The Northwest Regional Campout was hosted by the West Cascade Peace Corps Association (WCPCA) at the Broken Arrow campground on Diamond Lake (near Crater Lake) in Oregon, about three and one-half hours east of Interstate 5 at Eugene. There was a huge turnout; approximately 60 to 70 RPCVs attended from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and even Arizona. There was a good mix of singles, couples and families of all ages.
There were sign-up sheets available for various hikes and a Crater Lake tour, as well as opportunities for boating, fishing, viewing waterfalls, soaking in hot springs and a place for the kids to swim at Diamond Lake Resort. A variety of Peace Corps t-shirts were available for purchase and, as usual, Sam Greer brought souvenirs for the littlest campers. At night, there was a gigantic bonfire (estilo Michael Le), marshmallows, various tasty beverages of all sorts, and singing of camp songs. People also enjoyed conversing in smaller groups, so that the din of engaging discussions increased every night. One somber moment was a remembrance of Beryl Brinkman from Eugene whom we lost this past year.
The WCPCA did a wonderful job of hosting. Friday night turned out to be a huge success with so many delightful international dishes prepared potluck-style by most everyone who attended, Saturday night was a hearty vegetarian chili dish served by WCPCA, and Sunday morning was the traditional Idaho group pancakes/chorizo sausages/coffee and juice buffet. Be sure not to miss next year’s trip, which will be hosted by the Inland Northwest Peace Corps Association (INPCA) in Spokane.