A trip to the paintball field is the only way to treat an itchy trigger finger, outside of expensive rash creams or firing a water gun carved from a cactus. Scratch the itch for vengeance with today’s Groupon to Camp Dakota in Scotts Mills. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get an annual paintball pass, valid December 25, 2011–December 24, 2012 (a $200 value). The annual pass includes:
- Unlimited entry to Camp Dakota’s paintball fields, special events excluded
- Free equipment rentals
- Basic instruction for beginners
- Unlimited air and CO2 tank refills
- 500 paintballs on your first visit
- 20% off paint throughout the year and 50% off special events<p>
- For $99, you get a paintball for beginners class, held every other Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (a $199 value). The class includes:
- Training in safety, basic rules and laws, equipment maintenance, and sportsmanship
- All necessary paintball gear for the day
- Unlimited air and CO2 tank refills for the day
- 1,000 paintballs
- Two vouchers for free entry and air refills in the future
Camp Dakota arms combatants with modern paintball weaponry before they begin faux battles on a forested, obstacle-laden course. Warriors bearing the camp’s annual paintball pass can stride through the tented staging area with confidence, geared up with a free safety mask, paintball gun, and trays of priceless glass heirlooms. After loading paintball guns with free or discounted ammo, adventurers slink between trees and piles of tires to reach the lost jungle or vault over a stationed jeep to seek refuge in a foxhole. Trek through a thicket, cross a dangerously exposed bridge, or get tossed into a POW camp armed with only a plastic spoon and a French-language copy of Bridge over the River Kwai. Those new to acrylic marksmanship can receive basic instruction and admission to the camp’s many special events, including Holidayball and the Day of the Zombies, is discounted.
Hue-splattering neophytes jump into battle after taking part in the camp’s paintball for beginners course, which includes safety training, an overview of paintball rules, and a primer on modern art. Learn to care for and maintain equipment and exercise good paintball sportsmanship before returning to the camp armed with one of two vouchers for free entry. A representative from the West Coast’s largest paintball retailer will be present should students wish to purchase their own equipment or have their safety masks autographed. Camp Dakota welcomes paintballers from 10 a.m. until dark, on weekends year-round, and seven days a week in the summer and on holidays.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Western Cascade Mountains, Camp Dakota flouts the constraints of gravity with high-flying adventures that test participants' skills, stamina, and propensity to scream at high altitudes. Suspended steel ziplines whiz above the forest canopy as squirrels wave from nearby branches and passing meadowlarks pause for fist bumps. Teamwork trumps individual heroics on the high-ropes course, whose elevated, threaded obstacles sway precariously above the distant ground.
The aerial odyssey doesn't stop there. Instructors supply safety harnesses and words of encouragement before leading the way to a vertical rock-climbing wall. Replete with slim footholds and perturbed mountain goats, the wall poses a challenge to climbers of all abilities, who take solace in the added safety of fully automated belays.