Camping Season IS here!

Well it was a busy Memorial Day wknd at the campground!  The weather was GREAT!  It’s about time, we’ve had so much cold, rainy days kicking off our 2014 camping season 😦   So we were due for a really good wknd & better yet an extended holiday wknd!Campground 7-12 (5) 🙂

The campground was bursting with lots of young campers.  It’s great to see more kids riding around & playing together this year!  Thankfully we have had new young families join our little community this year.  I know the few kids we have had welcome the new friends they are making this season!

By the way if you haven’t checked out the new website that Charles & Jinger (campground managers) created yet…here’s a link to do so now!  http://heritagelakecampground.webs.com/  If you’re a Facebook person, they also created a Facebook page..ck it out & Like the page!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Lake-Campground/419616524841642

FYI…some of our campers have decided to organize together & take donations through out the season for entertainment funding to get bands for 4th of July wknd & Labor Day wknd.  Donations are strictly voluntary, but if you would like to enjoy having a band on mentioned holiday wknds this is your opportunity to help out.  If you would like to donate to the entertainment fund, you should see Debra Palmer, Mary Lou Palmer or Charles & Jinger will make sure to get it to the right person as well.

The weather prediction for the wknd is sunny & hot….great for “boating”.                That’s where we’ll be!!! Hope you have a great wknd!

 

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HL Campground Rules for 2014

Hope you all are “weathering” the winter season so far!  I am sure you’re all busy with  the festive activities we all experience this time of year but wanted to make sure you are informed on upcoming 2014 camping season topics…so please mark your calendars for our annual HL Campground Winter Meeting.  It will be held on Sunday, January 26th at 1PM until ? at the HL POA Clubhouse.  We will advise on the new electricity billing & payment details during this meeting.  We will need to get a master email address list & update any other personal information that may have changed to make sure we keep everyone informed! Hope to see a good turn out!!  Wishing all of you & your families a “Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!!!”

I am posting the new HLPOA approved HL Camping Rules for 2014 below for your review.  I think they are to be mailed out with the paperwork for the 2014 camping season.

HERITAGE LAKE CAMPING RULES FOR 2014 (UPDATED 1/15/14)

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To make the campground facilities available to the greatest number of members, official rules and regulations are established by the Management and are posted in convenient places in the campground for your information and guidance.  In addition, the following conditions should be observed during your stay.

 

Classification of Campers:

 

Permanent Camper: Those campers who receive a lot for the camping season. Half season campers are those who receive their lot on or after the 4th of July weekend.

 

Sponsored Campers: Those campers who are guests of POA member and have been signed in by members.

 

Transient Campers – Those campers who are of a temporary nature, rentals may be daily, monthly or yearly if lots are available and the Committee approves.

 

 

  1. To use the Heritage Lake Campground and its facilities you must have a current membership card and present it to the Campground Manager when registering except in the case of a camper who is a guest of a POA member.
  2. All campers must check in at the campground manager’s office to confirm their arrival and pay their camping fees and any storage fees that may be required.  If the office is closed upon your arrival, all fees shall be paid upon the manager’s return.
  3. There are no reservations for transient camping.  All sites are on a first come first serve basis.
  4. It shall be against all rules and regulations to locate any transient camper, tent, trailer, camping or to sleep in any unauthorized area.  There shall be no camping or sleeping in storage area.
  5. One family or one camping group shall be permitted to occupy one campsite in the campground.
    1. A camper under eighteen (18) years of age must be accompanied by an adult or receive prior special permission from the campground manager before camping.
    2. A family consists for the most part of parents, dependant children and other relatives.
  6. Guests may occupy a campsite only if one is available and it does not deprive a member of a campsite.  A guest may share a site with a member anytime, regular camping fees apply.
  7. Campground quiet hours will be observed from 12 Midnight thru 7:00 A.M., unless approved by campground manager.
  8. All gray water, as well as black water, must be emptied at the designated dump station.  The use of any form of drywell is strictly forbidden per the Indiana State Board of Health.  Violation of this rule could result in the forfeiture of your camping privileges.
  9. Washing dishes, clothes, or pets at the drinking fountains or in the bathhouse facilities is strictly prohibited.  Exception for animals to assist the visually and or hearing impaired.  No pets of any kind will be allowed in the bathhouse.
  10.  No playing in the bathhouse.
  11. Riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, etc. on walkways round the bathhouse is strictly prohibited.
  12. No one under 14 years of age will be allowed to operate a golf cart or similar, non-licensed vehicle unless supervised by an adult.
  13. Any lighting and displaying of aerial fireworks is strictly prohibited.
  14. Owners are responsible for their pets.
    1. Pets on your campsite must be kept on a leash or in cage.  If the pet is not caged or on a leash when on your campsite, then the pet must be attended to by a responsible person at all times.
    2. Pets off your campsite must be on a leash at all times.
    3. No pets will be allowed in or around the pavilion during campground activities, except for animals to assist the visually and/or hearing impaired.
    4. Pet owners are responsible for the clean up of pet waste.

