For many Obsidians, the high point of the year is the annual Summer Camp, a week long campout with meals provided. The location of past Summer Camps reads like a roster of scenic Northwest America: The Wallowas, the Grand Tetons, the High Sierras, the Sawtooths, the North Cascades, the Strawberries and of course the Oregon Cascades, to name but a few!



                                                                                                                                                                                                  St. Mary Lake - Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park is known as the “Crown of the Continent” for good reason: dazzling peaks, historic lodges, wildlife, and the glaciers. It has 151 trails covering 745 miles.  And Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.

The park was established in 1910 and is sacred land for the Blackfeet Nation whose reservation borders the park. There are 3 visitor centers, including one near our camp. Contiguous to Glacier is Waterton National Park in Canada.

We will be based at Johnson’s of St. Mary Campground ( on the east side of the park, just a half-mile from Going-to-the-Sun Road - an ideal location. This is a commercial campground, not the rustic place in the boonies we usually use for camp! However, our campsites are segregated from others by aspen trees and feel pretty private; the RV area is barely visible.  The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, and a laundromat!  We are also renting the pavilion which will serve both as shelter in the event of rain and a serving/storage area for food.

Online registration is open and there is a long Wait List. If you are on the Wait List, do not send any money or the registration form. Periodically monitor the site for cancellations; most of them will likely occur at the end of July. And a couple may occur a few days before camp.

Summer Camp Registration Form 2019   Glacier Park Summer Camp Booklet

New this year is two-tier pricing: camping and non-camping.

Non-campers:  Since the campground is near motels, cabins, and private homes, we suspect that some folks will want to sleep indoors rather than camp. Click on this link to see a list of possibilities; there are probably other options, so do your own research. Non-campers will need to make and pay for their own lodging and may want to reserve a place now, but be sure you understand the cancellation policies.

Campers:  This includes tent sites and small “RV’s” (no hook-ups).  If your RV is longer than about 22’ and/or you would like a site with electricity and sewer, you will need to make your own reservations. See the link above.

Fees: We are planning on a total of 90 participants.
  Fees for those camping/RVing in the group campground:
      Members:                          $255
      Members 16 & under:       $205
      Nonmembers:                    $295
  Fees for those staying in motels/elsewhere:
      Members:                          $195
      Members 16 & under:       $145
      Nonmembers:                    $235
The fee includes 6 continental breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners catered by a local restaurant.

Camp Booklets - If you have paid for camp, you will receive a Camp Booklet. You can also download a PDF version here:
Glacier Park Summer Camp Booklet

Hikes: Glacier National Park is a very special place. The hiking is simply spectacular. The following website describes the top 10 hikes in the Park: Click on the individual hikes for detailed descriptions.

Crypt Lake (Waterton National Park, Canada): This is truly one of the top 20 hikes in the world (either a very long day or probably an overnight trip from camp). Anyone planning on hiking in Canada will need to bring a current passport.

The Obsidians camped at Glacier National Park in 1953 and 1963. Excerpts of their experiences are at:    


As additional information becomes available, we will post updates here.

Summer Camp Chair: - Lana Lindstrom -


Oh, the Places We Have Been
Link to some past Summer Camps

Ruby Mountains
2016 Summer Camp - Nevada


Strawberry Mountains
2014 Summer Camp - Eastern Oregon

Trinity Alps
2013 Summer Camp - Northern California

North Cascades
2004 & 2012 Summer Camp - Washington

Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park
2009 Summer Camp
- California

Sawtooth Mountains
2008 Summer Camp - Idaho

West Yellowstone, Madison R.
2007 Summer Camp - Montana

Olympic Peninsula
2006 Summer Camp - Washington