Scholarships are available for the 2018 Birankai North America Summer Camp for qualified Instructors and Students. Follow the three steps, below, to apply for a scholarship.
The deadline for Scholarship Applications is April 20th, 2018.
Housing & Meals
Housing: We will be staying in Trimble Hall.
Trimble Hall consists of single rooms in a suite setting. There are 4-, 5- or 6-person suites, each with shared bathrooms, living and dining areas and a kitchenette.
Laundry: There are two laundry rooms per floor in Trimble Hall. There is no charge to use. We will have laundry pods available for purchase in the camp store, or bring your own detergent from home.
Clothing/Bedding: Average temperatures in Tacoma in summer range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. Please bring appropriate clothes. Residents will receive a linen packet that includes bath towels, hand towels, two sheets, one pillow, and two (thin!) blankets. If you feel you will need more than that for your comfort, please pack extras!
Meals: The University of Puget Sound is known for its healthy, sustainably-sourced, and delicious meals. The cafeteria is located in the Wheelock Center, which also hosts another cafe and a pizza place. If you wish to prepare some meals in your suite, dorm kitchens may have a limited number of pots, pans, utensils and dishes.
What to Bring
Weapons: Bring a Jyo, Bokken, and Tanto. Please make sure they are marked with your name
Zafu: If you plan on joining us for zazen in the morning, know that zafu availability is limited. If you can bring your own zafu, please do.
Water Bottle: Save the planet! Bring your own reusable water bottle!
Hat and Sunscreen: Weapons classes are often outside in the sun.
Bathing Suit: If you find time to use the pool!
BNA Passport: Mark your attendance at another great year of camp!
The summer camp raffle benefits the BNA Scholarship fund. Your ticket purchases and prize donations directly go to this cause. The raffle is held at the farewell party, is very entertaining, plus the prizes are incredible--you could win anything from original artwork to fully-paid 2019 Summer Camp!
Tickets may be purchased at the Camp Store during camp, or before camp with pre-purchase by filling out and sending in this form.
Prize donations are welcome and needed! Bring (or send with a friend) your prize donation to the camp store to be put out on display. Fill in this donation form so we know what your prize is and who it is from.
Stay tuned to the raffle Facebook page to view this year's prizes. Thank you for your support and good luck!
T-shirts and Camp Store
Pre-Order your camp T-shirt. Choose the size and color you want. Very limited extra stock will be on hand at camp.
T-shirts will be available for pick up/payment ($18 with your pre-order) or onsite purchase if available, in the camp store throughout the week. Please view the 2018 T-shirt designs below, and place your pre-order here before June 24th.
The Camp Store will be located inside Trimble Hall.
There is a fitness center, swimming pool, and rock climbing wall available for our use during camp. Access during summer break is limited to weekdays only, with restricted hours. Click here for more info. Please note a special waiver must be signed and turned in to the Conferences desk to receive a pass for these facilities.
Summer Camp depends on the efforts of many volunteers. No offer to help is too small. Visit our on-line sign-up tool and find a way to help out! A Volunteer Coordinator at camp will also be able to steer you towards a way you can contribute. Thank you in advance!