TIMBERS/THORNS CAMP FAQ

Q: Are the Timbers & Thorns camps both for boys and girls?
A: Both camps are open to everyone - unless specifically stated. The day camps are not divided by gender. The overnight Residential Camps are separate - divided by boys and girls, and hosted on different dates.

Q: How do the Timbers camps differ from the Thorns camps?
A: Both camp options are structured the same, and use similar curriculum.

Timbers campers will receive timbers camp T-shirt and will have a possible appearance from a Timbers player 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.

Q: Are there player appearances?
A: Only Portland-area camps are subject to a possible visit from a Timbers, Timbers 2, or Thorns player. Due to team travel and training/game schedules, player appearances are not guaranteed.

Q: How are the Timbers & Thorns camps structured? (Full day vs. Half day)
A: Full-day camps typically run 9am-3pm, with a lunch break at noon.

Half-day camps run 9am-12pm and have a supervised snack break in the middle of the session.

All camps are half-days on Fridays, unless otherwise stated.

Our staff will divide campers into groups based on age/grade level. Each coach will focus on a different skill for the duration of camp using a variety of fun and challenging activities. Throughout the day, each age group will rotate to a different coach every 25-30 minutes. 

Q: Do I need to pack a snack/lunch?
A: Yes. Please pack a sack lunch every day for full-day camps.  Lunch is 12pm-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 morning session.   

Q: Is water available at camp?
A: Yes, the timbers staff will provide water at every camp. We take water breaks after every station and let campers get a drink whenever they ask. We make sure to implement more frequent water breaks during warmer weather. 

Q: Can I pick my child up for the lunch hour?
A: Yes, but you will need to check out with the camp director first (with I.D.), and check back in with them when you return. Please notify our staff at the beginning of the day if you plan on doing this.

Q: Are parents allowed to stay at camp to watch?
A: Of course! If camp is located at Providence Park, our event staff will direct spectators to a specific seating section. We 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.

Q: What do I need to bring to camp?
A:

1) Weather appropriate/athletic clothing (rain jacket, hat/gloves, extra dry clothes in case of heavy rain, etc.)

2) Soccer ball

3) Shin-guards and appropriate shoes (athletic/indoor shoes for indoor camps & cleats for outdoor camps)

4) A filled water bottle (maybe even 2)

5) A snack (all players) + lunch (full-day players)

6) Lots of energy!

Q: Do Timbers camps have a lost-and-found?
A: 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 has concluded for the week, please email camps@timbers.com to inquire about your lost item. 

Q: What time is check-in? Do you offer additional hours before or after camp?
A: Typically, check-in for camp begins a half-hour before the listed start time. We do not offer before or after care at our camps.

Q: What if I want to carpool or have someone other than myself pick my child up from camp?
A: We will be checking I.D. 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 every day. If they aren't on the list we will need to make a phone call before the player can leave.  

Q: How do I access a camp receipt and tax id #?
A: To access a camp receipt you can log back into your Stack Sports account, the same account you registered for camp with. After you log in click on “past registrations," and that will take bring you to your receipt.

If you are in need of a tax id #, it is 36-4652297.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: We offer full refunds to requests that are made 7 days prior to the start date of your camp. Any request made after this is subject to a $25.00 processing and administration fee.

We also reserve the right to offer refunds for acts of nature that cancel or reduce camp time. Some examples of this include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoke/haze
  • High winds
  • Lightning
  • Extreme heat
  • Hail or heavy rain

Q: What is your extreme heat policy?
A: If the heat index rises to extreme or dangerous levels, the camp program will be adjusted accordingly.  In addition, the following heat index guidelines are adhered to on all camp programs:

Heat index

Action

Light Orange

Training conditions are acceptable, use normal rehydration and activity duration principles. Fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.

Yellow

Use caution with young and sensitive groups. Modify frequency of water breaks if needed, take breaks in shade. Sunstroke, muscle cramps, and/or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.

Orange

Training sessions should be shortened and intensity levels modified. Sunstroke, muscle cramps, and/or heat exhaustion likely. Heatstroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity. Training sessions for young and sensitive groups should be canceled.

Red

Training should be canceled for all ages. Heat stroke likely.

In the event that a camp is modified or canceled you will be notified accordingly.

Details of the heat index can be found at - https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/general/safety/heat/heatindex.png

Q: What is your policy on poor air quality from smoke/haze?
A: Our staff will monitor the air quality through the official Oregon government website, https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map

We will continue to operate our programs until they reach the red “unhealthy” levels of air quality. An email will be sent out in the event of a cancellation.

If you are concerned about the air quality for your child, we urge you to use your best judgement and withhold them from physical activity if you think it is unsafe.

Q: What is your thunder and lightning policy?
A: Lightning safety information:

When should activities be stopped?

In general, a significant lightning threat extends outward from the base of a thunderstorm cloud about 6 to 10 miles. It’s important to account for the time it will take for everyone to get to safety. Here are some criteria that could be used to stop activities.

  • If you see lightning. The ability to see lightning varies depending on the time of day, weather conditions, and obstructions such as trees, mountains, etc. In clear air, and especially at night, lightning can be seen from storms more than 10 miles away provided that obstructions don’t limit the view of the thunderstorm.
  • If you hear thunder. Thunder can usually be heard for a distance of about 10 miles provided that there is no background noise. Traffic, wind, and precipitation may limit the ability to hear thunder to less than 10 miles. If you hear thunder, though, it’s a safe bet that the storm is within ten miles.
  • If the skies look threatening. Thunderstorms can develop directly overhead and some storms may develop lightning just as they move into an area.

Where should people go for safe shelter?

There is no place outside that is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area. Stop the activity immediately and get to a safe place immediately. Substantial buildings with wiring and plumbing provide the greatest amount of protection. Office buildings, schools, and homes are examples of buildings that would offer good protection. Once inside, stay away from windows and doors and anything that conducts electricity such as corded phones, wiring, plumbing, and anything connected to these. Note that small outdoor buildings including dugouts, rain shelters, sheds, etc., are not safe. In the absence of a substantial building, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed provides good protection.

If our the field location does not have a suitable indoor shelter for us to move to, we will cancel the camp and notify all parents/guardians that they need to pick up their player immediately.

When should activities be resumed?

Because electrical charges can linger in clouds after a thunderstorm has seemingly passed, experts agree that people should wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before resuming outdoor activities.

Q: How do I register?
A: We only accept online registrations. Please click on the “register now” link beside any of the camp descriptions and follow the instructions.

If you completed registration successfully, you will receive a confirmation email.

There is 1 payment option available for day camps: credit /debit card. You will make this payment on Stack Sports (our registration site) when you register. 

Q: I didn’t receive a confirmation email, am I registered?
A: Your registration may not have gone through. To inquire whether you are successfully registered, please email camps@timbers.com.

If you have other questions or concerns that were not answered in this document please feel free to reach out to the email listed above. 


Please understand that during the summer months (May – August) we are extremely busy, and will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience.