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We know you have all the questions racing through your mind… so here are answers to some of the more common inquiries. If you have another question that isn’t addressed here, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Registering for Camp | Being a Camper | Getting to Camp | Food & Lodging |
What to Bring | Tech, Drugs & Alcohol | Workshops & Teachers | Working with Camp Souldust
Registering for Camp
How much is Camp Souldust?
Space is limited and pricing is in tiers – in other words, the earlier you sign up, the better your price of entry! Full price registration is $700. Get more than 20% off ($555) if you are one of the first 55 campers to register, or over 10% off ($625) if you are in the second round of 55 campers.
Secure your place with a mere $100 deposit! Balance will be due by April 1, 2017. Payment plans available upon request.
What is included in the ticket price?
Your price of admission is jam-packed with experiences and goodness. Registration includes 3 nights lodging, 9 meals + snacks, a care package of goodies, and the opportunity to participate in daily movement classes, up to 7 soul+play workshops with an amazing lineup of teachers, daily group activities, nightly campfires, and much more. At other camps, all this could cost $1000 or more! For further details on what’s included, see the About Camp
What is the cancellation policy?
Due to the complexity of organizing an event of this size, registrations in Camp Souldust are non-refundable. This includes completing payment on balances due if you signed up with a deposit. In the event Camp is sold out, we may have a waiting list to which tickets can be transferred, but this is not guaranteed.
Is my ticket transferable?
Yes! Your registration is fully transferable except for the $100 deposit which covers administration. If you find yourself unable to attend, you may transfer the balance – paid or unpaid – to a friend, colleague or family member. To arrange a transfer, contact us and let us know you won’t be able to make it (sad face) and your recipient’s full name and email address. We’ll send you both a confirmation and collect the remaining registration details from the recipient.
Being a Camper
Who is invited?
Camp Souldust attracts a lovely, like-minded crew of campers who are full of fun and soul. Registration is open to adults of any gender, over the age of 18. Past campers have ranged from 25 to 60+. Camp Colman is located on a forest hillside so accessibility may be a challenge for some; we recommend taking that into consideration if you have any physical limitations. And, although we love our furry friends, Camp Souldust is for human friends only.
How can I make sure I'm with my friends?
We love it when a lively group of friends decide to descend upon our Camp! At registration, you will be given the opportunity to specify a roommate(s) as well as a counselor if you’ve been invited by a specific counselor. If you forget or need to add someone, just send us an email!
Can I stay with my partner?
Unfortunately, while the Camp is coed, we do not have private rooms or cabins available for couples. All of our cabins are open layout with shared baths, so they are same-gender. If you register with your opposite gender partner, you will be in separate cabins. No worries, you’ll have plenty of time to spend together throughout the weekend, as well as forge new friendships in your respective cabins.
Can I come solo?
Absolutely! Many of our campers sign up solo and leave with new soul friends — this is the most frequent praise we hear from campers after Camp Souldust ends. By removing ourselves from the hum of everyday life and expectations, people are more open, available and excited to make real connections.
Getting to Camp
How do I get to Camp?
The address for Camp Colman is 20016 Bay Road KPS, Longbranch, WA. Conveniently situated on the Key Peninsula in Longbranch, WA, the Camp is no more than 60-90 minutes driving distance from major Washington metropolitan areas such as Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. Click here for directions
What time does everything start and end? Can I arrive late / leave early?
We gather as a group after dinner on Friday, around 6 PM. Check in as early as 3 PM to give yourself time to wander the beach or woods, or simply chill on the dock. We wrap up after lunch on Monday, no later than 2 PM.
Late arrivals are discouraged. We ask that you arrive no later than 6 PM to prevent disruption both to the campers and to staff manning the check-in process. If you have special circumstances for late arrival, please contact us. Early departures on Sunday evening are OK if necessary (we’ll miss you!), but you will miss one round of workshops and possibly closing ceremony. Sorry, no discounted rates for early departures. There are also no in and out privileges, due to disruption.
Is transportation included?
No, but we would love to see ride shares come together. It’s Earth Day weekend! You will be able to connect with people on the Camp Souldust event group on Facebook to coordinate ride sharing with someone in your area.
Is there parking?
Yes, there are several parking lots at Camp Colman. However, because this is typically a youth camp, there are limited parking spaces — another reason we recommend ride sharing to make sure we have enough parking for everyone.
Food & Lodging
What is the lodging like?
The cabins at Camp Colman are charming and rustic. The classic wooden cabins help you submerge into the full camp experience. Sturdy bunk beds line the walls of a large open room where years of laughter and pillow fights have filled days and nights. The rear of each cabin has a quiet deck overlooking the lagoon, ready for morning journaling or late night conversation. There’s one bathroom per cabin. Surrounded by your cabin mates, camaraderie is naturally built into the experience.
Will I have to use an outhouse or separate bathhouse?
As mentioned, there’s one modern bathroom per cabin, with shower, sink(s) and flush toilet. No worries about late night excursions in the dark to an outhouse. We do encourage you to relax for the weekend, take advantage of your time in the woods to be natural and comfortable… consider leaving the curling iron back at home.
What will I eat/drink? What if I have dietary restrictions?
We believe that food should nourish your soul as well as your belly. That’s why we’ve made sure your meals are better than the average camp food. The food will be fresh, healthy and filling, similar to that served at Camp Colman’s adult Wellness Weekends. Past meals have included fresh fruits, homestyle chilis and stews, delicious seafood dishes, and so much more.
