do I register?
The registration process for ‘We Live & Breathe’
is fairly simple. You’ll need to complete the on-line registration
form with your contact information, names of all members in your party,
vegetarian and bunk room style preference (same gender, co-ed or family),
roommate requests, emergency contact info and if you will be bringing
a car on-site. Roommate requests must be by mutual consent with the requested
name(s) listed on each person’s form. The registration form also
has a space for additional comments.
your completed form is a three step process – print a copy of the
completed form for your records, make the payment (via a button on the
registration form which directs you to PayPal) and submit the completed
registration form to us (again, via a button that sends the form to us).
Payment may be made through PayPal with a credit or debit card, an e-check
or your PayPal account balance. If you prefer another method of payment,
contact us at Mail@WeLiveandBreathe.com.
We do need full payment and are not able to accommodate partial payments.
registration to the event is not complete until we receive both the payment
and registration form. Our registration process is set up to accept one
payment for each registration form. If you have people in your party who
wish to pay separately, each person would need to submit a registration
form and make the appropriate roommate request. You will receive an email
confirmation from us within a day or two.
should I expect at this event?
To the best of our knowledge, this event is different
than anything done before. The facility is not a campground, park, motel
or spa. Think of it as a ‘letterboxing retreat’ or ‘letterboxing
summer camp’ for adults and families; complete with group cabins,
a dining hall, a swimin’ hole at the confluence of the two creeks,
meadows for games, a low elements ropes course, and miles of trails. Expect
an experience that you will talk about for the NEXT decade.
the cabins have indoor plumbing, heat and electricity
cabins will have two 'bunk rooms' with 5-7 sets of bunk beds in each
bunk rooms will be designated as single sex, some will be mixed gender,
and some will be designated for families (with more than one family
in the bunk room)
are accessed either directly from the bunk rooms or just down the
hall from the bunk room
typically have one or two showers, toilets and sinks
cabins have some sort of common room
cabins have some sort of kitchen/refrigerator set up
cabin will have a coffee maker and the necessary supplies, so your
morning can be civilized
The option of sleeping in a tent is permitted, in limited
numbers, as a courtesy for those who wish a bit more privacy than a bunk
room provides. However, camping is not allowed. You will not be able to
use a camp stove or other camping equipment, and you may not build a fire,
cook, dig a hole, or collect firewood.
tent space is limited and all tents will be set up in a designated area.
A bunk will still be assigned, so opting to use a tent does not ‘free’
a bed for another person to attend the event.
you really need the traditional camping experience as part of your weekend,
we would recommend you choose the Day Tripper option and secure a campsite
near the event. Please see our ‘Travel’
section for information on nearby campgrounds.
should I bring?
bag and/or Linens (for
a twin size bunk bed)
& Bathrobe (these
are community cabins, after all)
(including analgesics for your aches and pains at the
end of the day)
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" recommends always
traveling with one)
boots or sturdy shoes for the trails
for both cool or warmish weather (consider
dressing in layers)
jacket for night
know that if you pack it, you generally never need to use it?)
musical instrument (guitar, kazoo, whatever)
to enjoy around the campfire
for the Letterboxer's Masquerade Ball (optional)
The basics - signature stamp, logbook, ink, pen, compass
Travelers, if you have any
to swap, if you wish
supplies so you can enjoy our Carving Corner. Please
note that Wood Aug and Kurious Jo have mentioned that they will
be bringing supplies to sharpen carving tools! (P.S. -
If you are flying, be sure to pack your carving tools as checked
the weather like in September?
September is typically one of Oregon’s best weather
months, with possible highs at 75 and lows at 50 degrees. It could be
a cool, crisp sunny day with a cold night or cloudy with a bit of mist
or light rain (the rain is cool and crisp too). The Live & Breathe
Planning Committee will take responsibility and credit only for the occurrence
of any sunny days during the event.
