2020 Guide to Portland Summer Camps

2020 Guide to Portland Summer Camps

Summer is undeniably the best season in the Pacific Northwest. There’s only one, tiny little hiccup: what do you do with the kids while school is out?

At Portland Moms Blog we highly suggest finding a summer camp (or two! or many!) that keeps your kiddos active, challenged, and engaged with enriching activities. Did we mention they’re super fun too?!

That’s why we’re thrilled to present our 2020 Guide to Portland Summer Camps! We’ve partnered with the best Portland summer camps around to take the guesswork out of planning the perfect summer.

{Organizations are listed as a paid advertising opportunity. If you would like to have your camp added to this guide, please let us know via our contact form.}

Saturday Academy

Image of Student and Counselor at Camp looking into a new at a river

Saturday Academy provides wide access to hands-on learning for diverse students in grades 2-12 in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM). Since 1983, as Oregon’s leading STEM nonprofit, our community experts have sparked curiosity and a love of learning in young people.

Serving over 6.000 students annually, Saturday Academy’s programs are designed to spark curiosity and cultivate an intrinsic, sustained love of learning and exploration. Founded in 1983, Saturday Academy has provided instruction to more than 185,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Saturday Academy is driven by a commitment to engage all children, connecting them with expert instructors and mentors in authentic, professional settings. Financial aid is available to qualifying families.

Multiple sites throughout the Portland area

(503) 200-5858

Avid4 Adventure

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There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure in Portland but finding the time, having the right equipment, and encouraging your kids to try new things isn’t always easy. That’s where Avid4Adventure comes in.

At Avid4 Adventure, we get your kids off the couch, away from screens, and into the great outdoors. Using a time-tested curriculum, our experienced outdoor educators (all 21+ and certified in CPR and First Aid, at minimum) empower your kids to climb, bike, hike and paddle in local recreation areas they — and you — can return to for life.

Kids leave with a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the confidence and technical skills they need to choose an outdoor lifestyle. Once camp is over, your kids will be begging you to get back outside — and they’ll probably want to teach you all of the new skills they’ve learned, too.

8825 SW Barnes Rd
Portland OR 97225

(720) 249-2412

The Goddard School

Image of Children playing at camp at The Goddard Schools of Portland

Learning for fun. Learning for life.®

Children learn best through experience. At The Goddard School, we use current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Positioned to support the needs of families, our distinctive structure helps ensure that children are known and appreciated for their individual talents and personalities.

The Goddard School’s F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) helps children explore and discover their interests in a safe, nurturing environment. It has been developed, in part, by The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is comprised of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education.

Bethany
4086 NW Saltzman Road
Portland OR 97229
(503) 617-9040

South Portland
5210 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland OR 97239
(503) 914-2000

Hillsboro
5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124
(503) 693-1888

iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens

ID Tech Camps

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including Lewis & Clark, UW, Caltech, and NYU.

Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!

Students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels.

Held at Lewis & Clark College

Trackers Earth

Logo of person shoot an arrow inside an animal paw print for Trackers Earth Summer Camp

Trackers Earth award-winning camps get kids outside and in nature. At their summer camps, kids age 4-grade 12 choose their adventure, with exciting themes and authentic skills. Kids can train in wilderness survival, learn about farms & homesteading, go on archery adventures, catch a fish, kayak local waterways, craft in our blacksmith forge, and even go on role-playing adventures!

With drop-off locations around Portland, Vancouver, and Sandy, and convenient camp hours, Trackers Earth has a camp for every family.

Trackers experienced outdoor educators are dedicated to creating safe and fun programming that helps kids connect to nature and community.

Trackers Earth Headquarters:
4617 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland OR 97202

(503) 345-3312

Multiple drop-off sites throughout Portland, Vancouver, and Sandy

Pedalheads Bike Camps

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Pedalheads has taught over 250,000 kids how to bike with confidence!

Our learn-to-ride bike camps give kids the skills they need to ride independently. Our most POPULAR camp is Level 1 Newbees where kids learn to ride without their training wheels. We have a proven track record of helping kids get off training wheels within a week!

Once kids are comfortable riding on two wheels, they can progress to higher bike levels where they will learn how to ride safely on the road.

Locations: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Portland.

Register at https://pedalheads.com/camp

Multiple sites served throughout Portland;
More locations coming!

Village Baptist Church
330 SW Murray Blvd

Unity of Portland
4525 SE Stark St

Mad Science of Portland & Vancouver

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Mad Science Camps provide kids with a framework to learn as much as they can, while having the most fun possible! From the science of rocket launches to programming robots, our camps challenge children to think outside of the box and expand their understanding of the world, all while showing them that they are already natural scientists.

Our approach to education focuses on hands-on and inquiry-based learning to keep children engaged throughout the week. We offer camps for kids pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade – even the youngest scientists will learn that they have what it takes to do great things!

Mad Science offers half-day and full-day camps that span week-long sessions at a time. Extended camp hours are also available! You can register using the button below for extended time in the morning or in the afternoon by selecting “Morning Madness” and “Extended Discovery”.

