Pacific Northwest summers are a dream, and Portland-area camps bring kids the best of the region. From sports to drama to languages to art, there is something for everyone. That’s why we’re delighted to share with you the 2023 Guide to Portland Summer Camps! We’ve partnered with the best camps in and around Portland so your kids have the most awesome summer yet!

Check out the camp listings and create your own lineup of summer fun. As we do every year, we’ll be sharing more about our camps and what they are offering on our social media channels, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and on Instagram!

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MJCC Summer Day Camp

4 smiling kids at MJCC Day Camp

6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon 97219

(503) 244-0111

Have an AWESOME summer at MJCC Day Camp! Health + safety is our top priority. Through socialization, arts and crafts, sports, games, and imaginative play, we encourage growth, inspire confidence, and provide the framework for lasting memories and friendships. Enjoy quality, age-appropriate programs that are super fun including swimming, cooking, Jewish culture, drama, nature, sports, and more! MJCC classic camp has a different theme each week! Campers create crafts, play games, and do activities that revolve around the theme. Flexible options from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Open to everyone ages 3-15. MJCC Day Camp is imbued with a sense of joy, community, spirit and fun.

Sign up for MJCC Day Camp today!
Ages 3-15
June 14 – Sept. 1, 2023
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Open to Everyone!
Camps run in one-week sessions.

Prioritizing the health and safety of our campers, families, and staff members is our top priority. This summer, MJCC Day Camp will again adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Oregon Health Authority. Please check our website ( in the months to come for the most updated camp offerings and policies for this summer.


A young kid gets off training wheels at a Pedalheads camp.

Multiple locations: See website for details!
Laurelhurst – Unity of Portland
4525 SE Stark Street
Portland, Oregon 97215

(888) 886-6464

Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride week-long bike camp for kids 2 and up, best known for helping kids get off of training wheels and riding on their own. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling curriculum, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike lessons that focus on road safety in addition to, trail riding camps.

Why Pedalheads?
• Proven track record over the last 25 years: Most kids learn to ride within 1 week
• Winner of several Parents Choice Awards for Best Children’s Day Camp
• Fully trained instructors for beginner and advanced levels
• Weekly Half-day, All-day, and 1.5hr Tots options

Located throughout the summer in the Portland Metro area including: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Alameda, Laurelhurst, SW Portland, Sellwood/Reed, and University Park.

Pedalheads we will continue to monitor COVID-19 rules and regulations and follow guidance from regional health authorities. Visit for more information.

Steve and Kate's Summer Camps

All Saints School
601 NE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. Kids choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, baking, sports, and more! As kids try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of the world with creativity and confidence.

Families can buy any number of days, to use at any time–no weekly reservations required. Or, buy a Summer Pass, which covers the whole season. Either way, any unused Passes are automatically refunded at summer’s end.

Ages: 4–12 | Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am–6pm) included.

Jun 19 – Aug 25!

iD Tech

id Tech 2022 Summer Camp

Lewis and Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, Oregon

Getting hands-on with the latest tech.
Finding like-minded friends and expert mentors.
Exploring a university campus and igniting a love for future learning.

There’s so much to look forward to at iD Tech! Guarantee an unforgettable experience for your child. Coding, game dev, robotics, and more.

PJA Summer Discovery

PJA Summer Discovery 2023

Open to everyone! Explore your creativity, discover your talents, nurture your curiosity, and broaden your horizons at PJA’s Summer Discovery Program. PJA offers enriching classes from experienced, professional teachers who are excited to teach topics and themes that inspire, with safety and security as a top priority. Explore Alicorns and Dragons, create a drama production, learn string arts, create 3-D models using Tinkercad, construct Lego sculptures, and more!

PJA teachers incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to enhance learning. Classes spend time outside playing, exploring, and going on adventures, so bring your walking shoes! Spend July 2023 at PJA, perhaps taking a class to learn how to make origami or to become a paleontology explorer; we know there is a class for you. Exercise your brain, explore, and have fun discovering new learning in a fun, nurturing way.

July 10 – Aug. 4, Ages 4-15
9:15 am – 1:15 pm, one-week sessions.

