2016 Guide to Portland Summer Camps


Portland Summer Camps Guide 2016, Summer Camps in Portland

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about summer! We are excited to partner with fantastic summer camps in Portland and the surrounding area to provide you with the 2016 Portland Moms Blog Summer Camp Guide!

Below you will find details on a variety of Portland summer camps for every age, interest and schedule. Many area camps fill up quickly, so don’t miss these opportunities to get your children registered for a summer full of fun!

{Organizations are listed as a paid advertising opportunity. If you are a camp or summer program director and wish to have your organization added to this guide, please let us know via our contact form.}

Steve & Kate’s Camp 

Steve and Kates Camp LogoOur camp conforms to kids, not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, we give our campers choice. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, we give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts, people who teach themselves. The difference is subtle–and it’s profound. There are a gazillion ways for kids to design a day at camp. One camper might dive into breadmaking and animation while another flies down a waterslide and scores a goal in our inflatable soccer stadium. It’s up to them.

We don’t expect you to know when or what time you can get your troops to camp. That’s why our policy is as flexible as you need it to be. You can buy a whole summer membership or you can purchase as many day passes as you want and use them whenever. Didn’t use them? No sweat. We’ll give you a full refund for unused passes. And best of all, you don’t even have to tell us when you’re coming. Ta-da. Camp just got easier.

Grades Pre-K through 7th. 40+ locations. Founded in 1980.

P: 503.828.3042  | REGISTER HERE

Marylhurst University Summer Camps

MULogo_display-rgb-250pMarylhurst University offers summer camp opportunities designed to immerse young people in the arts. All day camps are situated on the beautiful Marylhurst campus located 10 minutes south of Portland on Highway 43. In July, the Creative Arts Day Camp for children with or without special needs is a one-week, half-day program where children have access to creative arts therapists. The Marylhurst Choir Camp, held the first week in August, is a concentrated musical experience designed specifically for enthusiastic, committed high school and community college singers. Cost: $170 for Creative Arts Day Camp; $150 for Choir Camp. Learn more at marylhurst.edu/camp


 Math Gamers

Math GamersImagine a game of hopscotch helping your kids with place value, or a bean bag game that helps students practice adding or multiplying multi-digit numbers. For students entering grades 1-6, that’s what we do during a summer session of Math Gamers “Active”©!

Math Gamers© is a fun, math enrichment program using original games (board, card, etc) to help kids “have fun with math!” In each class, students learn at least one new game, the goals of which are matched to the common cores. A special set of “active” games will keep kids moving in summer while they avoid the math summer brain drain

And, new this year for students entering grades 2-6, we have a separate, additional offering: a focused, fun week of measurement called “Measuring Baxter the Dog!”

Students also work on a “math art” project that applys geometry, symmetry, or sequencing to their own creations! All materials provided.

P: 503.880.4988 | E: [email protected] LEARN MORE

Oregon Gymnastics Academy

OGA-summer-camps-adOGA Summer Camps offer friends, fitness, and fun all rolled into one! Campers partake in hours of gymnastics instruction from our fantastic coaches along with engaging games, crafts, and field trips based on the exciting theme of the week. OGA Camps are for ages 4-12, and gymnasts of all levels. Visit our website for more information or to sign up, and be sure to check out our Early Bird and Member Discounts!

P: 503.531.3409 E: Recreational Program Manager & Camp Program Coordinator LEARN MORE

Portland School of Music and Dance

portland school music dance adSuperhero, Princess Ballerina, Musical Explorer, and Junior Rockstar — outstanding full-day thematic camps designed to fuel the imagination and encourage creativity and fun for your child!  We offer FREE Before Care, flexible After Care, and 2 convenient locations!  Our camps are for ages 2.5 – 14, and run June 20 – Sept 2Cost: $289/full-day camp. Register by March 8 with the coupon code PSMDSUMMER to save $30!
Creative Movement Camps:
Superhero Moves – We do strength, speed, flexibility, focus, and stamina!   We run, jump, crawl, climb, dodge & block!  Awesome camp!
Tutus & Tiaras – Create your own Tutu & Tiara to take home! Quality dance education with a performance at the end!
Creative Music Camps:
Musical Explorers – In just one week, you get to play piano, drums, guitar, recorder, violin, and a TON of other percussion instruments!  Super inspiring and fun! 
Junior Rock Stars – With indoor and outdoor fun, we explore all rock instruments, build a band, and have a rockin’ performance at the end!
Register Today!

P: 503.444.0775 E: [email protected] 2 Locations: 120 NE Knott Street & 232 SE 80th Avenue LEARN MORE

 Sauvie Island Center Farm Camp

sauvie-island-ad-2016Farm Camp allows children to spend the week exploring the 18-acre Sauvie Island Organics farm and adjacent grounds of Metro’s Howell Territorial Park. Each day at camp is a new adventure, focusing on one area of the Sauvie Island Center curriculum, including: Healthy Soils, Plant Parts, Seed to Harvest, Wildlife and the Food Web, and the Pollination Station.

