Overnight Explorers - Mt Rainier - 2021

Youth Program

Mountaineers Summer Camp - Olympia

An exciting overnight camping near Carbon River on Mt Rainier.

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Join us in Olympia for a 3-day camping adventure at our Mountaineers property near Mt. Rainier! We will be traveling to Mt Rainier and camping out under the summer sky near the Carbon River.  This camp is open to kids ages 10-15 and includes transportation, food, and skills lessons up on the mountain.

Campers arrive at the Rose Garden in Priest Point Park on Wednesday morning at 9am. We will play a few introduction games before we do a gear check, pack up the cars, and hit the road. On our way to camp, we will make a stop along the way to learn some history of the nearby mining town. Once at camp, we will work together to set up camp and will have some time for adventuring near the river before dinner. Our evening will be filled with campfire songs, stories, stargazing, and s'mores.

Thursday is all about hiking in Mt Rainier. We will head up to Mowich Lake where we will hike to the Tolmie Peak Fire lookout.  Be sure to bring swim gear to enjoy the time we will spend swimming and catching frogs and newts at the nearby Eunice Lake. After our long day, we will make a hearty dinner and enjoy another campfire-side evening.

Friday begins with a big breakfast and camp cleanup. After some time plaing along the river, we will head to an old ghost town that was once a mining town along the Carbon River. After this exploration, we will hop back into the car and head back to Olympia. Pick up is at the Rose Garden at 4pm.


  • Registration opens February 1
  • Drop off: 9am on Wednesday
  • Pick up: 4pm on Friday
  • Detailed packing list will be sent out prior to camp
  • Please note: all outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent.


Camp capacity is limited to 10 campers at this time and campers should plan to bring masks and hand sanitizer of their own. Campers will be allowed to share tents with only other household members. Staff are monitoring the process of reopening closely and will continue to share updates and changes as they occur.


Email Becky at beckyn@mountaineers.org

Program Requirements

This program has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, & pillow
  • Favorite snacks
  • 3 changes of clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection
  • Mask and Hand Sanitizer
  • *Participants may request to borrow needed gear for this trip. 
  • ** A more detailed packing list will be emailed out a week before camp
Program Materials

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