Alumni Programs

Westwind: October 4–6, 2019

Photo by William Aegerter '85

From the early 60s through the early 90s, students at Reed spent a weekend in the fall enjoying surf, sand, a talent show, green eggs and ham, and the unique setting that is Westwind on the Oregon coast. Reed alumni revived the tradition in 2002 with a family-friendly approach.

The weekend is sponsored by the Portland alumni chapter and the college, but it is open to Reedies from all over. Join in the new, expanded tradition October 4—6, 2019!

Partners and children are warmly encouraged to attend. The weekend begins at Reed where we will board buses to travel to the coast and meet the Westwind barge, which will ferry us across the river. Drop your belongings at your assigned cabin, and then enjoy the the natural wilderness area that is Westwind.

Westwind is a classic summer camp set up—rustic cabins with bunk beds, a lovely central bath house with real toilets and hot showers, and a main lodge that is warm and dry with plenty of space for hanging out. There is no cell phone or wifi service available once you cross the river. There is, however, more than a mile of unspoiled ocean beach to walk along.

Everyone attending Westwind is expected to sign up for at least one volunteer shift during the weekend. This helps keep our costs low, the dishes clean, and food prepared. Single parenting or have other issues that may preclude you from helping out? Get in touch, and we can figure something out.

Cabins will be preassigned and sleep 9–16 people. If you would like to share a cabin with a specific person or family, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Unfortunately, Camp Westwind is not easily accessible for those using mobility devices; it is possible (beach access is definitely not accessible), but we are committed to reasonable accommodation and will do our best to help. If you have any dietary restrictions, please register early and let us know what restrictions are so that we can plan accordingly.

Join us—whether you are coming from Portland, New York, Kansas, or London—and enjoy the start of fall with past and future Reedies, friends, and family at Westwind.

Want to get more involved in making the weekend a success? Or have more questions about the weekend as whole? Please contact the alumni office at at or 503/777-7589.

Join us,

The Westwind Weekend XVII Planning Leaders
Claire Dennerlein Manson ’02
Paul Manson ’01
Tom Wunderbro ’03

Register for Westwind!


Through July 14:

  • $162 Adults
  • $108 Young Alumni (Class of 2010—2019)
  • $108 Teens (Age 13—18)
  • $76 Children (Age 3—12)
  • $2 Infants & Toddlers (Under Age 3)

July 15 through September 8:

  • $180 Adults
  • $120 Young Alumni (Class of 2010—2019)
  • $120 Teens (Ages 13—18)
  • $85 Children (Ages 3—12)
  • $2 Infants & Toddlers (Under Age 3)

Starting September 9:

  • $230 Adults
  • $170 Young Alumni (Class of 2010—2019)
  • $170 Teens (Ages 13—18)
  • $145 Children (Ages 3—12)
  • $2 Infants & Toddlers (Under age 3)

The cost includes food, lodging, and round-trip transportation from Reed.

Schedule for the weekend:

  • Friday: Load bus and depart Reed. Boat crossing. Unpack. Unwind. Explore.
    Happy hour, dinner, music, and campfire.
  • Saturday: Breakfast. Beach walks. Lunch and nature hikes. Music. Reading. Games.
    Happy hour, dinner, talent show, more music, and campfire.
  • Sunday: Breakfast. Morning walks. Clean up. Lunch. Depart. Bus to arrive back to Reed.

Register for Westwind!


The 2012 weekend was graced with gorgeous weather; check out photos by Ben Salzberg '94.

Photo by William Aegerter '85