One day each week will be set aside for special meal, which we’ll prepare with fresh, organic veggies that we harvest from the farm and our own Grow Lunch Garden.  A local chef will join in the fun, showing kids that eating and cooking with fresh, NW veggies can be easy, tasty and fun!

Farm camp is an outdoor experience. Children will be outside all day, everyday soaking up the fresh air and sunshine. Dates and details can be found at Farm CampAdditional support for Farm Camp has been generously provided by Portland Moms Blog.


 Adventure WILD

Adventure Wild Day CampAt Adventure WILD, we know authentic learning takes place when children get outside and investigate the world around them. Nature, art and science are the building blocks campers ages 4-10 will use to explore the vibrant life and amazing mysteries found in surrounding green spaces.

Themed weeks: Wild Art, Wild Creatures, Wild Rocks, Wild Science & Wild Mountains. Every week has Indoor Climbing Friday at Mazamas Mountaineering Center base camp (SE Stark & 43rd). New: Weeks 4 & 5 take a day trip to Mazama Lodge on Mt. Hood!

Proceeds from our nonprofit camp help send local sixth graders to Outdoor School.

P: 971.808.2267 | E: [email protected] 527 SE Stark St. 


Camp Tilikum

tilikumCreating space for kids to connect with God. Experience Creation. Establish friendships. Unplug from technology. Every summer 2,500+ kids explore Tilikum’s 93 acres of wooded hiking trails, grassy meadows and pristine lake with day camps (1-6th grade) and overnight camps (9-12th grade). Day campers spend 35+ hours experiencing hiking, canoeing, swimming, tree house climbing, parachute games, crazy songs, nature appreciation, bible stories, barn animals, and archery. Adventure campers are also challenged with team-building, belaying, climbing, zipline, and faith discussions. Sessions mid-June through mid-August. Located in Newberg, just 45 minutes south of Portland. Use code “CITYMOM2016” for $5 off.


Little Medical School

little-medical-schoolLittle Medical School® brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in an entertaining way.  Kids ages 4 to 12 learn while having fun as they role play as practitioners, use medical instruments, and understand how the body works.  Through hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and games, children are actively engaged as the explore the world of healthcare.  Each participant receives a functioning stethoscope, among a variety of other projects and materials.  Topics include: “What’s in the doctor’s bag?” “Is there a surgeon in the house?” “The wonderful brain,” “First aid,” and more.  We’re inspiring tomorrow’s doctors today!

P:  (541) 241-6490 E: [email protected] LEARN MORE | REGISTER


Nuestro Jardín Academy

NJALogo-ModernElegant_with_subheading copyWe promise a fun-filled summer camp adventure for children 3 to 7 years old while learning Spanish. Our camps will have your children singing, dancing, playing, painting, building, cooking, exploring, and learning about Latin American and Spanish cultures while learning Spanish. No prior Spanish required. Camps run weekly from June 13-August 5. Offering Full and Half Days. Discount given if enrolled for 4 camps or more. View camp descriptions for more information.

E: [email protected] LEARN MORE | REGISTER HERE 


OMSI Summer Camps

OMSI LogoOMSI is heating things up this summer with a brand new camp, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, and an expanded roster of adventures that allow your child to discover the Pacific Northwest like never before! Whether they want to build wilderness survival skills, raft raging rivers, explore the night sky, dig for dinosaur fossils, or unleash their creative side while outside, OMSI camps are perfect for every age and interest. With over 40 camps to choose from, OMSI has everything you need to make this summer the coolest one yet!

P: 503.797.4000 [email protected] | LEARN MORE

Oregon Children’s Theatre

ActingAcademyClasses_Banner_250x400Whether your child aspires to become an actor or just wants to have fun and make new friends, Oregon Children’s Theatre has the best summer options in town! OCT’s Acting Academy offers theater classes for ages 3-18 with all levels of acting experience in multiple convenient locations. Our classes help kids learn new skills and build confidence in a supportive environment that celebrates their successes. Classes are taught by exceptional instructors who inspire creativity and build an atmosphere of trust and teamwork. All classes end with a final presentation for friends and family to attend. For a full class schedule visit www.octc.org.

P: 503.228.9571 x4 | [email protected] | LEARN MORE


Peninsula Children’s Learning Center – School Age Day Camps 

 Peninsula Learning CenterExperienced, state-qualified teachers provide an educational and fun summer program complete with musical, cultural, environmental, and entertaining experiences as well as special guests from the community. Field trips, arts and crafts, group games, and outdoor activities included as well as summer reading help available by a licensed teacher at no extra cost. Program is open to all children ages 5-12 and has a 1 teacher to 15 children ratio. Breakfast and afternoon snack are provided. Camp is $225 per week (10% discount for siblings). See the 2016 summer program flyer for details.


