Frequently Asked Questions
Registration & Attendance
When do I drop off and/or pick-up my camper(s)?
What is the cost of camp?
How do I register and pay?
Weekly Payment Plan
Bi-weekly Payment Plan
Can my child visit camp or try it out before registering?
Due to current COVID-19 regulations, we will not be able to allow visitors to camp or offer single-day registrations in Summer 2021.
If my child wants to be in a performance, how long should they attend camp?
They will need to sign up for the 2 week camp session for the specific play that is listed as a registration option.
Do you offer any discounts or financial assistance?
All 6-weeks of Camp are automatically 10% off
Tualatin Resident Discount - 5% off of all tuition for Tualatin residents
Does registration ever fill up?
How many campers attend per day?
We are currently limited to 250 campers per day for Summer 2021. In the past, we have had an average of 500 campers per day so the camp will be 50% smaller to give people lots of space. It will also mean that we are likely to fill all six weeks quickly. Visit our Ages & Activities page to learn more.
What are your staff to camper ratios?
Who are your staff? How qualified are they?
Specialists: Specialists lead our camp areas and range from school and community educators to professional artists with a teaching background. Many of our Specialists have been at Willowbrook for more than 5 years, and some have been with us over 20 years!
College Assistants: College Assistants help teach in all centers. Many attended Willowbrook as campers and previously worked as High School Apprentices. They have a demonstrated skill in their field of art and experience working with children.
High School Apprentices: Apprentices are 14-18 year old students who work for Willowbrook half of the day and attend as campers for the other half. They serve as role models and mentors for younger children and provide vital support to our Specialists and College Assistants.
Where is camp located and what’s the best route to get there?
Willowbrook Arts Camp is held outdoors at Brown’s Ferry Park, 5585 SW Nyberg Lane, Tualatin, OR, 97062. For directions and information for dropping off and picking up your camper, please click here.
What if I have more questions about camp that aren’t answered here?
We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about camp. Please feel free to contact us anytime!
How can I apply to work at Willowbrook?
Visit our Employment page to learn more about open positions and read job descriptions for each of our roles.
2021 COVID-19 Updates
Due to the continued presence of COVID-19 in the community, camp will be different this year. We will be enrolling campers for full weeks in a specific tent of their choice. Each camper will have a set group of 9 other campers that they stay with all week. They can list a friend that they want to have in their group as long as that friend is signed up for the same tent. We will have 250 campers in physically distanced groups at camp, with each camper wearing a mask (unless medically unable to) and keeping 6 feet from all other people in camp. For more details on COVID- 19 mitigation measures in camp see our COVID-19 FAQ section.
What should my child bring to camp? What about lunches and snacks?
Face masks - Face masks are required for all campers. Please make sure your child's mask is well-fitted, covering their nose and mouth. You should send 1-2 extra masks in your camper's backpack and remind them to change their mask if it gets wet or dirty.
Lunch - Please send them to camp with a lunch, and please be sure they have eaten before arriving to camp. Food will not be provided. Campers will be required to sit 10 feet apart for meals.
Snack - Please send your child to camp with a small snack. Morning snack time is scheduled for campers in the Village or Squirrel's Nest. Artisan campers may eat their snack whenever they prefer. All campers will be required to sit 10 feet away from other campers when they are eating our drinking.
Water bottle - Please ensure your camper brings their labeled water bottle to camp every day. It is important that our campers stay hydrated. We have a few drinking fountains on site, but when each camper has their own water bottle, they are more likely to use them. It’s also eco-friendly!
Camp-appropriate clothing - Living in Oregon, we know that the weather can be unpredictable. With that in mind, please be sure your child wears/brings clothing options that keep them warm, cool, and dry.
What should my child NOT bring to camp?
knives, guns or any weapons
toys, games, trading cards
Other valuable items
Are campers of different ages able to spend time together?
Do you offer extended care?
We provide extended care in order to make our camp more accessible for working families. Simple activities, games, and art projects are provided in our assembly area supervised by Willowbrook staff. Click here for more information.
Can my child move to the Village or Artisan Area early?
What are some of Willowbrook’s camp traditions?
Willowbrook has several wonderful camp traditions that have evolved over the years and are quite popular among our campers and their families. To learn more about these traditions please click here.
How do I know whether my camper will be a Squirrel, Villager, or Artisan?
What performances are you doing this year?