Do I need to
Whether you're a Day-Tripper or staying all weekend, your
registration fee covers all the meals offered for each day you attend,
including s’mores on Friday night, a small snack on Saturday afternoon,
and refreshments at the Letterboxers Ball. If you want additional snacks
or beverages, you should bring them to camp with you. We recommend any
food you bring be in a sealed container to avoid attracting critters (especially
Der Mad Stamper).
of the cabins have some sort of refrigerator in them. At the time of your
registration confirmation, you will know if your cabin has a refrigerator
or if you should bring a cooler for your snacks.
Please be aware that you will be sharing a cabin with others so labeling
your food items would be a good idea.
there a vegetarian option for meals?
While there won't be a separate menu specifically for
vegetarians or vegans, the camp does plan the meals so there are some
options for those who choose not to eat meat products. For example, Gardenburgers
will be available at the Friday night Welcome BBQ. Other meals may include
options such as salad or perhaps a vegetarian lasagna.
is more difficult for the camp to accommodate specialty diets or those
that need wheat/gluten-free meals.
camp does not allow private usage of the camp kitchen facilities, however,
many of the cabins have small kitchenettes, if you need to prepare certain
foods for your diet.
it OK to bring alcoholic beverages?
If things are done in moderation and with some common
sense (ie, not around the kids, not at the breakfast table, don’t
flaunt it and for heaven’s sake, don’t get stinkin’
drunk) it is all right. We’re operating under the 'don't ask, don't
tell' policy, so keep it on the down low and don’t make us ask.
The word of the day is ‘discretion’.
Do I need to
bring extra spending money?
All ‘official’ activities and memorabilia
associated with the event are included in the registration price. So,
you don’t need to bring any additional cash to be included in any
‘official’ aspect of the gathering. However, you may want
to be prepared for the possibility that some individuals may have things
offered for sale that you can't resist.
there any 'official' merchandise for the event?
The 'official' tee shirt and other merchandise
will be available on Cafe Press. When the Cafe Press set-up is
complete, we will add a link here.
Is there a different
rate for kids?
Since the camp we are renting does not differentiate between
adults and children in their fees, we need to charge accordingly as well.
So, yes, the $142 is per person, child or adult.
Is this a kid
We are happy to have children at the event. However, we
will not be providing any ‘day care’ services, so parents
will bear the responsibility for their children at all times during the
event. For that reason, some parents may decide not to include their children
so they can immerse themselves in all the event activities, day and night.
That should be a personal choice for each family.
Can I bring
While we understand that letterboxing was traditionally
done with dogs and that ponies are a common sight on the moors, we won’t
be able to accommodate pets at this event. Bring your pictures and your
stories, but please leave your pet safely at home. Do let us know if you
require a service animal.
about coming and going from camp?
Because there is on-site parking available for approximately
150 cars, we would encourage you to carpool, as much as possible. We also
hope that the local letterboxers will offer a ride to/from camp for our
have no restriction about coming and going from camp during the event,
but you will be so busy with all the fun we have planned for you that
you won’t want to miss anything by being away from camp.
the heck is the Letterboxer’s Masquerade Ball?
It’s a party, it’s a dance, it’s karaoke
/ open mic night… and it’s gonna be fun! You may even be able
to garner a clue or two while you are at it.
in costume is optional, but encouraged. However, since it is a masked
ball, we would urge everyone to get into the spirit and at least wear
a mask. You can bring a Mardi Gras style mask with you, or use a mask
we have on hand. We will have a supply of ready-to-wear, decorated masks
available or you can decorate one for yourself on Saturday afternoon,
using the provided craft supplies and mask.
the Ball, we will also have a kids activity room set up, with a large
screen TV with DVD, and some games, just in case they are not into karaoke
you say Dancing? Who's providing the music?
