Airport Meeting Location

Campers flying to Camp will meet at the Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEA) baggage claim between 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturdays only for transport to camp. Vans will depart for camp as they fill and drivers are available. The meeting place is adjacent to baggage carousel #16, near the escalator at Seattle-Tacoma airport (the same location as 2019). For those arriving by taxi or limo, ask to be dropped at door #26. 

If possible, please do not plan to arrive at the meeting place prior to 11 AM on your arrival day to allow departing campers to disembark. 

The camp is about a 2.5-3-hour drive from the airport with a QUICK stop en route for lunch and for people to buy a few snacks and supplies (e.g. happy hour provisions).

Transportation

Please complete the online transportation form when you have a complete flight schedule including your flight number and carrier as soon as you have your arrangements made (no later than May 1).

If arriving by 2 p.m. is a problem, you may need to consider arriving a day early and spending the night near the Sea-Tac airport.

We try to accommodate unanticipated flight delays or schedule changes. If you are notified of changes in your schedule that will significantly change your arrival time, please notify the Transportation Coordinators at [email protected] immediately, not the Registrar.  See phone numbers below for arrival Saturdays only.  

If Your Flight Is Delayed

Please call the number given below if your flight has been delayed, changed, rerouted and for other Saturday travel emergencies. This is NOT the emergency number for Camp.  Have the appropriate phone number on your travel day. If you call before 10 am and get no answer, keep trying as the phone may be en route to the airport and in a no-coverage area.

  • On July 18 and 25: call 203-733-2963 (Paula)
  • On August 1 and August 8: call 917-495-2084 (Virginia)

Departure Transportation

Transportation to SEA will not be available on departure Saturdays for flights leaving before 10 a.m. Vans begin leaving camp at 5 AM to return to the airport. You must plan to leave camp about 4-5 hours  before your flight time.

We strongly encourage you to book a flight departing late morning. If you choose to book an early morning flight you might consider booking it for Sunday morning and spending Saturday night near the airport.

Volunteer Drivers at Camp

In order to run our full program of hikes and activities each day, August Camp depends on having a large number of campers qualified as volunteer drivers.  Even if you drive your own vehicle to Camp, please consider applying to be an approved van driver.

Please complete the Authorization to Drive August Camp Vans form no later than May 1stThis form authorizes the AMC's insurance carrier to review your driving record.

Note:  Our insurance agreement does not permit drivers over the age of 75, so do not plan on driving Camp vans if 76 years of age or older. 

We appreciate your willingness to apply to be a driver. The more drivers we have the less everyone has to do. 

Directions to Camp

The 2020 August Camp will be held in Quilcene, WA (GPS: ca. 47.852749, -122.894716)  

  • Drive southeast on Airport Expressway - towards Departures drive, use left lane to keep left.  
  • Right at fork and follow signs for WA-518 east/I-5/I-405. 
  • After about a mile on WA-518 east, take exit to I-5 south toward Tacoma/Portland.  
  • Drive 21 miles and take exit 132B toward WA-16W; follow signs for Gig Harbor/ Bremerton/16W. 
  • After 27 miles, merge onto WA-3N for 25 miles and turn left onto 101 south.  
  • Drive 7.8 miles and right onto Lords Lake Loop Road (if you are using GPS and end up coming north on 101, this will be a left turn.).  
  • After 0.3 miles, turn right onto unsigned dirt Fern Hollow Road. Look for the August Camp sign

Please note that your mapping apps will only get you as far as the beginning of our dirt road so please read the following.... The address is 120 Fern Hollow Rd, Quilcene, WA 98376. PLEASE DO NOT PULL INTO ZEN RIVER RETREAT! Follow the road straight ahead and across a little wooden bridge over the river. Follow the road as it veers to the right and up the hill. You will see a “Cedar & Fern” sign. At the end of the road you will see a gate. 

Note:  As far as how to get there from Sea-Tac, there are multiple ways to go.  Do not take the ferry with the camp vehicles – follow the above directions.   Taking the ferry is much slower, though the mileage is less.