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Friday, June 28th – Monday, July 1st, 2019

Mountain Campground @ The Abode, New Lebanon, NY

Once again the researchers at the Laboratory for Social Experimentation and the amazing folks who make up the Baitcon ConCom invite you to join us in creating 
another fabulous (long) weekend of Ice Cream, Food, Camping, Music, Trees, and Fun, and come together to celebrate our ongoing survival in the face of all that the world has thrown at us, hopefully leaving re-energized to continue fixing the mess the world is in.

There will be ice cream! There will be both music and dancing! There will be frolicking! There will be hugging! There will be gathering round the fire! There will be more ice cream! There will, hopefully, be lovely and dry weather! There will be games, dancing and more! Most of all, we hope that there will be many of you there! Oh, and more Ice Cream! There may or may not be lots of exclamation points. But there will be ice cream.


Friday, June 28th – Monday, July 1st
You are welcome to arrive after 2 PM on Friday and leave any time before 2 PM on Monday.


We are, as ever, thrilled and delighted to be back at The Mountain Campground @ The Abode, New Lebanon NY.

More about the location can be found on their website



To register, please use the online registration system. We will not accept registrations via email. (If you are absolutely unable to use the registration system, please contact us and we’ll work something out.)

Please register early. Not only does it save you some money and ensure that we will not run afoul of the Abode’s strict capacity limit, but it makes planning the event much easier on the con com.
As well, registering as early as possible lessen’s JB’s stress that we will fail to achieve the MINIMUM reg that we need to make the event happen.

We welcome newcomers as long as you received this invite directly from us or a previous attendee and contact us BEFORE you register and your friend (previous attendee) will also be attending Baitcon XXIX.


Persons 13 years old and up

  • $130 per person for payments sent by May 20 (end of day)
  • $155 per person for payments sent by June 20 (end of day)
  • $180 per person after June 20.

Kids ages 4-12

  • $50 per person for payments sent by June 20 (end of day)
  • $70 per person after June 20.

Kids 3 and under

  • Free

Payment options are listed on the registration form.


The Baitcon Scholarship Fund remains active. If you can’t afford the membership price, WE STILL WANT TO SEE YOU and can use your help! Scholarship recipients are required to work at least 6 hours.  Please see the online registration form for more details or send email to info at baitcon dot org*  Please note that scholarships are only granted as funds become available via donations to the Scholarship Fund.

Relatedly, if you are feeling flush and kind, please consider making a contribution to the Baitcon Scholarship Fund. Every year your contributions make a real difference.


Info will be updated continually as we get closer to Baitcon. In the meantime, there are some basic details listed below and there’s a handy Q&A page too.


Yes! As ever, we’ll be providing meals for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Please indicate your food preferences and any food allergies in the spaces provided on the registration form. We will post tentative menus and a meal schedule on the  food page

We will be providing the following:

  • Friday: Afternoon snack and dinner
  • Saturday & Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Monday: Brunch

As well as lots and lots of …

Ice Cream

As ever, you bring flavor ingredients and we’ll supply the cream, sweeteners, and LN2 to make tasty, tasty magic. Folks of all ages will have a chance to create flavors and there will be both Saturday and Sunday servings. If you want information on how to make a flavor, please see the main ice cream page, or for a look at the flavors of (most of) the past two decades, check out the list!

Kids Ice Cream will be different this year. Take a look at the Kids Ice-Cream page for details.


Baitcon is a camping event. There are a LIMITED number of very basic cabins (4 walls, a floor, a door, a roof and some cot-sized beds). Cabins will be assigned first to those with medical needs and/or wee little ones. To request cabin space, please fill out the relevant section of the registration form. Your request is not a guarantee of a cabin, however we will inform you as quickly as possible as to whether we can fulfill your request.

If you would like a list of area B&Bs or motels, please let us know. We’re more than willing to help you find suitable lodging arrangements so that you can attend and enjoy Baitcon. We can try to help you find someone to share a room or tent with, loan you a tent, etc. You can find more lodging information here.

Medical Conditions

If you have any conditions or allergies we should know about, please note that in the space provided on the registration form. This info will be kept confidential and shared only with the Medical Crew. You can find more information about first-aid and medical needs at Baitcon here.


Baitcon is what you make it.  Please feel to bring any or some or none of the following: ice cream ideas & makings, games, boffers, hula hoops, dancing feet, drums, musical instruments, arts & crafts, laughter & smiles. If you have an idea for something specific, please email us at info @ baitcon dot org*. Some of the things we have planned are listed on the merriment page.


News and information will be posted here so check back periodically. We will note updates as “posts” here, to which you can subscribe via RSS. If you have an immediate question, please contact us via email at info @ baitcon dot org*