Budget-Friendly Summer Camps Around Portland

Summer camps are a beloved summertime experience for many kids. But finding a summer camp — and one that’s affordable — can be much less enjoyable. Fear not! Here are fun and budget-conscious picks for the family.

Portland Parks & Recreation

Courtesy of Portland Parks and Reacreation

Pro tip: Do you know about the Portland Parks & Recreation’s Access Pass? This program is designed to increase access to PP&R programs (including summer camps!) for low-income families.

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District

Courtesy of North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District camp registration opens April 2, 2024, with a wide selection of options from LEGO to horseback riding.


Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Courtesy of Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Noticing a pattern? Parks & Rec departments have the most budget-friendly pricing, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is no exception.


Courtesy of Rose City Park Elementary School

The theme of SUMMER PPS camps this year is Create * Learn * Play, and Portland Public Schools offers a variety of options for students.

Cognizart by MetroArts Inc.

Courtesy of Cognizart by MetroArts Inc.

Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. offers 20-90% scholarships based on camper loads and funds availability.

High School Journalism Institute

Courtesy of Oregon High School Journalism Institute

While not strictly a camp, teens will learn hands-on journalism skills from professional reporters and editors, and this experience is free! Apply here.

If you’re looking for even more summer camp options, check out our comprehensive Summer Camps Guide!

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