All people are welcome to fully participate in NWSC, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, race, national origin, physical ability, or other immutable aspect of their particular life experience. Campers are welcome to use shared rooms and restrooms corresponding to their established gender identity. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to the Health & Safety Committee.
What to Bring: YOUR SMILE…. And: bedding/sleeping bag, pillow, towels and clothes for a week (weather may range from cool to hot, dry to rainy), warm jacket, personal toiletries, time piece/alarm clock, and flashlight. Cloth napkin/bandana for dining (help us reduce paper waste!), cushion, chair/low seat, festive clothes, musical instruments, personal mug or wide-mouthed water bottle, a box of your favorite tea, earplugs, roll of paper towels for tent or cabin, camera, insect repellant, sunscreen, swimsuit, beach towel, journal, special treats, comfort or specialty foods.
If tenting, bring your own tent and equipment. Bunkroom beds are small, twin-size, mostly bunks (lower bunk for sleeping, upper for storing your things). Shared room occupants are encouraged to bring ear plugs and/or sleeping masks!
Leave Behind: Pets and non-prescription drugs, alcohol, and pets. No exceptions!
NWSC has a no pet policy. If you have a certified Service Animal you wish to bring to camp, please let the Registrar AND Manager know in advance, so appropriate accommodations can be made. You will need to provide certification paperwork, preferably before arriving at camp. Companion animals may not be brought to camp.
Service animals are of course welcome anywhere while performing their duties, but we request they be kept out of the food service areas whenever possible, including the main dining hall while it is being used for food prep. We also ask that they not be brought into the main circle during dance, zikr, and all-camp classes. If you are unsure whether your animal meets the legal definition of a service animal, please see: http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm.
Diet: The fabulous Cedar Ridge kitchen staff provides regular and some special diet needs. Please note special dietary needs on your registration. You may bring foods you need; there is shopping available in nearby Vernonia, and a refrigerator is available for personal food (be sure to label!).
Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga (KY) is an opportunity for spiritual practice through service in our community. Each able-bodied camper, age 15-69, contributes an average of about two hours, once during the week, in a variety of ways to help benefit all and keep costs low. The group camaraderie makes Karma Yoga an enriching and bonding aspect of the camp experience!
We are happy to offer online signup for Karma Yoga a couple weeks before camp. We will email all campers with instructions for early sign-up. If you are unable to participate in early online sign-up, you will be invited to sign up at registration upon your arrival at camp.
CAMPER TIPS: Check the schedule of classes included in the welcome email and select a KY position that won’t conflict with the classes/activities you desire to participate in. Teens may want to avoid shifts during the 1:45-2:45 time slot so they can attend the Teacher’s Tea, a highlight of Teen Camp.
NWSC board safety policy requires a public database Sex Offender check for anyone working with youth (Kids, Tweens, and Teens).
Dervish Bazaar: Sufi-related items are sold at a bazaar, usually held during the lunch break on two days of camp (Tuesday and Friday). Vendors of art, jewelry, clothing, and other items are welcome. They should plan to provide their own tables and change; picnic tables may also available for their use. NWSC sells books and music; please do not sell these (except for your own releases) without checking with the Bazaar Coordinator. If you sell music, you may want to bring a listening device for buyer previews. Vendors who wish to leave their tables set up between bazaar days may do so, AT THEIR OWN RISK. A 10% tithe to NWSC is collected by Bazaar Coordinator on all sales. Contact Ayesha Goodrich at: firstname.lastname@example.org 541-484-0287 for more info and to request a spot.
Individual Healing Sessions: Campers may offer healing sessions (such as massage or acupuncture) but must have each recipient fill out a liability waiver provided at camp. Practitioners charging money will need to provide any required, current licenses on request.
Health and Safety:
The Sufi Invocation expresses the intention of the Northwest Sufi Camp. We open our hearts; we awaken new energies; we move toward the vision described in the Invocation. We must be able to evolve in an atmosphere of safety. This includes physical safety, emotional safety, and freedom from coercion of any type. To promote the safety of all participants, the NWSC Board has developed the following guidelines for the wellbeing of the camp as a whole. Camp is an opportunity to train the nafs (ego nature). The Board does not want to play the role of police and believes that when participants are made aware of their role in creating the camp atmosphere, that behavior will be appropriate. However, there are specific behaviors that will not be tolerated:
- Sexual coercion, abuse, or violence
- Deliberate physical violence
- Use of alcohol or other controlled substances.
The Northwest Sufi Camp Board has established a Health and Safety Committee, whose membership is announced at the opening of camp, and periodically during camp. Any participant who feels unsafe for any reason is encouraged to speak to the Camp Nurse, Camp Manager, or any other member of the Health and Safety Committee. The Committee will review the situation and determine appropriate action. Our goal is always to work with campers and staff to resolve a situation before it becomes a major problem.
Although the emphasis is on the entire camp, we recognize that the teens may have special needs in this area. A mandatory meeting is held at the beginning of camp with all teens, their parents/sponsors, and Teen Camp staff to discuss how the teen community fits into this overall vision of safety.
We ask for your support in creating a camp atmosphere where every individual is free to grow and awaken without fear for their safety.