Beauty of the forest

Big Ridge state Park

july 23rd - 25th

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

– Art Williams

About Tcypaa

TCYPAA, pronounced (tick – ee – pah) is the Tennessee Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. The purpose of TCYPAA is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the young people’s community in Tennessee by hosting an annual conference. TCYPAA makes space for young people in recovery to come together to celebrate and share their experience, strength and hope with each other. We are founded upon the three legacies of AA: Recovery, Unity, and Service.

This Year's Conference

TCYPAA 2021 is going to be a little different this year. Typically the conference is held in February at a hotel. Due to all sorts of complications and restrictions with Covid-19 we have had to rethink this whole event. For the safety of all participants we have pushed back the date to July 23rd, and moved the conference to Big Ridge State Park so we have more open air and ventilation.  

Given our outdoor adventure this year we settled on a theme of  ‘Beauty of the Forest’. This comes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous page 50 – “We missed the reality and the beauty of the forest because we were diverted by the ugliness of some of its trees. We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.”

more about Big ridge State park

Accommodating up to 120 persons, the group camp has 19 screened-in bunkhouses, sleeping six to eight each. Also included is a dining hall with commercial kitchen and three bathhouses. The kitchen is equipped with cooking and serving utensils. We will be cookin five meals for y’all – Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast. Campers should supply linens, sleeping bags, snacks, medicinal and sanitary supplies. The cabins are screened in and have no air conditioning. There is no WiFi available but some Verizon customer have some cell service. 

Because of Covid this year’s conference will be held outdoors and will have limited registrations available. For these reasons this will be a closed conference open only to those with a desire to stop drinking. Please do not bring any children or pets.

Two of the bunkhouses and one bathhouse are ADA accessible. The group camp is open from April through October. 

For more information please call 1-800-471-5305.

Please do not reserve a cabin from the Big Ridge website, we have already reserved all the cabins for the weekend. You are guaranteed a spot when you register for the conference on this website. 

things to bring and not bring

Do Bring

  • Linens and a pillow
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, body wash, face wash, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, ect.) – toilet paper will be provided
  • Swimsuit and a towel
  • Camping chair
  • Power packs to charge phones (there’s only one outlet per cabin which sleeps 6-8 people)
  • Battery powered fans
  • Flash light or headlamp
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella
  • Willingness
  • Shower shoes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water bottle/Camelbak
  • Ziplock bags
  • Earplugs
  • Wet wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Over the counter medications (ibuprofen, tylenol, claritin)
  • Glow sticks
  • Yoga mat
  • Hammock
  • Tennis shoes and/or hiking boots
  • Small first aid kit
  • Card games
  • Open mindedness

Do Not Bring

  • Children
  • Pets
  • Power strip (it will trip the electric system)
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Weapons
  • Negativity
  • Excessive luggage
  • Fancy clothes
  • Glass (bottles, mirrors, clocks)
  • Horses