2019 Community Oregon Participant Information

Welcome to Community Oregon!

We are delighted to welcome you as a participant in Community Oregon 2019! We appreciate your interest and are looking forward to this exciting and important opportunity to help the citizens of Oregon’s many unique communities know each other better.

This page contains up-to-date information for Community Oregon participants. Bookmark this page for the latest information about Community Oregon Camp, Community Oregon Exchanges, and the Community Oregon Expo.

Community Oregon Camp Info

Camp Dates

Camp begins at noon on Thursday,  April 25 and ends at noon on Sunday, April 28. 

Travel to Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman

Camp is at the Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman, Oregon. Lake Creek Lodge is located in the Deschutes National Forest and the Metolius Recreation Area, off Highway 20 on Forest Service Road #1419 in Camp Sherman, Oregon. Turn North off Highway 20 at the Metolius River/Camp Sherman sign and go approximately 4 miles to the Lodge. Specific directions to Lake Creek Lodge can be found on their website.

Please time your travel to Lake Creek Lodge so that you arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on April 25. Our program will begin promptly at noon with lunch and an opening welcome session.

If you find that you will be late to the program site or somehow get lost along the way, please contact Kelly Coates on her cell phone at 503 703 6568.


Your expenses for the 3-day Community Oregon Camp will be covered by Healthy Democracy, including hotel, meals and your travel to and from Lake Creek Lodge. Your mileage reimbursement will be based on the current federal IRS rate, and calculated using the home address you have noted in your application. Checks will be mailed to you the week following the Community Oregon Camp. If this presents a hardship for you, please feel free to contact our office.

How to Prepare

Please make sure you have completed the Community Oregon 2019 Participant Information Form.

7-Minute Introduction

You will be asked to introduce yourself in depth for up to 7 minutes to your Community Oregon cohort members. This will occur on Day 1 (Thursday) of camp and will be a chance for you to tell the other participants who you are as a person. This will be a central part of your first day together. While we’d like you to give this some thought in advance, it does not mean you should prepare a 7-minute written speech! It would preferable to “speak from the heart” but sometimes it helps to have a few bullet points jotted down in advance to make sure you cover what you feel is most important. For that purpose, here is a short list of sample focus questions to include in your introduction. 

  • What people and/or experiences have shaped you most as a person?
  • What values ground you as a person? Why are they important to you?
  • What do you consider to be your community/communities? What do you see when you look around your community? What are your hopes and/or concerns for its future?
  • What did you give up in order to be in this room with us today and for the next three days? Who will miss you and how did you explain your desire to be here to them?

You can take as long as 7 minutes (and you will have a friendly timekeeper so you don’t have to worry about timing yourself). We ask that you at least take 5 minutes in order to reflect the depth of thinking that these questions entail.

Packing for Camp

Most of camp will be held indoors at the Lake Creek Lodge. We will have dinner outdoors on Friday evening. Please dress comfortably and casually (within reason), and wear clothes that you can move around in easily.

Please bring anything that will make you comfortable during your stay. There will be free time in the evenings to explore the resort on your own, so a hat, sunscreen, outdoor shoes, and exercise clothing may come in handy. Please also bring toiletries, medication, and anything else that will make you comfortable and ready to participate. If you play a musical instrument, feel free to bring it along. It may come in handy during the talent show!

Lost? Confused? Have questions? Get in touch!

Call Kelly Coates at 503 703 6568 for onsite questions. If you have questions about the program or how to prepare for it, please contact Robin Teater at robin@healthydemocracy.org.

Community Oregon Exchanges Information

The Community Oregon Urban/Rural Exhchanges are Part 2 of the Community Oregon Program when Community Oregon participants visit one another’s communities for a day or a weekend (ideally as part of an overnight homestay, if possible).

Local hosts will share a bit of their daily life with their Community Oregon colleagues, and what is most important to them about their communities. 

Visitors will continue to deepen dialogue around questions developed in the course of the Community Oregon Camp (Part 1 of the Community Oregon Program). Visitors will develop a 5-7 minute presentation consisting of anything from photos to video clips to sound recordings to quotations to physical objects. This presentation will be made at the Community Oregon Expo in Portland on September 21.

This unique experience can be used to practice your Dialogue skills with members of the host community as opportunities arise. Remember, the primary goal of Dialogue is not agreement, but deeper understanding.

Refer to the Exchange Overview document and the Urban/Rural Dialogue Questions from Camp for more information and detail.

Community Oregon Expo Information

The Community Oregon Expo is Part 3 of the Community Oregon Program. It features Community Oregon participants who visited one another’s communities for the Urban/Rural Exchanges (Part 2), which followed the Community Oregon Camp (Part 1) in Camp Sherman.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

11:30 a..m. – 1 p.m.
1:30 – 3 p.m.
3 – 4 p.m.

Community Oregon participants lunch
Community Oregon Expo Program
Healthy Democracy Reception


Concordia University
2811 NE Holman
Portland, OR 97211

What to Expect

Each Community Oregon individual participant or small group/team will make a presentation to the invited Community Oregon Expo audience about their Urban/Rural Community Exchange Experience.

The Expo audience will be comprised of Community Oregon participant invitees and guess of Healthy Democracy.