Campground Common Sense Rules

With thousands of visitors at camp, some guidelines must be enforced in an effort to make everyone’s experience a rewarding & enjoyable one. The general philosophy of Hillside Campgrounds is that inside our gate, camp members can be themselves without the pressures we feel outside the gate. With this in mind, it is necessary all camp members be considerate of each other. We want your home away from home to be pleasant for all, thus we ask everyone to follow a few important rules:

Driving: The speed limit is 5 mph. Please limit driving around the camp. Once you enter the camp and park your car on your site, it should stay there until the end of your stay.

Parking: Your vehicle(s) must fit completely on your site. No parking on any grassy area. If you have a large vehicle, or there are many cars with your group, register your car in the camp office and park in the lot outside of the front gate. Placards will be provided by the office.

Illegal Activities: Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere on camp property. This is a zero tolerance policy and the State Police will be notified. Whether legal or not, no firearms or weapons of any kind may be brought to camp.

Electric Use: Getting power lines all through the camp can be challenging. Since we all have to share power with our camp neighbors, the following electric items are not permitted – heaters, grills, hotplates or air conditioners. Please limit outside lighting to no more than 100 watts and turn off lights when you go to bed.

Pets:  Pets are welcome provided you follow some common sense rules. Pets are not permitted to stay in Cabins or Rental RV’s. Due to PA Health and Safety rulings, pets are not allowed at  the Rec Hall, Cafe or Pool. Owners are responsible to clean up after their pets. Dogs must be leashed at all times including on your site. All dogs bark, but excessive barking can ruin the camp experience. You are responsible for your pets’ conduct. If you can’t control them, you will be asked to leave.

Nudity: This is a clothing-optional campground when completely inside of the camp gates. Clothes must be worn in the camp office and outside the gate.

Alcohol: This is a BYOB camp. Alcohol is not for sale in the camp. At times, beer or alcohol is served by groups at camp events. Please enjoy responsibly. Consumption of alcohol to the point of impairment is not permitted in public camp areas.

Pool Area: Please obey the posted rules and regulations set forth by the PA State Department of Health. No glass bottles, pets or cameras are allowed anywhere in the pool area. Shower before entering the water. Nudity is allowed at the pool, sexual activity is not. Please limit music to devices with earphones.

Quiet Hours: No loud music or excessive noise from your campsite between 11:00pm and 8:00am. Your fellow campers will appreciate the quiet.

Campsite Care: Please leave your campsite as you would like to find it and help us preserve the natural beauty of the wooded areas. Do cut not any trees! Problems on/with a site should be reported to camp staff.

Trash: Should be bagged and placed in/by the closest trash can. If you are in an remote area of camp, please drop your garbage in the dumpster in the parking lot on your way out of camp.

Fires: Fire pits are located at each site. Take care to control the size and height of your fire. Do not use gasoline or lighter fluid to start your fire and never burn plastic or garbage as the fumes can be both annoying and toxic. Never leave your fire unattended and extinguish it before going to bed. Do not cut trees, dead or alive for firewood. Seasoned and split firewood is available for sale at the camp office.

Hiking and Exploring: When walking the trails of camp, do not trespass on adjoining sites, or take shortcuts though other sites. On the nature loop trails, please stay on the inside of the loop. The outside of the loop is not camp property.

Outside Vendors: Vendors and contractors must be pre-approved and arranged through the camp office. You cannot conduct a business from your campsite without explicit permission from the camp management. If you have a problem that requires someone from the outside, contact the camp office before making arrangements.

The Bottom Line: The most important rule to remember: respect & common sense. We are all guests at this place provided to us. It is a joint experience, so consider others in addition to your own needs. If you don’t know or have questions about what might be permissible, ask the staff. The camp reserves the right to remove anyone with behaviors that are deemed violent or overly offensive.

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