Boot Camp

The 2018 Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th. Stay tuned here for registration details.

Portland Society Boot Camp is like brainy summer camp in fall. Bring your thinking cap, but also consider bringing your mountain bike, running shoes, yoga mat, journal, hiking shoes, butterfly net, etc. If you haven’t been on the Banks-Vernonia multi-use trail, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the best in Oregon. Expect exceptional company.

Boot Camp happens in late October / early November at Stub Stewart State Park. Yoga, meetings, meals, socializing and even scrap-booking take place in the community building, which we’ll have all to ourselves. It’s a great venue with a wood burning stove, huge kitchen and two bathrooms. For sleeping, we’ll stay in cozy heated cabins just a few minute walk from the community hall. Don’t forget your sleeping bag and head lamp!

Boot Camp is a retreat from the world with 15 of your best (or soon to be best!) friends. We’ll enjoy a few workshops, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of time for play, relaxation, and quiet reflection built in.

This is a 1-3 day event. The actual Boot Camp takes place from 10am until about 4pm on Saturday, but we reserve cabins, most with single bed accommodations, for Friday and Saturday nights. This creates the opportunity for a group of us to bike tour (23 miles from the Hillsboro MAX station) out on Friday and back on Sunday morning. You could feasibly ride out on the Saturday too, if you are speedy. Folks can plan to ride together or carpool together.

The Portland Society will provide two dinners and two breakfasts, plus snacks, leaving boot campers to their own lunch devices on Saturday.

This event has a limit of 15 people and is limited to members in good standing–members current on their dues. As far as cancellation goes, your registration fee is refundable up to 90 days before the Boot Camp.

Membership Options


  • sliding scale: $6 – $10 – $15 – $20 per month (see link with dropdown below
  • 10 hours of volunteer work per year – more info here
  • sprout/sage discount: members aged under 25 or over 60: $25 per year

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