Camp The Eclipse 2017

by The Circle School
Activity Type: Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Water Activities
Region: Pacific West

Ten K-12 students travel from PA to OR to visit National & State Parks, Forests, & Monuments and experience a total solar eclipse.

$5 Raised out of $3,000
1 Funders
0 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

The Circle School's Natural Resources Group (NRG) is a student-led interest group within The Circle School, Harrisburg's democratic school. The NRG is dedicated to planning and leading backpacking, camping, and other field trips in the great outdoors. Currently led by a 13-year-old girl, we have taken on our biggest challenge ever: seeing the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 in the high desert of Oregon. 



  • 15 days, camping and exploring National Parks and Monuments
  • On the itinerary: Flying to Portland, Pacific Ocean mammals, redwood forest, marble caves, Crater Lake, ziplining, digging for dinosaur fossils, seeing the Painted Desert, and of course, a total eclipse of the sun. 
  • Parks we'll visit: Brian Booth S.P., Siskiyou Nat'l Forest, Redwood N.P. , Oregon Caves N.M., Crater Lake N.P., Smith Rock S.P., John Day Fossil Beds N.M., Painted Hills N.M. 
  • Our age range (students only): 9 to 15
  • Dates: Aug 8 - 23, 2017
  • Total budget: $11,000 (not bad for 12 people over two weeks, including airfare)
  • Raised so far: about $1,900 ($800 spent on the 3-day test trip to Niagara Falls) 
  • Other sources: we have applied for corporate sponsorships, grants, and we expect we will each have to pay something from personal funds. 


The students of the NRG are responsible for every aspect of planning, fundraising, and executing the trip. We started in the fall of 2015, knowing it would take two years of hard work to pull off such an epic trip. Besides fundraising, researching, and planning for the trip, we also did all the work for two test-run field trips: an overnight at school to test tents and other gear, then a three-day trip to upstate NY to see Niagara Falls, Letchworth Falls, and Eternal Flame Falls. 


Things we will do and learn: camping, cooking our own food, doing laundry, pitching tents, collecting campfire wood, telling stories, learning SO much, singing songs, taking pictures, and getting along. We expect to learn a lot about astronomy, biology, ecology, geology, geography, literature, history, sociology, critical thinking, accounting, organizational leadership, archaeology, budgeting, as well as some really important stuff that doesn't fit into any neat category.


If we exceed our goal, we hope to expand the trip, such as adding a boat trip on Crater Lake, rock climbing in Smith Rock State Park, admission to Sea Lion Caves, and other things we'd love to do but aren't top priorities for our limited funding. 


Please help us reach and exceed our goal!

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

Eight of the ten are in the K-8 age range. The Circle School does not segregate children by age. The group of students organizing this field trip ranges in age from 9 to 15. 

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

The Circle School, Harrisburg, PA