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All the Answers

Going to camp is a big deal, and 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 camp@souldust.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 & Activities |  Working with Camp Souldust

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Registering for Camp

How much is Camp Souldust?
There are a few price points. Pricing is in tiers – in other words, the earlier you sign up, the better your price of entry!  2018 full price registration is $725. Get $100 off ($625) if you are one of the first 40 campers to register for our open bunks.

Extended payment plans are available, based on the number of months until the first day of Camp. There is no service fee for registering with a plan. For example, if you register 6 months early at $625, your plan will be $125 down and $100/month for 5 months. Registration must be paid in full by the time you arrive at Camp.

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, daily optional movement classes, up to 7 soul+play workshops with an amazing lineup of teachers, daily group activities, nightly campfires, and a whole lotta soul goodness that simply can’t be put into words.

Similar camps charge $1000 or more!  For further details on what’s included, see the About Camp page.

What is the cancellation policy?
Due to the complexity of organizing an event of this nature, registrations in Camp Souldust are non-refundable. This includes registrations using payment plans. In the event Camp is sold out, we may have a waiting list to which tickets can be transferred, but this is not guaranteed. If you need to cancel and are unable to transfer (see below), your registration is converted to a scholarship. (In other words, we put your registration to good use– there are a lot of worthy scholarship applicants every year!)
Is my ticket transferable?
Yes!  Your registration is fully transferable. 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.
I can't afford Camp, but I really feel called to be there. Are there scholarships?
We strive to make Camp Souldust accessible to all economic levels, as we feel the benefits of this community are invaluable to everyone and Camp should not just be for those with more sizable incomes. We do our best to structure pricing and payment plans accordingly, making Camp accessible to as many as possible.

Camp Souldust does offer several scholarships to each event, and we invite partners to finance additional scholarships whenever possible. Scholarships may be partial or full, depending on circumstances and availability. Application for scholarship typically opens several months before the start date of Camp, details can be found on our Scholarship page.

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Being a Camper

Who is invited?
Everyone! Our community is a beautiful tapestry of different personalities and people. We are blessed that Camp Souldust attracts a lovely, diverse, inclusive community of campers ~ along all the spectrums of age, race, gender expression, sexual identity, religion, shape & size, ability, economic class and more.

Registration is open to adults over the age of 18. Past campers have ranged from 19 to 70+. We treat our community as a village, which values the contributions of all. We recognize that everyone has wisdom + experiences to share, and that the wisest of the bunch may be 22 and the most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed may be the one with the most trips around the sun!

Sorry, we love our furry friends but they will need to stay home. Contact us if you have a service animal.

If I come solo, will I feel left out?
Not if we can help it! Many of our campers sign up solo and leave with new soul friends–– in fact, it’s the number-one praise we hear from campers in our survey feedback. More specifically, it’s not unusual for our campers to come in with social anxiety or introversion, concerned about having a ‘high school lunch room’ experience. This couldn’t be further from the reality. Camp Souldust guests (like you) are authentically kind and friendly people. Plus, by removing ourselves from the responsibilities and expectations of everyday life, we are more open, available and excited to make real connections. We can’t wait to meet you!
How do you support campers with accessibility needs?
Because Camp Colman is older relatively rustic, it wasn’t designed with a great number of accessibility measures. The main road between the cabins and lodge (where you’ll spend much of your time) is paved and sloped, and there is a ramp to the lodge. Some cabins are set up for wheelchair access. However, the paths to cabins and some of the classroom locations are unpaved and uneven. We’re aware that this is problematic, and are working on improvements.

Hard of hearing or deaf? While we don’t staff translators due to the size of our event, we have translator discounts available on an as-needed basis. Email us at camp@souldust.com.

Require a service animal?  Camp Colman does allow service animals on the premises, contact us at camp@souldust.com before registering if this is required as we would need to make special arrangements for cabin accommodations, etc.

 

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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 3:30 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. There are also no in and out privileges, due to disruption.

