Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Portland

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Published Apr 26, 2016

Summertime is approaching, and it's time to decide where to send the kids to camp. Here are our favorite outdoor/adventure choices in Portland.

Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Portland


Now that spring has finally sprung and the weather is heating up it is time to start thinking about summer. We absolutely love the idea of sending your kids to an outdoor summer camp. Why not let them soak up some sweet Vitamin D and have a blast with their best friends! In order to help, we’ve filtered through all the local outdoor kids camps and compiled a list of only the best and brightest.



Camp Namanu

Open to campers entering grades K-12, Camp Fire Columbia's Camp Namanu offers three diverse programs--Resident Camp, a traditional sleep away camp at the 552-acre camp near Sandy, OR; Namanu Ranch, which gives young equestrians the chance to take care of their very own horse for one full week; and Day Camp in the City, a local option providing Portland families with a camp that's closer to home.




Lake Oswego Hunt

The premier Portland-Area day equestrian camp is geared for young horse lovers of all skill levels. Each camper's skill level is carefully assessed and matched with a suitable horse. Campers will learn the basics of horse care and the fundamentals of proper riding that will help them develop into accomplished, safe riders. Horses, helmets and tack are supplied.





Camp Tilikum

Every summer 2,500+ kids explore Tilikum’s 93 acres of wooded hiking trails, grassy meadows and pristine lake with day and overnight camps (1-12th grade). Camp Tilikum takes pride in creating space for kids to connect with God, experience creation, establish friendships, and unplug from technology.





Friends of Tryon Creek

Full-Day and Half-Day camp sessions have specific themes that will guide conversations and activities. All camps include hiking, songs, crafts, stories, and of course games and forts in the meadow. Each camp will end with a special ceremony where parents and family members are invited.






Rewild Portland Ancestral Skills Camp

Rewild Portland's Ancestral Skills Camp is a combined nature and art camp.

Nature-based crafts, self-directed play, and reflection & story are the key activities used to help campers immerse themselves in the natural world.






Adventure WILD Summer Day Camps

Based at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, campers will explore the outdoors, and learning about urban nature and the beautiful green spaces around us. Each week’s theme includes nature, science and art components, tailored to the ages and interests of the week's participants. Every Friday is indoor rock climbing day, where young adventurers will learn the basics of climbing technique.





If this article sparked your curiosity and you are now in hot pursuit of discovering the most epic outdoor summer camp for your kids, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive list of summer camps. Finding the coolest local kids camps and classes is our specialty and we are more than happy to help!




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Lois Van Pelt

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