The Woods Campground Owner Accused Of Sexual Assault

Patrick Gremling, the 54 year-old owner of The Woods Campground in the Pocono Mountains, was arrested Sunday for the alleged sexual assault of a minor on the resort property when the alleged victim was “middle school age” in late 2011. (Sources have indicated that the alleged victim was allegedly a family member who will not be identified in this article). The Pocono Record reports that the accuser (who is now an adult) reported Gremling to police last Friday. Investigators wiretapped a 32-minute phone call between the accuser and Gremling, who reportedly made “several admissions” and was arrested shortly after.

Photo Courtesy-The Woods Campground (website)

The report goes on to state that after being brought to the resort to prepare the property for the winter and that “the child spent the night in a camper after the work was done. They described to police the pajamas they wore and the couch they slept on, where the alleged assault took place. Gremling had touched the child inappropriately once before at a home in New Jersey in 2009, the accuser told police. He said the same thing both times: “Never tell anyone.”

Photo Courtesy-The Woods Campground (website)

Additionally, this is not the first time that Gremling has had interaction with someone underage. A source contacted me to provide information that several years ago, Gremling also allegedly tried to “sneak someone under age into (the venue will not be named)”. According to my source, Gremling asked my source if they could assist in getting someone underage into the unnamed venue after security for the venue noticed that the person Gremling attempted to enter with was underage. They advised that they felt that “he had no respect for me at my job” and that “an owner should know better”.

Photo Courtesy-Patrick Gremling (Facebook)

Early last year, Gremling gave an interview to Woodall’s Campground Magazine. As resident of the Poconos area as a child, Gremling purchased the former hunting campground 17 years ago. He told the publication at the time “I always loved throwing parties, and I love the outdoors and camping with my husband. At The Woods, we have fun. I do my best when I’m developing a party atmosphere for our themed weekends. Gay men like to let loose, forget about their everyday job, and act like a kid again. We try to develop a community where they can be themselves.” 

A message left for The Woods went unanswered at press time. This article will be updated accordingly should 

For More Information on The Wood Campground, please see their website 

54 thoughts on “The Woods Campground Owner Accused Of Sexual Assault”

  1. I started going to The Woods about 2 years after it opened. I thought…at last! a place I can come to in the summer. Hang out and relax with mostly my peers (older crowd of gay men, 40-ish and up, bears, etc) and just enjoy. A fun community of PLUs (people like us). I watched as it became more successful and started to grow and expand. Good For Them and good for the gay community I thought. Then one year a filmmaker from Ptown used The Woods for one of his movies. Again…good for them and good for us. I was looking forward to this summer finally free of mask restrictions. Oh well!!! I can’t in good conscience patronize a place with this kind of dark cloud over it. A shame for the employees and other campers who really enjoy being here. From what I have read so far, seems like there is going to be a big exodus unless The Woods can convince everyone that any association with Patrick on any level is totally dissolved. Not to mention the fact that he has totally confirmed for homophobes that think we’re predatory perverts trying to recruit. Shame on you Patrick! I hope you realize the consequences of indulging your sickness goes way beyond you being charged as a pedophile. For those who will still go to The Woods, do they now have to be concerned about harassment or possible violence? There is definitely however small a MAGA/Trump supporter presence in the area.

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  2. Anybody have an update on this? I thought his indictment hearing was supposed to have happened by now, but I can’t find anything on the news. I want to know if there will be a change in ownership at the campground before I go back.

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  3. He’s a Complete Piece of Shit his sorry Ass needs to be in Jail! He’s a Creep and a Asshole and karma is a Bitch you POS

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  4. I’ve been going to The Woods for 15 or 16 years. It’s always been a good experience for me. This is a horrible thing to learn about Pat. He’s aways been gracious to me as a camp host. Hearing this news is like I’ve traveled into another dimension. I guess he’ll have his day in court, but it doesn’t look good for him.

    I imagine the other partners are still reeling at this revelation. The last thing they want to do is put out a hurried, knee-jerk statement. They don’t know where all the pieces are going to land. There is no need for a rush to judgement.

    I do worry about the locals’ reaction. Many of them will want to paint us all with the brush. I see many comments to this story from LGBTQ people already trying to do the same thing with everyone who works or stays at The Woods. Most campers have never been to the “Head Shed”. That is not a knock on the folks who do enjoy that experience, but it’s not a universal gay thing. I will not boycott the campground. There are too many great people there.

