summer 2020 program Enrollment opens January 1 2020


This page has the following, from top to bottom:

  • A message from the Camp Director

  • Review of 2019 summer camp dates and times

  • A description of the 2-step enrollment process

  • The enrollment form itself (links to medical forms & financial contribution form at very bottom of page)

Message from Inspirations Camp Director Torsti Rovainen for 2019 camps

This year we explore both darkness and light in our musical The Sultan, the Secret, and the Witch (formerly titled The Boy Who Kept A Secret, and slightly revised from the 2015 version). I look forward to what your student brings to the camp and to the final performances this time around. Whether this is their second or sixth experience with us, it should be quite a ride!


Torsti Rovainen

2019 camp dates & times

  • Portland Camp (age 7 - 11) July 1 - 5 (or July 1-3, 5) 9:00 - 1:15 aftercare possible to 3:00

  • Portland Camp (age 8 - 14) July 8 - 27 9:00 - 2:30 aftercare possible to 4:30

  • Portland High School Theater Program (age 14 - 18) July 1 - 3, 8 - 12, 15 - 20

  • Vermont Camp (age 8 - 14) August 5 - 17** 9:00 - 2:30
    **(Vermont Camp addition if child aged 12-14 chosen as lead) July 31 -August 2 9:00 - 2:30)

  • Wisconsin Camp (age 8 - 14) June 10 - 22 9:00 - 2:30

 The 2-Step enrollment Process

STEP 1:  Check in with your child on their theatrical preferences (gender, and for older students, type of part sought for) for this coming year. Questions such as being asked to be considered for a lead role, or which gender a child prefers or is open to for casting should be figured out, either with that child or within the family, before you enroll. We ask this because once we have your child's information and the casting is set, it is very challenging to rearrange things should your child's wishes be different than what came in the enrollment form. When there is this type of discrepancy, in almost all cases we stick with the initial casting.

STEP 2:  Fill out the enrollment form below, using the 'Additional Comments' section if there are any changes to your contact information. 

       **Medical form updates--if the information on your medical & pick-up authorization are the same as previous years, you needn't fill out a new form. If there is a small change, you can email that to us; if insurance policies, addresses or such have changed, please fill out a new form.

Once these two steps have happened, and assuming the tuition agreement is in place, your child will be officially enrolled in Inspirations Camps.

### bonus: — if you are a RETURNING FAMILy, and
— you welcome someone to enroll in one of our summer programs who has not done a summer program before,
— you GET $50 off your tuition and you can give that incoming a certificate for $50 off their tuition** (up to two families)

**limit two $50 certificates per returning family for up to $100 off for you.

How it works: if you’re the link in welcoming someone new to register, once you’ve enrolled, send us an email, letting us know their name; and once they’ve registered, we’ll send you and them the $50 certificates. It's a way of welcoming in new families while thanking our returning families for your continued patronage.

** if you have siblings enrolling (including ones doing a different camp):

— fill out this longer form for one child
— click on the link to ‘sibling enrollment’ at the bottom of the form (-after- you have pressed the black submit button for the first form)
— fill out the shorter form for the sibling(s).

the links to the medical forms and payment are at the bottom of either form.

returning families Camp Enrollment Form

Required fields have a star* next to the words above the white boxes

If you have any questions about enrollment or the form below, please contact us at 503 - 895 - 4705 or

(To our families enrolling multiple children, please bear with us with by filling out this form multiple times. We experimented with a few other models but they were either not space-efficient or involved a hornet's nest of sub-auxiliary clicks and bubble window pop-up pages; when it was all said and done, it seemed like it would actually take less time just to fill this out 2+ times than to go through all that)

** When filling out this form press 'Tab' or click on the next box to proceed; hitting 'return' will cause the form to submit prematurely. 