 

 

  1. No weapons of any kind, including firearms, are to be displayed in the campground.
  2. When breaking camp the campsite must be left lean and orderly.  The water must be turned off at the hydrant, all trash and garbage must be deposited in the dumpsters. 
  3. Please observe the 5mph speed limit and the one way signs. Anyone caught speeding may lose their camping privileges.
  4.  All vehicles, RV’s, tents and boat trailers must be parked or located three (3) feet from any designated campground roadway.
  5. Violation of any of the Heritage Lake “Camping Rules” could result in the forfeiture of your camping privileges.
  6. The camper waives any claims against the owner (Heritage Lake Property Owners Association), its agent or employees for damage arising out of the use by the permitted or any member of his party of the campground facilities.  The owner (Heritage Lake Property Owners Association) makes no representations as to the suitability or safety of the campsite and is not responsible for the actions or control of other campers or person in the campground.
  7. When you are notified of receiving a permanent campsite, you should have your camper their lot on or before May 1st, or stand a chance in forfeiting that campsite and fee for the season. After acceptance to permanent camping, refunds will be granted only in the event of death and/or long term illness that results in the renter not being able to use the lot.  Granted refunds will be adjusted down from the fee paid based on weekly deductions until June 30th.  Absolutely no refunds will be granted after July 1st.
  8. Camping is not allowed prior to the first Friday in April.
  9. The camping season will open the first 1st Friday in April and end on the last Sunday in October.  The campground manager will be on site from the first Friday in April through the last weekend in October.  The campground will be locked for the season, however primitive camping may be allowed by the POA Manager through the end of November.
  10. All campers, trailers and boats must be removed from the campground or stored in accordance with the winter storage agreement.  Winter storage agreements can be obtained from the campground manager or the P.O.A. office by December 1st of the current year.  Unpaid fees will be attached to the Member’s Assessment when they are sent their current billing.
  11. Campsites are non-transferable. Sub-leasing is not allowed.
    1. Any person using the facility other than a permanent camper must be registered with the campground manager by the registered permanent camper in advance.  The person using the campsite will check in with the campground manager at time of their arrival.  When vacating your campsite during the camping season for vacation or other reasons for a period of time, you must notify the campground manager on how long you will be away.
    2. Any person using the facility other than a permanent camper must be registered with the campground manager by the registered permanent camper in advance.  The person using the campsite will check in with the campground manager at time of arrival.
  12. Limit of one tent or pop-up per campsite. 
  13. No guest recreational vehicle, boat, boat trailer or tent may be stored on your permanent campsite.
  14. A permanent camper is responsible for keeping their lot trimmed.  They must keep the campsite clean at all times.  If the camper does not meet these requirements, the lot will be maintained and a fee will be charged.  The fee will be paid at the appearance of the camper or attached to their POA fee.
  15. Any situation not covered in the permanent camping rules or Heritage Lake Camp rules will be decided by the campground committee, in accordance with the POA policy.
  16. Any shelter structure, screened or unscreened constructed on the campsite shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet floor space and shall not have post stuck into the ground.  Assembly shall be or nuts/bolts and or screws to enable ease disassembly.  Roofs shall not cover the camper only the deck. Before any construction begins, the plans must be submitted to and approved by the campground committee.  Existing structures prior to 10/17/96 are unaffected by this rule.
  17. Decks and or porches for campers shall not be constructed with post in the ground. Existing decks and or porches prior to 10/17/96 are unaffected by this rule. No roofs shall be constructed shall be constructed over the camper, only the deck.
  18. All water and electrical lines from the RV to utility source must be buried to a sufficient level for mowing.
  19. POA assessment fees must be paid by April 1st of the current year in order to camp.
  20. A “Camper not in good standing” for the current season will be eligible for a campsite for the next camping season as a status of “First time camper”.
  21. All campground members are responsible for their guests and their adherence of enforcement to all campground rules at all times.
  22. Failure to comply with any of the rules or camping rules will result in your status as a “Camper not in good Standing”.
  23. The campground committee Reserves the Right to revoke the camping privileges of anyone who:
    1. Commits any act that endangers the health or safety of another guest.
    2. Commits any illegal act.
    3. Continuously fails to follow campground rules at the request of the campground committee.  The campground manager may revoke the camping privileges of any transient or guest camper at any time with consulting the committee.