Sorry, no discounted rates for early departures.

Is transportation included?
Not at this time, but we 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.

Note: A shuttle for 2018 is under consideration, depending on demand. Please let us know if this is something you’re looking for!

Is there parking?
Yes, there are several parking lots at Camp Colman, and camp staff will be on hand to help you find a place to park. 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.

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Food & Lodging

What is the lodging like?
The wooden cabins at Camp Colman are charming and just rustic enough, helping you to fully submerge into the camp experience. At the same time, you can expect the modern amenities of in-cabin bathroom, electricity and heat from a charming propane stove. 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 peaceful deck overlooking the lagoon, ready for morning journaling or late night conversation. Surrounded by your cabin mates, camaraderie is built into the experience.
Will I have to use an outhouse or separate bathhouse?
As noted above, there’s one modern bathroom per cabin, with a shower, flush toilet, and sink. There is also an additional sink outside the bathroom. 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. There are outlets for hair dryers/etc., but feel free to embrace the camp spirit and go au natural (well, clothed, probably) while you enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle.
Can I stay with my partner?
While camp is gender-inclusive, we do not have private rooms for couples available, and we ask that couples register for cabins appropriate to their gender identification. You’ll have plenty of time to spend with whoever you like–– significant other or otherwise–– throughout the weekend, as well as forge new friendships in your respective cabins.
I am non-binary/ genderqueer/trans, what is the cabin setup for me?
We understand you might not feel comfortable in a cabin for female- or male-identified cabins. That’s why we also have a non-binary cabin. Our non-binary cabin(s) will include a diverse mix of gender identities and is a safe space for non-binary, genderqueer and trans folks.
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, and there will be something for everyone with plenty of variety. Past meals have included fresh fruits, homestyle chilis and stews, delicious pasta & seafood dishes, and so much more. A variety of beverages are available 24/7.

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know in your camper registration. We do ask that you note whether something is a serious allergy vs. a dietary restriction/intolerance. We support most common restrictions, such as dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. We’ll happily work with the chefs to ensure your Camp Souldust experience is delicious!

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What to Bring

What do I need to bring?
Prior to Camp, you will receive a suggested packing list including pro tips from alumni 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 super mellow, but it doesn’t hurt to bring dirt-friendly shoes. Yoga mat & attire if you’ve signed up for yoga or anticipate a sound bath or other activity where you might be lying down. 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’s not uncommon for our campers to go a bit overboard, blanket forts are not an unusual sighting!

Extra super bonus brownie points for highly decorated bunks, though it’s not a contest… Officially.

What happens if it rains?
Rain is good for the soul and the earth. Bring moderate rain gear and have a great time splashing in mud puddles!

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Tech, Drugs & Alcohol

(not to be confused with sex, drugs & rock & roll)

What’s the situation with cell phones and other technology?
Camp Colman doesn’t get great reception, and it doesn’t have wifi.

While the decision is in your hands, it’s our thought that you’ve taken the time out of your life to do some soulful exploration which we believe is best experienced in the analog world. Phones are great to have on hand to take photos, but we encourage you to check your tech. Your experience will be so much richer when you immerse in the seriously unbeatable nature of camp!

What if there is an emergency back home and someone needs to reach me?
We want you to be able to enjoy your weekend without any external distractions like cell phones or having to worry about emergencies. 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. The emergency number provided is typically a camp landline. The on-call contact at the camp will track you down in case of emergency.

One of the joys of Camp is being able to get away from it all. We recommend taking full advantage of this opportunity!

Will there be alcohol?
We know, the phrase ‘adult summer camp’ does conjure up visions of a wine weekend at times. However, YMCA Camp Colman is a youth summer camp with policies that don’t permit drugs or alcohol on their property.

We also choose not to include alcohol in the event. Our schedule is packed full of ultra-juicy experiences that we feel are more rewarding with a clear head and body. Plus, we’d hate for you to waste your time and financial investment and miss anything from your camp experience because you’re still feeling your decisions from the prior night!

