Top Summer Camps in Portland

Published Mar 21, 2018

Plan early for these great summer camps in the Portland area. Here is your one stop resource to find some great variety of summer camps being offered in and around Portland area this summer!

Summer camps are a great way for kids to learn new skills & make new friends. With summers coming up, parents have already started looking around for options of summer camps available for kids and families this season.

There are variety of programs available in Portland area to choose from depending on your kid's interests & age. Here is a list of few of our favourite camps. With such variety of programs available, there is surely 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 7-18, for high school and college.

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Oregon Zoo

At Oregon Zoo summer camps, children 4 years old to youth entering eighth grade connect with the natural world through hands-on experiences and fun learning. This summers Oregon Zoo is offering both Single day Discovery Day Camps and Week-long summer day camps.

The week-long camp includes a lot 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 2018. 

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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 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!  

This years musical programs include Legally Blonde (age14-18), Matilda (age 10-13), 101 Dalmatians (age 7-9) and Musical Theatre Fun for ages 4-7


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.


Randy Emberlin's Summer Art Camps

If your kid is into comic books, this camps is a great choice for you this summer.
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! He will be teaching three Cartooning and Comic Book Art Camps this year.

In these camps kids can have fun learning to draw some of their favorite comic book Super-Heroes and Cartoon Characters, Funny Animals, Japanese Manga and Anime. They will also learn how to design their own Comic Book Characters using model sheets.


Spark Arts Center

Spark Arts Centre is offering a variety of arts camps programs this year for various age groups between 2 to 11 years. These programs include sewing lessons, learning the art of silk painting and some messy arts for younger kids.

Sparks arts centre is also offering full day camps with Northeast Community Center camps. These camps include critter camp, safari camp, beach blast camp and more! These camps are best for kids from 6 to 11 years of age.


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 tough challenges around the world, meet like-minded friends, have fun and gain skills for making change. These programs are only offered once a year, so don’t miss your chance to take part.


Camp Willowbrook

Willowbrook Arts Camp is an outdoor summer day camp that provides opportunities for children to develop their creative potential through experiences in the arts and nature. Campers, ages 3-18, are free to explore over 30 separate covered areas, each with their own distinct focus and experienced instructors. These areas are arranged into four primary centers based on age groups, where campers discover new interests, learn new skills, and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment


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

Bike Park



Northwest Children's
Theater and School

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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