Parents Disparage Camp Bisco’s Pa. Debut

A water park operated by Montage Mountain near Scranton, Pa., was closed July 15-18 to make way for this year’s Camp Bisco Festival, and some people sure weren’t happy about it.

Camp Bisco, at Montage Mountain for the first time after spending years in upstate New York, reportedly drew around 40,000 concertgoers, many of whom camped on the site and took a dip in the water park. But following the festival, rumors of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll that took place in the park began to surface.

“Montage ‘leased’ the waterpark for the 4-day drug fest, orgies, urinating everywhere, drug overdoses, naked people on water slide ‘concert,’” a parent wrote on Montage Mountain’s Facebook page. “You can NOT shock or chlorinate that water enough to make me touch my feet in it for several days. I LOVE Montage but you disappointed me for allowing this.”

The trouble for Montage Mountain apparently began when family water park patrons drove through the festival site the day after it wrapped to attend a scheduled family event. A woman told the Scranton Times Tribune a parking lot still contained many concertgoers in various states of undress, there were piles of garbage, and she ran over bottles of alcohol while pulling into a parking space.

“It is one of those things you have to see and smell to believe,” the woman said. “Everybody making out with everybody, drinking openly. One guy was in a – is it even called a g-string when a guy wears it?”

Some took to social media to seek refunds of their water park season passes after hearing stories of what went down during the fest. But the water park was cleaned and then tested by an independent company on July 20 that gave it the all-clear, the paper noted.

Christina Galdieri, director of marketing and sales for Montage, explained many of the rumors regarding debauchery at this year’s Camp Bisco simply weren’t true.

“No one died and most of the things being talked about are reference to things that happened at a concert in New York. People are making unnecessary and filthy speculation,” Galdieri told the Tribune, referencing a lawsuit Camp Bisco faced following the death of a concertgoer in 2012.

The fest’s permit was denied in New York earlier this year over safety concerns. “We know what happened at this event,” she continued. “We were overstaffed and it went smooth for us.” Sheriff’s deputies, Scranton police and state troopers provided security during the event, six arrests were made and around two dozen people were treated in a nearby hospital for drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning or falls, the paper reported.