OA 25th Anniversary Reunion 
September 24 - 26, 1999

Last page update 09/13/99

Welcome!

Thanks for registering for the OA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Princeton-Blairstown Center! We have a great group of OA'ers, friends and family coming for a fun weekend. This packet should give you all the information you need for the weekend. If have any questions, call the Outdoor Action office at 609-258-3552. See you soon!

Here are a few important things to take care of before the weekend.


Who's Coming

We have a great group coming back including some special "guest stars" from OA's early days. Make sure that you call your friends and get them to sign up. Registration continues through Friday, September 24.

John Danielson 58

Jim Garrett 65

Warren Elmer 69

Andy Brown 69

Cate Huisman '75

Ed Seliga 75

Bill Katen-Narvell 76

Ron Grayson 78

Rick Curtis 79

Keith Ely 79

Irene Pasternack 79

Dan Schoeffler 81

Chris VanBuren 84

Dan Kastelman 85

Steve Schoeffler 85

Sandy Hill 86

Carl Kruse 86

Gail Shuttleworth 86

Toby Yanowitz 87

Chris Round 88

Peter Bregman 89

Dave Thickens 89

 

Gray Tuttle 89

Rachel Stein 90

Grace Offutt 91

Eleanor Harrison 92

Ted Polubinski 92

Spencer Reynolds 92

Marjorie Lee White 92

Adam Wolfensohn 92

Shane Woolf 94

Billy Broaddus 95

Alyssa Nelson 95

Kristen Fountain 96

Tom Lannamann 96

Torrey McMillan 96

Sue Suh 96

Robin Hibbert 97

Josh Roman 97

Sarah Shamel 98

John Gager Faculty

 

 


Activities

We have put together a wonderful collection of activities for the weekend. Saturday you can choose from a range of activities all held at Blairstown. Each activity lasts for 1-2 hours and allows you to explore a range of outdoor activities in both morning and afternoon. We will have a central registration area at the 1930 Pavilion where you can sign-up for a specific activity time slot. The schedule of activities is based on the interests people indicated on their registration forms. Here's the list of what we have planned:

Saturday Evening - Barbecue, Speakers, Slides, and S'mores

After dinner on Saturday night we will have leaders from a range of classes showing slides of the 25-year history of OA so dig out those old photos! We'll also have speakers from all 25 years of OA talking about the program and what it is has meant to them. And of course, no OA event would be complete without S'mores and GORP.

Transportation 

Many people will be driving directly to the Princeton-Blairstown Center (direction below). For those of you who are flying in, the best airport is Newark. There is shuttle bus service between Newark or Kennedy Airports and Princeton. For information and reservations, call the Princeton Airporter (1-800-385-4000). Shuttles run about every hour and cost $21.00/Newark, $34.00/Kennedy. There is also a bus service between Newark Airport and the Newark railroad station for train connections to Princeton. However, this may be difficult with luggage. OA is providing bus or van transportation from Princeton to Blairstown at the following times (driving time from Princeton is about an hour and a half). If you need to ride on one of these shuttles, please call the OA Office at 609-258-3552 to reserve a space.

Driving Directions to the Princeton-Blairstown Center: Take Interstate 80 to Exit 12 the Hope/Blairstown exit (Rt. 521). As you come off the exit ramp, bear right onto Rt. 521. Go north on Rt. 521 to the T-intersection with Rt. 94. Turn left (west) on Rt. 94 into Blairstown. At first light (1/4 mile) turn right. Go up the hill to a hairpin turn at a stop sign, turn right and take the immediate left fork onto Millbrook Road (Rt. 602). Follow Millbrook Road for 3.5 miles to Princeton-Blairstown Center. As you get within 1 mile of camp you will go up a hill past the junction with Rt. 629. Rt. 602 bears 90 degrees left then continues up the hill. Stay on Rt. 602. At the crest of the hill you will see a very picturesque barn on the left side of the road and a farm pond on the left. One-half mile later at the crest of the next hill you will see two stone pillars marking the entrance gate to Princeton-Blairstown Center. Turn right into the Center.

Lodging

Cabins

The cabins at Blairstown are classic log cabin structures that have been recently renovated. Rocking chairs on the porch and a view of the lake add to the ambiance. Each cabin holds 10-14 people with bunk beds. Mattresses are provided. You should bring your own sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag. Solo participants will be assigned roommates in single-sex rooms grouped by similar age (just like freshman year). Couples will share a room with another couple grouped by similar age. Families will be housed in part depending on the size. Bring your own crib if you need one. Every effort will be made to honor roommate requests. In this natural setting, there are no phones or televisions in the sleeping rooms. There is only one pay phone at the Center. No smoking is allowed in camp buildings. 

