Oregon Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that parents have many questions and concerns when sending their child to camp, especially for the first time. We have answered our most common questions below. If there is a question we have not addressed, please feel free to send us a message.
After you have sent in the Registration Form and the $65 non-refundable deposit we will send you a packet of information and forms to complete the registration process. These are sent out after May 25th or found online under the Forms Tab (Consent Forms). If you send them back completed with full payment by June 10th your child will be able to do the Express Check-in at camp when they get to camp.
We recommend that you make every effort to allow your camper to be at camp from the opening activity to the closing. Assimilation to the cabin group and camp life, and saying goodbyes are most easily done at the same time as the other campers. We can accommodate requests for alternate arrival or departure time, but we would like to know in advance. This gives our staff time to prepare your child and the campers in their cabin, making this transition as smooth as possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Camp Cedarbrook is located at Camp Morrow Conference Center, 37 miles SW of The Dalles, Oregon on the eastern slope of Mt Hood. 79551 N Morrow Rd, Tygh Valley, OR 97063. A map is located on our forms page.
Download the Registration form. Fill it out completely and mail, with $65 non-refundable deposit to:
Oregon Camp Cedarbrook, Registrar,
13675 SW 24th Street
Beaverton, Oregon 97008
Or email Registration form to: email@example.com
You may also go to the REGISTER page and pay the $65 online and then mail or email in the registration form. If your child is going into the 7th-12th grades an Out Trip Sign up will be sent to you (found in Consent Forms).
This is a required activity for all Shikari and Explorer (Jr. High & High School) campers and staff in which they take a 24 hour trip off the camp grounds. These trips require an additional fee to cover the expense related to these activities. They sleep out under the stars, cook their meals over a campfire, and participate in a special activity.
The 2020 Out Trips are:
- White Water Rafting
Campers are divided by age. Campers are placed in a cabin family with other campers of the same gender and similar age. The Divisions are: Pathfinder (3rd and 4th grade), Trailblazer (5th and 6th grade), Shikari (7th & 8th grade) and Explorer (9th-12th grade). These Divisions plan activities & evening campfires which are age appropriate and allow for the developmental characteristic of the campers in that division.
We believe that small group settings are the best for campers. Our cabins groups have a camper/counselor ratio of no more than 8 to 1. Our Camp Staff (including Program and Support Staff) to Camper ratio is often as low as 2 to 1. Activity class sizes are small (8-12) to allow for individual instruction and personal connections with campers.
If you have further questions about OCC and its program please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The cabins, simple enclosed structures with minimal electricity, have 4-5 sets of sturdy bunk beds, with mattress. Campers need to bring their own bedding.
Food is not allowed in the cabins. We have found that food in the cabins invites unwanted guests… from insects to rodents (i.e. ants – skunks) If we keep food out of the cabins we have no problems with these visitors. Please refrain from sending food with your child, or in the mail. Our kitchen staff provides wonderful meals and snacks for our campers, and snacks are available in the dining hall between meals.
Cell phones and other personal electronic devices are not allowed at camp. We believe that youth today need a break from perpetual electronic connection. Oregon Camp Cedarbrook’s program is designed to connect our campers -through all five senses- with the natural world around them and develop meaningful relationship skills, by interacting with campers and staff, while at camp. Electronic devices create a barrier to these important facets of our program. Furthermore, there is no reliable cell service at camp.
A Camp Nurse is on duty at all times providing first aid, medication administration, and lots of TLC. You will be contacted by the Camp Nurse if your child becomes ill or injured to the point where outside medical intervention appears necessary.
Over-the-counter medicines will be administered as needed based on the Camp Physician’s standing orders and the nurse’s assessment of the situation. Please send only vitamins and/or prescription medications in original labeled containers with your camper.
Our staff are trained to recognize the symptoms and are always watching for a homesick camper. We have found that engaging campers in a wide variety of activities quickly alleviates most cases of homesickness. Our program provides many structured and unstructured activities to keep the camper busy. If, however, after the intervention of staff, it becomes apparent that a camper is unable to make the necessary adjustments to camp life we will contact the parent to determine the best course of action.
Campers will not have access to the telephone or to computers. The telephone is available for emergency purposes only, and there is no internet at camp. They will be encouraged to write you letters, and it’s just as important for you to write them too!
We have established a phone tree. In the event of an emergency in which you need to be contacted the Camp Director will call the designated callers; they will in turn call you with the necessary information. Please do not call the camp, but instead wait for instruction. We need to keep the phone line open for emergency personnel.