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  • Radical Unschooling Information Disclaimer: Since ARGH is an event that relies heavily on participants to host workshops and discussions, there is often a wide-variety of information and ideas about unschooling being shared. ARGH is comprised of many families and young adults who have been unschooling for a long time as well as those who are very new and hoping to find community and helpful information. It is important for participants to understand that the opinions expressed during ARGH do not necessarily reflect the organizers' personal opinions or represent what radical unschooling means. Those holding discussions and/or answering questions are not to be considered authorities on the subject. ARGH is a casual gathering that hopes to provide a fun and supportive environment for all unschoolers and create opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas and information. And friendship...especially friendship.
  • IMPORTANT: There are a lot of ponds on the property, please watch young children carefully.
  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Please consider allergies when bringing food to the potluck. also, we have snacks set out for the Dance Party; if you would like to bring some goodies to share, that would be awesome!! BUT PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING CONTAINING PEANUTS!!!  Some people have severe allergies and we need to be very aware of that when sharing treats. THANKS!! Please let us know if you have a different allergy and we will be sure to add it to this list.
  • When is the Spring 2017 gathering? Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Where does the gathering take place? Springmaid Mountain, 2171 Henredon Road Spruce Pine, NC 28777. This is helpful for directions: http://www.springmaidmountain.com/contact-us/directions.
  • What is the cost? Please see the price listings here: http://arghgatherings.blogspot.com/2016/12/spring-2017-details.html
  • What are the check in and check out times? Sunday, April 23rd, check in @ 4pm. Thursday, April 27th, check out @ 10am. Please do not expect to be able to check in earlier. When you arrive go to the office to pick up your packet with map and keys. When checking out, leave your keys in cabins on table and LEAVE DOORS UNLOCKED.
  • Where can I find the ARGH blog? http://arghgatherings.blogspot.com/
  • When do I need to have my cabin payment in? $75 deposit per family must be made no later than February 1st, with the balance being due March 15th.
  • What if I have to cancel? Last day for any cancellations is March 1st, no refunds after that day!
  • Where do I send my check? Write checks to: BOWMAN ADVENTURES. Mail checks to this address: Bowman Adventures, PO Box 401, Johnson City, TN 37605-0401
  • Where do I send a payment via PayPal? Send PayPal payments to: bowmanadventures@gmail.com. Keep in mind that paypal charges a fee if you are not using a paypal balance, be sure you are selecting the "sending money" option instead of the "paying for goods" option.. Please remember to use this option even when you are using your paypal balance to avoid the fee. If you know you will be charged a fee this site can help you determine the fee amount and total to send: http://thefeecalculator.com
  • How do I send a payment via Dwolla? Go to Our Hub Page:https://www.dwolla.com/u/812-568-8012.
  • What if I am staying off-site, how much is it to come to ARGH? The cost to attend ARGH without renting a cabin is $100 ($25 per day) for the 4 day event.
  • Is there a map of the cabin area? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzSmsELKsNWiN2NwMTUybndiU1k/view?usp=sharing. 
  • What if my children want to bring some friends with us? The PER FAMILY charge on shared and single family cabins means YOUR family, if you are bringing extra children from other families there is an extra $50 charge per person. I need to know who you are bringing so I can have an accurate head count (and name badges for everyone) so please add them to your registration when you fill in the form. Please do not show up with extra unexpected people in your party. A parent or guardian must fill out this form and give it to the person responsible for their child during ARGH: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fbargh/654576991226980/
  • What if we want to split a single family cabin with another family? An additional $75 will be added to your cabin cost.
  • What if I want to switch cabins? You must contact me if you would like to switch cabins. If you and another person have decided to switch, that is fine but you need to let me know so that the correct names will be on your key and map packet at the office.
  • What if we want to extend our stay beyond the 4 nights scheduled? Please contact me and I will let you know if additional days are available for your cabin. Bunkhouse rooms will not be able to be extended as the Bunkhouse is rented as a whole unit not by individual rooms.
  • Is there a common area where we will all be able to hang out? We will be using the Common Area of the Bunkhouse. It will be available Sunday, 6pm-10pm; Monday, 11am-10pm; Tuesday, 11am-10pm; and Wednesday, 11am-10pm. Please respect these hours as there are several families staying at the Bunkhouse. We also rent the pavilion as an extra space for hanging out and workshops as well as the dance.
  • What do we need to bring with us if staying in a cabin? sheets, pots, pans, etc? From the Springmaid Mountain website: All cabins include satellite flatscreen television, front porch with rocking chairs, cooking utensils, kitchen appliances, microwave, coffee pot, towels and bed linens.
  • Is there somewhere for kids to hang out besides the Bunkhouse? We have the Pavilion rented for extra activities and general hanging out, especially late night. We do not have a designated cabin. But families can volunteer to host hanging out times at their cabins. The Bowmans in Whispering Pines #1 are happy to host any hang outs, just make sure somebody is there first.
  • Can we bring pets? Springmaid Mountain has recently made 4 cabins available for pets. NO PETS IN ANY OTHER CABINS OR BUNKHOUSE. There is an additional fee for pets 35 pounds and under only, $25 per day with an additional $100 refundable deposit if no damage. See details here: http://www.springmaidmountain.com/cabins/pet-friendly-cabins.  The waiver: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_71fC16p_ZBcHRaQ1l1YVY2LWs/view?usp=sharing. Pets are allowed on leashes at the campground.
  • Is there a good phone signal and/or WiFi? The signal depends on your carrier. Most people with Verizon have found they get a good signal at the bunkhouse and the office. Texting seems to work better than calls. There is a WiFi signal at the office.