To accomodate wrestlers traveling a long distance and to permit more
wrestling time, wrestlers are invited to arrive as early as Wednesday,
July 13, 2016. The basic registration fee as noted
below covers Friday evening through Sunday, as in past years. For those
arriving on Wednesday or Thursday there will be a small additional camping
($15/night) and meal fee. Please note your arrival date and any special
meal needs on the space provided on the registration form.
Volunteers are needed for setup on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, and for
breakdown on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Please
Hillside is a 235+ acre campground for men located in the Endless
Mountains region of Pennsylvania, just off PA Route 848 in Gibson near
I-81 at Exit 219 (prior to 2001 it was Exit 66). This is between
Scranton, PA and Binghamton, NY.
For those traveling by air, the nearest airport is the
Wilkes-Barre-Scranton International Airport served by U.S. Airways,
Continental, United Express and Delta Commair. Click here for the airport website with
further information, directions, etc. Rides are available from this airport to camp; please indicate if you need a ride or would like to help.
Binghamton, NY also has a domestic airport which some wrestlers used in
2002; their website is www.binghamtonairport.com.
There's also the Lehigh Valley international airport in Allentown, PA
whose website is
Other major airports within 3 hours travel time are Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia,
Newark and Philadelphia International Airports. Rental cars are available
at all airports. Bus lines such as Greyhound and Short Line also serve Scranton and
Binghamton. Rail travel is also possible, but the nearest Amtrak stop is 60 miles away, in
Syracuse, NY, so this would require another means of getting to Hillside
from there. If you need transportation from Scranton to the camp, let us know.
Wrestling takes place on group campsite #60 on regulation mats. Wrestlers
can camp in their own tent on site #60. For those without a tent, limited
space is available to sleep on the main mats under the big tent after wrestling
is concluded. There may be a few tents
available on a first-come-first-served basis. You should bring your own
air mattress (if needed), sleeping bag and pillow. Dogs and other pets are
not allowed on site #60.
Wrestlers staying on site #60 will also receive the catered meal
package Friday evening through Sunday Brunch ending at 1PM. Wrestlers who
arrive early will be charged extra for meals through Friday lunch (see
The total cost of camping on site #60 for the weekend is $190.00
($170.00 for early registration)
which includes the camp fee, membership fee, meal package (Friday evening
through Sunday Brunch), healthy snacks, keg of beer and birch beer, use of
the big tent, mats, first aid supplies and a commemorative wrestling t-shirt.
Each year's shirt has a new design, and some previous years' shirts may be
available. Please note that the camp increased their fees in 2011:
for early arrivals, the camp will charge $15 per night for Wednesday and
Thursday, upon your arrival at the camp office. The extra cost (per day)
for meals is as follows: $5 for each breakfast and lunch (Wednesday through
Friday); $10 for each dinner (Wednesday and Thursday). There is no extra charge if your arrival is on or after Friday
Extra meals may be paid for with your registration or upon your arrival at
camp. When you register, please include your estimated arrival time so we
can plan food purchases accordingly and know how many early meals to prepare.
Based on previous years' experience, it is strongly recommended that all
wrestlers camp on site #60, the group campsite. The wrestling group
camaraderie and interaction is great. Wrestlers from all over the USA,
Canada and Europe will be there. While there are some delis and motels
within 15 miles of the campsite, such as the Holiday Inn Express, I don't
recommend that, as you lose out on the unique experience of being at
Hillside; the camaraderie and wrestling, the other campers, the special
events, and so on. The food at camp is cooked specially for us wrestlers
and is all-you-can-eat). Please note any special dietary (e.g. medical)
needs on the registration form).
In addition to wrestling, activities available include swimming,
volleyball, hiking, and evening campfire and disco. Cyclists and runners
can get a great workout on the on- and off-site triple-chainring
mountainous terrain. The camp is in a valley around 1350-1500 feet and most
nearby roads lead to the passes at 1800-2000 feet.
The climate is mountainous, more so than one would think from the
relatively low altitude. Days are usually warm, with much cooler nights,
sometimes with significant variations from mountain to mountain.
However, the nights were very warm during the 2006 and 2007 wrestling
weekends, and mild since. 2011 had especially warm nights, sometimes not
dropping below 70. But take a jacket or sweatshirt just in case.
is a very popular weekend, you should register early while there's still
space. Cancellations received by July 3, 2016 will receive a full
No liquor or beer is sold at Hillside. However, the camp provides a keg
of beer and birch beer at no charge. If you have any particular beverage
preferences, please note it under Requests on the registration form.
Wrestlers must be 21 years of age or older to enter camp. See you on the
The author of this web page has been to Hillside Wrestling Weekends in 1996,
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015. It just gets better every year. More wrestling information (clubs, resources, pictures,
etc.) can be found on my Wrestling
Page and on the Palaestra. Any other cyclists who
might want to coordinate travel plans between the Greater New York
City/New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania area and Hillside are welcome to
Last perlscript update, July 21, 2015