Do you have some questions before you Seize the Day? Well, we have some answers. Get in touch with us if your question isn’t listed.

Q: What is Camp Carpe Diem?

A: Camp Carpe Diem is place and a mindset where you can let go of your cell phones, computers, Zoom calls, job titles and professionalism to seek out what makes you grin, giggle and get giddy with excitement for all the things you enjoy or want to experience with people who have been there, done that.

Things like mountain biking, cooking, photography, beer tasting and brewery tours, jeeping, yoga and more.

Camp Carpe Diem is a place to connect with fellow RVers, travelers, nomads, entrepreneurs and on-the-road workers. It’s a place to come together to explore your interests, find your tribe and create a community of like-minded people where personal connections become more important than WIFI connections.

Q: Where is it?

A: Prepare yourself for a long weekend of fun in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville and Brevard, North Carolina on October 20-23, 2022.

Q: Where should I stay?

A: Many of the events will be held on site at the official CCD location at Rutledge Lake RV Park Resort. You are welcome to stay wherever you’d like; but if you want ALL the community, book your stay now at Rutledge Lake RV Park by calling (828) 654-7873 and mentioning Camp Carpe Diem with The Virtual Campground and Living a Stout Life. Your CCD camp counselors are in Sites 85 and 86.

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Q: What is the official hashtag for social media?

A: #BrevardCCD2022

Q: What is on the agenda?

A: We are scheduling a variety of events led by people with experience in each topic, so that you can do exactly what you are meant to do at Camp Carpe Diem: explore your interests, find your tribe and build community and connections while enjoying yourself. In other words, seizing the day!

This is the planned agenda, but it could change a little bit depending on weather or other factors.

If you would like to share photos on social media, please use the #livingastoutlife #stoutlife #rvtramps #rvlife #digitalnomad #travelblogger #entrepreneur #fulltimetravel #fulltimerv #camperlife #vanlife #BrevardCCD2022

2022 Tentative Bare Bones Agenda (more specifics & events to come)

Thursday – October 20

1 pm – 4 pm
Registration – Come check in and get your goody bag

2 pm – 4 pm
Choose your adventure:
Guided mountain biking, hike, or brewery visit

3 pm – 4 pm
Photography, RV, or Travel 101 Q&A and overview

6 pm – 7 pm
Opening Social hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery
Welcomes and introductions
Drinks and appetizers

Oskar Blues Brewery outdoor patio Brevard North Carolina
Opening Night Social host Oskar Blues Brewery outdoor patio in Brevard, NC

7 pm
Dinner on your own

8:30 pm
Campfire social (marshmallows included)

Friday – October 21

6:30 am – noon
Morning photography outing

8 am
Fitness Session

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Registration for any latecomers

8:30 am – noon
Choose your adventure: guided mountain biking or hike

Noon – 4 pm
So much to do – more details coming soon!

5:00 pm
Beer Share Social ***Wear your CCD Tee shirt***

5:15 pm
Group Picture

5:30 pm
Bring your goods to share with others at the Picnic Market
If you have items you sell and want to display or demo, we will have an area set up at the Beer Social

6:30 pm
Meat Up Potluck Dinner
Bring your favorite meat and our grill masters will cook it up.
Bring a side to share with others.

8:00 pm
Campfire social
Bring your guitar if you have one!

Saturday – October 22

8 am – 9 am
Fitness Session

9 am – 10 am

101 sessions: RV, travel, arts, photo, MTB, and more
Specifics TBD

10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Guided mountain biking, hiking

1:30 pm
Possible brewery tours, lunch together, 101 sessions, free time
Specifics TBD

4 pm – 8 pm
possible waterfall and photo session

7 pm
Dinner on your own

8:30 pm
Campfire and S’mores-gasbord (all the fixins)

Sunday – October 23

9 am – 10 am
Fitness Session

10 am – 11 am
Coffee and pastries meet up for all and goodbyes for those leaving

One last adventure:
Guided mountain bike, hike or other adventure for those staying

7 pm
Campfire social

Q: Who is hosting this?

A: Your camp guides for this exhilarating weekend are the owners of Living a Stout Life (Ken & April Pishna) and The Virtual Campground (Barry & Debra Benton), all of whom are full-time RVers with great experiences and varied interests to share, along with skills to teach you all you need to know to enjoy the activities that are Camp Carpe Diem.

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Ken, April, Debra, Barry

Q: Will I be able to take part in all the activities?

A: The plan is to schedule them so you can participate in as many as you want. We do ask each attendee to judge for themselves if they are physically able to participate.

Q: Are there additional costs or fees?

A: All activities are included. The cost of any alcohol or food outside what we offer is on your own as is any transportation required to get to activities.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: Refunds will be available if you cancel your participation at least 60 days prior to the event. From 59 to 30 days out, we can offer a 50% discount. Less than 30 days is non-refundable.

Q: What if there is another pandemic or other global issue, will I get a refund?

A: We will be keeping a strong eye on the news and will be sure to react if necessary to cancel the event with time to give you a refund.

Q: Who will be leading us on these activities?

A: RVers are a talented group and we have a lot of great professionals who will be sharing their talents and skills. Barry Benton is a professional photographer who leads workshops for amateur photographers to share great places and give tips on capturing images. Debra Benton is a wellness aficionado and an expert in event management. April and Ken Pishna of Living a Stout Life wrote the book on beer tasting and host a podcast to share the stories of brewers. Jill & August Wheeler are mountain biking experts, fitness professionals, and have first aid expertise. They’ll be leading our mountain biking rides, amongst other things. In addition, we have wellness aficionados to lead yoga and stretching classes, cooks, outdoor educators, and more.