By far one of the coolest things to happen this past Friday the 13th was a guided tour of New Jersey’s Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the actual campground that served as the fictional Camp Crystal Lake in the original Friday the 13th. An active Boy Scout camp, No-Be-Bo-Sco is typically closed off to the public, which means that horror fans like ourselves are never allowed to actually step inside the iconic filming location. That’s why you’ll often find pictures of fans standing outside the camp, in front of the sign at the entrance, but very few of the actual camp itself.
In conjunction with a screening of the film at the nearby Blairstown Theater, a location also seen in the movie, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco decided to open up the camp to the public on September 13th, selling a limited number of tickets for a guided tour of the campgrounds. Such an event has only taken place one other time, back in 2011, and the incredibly positive response from that tour is what led to the camp giving it another go. At $100 a pop, the tickets to the special event weren’t cheap, but I don’t think anyone will argue that you really can’t put a price on such an incredible and rare opportunity to set foot inside Jason’s hunting grounds.
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco understands that not every Friday the 13th fan was able to make the trek out to take part in the tour, so they decided to use their website to essentially bring the tour into all of our homes. For a limited time only, they’ve opened up an online shop, and are selling souvenirs from the actual campground where the movie was filmed, one-of-a-kind relics that we’ve never before been able to get our hands on. For superfans of the franchise, right about now is the time to bust out that credit card and add some truly unique pieces to the collection.
Here are just a few of the items available in the shop, while the very limited supplies last:
For just $15 you can get yourself a bottle of the cleverly titled Angry Mother Bottling Company’s water, which is actual water drawn from Camp Crystal Lake. I certainly wouldn’t want to drink it, what with all the blood that has spilled into that lake and all, but the bottle makes for one hell of an awesome display piece.
In addition to the water and even sand samples from the campgrounds, there’s also this glass jar filled with sawmill shavings, which will run you $25. Each 8oz bottle is filled with genuine wood shavings cut from logs that comprised the main cabin seen in the movie.
You can also get your hands on beautifully framed slices of logs from the campground; the one shown above is part of Alice’s cabin from the film. The cabin was restored a few years back, and these are slices of the logs that were seen in the movie, which were replaced during the restoration. Housed inside a frame that’s also made from wood reclaimed from the camp, these unique pieces of art are selling for $125 apiece.
Most of the docks seen in the movie have been replaced, but the two remaining sections have been split up and are being sold off. These 10” pieces are going for $35, with larger sections selling for $45, and framed pieces for $75.
If you’re looking to spend a little less, but still want to bring the camp into your own home, you can also drop $15 and get yourself this set of five 5”x7” or 8”x10” photographs from the campground. The photographs depict iconic imagery from the film, as those locations appear today.
Lest you think Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is just doing this to make a quick buck from hardcore horror fans, I must mention that 100% of the proceeds from all sales goes directly to maintaining the historic landmarks seen in the movie. So you can feel good in knowing that you’re not just getting awesome relics from the film, but you’re also helping keep the location alive and well. Something tells me Jason feels good about that too... good enough that he’ll forgive you for stealing pieces of his home.
Head over to Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco’s website to poke around their online shop... where you’ll find more goodies where these came from!