Earl B. Hunter, Jr., Campfire Chat

    • Oct 15th: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Hosted By: Humble Hustle
  • Location: Campfire Stage at the corner of Elm Ave and Jefferson Ave
  • Ages: All Ages

Questions About the Event?

  • Event Lead: Humble Hustle and Roanoke GO Fest
  • Email: stephanie@roanoke.org
  • Phone: (540) 655-9362

Black Folks Camp, Too

The Earl B. Hunter, Jr., story is powerful one. After a high-flying career as an executive in global sales, Earl went camping for the first time in Western North Carolina and was suddenly “all in.” While working for Sylvansport RV & Camping Trailer Company as the Vice President of Sales, and driving sales revenue from $815K per year to $17M in just four years, he took a cross-country camping trip with his son. After 20 states (plus two Canadian provinces) and 49 campgrounds, Earl was shocked (and a little appalled) at having encountered only ONE other black family camping. Black Folks Camp Too was launched October 10th, 2019, on stage at the Outdoor Economy Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, where Mr. Hunter was the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Join Earl and Humble Hustle staff as they discuss their mission of getting more Black and Brown people comfortable in outside and encouraging greater diversity in the outdoor recreation.

Black Folks Camp Too:

The mission of Black Folks Camp Too (“BFCT”) is to remove fear, add knowledge, and invite MORE Black families to the outdoors to build memories and strengthen family bonds. Not only does the initiative promote more unity in outdoor spaces, but also expands a never-before explored marketing niche for outdoor industry and environmental conservancies alike.

MORE folks in the outdoors means more folks accessing greater health, both as consumers and participants of the outdoor lifestyle, AND, a growing community for land and water preservation.

The creation of BFCT was not only to inspire more Black folks to get outside, but to bring awareness to the reasons why more Black folks have not been participating in the outdoors, what the current industry and lifestylers can currently do to help create more unity, and why they should.

At the heart of Black Folks Camp Too, however, is the belief that once MORE Black folks become active camping enthusiasts and begin enjoying the outdoor lifestyle - this will help break down barriers to create more inclusive communities and stronger relationships overall.