This Friday the 13th, get a tour of Camp Crystal Lake

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Aug 28, 2017

Friday the 13th is a slasher classic. The film, about camp counselors being murdered by a masked maniac, inspired a whole subgenre of summer camp slasher movies: The Burning, Sleepaway Camp, Madman, and Twisted Nightmare, just to name a few.

The movie that inspired them all was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey, the oldest continually operating Boy Scout camp in the country, which stood in as Camp Crystal Lake. It's private, and closed to non-Scouts ... except when the camp arranges private tours. And if you're brave enough, their next tour will be on Friday, October 13th.

The first camp tour was held on Friday, May 13th, 2011. This upcoming tour will be only the fourth time the camp grounds have been open to the public. It was a huge success in the past, and the organizers say that it sold out in "seconds," according to Thrillist. There are some strict rules about attending the tour, including that absolutely no costumes are allowed. Tour organizers seem intent on keeping the experience professional, stressing that "this is a movie location tour and not some sort of haunted mansion ride."

However, the camp accepts that they are part of horror movie history, and sell lots of different souvenirs from the camp, including bottles of water and sand from the beach where Jason drowned.

Tickets to the tour are only available to those who have signed up for the camp's mailing list. Check out nobebosco.org for more info on the tour, or to pick up some Angry Mother souvenirs.