Tents

If you signed up for tenting you will be staying at one of the wilderness sites within walking distance of the main buildings. This will give a wilderness feel to your weekend.

Bathrooms

There is a central washhouse with separate men's and women's bathroom and shower rooms located nearby the cabins. There are also bathrooms in Egner Lodge and Headquarters.

Meals

Meals will be served family style in Egner Lodge. Part of being up at Blairstown as a group is helping to operate the facility. You will be asked to help with one meal set-up or clean-up while at camp and to do a clean-up of your cabin or tent area before you depart.

Medical Forms

You will be required to fill out a medical form and waiver before participating in activities in order to make sure that there are no medical conditions that might interfere with your participation. These will be available at the outdoor Pavilion.

Children

There will be lots of activities to do with your kids. We will have a few game times set aside just for kids so parents can enjoy some other activities. For more information on bringing your kids to Blairstown, contact Keith Ely '79 (610-444-0992 or ely05@aol.com).


OA 25th Anniversary Reunion Schedule

Friday, September 24
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Arrive at Blairstown, check into cabins or tent sites
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Light Supper
7:00 PM - Bus departs from Princeton
9:00 PM - Bus arrives from Princeton, check into cabins or tent sites
9:00 - 10:00 PM - Thomas Sweets Ice Cream

Saturday, September 25
7:30 AM - Bus departs from Princeton
7:00 - 8:00 AM - Early morning woods walk/run
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Morning Activities
9:45 AM - Bus arrives from Princeton, check into cabins or tent sites
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Afternoon Activities
6:00 - 7:30 PM - 25th Reunion Barbecue
7:30 - 9:30 PM - OA through the Ages - Slides and stories from the 70's, 80's, and 90's 
9:30 PM - S'mores and OA stories
9:30 PM - Bus departs for Princeton

Sunday, September 26
7:00 - 8:00 AM - Early morning woods walk/run
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Bus departs for Princeton
11:00 AM - Bus arrives at Princeton
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Morning Activities
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Out-on-the Trail Activities
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 PM - Afternoon Activities
1:00 PM - Bus departs for Princeton
3:00 PM - Bus arrives at Princeton
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Camp Clean-up
3:30 PM - Bus departs for Princeton
5:30 PM - Bus arrives at Princeton


What to Bring

Early fall is a beautiful time at the Princeton-Blairstown Center. Expect days to be in the 50's to 60's with cool nights, in the 40's. Since you can never be sure what the weather will be like, you need to bring a range of clothing for various conditions. We will begin hiking before sun-up and it will be cool, even chilly. As the day progresses and the sun comes out it will warm up. By having a variety of layers of clothing you can adjust your layers to suit your activity level and the weather conditions. Please check off each item as you assemble your equipment to make sure that you have everything.

Feet:
_______ 1 pair of lightweight hiking boots
_______ 1 pair of running shoes, sneakers, or sandals: For around the lodge and/or water activities.
_______ 1-2 pairs of light synthetic/polypropylene liner socks
_______ 1-2 pairs of medium weight wool hiking socks

Lower Body:
_______ Underwear as needed. 
_______ 1 lightweight polypropylene or synthetic long underwear bottoms 
_______ 1 pair long pants, loose fitting, cotton
_______ 1 pair of loose fitting shorts
_______ 1 bathing suit

Upper Body:
_______ T-shirts
_______ 1 lightweight polypropylene or synthetic long underwear top
_______ 1 long sleeve shirt
_______ 1 heavy wool sweater, or synthetic fleece jacket 
_______ 1 wind shell - nylon: (if the shell is Gore-tex or another waterproof/breathable fabric, it can also serve as your rain jacket - it must fit comfortably over your other insulating layers)
_______ 1 rain jacket or poncho: 

Head:
_______ 1 brimmed cap: For sun and rain protection

Miscellaneous:
_______ 2 1-qt. water bottles or canteens 
_______ daypack to carry your gear. This should be large enough to carry water, food, and several layers of clothing.
_______ 1 bandana: multipurpose
_______ Sunscreen (at least 15 SPF)
_______ flashlight or headlamp with batteries (for early morning start)
_______ sunglasses or clip-ons
_______ Glasses or contact lenses and spares, glassguard
_______ Any medications you will need to take during the trip 
_______ small notebook and pencil (Optional)
_______ camera and film (Optional)
_______ musical instrument (Optional)

Tents:
_______ tent 
_______ sleeping bag 
_______ foam pad 

Cabins:
_______ pillow 
_______ sheets & blanket or sleeping bag

OA Memorabilia:
_______ OA photos, slides, journals
_______ OA T-shirts
_______ Stories


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