Camp Standards for Rendezvous

These standards are the bare minimum expected by the 1838 Rendezvous Association. All participants are encouraged to progress into ever more historically accurate representations of people from the Rocky Mountain past. The 1838 Rendezvous association will provide help through this website and participants are encouraged to participate in ongoing discussion groups. Our intent in these standards is not to discourage participation but rather to enhance the rendezvous experience.

Camp security (dog-soldiers) will ask you, gently, to avoid compromising the following camp standards, but standards will be enforced.

1. All visible clothing and gear must be pre 1840. This applies to children as well as adults.

2. Participants must be in suitable pre-1840 attire when in camp.

-Clothing doesn’t need to be elaborate, just as historically accurate as possible. 1838 camp standards are very forgiving; machine stitched clothing is accepted, but all exposed seams should be hand stitched; do the best you can until you can do better.

3. Keep plastic water jugs and coolers covered at all times. When hauling water or ice to your camp, keep non-period containers covered. Burlap sacks, canvas, or hides work well to ‘cover’ non-period containers.

4. Vehicles will be allowed in camp for loading and unloading only. There is a 45-minute unloading time for camps; traders will be allowed up to 2 hours. Vehicles will be allowed into camp only between the hours of seven (7) and nine (9) a.m. and between three (3) and five (5) p.m. Plan your setup and departure accordingly.

5. Park in the designated parking area. Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas will be towed at owner’s expense. Modern camping is allowed in designated areas. They can park one vehicle at their campsite. Special permits will be issued to handicapped people (see the Booshway or Segundo).

6. Parents are legally and financially responsible for the actions of their children

7. All animals must be on a leash or attended by their owners. Owners are liable, legally and financially, for the actions of their pets.

8. Cannons are allowed at the discretion of the Booshway.

9. No loaded firearms in camp.

10. Place trash in designated areas. Bring your own trash bags. A plastic trash bag placed inside a burlap bag is a standard practice.

11. No chain saws.

12. Do not cut live trees.

13. Remove and preserve sod from your fire pit. Replace it when you leave. Preservation of our site is important. Use an existing fire pit when possible. If it is not possible, please do not leave a ring of stones; disperse the stones to their original location.

14. Campfires must not be left unattended. This time of year is often quite dry and fires are a potential disaster.

15. You must have a period container of water (at least 3 gallons) near your campfire. Common sense would dictate extinguishing fires in high wind periods.

16. Fighting will not be tolerated. This includes domestic disturbances.

17. All local, state, and federal laws regarding sales or consumption of alcohol apply in camp. No beverage in a modern container will be allowed in camp.

18. Generators are not to be used anywhere on the Rendezvous site during the rendezvous.

19. Additional: These are some things that should NOT be seen in camp – modern sunglasses, T-shirts, plastic rain gear, bikini or halter tops, tennis shoes, shower shoes, sandals, logger boots, pack boots, cowboy boots (Wellington boots & high button shoes are tolerated), bathing suits, blue jeans, dusters, cowboy hats, black powder cartridge rifles, black powder revolvers (except Paterson models), ‘cowboy’ attire, dance hall attire, Coleman or electric lanterns, flashlights, metal or plastic camp furniture. If you have any questions about what is appropriate, write to the 1838 Rendezvous Association or log on to our website’s discussion forum.


1. All trade goods must be pre-1840

2. The Booshway has the final authority over all disputes involving trade goods. The burden of proof regarding authenticity is on the trader.

3. All furs and animal parts for sale must comply with local state and federal laws. The individual is responsible for the legality of his trade goods.

4. No plastic in a trader’s tent. This includes blister packs, Styrofoam, blanket wraps, candy containers, etc.

5. No sticky tags.

6. Books, magazines, patterns, original works of art and limited edition prints must pertain to the pre-1840 era.

7. Please keep jewelry to the style of the era.

8. All guns for sale must be pre-1840

9. No tailgate setups will be allowed in the parking area.

10. All trading must be done from pre-1840 structures, except blanket traders.

The above standards will be enforced in the authentic trapper, trader, and horse camps. There will also be a modern ‘tin teepee’ area available for camping for those not able or willing to ‘stay period’. We encourage those in the modern camping areas attempt to stay as period as possible (i.e. Stay in period dress, no generators, etc.).

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