Top Summer Camps in Portland, OR

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Published Apr 28, 2017

Plan early for these great summer camps in the Portland area. With such a variety of programs, there will surely be something for your children, regardless of their age or interests!

Top Summer Camps in Portland

For a fun summer camp in the Portland area, here are some great options.  With a variety of activities available, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Advantage Basketball Camps

Advantage Basketball Camps are nationally recognized as one of the Top ball handling camps in the world. They were recently named by Sports Illustrated Kids as one of the top camps in the country. Your children will experience the most intense, fun, and invigorating basketball training.

These camps are designed to bring out the best in children: increased respect for sportsmanship, enhanced fundamental athletic abilities, and a deeper understanding of teamwork and responsibility. Advantage Basketball Camps also prepares young players, ages 6-18, for high school and college.

Catlin Gabel School

Catlin Gabel Summer Camps offer a wide variety of integrated day camps and programs in arts, music, technology, robotics, writing, sports, outdoor adventures, and more! All camps are taught by accomplished and dedicated teachers on our beautiful 60-acre campus in Southwest Portland.

Sessions run June 22–July 31, 2015, and are open to all children in the Portland metro area, from preschool through 12th grade.

Spotlight Musical Theatre

A variety of Musical Theatre camps are available, all of which include a performance!  

These performance themes include Peter Pan (ages 5-8), as well as a Musical Review, by the Brilliant Broadway Camp (ages 14-18), and Broadway Bound Camp (ages 9-13).

Willamette Sailing Club

A variety of sailing camps are offered at the Willamette Sailing Club for all ages and experience levels. For children and youth (ages 5-18), there are several schedules available, whether you are a pure beginner, experienced, racer, or anywhere in between.

Family lessons, and private sessions are also available.

Oregon Zoo

At the Oregon Zoo summer camps, children aged 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade explore the habits and daily lives of some of the zoo's residents. Week-long camps include plenty of learning and fun, with crafts, songs, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. Regular summer zoo events and shows are incorporated into camp each week.

Students are grouped by the grade they are entering school for fall 2017. Please note that camps do not change from week to week.

First Street Kenpo Karate

The Tim Spellman system of Kenpo program is designed to help build self-confidence, self-discipline and is easy for the youth to learn, grow and succeed in their training and goals.

This program is designed for children ages 5 to 13 and is recommended to start with the enrollment in the introductory course for evaluation and recommendations for placement in a program designed specifically for your child(ren).

Randy Emberlin's Summer Comic Art Camps

Professional Instructor, Randy Emberlin has worked as a comic book artist and cartoon animator for 25 years! He is best known for his work on Amazing Spider-man and G.I. Joe!

The three camps all have the same curriculum, so you can choose the week that best fits your schedule. This year campers will be drawing new characters from several different sources, and will design a SFX poster and a comic book cover. All materials are provided!  Open for students from Grades 3-9.

Spark Arts Center

Spark will be joining forces with the Northeast Community Center to bring you four different themed day camps. Registration will be handled by Northeast Community Center.  

Themes include Critter Camp, Jungle Fever, Recycled Art, Magic Wonderland, and The Art of Science, as well as a half day writing camp for young authors.  These camps are best for students in Grades 4-5.

Oregon Episcopal School (OES)

All classes offer hands-on activities, a stimulating curriculum, and fun adventures. Experienced faculty, beautiful campus, and friendly atmosphere combine to create a wonderful summertime experience for all.

Half-day and all-day camps for grade school, middle school, and high school students are designed to engage students in higher levels of learning in their area of interest—from making an animated movie to studying grammar or playing lacrosse. Students can combine morning and afternoon camps to have a full-day experience.

Mercy Corps

Every summer, middle and high-school students can attend eye-opening summer camps in Mercy Corps' global headquarters.

Participants will explore global issues, make new friends, and investigate innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems. These programs are only offered once a year so don’t miss your chance to take part!

Camp Willowbrook

Camp Willowbrook plants the seeds that help children develop their potential to grow and thrive. In an era when the arts are cut from school curricula, students may not adequately develop their potential in classrooms.  Camp Willowbrook addresses this as children have the opportunity to learn and create while directing their own schedules, making their own choices, and discovering their own interests. Not only do they learn about the arts, they develop valuable character traits that serve them throughout their lives.

Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer! 

Don't forget- You can always check back for updated listings. We try our absolute best to be the hub for finding all available summer camps and things to do with your kids.

With so many amazing camp providers spanning the PDX, we still wanted to mention a few others who have had soaring review from kids and parents alike:

Journey Theater
Arts Group

NW Dance

Arts Camp

Bike Park


Oregon College of
Art & Craft


Northwest Children's
Theater and School

Catlin Gabel
Summer Camps

Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at to let us know :)

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