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Who gets the Make-Out Merit Badge? Camping for grown ups turns into Catastrophic fun

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2329 Hunter Martin (Wednesday Addams) Matt Overaker (Pugsely Addams) and Hank Stout and Marit Babin Stout at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Marit Babin Stout and Hank Stout, from left, Hunter Martin and Matt Overaker. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2363 Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2362 Victor Mendoza and Sarah Starry at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Victor Mendoza and Sarah Starry. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2368 Jason Reeves, left, and Mark Sullivan at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Jason Reeves, left, and Mark Sullivan. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2323 Scott Greenwood, from left, Nicole Longnecker and Paul Brockman at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Scott Greenwood, from left, Nicole Longnecker and Paul Brockman. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2355 Anika and Craig Jackson at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Anika and Craig Jackson. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2338 Brad Moore, left, and Shane Lauder at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Brad Moore, left, and Shane Lauder. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2347 Stuart Rosenberg, left, and Mark Sullivan at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Stuart Rosenberg, left, and Mark Sullivan. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2344 Peter and Regina Garcia, from left, and friends at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Peter and Regina Garcia, from left, and friends. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2346 Karina Pal Montano Bowers and Noel Bowers at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Karina Pal Montaño-Bowers and Noel Bowers. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2364 Brandy Holmes at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Brandy Holmes as Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2341 Christian Holmes as 'Dirty Dancing's" Patrick Swayze mid-leap at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
Christian Holmes as Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
2329 Hunter Martin (Wednesday Addams) Matt Overaker (Pugsely Addams) and Hank Stout and Marit Babin Stout at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2363 Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2362 Victor Mendoza and Sarah Starry at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2368 Jason Reeves, left, and Mark Sullivan at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2323 Scott Greenwood, from left, Nicole Longnecker and Paul Brockman at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2355 Anika and Craig Jackson at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2338 Brad Moore, left, and Shane Lauder at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2347 Stuart Rosenberg, left, and Mark Sullivan at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2344 Peter and Regina Garcia, from left, and friends at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2346 Karina Pal Montano Bowers and Noel Bowers at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2364 Brandy Holmes at Camp Catastrophic May 2014
2341 Christian Holmes as 'Dirty Dancing's" Patrick Swayze mid-leap at Camp Catastrophic May 2014

Is there any Catastrophic Theatre party in which the company's rascals don't abide by the theme with Scout's honor? And talking about those scouts, such was the popular attire of the wacky Camp Catastrophic soiree at the SPJST Lodge #88.

Except you just might find these "youngsters" guzzling down some who-the-hell-knows-what's-in-this spiked punch courtesy of Treaty Oak Distillery or being chased by a machete-loving serial killer psychopath with a hockey mask — very Friday the 13th.

Of course, there were other fabu costumes such as John Dunn in a ridiculously elaborate S'mores getup and associate director Tamarie Cooper as a freaky camp counselor morphing into a happy grizzly bear. Actors, husband-and-wife Brandy and Christian Holmes dressed as Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze straight out of Dirty Dancing and re-enacted the full choreographed number from the film complete with aerial moves and the iconic lift — which caused 350 guests to go wild.

We wouldn't dare call this a gala. Instead of the traditionally dressed tables with floral arrangements, campers were greeted by makeshift campsites outfitted with tents and coolers filled with bevs and candy. All in a setting surrounded by a tall fabric mountain range.

 You could even earn badges for a little something, something in the make-out tent. What a hoot!

Your quest? Earn as many merit badges as possible by making pine cone bird feeders, pet rocks and yarn and macaroni thingamabobs in the arts and crafts station.

You could even earn badges for a little something, something in the make-out tent. What a hoot! Chairs Paul Brockman and Scott Greenwood, Erin and Chet Farmer and Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc no doubt have a wicked sense of humor.

Add spooky tales courtesy of storyteller Alice Evergreen, scattered sleeping bags for movie night fun and a mess hall with tamales, hot dogs, Frito pies and wings thanks to many sponsors, including Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, El Meson, Brasil, Canopy, Last Concert Cafe, Fusion Taco, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Becky Randall's S'more Pops — this was the summer getaway sans parentals you wished you had.

And it was the campy event Catastrophic wanted, raising $50,000 for the troupe that promises to "destroy you" with its daring theater presentations.

Having the time of their lives were Bill Arning and Mark McCray, Marit Babin Sout and Hank Stout, Hunter Martin, Matt Overaker, Peter and Regina Garcia, Nicole Longnecker, Anika and Craig Jackson, Brad Moore and Jason Reeves with Mark Sullivan.

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