The Summer Camp

Who: Individuals aged 16 to 25 years old, with disabilities and without

When: Friday August 3, 2018 12:00 PM – Sunday August 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Where: Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 and the surrounding Downtown Portland area

Mandatory Pre Camp Meeting: Tuesday July 31, 2018, 6:00 PM at NWDSA Resourcefulness Center -- 11611 NE Ainsworth Cir, Portland, OR 97220

Cost: $100 fee includes food, lodging and art supplies. Thanks to generous support from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No 3, full and partial scholarships are available for those experiencing financial hardship. You will pay after your application has been reviewed.  

Meals will be provided. Most meals will be served on campus. However, we will be walking downtown for lunch on Saturday.  

If you have dietary restrictions or any safety concerns, please explain in the “Accommodations” section of your application.

Lodging: We will be staying overnight in PSU’s dorms. There will be two individuals staying in each room. Room assignments will be made based off campers' gender identity and needs. If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know.

This is a residential camp experience, requiring individuals to stay overnight at PSU for the duration of the weekend. Therefore, if an individual requires one on one support or needs additional supports around self-care, this will need to be prearranged. Campers are responsible for providing own support person, if applicable. 

Involvement: The camp is designed to be interactive and accessible to all. Campers will be required to actively participate in workshops led by experienced social activists and artists. Activities will range from writing and drawing to movement and music. To ensure campers' engagement throughout the camp, accommodations and/or supports will be made according to each individual’s needs. In addition to attending workshops, youth will have opportunities to explore and enjoy some of PSU’s resources, including the recreation center.

We ask that parents not be present during the camp, as we want the youths to explore their own interests and build on their leadership skills. However, family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the end of camp where youth will share their projects from camp and make a commitment to supporting positive social change in their community. 

Please be aware, that in order to fully focus and participate in the camp, we strongly discourage individual phone use during sessions and group activities. Camp leaders will be able to be reached any time and will have each camper's emergency contact in case someone needs to be reached. 

End of Camp Reception: Sunday, August 5, 2018 5:00 PM in the Ondine building located at Portland State University. Light refreshments will be provided. Youth will be picked up following the reception. 

Fill Out Online Application Form Below

  • Fill out every field carefully. If you are under 18, a parent must acknowledge and sign the form.
  • Space is limited. Filling out this form does not guarantee acceptance into camp.
  • If camp is full, you will go on a waiting list.
  • We will contact you shortly (3-5 days) after your submit your application to discuss. 
  • If you need accommodations in accessing and/or completing this application, or have any questions, please contact Megan Price at (503) 238-0522 or

Social Justice Youth Program and Summer Camp is a project of ABI with the support of Portland State University and Northwest Down Syndrome Association.

ABI is a program of NW Disability Support.

Camper Information
Example: Multnomah
If none, put "N/A"
If none, put "N/A"
Camper Demographics
If none, put "N/A"
Camper Needs & Accommodations
Please describe any accommodations you require with regards to sensory, audio/video supports, mobility, safety, and anything else we need to know to provide you with the best support. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
Include information about dietary restrictions and allergies (food-related, bee stings, etc) as well as specific instructions related to allergies. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
Please describe your medical concerns/needs, such as specific instructions related to seizure disorders, medications you require, etc. If not applicable, enter "N/A".
Do you have access to a smart phone or tablet to bring to camp?
Camper Background
What is your preferred learning style, and how do you best communicate (i.e. verbal, visual, etc)?
Describe how you express yourself creatively. Are you a visual artist, musician, poet, etc? What are your artistic experiences?
What interests, talents, and skills will you bring to the program?
"Social Justice" is associated with equality, fairness, and rights of all people (among other things). Please describe your experiences with social justice, whether you have experienced it, fought for it, or even just thought about it. This is the place to tell us why social justice is important to you!
Waiver / Release
Photographic Release
I/We hereby give consent to NW Disability Support to photograph our child/self to educate others about the programs and services offered by NW Disability Support. Possible uses include: illustration of articles in newsletters, in profiles that contributors receive, in brochures, to illustrate services discussed on the web site, in displays at community fairs, to publicize local programs, to make professional presentations, to conduct research on teaching techniques and equipment used at camp, and to publicize the program. In giving approval, I/we understand it is without consideration of compensation of any kind, and NW Disability Support is released from any claims or liability.
Medical Release
I/we understand that in the event of a medical emergency, NW Disability Support will not make any medical decisions regarding myself/my child. I understand that NW Disability Support staff will contact the emergency contacts provided above before authorizing medical professionals to attend, transport, and treat myself/my child. I/we agree to assume financial responsibility for all expenses for such care.
Personal Property
I/We recognize that NW Disability Support cannot accept responsibility for camper's personal property. To help eliminate losses, please tag name inside equipment, clothes or other personal items.
Anti-Discrimination Policy
Social Justice Youth Camp is a discrimination-free event. Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated.
Electronic Signature
By checking the "I Accept" box, you are signing this Registration Form electronically ("E-Signature"). You agree your E-Signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature on this Registration Form, as if actually signed by you in writing.

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