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Dear CBL Members and Bear Hunt XX Attendees,

On behalf of the Bear Hunt XX Planning Team and the Carolina Bear Lodge Board of Directors, we need you to pull out your patchwork suits, best flannel, rope belts, and top hats. We are using the Bear-veley Hillbillies as inspiration! A rich but still wearing rags story of down home country fashion!

So that we are clear, CBL sees a hillbilly as a person from a remote, rural area, often in the mountains and are what some city slickers refer to those who are proud of being from the country. They are sweet, strong, naive and have a lot of heart!

Aside from that, the beards, broad shoulders and furry chests make me quiver... Woof!!!

The Ocean Park Resort’s welcoming, friendly staff is ready for our return April 23-26, 2020.



Your run package will include:

>>>> A pre-mixer on Wednesday

>>>> Access to all Bear Hunt XX activities

>>>> OPEN BAR – Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

>>>> Adult Snow Cones and Beer by the pool, 

           Friday and Saturday afternoons

>>>> All meals on Friday and Saturday

>>>> Access to stay at the host resort or

           overflow facility

>>>> Run bag full of goodies and a T-shirt

>>>> And hours of fun with all the HOT BEARS,

           CUBS, OTTERS, etc.

Please review our incredible roster of events, accommodations and services at www.carolinabears.org/bearhunt

Bear Hunt is one of the few Bear Runs mentioned on Wikipedia under gay bear culture, and CBL is working hard to plan another Olympic spectacle. When you purchase your run package, you will receive an Eventbrite confirmation email with codes, special links, and phone numbers needed to book your room at the resort. NOTE: If you go to the regular resort website or call the resort directly, they will tell you that the resort is booked.

Raffle drawings and other activities are held as fundraisers. As part of your registration, you can pre-purchase charity tickets to be used for the raffles and other fundraising activities. These charity tickets are being sold in $10 increments ($1 per ticket, which will purchase more charity tickets than at the event).

FULL members must enter their CBL membership/website user name as their discount code to receive their discount. As a reminder, ASSOCIATE memberships that were included in the 2019 Bear Hunt guest run packages end Dec. 31, 2019, and cannot be applied to special pricing for 2020 events.

Save the date to pull up your britches and bring your flannel or sequence to Myrtle Beach for Bear Hunt XX: The Bear-veley Hillbillies!

Robert Lee,

Chair of Bear Hunt XX:

The Bear-veley Hillbillies



History of bear hunt

Carolina Bear Lodge’s Bear Hunt began as a simple camping trip on Hunting Island, S.C., in 2001. The second event was so successful that organizers decided a camping format could not sustain the large numbers of attendees who were interested in returning each year. So the event was moved to a small hotel in Myrtle Beach S.C., with the initial theme of a Hawaiian Luau.

Following years, Bear Hunt went though many transformations to make the event bigger and better. Each event featured unique themes: "The Search for the Big Kahuna," "Return of the Big Kahuna," "Surrender the Booty," "Malestrom" (Viking theme), "Furs and Spurs" (Cowboy theme) and "Bear Trek." The 2011 smash hit “The Homecoming: Be All You Can Bear” was a military theme with nod towards local gay history and the war effort in Horry County, S.C., and the 2012 theme was “Crusades: All Bears United Under One Flag.” Both of these events were at a new venue for Bear Hunt, “The Carolinian” Best Western Plus Beach Resort.

Bear Hunt XIII “Pirates of the Bearibbean: The Search for Bear Booty,” Bear Hunt XVI “Bears Back to the 80s,” Bear Hunt XV “Super Bears & Wonder Cubs,” Bear Hunt XVI: “Bears on the Bayou,” Bear Hunt XVII “Jungle Jam: Bears on Safari,” and Bear Hunt XVIII “Truck Stop: Bears on Convoy” Bear Hunt XIX: “The 4 Bears of Mount Olympus” were all held at the Ocean Park Resort. Bear Hunt XX: "The Bear-veley Hillbillies" will also be at the Ocean Park Resort.


Carolina Bear Lodge in Review

The Carolina Bear Lodge (CBL) was founded in February 1994 in Charlotte, N.C., by a group of six hairy and masculine guys who decided they didn’t fit into the stereotype of a “normal” gay man. In forming CBL, they wanted to give this new bear community a place to call their own and a means to socialize in an accepting environment. CBL prides itself on giving all the opportunity for fellowship and to serve in leadership roles as members of an organized group.

