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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!

Camp Reiter ~ Obsidian Summer Camp 2022

Visit Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, and Goat Rocks Wilderness
Sunday July 31 - Saturday August 6

Summer Camp is back! Our first Obsidian Summer Camp since 2019 will be held at the Cascade Peaks Campground near Packwood, WA. The Obsidians haven't held a Summer Camp in this area since Camp Lichtenstein in 1999 however it will be our sixth visit to the area since 1932.

The Facility: We'll be camping at Cascade Peaks Campground, a 90 acre private campground 57 miles east of Interstate 5 on highway12. At only 245 miles and a 4.5-hour drive from Eugene this is one of the easier Summer Camps to get to. We've reserved 34 spaces in the area called The Meadow. This area has plenty of trees for those who prefer the shade plus open areas for sun lovers. Each site comes with an electrical outlet and water tap plus there are restrooms with showers nearby. To increase capacity to handle our 90 members we'll also be setting up our own Obsidian solar shower with a new upgrade, a hot water supply for two of the showers so we'll have hot showers even on cloudy days.

For those of you who prefer staying at a local motel there are several options available in the towns of Packwood and Randle. Both these communities are about 7 miles from camp. We suggest you make a reservation as soon as possible as this is a popular area.

Here's a list of some of the available lodging:

Meals: All food is included for the week at Summer Camp including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners. Our dinners will be prepared by a private caterer. Each meal includes a vegetarian option. Breakfast will be served continental style and include hot oatmeal with toppings, cold cereal, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, coffee and tea. Each person will prepare their own lunch from items provided that include lunch meat, cheese, tuna, tofu pate, fruit and cookies.

What to do: We've compiled a list of 33 hikes in the area that will be in the camp booklet. These include hikes not only in Mt Rainier but also The Goat Rocks Wilderness Area and Mt Adams. Get an informative spreadsheet Joel Greer created of the hikes in the area here: Hikes At a Glace . In addition there are numerous visitor centers, museums, ranger programs, areas to fish and kayak, and even a spectacular gondola ride at Crystal Mt. Best of all, this area is famous for its spectacular display of wildflowers.

Important Dates:
  • Summer Camp Rally: March 25, 7pm at the Obsidian Lodge.
  • Summer Camp sign up will be online at Obsidian Online Signup
    - Members - March 31, 7am.
    - Non-members - April 3, 7am.
    - Registration Form - Complete form and mail it, a copy of your vaccination card, and a check within 5 days of online signup.
  • Camp Reiter 2022: July 31-- Aug 6, 2022

Summer Camp Booklet: The Summer Camp booklet is available now for download here: Camp Reiter Booklet . Those who are registered for Summer Camp may pick up a folded pre-printed booklet at the Obsidian Lodge on Wednesday April 6, 5-6PM; Saturday April 9, 3-5PM; Tuesday May 17, 7-8PM. Booklets may also be picked up at Lynn Stearney's home at 387 Dellwood Drive. To save yourself a wasted trip you should call or text Lynn at 541-520-4796.

Covid Policy: All participants at Summer Camp must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination shots as defined by the CDC, including boosters when eligible. A copy of your vaccination card must be provided when you register.

For Questions: Refer to your Summer Camp Booklet or you may email the Summer Camp Committee: summercamp@obsidians.org

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