trip leader indicates that Friars will provide meat for Saturday night dinner -- please consider bringing a side dish to share.

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

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

  • We start our trips on Thursday night (easier to get those reservations!).

  • 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. Annual/daily park permits are not included in the trip price and are the responsibility of each participant.

Kettle Moraine State Forest - South Unit

North of Eagle, WI, near Ottawa, WI

June 15 - 18, 2023


This beautiful forested and glaciated part of Wisconsin has numerous hiking trails and nature trails, mountain biking and more. 

Trip Leader: open

Point Beach
State Forest​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

July 13 - 16, 2023

Beaches, hiking, ice cream, relatively flat but wooded biking trails, Friday fish fries and a spacious group site with a big fire pit!

Group Site

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Devil's Lake 
State Park​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

August 10 - 13, 2023

Fantastic hiking, rock scrambling and swimming in a beautiful state park.

Group Site 2

Trip Leader: open

Lake Kegonsa
State Park​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

Stoughton, Wisconsin

September 14 - 17, 2023

Just outside Madison, WI, this park has great road-based bike trails and nice wooded hiking trails.

Site B

Trip Leader: open

Potato Creek
State Park​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

North Liberty, Indiana

October 5 - 9, 2023

Our cabins are modern with heat, 2 bedrooms plus roll-away beds and a spacious common area/kitchen.

Cabins 9 and 10

Price: TBD

Trip Leaders: Pat Banik and Beth Deputy

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