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2019 Bergfried Memorial Day Weekend Camp-Out, May 24-27

Camping, Hiking, Field Races,

Singing, Guitars, Ukuleles,

Fellowship, Watermelon Seed Spitting…

First Annual Bergfried Memorial Day Weekend Field Races…
Three legged race, Sack races, Obstacle course, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest,
Commemorative Prizes (Saturday Afternoon)

All New Saturday Evening Campfire Program…
Songs, Story, Marshmallow Roasting (BYOM) beginning at dusk.

And enjoy the old standards…
Relaxing with friends, safely running amok, swinging on the tire swing in the woods or
other swings located around the field, listening to or playing musical instruments, hiking,
the Lighting of the Chalice, campfire watching, stargazing, Sunday Worship and Potluck Lunch, fellowship with all ages…


2019 Bergfried Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary
(Start times approximate; nothing will start earlier than scheduled.)


Arrivals begin early in the evening and continue through Sunday–come out for the activities that spark your interest



Field Races, 1:00 pm
Campfire Program, 8:15 pm


Sunday:  Worship Service, 11:00 pm
Potluck Lunch, Noon
(Hot dogs, vegetarian entrée option, bread, condiments, utensils
and plates provided. Please bring something to share.)


Our campout is held annually on Memorial Day Weekend and brings together all Eliot members and friends. You are welcome to come out for any part of the weekend whether you plan to camp or not. There is plenty of hiking, relaxing, and connection to enjoy! The weekend includes these main events (all optional):


  • Field Races and Watermelon Seed Spitting Competition on Saturday afternoon
  • Lewis and Clark Commemorative Bonfire at dusk, Saturday night
  • Worship Service at 11:00 am on Sunday: Lynn Murphy will lead the service and music will be provided by Steve Jarrett on guitar and vocals. If you don’t choose to camp, this is a great time to come out and connect afterwards.
  • Sunday Potluck: Directly after the service, enjoy food and connection with the Eliot camping community. The Bergfried Stewardship Team will provide hotdogs. Campers and day-trippers are encouraged to bring a dish to share. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board at Eliot. Please let us know if you plan to attend by signing up or emailing and let us know how many will be joining you so we may plan the potluck accordingly.


Most choose to camp in tents or trailers; spaces in the cottage (with running water and electricity) are available by reservation with priority given to those with medical needs or physical limitations. Eight beds are also available in the new rustic bunkhouses. To sign up for the weekend, to reserve a cottage or bunkhouse space, or for any information contact


A place to enjoy the beauty of nature, have fun staying in the cottage or camping, enjoy fantastic fellowship around the camp fire, and experience the excitement of exploration.  The property is available to all Eliot Chapel members and friends at no charge.   Reservations, which may be made through the Eliot Chapel office, and a nominal overnight fee apply to the green cottage. The 600-acre property is located near Hermann, Missouri. 


Bergfried is a great place to go for the day, as it is about a one and a half-hour drive from Kirkwood.  Overnight lodging in the green cottage or camping are possible.  Several hiking trails are available providing access to spectacular bluff overviews of the Gasconade River confluence with the Missouri River, through mature forests, to isolated bluffs, and through meadows planted with wildflowers and maintained with annual controlled burns.  The Lewis and Clark party made camp nearby and collected water from a spring on Bergfried in 1804 as they traveled upstream in the early days of their journey of exploration.  

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