 

 

  1. All golf carts, ATV’s etc. must have front & rear lights and use them from dawn until dusk
  2. All guests must register with the manager upon entering the campground
  3. Permanent campers agree and understand that they are responsible for paying for the electricity provided to their site.  The utility will invoice the Association for the total electricity used for all campsites; then the Association will invoice each camper monthly by the Association for the electric bill for their specific site.  The electric bill invoice must be paid within Fifteen (15) days from the date of the invoice.  If a camper does not pay the electric bill invoice within thirty (30) from the date of the invoice, the electricity to the site will be disconnected until the camper’s account is brought current.  In addition, the Association has the right to pursue collection and reimbursement from a camper for his site’s electric bills paid by the Association but then unreimbursed by the camper.  If collection action becomes necessary, the camper agrees that the Association is entitled to recover its legal fees, court costs, and other expenses resulting from the collection action.  The Association and the utility company are not responsible to any camper for any damage or loss caused by a disconnected electric line due to non-payment of the electric bill by the camper.

 

Approved by the Campground Committee 9/17/13 Approved by the POA Board 12/12/13

 

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Where Did the Summer Go?

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Seems like yesterday we were getting our campers ready for a wonderful summer filled with activities & good friendly weekend gatherings.  Then in almost the blink of an eye…we are starting to get our campers, sites & boats ready for what will seem like an endless cold miserable winter season.  I don’t know about you but I DON’T LIKE THE COLD!!!  The cold season seems to linger on & on longer than the warm season.  We have had some summer this year!  This had to be the best camping & boating season in some time.  Hopefully next summer will be more of the same! 🙂   We were fortunate to find great Campground Managers to fill the sudden open position. Thank you Charles & Jinjer Bragg & your two adorable daughters for taking on the challenge.  Hopefully you plan to return for the 2014 season!!!   I for one have never seen the women’s restroom cleaner!

Expect changes when you return next spring…new electric is being installed during off season.  “Ladies, no longer should you have to unplug something to be able to run something else to keep from popping the breaker…yeah!!!”  But with new/better services one must pay the piper (so to speak)….monthly electrical bill.  And to me, that’s ok.  I would rather keep the seasonal rate down & pay electric (that I have control of).  This should work out in our favor because in the future when other improvements are needed, there should be room in the budget.

At the conclusion of the last monthly meeting September 21, the campground board voted on officer positions.  Your 2014 Campground Officers are:  Rob Morgan – President, Jason Plunkett – Vice President, Ben Hinshaw – Secretary & Ron Gates – Treasurer.  As requested by a camper at the meeting, I will be posting the 2014 campground rules here on the blog for your review/reference as soon as I receive them.

In closing a reminder:  there’s a pitch in bean dinner in the Shelter House October 5th.  There is a Halloween Celebration on Oct. 12:  Costume party with trick or treating for kids from 6pm-7pm, games and karaoke from 8pm-12am. Costume required to attend!

Another HOT weekend!!

Well there wasn’t a lot of campers this weekend, but we enjoyed another hot, sticky weekend.  We did get a little relief on Thursday afternoon when it decided to rain…although it was more of a tease, I think, for the thirsty crops, gardens, flower beds, lawns, etc.!   The temperature dropped after the shower, making the evening pretty enjoyable.

I last posted on Friday (6/22) morning before Donna & I headed out for the items needed for Dirty Bingo & Wacky Family Olympics (6/30).  We set off with goals of hitting garage sales in Greencastle (IN), plus 3 more stops.  We stopped at 3 different garage sales.  We were able to find some clothes we need for the Olypmics, some kitchen stuff for Dirty Bingo prizes & I picked up a darling little summer dress with clear summer heals (perfect for the dress).  We made a quick stop at Krogers for needed bottled water & beer.  Then our favorite place….Dollar Tree!  I usually spend way more than I should in there but I get a lot for what I spend.  I just know it doesn’t take long when you keep throwing stuff in the cart thinking it’s just a buck & end up an hour later totaling out at like $50.  But in all fairness, I doubt I would get a most of that stuff, that cheap, even at Walmart!

By the time we returned to the campground, the Bloody Mary session was about to begin.  Friday nights at the campground, for our group, usually ends up fairly simple as far as meal planning.  Usually there’s four of us that just roast hot dogs or sausages over the fire.  Sometimes we’ll peal off the label & open a can of sauerkraut or maybe some coney dog sauce .  We heat it up around the edge of the fire pit.  We all contribute side items (the simpler, the better).