Well, YOU are, of course! What? ...nobody told you? Looks
like we've got some 'splainin to do, Lucy!
here's the deal... we knew we needed to have some sort of special, over-the-top
celebration on Saturday night. We considered hiring a band, but that didn't
really seem very relevant to letterboxing. Besides, we happen to know
that there's lots of you 'boxers out there with hidden talents that hardly
ever get mentioned on the message boards or talk lists. So, we decided
it'd be better to encourage you to step up to the mic and share a little
bit of yourselves with your peers!
going to provide plenty of opportunities for you to entertain us all.
We're having a traditional campfire circle on
Friday night, which we hope will include sing-alongs, skits, or whatever
else you come up with. Then, on Saturday, we're having the big Letterboxer's
Mad Stamper says he's willing to step into the DJ booth on Saturday night
to provide some crazy dance music for us... something he calls "Doctor
Frankenstein Funky Mad Scientist Mash-Up R&B Redneck Punk Rock'n'Roll
Disco Music". We're not sure what that means and, to be honest, we're
afraid to ask. All we know is that it's always a hoot to party with der
madman, so we told him to go for it!
between dance sets, we're going to turn the mics over to you. So, bring
along your guitar (or banjo, fiddle, harmonica, washboard, kazoo, etc.)
If you prefer, bring your favorite CD and teach us all how to perform
some new dance steps. DMS will also have a wide variety of karaoke songs
for you to sing along with, or you can just grab the mic and tell a few
jokes, perform some magic tricks... Whatever! There'll be something for
everyone... and it's all in the name of fun!
don't be shy! If you've got a special talent you're willing to share,
or if you want to request a special song, please contact our entertainment
coordinator, Camp Fire Lady, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible.
about the Campfire? What's that all about?
It's just not summer camp unless there's a traditional
know what we're talking about... just like when you were a kid. Sitting
around the campfire, telling stories, singing songs, performing funny
little skits. Good clean fun for the whole family... and did we mention
campfire will be held after the informal barbeque on Friday night and
will be our special way of welcoming you to the camp and putting you in
the right mood to thoroughly enjoy this weekend full of fun and surprises.
you, your family, and/or a group of your friends have a fun skit, a silly
dance, a campfire story, a sing-along, or any other act that you would
like to share with everyone during the campfire, please let us know by
contacting our entertainment coordinator, Camp Fire Lady. Just send an
email to email@example.com.
I contribute or bring boxes to plant?
We are offering some theme suggestions and guidelines
for boxes, along with some procedures regarding cooties, Hidden in Plain
Sight (HIPS) boxes, and event stamps. You will find these suggestions,
guidelines and procedures in the "Call for
Boxes" which was issued to the entire LBing community by Marmalade,
our official Live & Breathe Box Wrangler. We want to give everyone
interested an opportunity to contribute, without regard to their ability
because the event is being held on private property, we will not be able
to leave any box as a permanent plant. This holds true for boxes the committee
plants as well as the volunteer and spontaneous boxes planted at the event.
Every box MUST be pulled at the end of the event. We will offer some options
as to what can be done with the boxes after the event is over, so letterboxers
can continue to enjoy these creations.
also expect everyone to adhere to the letterboxing philosophy of ‘Leave
No Trace’. It is inexcusable to create social trails, alter or damage
trees, cabins or other structures, or leave any evidence or impact. The
camp is aware of our letterboxing activities, which makes leaving no impact
on the property even more important. Please keep this in mind as you are
designing and planting any box.
there a list of attendees?
Yes, we now have an Official
List of Attendees available. Please be aware that this is the one
and only official list. The RSVP list on Atlas Quest, for example, is
want to stay longer in the Portland area. Can I sleep on your couch?
We have set up a yahoo group "Need
a Bed/ Gotta Bed", so the out-of-towners needing a place to stay
and the locals who have a couch or spare bed to offer can connect and
work out the details among themselves. We are hoping that this would also
be the place for the out-of-towners to secure a ride from the locals,
to and from the camp.
the ‘Travel’ page on this website for more info on where to
stay, what to do and how to get around.