All children ages 5 and up must be vaccinated for Covid-19. Vaccinations for age 4 are strongly recommended

6651 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, Oregon 97219

(503) 244-0126

Imagine Theatre Summer Programs

Imagine Theatre Summer Camps

Experience the thrill of the stage, the excitement of a song, and the joy of theatre this summer with Imagine Theatre!

Imagine‘s 2023 summer programming includes musical theatre, dance, voice, improv/comedy, technical theater, and performance-based camps and workshops for students ages 7-18 from June through August. Programming is conveniently located to serve the SE-Portand/NW-Clackamas communities. Costs vary depending on the camp, with low-barrier scholarships and payment plans available to all. Registration deadlines vary depending on the camp, so be sure to check out our website!

13203 SE 172nd Ave., Suite 166
Box 166
Happy Valley, Oregon 97086

(503) 453-6691


Baxter Sports

Looking for a place to unplug? Established in Portland in 2008, BaxterSports offers a holistic approach to teaching and coaching kids. Our award winning camps for grades K-8 are fun, active, and engaging no matter your child’s experience or skill level.

We go all day, mixing traditional sports with a variety of creative games, and we are continually finding ways to promote positivity, fair play, and the importance of community.

With a variety of programming–All Sports, All Level and Competitive Soccer, All Girls, and Youth Leadership Development–we hold camps every week of the summer in a multitude of parks in SE, NE, and North Portland. At BaxterSports, we play the RIGHT way, valuing not only the techniques and tactics of sports, but also, Responsibility, Inclusivity, Gratitude, Heart, and Teamwork.

See you on the field!

SE: Clinton Park, Westmoreland Park, Woodstock Park, Kenilworth Park
NE: Rose City Park, Fernhill Park
N: Arbor Lodge Park, Kenton Park

(458) 207-6375

Merry Mystics

Merry Mystics 2023 Camps

Join us for the most transformative summer camp in Portland!

Most kids don’t have access to the same metaphysical classes their parents do. That’s where Spirit Camp comes in! We teach the skills kids need to empower them to thrive at any challenge. And have a blast!

We want our kids to be able to handle anything. But let’s face it, we don’t learn how to balance our chakras in P.E. class. Every child leaves Spirit Camp with a toolbox full of skills to navigate life’s challenges with grace and ease. And they can’t want to come back next summer!

Through songs, games, stories, meditation, and hands-on participation, we nurture the divine light and wisdom within every child. We learn affirmations for self-love, protecting our energy, mindfulness, accessing our intuition, and so much more.

Unity of Portland
4525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215

West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8470 SW Oleson Rd.
Portland, OR 97223

(503) 893-4616

Summer at OES

Summer at OES

Experience Summer at OES, June 26 through August 11. Summer at OES offers fun, inquiry-based summer enrichment programs for campers ages 4-17. Programs help students build social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills. Offerings include River Runners, Rock Climbing, Theater, Outdoor Exploration, Fencing, Design & Engineering, and more! Many camps are held on the OES campus, but we also offer outings to local outdoor areas. Registration opens March 1. Flexible camp tuition and multiple-session discounts are available.

Visit to learn more!

6300 SW Nicol Rd
Portland, Oregon 97223

(503) 416-9503

Parkour Visions

Parkour Summer Camps from Parkour Visions

Parkour summer camps are week-long, high-energy, interactive experiences. Students learn to move creatively and efficiently in a collaborative, non-competitive social environment. Every camp includes a warm-up and cool-down, falling safety (ukemi), skill practice, movement games, and obstacle courses. Open to all levels, whether first-timer or dedicated practitioner.

Theme Camps combine parkour education with other skills. Half-Day Camps are parkour only and are organized by age group. New this year, we have intermediate camps for students with 6+ months of parkour experience.

Early bird discount: use code ‘earlybird23’ (first 30 registrants only)
Multi-camp discount: Get 10% off each camp when you register for 2+ camps

Irving Park
Grant Park
Mt. Tabor Park

(206) 923–8864

The International School of Portland - Language Immersion Summer Camp

International School of Portland Language Immersion Summer Camp

Children will enjoy a world of fun this summer at International School of Portland’s award-winning summer camp! Chinese, Spanish or Japanese language and culture come to life through hands-on projects, stories, songs, games and outdoor fun! Whether learning a new language or already fluent, campers will love outdoor activities, field trips, multicultural performances, and much more!

