Frequently Asked Questions about the IBMC
1. What is your purpose?
Having fun while camping with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts.
2. The term "BROTHERHOOD" seems very masculine, what about lady members?
When Cliff Boswell founded the club in 1973, he envisioned the
term "brotherhood" to mean a fellowship of like-minded group of people who enjoy
the same things getting together periodically to share their enjoyment. No
disrespect to women was implied or imagined.
3. Is the club brand oriented?
Not at all. Members ride all kinds of bikes, from
full-dress Honda Gold Wings to scooters. Members with infirmities, as well as older
members, or those with family members who do not ride, often arrive in quadracycles,
or even RVs. Many folks who started camping with the IBMC on two wheels must, for
whatever reason, change their mode of transportation. When it comes to a choice of
coming on three, four or more wheels, or not coming, they are welcome whatever their
method of getting there.
4. How many campouts are held each year? And how many
There can be as many or as few as members want to host.
Usually there are around twenty to thirty in all parts of the USA and Canada, with one
which is designated as the National Campout. There have been as many as one hundred
attendees at a National, and there have been campouts where no one but the host shows
up. Average attendance usually is from twenty to fifty, depending on the location,
the weather, etc.
5. How do I host a campout?
Pick a good campsite – one you know about already – and
find out from the Director if there is a conflict in dates. If there isn’t, make
any reservations that are necessary, and send the information to IBMC Headquarters
for inclusion in The Campfire Ring. On the day the campout is to begin, show
up and set up camp. It’s considered bad form for the host to miss his or her own
campout. Keep a sign-in roster of attendees.When the campout is over, use the roster
to include attendees' names when you write up the report, or "Embers" for The
Campfire Ring. Send your report to IBMC
Headquarters at PO Box 375, Helper, UT 84526. And most of all, have fun!
6. Do I have to host a campout?
No, it isn’t required. If you’d like to start small, find someone to co-host with you.
Just remember, if the members don’t volunteer to host campouts, there won’t be any.
This is a “do-it-yourself” organization. No one’s going to entertain you unless they
want to. Anything that goes on at a campout is strictly up to the host.
7. Are children, pets, and visitors welcome at campouts?
Well behaved children, pets, and visitors are always
welcome - many of our members started out as visitors. Bringing children to an IBMC
gathering is a great way for you to introduce them to the joys of camping.
8. Are there any rules for the IBMC?
The only "rule" is that campers conduct themselves as
they’d like to be treated, and not to disrupt other campers’ enjoyment of the
outdoors. This usually means lights out and quiet after 10 p.m., no loud radios or
other sound systems, and keeping children and animals under control so they won’t
bother other campers.
9. What do I get for my dues?
You get six Campfire Rings (newsletters)
plus one IBMC Handbook and Membership List each year. Upcoming campouts are
listed in The Campfire Ring and the Handbook consists mostly of a list
of members, arranged by state. Most members are available for contact by other members
on the road. This is especially helpful if you have a problem while traveling.
10. How do I join?
Print the online FORM, and
send it to PO Box 24, South Fork, CO 81154 along with the registration fee. You can also
use this form for renewals.