Camp Thespis

The 2017 Session of Camp Thespis will be held at Molalla Retreat, August 7-9.  Troupes register online, but there is paperwork involved. 



Click here for Code of Conduct and Medical Forms (you will duplicate one for each person attending).

Note that this year’s Camp Thespis is taking place at an alternate facility with a higher cost.  Oregon Thespians is subsidizing a portion of the expense for the first two students from each Troupe, and the Troupe Director, to keep these fees the same as last year.  Additional students and adults are charged a higher rate closer to the actual cost.

Camp Thespis is conducted each summer at a campground facility, generally on a Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon in early to mid-August (scheduled prior to Leadership Summit, so it allows for troupes to train together prior to representing their troupe at the state level). Each Thespian Troupe in Oregon is invited to bring all of their officers or council members to attend the event, usually up to six, as camp capacity allows (max. participants, including staff: 150). Troupe Directors accompany their troupe. Chaperones can attend, as space permits.

Camp Thespis is planned and conducted by an ad-hoc committee of State Board Members, and other interested Troupe Directors. Alumni Student Thespian Officers are expected to lead camp while newly elected Student Thespian Officers are expected to attend and be trained.

The specific agenda of Camp Thespis is to allow campers to learn their role as a Thespian Troupe Officer and their own personal leadership style, understand how to work with other leaders in their troupe, practice problem-solving through a variety of challenges, and make plans for the coming year, including troupe goal-setting. In general, camp is meant to be more “nuts and bolts” for Troupe Officers at the school level. It should result in officers understanding their role as a leader, specific goals to be determine by each troupe, plans for the coming year, and determining the representatives attending Leadership Summit, who are prepared to share the troupe goals and connect them with the state goals at the state event. Also, State Thespian Officers share their goals.

A summary report of Camp Thespis will be provided to Troupe Directors via an email update, as well as during the Troupe Director meeting at both Leadership Summit and the Improv Festival. It’s hoped that topics discussed at both Camp Thespis and Leadership Summit will help guide the goals and priorities recognized by the adult leadership in the state.

Student State Thespian Officers will share a summary of the event at the Leadership Summit President Luncheon, and online.



The event is $95 per student for the first two students from each Troupe ($150 for each additional).  Troupe Directors pay $65.  Cost for additional chaperones is $150, please inquire about space and fee before registering additional adults/chaperones.

Pre-registration is required. Registration for Camp Thespis is online. Registration will be open June 1 through July 15, as space allows.



9:00-9:30 A.M.            Breakfast

9:30-10:00 A.M.          Warm up activity

10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.Workshops

12:00 P.M.                   Lunch

1:00-2:30 P.M.            Leadership Activities

2:30-5:30 P.M.             Troupe Time/Challenge Course

5:30 P.M.                     Dinner

7:00-9:00 P.M.             Troupe Problem-solving

9:00-9:30 P.M.             Evening event/Campfire

10:00 P.M.                   Campground required quiet hours start

11:00 P.M.                   Lights out

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