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“There’s no words. The community you guys have built is almost mystical. In today’s world, this is the community that is needed.”

Julia, CCD Attendee

Q: What is Camp Carpe Diem (CCD)?

A: Camp Carpe Diem is a four-day camping adventure where you can pick how much or how little you want to do. We handle all the details and create an agenda where you can hike, mountain bike, enjoy photography safaris and local tastings at craft breweries and distilleries. There is time for you to explore on your own or with fellow campers, as well as community dinners and nightly campfires.

This is a long weekend for you to enjoy yourself with fellow travelers – people who RV, tent camp, or just enjoy getting out to explore new areas. It is time to be a kid again and just do things because they are fun!

Find your tribe and create a community where personal connections are more important than WIFI connections.

Q: Where and when is CCD?

A: Hot Springs, Arkansas, May 16-20, 2024. Our CCD 2024 Basecamp is Hot Springs Off-Road Park, where you can RV, tent camp, or rent a cabin.

Activities start on Thursday (May 16) with our famous Opening Night Social presented and hosted by Superior Bathhouse Brewery. Friday through Sunday are full of daytime and evening activities. We close on Monday around 11 a.m with coffee and pastries, as we bid one another good-bye for now.

Many campers tend to come in early and/or stay additional days at the host campground to enjoy all the area has to offer.

Q: How do I register?

A: Register now for early bird pricing of $209 per person (prices increase December 25, 2023). CCD campground reservations are not included in the price of event tickets. Our CCD 2024 Basecamp is Hot Springs Off-Road Park, but campers are welcome to book accommodations wherever they choose. Most activities take place or initiate at Base Camp.

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Q: Where should I stay?

A: You are welcome to stay wherever you’d like; but if you want ALL the community, all the campfires and all the fun – book your stay at the Hot Springs Off-Road Park, our official basecamp. And don’t forget that you may want to book your campsite for time before and after CCD. With so much to do and so many good people to hang with, you never know what fun will pop up! 

Reservations at  Hot Springs Off-Road Park are open now. After you purchase your tickets to CCD, reserve your spot by calling 501-625-3600 and mentioning Camp Carpe Diem. Rates for the official CCD event dates of May 16-20, as well as the day before the event are 15% off their regular price. (Regular price averages around $40 per night for an RV site). The discount applies to cabins, tents sites, and RV sites. If you are interested, RV dry camping sites are also available.

Hot Springs Off Road Park has water and electrical connections, but currently there is no sewer onsite – although there is a dump located nearby and a shower house on site. They are planning on adding sewer to offer full hook-up sites and this could happen prior to CCD.  

Note: Once sewer is in place prices may increase slightly, but the 15% CCD discount will remain in place.

Cabins, tents sites, and RV dry camping sites are available, as well. Be sure to mention Camp Carpe Diem when booking for the 15% discount off all these rates. 

CCD has sites blocked from now through November 19. Starting on November 20, you can still mention Camp Carpe Diem for a 15% discount and request sites in the same areas but the base price may increase and unreserved CCD area sites will become available to the general public on November 20.

Your camp hosts are in sites 56 and 57. If you would like to be in that same area or want to have more of a chance at choosing a specific site, be sure to book your site sooner than later.

CCD Blocked Sites

  • RV sites with water and electric: sites 50-69 and 40-42
  • Dry RV sites: sites 70-73
  • Tent sites: sites 50-52

Cabins are also available at the 15% discount for May 15-May 20, but they are not on hold. Reservations are first come, first serve.

Click here for the site map.

For more specific information on the campground’s reservation process and policies, click here.

Q: What is the official hashtag for social media?

A: #CCD2024

Q: What is on the agenda?

A: We schedule a variety of events led by people with experience in each topic. Typically, we have opportunities for you to mountain bike, hike and go on photography safaris. We also enjoy tastings at local craft breweries.

We will post the 2024 agenda about a month before the event. You can get an idea of the events from CCD 2023. This year, we are adding an extra day so that there is more time to play and relax which moves our last official event to Monday morning (instead of Sunday).

Opening Night Social is already confirmed. It is sponsored and hosted by Superior Bathhouse Brewery on Thursday evening, May 16.

  • Please use #CCD2024 when sharing the fun on social media!

2023 Agenda (subject to change)

Q: Who is hosting Camp Carpe Diem?

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.

CCD Banner 2023 and hosts Kalispell Montana
April, Ken, Debra, and Barry

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

A: Activities are scheduled so you can participate in as many as you want. There are some that overlap so there are times you may have to choose between photography, hiking, or biking. We do ask each attendee to judge for themselves if they are physically able to participate.

Q: Are there additional costs or fees?

A: Your registration covers all official CCD activities. Where possible, we arrange for discounts and specials at the breweries, but your alcohol or food outside of what we offer is on your own.

Q. I don’t tow a car, do you arrange transportation?

We ask that you arrange your own transportation to and from activities. We do meet before departing for any event and there have typically been people willing to drive others. If you are someone who does not have a car, please be sure to offer to share in the cost of gas or buy your driver’s dinner.

As adults, you are responsible for your own safety. Please do not drive while under the influence. We will happily arrange for your transport and assist you in getting your car returned to camp.

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. Campground refunds are separate from CCD. For more specific information on Hot Spring’s Off-Road Park’s reservation process and policies, click here.

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.

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