Are the Timbers & Thorns Camps both for boys and girls?
Both camps are open to boys and girls. The day camps are not divided by gender. The overnight Residential camps are divided by boys and girls (for ages 12 to 18). How do the Timbers Camps differ from the Thorns Camps? Both camp options are structured the same (described in next question). Timbers campers will receive Timbers Camp t-shirts and will have a possible appearance from a Timbers player (not guaranteed, please see next question below) at some point during the week while Thorns campers will receive a Thorns Camp t-shirt and will have a possible appearance from a Thorns player or coach at some point during the week (not guaranteed).
Only Portland area camps are subject to a possible visit from a Timbers, Timbers 2, or Thorns player. We are not able to guarantee player availability for every Portland area camp. Please know that the Timbers scheduled practice time per the head coach is 9am to 12pm every week. This is something that is out of our control. We apologize in advance for any disappointment or inconvenience.
How are the Timbers & Thorns Camps structured? (Full Day vs. Half Day)
**Full-day camps usually run 10am-3pm and have a supervised lunch hour from 12-1pm.Our staff will divide campers into small groups based on age/grade level. Each coach will focus on a different skill for the duration of camp using a variety of fun activities. Throughout the day each age group will rotate to a different coach about every 20-25 minutes. The skills taught at camp include dribbling, juggling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, and attacking and the activities will be altered to be age-appropriate so that players will have both a challenging and fun experience. **Half-day camps can run from either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm and have a supervised short snack break in the middle of the session. Same as the full day, our staff will divide campers into small groups based on age/grade level. Each coach will focus on a different skill for the duration of camp using a variety of fun activities. Throughout the day each age group will rotate to a different coach about every 20-25 minutes. The skills taught at camp include dribbling, juggling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, and attacking and the activities will be altered to be age-appropriate so that players will have both a challenging and fun experience.
Do I need to pack a lunch or do the Timbers/Thorns provide lunch?
Please pack a sack lunch every day for full-day camps. Lunch is 12-1pm and supervised by Timbers Camp staff. For half-day camps, please pack a light snack. Campers will have a short 10-15 minute snack break half-way through the session.
Is water available at camp?
Yes, the Timbers staff will provide water and ice at every camp. We take water breaks after every station and let campers get a drink whenever they ask. Especially in hot temperatures we make sure to take more frequent water breaks and make sure every campers has water.
Can I pick my child up for the lunch hour?
Yes, but you will need to check out with the camp director first with ID and check back in with them when you return. Please see question about carpooling listed below.
Are parents allowed to stay at camp to watch?
Definitely! If camp is located at Providence Park , event staff will direct spectators to a specific seating section. We just ask parents or anyone other than Timbers staff and campers to please stay off the field. Our staff is happy to escort children to the field to help them find a place for their bags. At other camps we ask parents to stay off field.
What do I need to bring to camp?
1. Please bring a completed waiver form on the first day of camp (siblings may go on one waiver form)
2. Carpool note (If someone else is picking your player up besides who dropped them off)
3. Soccer ball (we do have extras but not enough for everyone)
4. Appropriate shoes (cleats are recommended but not required)
6. Water bottle (maybe even 2)
7. Lunch or snack (lunch for full-day camps & light snack for half-day camps)
8. Extra layers for spring/early summer camps, especially a rain jacket
Do Timbers Camps have a lost-and-found?
Yes. If your item was picked up during the week at camp, the staff will bring it back to camp the next day. If you realize you left an item and camp is complete, please call (503)553-5576 to inquire about your lost item. The Timbers Camp staff will check to see if it is in their possession and if so, will notify you how to pick it up.
What if I want to carpool or have someone other than my-self pick my child up from camp?
New for 2015 we will be checking IDs of everyone who's picking up a camper. There is a spot during registration to list first and last name (including parents) of who will be picking up during the week. They will need to bring a photo ID with them to check the player out each day. If they aren't on the list we will need to make a phone call before the player can leave.
How do I access a camp receipt and Tax ID #?
To access a camp receipt you can log back into your Bonzi account, the same account you registered for camp with. On the home page once you have logged in click on “past registrations”, that will take you to getting a receipt. If you are in need of a Tax ID # please send an email to the one listed on the last page of FAQ’s and we will send you one as soon as we can.
I misplaced the waiver form, can I access it online?
You can find the Timbers/Thorns Camp waiver form on our Camps webpage about mid-page. Click on the green tab that says “Camp Waiver Form” and bring it with you to the first day of camp. You only need the waiver form, not the medical release forms which are for our Residential Camps.
What is your refund policy?
We ask that if you would like to cancel your camp registration that you do it at least 4 days in advance. That way if the camp is full we are able to fill your spot with another camper. We are always able to credit your money toward another camp, but please know there may be price differences. If for some reason an emergency occurs or your camper falls ill please send an email to the one listed on the last page of the FAQ’s and we will be able to assist you further.
How do I register?
We accept online registrations only. Please click on the “Register Now” link below any of the camp descriptions and follow the simple instructions. If you completed registration successfully, you will receive a confirmation email.
There is 1 payment option available for day camps:
1. credit card, the charge on your credit card statement will appear as “Portland Timbers” . You can make this payment on Bonzi our registration site when you register.
You may only pay by check if you are registering for a Residential overnight camp:
2. To pay by check, please send in payment in as soon as possible after registering so we have the check before the start of camp. Please make the check out to Portland Timbers and mail to:
1844 SW Morrison Street Portland, OR 97205 Attn: Timbers/Thorns Residential Camps
I didn’t receive a confirmation email, am I registered?
Your registration may not have gone through. To inquire whether you are successfully registered, please email Belsensohn@Timbers.com
If you have other questions or concerns that were not answered in this FAQ document please feel free to reach out to the email listed above.
** Please note that during June to August many emails are received, we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience.