As we now say goodbye to 2023, it’s with great pride that this year we celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of Camp Nice!
Each year a select group of our favorite city dwelling nature lovers have gathered in the woods to send off Summer and welcome the beginning of Fall.
Over the last decade, Camp Nice has become an annual highlight for so many of us to live, laugh and love together in the outdoors and form bonds that will last a lifetime. After this long, it’s now hard to imagine life without it, as so many campers look forward to that time in September when the days start to get a little shorter, the nights a bit cooler and we can all circle around the campfire in our favorite hoodies and beanies to warm our souls with wonderful food and friendship. Refreshments abound, with cheers a plenty and a communal feeling of joy and gratitude spreads across camp. It’s this alliance of widely varied yet like-minded people and personalities that Camp Nice has always assembled that produces some of the best times of our lives.
As always, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous partners who help make things extra nice. Vans came through with their timeless sneakers, MTE hiking boots, handy fanny packs, duffle bags and T-shirts so we could get crafty with screen printing and tie-dyes. Alpha Industries outfitted the Rangers with stylish tactical gear and Coal Headwear hooked up the beanies to help us get through those chilly nights outside. Adler Tools provided the heavy equipment to chop up firewood, and Überleben gave us the right tools to earn fire badges legit. Yeti mugs and water bottles made sure everyone stayed hydrated, the ice was cold and the tea stayed hot. Cocojune, Cheeky Sandwiches, Grillo’s Pickles and Queen Majesty Hot Sauce kept the crew well fed, nourished and nicely spiced. While Fat Tire, Matchbook Distilling, Montelobos Mezcal, Espolon Tequila and Ancho Reyes had the beers and cocktails overflowing at Rickster’s each and every night. And what would we have done without Alte, keeping everyone properly medicated and recreated with an endless supply of New York’s finest legal cannabis products.
Speaking of Rickster’s, a Lazy Hustler shout out to all the guest DJ’s who kept the vibes right and the dance floor tight. DJ Smoke L.E.S., Jasmine Solano, Willy Soul, Disgonuts & Omer Mil of the Funky Seshwa Crew, Waichi, Angel + Dren, Queen Majesty, and B Kool crushed the newly constructed log DJ booth with an eclectic mix of music that had the joint jumpin’ ’til the early morn, while the morning and afternoon hours were filled with the smooth sounds of Camp Nice radio hosted by Alte’s Max Klaw broadcasting out of the Ranger Station, complete with a dispensary and espresso bar. Daytime activities ranged from morning WellNice yoga workshops hosted by Miriam + Chenoah, woodworking stool building class with Jessie Nelson, tennis lessons with Jasmine Solano and skateboard sessions on the new mini ramp to the traditional boating, hiking, fishing, bocce ball, archery, arts & crafts and custom Camp Nice flash tattoos by Bob Nelson. Of course, just relaxing in a hammock and soaking in the peaceful melodies of the wilderness is always encouraged as well.
Thank you to all of our Camp Nice alumni over the last ten years, we could not have done it without you. Every single one of you makes camp the incredible collective that it has always been, and we look forward to welcoming everybody back for at least another ten.
Please enjoy a sampling of the memorable moments captured on film by Craig Wetherby.
We had arrived!
Jasmine was in her element!
Mia was chillinnnn…
Thao + Misty enjoyed a nice sunset cruise.
You already know we had to Light UP!
Din hooked up the most proper Cheeky’s x Camp Nice Family Dinner!
Rickster’s was officially OPEN!
Ranger Larry was first up on our new pool table!
Queen Majesty was running tings!
All the animal lovers showed up!
Of course we played lots of dominos…
A new addition to our programming this year was Tennis + Pickle Ball thanks to our Racquet Ranger Jasmine Solano!
The dream team assembled to help us get the nets set…
Emma wasn’t new to this!
Morgan got next!
Pat made himself right at home on our new lakeside mini-ramp!
Jessie’s Wood Shop was open too!
Thanks for the new tools Adler!
We dyed the leather seats for our stools.
The artistic juices were flowing!
Our color palette was vibrant!
Ice dye was in full effect!
The new Camp Nice x Pat’s Pants were popping!
Chenoah always shining!
Thanks to Vans for coming correct with the fresh white T’s!
Aya created some magic as usual…
WellNice Sessions were extraaaa nice this year!
Our fam was growing + glowing!
Health is Wealth
Miriam guided us into bliss…
Überleben had us prepared for our Fire Starting Workshops
Time to get cooking!
Fire Badge EARNED!
Mecca showed us how to keep our tools sharp!
Adler makes some serious tools!
We even had our own custom flasks filled with goodness thanks to Matchbook Distilling!
And our own custom Yeti mugs to enjoy some nice frosty cocktails!
Ranger Larry christened the new DJ booth with a classic vinyl set!
Peace + Rev Love = Nirvana
B Kool with the EPIC vinyl set!
Disgonuts brought his wax too!
Jasmine Solano always repping TheGoodLife!
Rickster’s was popping!
Matt mixed it up properly!
Pool table action went all night!
Mecca showed us how its done!
Shana was focused!
Camp Nice is soooo NICCCEEEE!!
Tono got inked up!
Fitz definitely earned his badge!
Ritty was looking to earn his archery badge
Angel + Dren…Double Trouble!
Justine wanted the win
Morgan had her sights set on the big win too!
But Dren had that Warrior Spirit
Fierce Win…Archery Badge EARNED!
It was a very official Family Reunion!
Gone Fishing…Much love and gratitude to each and everyone of our friends + family that make it all soooo NICE!!! Til’ next time…
Thank you Chenoah!
Thank you Ranger Larry!
Thank you Akira!
Thank you Vlad!
Thank you Alex!
Thank you Kurt!
Thank you Jasmine!
Thank you Mia!
Thank you Matt!
Thank you Alessandra!
Thank you Paul!
Thank you Miriam!
Thank you Mecca!
Thank you Yasmin!
Thank you Erica!
Thank you Jeff + Tek!
Thank you Morgan!
Thank you Brian!
Thank you Pat!
Thank you Tomas!
Thank you Tono!
Thank you Jessie!
Thank you Erika!
Thank you Max!
Thank you Shana!
Thank you Aya!
Extra large love to everyone who came up to float with us this year and to all those who’ve joined us over the past 10 years…Thank YOUS!!! We’ll be back!!!!
Camp Nice Global Expansion in 2024…
See ya’ll soon!