Willowbrook has several wonderful and popular camp traditions that have evolved over the years. Here are just a few!
Each morning and afternoon Willowbrook starts with an energetic and informative assembly, where our staff members present the day's activity options, make announcements, and have some fun with camp songs and games. Artisan Assemblies are held at 9 am and 1 pm; the Village holds a mini version of Assembly each morning around 9:30 am.
Every Thursday at our afternoon assembly, Artisan campers and staff take to the folk dance stage for a Willowbrook favorite: the Rattlin' Bog! This Irish folk song, which gets faster and trickier to remember with each verse, is so much fun to sing and dance that it has become a weekly camp tradition by demand.
You know it’s the end of the day at camp when you hear the Pata Pata! Each day at about 3 pm, the Artisan Folk Dance tent encourages campers to dance together to this African pop song popularized internationally by South African singer Miriam Makeba.
Tie Dye Day
It wouldn’t be Willowbrook or Willowstock without some tie dye! Each summer we host one designated Tie Dye Day for Artisans and one day for Villagers when they can go wild with colors. Be sure to check our calendar as dates change each year.
Don your favorite tie dye shirts and get ready for Willowstock! A tradition for over a decade, our Villagers host a special day to celebrate peace, love and happiness. Highlights include a festive musical concert performed by our very own Willowbrook musicians.
Each year, guest artists make a special appearance entertaining and engaging with our campers – a perennial favorite is our Native American dancers! Be sure to check our calendar as guests and schedules change each year.
Created by our campers and staff, Spirit Week traditionally takes place the last week of camp. Each day is a different themed day that everyone can participate in if they’d like. Be sure to check our calendar for themed days and don’t forget to wear your Willowbrook t-shirt on the last day if you want fellow Willowbrookians to sign it!
After each performance, the cast and crew meet up at Baskin Robbins in Lake Oswego (17773 Lower Boones Ferry Rd) and invite friends and family to join them for fun, frozen treats, and a little dancing (did someone say Pata Pata?). Everyone is welcome – just load up your car after the performance, bring a little $ and meet us there!
The Virginia Reel
One of our most long-standing traditions, the Virginia Reel was introduced to Willowbrook campers back in 1982 on Althea’s back porch, where camp first began. Today this 17th-century folk dance is still embraced by modern-day campers as they celebrate the very last day (of the 6th week) of camp.
Our final hoorah…. Wipe Out! Get ready for this high-energy, crazy-fun Artisan splash at the afternoon assembly. This annual tradition also takes place on the very last day (of the 6th week) of camp!