Realm of Cascadia Overnight Roleplaying Camp
Ages 10-13 & 14-17
Our Realm, Our Story
Ever since the Great Remembering, when the magicks took back the land, the Realm of Cascadia found a lasting peace.
Now an ancient evil seeks to return. Its forces bringing ruin wherever they march. Its true name long lost, only whispers among fair folk and Mems and battle cries among orcs and trolls belay its mark, "The Empty Stranger returns."
The Call to Action
The four known races of Cascadia must band together to challenge the growing destruction: Human, Elf, Dwarf and Halfling. The Dragons are the fifth great race, yet legend says they are sleeping, having reappeared at the dawn of the Great Remembering and vanishing just as quickly into the cold Eastern Mountains.
Four Ancient Guilds span the races and are known for their mystic mastery of the elements: Rangers (warriors), Wilders (healers), Mariners (pirates and waterwitches) and Artisans (storytellers and wizards).
From far and wide the call goes out to journey to the legendary Marmot Valley. Here all the ancient forces prepare to confront this horrible threat. In vast numbers races and Guilds gather on the edge of the the village of the valley. Elders and wise people hold council. Warriors train and band together. Healers consult the Mems that bring them their powers.
And this is where you meet your Realm Master for the coming challenge ahead. Marmot Valley is where your adventure begins.
|Your instructors & Realm Masters|
Become Your Character
You choose your race and then your Guild. The Training House and Realm Master you are given is up to Molly, the High Elf Queen of Fate*. Even before camp you can begin crafting "who" you are. Spend as much or as little time as you wish creating a history and look for your character. We encourage great fashion (costumes) when you arrive but it is not necessary.
You join your Training House and together your Realm Master sends you on riddles and quests. Some are simply fun, some arduous and a great challenge. The quests take place in the Forest of the Dark Winds, a mysterious wildland that lays between the Marmot Village and what the Elders believe to be the sinister land of the Empty Stranger.
In the Forest of the Dark Winds you will encounter faeries, elementals, dryads, nymphs, talking beasts, Mems and more. Yet they are not all light, nor any of them necessarily good. Beyond a glen, around any corner there may be trolls, orcs and even the undead.
The greatest of all mystical creatures, the Ancient One also lives here. The question is, will he prove to be a friend or a foe?
Train in Your Guild
In the Realm of Cascadia "tech" has been regulated to power of steam and fire pushed through forged hybrids of magic and mechanics. Your weapons will be handmade (foam swords, foam arrows and such). Even your shelter can be built from the forest itself. All guilds cross-train in many skills: from blacksmithing to survival, from plant healing to the ever important regaling of your adventures around a campfire of great friends and fine root beer (homemade by the Wilders).
As you move forward you gear up for the impending battle. You may make a bow, whittle a staff or even forge a blade. All this depends on your time, focus and choice. In the Marmot Village we may even can trade and barter for goods and wares at the market we create.
Food and Duties
In this camp our meals are cooked in a grand tradition, over a wood fired kitchen. You and your Training House take part in all aspects and duties of our encampment, helping prepare meals, cleaning and caretaking for the village and land that hosts us.
Leagues are the varying ages of campers. We distinctly separate each league.
Campers Ages 10-13 They stay in large tents or tipis. Quests are a little closer to the encampment. Please note this is a primitive and rugged camp. Contact Us to discuss if it is a good fit for your child.
Campers Ages 14-17 These campers stay far afield from the normal camp in simple tents and even primitive shelters. Please note this especially is a primitive and rugged camp. Contact Us to discuss if it is a good fit for your child.
*Also known as the High Elf Queen of Admin
Realm of Cascadia Overnight Roleplaying Camp
We leave on our our Trackers Buses from 5040 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon at 1:30pm on Sunday and return at 4pm every Friday.
Overnight Camp Location
Sandy, Oregon at Camp Trackers in the Marmot Valley is our beautiful 40-acre woodland site. Here you find free-range chickens, abundant wildlife and one of the most epic forests this side of Middle Earth.
