- I survived Great Horror Campout – Portland.
- I give Great Horror Campout a BIG 2 thumbs up!
- I did not achieve the title of Hell Master.
A quick drive to Beavercreek, Oregon one Friday afternoon and we arrived at the Portland location for Great Horror Campout.
By all appearances it was a multi acre cow pasture with a group of tents and check in area. We approached check in carrying our sleeping bag, cooler, extra clothing and most important our Dossiers and right off encountered mutant Camp Counselors. As security is taken seriously everyone signs a 4 page waver, got a pat down inspection and bags searched for blacklisted items - Alcohol, weapons, cameras etc.
Once inside we found our assigned tent and stashed our stuff, then head over to the Main stage area to meet Head Master for opening ceremonies.
Head Master reviewed the rules and covered the Base Camp areas- Story Teller, Main Stage, Tents & Arts n Crafts. These areas are semi safe, with creepy camp counselors and creatures of the night roaming around.
Next he explained the Hell Zones; Witch’s Circle, Big Creature Country, Swimming Hole, Blood Tag, The Homestead, The Nest, The Ritual and Labyrinth each with its own aggressive inhabitants. In these areas you collect SCAG to achieve the title of Hell Master. The Dossier gives you specific clues on how to survive an encounter with each creature and what type of SCAG you are looking for. There are limited numbers of each level SCAG, so those after the title need to focus to get the required items before the 2:30am cut off time.
Throughout the night there were other challenges to trip you up:
Speed Bumps challenges that may leave you kidnapped, caged or trunk-ed. You must use your highly coveted SCAG items to barter your way out.
Also Crowd Surges like Blood Tag Match tournament or Camp Talent Show.
You should also listen for important rule changes that could disqualify hundreds of others in one fell swoop.
During the night we were covered with slim, blood, searched for vomit, (oh man, did that stink!) had a special moment while doing the human centipede and took 4 turns at the Labyrinth (it was that must FUN). I was able to collect 7 pieces of SCAG without trying too hard.
The point is, go, participate and enjoy getting the living snot scared out of you! While doing so I witnessed a birthing, danced in a ritual, swam with leeches, sang a song to some clowns and was almost bound and carted away. Yes, I wimped out and shouted ‘I want my Mommy’ the moment I saw that head cover. No way was I going to let that happen.
At the end of the Hell Hunt, we tried to clean up with paper towels (no showers) and settled into our tent for a few hours’ sleep before the 7am closing ceremony.
I needed to visit the porta potty (very clean ones I might add) so I slipped out of my tent and made my way through camp without flash light.
Alone outside, I witnessed one of the most memorable sights of the night- a multitude of monsters silently making their way to the tent area.
Once there the creatures proceeded wreak havoc. Some entered the tents to have their way with the unsuspecting campers, others just reached inside and tossed out whatever they could.
My tent mate only had to return our possession to the inside of our tent after bribing them with Fig Newtons.
All in all, it was one hell of a night. Well worth the money.
With this being Great Horror Campout’s 1st year here on the west coast, I am confident it will keep growing.
Well done, TenThirtyOne Productions.
Actors NEVER broke character during the entire night.
Great creatures; Interesting sets
Attention-grabbing activities with a good mix of cerebral and physical activities
Lack of facilities to clean up at; hand wash stations do not cut it when you’re covered in blood.