2017 Great American Eclipse Event
August 19 @ 10:00 am - August 21 @ 5:00 pm
On August 21, 2017, Camp Ondessonk will be perfectly positioned to observe a total eclipse of the Sun. For about two and a half minutes, the sun will be completely blocked from view by the shadow of the moon. That’s two and a half minutes of eerie daytime darkness. But the total time between when the eclipse begins and ends completely is closer to 3 hours. It is said if you are in an open field, like the pastures at Camp, you will be able to see this shadow approaching like a dark rain storm. Then once in the shadow the sky will grow dark like twilight just after sunset with that pinkish orange glow encircling the horizon. Stars and planets will be visible in the sky, and you will be able to see the Corona (the outer atmosphere) of the sun with an unaided eye. This will include prominences and flares if any are present. Animals and birds will attempt to bed down and roost as if getting ready for the night, temperatures will drop and you will temporarily be able to look directly at the sun with your own eyes. In fact, you will have to in order to be able to see the Sun at this time. The Photospehere of the Sun or the part we normally see will be blocked by the Moon, but the Corona will extend twice the diameter of the Moon in a glow that can only be seen during a total solar eclipse. This will be quite an experience, and one that typically happens only once in a lifetime.
Camp Ondessonk will be hosting an Eclipse Viewing Event August 19-21. Everyone is welcome for to join us for this unique experience. We’ll have typical camp activities like swimming, hiking and trail rides available as well as educational sessions put on by amateur and professional astronomers. Then on Monday we’ll have the opportunity to be at camp to witness the main event. The event will begin with dinner and Mass on Saturday night and will conclude Monday afternoon. This is certainly an event worth missing school for! We hope to see you all there!
This event is open to all ages and levels. Register by August 1st, 2017.
What is included? One weekend price includes unit lodging, camp activities (guided hikes, climbing wall, archery, riflery, pony rides, etc.), meals from Saturday dinner to Monday lunch, and educational sessions provided by professional and amateur astronomers. Kids three years old and under stay and eat for free.
A Premium Package will offer additional access to our keynote speaker and presenters, including a meet-and-greet reception with food and beverages provided. Premium package participants will also have a private session with local astronomers and access to nighttime telescope viewing.
When can I arrive? The eclipse is on Monday, August 21st. You are welcome to arrive for viewing on that day only, or come down and enjoy one of the last summer weekends at camp. Those wishing to stay for the weekend may check in beginning at 10AM in the trading post on Saturday or anytime on Sunday. Late night check-ins can find their unit assignments posted at the trading post and should return to the Trading post for check-in the following morning after breakfast. Monday arrivals should check-in Monday between 9AM and 11:30AM in the Trading Post. Lunch will be provided for those arriving for just Monday.