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Lodging


Pilgrim Firs Conference Center

Most of the lodging at Pilgrim firs is “dorm style” in small to medium sized cabins equipped with modern bathrooms with hot showers, electricity and heat.  All the cabins are carpeted with two separate sleeping rooms separated by a common room. Each side of the cabin has four beds and its own bathroom or kitchen. Cabins are designated Co-ed, all men, all women, quiet-sleepers (means quiet music and no loud laughing, etc. after 10 PM), night-owls (may have late night jam sessions), couples (the beds push together), etc. There are no single rooms available.

How housing is assigned

Housing designations are made by site coordinator Janet Peterson. You can indicate your preferences – same sex or coed, quiet or not so quiet, etc.  - on the housing and dietary form [attach in pdf form here]. You can also let us know your preferences as to roommate, other buddies you are coming to camp with and if you smoke, tend to stay up really late and sleep in past breakfast, etc.

Tenting

For those who want more privacy, there is space for camping. There are two areas for folks to set up tents. - a quiet spot at South Lodge (campers use South Lodge for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc.) and a more central area near the Main Lodge (campers use Huckleberry House for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc.). There is no discount in pricing at Pilgrim Firs for staying in a tent instead of a cabin or lodge.

Other RV Camping

RVs, VW Campers, Pop-ups etc. can park along the rim of the upper parking lot. Please leave room for everyone by parking perpendicular to the tree line. NO hook-ups available. Campers in the upper parking lot can use Huckleberry House for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc. There is no discount in pricing at Pilgrim Firs for staying in an RV instead of a cabin or lodge.

Refrigerators

There are refrigerators for our use at the Main Lodge, South Lodge, Huckleberry House, and in the kitchens of cabins 1, 7, and 11.

Athletic facilities

There is a large field with a volleyball net, an outdoor basketball court, a private lake with canoes and a rowboat, and miles of wooded trails for hiking.

Getting Around Camp

The access routes are unpaved gravel roads and paths. The distances between cabins and lodges are not long and the ground is fairly level.

Handicap Accessibility

Many, but not all, cabins and classrooms are handicap accessible (most classes will take place in and around the cabins).

Wifi

There is WIFI in some areas at Pilgrim Firs.

Commuter Option

You may stay off site, either at home or in an area motel. There are motels nearby - at least one within seven minutes of Pilgrim Firs; others are located in Port Orchard and on Bainbridge Island; it’s even practical in terms of time and distance to stay in the Tacoma area. There is a modest discount for selecting the commuter option (see the registration form for details).

Special Arrangement with Days Inn - We’ve reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for ABC students at the Days Inn in Port Orchard, which is only a few minutes down the road from us. If we've run out of beds at Pilgrim Firs - or if you simply prefer motel level accommodations - contact us and we'll give you the contact number and special code that gets you into our block of rooms and special rate (roughly 30% off the regular price). Students who stay at the Days Inn may register for ABC as commuters.



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