Scholarships will be available for the 2019 Birankai North America Summer Camp for qualified Instructors and Students. Check back soon for info on how to apply.
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 go directly 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 and homemade crafts, to fully-paid 2020 Summer Camp!
Tickets will be sold during camp, or can be preordered with 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 can keep track of what your prize is and who it is from. Thank you so much 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.
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. A Volunteer Coordinator at camp will also be able to steer you towards a way you can contribute. Thank you in advance!