Saturday meals that’s a different story.  We have some pretty elaborate spreads!  We’ll settle on an entree, in which everyone contributes their portion of meat.  It’s pretty much like a potluck dinner…good food, good friends, great beverages.  Who could ask for anything more?  We decided we needed to eat early because we were bringing “snacks” to Dirty Bingo later that night.  Our food of choice (trying to keep simple) Stuffed meat cakes filled with your choice of diced multi-color sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheese & spices, I forgot to pack the bacon pieces 😦  Our menu also included:  coleslaw, potato salad, garden salad, macaroni salad, cottage cheese, salsa (I love Chuck & Dave’s Salsa we get at Sam’s, fresh salsa w/garlic), monkey bread, iced brownies & oatmeal cookies.  The really sad part…there were only 6 of us eating together.  But you know what, that’s what makes it still feel like camping (even in our hotel on wheels) when you have potluck pitch-ins, family reunions,summer picnics..just having large family gatherings where you really got to actually play with your cousins & get to know them.  But sadly that’s sort of a dying tradition. And that just gave me an idea for a future topic.

Dirty Bingo        All in all….I think everyone that was there…enjoyed it & from comments we got before we left this morning, would be interested in doing it again.  For those who didn’t play, I’ll explain the “jest” of it.

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There were “white elephant” prizes that were designated as kids (12 & under) & adults (13 & over).  Whether you have your participants bring a wrapped prize or you supply the prizes & charge per card.  You start out just doing regular bingo until all prizes are gone.  Then…you start stealing from others!  If you bingo you get to look around & take from someone else.  If there’s multiple bingo’s.. they are done in order called.  A prize can not be stolen more that once for game called.  It’s always so much fun to have some of them be the hot “steal” & they get passed around numerous times.  After this continues for many bingo’s the caller will warn of nearing last bingo.  We take turns in opening prizes to get laughs on what winners end up with.  So if you didn’t make it to our first Dirty Bingo night, you might want to next time.  And for the record, there were mainly 2 boxes that were stolen the most…a Bacardi rum box that contained 2 glass mixing bowls (auction treasures) & 1 bag of Christmas cookie cutters (garage sale bargains)….enjoy Rob!  Second one was a big, kind of short but long plain box that felt like it had nothing in it.  The only sound that was heard…a little sand/dirt that was in the box from being stored out in our pole barn.  But I knew what was in the box!  I bought it & I boxed it, after a diligent search for just the right box.  I must share, there was some cheating going on, some were hiding their prizes…shameful (lol).  When Donna & I were shopping at Dollar Tree in Greencastle, I found these ginormous flyswatters for a BUCK!!!  (I knew I should have bought one for myself also…hopefully they still have them when I go back next weekend!!!) Congrats Danielle on the awesome…ginormous flyswatter…that could be used for many purposes….some a little naughty too  ;-).  Oh….Wyatt….you should have offered to trade your gift w/one of the girls.  I hope you didn’t throw them away…2 new packages of good ponytail holders in a cute little flower box for safe keeping, even Moms can appreciate those kind of things. The fun part is…you never know whats inside your prize.

Until my next post….everyone have a safe week & we’ll look forward to next weekend!  Stay tuned for Wacky Family Olympic updates or stuff/props I may need to borrow for the  events………Please & Thanks……………Cheryl

As ready as I’m going to be….

So I thought doing a blog would be easy.  I guess if you’re a very “sociable” person it might be.  I tried doing the everyday thing but I got way behind…couldn’t always think of much to talk about or thought what I had to talk about would be uninteresting.  So I’m going to give it another valid try just reporting wknd activities ….***H L Campground Happenings***

There’s usually plenty going on, I’ll just have to remember to take notes to get all the particulars.  I didn’t get started opening wknd, because I’ve been procrastinating.  Plus David won’t stop pestering me about it so you might say I’m doing it to shut him up!

I have an events page that you will be able to review for upcoming activities at the campground.  As soon as I know of things, I will be sure to pass them along.  Feel free to leave comments (concerns) , I’m open to suggestions.  Second page is a short Hello page.  Third page I will be adding is a “Tell me what you think” page as a line of communication to share with others visiting the blog.  Here you could also make suggestions for activities to do on wknds, things to help raise money for the campground to fund fun activities.

Also wanted to note, at the last campground meeting (6/16/12, 10AM @ Shelter house) we agreed to try a “game night” that will always be the same night of the morning campground meetings (Saturdays only).  Each month we’ll name a type of game we’re playing like euchre or left right center or other types of card, dice, whatever.  The campground meetings are almost always the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10AM @ Shelter house.  Those evenings we’ll have a rousing game that evening, 8PM @ Shelter house.  We haven’t set 7/23 game night “game” as of yet, will keep you posted!

Tomorrow, we head to the campground.  I will continue to work on preparing for the “Wacky Family Olympics” on 6/30.  We will also be getting everything ready for “Dirty Bingo Night” on 6/23 @ 8pm.  Hope you come, it’s so much fun!  Check out the events page for more info on each!……..see ya at the campground!