Membership was primarily from those living in North and South Carolina, but now members from a number of other states are represented. From the beginning, CBL sought to unify the bear community spiritually and geographically. We believe we are a unique example of cooperation and sustainability for a movement that remains relevant and is still expanding today.

CBL has been fortunate to have many forward-thinking leaders since its inception; these volunteers have worked diligently to provide fun, sexy and safe events for the lodge’s members and friends.

One of the lodge’s longest-running gatherings happens annually – CBLs Anniversary Event which is held every February.

Another fun, free event for CBL members is Daddy Bear Luau Picnic, held in June/July. For the past few years, two board members have hosted the event at their home. Besides fun around the pool, the event features a luncheon and a “Top Chef Bear” cooking contest.

The CBL annual Christmas Party concludes the calendar year of activities. The party is hosted by a board member in a different location in North or South Carolina. Watch the for email blasts for more information.

CBL is dedicated to being a vibrant, progressive and responsive organization for its members; feel free to offer feedback and suggestions. Also, members can submit proposals for new events.


Charity

The CBL Bear Hunt Planning Team is happy to announce this year’s charity. In an effort to give back to the Myrtle Beach community, 100% of the Bear Hunt charity funds are going to LOWCOUNTRY FOOD BANK. Its mission is to lead the fight against hunger in coastal South Carolina. The organization’s guiding principles are: Feed. Advocate. Empower. To learn more, visit the website www.lowcountryfoodbank.org

Bear Hunt XIX Sponsors


Bears Fur All

www.carolinabearlodge.club


Capital City Bears

www.capitalcitybears.com


Careteam Plus

www.careteamplus.org


CSRA Leather Bears

www.csraleatherbears.com


DJ Gary

www.glhudgins2002.podomatic.com

Douglas-Hensley Photography

https://www.facebook.com/Douglas-Hensley-Photography-185963031455206/

Flex Club

www.flex-club.com


Frito Lay

www.fritolay.com


K&W Cafeterias

www.kwcafeterias.com


Massage by Lukus

Call 678-66RELAX for appointments


North American Bear

www.mrnabear.com


Oceana Resort

www.oceanaresorts.com


Out Of Bounds

www.outofboundssc.com

Parliament Resort

www.p-house.com

Smokin' Cardinal Sisters

www.ncsisters.com

Spunk Lube

www.spunklube.com

Torso Menswear

www.torsomenswear.com


Tidal Wave Party

www.tidalwaveparty.com


Ultra Nate

www.ultranate.com


Unlimited Bear & Cub


William Strickland Art

www.williamstrickland.net


Beau & Daisy.com

www.beauanddaisy.com


foodlion.com


2 Bears Custom Graphics

http://twobearscustomgraphics.com/


Steves Leather

    Room Reservations


    A THREE Night Minimum Stay of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night is required on all rooms at the Bear Hunt Host Resort – Ocean Park.  

    (3) OD Oceanfront Deluxe One Bedroom - 2 full size beds in a private bedroom, full kitchen, washer/dryer, full bathroom, full Murphy bed in the living room, 2 TV’s, oceanfront private balcony off the living room and an ocean view window in the bedroom.
    Rate per night - $120.00 plus taxes and fees ($150.68 inclusive per night)

    (6) OE Oceanfront Deluxe One Bedroom - 2 full size beds in a private bedroom, full kitchen, washer/dryer, full bathroom, full Murphy bed in the living room, 2 TV’s, oceanfront private balcony off the living room and an ocean view window in the bedroom.
    Rate per night - $120.00 plus taxes and fees ($150.68 inclusive per night)

    (2) OK Oceanfront Deluxe One Bedroom - OK unit offers 2 bedding options.  Room number 0922 has 2 full size beds in a private bedroom.  Room number 1204 has 1 queen size bed in a private bedroom. Both will have a full kitchen, washer/dryer, full bathroom, full Murphy bed in the living room, 2 TV’s, oceanfront private balcony off the living room and an ocean view window in the bedroom.
    Rate per night - $120.00 plus taxes and fees ($150.68 inclusive per night)

