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at Camp Myrtlewood

Oregon  2019

  • Held at Camp Myrtlewood (NBTSC’s original home!)
  • Free transportation provided from/to Eugene (approximately 120 miles Northeast of Camp Myrtlewood)
  • 2 week option: August 17-31  (14 nights)
  • 1 week option: August 17-24 (7 nights)
About the full 2 week option

Our abundant time together offers the chance for new friendships to take root, and old friendships to flower. We fit lots of inspiring activities into our schedule while also enjoying ample downtime.  Nestled in the forest of the coastal mountain range, we experience all the NBTSC classics – workshops, talent shows, bonding night, prom, seeing/seen circle, closing ceremony – plus optional projects (extended workshops that span 5 days, totaling approximately 9 hours). Creation Circle puts on an evening event, and we devote one day to all kinds of adventures including an optional field trip to the Oregon Coast. Also, we sprinkle three mellow “rest days” throughout the session to allow for plenty of well-being and self-care time without FOMO.

For 2019, we may also host a small alumni retreat at Camp Myrtlewood for 3 or 4 nights during the second week of the session. (This will depend on how much room we expect to have available after our 1-week campers depart.)  Alumni would plan their own activities and sleep in separate cabins, but would join us for meals and occasional events. Our last alumni retreat was a wonderful addition to camp (at a California session in 2015).

Who should not choose our two-week session?

Well, the obvious: if you’ve never been away from home without your parents for more than 2 or 3 nights, 2 weeks might be too much of a leap. But also the not-so-obvious. If our camp agreements require you to temporarily give up things you usually do (have sex with a partner who will also be present at camp, use illegal substances), then it turns out that while many people can find it within themselves to alter their personal reality for one week for a cause they believe in, two weeks can be just too long–despite the best of intentions. If you have habits which conflict with our needs, we suggest you choose just the 1-week option, or a different session.

About the one-week option 

This is for folks who would love to come to Myrtlewood but are daunted by the prospect of 2 weeks away from home, the cost of the full session, or the fact that some college classes start shortly after the session ends. This option also offers a slightly less intense experience than any of our other sessions, so it may be a good way for some new or younger campers to start their nbtsc career. Note that we will launch registration for the one-week option on March 1 (rather than February 1 like our other sessions).  

Specific plans are always subject to change, but over the past few years our Myrtlewood schedule has settled into a satisfying flow. With a fair amount of certainty, we can predict that the one-week-only option will include

  • bonding night
  • a talent show and concert night
  • staff show
  • 2 days of optional projects (2-hour blocks that allow for more depth than our default one-hour workshops)
  • Creation Circle’s evening event (different every session, planned by a group of campers)
  • adventure day (including optional field trip to Oregon coast)
Option to stay on for the full 2 weeks 

If you change your mind once you’re at camp, and find that you want to stay with us for the duration, that may be possible. If so, we’d need parental permission (unless you’re 18+) and payment by noon on August 23. The additional cost would be $610 (tier 1) or $660 (tier 2). If you think there is any possibility you will change your mind and stay on, you should of course make flexible travel plans.

About the site 

We enjoy a spacious open field surrounded by tall firs and cedars, a sweet little creek (habitat for spawning salmon) for wading and low key swimming, and hiking trails that offer forest magic and wide vistas. For more, see the Camp Myrtlewood website.

Unfortunately, like many areas throughout the West and Northwest, Camp Myrtlewood occasionally experiences smoke due to wildfires elsewhere in the region.  Please take this into consideration if you have a health condition such as asthma that is triggered by periods of poor air quality. (The only time we have experienced significant smoke at Camp Myrtlewood was in 2017.)

How much?

Be sure to register by March 31 ~ tuition increases $100 on April 1.

Full 2-week camp session

  • It’s now easy to pay online in our new registration portal. 
    • Tier 1* ~ $1290
    • Tier 2* ~ $1445
  • If you are willing to mail us a paper check,  you get a discount! (Approximately 4%.)
    • Tier 1* ~ $1240
    • Tier 2* ~ $1390
  • Or, you can set up a monthly payment plan with CampDoc. If it deducts directly from a bank account, you’ll receive a discount of approximately 2%.  (If it charges a credit card, normal tuition applies.)

One-week-only option

  • It’s now easy to pay online in our new registration portal. 
    • Tier 1* ~ $780
    • Tier 2* ~ $885
  • If you are willing to mail us a paper check,  you get a discount! (Approximately 4%.)
    • Tier 1* ~ $750
    • Tier 2* ~ $850
  • Or, you can set up a monthly payment plan with CampDoc. If it deducts directly from a bank account, you’ll receive a discount of approximately 2%.  (If it charges a credit card, normal tuition applies.)

*Tier 1 applies to families in lower and middle income brackets, and Tier 2 applies to families whose annual income is higher. If your family earns less than $80K annually, you are welcome to choose the lower rate if needed.  (But if you can afford the higher tier, we gratefully appreciate your opting in.) If your family earns $125K or more, you would pay the higher amount. If your income falls between $80K and $125K or if you just want more explanation and context, see our tuition details page

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