Who wants to go camping?

10/08/2010

Next spring, some of our favorite folks from iO West are putting together an exciting improv-centric camping adventure nestled in the beautiful California Central Coast called CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA. This four-day experience sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time, and an incredible way to spend a vacation.

They’ll be offering workshops by instructors from all over the country like Craig Cackowski (iO, Second City, Dasariski), Shulie Cowen (iO, Second City, Opening Night the Musical) and the expletively delightful Susan Messing (iO, Annoyance Theatre).

The retreat is the brainchild of Nick Armstrong, member of the hilarious God Squad (amongst many other iO West projects), who also happens to be a camping lover with Eagle Scout credentials to boot. Along with improv/camp cohorts John Abbott, Jessica Young and everyone’s favorite bar manager, Brian O’Connell, they’re aiming to make this a spring for improvisers to remember.

It’s not all about the improv though… you’ll also be able to take in the breathtaking scenery while enjoying activities like hiking, basketball, archery and even a ping-pong tournament… And let’s not forget the beach!

scene painting at its best

It will be hosted at Camp Ocean Pines, a 15 acre retreat nuzzled in the pines right off the ocean. The Improv Utopia folks have arranged both co-ed and singe-sex cabins sleeping up to 10, with (thank goodness) working bathrooms and showers. You can learn a little more about the grounds in this little infomercial video the camp made:

The camp is in Cambria, CA… about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For those of you yet to experience the breathtaking views and charm of this area, you’re in for quite a treat. Cambria is a delightful seaside town, stretching against the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches of the coast (yeah, us native Westerners say coast instead of shore). If you go, you may want to make plans to check out the area before or after camp… just a short drive up the Pacific Coast Highway is Hearst Castle (something so grand, pictures cannot do it justice). Or a little to the south you can check out the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas. There are countless spanish missions throughout the area, and overall, is just a wonderful place to spend some time.

The camp runs May 27-30, 2011 and your $375 fee includes lodging in one of the shared cabins and 8 meals (Friday dinner through Monday breakfast). Workshops and on-site activities are inclusive with the fee as well. You can get additional information and register at www.improvutopia.com. You can also get updates and connect up with fellow campers ahead of time on Camp Improv Utopia’s Facebook page.