Region 1 hosts a Black Belt Camp each year on the Oregon Coast. This event brings in masters, black belts, blue belts, and red belts from all over our region. The purpose of this event is to improve the overall quality of our advanced students and black belts while creating stronger friendships. This FAQ is intended to answer questions about the camp and give you the information you need before you sign up. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at dancamp@wtsda-region1.org .

What is the WTSDA Region 1 Dan Camp?

Dan (Black Belt) Camp is a unique, annual event with bunk-style lodging on Oregon’s scenic coast. Over the course of three days, your schedule follows a “choose your own adventure” formula with multiple training sessions occurring at the same time. It’s fast-paced, fun, and unlike anything you’ve done in region 1. To see what we did last year, check out our recap on the blog.

Why should I attend the WTSDA Region 1 Dan Camp?

Each session is designed for a limited number of attendees. This creates a personalized training environment for you to learn new techniques from top-notch instructors. In this unique setting, you will be surrounded by other advanced belts with varying skills and specialties. Dan Camp is designed as an immersive training experience for advanced practitioners from all over the West Coast.

Who is eligible to attend the WTSDA Region 1 Dan Camp?

Current members of the WTSDA with the rank of red belt (2nd gup) or higher. There is a minimum age requirement of 12 years old. Parental/Guardian permissions are required for all attendees under 18.

What will I learn at Dan Camp?

The training schedule is different from year to year. Some years we may have guest instructors from other regions and some years we may offer unique, one-time learning opportunities.

The 2020 schedule includes archery, survival fire starting (with s’mores!), sai weapons training, one-step sparring as self-defense, sunset hyung on the beach, and Ki Gong. More sessions will be added and announced as we prepare for Dan Camp.

Past camps have included the following sessions: Tang Soo Do fundamentals, practical hyung applications, how to conduct yourself with confidence, Wushu staff forms, Korean sword training, and a scorekeeper/timekeeper certification course.

What is included in the registration price?

You registration cost covers ALL training and activities for 3 days, 2 nights of cabin style lodging, 5 quality meals, and a complimentary Dan Camp T-shirt!

Additional T-shirts can be purchased with your registration. You can also buy a pair of exclusive black dobohk pants with the Dan Camp logo!

Are meals included? Can you accommodate dietary needs and restrictions?

When you attend Dan Camp, you will be provided with 5 meals: Friday dinner, all three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Food is served buffet-style, to accommodate dietary restrictions. You can eat whatever you need to feel comfortable. Past attendees have spoken very highly of the food.

Camp Magruder is EXTREMELY allergen friendly. It is a nut-free facility that accommodates many dietary requests. Please make note of any food allergies and dietary restrictions on your registration.

You are welcome to bring your own snacks. Please DO NOT bring anything containing nuts.

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

You will be assigned a bunk-style cabin, just like your Summer camp! Each cabin has access to indoor toilets and showers. Washers and dryers are available to all attendees. Each cabin has an adult “cabin leader” and sleeps between 8 and 10 people. Cabins are separated by gender and age.

What should I pack?

Provided below is a list of everything you will need to bring for camp. This is not an exhaustive list, so make sure to include other items you feel will make your stay more comfortable. Be sure to check the weather in Rockaway Beach before you pack. The temperatures are generally cooler than farther inland, so it is always good to pack layers. The end of June tends to be sunny and warmer, but there is always a chance for rain or cool weather.

Do not bring any food items containing nuts! Camp Magruder is a nut free space and we have campers with severe nut allergies.

Required for Camp Magruder

  • Bedding: a pillow, plus a sleeping bag (OR sheets and blankets)
  • Layers of clothing (short sleeves, long sleeves, jacket, etc)
  • Beach towel
  • At least 2 towels and washcloths
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries (including soap and shampoo), etc.
  • Medications (including your over-the-counter needs)
  • Shower shoes (we suggest a pair of flip flops)
  • Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (waterproof if you have them)
  • Sandals for the beach (if you like to get your feet in the sand)
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight (for walking in the dark)

Required for Dan Camp

  • A least one white do bohk (2 or more recommended)
  • Black dobohk pants (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes for martial arts and/or running shoes
  • Weapons: Staff, wooden and/or metal sword. Optional: practice and/or metal dagger. Please note: no sharp blades are allowed at camp.
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks; fruit, energy bars, sports drinks, etc.
    • Do not bring any food items containing nuts!
  • Backpack/duffel bag to carry your gear, water, etc. with you.

Weather Dependant / Optional

  • Rain gear (raincoat, rain pants if you have them)
  • Hat
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone charger (every cabin has outlets)

Two weeks before camp, we will send you a packing list via email.

How do I get to Camp Magruder?

Camp Magruder is located in the small coastal town of Rockaway Beach, Oregon. This town is located between Cannon Beach and Tillamook along the Oregon Coast. The address for the camp is 17450 Old Pacific Hwy, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136.

If you choose to fly, the Portland (PDX) airport is the best option. Rockaway Beach is a beautiful two hour drive through Oregon forests and coastal cities. Be sure to stop at the famous Haystack Rock along the way and have some famous clam chowder from Mo’s.

If driving, take Interstate 5 and to Highway 101. Highway 101 is known for its breathtaking coastal views.

How do I host a session?

Do you have a great idea for a session? Are you excited about sharing your knowledge with other camp attendees? Great! We’d love for you to sign on to lead a session at camp. This opportunity is open to anyone who is a 1st degree black belt or higher and 18 years or older. Let us know what you have in mind by contacting us at dancamp@wtsda-region1.org

How do I volunteer?

Each year, we need 1-2 volunteers to help with the general operation of the camp event. This role can be filled by any member of the WTSDA. Adults and responsible teens are preferred. Additionally, we recommend a volunteer position to red belts and below. Red belts and higher should take full advantage of the camp and its training. Whereas, the volunteers will get time to participate and train, there will also be work which will cut into training. Volunteers attend the camp for free. If you are interested, contact us at dancamp@wtsda-region1.org

I have more questions. Help!

First, we recommend that you ask your instructor if you have any questions not addressed here. Otherwise, feel free to reach out to us at dancamp@wtsda-region1.org