    (1) ON Oceanfront Deluxe One Bedroom - 1 King size bed in a private bedroom, full kitchen, washer/dryer, full bathroom with shower only, full murphy bed and sleeper sofa in the living room, 2 flat screen TV’s, oceanfront private balcony off the living room and an ocean view window in the bedroom.
    Rate per night - $120.00 plus taxes and fees ($150.68 inclusive per night)

    (20) OC Oceanfront One Bedroom - Completely remodeled unit with 2 Queen size beds in the bedroom, full kitchen with glass top burners (no oven), full bathroom, living room area with a loveseat, full size Murphy bed, 2 TV’s (the living room having a 32” flat screen TV), and oceanfront private balcony.
    Rate per night - $120.00 plus taxes and fees ($150.68 inclusive per night)

    (48) AS Oceanfront Efficiency – 2 queen size beds, full kitchen, full bathroom, 1 TV, and oceanfront private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $104.00 plus taxes and fees ($131.72 inclusive per night)

    (10) AK Oceanfront Efficiency – 1 king size bed, full kitchen, full bathroom, 1 TV, and oceanfront private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $104.00 plus taxes and fees ($131.72 inclusive per night)

    (10) OB Ocean View Standard Room – 2 queen size beds, small fridge, coffee maker, 1 TV, full bathroom, and ocean view private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $104.00 plus taxes and fees ($131.72 inclusive per night)

    (8) OF Ocean View Standard Room – 2 full size beds, small fridge, coffee maker, 1 TV, full bathroom, and ocean view private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $89.00 plus taxes and fees ($113.95 inclusive per night)

    (1) OI Ocean view standard room – Completely remodeled unit with a king bed, small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, 1 flat screen TV, full bathroom, and ocean view private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $89.00 plus taxes and fees ($113.95 inclusive per night)

    (2) OL Ocean View Standard Room – 1 King size bed, small fridge, coffee maker, 1 TV, full bathroom, and ocean view private balcony.  This room is all open. There is no separation between the bedroom and living room.
    Rate per night - $89.00 plus taxes and fees ($113.95 inclusive per night)

    Rooms will be available for weekly rates. The weekly rental units do not include daily housekeeping or daily towels. Call for details.

    Rates are per night and are based on single or double occupancy per bedroom. This rate is valid for the above dates only.  The above rates are exclusive of the South Carolina state taxes and resort fees, which are currently 18.5% and an access fee of $8.48 per night will be applied to all units for unlimited use of the personal in-room safe, unlimited local phone calls and a local destination marketing fee. Taxes and fees are subject to change.

    Room Reservations

    A first night room, tax & access fee deposit is required when booking individual reservations.  All deposits for reservations less than 30 days prior to arrival must be in the form of a credit card, certified check or money order.  We do not accept personal or company checks within 30 days of the arrival date. No uncertified personal or company check will be accepted upon arrival.

    Check-In                                               Check - Out                          
    Begins at 4:00 PM                                 By 11:00 AM

    Cancellation
    Advance deposits are non refundable.  A $21.80 change fee will apply to each date change and a $50.00 - $150.00 fee will be charged for early departures.

    Our Vacation Protection Plan can be added to each reservation for $32.70 plus tax.  This fee is non-refundable, but protects you against cancellations, changes, and early departures.  This option must be added within 24 hours of confirming your reservation.

    Additionally, a valid major credit card and photo identification are required at check-in.


    2020 Registration Prices


    CBL Member $115
    Guest $135

    What's Included..

    • Access to all Bear Hunt activities including parties, contests, and side events.
    • Meals on Friday and Saturday.
    • Event Sponsored cocktail parties
    • Hours of fun with all the hot bears!

    By registering online, I certify that I agree to the following statement: I do hereby certify that I am at least twenty-one (21) years of age. Additionally, I do hereby release and forever discharge the Bears Hunt committee, the Carolina Bear Lodge Board of Directors, officers and members, heirs and successors, executors and administrators, hereafter listed as CBL, from any and all claims of any kind or nature whatsoever, either in law or equity, arising from my attendance or participation in any activities during Bears Hunt 2020 in Myrtle Beach, SC, including any official or unofficial activities either onsite or offsite. Also, I do forever release and discharge CBL from any criminal or civil action which I may have a right to bring as a result of my participation in or attendance at Bears Hunt 2020. There is an Eventbrite fee added.