Portland Children’s Museum

portland childrens museumJoin in the creativity and exploration of Portland Children’s Museum week-long Summer Camps! Children will discover connections in art, nature, engineering, and storytelling. Each session will introduce a variety of materials for creating, spend lots of time outdoors, and adventure into the Museum exhibits. Campers will be sure to find something to spark their imagination and creativity with four different week-long themes to explore this summer. Themes to choose from are:  Inspired Artists, Artistic Authors, Creative Inventors, and Outdoor Detectives. Camps run for one week during June 27-August 12 for ages 4-8. Come explore with us!

P: 503.223.6500 E: [email protected] REGISTER HERE

Portland City United Soccer Club

portland-city-united-soccer-clubPortland City United Soccer Club has been doing camps in Metro Portland and around Oregon for over 15 years. Our camps are designed for players of all ages and skills levels. The camp curriculum is designed to give kids a fun environment to learn new skills, develop a love of the game, meet kids in their neighborhood, and play a lot of soccer. PCU also partners with Laurelhurst Soccer Club, Holy Redeemer Soccer Club, and the Portland Timbers to offer a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of our camps, go to pcusc.org/Camps.

P: 503.643.1530 x4 | [email protected] | LEARN MORE


Portland Drama Club

Portland Drama ClubJoin Portland Drama Club this summer for a two-week intensive musical theatre camp! Learn vocal, movement and acting skills while building confidence and having fun! At the end of the session, participants will perform a 30-minute rendition of the classic musical Annie.

Open to all kids ages 6 – 12
June 13 – 24; Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Discounts: 50% sibling discount available! Bring a friend for a discount, too! Email for details.

E: [email protected] 2800 SE Harrison St LEARN MORE


Saturday Academy

SALogo2012withgreenbackgroundSaturday Academy offers classes and camps for students entering grades 2-12 in fall 2016 in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. Our classes are taught by community experts and are located throughout the Portland Metro area. We serve 7,000 students each year and have been offering STEM education in Portland since 1983. Financial aid is available. Follow your curiosity this summer!

P: 503.200.5858 E: [email protected] LEARN MORE


Tucker Arts Camp

 Tucker Arts CampTucker Arts Camp travels the world June 27 to Aug 12!  Each week, for seven weeks, children will experience art, music, culture, and movement from a different part of the world.  Tucker Arts Campers will be taught by professional artists to explore their own creativity.  In addition, they will enjoy our beautiful SE Portland campus, which features a large organic garden, chickens, goats, a rock-climbing wall, and plenty of opportunity for summer fun-in-the-sun.  Make 2016 a summer to remember! Age 3 to 5th grade; after-care options are available.Early registration starts March 1.  “Every child is an artist”- Picasso


Lindamood Bell

LBLP Logo - Blue RoundLindamood-Bell teaches children and adults to read and comprehend. To be a proficient learner, in any subject, it is critical that an individual be able to efficiently process information, either by reading or listening.

Our unique, one-to-one, intensive instruction provides the foundation necessary to become an independent learner, and has successfully improved reading and comprehension for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

Enroll for summer by April 1, 2016 and receive a 5% discount off the first week of instruction.

P: 503.567.8028 E: [email protected] LEARN MORE

Portland Community Media

PCM_Logo 250 pixels wideIs your child or teen interested in filmmaking? Portland Community Media (PCM) has spring break and summer day camps for youth 8 to 18, where kids can learn animation (including claymation and stop-motion); do documentary filmmaking; produce their own video shorts; learn Final Cut Pro; and more!

Each camp is five days long and runs all day, so that students get plenty of hands-on experience with PCM’s industry-quality animation kits, video cameras, and gear. Class sizes and student/teacher ratios are kept small to optimize the learning experience.

Come on, let’s make a movie!

P: 503.288.1515 x136 E: [email protected] 2766 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212 | LEARN MORE 

Willowbrook Arts Camp

Willowbrook Outdoor Arts CampAt Willowbrook Arts Camp for children ages 3-18, creativity flourishes in a rich environment of integrated arts and nature. Camp runs for six weeks each summer at Browns Ferry Park in Tualatin. Toddlers to teens choose from more than 30 centers that include theatre, dance, music, writing, photography, film, nature, arts and crafts, ceramics, basketry, puppetry and more, guided by a talented staff. Weekly stage productions are open to all ages. With an impressive return rate, early campers now bring their children! Kids love the diversity, parents love the flexibility. Campers may attend half a day to all six weeks.

P: 503.691.6132 E:[email protected] | LEARN MORE

Other area camps/programs

Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington – JA BizTown Summer Camp  
Find even more of our favorites here
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