National and International Campers
Airport Shuttle We offer shuttle service from Portland International Airport. To connect with this service, flights are limited in arrival and departure times Sunday morning. If you want your flight to arrive earlier contact us
Consecutive Weeks For campers staying more than one week, we offer our Weekend Adventures program. You see the best of the Pacific Northwest. With canoes trips to mountain lakes, explorations of epic waterfalls and even trips to the Oregon Coast. Learn more
Ages 10-13 July 7-12, 2013 Tuition $495
Ages 14-17 July 7-12, 2013 Tuition $495
Ages 10-13 August 4-9, 2013 Tuition $495
Ages 14-17 August 4-9, 2013 Tuition $495
Ages 10-13 August 18-23, 2013 Tuition $495
Ages 14-17 August 18-23, 2013 Tuition $495
Prepping Your Camper
This program is meant to be taken with regard and respect. We insist on focus, determination and intelligent accountability, especially while working with tools and training challenging skills. Every aspect of training in this program is considered a privilege. We insist that students treat it as such for their benefit and to the value of their learning community. This now said, our camps have and always will be infused with the most vital traits of good humor, celebration and appreciation for each participant.
For families who need it, we can offer flexible payment plans. Contact Molly to learn more. A non-refundable deposit is always required to reserve your space.
Bring a Friend
There is a 10% discount for friends registering together. Be sure to Contact Us to before you register and to let us know you want to be in the same Training House. Does not apply to the Super Early Bird Discount (see below).
Coming from Out of State?
Are you coming for out of state and staying for more than one week? We may be able to set you up with a host family. Contact Us to let us know your interest. There is an established administration fee for making these arrangements.
The airport shuttle to Camp Trackers is free to any camper flying into Portland International Aiport.
Overnight Camp Schedule
On Sunday campers check-in and our staff welcomes the to the village of Camp Trackers. Monday through Thursday we play, learn and work together, doing activities lead by the various Trackers Guilds. On Friday, we wrap of the week with our closing ceremony.
A Village of Friends
At Camp Trackers you find friendships that last a lifetime. We forge family care by the responsibilities of our Training Houses. Each camper is sorted into a Training House when they arrive. At Camp Trackers we rely one another to make the village successful and thrive.
Since 2004 Trackers has lead the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. All camp staff are CPR/First AID certified and have passed a thorough background check. We are very selective in our hiring process, choosing mature and competent individuals with profound experience in both education and skills instruction. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors. Learn more about our safety policies and values from our blog.
Many camps utilize a policy where they engage in great efforts to encourage homesick campers to remain at camp. Because our camps are different, because they are purposely more rugged than cabin based programs, we will immediately respect and honor a camper's choice to return home and "try again" another time.
We expect the full cooperation of parents with this policy as cultivating a students full collaboration and emotional presence is important to us as educators and the program we are running. Parents need not worry about this policy being a financial concern. It is covered under our BestCamp Guarantee, a prorated refund for any amount time your child did not attend camp.
Our Teachers and Counselors
All Camp Trackers staff are of the most highly trained and experienced educators in the field, well versed in the industry leading Trackers Code of Safety. These are not your typical camp counselors that simply sing songs and run canned curriculum. While acting goofy is an essential part of camp, we keep it even more real. Our counselors are experts at traditional crafts, cultural skills such as theater impov, wood fired cooking and most importantly, they posses a deft understanding of true and epic adventure.
Provided meals are all omnivore. They include an array of vegetables, grains, dairy and meat; all often mixed together. As we cook most of our meals over a wood fired kitchen we are unable to make accommodations and distinctions for specialized or specific diets.
Systemic Food Allergies To the best of our ability we work to exclude items that typically result in severe systemic reactions leading to anaphylaxis. Working with your medical doctor, if have a severe food allergy (such as peanut butter) please Contact Us and we will investigate if it is possible to adjust our meal plans.
Please Note Trackers is a Peanut Butter Free camp to accommodate this quickly growing severe systemic reaction (we rely on parents to respect this by not packing lunches or snacks that include peanut butter)
Skinning & Butchering
Full Disclosure In the spirit of learning about local foods, off-site we may even offer the opportunity for students to learn about and partake in butchering and processing local livestock. This will not necessarily happen every week and it will be done with great tact, council and sensitivity. This is purely a LEARNING experience and is fully OPTIONAL. It's goal is to foster respect for the origins of our food.
Please read this blog to better understand how this community need helps support our goals of conservation and respect for the natural world.