    I do hope they up the security. On the road leading to the campground there is a driveway with “Trump Won” and “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, along with a warning that the property owner has guns. That does scare me a bit.

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    • I can tell you right now. There are many Woods campers that “carry”. Woodys little signs about no guns are quite meaningless to those of us with conceal carry license. There are multiple Woods campers with guns & ammunition in our RV’s each season. Seriously, The Woods is not the only gay campground and gay men know how to protect themselves! We travel the country! We thought about this many years ago when purchasing a site here and at another campground and have kept a handgun & ammunition on both sites for a long time. The people that need to worry are those that would come after the defenseless gay people without guns. We not only have guns but we know how to shoot and can defend ourselves & neighbors from homophobes. If the “phobes” are going to come after us we are prepared and always have been. 😉

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      • Spot on mate, locked n loaded !
        I mentioned to “woody”
        about putting in a pistol range.
        Over yonder,
        He said: that’s all I need is some drunk queen with a gun”
        I said, good point.
        We both had a good chuckle.

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  5. New LGBTQ+ campground opening this season not far from the woods. On Mount Nebo Road. And the new campground doesn’t have a (accused) pedofile for an owner.

    If you continue to go to the woods, you are financing this dirtbags legal fund.

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    • Is that the old Rainbow
      Mtn camp ?
      Where “phobes”drive thru on Mt nebo rd, yelling “faggot” ?
      While u r laying out trying to relax ?

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    • There goes Pat’s fortune. 😆
      Seriously, gurl, she hides so much money from the IRS with sales of sites and the camp funds for booze and parties in cash she could take off for Timbuktu and live the rest of her life in luxury. Too bad for the others that have invested 401ks, savings, time, etc. Pats crimes have multiple repercussions.

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  6. Pat is not a very nice person. He never has been. Sadly, this news article is no surprise. Woody aka Pat is rude and arrogant. He only gets away with it
    because The Woods is the place to be on the East coast for the gay community. I genuinely hope he disassociates with the Woods as there are a lot of nice professional gay people who frequent this campground and do not deserve the backlash that will result from his despicable behavior. Prayers for the relative and their courage to come forward.

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  7. There are many good people who have invested a lot of their time and money into The Woods Campground over the last 20 years. They don’t deserve the backlash that this child molester will cause. Permanent campsites regularly sell at The Woods in the low 100 thousands because The Woods IS the place to be for the gay community on the East coast. This is a group of extremely wealthy east coast gay people that can afford whatever they want. They deserve a nice private environment and have paid dearly for it. The Woods is also a beautiful campground with a lovely group of perms and weekend campers. Pat aka “Woody” needs to sell his portion of investment within The Woods. Pat is an embarrassment and liability to The Woods Campground. He is also not the major financial investment. He is the “face” of The Woods and who wants a child molester in that position? John Adams Parr is the money. Be gone child molester Pat! You are an embarrassment to those of us that are openly gay and would never consider something as heinous as this. Your arrogance has come back to bite you in your ass. Molesting children is not acceptable and you need to go away. I pity your husband who does not deserve the pain you’re putting him through as well as your nephew. Be ashamed.

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      • Right! Who’s to say that the grown man (then kid) isn’t making this up or exaggerating? Like what happened to Kevin Spacey (the accuser withdrew his charge long after Kevin was pre-maturely judged and convicted in the media and lost his role in House of Cards, ending up with a tarnished image that will preclude him from landing future roles in movies or shows). Honestly, we don’t know what happened with Pat and the kid — it’s an allegation, that’s all it is right now. Don’t pre-judge and convict him. Let it play out – that’s what the justice system provides.

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  8. Patrick Gremling was arrested on 2/7/2022 in Miami Florida as he was getting off the boat from a gay cruise. He violated his bail conditions. What a jerk!

    Google Patrick Gremling Dade County Fl

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  9. Been going to the woods for years and know Pat and really thought he was a decent man, but guess you just don’t know anyone. Very sad to here about this situation and applaud his nephew for coming forward as sure very hard for him and hope getting help he needs as this will scar him for life. As far as Pat yourselves everything you get and you are a sick individual and you need to not be the face of the woods anymore, you should be a silent partner or be bought out. You have given our community a bad name and put us all at risk. Definitely need to get rid of family weekend events you can’t be trusted

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  10. I feel so bad for this kid and I hope his abuser rots in jail for the rest of his life. If he is a young gay man he is going to have to watch his back for the rest of his life. I am sure that Gremling has other gay pedophile friends and they will know who he is.

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  11. His actions are reprehensible to say the least, and he has now put anyone who camps there in the line of fire of the righties and Pennsyltuckians that reside nearby and revile us under normal circumstances. He’s reinforced the belief of many that we are nothing but child molesters, and rest assured some nut job will come through there with the idea of eliminating us. The place is tainted now, and in the small minds of the world, it will never not be.

    It is both this reason and our lack of desire to support a criminal that we won’t be going back there.

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    • There are other owners and employees who work hard for that place. Don’t punish them for his actions. I’m sure there will be inside changes to remove gim from the operation.

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      • I agree that there are other owners and employees who work hard for the place. However, I would like to see the Woods Management make a statement regarding Pat as he was the face of the Woods Campground. If they continue to keep this under the rug and not address the elephant in the room it will damage the reputation of the Woods Campground.

        I notice that his name was removed from the website and he was not part of the Woods Off Season Road Tour that occurred in Jim Thorpe last month.

        As the other comment in the thread stated, is my reservations paying a small part of his legal bill. This is why I am hesitant about booking my campsites this season. If there was a statement from the management, I would have both laptops open and ready to book my sites for the season.

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  12. The owner has given the folks who believe that homosexuals are pedophiles confirmation of that belief, and he’s given them the bucket of gasoline they look for to throw on the fires of hate for us. The facility is situated in Pennsyltucky, an area rife with people who would love to see us all dead. As such, it will never be safe for us there again. In addition to the safety issues he’s now likely created, my spouse and I have no desire to fund his defense or finance him in any way, and we won’t be returning.

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  13. I wonder how many of these respondents really enjoyed a safe place in the woods for fun and sex ( or were just jealous of their perrs who still enjoy sex)
    Amazing how the gay community loves to shame its own

    Havent been in yrs since i moved west

    But safe fun venues for gay men are disappearing

    None of my comments condone him exploiting an underage kid

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    • Straight/gay/trans/”undecided” or whatever label everyone attaches to themselves, you go after a underage child, you’re fair game.

      Will this deter people from going? No, those like me that have chosen to move on (there are other venues where one can go clothing optional) will be replaced by those that don’t know, don’t care.

      For the record, I went mainly for friendship and meet friends and the ability to hike around CO in a quiet atmosphere before the weekend crowds hit. Do guys and girls go there for sex? Yes, even married couples go cause it’s cheaper than Sunnyrest up the road and if they wanted to play outside, they could without repurcussions.

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  14. Kudo’s to the young man for having the courage to step forward and face his abuser. That took lot of strength, and hopefully you’ll get the justice you and others he’s abused deserve.

    As for the owners of The Woods, if you’re reading this, I hope the sound of my membership card going thru the shredder is one of many heard by others doing the same. His actions, and your inactions have put the gay community square in the middle of the crosshairs of the religious groups who say we are nothing but a bunch of pedophiles. All in the name of profit. Shame on you, and shame on your “bring the kids” weekends.. makes you wonder what really happened on those occasions

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  15. You ban people from driving 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit for life from the campground. It’s amazing how karma comes back. And now this is true trauma and real life things that should’ve been brought to light, especially since it was going on back in 2011. Hate that I feel vindicated in someone else’s misery buttt…I’m going to enjoy this slow burn. I hope the men (then kids) involved get the support they need

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  16. Been to the campground and meet this Asshole he is a Asshole and the camp is Completely Disgusting they have this Dirty place called the Head Shed where they go in and have their Disgusting sex, the goal is how many cocks can they suck or how many times they can get Fucked! Stay away it’s Nothing but Drugs and Disease

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  17. He owns “Curiosities coffee and ice house” on broadway street in Jim thorpe. Interesting it closed the day of his court hearing on the 19th. The campground is really creepy. Such a poor reflection of the lgbtq community. Hope his nephew finds justice and this creep goes away. Hope his other victims come forward.

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  18. He’s out on bail and actively deleting comments from the private Woods facebook page trying to keep people from finding out. Blow it up.

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