My Day at Camp Blood

As previously discussed in my last blog, “For the Love of Jason”, I received an email that I would never forget. Before I talk about the email, let me give you a little history of

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco. The camp is a Boy Scout Camp located in Hardwick, NJ about 25 minutes from Blairstown. It was established in 1927 and is the oldest continuously operating Scout camp in New Jersey.

After Friday the 13th was filmed at the camp, it was taboo to speak of the movie afterwards however it could not be helped. It is strictly off limits however that has not stopped fans, myself included from sneaking onto the camp. Eventually the BSA said “you know what, we are in desperate need of repair and new buildings, let’s give the fans what they want.

On Friday May 13th, 2011, Crystal Lake Tours held their first tour of the Camp. As you may have guessed, tickets sold out in record time. For the next few years, the tours would be held on Friday the 13th. Recently, tours would be held on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 tours a day with each night having an overnight stay for a separate ticket cost. In August of 2018, Crystal Lake Tours announced a new lottery system to be able to purchase tickets.

When I returned home from my weekend getaway to Blairstown, I entered my name to be placed on the waiting list. Flash forward to the middle of November and I had received an email from Crystal Lake Tours. I opened the email thinking it was news updates. I was wrong. My name was selected for the lottery to purchase tickets for their next tour that would take place on May 17, 2019. You would have thought I won the actually lottery however in my opinion, I had won the actual lottery. I immediately called my wife to give her the great news. When you get the email, you have a limited time to purchase the tickets before you lose your spot. I needed to purchase them ASAP. At the time, my wife did not think she could get off of work so I only purchased one ticket for the tour and immediately booked a hotel room.

I will next talk about the tour but it will be spoiler free as I do not want to give away too much information if you have not been a part of the tour as I want you to have the same exhilaration I felt walking on the camp.
My wife and I made the trek up to the area the day before and spent the day at Space Farm and Museum in Sussex County. If you have not been there, I strongly suggest as it is a great place to take your significant other or family.

The next morning, my wife and I drove to the camp which was a scenic 25 minute drive from our hotel. The line to get in was long, but the wait was not long. When you get to the base of the driveway, you are greeted by a volunteer that will verify your ticket along with your ID. Since my wife did not have a ticket, I had to walk the rest of the way to the camp. I immediately felt like Annie, walking through town at the beginning of the movie. Luckily for me, a car stopped by and asked if I wanted a ride. Just like Annie, I said YES! The couple was Josh and Andrea from Pennsylvania. I have to say that every fan I have met since I started going to conventions have been nothing but great and this goes for Josh and Andrea.

We parked in the front parking lot and used the bathrooms as they would be the last bathroom with running water. Afterwards, we waited with a volunteer to take us to the meeting area which is the mess hall. Once we got to the mess hall, we turned in our tickets to get our credentials and our souvenirs that came with our ticket. There is a table that is set up to purchase other souvenirs and an ATM. What’s great about the ATM, if you do decide to use it, the receipt that prints out says Camp Crystal Lake.

Once everyone gets situated, the volunteers talked for about 20 minutes or so. During this time, you are given colored wristbands that would represent your group. I knew that Adrienne King (Alice) would be a special guest however we were told that they had a couple of more surprises for us.

After the volunteers finished speaking, Adrienne came out wearing her yellow rain jacket with a lantern. Obviously the crowd went wild! When she was finished, an officer came out. It was Ron Millkie (Office Dorf) in character! He went into his famous monologue when you are first introduced to him in the movie. Once he is finished, we are than instructed to make our way to the front of the mess hall to take a group photo. After the group photo, we are than broken into our groups. The groups are made up of about 10 attendees with a volunteer. There are a total of 9 stations and you have about 15 minutes to spend at each station. Doing it this way makes the experience so much better.

At one of the stations, we are gathered inside the scene and as the volunteer is talking about the history of the specific building you are in and the scene that was shot, a woman walks out. At first, I thought it was another volunteer. It took me about 10 seconds to register that the woman was Jeannine Taylor (Marcie). This was her first time back at the camp since filming took place in 1979.

The entire time at the camp is about 4 hours and I have to say the people who run the tour did a fantastic job. From the fans and volunteers, everyone I interacted with were very nice. During the tour, I later found out that there are currently 50,000 people on the waiting list and you have a 20,000:1 chance to get selected to be entered in the lottery to purchase tickets. I may never win the mega millions but I got to cross something off my bucket list.

My tour was the 11th tour and to date they have raised over $200,000. There were fans from 39 states and 6 different countries in attendance. All proceeds from the tours go to repairs to the cabins or building new structures. They also take some of the money raised and donate it to a local camp for children who have cancer. The money they donate pays for a child to attend that camp.

You can find more information about the tour at crystallaketours.com. You can find them on Facebook- Crystal Lake Tours and Instagram-@crystallaketours

The coveted pass signed in blood JK
Trying to get ahead in life.
So many surprises during the tour!
“Whatcha’ been smokin’, boy?”