Summer break comes on strong with lots of excitement. But it doesn’t take long for the boredom to set in. A spectacular summer camp is just what you need to keep the kids active and happy until that first school bell rings. Read on to find the perfect camp experience for your little ones.
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Nike Soccer Camp at Oregon State University
Calling all Soccer Players! If you are hoping to pick up some new soccer skills this summer the Nike Soccer Camp at Oregon State University is the place to go. They offer overnight, extended day, day, and half day options for soccer players of all abilities. Campers might be between 8 and 18 years old to participate. This camp is led by Graeme Jennings. Graeme was born in Nottingham, England where he started playing soccer at age five. He went on to play for the prestigious Nottingham Forest youth team and then the regional team of Nottinghamshire. After earning his coaching credentials at the college level he started working in schools as an advisor to help to create, set up, and develop soccer programs. His goal is to stimulate a love for the game in each and every player by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success. Every day there will be a new focus skill that kids will explore. Overnight camp is $635 per child and included evening entertainment. Evening activities may include bowling & pizza party, talent show, trip to the movies, camp dance, optional swimming, miniature golfing, surprise activities, and outdoor play! Sign up soon!
July 29- Aug 2
Oregon State University
1500 SW Jefferson St.
Corvallis, OR 97331
Do you have diehard skateboarders, skiers, or snowboarders in your family? If so check out Windells Camp! It is located just a short drive from Mount Hood in Welches Oregon. Camps run from June through August and are for all abilities. Ages range from 8-20. This ski and skateboard camp is a fun and safe environment for kids and teens to learn and master new and exciting skills. Many of today’s top snowboarders and freeskiers were once Windell’s campers who return in the summers to practice with the young athletes. Kids will have access to experienced coaching and round the clock supervision. All overnight camps are all-inclusive. Once you arrive to the Portland Airport or the Campus everything is covered! Camps range in price from $1250 to $2250 depending on your sport of choice.
59550 East Highway 26
Sandy, OR 97055, U.S.A.
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Trackers Earth Portland
At Trackers Earth Camp they offer ALL sorts of magical outdoor experiences for your kids. Summer Programing runs from June until August with hundreds of themed camp adventures. At the residential site in the foothills of Mt. Hood campers learn to shepherd a flock of sheep, embark on epic role-playing quests of elves and dragons, or train in wilderness survival. Choose specific adventure expeditions that will inspire creativity in your child’s life. The overnight camps are designed for kids in grades 5 through 12. If you sign up quickly you can still get the 10% early bird discount with overnight camps starting around $553 per student. If you need financial assistance contact Trackers to ask about their scholarship fund!
4617 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Camp Namanu works hard to provide an inclusive and youth-led experience for everyone. By living and working together in a community, campers are able to gain skills to care for the world around them. Campers live in cabins with kids of the same gender identity and age group and are given the opportunity to explore the outdoors, learn new skills, and move outside of their comfort zones. At Namanu, campers are inspired to become confident and engaged leaders. All sessions offer age appropriate activities that may include swimming, boating, arts & crafts, singing, cookouts, hiking, and exploring nature. Campers also have the option of creating their own unique adventure with their cabin group which is under the supervision of a camp counselor. There are options for younger campers in grades K-5 and leadership opportunities for teens and tweens. Mini sessions are for our youngest campers, and consist of two days and one night at camp. Half sessions are four days and three night and full sessions are seven days and six nights, with drop-offs happening on Sunday and pick-ups on Saturday. The extended sessions are offered for grades seven and up and are 11 days, 10 nights.
Online registration is restricted to one week prior to the program start date. To register within 7 days prior to session start date, you must call the Registrars at 971-340-1608 or email Registrar@campfirecolumbia.org. Prices vary anywhere from $420 to $1000 depending on length of stay, location, and age group.
10300 SE Camp Namanu Rd
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Give your kids the gift of science this summer! OMSI overnight camps are located across Oregon with tons of themes and exciting adventures! If you have a first time overnight camper, you may want to opt for the Monday-Wednesday Seashores Rock exploration. Campers stay at the Discovery Center at Camp Gray and play in the sand and water while they hunt for sea creatures, agates, and fossils on the beach. Older kids may prefer to head to the eastern Oregon dessert to learn all about the stars and planets under clear night skies! Kids become telescope pros, wade in rivers, make new friends, and sing songs around a campfire. OMSI provides unique experiences for all ages and all abilities. For a full schedule of camp offerings click here. Camp prices vary depending on the session, theme, and age group.
1975 SE Water Ave
Opal Creek Expeditions
Opal Creek is a public treasure! The programs at Opal Creek are designed so that everyone can come and learn from this extraordinary ancient forest watershed. All of the programs are overnight allowing you to become fully immersed in exploration and relaxation in an off-grid wilderness site. There’s nothing like a week in an ancient wilderness to transform the lives of your kids. Their model combines backpacking skills with observational science which gives kids the hands-on experience of camp cooking, first aid, plant identification, compass navigation, and nature exploration. All camps maintain a student to staff ration of 5:1, with all instructors being Wilderness First Responder certified and fully trained to handle backcountry medical emergencies. They teach the basics first to make sure that everyone is safe and empowered in nature! Summer camp opportunities are appropriate for kids ages 8-18. Camps run from June 24 through August 19. Prices range from $300 to $500. Full and partial scholarships are also available.
721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 236
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The Audobon Society offers day camps and overnight experiences all summer long. Their camps are designed by age groups ranging from options for kids in Grades 1 through 12. You can explore frogs & friends at the Portland location or select an adventure to the San Juan Islands where kids travel by ferry into the Pugent Sound straight into awe-inspiring scenery. Check out the full calendar to find the best adventure for your child! Camp prices vary depending on the session, theme, and age group.
5151 NW Cornell Rd.
Chockstone Climbing Camp
The Chockstone Climbing Camp is offering two weeks of overnight climbing camp! Chockstone Climbing Guides has been leading climbs at Smith Rock State Park since 1999. This multi-day camp is for the experienced kid climber that want to turn things up a notch and become a stronger, smarter, and safer climber. The guides work to promote a sense of adventure, appreciation for the outdoors, and a lifelong love of climbing! Kids camp and climb at premier climbing venues. If you are traveling from afar note that airport pick-up and drop-off is available for the Bend/Redmond airport. If a full week feels like too much, check the 4 day camp options! The cost of each Mon-Fri camp is $1,900 and is limited to 12 participants.
What’s your child’s favorite summer camp experience? Tell us in the comments below!