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Top Summer Camps in Portland

Published Feb 19, 2020

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 favorite camps. With such variety of programs available, there is surely something for everyone!

Sports Camps


Atlantis Programs Inc. and Pedalheads provides innovative and effective programs for learning bike and swimming for kids 2-12 years of age. They provide cycling, swimming and superhero programs that are safe, fun & challenging and also promote kids’ health and development.

VillaSport Beaverton

Each week at VillaSport Beaverton will be full of fun, exploration, and entertainment. Bring your sense of adventure as they navigate through different lands and experience worlds of wonder. Your antics will include field trips, crazy crafts, wacky sports and games, and splashing away in VillaSport’s amazing pools. You’ll reconnect with old pals and make new friends along the way. Get ready for an action-packed summer! Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Oregon Gymnastics Academy

Gymnastics! The focus of OGA’s Day Camps is learning awesome new gymnastics skills and having a blast on those days school is out. Each day will include hours of gymnastics instruction by our fantastic coaches, as well as educational activities designed to spark your child’s learning and creativity. Learn more.

Windells Camp

Windells Camp is rooted in the progression of action sports. Skateboarding has evolved tremendously in the years since Tim Windell and four time snowboard World Champion, Craig Kelly, invited the best riders to Whistler, B.C., for some of the first competitions. Tim eventually made the move to Mt. Hood, Oregon, where he brought his vision to life: a revolutionary action sports environment that centralizes in athletic development and most importantly, fun! Learn more.

Baxter Sports

From June through August, BaxterSports holds camps across the Portland metro area. For a single day or for a whole week, your son or daughter will play, learn, grow, and excel at a local, community park. They offer something for everyone, from their original soccer camp to their non-stop all-sports camp. Your child can be helped to advance to a competitive level as an individual player or with their entire team. Learn more.

Arts Camps

Portland Metro Arts

This summer, have your child experience the arts by enrolling in Portland Metro Arts’ summer camps!  Camps are one of the best opportunities for children to explore their creativity and artistic passion, in depth, that school year schedules may not allow.

The camps are exciting, educational, engaging and above all FUN!  In PMA’s summer camp program, kids learn about, perform and experience an extensive variety of art forms.  PMA is unique because they offer camps focusing on dance, music, theatre, visual arts or a combination with multi-arts; unlike other programs dedicated to a single discipline with few options. Learn more.

Vibe of Portland

Vibe exists because arts education is missing in today’s daily educational system; especially for students without the means to make it happen outside of the school day. Vibe connects local teaching artists who are passionate about bringing their love of music and visual arts to the students they work with. Until long-term comprehensive visual art and music educational classes are available to ALL students in Portland, Vibe will work to provide those missing pieces in a well-rounded education. Learn more.

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 the beautiful 60-acre campus in Southwest Portland.

Sessions are open to all children in the Portland metro area, from preschool through 12th grade. Learn more.

Spotlight Musical Theatre

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

This years musical programs include Legally Blonde (age 14-18), Matilda (age 10-13), 101 Dalmatians (age 7-9) and Musical Theatre Fun (age 4-7). Learn more.

Randy Emberlin's Summer Art Camp

If your kid is into comic books, this camp 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. Learn more.

Spark Arts Centre

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

STEM Camps

iD Tech Camps

Got a tech-savvy kid? A great camp to consider this summer is iD Tech camps. iD Tech is a leader in summer STEM education programs for students ages 6–18.

Kickstart your kid's future in STEM with over 50 cutting-edge courses. From coding and game development to robotics and design, students will build in-demand skills and innovate like a pro with industry-standard tech tools.

Their camps are inclusive & offer fun learning environments where students are empowered with the skills they need to reimagine our tech-driven world.

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Variety Camps

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 2019. Learn more.

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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. Learn more.

Friends of Tyron Creek

Friends of Tryon Creek Nature Day Camp aims to inspire and nurture relationships with nature by creating experiences rooted in belonging, curiosity and exploration. Their goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where campers cultivate ecological and cultural understanding while building life-long friendships in our unique, urban forest.

Nature Day Camps balance camp traditions like songs, skits, hikes, crafts, and games with hands-on field studies designed to enhance science education and connection to the natural world. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Royal Ridges

Royal Ridges Retreat started in 1978 with a very generous gift of 78 acres of land by Roy and Jean Andersen. The camp is located 25 miles northeast of Vancouver, Washington in the tranquil and scenic foothills of the majestic Cascade Mountain range. The camp has use of over 390 acres of breathtaking hills, trails, pastures, and streams that wind their way to Andersen Lake. Learn more.


Big Lake Youth Camp

Building relationships, learning new skills, and having fun in a positive environment has been Big Lake’s goal since 1962. Each summer the carefully selected staff lead hundreds of young people from over 15 countries on a seven-day journey of adventure.

A week at Big Lake provides campers with the environment and the opportunity to gain better self-awareness, set and achieve goals, and have a blast. They offer friendship, encouragement, adventure, and enough fun to make memories for a lifetime. Learn more.

Zenger Farm

There’s so much fun exploring to do at Zenger Farm this summer! Zenger Farm Campers will get up close and personal with their food as they grow, harvest and cook all kinds of fresh treats together.

Each day brings new adventures, including exploring nature around the farm and wetlands and playing in the Nature Playground and living Willow Dome. Every camper will have a chance to cook up something delicious in the Urban Grange and Farmhouse kitchens. Other camp activities include digging in the Children’s Gardens, creating art from nature, learning about all the creatures on the farm, and so many games and songs! Learn more.

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.

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 community@chatterblock.com to let us know :)

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