We started as a group of four good friends on a weekend trip to Phoenix, Arizona in February of 2019. From that event, we had an idea. What if we could create a safe, social space where gay/bi men could gather and go on camping trips during the summer?
So, we set up a Facebook group and invited a few close friends. Of course, many of our friends wanted to invite a couple of friends as well. We aimed to make sure everyone felt comfortable, even if they weren’t fully out yet.
Our group grew much faster than any of us could have imagined! By the time June and our first campout rolled around we had over 100 guys who had joined the group. In our first campout, just over 50 of them joined us.
Today, our group has grown to well over 800 men who try a few times a year to get together to enjoy each other’s company and friendship. We have added other events outside of camping like trips to Palm Springs, Hot pool events at Lava Hot Springs, and Crystal Hot Springs, dinner activities, and other social activities. We are always looking for fun new things to do.
CUB Adventures is a fun and adventurous social group for all gay/bi men over the age of 18. We came up with the name CUB during our first event by holding a contest. By popular vote, we decided on CUB: Camping Ursine Brotherhood. In 2021 we decided that we felt that our name didn't fully encompass what we are trying to do. We realized that we wanted to highlight more the events and activities that we are having, so the decision was made to change our name just a bit to CUB Adventures.
Our first event was held at a private campground in Cub River canyon in Preston Idaho, nestled right up against the beautiful Cub River herself. So, the name fits perfectly!
Of course, the name probably also appealed to our members because we had a large percentage of guys who identify as “Bears” at this first event. However, while the name may indicate that we are a Bear group, that is not how we identify. We definitely are not all bears in our community.
Our group consists of guys of all different ages and shapes who identify in all kinds of different categories. All men are welcome! We advocate a judgment-free zone for all members, no matter if you have just come out, haven’t come out, or came out years ago. Even if you came out on a brightly bedazzled unicorn waving a pride flag while wearing nothing but a hot pink harness and thong, you are welcome here!
The better question is why not join CUB Adventures? We have an amazing group of guys who just enjoy spending time together. Our original plan of a small group of guys for a camping trip may have changed somewhat, but our mission has not. Our mission is to provide a social environment where men of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable coming together and just enjoying each other’s company, making new connections, and hopefully life-long friends.
In the Summer of 2022, we finally achieved a long desired goal of becoming a non-profit organization. We are officially a 501c(7) fraternal organization. Although we are required to charge an annual membership, we keep our dues at a very low rate of only $10 annually. Each event is then priced out for only what we need to cover the costs associated with putting on the events for the group. Usually, once someone attends and samples our usually over-the-top menus and amenities, they ask “are you sure you are charging enough? “ The founding members and many other members volunteer our time and often cover the costs ourselves to make sure that everyone has a great time at a CUB event. We just want everyone to have fun!
Of course, donations are always welcome to keep us growing.
We are also proud of the fact that we have our own Make a Wish program, where we raise money to help our members in need. Sometimes it is just to help them get to an event and other times it is with other financial needs. Our members are very generous when it comes to helping out fellow men.
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