    I will abide by all CBL, resort, local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. This includes but is not limited to: disorderly conduct or use of illegal drugs on resort property. I understand that failure to do so may result in expulsion from the event and premises, and forfeiture of all fees and costs associated with my attendance.

    Carolina Bear Lodge cannot control what photos are taken and where they are posted and I understand that it is my personal responsibility to inform any photographers if I do not wish my picture taken. If you do see a photo on the www.carolinabearlodge.club website you can email webmaster@carolinabearlodge.club to have it removed at any time.

    When registering if you take advantage of CBL member pricing, you must remain a member during the year the event is actually held, or pay the difference in package pricing if you fail to renew.

    Our contract with the host resort does not require that all persons on resort property be registered Bears Hunt attendees. Those not registered with Bears Hunt may not be able to participate in certain events or meals..

    By clicking the button below and continuing with the event registration you are thereby electronically agreeing to the 2020 registration agreement.



    2020 Schedule


      Wednesday, April 23rd
      5:30 pm - 7:30pm   Early Registration – Hospitality Suite (Room 122)
        Early Arriver Pre-Mixer / Meet & Greet  (Room 1220)
       
      Thursday, April 24th  
       All Day   Beach, Pool, and Hot Tub; music plays 4pm to 6pm
       5:30 pm - 7:30 pm    Registration – Hospitality Suite (Room 122)
       6 pm   Dinner (On Your Own)
       8 pm - 11pm   Vendors Open** - Lobby Level (Second Floor)
       8 pm - Midnight   Ho Down Cocktail Party with DJ (Show off your best swim wear)– Indoor Pool Area
       9 pm     Mr. Bear Hunt Contest (Swim wear)
       10:30 - Midnight   Late-Night Munchies – Next to DJ Booth
       
     Friday, April 25th  
      9:30 am  -10:30 am   Final Registration - Hospitality Suite (Room 122)
      10 am - 1 pm   Brunch at Spring Garden (included as part of your run package)
      All Day   Beach, Pool, games and Hot Tub with music 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      1 pm - 5 pm   Vendors Open** – Lobby Level (Second Floor)
      1 pm - 4 pm   Free HIV Testing sponsored by the Care Team Plus – Hospitality Suite (Room 122)
      2 pm - 4 pm   Adult Snow Cones - by the pool
      2 pm   Golf Tournament  – Cancun Lagoon Golf - 2101 S. Kings Hwy
      (shuttle provided starting at 1:30 p.m.)
      4 pm   Wet Underwear Contest – Indoor Pool Area
      6 pm   Dinner on the Lawn - Mediterranean Meal
      8 pm - 11 pm   Vendors Open** – Lobby Level (Second Floor)
      8 pm - Midnight   Bear-verly Hillbilly Best Party (Best Hillbilly Glam Outfit) – Indoor Pool Area
      9 pm  Mr. Bear Hunt Contest (Hillbillies) - Indoor Pool Area
      10:30 - Midnight  Late-Night Munchies – By the DJ Booth
      
       Saturday, April 26th 
      7:30am-10am  Continental Breakfast – Lobby Area
      All Day  Beach, Pool, Games, and Hot Tub music play 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      10:30am  Charity Raffle Drawings – Hospitality Suite (winners will be announced during lunch)
      11am  Bocce Ball on the Lawn
      Noon  Lunch on the Lawn & Beer by the pool (until it runs out) - sandwiches and chips
      Noon  Vendors Open** - Lobby Level (Second Floor)
      2pm-4pm  Adult Snow Cones - by the pool
      2pm  Sand Castle Contest – Beach
      3pm-6pm    CBL Yard Sale
      6pm  Dinner on the Lawn
      8pm-Midnight  Suspenders Cocktail Party (Wear your Hillbilly Leather!) – Indoor Pool Area
      9:30pm  Mr Bear Hunt and other winners announced & Finale
      10:30-Midnight  Late-Night Munchies – By the DJ Booth
      
      Sunday, April 27th 
      9am  Farewell Breakfast (own your own/not part of run package) - Spring Garden
      9pm-Midnight  Down to the Last Drop Party




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