"Life isn't easy for a kiddo that stutters no matter how athletic, creative, smart, or vivacious they are. Before attending Camp More my 14 year old son, Fenix, always felt like the stutter kept him from being who he is inside. The day he came back to me from camp I could see it in his eyes that his world had changed. 'Mom I found my people' were his words to me and I don't believe I have ever heard more impactful words as a parent. Camp More and its amazing team showed my son that he is everything he feels inside, and they supported his stutter as part of who he is teaching him to embrace instead of be embarrassed. Fenix has "People" and has found a place in life where he feels like he "Fits" something every parent wants for their kid and something I will continue to support."
- Michelle Bowers, parent of 2016 Camp More camper
Camp More is a place for kids and teens, 9-18 years of age, who stutter to improve communication skills and build self-confidence. Its mission is to empower young people who stutter while at camp and beyond, to do more: find their voice and use it more, build more confidence and self-acceptance in themselves, and to establish more connections and friendships with peers.
By immersing kids and teens in a safe and fun, recreational overnight camp experience amongst peers who also stutter, they will be challenged socially and begin to break down barriers in communication. Staff and peers will encourage campers to say what they want to say without concerns about judgment or time pressure, an experience which may be a welcome change for some campers. The sleep away nature and structured, daily schedule of events, will help create an environment that will encourage connections, openness, comradery, and most importantly, communication. There will be daily group therapy sessions to facilitate discussions on experiences and thoughts on stuttering, and to target increasing self-acceptance and confidence within themselves.
This camp will not, however, focus on speech therapy tools or techniques. Such therapy is something that most kids and teens have had, or do have, exposure to throughout a variety of speech therapy services at their school or in the community. The purpose of Camp More is not to attempt to recreate such services or to teach new stuttering modification and fluency shaping techniques. Instead, the focus is on building more communication, confidence, self-acceptance, and friendship within a naturally therapeutic, safe, and supportive environment.
Each camper, with the guidance and mentoring of a trained staff member, will create and target personalized goals for camp, where they will do 'more' of something. These are completely individualized to the camper and what they feel is the most important for them. Examples of such goals might be 'More... talking, friendships, fun, laughter, stuttering, confidence, acceptance, etc.' Our hope is that campers will take home with them skills learned and a desire to continue working on their goals, along with the positive memories and friendships made at camp.
Director: Kristin Mangan
Kristin Mangan, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She has specialized in stuttering, as well as feeding and swallowing, for the past 16 years. She is an active member in the FRIENDS, the National Association for Young People Who Stutter, as well as in the National Stuttering Association (NSA). She has presented both regionally and nationally on the subject of stuttering to children, parents, educators, and other professionals.
On a local level Kristin sees children, teens, and young adults who stutter for evaluations and treatment at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). Given her strong beliefs that counseling, community, self-acceptance as a person who stutters, and building confidence is an imperative part of one's stuttering journey, she also runs a support group for teens who stutter, called TOPS: Teens Out Promoting Stuttering. Monthly she plans and facilitates TOPS group outings, activities, and volunteer opportunities around the Portland Metro Area. This has been a source of tremendous joy for Kristin and has resulted in tremendous growth and excitement for the teens that participate regularly.
Given the success of TOPS and the shared goals of Ms. Sarah Herr, Kristin and Sarah decided to expand their mission for community, connectedness, confidence, and acceptance started Camp More in 2016 with the support of IDD. They are extremely pleased and proud of the success of last year's inaugural camp session - which included 14 campers and a training program for 11 graduate student SLP's. When not at work, Kristin greatly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, mainly her 6-year old superhero-loving son, Sive. She also loves reading, cooking, gardening, running, eating, and shopping.
Director: Sarah Davies
Sarah M.S., CF-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon, where she serves students of all ages with diverse needs. Sarah is relatively new to the field, but she has a strong interest and passion in stuttering, which has quickly become her specialty. She is actively involved in the stuttering community and currently co-leads the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA)-a support group for people who stutter. In addition, after witnessing the positive impact of TOPS: Teens Out Promoting Stuttering, a support group for teens who stutter started by Kristin Mangan, Sarah identified a similar need for a younger age-group and is now starting KOPS: Kids Out Promoting Stuttering. More information about TOPS/KOPS may be found at www.topsnw.com
While working with clients and students who stutter, Sarah's mission is to provide support in helping them become confident individuals through treating all aspects of stuttering-not just the stuttering behaviors themselves. It is because of this belief in her treatment approach and a need for more community and social opportunities for kids and teens who stutter, that she joined forces with Kristin in early 2016, to create Camp More. Sarah brought to camp 6 years of summer camp experience from where she was Assistant Director for ASD Oregon/Camp Odakoda, a local overnight summer camp for kids with Autism. After having such a successful inaugural year of Camp More in the summer of 2016, she is incredibly excited for the continued growth of Camp More and the connectedness it brings to the stuttering community.
Sarah is also blessed to be a mommy of three busy and sweet (not-so-little) boys, Bryton, Maddox, and Jonas, who keep her challenged and inspired on a daily basis when she is not busy at work or with her groups. Sarah also enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, arts and crafting, and laughing with her family and friends.
Assistant Director: Ian MacKay
Ian MacKay is a person who stutters who grew up backpacking and exploring in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call Oregon home. Ian received a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University and spent 5 years working as a biological technician on wildlife conservation projects in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. He then became a Wilderness First Responder and worked as a guide for Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, logging over 200 days leading youth in the backcountry.
Currently, in addition to a Mental Health Technician at a Psychiatric Outpatient facility in Portland, Ian is an educator with The Center at Heron Hill, working in an ecotherapy program with groups of students attending Chemawa Indian School in Salem. He is also a head counselor at Camp SAY in North Carolina, a summer camp dedicated to supporting young people who stutter.