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Workshops, Teachers & Activities

Do I have to do everything?
One of the best things about being an adult at camp is that you’re an adult here. (Or not!) You get to decide whether or not you really wanna drag yourself out of bed at 7 AM for yoga. You get to decide if you want to attend your workshops, or instead nap or read by the water. You make the rules. We just ask that if you decide to drop out of one of the ‘sold out’ workshops that have a waiting list, you let us know so someone else can take your place. You do you!
How do I sign up for workshops?
Youll have the ability to register for up to 7 workshops + 3 movement sessions through the weekend. The lineup of workshops and teachers is usually updated on an ongoing basis and finalized 8-12 weeks before camp. Youll receive a notification that registration is open as sooas the roster is set. Most workshops have capacity limits (many with waiting lists) so you’ll want to sign up for the classes that excite you most as soon as you receive the notification.
Tell me more about 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 might include energy healers, massage therapists, tarot readers, coaching and astrology readings. Private session sign-ups will be made available online in advance of Camp. They go quickly, so signing up ahead of time is recommended, though we do usually have some open spots available at camp.  Sessions are an additional cost beyond registration, and prices vary by provider but typically range from $100-150. If you love someone’s work, signing up for a session with them is a great way to show support!
Are all Camp Souldust's body workers 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, hiking, etc.) are suited to all levels of experience. Check in if you have specific concerns around limited mobility, etc. While we encourage trying out some new and maybe even slightly intimidating things at camp, everything is optional and we trust you to opt in or out at your discretion.  Note: The camp is built on a hillside, so you may find your booty & thighs are a bit stronger by the end of the weekend!
Am I about to sign up for cultural appropriation camp?
At Souldust, we invite teachers who truly know their craft, are culturally sensitive, and do not blindly borrow from indigenous and other cultural traditions. Those who do still incorporate practices of other cultures into their work are conscious of respectfully acknowledging and honoring its origins.

 

 

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Working with Camp Souldust

Do you need volunteers?
We typically recruit for very specific volunteer roles, such as photographers. Depending on the role, you may be eligible for free or heavily discounted registration. Because Camps are relatively small, there are a limited number of volunteer roles. Currently all of these roles are filled for the April 2018 Camp, but feel free to check in with us at camp@souldust.com if you have a skill you’d like us to consider.

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.

We also take applications to be cabin counselors, a pivotal role to the success and good vibes of our Camp experience. Priority is given to those who have previously been counselors, then those who have been alumni of a Camp and understand the experience we’re trying to create. Counselor roles are currently filled for the April 2018 camp, stay tuned for applications for the Fall camp!

Do you need more teachers?
Camp Souldust has a strong lineup of workshop leaders via our alumni + existing relationships and partnerships, but we always look for new magical contributors to join our circle. If you have a strong (ideally established) offering of playful soul work in areas of creativity, energy, movement, or nature, you can apply here.

We are especially interested in meeting new teachers who identify from marginalized communities, so as to better support & reflect the varied nature of our Camp attendees.

Do you need more private session providers?
Possibly! We have a lineup of known providers, but typically have room for 2-3 more individuals who love to provide healing through individual sessions. Priority is given to providers of general services not offered directly by our teachers, such as massage and other bodywork, tarot readings or reiki. If interested, keep an eye on this page for the application, which will re-open in December for the April 2018 Camp.
Do you need sponsors/partners?
We love to talk with potential partners!  The 2018 Camp has room for partners providing in-kind contributions of food & beverage, products to be distributed to campers, products that can be used as part of the Camp experience, or experiences that can be offered to the campers in the event (such as The Coloring Project‘s coloring tables). We also invite partners who are interested in funding scholarships as their contribution to the Camp experience. Believe your brand is a great fit for our 200+ campers+staff? Feel free to reach out to camp@souldust.com to request more information on benefits and let us know what’s on your mind.

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