Indiana Family Star Party

Camping and Lodging

Those registering for the full event option are welcome to camp on the observing field. Larger groups will use campsites available in other areas of the camp.  Campfires are permitted in established campfire rings only.  (Make sure to check whether fires are permitted with the fire board or the camp ranger.)

There are campsites scattered throughout the camp.  These are generally reserved for the scout troops that attend.  If you really think that you need a camp site, please have this approved BEFORE the start of the star party.  NO CAMP SITES ARE ALLOCATED AFTER THE STAR PARTY STARTS!

Lodging (if you don't like camping):
In Frankfort, see this page. Those on the west side of Frankfort would be closest.
In Lafayette, see this page. Most of these are near the intersection of I-65 and State Road 26 (that would include those whose address is on State Road 26, Fairington Ave, Frontage Road, or Meijer Court or Drive), which is on the east side of Lafayette, in the direction of Camp Cullom, about a 20-25 minute drive. Avoid those listed in West Lafayette, as you would have to drive all the way across Lafayette before heading out to the camp.

Meals, facilities, and everything else:
Food will be available from in the Rotary Shelter starting Friday afternoon.  (Usually starting about 5:00PM.)  For those arriving Thursday or early Friday, we are planning a brunch in the Nature Center on Friday from 10 am - 12 noon- this meal must be pre-ordered on the registration form.  The Southfork restaurant in Mulberry is highly recommended by the camp ranger - it's just three miles away, at the intersection of Mulberry-Jefferson road and SR 38 in the middle of Mulberry.  Free coffee, hot chocolate, and popcorn will be available from 9 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday.  There's a soda machine at the Nature Center, and a microwave oven at the observatory.

No campfires in or near the observing field. Camp stoves are permitted on the observing field before dark.

Water and restrooms are available at the Nature Center. There are showers in the Lodge basement.  There is only one set of showers, so there's a shower schedule:
Shower Schedule
8am - 10 am: Women & girls
10 am - 12 pm: Men & boys
12 pm - 2 pm: Small children accompanied by parents
2 pm - 4 pm: Women & girls
4 pm - 6 pm: Men & boys
There is a Wi-Fi antenna on the south side of the Nature Center. It should cover most of the observing field.  There is also a wireless router covering the observatory area.
We will run extension cords from the Nature Center to nearer parts of the observing field for those needing ac power.  Bring your own power strip and extra extension cords.
Click here for maps
There is an information room in the northeast corner of the Nature Center.
Questions? Contact Russ Kasper at 765-659-4451 rk@kasperradio.com.