Make the Most of Summer 2021 :: Family Adventures + Camps with Space

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We are delighted to partner with summer camps from around Portland to bring you updated information about camps that still have space!

It’s been a year… and then some. Summer planning has been a bit more challenging in 2021, as many traditional summer options were still uncertain of what the future would bring well into springtime. But, with this school year in its final stretch and the promise of summer fun on the horizon, we’re feeling optimistic, and we’re ready to nail down the details to make this summer epic.

Our family is doing a combination of in-person camps and Camp Mom (I like to say that the former comes at the low cost of my sanity). This post will highlight summer camp options for kids, as well as other fun-filled ways to fill your summer days while the kids are home.

Camps with Space

Like many, I was late to the game and didn’t get all my ducks in a row, so I checked in with some of the camps in our 2021 Guide to Portland Summer Camps to see who still had spots. Many camps are full or near-capacity, but a few had some spots left! Watch the video or hit the tab to link to specifics.

Camps with Space

Pedalheads – Their biking camps still have availability at multiple locations throughout the Portland area, and in a variety of age groups, but are filling fast. Check out specifically availability at West Hills Christian Schools or Oaks Amusement Park.

Avid4 Adventure – These outdoor camps are very PNW; kids engage in kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and more. New to their Oregon base this year are Expedition Camps, week-long adventures with a variety of activities, and there are still a few spots available. Check them out!

Lovegood Performing Arts – Their musical theater weeklong camps are full for the season but they still have some availability in their 3- or 4-day workshop options. 

Baxter Sports Camps – Earlier-season camps are nearly full but there is still some availability in their August camps. Check out specifically their All Girls Youth Leadership camps for rising 8,9, or 10th grade female athletes!

Oregon Episcopal School – Most of their camps are also full, with a few openings in their Herbology, Mythology and Theater, and other sessions. A full list is available on their website

Timbernook – Some of their longer sessions are available but note that they also have the option of Fun Friday day-long camps, on June 25, July 23, or Aug 6 for those who aren’t looking for a full week of camps. That said, their longer outdoor camps all end in a magical bubble experience, which sound pretty awesome!

Soccer Shots – Camps are filling fast with limited availability in some locations, greater opportunities for later in the summer.

2021 Guide to Portland Summer Camps

Learn more about all of the camps featured in our guide by visiting the 2021 Guide to Portland Summer camps here.

Portland Summer Adventures Resources

Aaaaaand with summer fun finally here, we’ve pooled together some of our favorite resources to make this season a blast. Whether you are running Camp Mom, sending your kids to camp all summer, or doing a combination of the two, we’ve got ideas to make your summer plans special!

Note: we’re doing our best to fact-check COVID-19-related availability and openings, and will update our resources when we know of any changes. Please be sure to verify the status of anywhere you choose to visit ahead of time to ensure your summer adventures run smoothly!

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Lee Ann
Lee Ann moved to Portland in 2008 following an eight-year stint in Paris, France, where her first son was born. Though she thought nowhere could compete with the City of Lights, the City of Roses immediately stole her heart. As a great place to raise kids, she loves getting out and exploring the city and region with her husband and four young children. While in France, Lee Ann earned a B.A. in Journalism and a Master's in Linguistics at the American University of Paris and L'Universite de Paris - La Sorbonne, respectively, before returning stateside to become a Speech-Language Pathologist through the Portland State University graduate program. Throughout her studies, she kept one foot in the digital world, writing content for publications and creating websites for clients. After many years as a medical Speech Pathologist, she left to the field to continue freelance writing, become the owner of Portland Mom Collective (!), and eventually to open Make + Take Studio, a community crafting space in North Portland. As a small business owner and mother, she strives to get some occasional "me" time in, which she likes to spend geocaching, jogging, sewing, and staring at the wall with no small humans talking to her. Get in touch by sending a note to leeann {at} portlandmomcollective {dot} com, or follow her on Instagram.

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