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Pilgrim Firs Conference Center

Most of the lodging at Pilgrim firs is “dorm style” in small to medium sized cabins equipped with modern bathrooms with hot showers, electricity and heat.  All the cabins are carpeted with two separate sleeping rooms separated by a common room. Each side of the cabin has four beds and its own bathroom or kitchen. Cabins are designated Co-ed, all men, all women, quiet-sleepers (means quiet music and no loud laughing, etc. after 10 PM), night-owls (may have late night jam sessions), couples (the beds push together), etc. There are no single rooms available.

How housing is assigned

Housing designations are made by our site coordinator. You can indicate your preferences – same sex or coed, quiet or not so quiet, etc. on the housing and dietary form emailed to you before camp. You can also let us know your preferences as to roommate, other buddies you are coming to camp with and if you tend to stay up really late and sleep in past breakfast, etc.


For those who want more privacy, there is space for camping. There are two areas for folks to set up tents. - a quiet spot at South Lodge (campers use South Lodge for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc.) and a more central area near the Main Lodge (campers use Huckleberry House for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc.). There is no discount in pricing at Pilgrim Firs for staying in a tent instead of a cabin or lodge.

Other RV Camping

RVs, VW Campers, Pop-ups etc. can park along the rim of the upper parking lot. Please leave room for everyone by parking perpendicular to the tree line. NO hook-ups available. Campers in the upper parking lot can use Huckleberry House for bathrooms, showers and as a place to hang clothes, etc. There is no discount in pricing at Pilgrim Firs for staying in an RV instead of a cabin or lodge.

Commuter Option

You may stay off site, either at home or in an area motel. There are motels nearby - at least one within seven minutes of Pilgrim Firs; others are located in Port Orchard and on Bainbridge Island; it's even practical in terms of time and distance to stay in the Tacoma area. There is a modest discount for selecting the commuter option (see the registration form for details).

Special Arrangement with Red Lion Inn - We’ve reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for ABC students at the Red Lion Inn in Port Orchard, which is only a few minutes down the road from us. If we've run out of beds at Pilgrim Firs - or if you simply prefer motel level accommodations - call the Port Orchard Red Lion Inn front desk (360-895-7818) ask for Marissa or Nicole and mention that you're part of the American Banjo Camp group. Make sure you get the local front desk and not their central booking office. You will get a rate that is roughly 20% off their regular price.


There are refrigerators for our use at the Main Lodge, South Lodge, Huckleberry House, and in the kitchens of cabins 1, 7, and 11.

Athletic facilities

There is a large field with a volleyball net, an outdoor basketball court, a private lake with canoes and a rowboat, and miles of wooded trails for hiking.

Getting Around Camp

The access routes are unpaved gravel roads and paths. The distances between cabins and lodges are not long and the ground is fairly level.

Handicap Accessibility

Many, but not all, cabins and classrooms are handicap accessible (most classes will take place in and around the cabins).


There is WIFI in some areas at Pilgrim Firs. However, you will get the maximum benefit from your time at camp if you take a break from email and the internet.

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