Now that it’s June, many winter-weary Seattleites are looking forward to summer outdoor activities, including the always-enjoyable RPCV campouts.
We have some important updates to share with you about campout plans. First, we regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, the SEAPAX 2013 Campout which had been scheduled for August 23-25 has been CANCELLED.
We apologize for any inconvenience, and want to remind you about other great opportunities for RPCV campouts this summer:
- June 21- 23, Columbia River Peace Corps Association (Portland group) is hosting a campout open to all at Camp Lookout State Park on the north coast of Oregon. Space is filling fast, so registration is needed ASAP. Full information at: http://crpca.org/?page_id=1590
- August 1-4, the 23rd annual NW Regional RPCV campout, hosted this year by the Inland Northwest PCA (Spokane group),will be held at Farragut State Park in the Idaho panhandle. Here is the link for full details including optional family outing) and online registration: http://peacecorpssummercampout.eventbrite.com/#
Planning ahead for 2014 and how you can help. Hosting of the regional campout rotates among the RPCV groups in WA, OR, and ID and in 2014 it will again be the turn of SEAPAX. (If you’d like to learn more about this NW tradition and where we’ve camped in the past, check out https://home.seapax.org/2009/06/17/regional-campout/. A 2014 Regional Campout planning committee is now being formed and as first step, we are looking for suggestions of possible sites and dates. In order to get a desirable location for a group this size (often 50- 100 people) we need to make our reservation as quickly as possible. Camping is a popular activity, and group campsites typically need to reserve a year in advance. We are fortunate to have so many beautiful places in Washington – national parks and forests, state parks and more- to choose from, so please share your favorites.
Tips for selecting dates and places for Regional Campout. Here are some factors to consider to help make the selection:
- Date: check for holiday weekends, and aim to avoid conflicts with major local and RPCV group events. The Portland group, for example, typically holds a popular campout in late June; need to check 2014 date.
- Geographic location: look for places reasonably accessible to those coming from around in the 3-state region. Also consider what activity offerings are available in or close to the campground.
- Site and amenities: is a designated group camp available, or would we need to reserve individual sites? If the latter, how many single campsites may a group reserve? Parking rules? (often are limits on number of cars allowed per site) How close would any site be to public campground? RV spaces & hookups? Is it a safe place for young children? Accessible for folks with disabilities? What is available in the way of running water, bathrooms (flush toilets or latrines), showers, picnic tables, and grills? Are campfires permitted? Is there a place where we can hold the Saturday night dinner for all participants?
- Cost and terms of payment: what is the fee, and is a deposit or full fee required to be paid at the time the reservation is made? Are entrance fees or permits per individual vehicle required also?
- Accommodations for non-campers: what is the availability fairly close by of motels B &Bs, etc.? There is typically a contingent of non-campers who like to participate in events and the Sat. dinner, so need to check options. And local RPCVs may join us too, as a contingent from Wenatchee did when we last hosted in 2009, at the Bridge Creek campground near Leavenworth.
Please send your suggestions for dates and places for the 2014 Regional Campout no later than June 15 to Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a brief description of site features, and let us know if you want to join the Campout planning committee. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!