1522 N Ainsworth St
Portland OR 97217

(503) 230-8040

Camps offered at multiple sites throughout the Portland metro area.

Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy

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Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy is home to a Performing Arts Preschool, an award-winning dance program with recreational classes, Hip Hop Company, Elite Acrobatics, Performing Company and our Pre-professional Dance Company: NW Fusion.

We have an extensive gymnastics program with recreational classes, an Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Diamond team, and Junior Olympic Level 3-10 championship Boys and Girls Artistic Gymnastics competitive teams.

Westside offers half or full day camps during winter or spring break, school closures and throughout the summer with options that include preschool, dance or gymnastics.

We host field trips and offer birthday party packages. Join us for supervised open gym time during parents night out, indoor play park or lunch bunch.

Click on the Learn More button below to view our website and browse our summer camps schedules. Then give us a call at (503) 639-5388 to register.

11632 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard OR 97223

(503) 639-5388

Oregon Episcopal School

Photo of children canoeing at OES Summer Camp

Register today for summer camps at Oregon Episcopal School!

Our full day and partial summer camps empower children ages 4 to 18 to follow their passions indoors and out.

Oregon Episcopal summer programs begin June 22 and run through August 21. Summer camps include culinary arts, science, music, SAT prep, theater, college essay writing, photography, robotics, creative writing, fencing, golf, tennis, gymnastics, jiu jitsu, rock climbing, engineering, soccer, mixed media arts, stop motion animation, basketball, backpacking, movie making, and more!

Lunch is provided for students who participate in morning and full day classes. Before and after camp care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, go to www.oes.edu/summer.

6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland OR 97223

(503) 246-7771

Portland Jewish Academy

Logo with a dragonfly for Portland Jewish Academy's Summer Discover 2020 camp

Open to everyone! Explore your creativity, discover your talents, nurture your curiosity and broaden your horizons at PJA’s Summer Discovery Program.

PJA offers enriching classes from experienced, professional teachers who are excited to teach topics and themes with passion. Explore the outdoor classroom, create imaginative stories with puppet theatre, make balloon animals, discover a variety of styles of music, construct Lego sculptures, and more! PJA teachers incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in the classes to enhance learning. Classes spend time outside playing, exploring, and going on adventures, so bring your walking shoes! Spend July 2020 at PJA, perhaps taking a class to learn the basics of chemistry or gardening; we know there is a class for you. Exercise your brain, explore and discover in a fun and nurturing way.

July 6-31, 2020
Ages 4-15 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (pre-care and after-care options) pjaproud.org/summer
5% discount through Feb. 29

6651 SW Capitol Highway
Portland OR 97219 

(503) 244-0126

MJCC Summer Day Camp

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BEST SUMMER EVER!

MJCC Day Camp offers full-day fun with flexible scheduling from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm and swimming is included! Enjoy sports, arts, rock climbing, and more!

Open to everyone ages 3-15. MJCC Day Camp is imbued with a sense of joy, community, spirit and fun. Programs are age-appropriate and safe. The MJCC is equipped onsite with pools, a gymnasium, rockwall, gaga pit, indoor Sportsplex and more! MJCC Day Camp inspires confidence and provides the framework for lasting memories and friendships. Camps are one-week, full-day or half-day sessions.

The swimming program is one of the great benefits of MJCC Day Camp. The MJCC has an outstanding aquatic facility that allows kids to enjoy the water safely under the close supervision of certified lifeguards. MJCC also offers discounted swim lessons to be held during your camper’s day.

Sign up for MJCC Day Camp today!

6651 SW Capitol Highway
Portland OR 97219

(503) 244-0111

Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO-Inspired Camps

Logo with word Play on a blue gear and Well on a green gear for Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO-Inspired Summer Camps

Dream it, build it, wreck it, repeat in Play-Well LEGO-inspired summer camps for children ages 5 – 12! Your kid will engineer interesting projects, engage in critical thinking, work collaboratively and learn STEM concepts through playing with over 20,000 LEGO bricks! 

Play-Well staff have backgrounds in engineering, astrophysics, mathematics, education and more. Their love of LEGO® and STEM create a unique and vibrant learning environment. The kids have an absolute blast playing with LEGO® while also exploring new ideas, gaining knowledge, building self-confidence and making friends.

Kids can choose from different themes like Star Wars, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Animal Architects, Girl Power, Robotics and Stop Motion. Campers get to travel into their favorite worlds where they can build with LEGO like never before.  Camps include two circle times where kids learn new terminology & STEM concepts. Your kid will come home talking about friction, force, and gear ratios. Play-Well camps show kids science in action and they learn tons about STEM without even realizing it. 

Play-Well has camps in multiple locations around the Portland area. Find the closest camp to you at https://www.play-well.org/camps-2020

Many sites in Portland, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego and beyond.

Soccer Shots

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PORTLAND’S PREMIER YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM!