If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know in your camper registration. We can support most common restrictions, such as dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian. We’ll happily work with the chefs to ensure your Camp Souldust experience is delicious!
What to Bring
What do I need to bring?
In February, you will receive a suggested packing list including some tips from prior year campers. For the basics, plan on bringing bedding & towel(s). Pack a variety of comfortable layers – there will be plenty of outdoor time plus movement, so make sure your outfits are flexible. The trails are mellow, but it doesn’t hurt to bring dirt-friendly shoes. Yoga mat & attire if you’ve signed up for yoga. And don’t forget a nice warm jacket for the evenings! It will be spring, so the weather may still be cool.
Should I bring bedding & towels?
Yes, this is the traditional summer camp experience, so bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and/or other bedding, as well as your own towel(s). It is not uncommon for our campers to go a bit overboard, we expect to see a blanket fort happen one of these days!
What happens if it rains?
Rain is good for the soul and the earth. Bring rain gear and have a great time splashing in mud puddles!
Tech, Drugs & Alcohol
(not to be confused with sex, drugs & rock & roll)
What’s the deal with cell phones and other technology?
First of all, phone service and wi-fi connectivity are not all that great out in the woods. But, more importantly, you’ve taken the time out of your life to do some soulful exploration which we believe is best experienced in the analog real world. Phones are great to have on hand to take photos, but we’d love to see you 100% game-on present without the distractions of social media or texting. Check your tech. Your experience will be so much richer.
What if there is an emergency back home and someone needs to reach me?
Just before we depart for camp, you will be given emergency contact information to share with your family, and we will collect their contact details. This is typically a camp landline. The on-call contact at the camp will track you down in case of emergency. Again, we encourage you to unplug as much as possible.
Will there be alcohol?
YMCA Camp Colman is a youth summer camp with policies that do not permit drugs or alcohol on their property. That said, we also believe you’ll get more out of Camp by having a “clean” weekend. Our schedule is packed full of juicy experiences. We’d hate for you to waste your time + investment and miss anything from your camp experience because you’re feeling under the weather.
Workshops & Teachers
How do I sign up for workshops?
You will have the ability to register for up to 7 workshops + 3 movement sessions through the weekend. We are still finalizing the lineup of workshops and teachers. Once that is complete and everyone is plugged into our scheduling system, you will receive notification that registration is open so you can sign up for the workshops that excite you the most. Most workshops will have capacity limits (with waiting lists) so you’ll want to sign up right away once you get notified.
What's the deal with private sessions?
Throughout the weekend, there will be time slots where you can either chill out, participate in a group activity, or sign up for a private session. Examples of private sessions include energy healers, massage therapists, tarot readers, private yoga sessions, and astrology readings. Private session sign-ups may be made available online in advance, but no later than at check-in. Private sessions are an additional cost beyond registration, and price for sessions may vary depending on the provider but typically range from $75-125.
Are all body workers, who offer services at Camp Souldust, licensed or certified ?
Yes, anyone teaching workshops or offering private sessions related to bodywork will be licensed or certified in their respective field. This only applies to providers who are on the Camp Souldust workshop or session booking schedules.
What kind of physical condition do I need to be in to participate in workshops and activities?
All of the movement workshops (yoga, dance, etc.) are suited to all levels of experience. While we encourage participating to have the fullest experience, everything is optional if you feel uncomfortable. Note: The camp is built on a hillside, so be prepared to get your walk on at times.
Working with Camp Souldust
Do you need volunteers?
We are recruiting for some very specific volunteer positions right now, specifically two photographers/videographers, a trained EMT to be on call, and an individual to be responsible for “tech support” throughout the weekend. Depending on the role, you may be eligible for free or heavily discounted registration. Some volunteers require arriving the night prior to Camp (Thursday, April 20). If interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know what you might be able to bring to the party!
We also welcome inquiries from anyone who is attending as a camper but just generally wants to help out because you like to be involved – we can always use extra hands at check-in, group activities, setup, tear-down and more. No discount, just good karma.
There are also a limited number of spots remaining for cabin counselors, a pivotal role to the success and good vibes of our Camp experience. If you think you’re up for the task, apply here.
Do you need more teachers?
Camp Souldust has a fairly strong lineup of workshop leaders via our Souldust Guides + existing relationships and partnerships. However, we will be seeking to fill in a few workshop gaps once the foundation schedule is finalized. If you have a strong offering of playful soul work in areas of creativity, energy, movement, or nature, feel free to apply here
and we’ll be in touch!
Do you need more private session providers?
Possibly! We have a lineup of known providers, but have room for 5-6 more individuals who love to provide transformational 1:1 sessions. Examples include energy, consciousness and metaphysical practitioners, bodyworkers and coaches (reiki, massage, yoga, tarot, intuitive readings, etc). The application for this role will be published in January so, if interested please reach out to email@example.com
and let us know you’d like to be on the list for consideration.
Do you need sponsors?
We love to talk with potential sponsors! There are several marquee sponsor options still available, but we’re currently procuring food, beverage and swag sponsorships. Believe your product is a great fit for our 200+ campers+staff? Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know your thoughts.
Ready to find your magic in the woods?
Can you smell that crisp forest air? Hear the rustling of the branches?
$100 deposit claims your spot on the trail. We’d love to walk with you.