• From Ages 3 through 5th Grade
• Beginner to Advanced Learners
• Small groups led by teachers from around the world
• Extended-Day options until 5:30pm!

Have fun in one session or all three! 2023 Themes include Media Madness, Superheroes and Cartoons, and Global Carnival!

2305 S Water Ave
Portland, Oregon 97201

(503) 226-2496

Vibe of Portland Summer Camps

Vibe of Portland Logo

This summer our dedicated and passionate crew of Teaching Artists is here to inspire, motivate and unleash your young artists innate creativity! Vibe camps are process based, allowing children to learn new skills at their pace, allowing for different teaching styles and methods. We believe every child can use art to develop confidence needed to find their own voice.

This summer we are offering old favorites as well as new camps, including Story Telling with Chess, Puppet Making, Pride Art Camps, Music and Movement, and more.

We are holding camps in 4 locations in SE, NE and NW, including the very popular outdoor site Green Tulip Peace and Nature School. We offer 2 payment plans with deposit, sibling discounts, and have scholarships available for families attending Title 1 schools as well as BIPOC families.

For the health and safety of our staff and community we are requiring all Vibe participants to be vaccinated. Currently, we are requiring proof of vaccination for all children, for at least the first dose. At this time we are recommending the continued use of masks for all staff and students, but not requiring them. Please refer to our website for further information.

SE: Portland Moose Lodge #291; Green Tulip Peace and Nature School
NE: Paisley Studios
NW: Portland Child Art Studio

(503) 320-5600

Northwest Children's Theater's Summer Camps

Northwest Children's Theater Camps

Northwest Children’s Theater’s award-winning summer camps are coming to a neighborhood near you!

NWCT’s New Home, The Judy in Downtown Portland: June 19 – August 25
SE Portland: June 19 – July 14
NE Portland: July 17 – August 11
Beaverton: August 7 – 25

Campers ages 4 – 14 will learn theater skills in a safe and welcoming environment, while gaining confidence, building social skills, and having fun! Whether you’re new to theater or you’re ready to enhance your acting, singing, and dancing technique, there’s something for everyone at NWCT. Half-day and full-day options available. Camps fill quickly — sign up today!

1000 SW Broadway, T-100
Portland, Oregon 97205

(503) 222-2190

One With Heart Martial Arts Summer Camps

One with Heart Summer Camps

One With Heart Martial Arts and Self-Defense is offering five-day outdoor martial arts summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12. Seven exciting themes to choose from! Get stronger, have fun, learn amazing skills! 8:30am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Kids will unlock and discover the warrior within and learn to move like a true martial arts master this summer at One With Heart’s outdoor summer camps. Our camps are a week of progressive challenges in a positive environment. Kids will discover the wonder and creativity of training in four different styles of martial arts: monkey, tiger, crane and snake. Your child’s individual strengths come forward in One With Heart’s real martial arts training camps.

Creative play, inspired games, and obstacle course challenges with martial arts themes get your kids moving and having a blast!

4231 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97215

(503) 231-1999

Northwest Outward Bound School Wilderness Expeditions

NW Outward Bound School

This summer, experience the magic of Outward Bound!
The outdoors are a great place to step away from your routine and explore. Outward Bound expeditions put you in the middle of open space where you can make new friends, let loose, and find the room to be yourself. So join us to float on a river, climb a mountain, take in a sunrise, and try something new.

2020 NW 29th Ave #12
Portland, Oregon 97210

(929) 348-5739

TimberNook Northwest Oregon

TimberNook is an innovative nature-based developmental program designed to foster creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. TimberNook is not your typical day camp. TimberNook experiences are developed based on their therapeutic value & ability to inspire children to think and play in new creative ways. Children take away valuable skills that can last a lifetime.

This summer we are offering weekly programs which provide a variety of activities including a bubble lab, spy week, and setting up a pet course for stuffed animals! All experiences end with a giant foam experience!

At the heart of TimberNook programming is the philosophy that children flourish when given the time and space to play in sensory-rich, experiential learning environments. Bringing exploration and nature together results in a truly unique way to reach children at a key point in their development. Come Play the TimberNook Way!

21410 OR-224
Damascus, Oregon 97089

(512) 317-0769

More Portland-Area 2023 Summer Camps

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