Camp retreat to open in Rockford

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Courtesy Detach Primitive

A new camp retreat is opening its grounds to the public.

Founders Jarred Sper, Stephen Sper and Kyle Sischo are hosting a soft opening of Detach Primitive at 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3981 Summit Court NE in Rockford.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the nearly 50-acre property prior to opening on Monday, Dec. 6.

“We wanted to build a retreat and a reprieve for people to be able to enjoy, disconnect and detach so they can be with themselves and their loved ones and enjoy nature in its beauty,” Jarred Sper said.

Rentable structures at the camp retreat include three tipis and two temporary bell tents. Three A-Frames will be completed in a couple of weeks. Construction of four additional structures, including two smials — or hobbit houses — a yurt and an undetermined structure, will begin construction in the near future.

Tents include camp chairs, a wood-fire stove, cots, a fire ring, a fire ring grill, a hammock and a picnic table. The temporary bell tents include camp chairs, cots with sleeping pads, a fire ring, a fire ring grill, a hammock and a picnic table.

A-frames are cabins with a triangular shape on the outside. They each have a loft with a custom-made bed. The hobbit houses will be built underground into the sides of hills with floor-to-ceiling views of the outdoors.

The property also includes streams, two hand-pumped wells and three bathrooms with incinerator toilets. Twenty-five acres of the property will have a recreational trail for biking and cross-country skiing as White Pine Trail runs through the property. The founders said they hope to include an ice-skating rink on the property.

More information is available here.

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