* Name of Child *
* Name of Child
* Updated T-shirt size *
Please click the box closest to your child's preferred t-shirt size. (We are not doing sweatshirts this year)
* Please Check the Appropriate Experience(s) *
* Script Preference *
Please let us know how you would like to receive scripts. Scripts are either mailed out, available as pdf's at our website, or (for some families) not needed
* Music Preference *
Music can be mailed to you on CD or downloaded via our website. You can also listen to the songs directly on the web. All music available come early May. --Some families prefer a CD for each child; for others, one CD for the household is sufficient.
* Parent/Guardian *
* Parent/Guardian
Additional Parent/Guardian (if applicable)
Additional Parent/Guardian (if applicable)
* Camp Contact Preferences *
We send camp-related emails and such either to one parent/guardian, both or all. Please check the appropriate box below:
If there are any additional phone contacts or changes from previous years, please type that phone number here
If there are any additional phone contacts or changes from previous years, please type that phone number here
If you gave us a changed or new phone number, please tell us 1) who the phone number is associated with and 2) whether it is home, cell, office, or other
It is okay for one parent/guardian in the family to be the point-person and for us to receive a check in that child's / family's name from a different party *
* Payment Details--please mark one box *
If you are applying to be considered for a scholarship, we ask you to have read this page first, which describes our tuition structure and scholarship considerations [Open in new window so as to not lose the enrollment information you have already put in] FYI during any scholarship conversation that we have, Inspirations Camp will ask you if you can put $10-20 a week aside that can go towards camp tuition. We realize this might mean putting aside other purchases or opportunities for your child, if you do so; but to continue to be able to offer this camp, we need each household to find a way to contribute.
* Your payment will arrive at Inspirations Theater (payment link and info below) *
Would you be interested in getting involved with some aspect of the camp? You can check out possibilities from outreach to ushering to sets / costumes at this link
* Casting: Gender Preferences *
At Inspirations Theater we respect a child / family's wishes for the onstage genders a child is open to playing. Please indicate your child's preference below (if no preference or it doesn't matter, please mark 'cast as any gender onstage') If you have any other casting considerations, please send those to us in an email after registering.
Is your child interested in being considered for a lead role (age limits above)? 90% of lead parts require solo singing. Lead casting is done in late April and early May in person or by phone. Please mark Yes (my child would like being considered for a lead role), No (my child would prefer group roles or smaller parts), or See Comments if more explanation is needed. You can explain in the 'Additional Comments' section, and if we need clarification we will call you.
Would your child aged 10-14 like to be considered to play an understudy for one of the ~11 larger lead parts in Midsummer Night's Dream? Understudies fill in for students cast in those lead roles should the leads be sick or absent at the performances. Understudies need to memorize that character's songs, and either be able to read that character's lines quickly from a script onstage or memorize the lines. Being considered for an understudy role does not affect a child's chances of being cast in a lead role in the play.
In our 3-week Oregon camp and Vermont camp, two students play both a role onstage and help out with lighting for part of the show. Lighting roles are for students aged 11 and up. Not all students interested in lighting roles will be selected for that role. To be considered for lighting, the student will have an interview with the Director.
For our Oregon 3-week camp, Vermont camp, and High School production, in addition to their roles onstage students can play in our small orchestra. Orchestra students need to be able to read sheet music and play at an intermediate level in at least 7 different keys.
Our Oregon camp days end at either 2:30 (3-week camp) or 1:15 (July 1-5 camp). For parents with schedules that make those pick-up challenging, we offer aftercare for $8 an hour / $15 a day from the end of the camp day to as late as 3:00 (July 1-5 camp) or 4:30 (July 9 - 28 camp). Do you anticipate needing aftercare on a regular basis?
I have read and understand the camp Electronics Policy, and will have my child abide by this policy throughout his/her time at camp [link to policy at bottom of webpage; policy is different for Oregon high school production]
I affirm that I have had any questions answered that I need to about camp via this website or camp staff; I will either be paying my tuition in the range listed within one week of registration or on the first day of camp (unless Inspirations Theater and I come to a mutual written agreement of another arrangement).

** Before proceeding, leaving this page, or clicking any of the buttons below, make sure you pressed the black 'submit' button above. If successful, the form will have disappeared and a small confirmation message taken its place **

(If the questions & white spaces have disappeared, your form has been successfully completed; if you still see the form above, some part is either incomplete or needs attention. Scroll up, fill out the areas (now highlighted in red), then press the black 'submit' button to complete the process)

Sibling enrollment—you can enroll them with a shorter form, clicking on this purple button

Here is a link to the medical forms / photo release / pick-up authorization if you need to fill these out with new updated information

If you are filling out a new medical form, you can bring it with you on the first day of camp.  We can not have children at camp who do not have a medical form on file.

Camp contributions   

Please click the button to the right to go to our financial page, which has an online payment link and information for paying by check. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THIS BUTTON IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF FILLING OUT YOUR RE-ENROLLMENT ABOVE--you will lose everything that you've filled out. Only once you've seen the message "Enrollment has been received" at the bottom of the space the enrollment questions was (white text on black) you are safe to go.