Ian has a certificate in permaculture design and has worked many hours as a landscaper in his spare time. When not working, you may find Ian eating Thai noodles (his favorite!), playing with his cat, riding his bike, or digging in the dirt.
Assistant Director: Glenn Weybright
Glenn Weybright is a person who stutters and a Portland speech language pathologist. He holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Portland State University, the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency under certification standards established by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. He also teaches university graduate students who take the Stuttering class at Portland State University. Glenn is a founding member of the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association.
Glenn was born in Astoria Oregon and grew up in Warrenton Oregon and St. Helens Oregon, both Columbia River towns. His father was a commercial fisherman when they lived on the coast. Glenn’s love of water and fishing and boats comes from there. Glenn and his wife Debbie have four grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Beaverton Oregon.
Glenn began stuttering at age 11. At age 20 he received speech therapy at Portland State University and learned tools to help him manage his stuttering.
Glenn met his wife while both were taking a biology lab at Portland State University. He was impressed with her positive attitude and scalpel skill as she dissected a fetal pig.
Glenn has spent time at Meadowood Springs, a speech therapy summer camp in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Everyone there had camp names. His camp name was Possum.
Glenn likes running. He has run 15 times in the famous Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races. He has also run four marathons in Portland. On the day he turned 50, Glenn walked and ran 50 miles around Portland with friends and family keeping him company.
Glenn also likes hiking, fishing, clam digging and crabbing, and kayaking and canoeing. For years, he was a member of a competitive Portland dragon boat paddling club called Hampton Woods. Glenn also enjoys biking, camping, reading, and writing. His favorite foods are yakisoba noodles and chocolate.
Glenn has worked as a kayak guide in Sitka, Alaska and Ridgefield, Washington. He is also a card-carrying Angler Instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is probably the only person in Portland who collects beaver sticks (he has over 50). In his spare time, you might find him practicing fly casting out in the street in front of his house.
Assistant Director: Natalie Griffin
Natalie Vanderpol is a speech-language pathologist for Klamath Falls City Schools in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in 2013 and her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Pacific University in 2015.
Natalie's passion in the world of speech-language pathology is working with kids and teenagers who stutter. Natalie received speech therapy through the public school system throughout her life. She spent her teenage and young adult years searching for a reason why she was never "cured" of stuttering and returned to speech therapy many times. It wasn't until she attended the PSU Speech and Hearing Clinic and started to learn about stuttering that she began to accept and even appreciate her speech. She now believes there is nothing better for kids and teens who stutter than the chance to share life experiences and discuss stuttering openly with one another. Outside of work and stuttering, you can find Natalie baking, drinking copious amounts of coffee, or spending hours in a bookstore.
Camp More will be held at Camp Magruder at Rockaway Beach, Oregon. This expansive camp offers the best of the Pacific Ocean and the beauty of Smith Lake. Campers will stay in cabins with full bathroom facilities and adult staff members present for supervision. Buffet style meals will be provided and enjoyed in a bright and open dining hall. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, however accommodations must be made in advance using the "Dietary Request Form" under the FORMS tab.
Each camper will need to bring their own sleeping bag (bedding), towels, and toiletries. Camp Magruder can provide a bed pack (pillow, sheets, and a blanket) and towel to those who may need them at a rate of $7 per set.
Recreational activities at this year's camp will include boating, fishing, swimming, archery, challenge courses, hiking, arts and crafts, drama, yoga, sports, special guests, and evening programming, as well as nightly campfires.
Prior to coming to camp, campers will be given a list off our "Morning Majors" complete with details and activity descriptions, and will be asked to rank their first and second choices. Staff will do the best they can to accommodate each camper's first choice. Each morning campers will attend the same Morning Major. This year, Morning Major options include: Arts and Crafts, Sports, Nature, and Drama. Some Morning Major options will be available for all campers in the afternoon, but the activities will differ.
In the afternoon, campers have the opportunity to move throughout a variety of structured activities during their "free choice" time. These options will vary each day, but will include several of the following: kayaking, archery, swimming, group sports, arts and crafts (including tie dye and candle making), beach time (campers may not go beyond ankle-deep in the ocean), and use of the giant swing.
Before dinner, after a full day of jam-packed fun and thoughtfulness, some cabin downtime will certainly be needed. This is when campers may read a book they packed, do some journaling, take a nap, play board games with other campers and staff, socialize, and just take a break before a busy evening. A structured activity will always be offered in the cabins at this time for those who don't want the downtime.
Each evening there will be a planned special activity. Last year's "evening specials" included a collaborative art project, yoga, a collaborative art project, and a movie night. There will also be nightly campfires, singing, and games.
8:45-9:30am: Getting ready for the day
9:30-11:30am: Morning Major (arts and crafts, nature, drama, sports)
11:30am-12:00pm: Clean up and head to lunch
12:45-2:00pm: Groups (group discussion/experience and acceptance-based therapy)
2:00-2:45pm: Snack Chat
2:45-4:30pm: Free Choice
4:30-5:30pm: Supervised downtime in individual cabins
6:15-6:30pm: Clean up/get ready for evening programming
6:30-8:00pm: Evening specials (nightly evening workshops)
8:00-10:00pm: Campfire and evening activities
10:30pm: Lights out
Camp More is dependent on the donations and generosity of individuals, businesses, and local fundraising efforts. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will be used directly for camper scholarships and the operating costs to run camp programming. Our goal is to allow every interested camper to attend and have this positive experience regardless of financial status. Thank you for your interest and kindness.
Please visit www.ohsu.edu/give-campmore to fund and support Camp More with a tax deductible donation.
For more information about Camp or to start the application process, please contact us.