controlled the club… Regular, full members are usually wealthy and influential men who pay full membership fees and dues, and who must often wait 15 years for an opening, as the club limits itself to about 2700 men.
“Every year the club hosts a two week long (three weekends) camp at Bohemian Grove,… a 2,700-acre campground located… in Monte Rio, California… The main encampment area consists of 160 acres of old- growth redwood trees over 1,000 years old, with some trees exceeding 300 feet in height… Each member is associated with a “camp”, that is, one of 118 rustic sleeping and leisure quarters scattered throughout the Bohemian Grove, where each member sleeps during the two weeks (three weekends) of annual summer encampment in July. These camps are the principal means through which high-level business and political contacts and friendships are formed.” 16
“A number of past membership lists are in public domain, but modern club membership lists are private. Some prominent figures have been given honorary membership, such as Richard Nixon and William Randolph Hearst. Members have included some U.S. presidents (usually before they are elected to office), many cabinet officials, and CEOs of large corporations, including major financial institutions. Major military contractors, oil companies, banks (including the Federal Reserve), utilities, and national media have high-ranking officials as club members or guests. Many members are, or have been, on the board of directors of several of these corporations…” 17
In July of 2000, conspiracy investigator tour de force Alex Jones and an associate posed as guests of the Hillbillies camp on the arrival night of Bohemian Grove. They successfully filmed hours of covert footage within the Grove via hidden camera equipment. They also filmed the entire opening night ceremony, called the Cremation of Care – a disturbing, highly pagan ritual performed before a 40-foot faux-stone concrete owl with an altar in front of it. It is an elaborate and lengthy somber production, performed by dozens of men dressed in different colored hooded robes: red, white, black and silver.
The event is performed along one side of the Russian River in the Redwood forest of Northern California, while the audience is seated in hundreds of folding chairs on the other side of the river. The robed figures solemnly march out of the forest paths to the great stone owl. Ritualistic music plays over a state of the art sound system installed within the trees. Once the robed priests reach the owl, an orchestrated, pre-recorded dramatic voice performance ensues over the speakers, while the robed priests act out the ceremony.