Soccer Shots Portland is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our coaches are the best-trained in the business.

Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. In addition we provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents.

Multiple sites throughout Portland and the surrounding areas.
[email protected]

(503) 913-4542

The TEK Center

Logo for TEK (To Every Kid) Summer Camps

The TEK Center offers the most unique camps around!

Robotics, Nerf, 3D printing, Dodgeball, T-shirt design, coding, Minecraft and more all in one spot! Campers get to choose an AM and PM camp to get a full range of enrichment experiences. Design a website in the morning and play basketball in the afternoon, or work on a robot and then make a stop motion video.

We offer a daily round trip shuttle from Laurelhurst Elementary School in Portland to our facility in Lake Oswego where the camps take place. Experience a Summer like no other! Learn more and sign up today at: PDXkidscamp.com

5950 Willow Ln
Lake Oswego OR 97035
[email protected]

(971) 319-2814

The International School

Children playing tug-of-war at the International School's Summer Camp

It’s a world of fun at The International School’s award-winning summer camp!

Chinese, Spanish, or Japanese language and culture will come to life through hands-on projects, stories, songs, games and outdoor fun with our teachers from around the world.

Whether learning a new language or already fluent, campers will love outdoor play, field trips, cultural performances, ice cream parties, and more!

Camp groups fill quickly, so enroll today!

Downtown Portland / SW Waterfront

[email protected]

(503) 226-2496 x 100

NW Dance Project

Image of girl in midair with text describing the NW Dance Project's Youth Summer Camp

NW Dance Project’s Summer Programs offer exceptional dance training in classical and contemporary dance forms through our summer dance camps, classes, and intensives for students ages 4 to 19.

Our programs nurture young dancers by developing coordination, balance, individual expression, spatial awareness, flexibility, strength, and group cooperation skills. The Junior Dance Intensive is designed to support the developing pre-professional dancer during a two-week intensive with classes in classical and contemporary movement styles.

Summer Dance Classes and Summer Dance Weeks offer introductory courses for absolute beginners and provide training options for intermediate level dancers. Classes in creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, improvisation and more!

211 NE 10th Avenue
Portland OR 97232

[email protected]

(503) 421-7434

Club K After School Zone

Image of a mountain with the sun behind it and the text Club K's Never Stop Exploring Summer Camp

Club K is excited to introduce NEW age-specific activity trails, designed specifically to engage campers of varying ages!

Each week, campers ages 5 – 7 will participate in activities tailored to their abilities and interests. These focus on building important skills, such as responsibility, decision making, problem solving, and teamwork.

Campers ages 8 – 12 will engage in activities specialized to their evolving abilities and interests that focus on strengthening leadership, independence, critical thinking, and communication.

Each activity trail will feature unique activities that cover an array of topics, including STEM/science, art, movement, music, technology, and much more!

Summer Camp Locations: Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville

Main Office
10220 SW Nimbus Ave. Suite K-7
Portland OR 97223

[email protected]

(503) 643-9059

Rainbow Day Camp

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This summer, at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, give your child the gift of exploring spirituality in a fun and engaging way!

Your child will have the opportunity to learn about universal spiritual principles through outdoor activities, movement, music and art. Our camp will provide youth, grades K-6 in the fall, with an interfaith experience, sourced from the world’s religions.

Camp activities are designed to establish ways to grow and nurture the inherent wholeness that exists in our youth as we guide them in developing a spiritual foundation to support them into adulthood.

Rainbow Day Camp at the Center
New Thought Center for Spiritual Living

1040 C Ave
Lake Oswego OR 97034

[email protected]

(503) 296-9922

Make + Take Studio

Make + Take Studio

It’s summertime, and the crafting is easy!

As a flexible and affordable solution for Portland-area families, we offer half-day camps on select days over the summer. Our Mini-Camps keep kids engaged and active without breaking the bank!

Kids learn to make soap, bath bombs, lip balms, and more in our bright studio space. No two days are alike!

Mini-Camps are best for kids ages 7+ and are limited to six participants per session.

Session dates for 2020 are:

June 17 & 26
July 1 & 13
August 5, 20 & 31

We are happy to arrange additional dates upon request!

3808 N Williams Ave #134
Portland OR 97227

Located inside the HUB building, in the hallway behind Spielwerk Toys.

(503) 974-7414

World of Speed

World of Speed Motorsports Museum logo with Globe for Summer Camps guide

Drive into summer with World of Speed Motorsports Museum!

World of Speed takes summer camp to a whole new level with camps that engage, entertain, educate, and challenge campers grades K–12 in a fun, supportive environment.

From tech to racing, engineering to engines, students will learn important STEM/STEAM concepts while having a great time.

Discover what it takes to learn the sport of racing, build your own CO2 dragster, explore engines, and technology including 3D printing.

Camps include Girls Rule!, Experience World of Speed, Intro to Auto Tech, and more!

27490 SW 95th Ave
Wilsonville OR 97070

(503) 563-6444

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