Camp Go Back is a little difficult to describe.
And that’s intentional.
This is not just a new event, it’s a new concept.
The idea is something like a camp “throwback” experience for adults - and a new kind of camp experience for kids.
Activities include crafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, a ropes course, ax throwing and eating s’mores.
“I came up with the idea after seeing Camp No Counselors on ‘Shark Tank’ and wanting to bring something similar to Goodyear,” said Brenna Hosey, Goodyear’s festival and events coordinator.
As campnocounselors.com states, “Camp No Counselors is an escape from adult life. It’s essentially a three-night, all-inclusive weekend at an amazing summer camp.”
Goodyear is offering an abbreviated version of that: Four hours, no sleepover but plenty of activities.
Camp Go Back debuts 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Goodyear Ballpark.
Parking and entrance are free, as are just about all the activities.
“Ax throwing is the only activity that has a charge, but we are offering a free, kid-friendly version so it’s still technically a free activity,” Hosey said.
Like most who throw a big party, Hosey is anxiously waiting to see how many people attend.
“This idea is so unique, it takes time to explain the concept,” she noted.
Being different “was my personal guiding light. We really want us to stand out,” Hosey said.
“When it finally cools down after the summer, it’s so hard to stand out when everyone is doing something.”
She thinks the most popular activity might be an intricate rope course, set up by a vendor from Colorado.
“The ropes course kind of like an in-the-air jungle gym. You’re strapped to a harness going through obstacles. It’s a mix of monkey bars with trapeze,” she said.
And she expects big lines for those melted marshmallow and chocolate treats, “because who doesn’t love s’mores?”
Making this a free festival while not spending a lot of city money was a bit of a trapeze act for Hosey.
“I’m working with a pretty small budget,” she said. “
Hosey said Valor Preparatory Academy is underwriting the Blanket Booth for the movie at the end of the event and Cabela’s is taking care of decorations.
Whataburger is underwriting take- home bags. Those who do at least nine of the 12 activities will get badges stamped get the take-home bags.
Hampton Inn and Suites is providing rooms for various out-of-town vendors.
Irony Department: Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is underwriting the s’mores station. Toasted Mallow will be making the gooey treats.
Camp Go Back takes place 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. Entry and parking are free. For information, call 623-882-7524.