What should my child do if they want to be in a performance?
If my child wants to be in a performance, how long should they attend camp?
Health & Safety
What security measures do you take?
Willowbrook operates in an exclusive-use area of Brown's Ferry Park surrounded by a chain link fence.
All on-site staff members must successfully pass a background check on a national, federal, state, and county-wide level, conducted by third-party professional screening service.
Trained security staff are present throughout the day, and several staff members are posted at the front gate during arrival and departure times.
Visitors must check in and out at the Front Desk. Visitors are required to show photo ID and wear a badge while inside camp.
Children who are not enrolled in Willowbrook should not visit unless accompanied by a visiting adult/guardian.
At the end of the day, campers are escorted to designated areas within camp according to their ages and will be guided through our pick up procedures.
Only authorized persons, using a PIN system, are allowed to pick up campers.
Can you store/administer medicine to my child?
Do you accommodate campers with special medical or behavioral needs?
What is your protocol for unfavorable weather?
Camp is held outdoors at Browns Ferry Park in Tualatin, rain or shine. Naturally this can pose challenges, especially with the heat during mid-summer months. Our activities are held under covered tents, so shade is plentiful and there’s protection from rain. On extremely hot days, sprinklers are available for campers to run through and cool down. Staff members regularly remind children to stay hydrated and take breaks. During a weather emergency or other unforeseen circumstances such as smoke from Oregon wildfires, Willowbrook enacts its weather policy and procedures. For more information feel free to contact us.
Are visitors permitted at Willowbrook?
What are your bathroom and hand-washing facilities like?
What is your camper behavior policy?
Willowbrook focuses on positive and acceptable behavior, redirection, and gentle guidance for every camper. If a child engages in seriously disruptive behavior, Willowbrook staff will call the parent/guardian listed on the camper’s enrollment and if unreachable, the designated emergency contact. Any child who is physically or verbally abusive will be removed from camp activities and may be sent home. Return to camp will be contingent upon a conference with parents and child. For more information about our Code of Behavior please contact us at email@example.com or 503-691-6132.
May I volunteer at camp?
Thanks for asking! We’re well staffed and covered at camp, but please check out other volunteer opportunities available at Willowbrook. We’d love to hear from you!
What changes will be made to Willowbrook programs and offerings in Summer 2021?
What steps are you taking to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 at camp?
Willowbrook’s summer camp is held outdoors under large, open tents which provide coverage from the elements while providing great airflow. Any of our smaller tents or trailers (e.g. photography darkroom) which don’t allow for physical distancing will not be used in 2021.
Camp capacity will be significantly limited this year, with only 250 campers and about 80 staffers per week.
Campers will be assigned to stable cohorts/pods of 10 campers + 2 staff and will stay with this group all week. Campers will not move between tents or mix with other cohorts; Village and Artisan campers will also be kept separately in their respective areas.
Masks must be worn by all campers and staff and 6-foot physical distancing will be enforced throughout camp.
We will conduct daily health screenings, including temperature checks, to all campers, staff, and any other person (e.g. parents, maintenance staff, etc) coming into the program.
We will keep daily logs of participants and any contacts in each stable cohort/program area to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
Supplies will be provided for individual camper use, and any shared supplies will be sanitized between uses.
Each camp area will have an area-specific communicable disease management plan.
How will check-in/check-out processes change this year?
Arrival and departure times will be staggered to avoid large groups of campers congregating around entry/exit gates.
Parents/guardians will be required to drop-off and pick-up their children outside of our camp gates with staff members; parents will not be allowed to enter camp gates for daily drop-off and pick-up. Families will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing at these times.
Parents will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire for their campers which asks them about potential COVID symptoms and exposures. We will exclude campers (and any other individual entering camp) if they present a COVID transmission risk as defined by OHA guidelines.
What are your area sanitation protocols?
What are bathroom and handwashing facilities like?
Because Willowbrook is held all-outdoors in a public park setting, we have porta-potties and portable hand washing stations. Each camp cohort will have their own porta-potty and sink that is only for use by their stable group. Hand sanitizer will also be available.
What are your contact tracing protocols?
Names of campers and staff present in each cohort
Names of parent/guardian at drop-off/pick-up times
Names of any additional staff or other individuals who come into contact with the stable group
Arrival/departure times for all of the individuals listed above
Health check verification for staff, campers, and any other individuals coming into the program