Summer camps are happening! Be confident in your children's health and well-being at these responsibly open or virtual camps. This list contains some of the best that Portland has to offer families for safe summer fun.
Green glowing liquids, strange objects flying through the air, messages written in secret code, autonomous robots, mystery substances, and curious creatures. Is this another planet? No, it's Mad Science! Offering 1/2 and full day camps throughout the summer in a variety of locations! They comply with all health regulations and guidance from local/state authorities. Limited to 10 children per room, temperature checks and contact information required. PPE available. All rooms and equipment thoroughly cleaned before and after each class.
Dates: many throughout the summer, starting June 1
Location: many throughout the metro area
Cost: $185 half-day for a week
Jordan Kent's Just Kids Skill Camps are exciting and engaging youth multi sport camps created by University of Oregon Hall of Famer Jordan Kent! Campers will choose between Basketball, Football, or Soccer, and will also receive agility training, daily life skills, nutrition education, and the chance to participate in a variety of fun and exciting games and contests! Campers are sure to leave camp happy and tired! Jordan Kent's Just Kids Skill Camps will be up to date with the latest government health standards, and families can apply for various types of financial aid on their website.
Dates: June 15–August 13
Locations: Locations subject to change based upon district/county regulations. Beaverton/Bethany - Findley Elementary (June 29–July 2); Hillsboro - 53rd Avenue Community Park (June 22–25 and July 27–30); Lake Oswego - Westlake Park (June 15–18 and July 27–30); North Portland - Laurelhurst School (July 6–9); SW Portland - West Hills Christian School (June 22–25 and August 3–6); Tigard - Alberta Rider Elementary (July 20–23); Tualatin - Horizon Christian HS (July 6–9); West Linn - Rosemont Ridge MS (July 6–9); Wilsonville - Wood Middle School (June 15–18)
School is in at the MPA school of witchcraft and wizardry. Campers will get sorted and explore the magical world of acting inspired by J.K. Rowling’s hit book series “Harry Potter”. Camp includes large group acting lessons, daily task challenges, crafts and break out sessions among houses to create scenes for a virtual performance recorded during camp and streamed live over the weekend.
Dates & Ages: June 29-July 3 (Ages 9-14); August 3-7 (Ages 12-16 — Magical Creatures theme); August 10-14 (Ages 7-12 — Magical Creatures theme)
Locations: Online via Zoom
MJCC Summer Day Camp is excited to offer a modified camp program for children from Kindergarten through sixth grade. Programs are age-appropriate, fun and safe. Campers will spend their days using their imaginations, creating art, exploring science, and spending time outdoors with appropriately distanced sports and games. Their CIT campers (Grades 7-10) will learn leadership, communication, and behavior management skills. MJCC Day Camp is all about friendships, community, connection, and fun. They are working hard to ensure the best experience possible, and prioritizing the health and safety of everyone. They look forward to giving campers a unique, fun-filled experience.
Dates: June 22–August 7
Ages: Kindergarten through Grade 6; CIT Program Grades 7-10
Location: 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219
Hours: 9 am-4 pm
Cost: Varies by week and program
Learn with OSA artists for their first annual Summer Camp for junior artists. Oregon Society of Artists, OSA, is offering art instruction in watercolor painting and collage or crown/cask Making and "Michelangelo Meets Marvel" sketching. Students will focus on learning a variety of techniques in these mediums. Choose a half day class or come all day to learn all four. At the end of the week, there will be a show of the week’s creations. Class size is limited to 10 for social distancing. Facemask and supplies included. OSA has been offering art classes, workshops, and exhibit space since 1926.
Dates: July 20-24 and July 27-31
Location: 2185 SW Park Place, Portland OR 97205
Cost: $175/3 hour session
Cherry Street Films’ Camps are project based, flexible, & most importantly, fun! They are a local youth arts organization dedicated to supporting young content creators. Students enrolled in their programs collaborate to produce a short film, animation or YouTube vlog for their digital portfolio! Covide-19 Camp Protocol: At Cherry Street Films, the top priority is the safety of campers, instructors and extended camp families. They will be following all CDC & OHA guidelines to ensure that campers and instructors remain safe. Please see their Covid response and steps being taken to ensure camp safety: https://www.cherrystreetfilms.com/pdx-covid19-camp-guide
Dates: Camps Start July 6 and are selling out fast - enroll today
Location: Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Hours: 9 am-2 pm
Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. Kids Camp is happening July 20-24, July 27-31, and August 3-7 at Northwest Academy in downtown Portland! Dance 🩰 Visual Arts 🎨 Music 🎼 Theatre 🎭 One incredible immersive arts camp! Only a few spots remain for campers to join this summer. Following Oregon Health Authority Guidelines, campers ages 7-12 will perform, create, collaborate, and shine. Kids ages 13-17 can join in the fun and earn valuable volunteer experience as Interns.
Dates: July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7
Location: Northwest Academy, 1130 SW Main Street Portland, OR 97205
Camp hours 9 am–3 pm. School opens at 8 am (early care free). Space is limited so sign up early to ensure your child has a spot. Bring your own lunch and snack.
Dates: June 29–August 21
Location: 14788 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego, 97035
NCPRD is offering a wide variety of day camps this summer to keep kids active, learning and having fun. Many of their camp favorites are back, including Hoopers Basketball, Outdoor Explorers, Dance Around the World and Cheer Starz – just to name a few. Plus, they're adding a new Mad Science Rocket Camp this year to excite young minds! Summer camps begin as early as July 13. Early morning childcare and full day camp options are also available. See the full schedule and learn about the extra precautions they're taking to keep families safe at ncprd.com.summer-camps.
Dates: July 6-August 21
Location: Several locations in North Clackamas
Cost: Multiple costs, depending on camp
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