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Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe Independence Day.

Summer Camps

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Summer camps will return to a more traditional operational design as you’ll see a mix of indoor and outdoor activities across the city in 2022. Our primary goal is to continue to keep our community healthy and engage with one another in a positive, safe, FUN, and nurturing environment.
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How to Register

Registration begins at 12:30pm:

  • May 23 for camps that take place from June 21–July 22
  • June 27 for camps that take place July 25–August 26

Register online

Space is limited. If you cannot get into a camp, we highly recommend that you place yourself on the waitlist. If you need assistance, please call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-2525, your local community or art center, or SUN school.

How to create online accounts and sign up for activities (Cómo crear cuentas en línea y registrarse para actividades)


Summer Camp Details

  • Summer Camps take place Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, August 26 (preschool camps end August 18)

We offer healthy, active, engaging, and fun recreational and educational activities to kids ages 3–11.  We are an “unplugged” camp, which means while your child is with us, they don’t play video games, watch television, or play with phones and other devices. The daily schedule is flexible, and campers are encouraged to participate in all activities.

Preschool Camps (ages 3-5)

Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm (all sites) and 1:00–4:00 pm (at select locations)

Please note: All preschool campers must be potty trained. Our programs are not set up for clothes or diaper changing in the classroom. We understand that anyone can have an accident and if this happens, we have the child change themselves in the bathroom, with help from a teacher.

A potty-trained student is able to: know when they need to go potty, with ample time to reach the bathroom; get themselves to the bathroom and manipulate their own clothes; get themselves onto and off of the toilet; able to wipe themselves, flush the toilet, and wash their own hands.

Summer Friends
Get ready for action! Make new friends while building social and communication skills. Find adventure and expand your imagination, experiencing arts, crafts, games, and more! A little bit of everything!

Preschool Camp Locations: 

Virtual Educational Preschool Summer Camp
Enjoy the opportunity to experience play and exploration on your time and from the comfort of home! Through games, songs, social building activities, and opportunities to work on school readiness skills, virtual preschool camp will provide your child with lots of fun and engagement this summer. To further the fun and learning, participants will also receive summer learning kits filled with fun, no-pressure, activities to support your child’s Kindergarten readiness. Live virtual engagement sessions are offered Monday-Thursday at 10am and 1pm. No commitment required; participants can join as many sessions as will fit within your families schedule. 

Youth Camps (entering grades 1–5/6)

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm.
Sites will offer a flexible drop-off from 8:30–9:00 am and flexible pick-up from 5:00–5:30 pm.

Summertime Thrills
Experience action-packed camps filled with exciting activities. Build cooperation, stimulate imagination, and increase self-esteem while discovering ways to use your energy positively.

Sports Madness
Enthusiasm and excitement thrive as we explore various sports skills, games, teamwork, and fair play. Activities suit both the established and aspiring athletes. Emphasis on cooperation and participation ensures a positive experience for all.

Summer Arts Camp — available at Multnomah Arts Center
Unleash your creativity, energy, and imagination as you explore art! Build your confidence in a safe, nurturing environment as you create, play, and collaborate with others. A variety of opportunities are available in both the visual and performing arts.

Youth Camp Locations: 


Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)

  • Beginning in July
  • AIR Summer Camps take place Monday–Thursday

Summer camps for teens (ages 12-21) and adults (ages 18 and older) with disabilities. Teen and Adult Explorer Camps meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am–1:30 pm at different Portland parks each week. $150/per week, can be reduced to as low as $15 using Pay What you Can. Teen Destination Week camps meet at East Portland Community Center Monday through Thursday at 9:00 am and travel to a different place around town each day of the week. $175/per week, can be reduced to as low as $17.50 using Pay What You Can.

Register online


Pricing

We recognize that cost can be a barrier to participation. Thanks to the passing of the 2020 Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we are implementing a new Pay What You Can discount option. This allows City of Portland residents to access flexible payment options based on their family’s needs. Please note, the pay what you can payment option replaces our former scholarship program and does not require an application.

A deposit of 20% of the camp fee is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance must be paid seven days before the start of camp (for example: for June 21 camp week, the entire week of camp must be paid for by June 14). To help manage payments, we encourage setting up automatic credit/debit payment plans. You may request to not have automatic payment plans at the time of registration by speaking with a customer service representative.

As a City of Portland resident, you can use Pay What You Can discounts to select up to six 15% discounts (for a total of 90% off) to align the cost to your family’s budget: 

Preschool summer camps
$125 per week for Portland residents. $25 deposit is due at the time of registration.

  • Use one $18.75 discount to bring the cost to $106.25. $21.25 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use two $18.75 discounts to bring the cost to $87.50. $17.50 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use three $18.75 discounts to bring the cost to $68.75. $13.75 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use four $18.75 discounts to bring the cost to $50. $10 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use five $18.75 discounts to bring the cost to $31.25. $6.25 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use six $18.75 discounts to bring the cost to $12.50. $2.50 deposit is due at the time of registration.

Youth summer camps
$200 per week for Portland residents. $40 deposit is due at the time of registration.

  • Use one $30 discount to bring the cost to $170. $34 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use two $30 discounts to bring the cost to $140. $28 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use three $30 discounts to bring the cost to $110. $22 deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Use four $30 discounts to bring the cost to $80. $16 due at time of registration.
  • Use five $30 discounts to bring the cost to $50. $10 due at time of registration.
  • Use six $30 discounts to bring the cost to $20. $4 due at time of registration.

To use the pay what you can option online, enroll in your desired camp. At the payment screen, under “Enrollment Details,” you will see a discount window. Press “Add” to select the number of discounts you need to bring the cost of camp to the amount your family can pay. If paying over the phone or in person, let the customer service representative know that you would like to use Pay What You Can.

Refund Policy
If you need to withdraw your child, a partial refund of 80% of the total camp fee selected will be issued if notice is given at least seven days prior to the camp start date. No refund will be offered if notice is given less than seven days before the start of the camp. In situations involving life-changing events, severe medical issues, or financial hardship, customers may request an exception.


Health and Safety Protocols

All camp activities are informed by Oregon Early Learning's Divisions Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations and comply with all state, county, and city COVID-19 protocols.

We appreciate your help in keeping participants and staff healthy. Please screen your child and keep them home from camp programs if they are exhibiting any of the following illness symptoms:

  • Fever over 100 degrees F*
  • New cough (not related to allergies or asthma)*
  • Chills*
  • Shortness of breath*
  • New loss of taste or smell*
  • Significant fatigue
  • Muscle & body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congested
  • Runny Nose
  • Diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose, runny, watery or bloody stool);
  • Vomiting;
  • Nausea;
  • Unusual yellow color to skin or eyes;
  • Skin or eye lesions or rashes that are severe, weeping, or pus‐filled;
  • Stiff neck and headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above;
  • Difficult breathing or abnormal wheezing;
  • Complaints of severe pain

*asterisk identifies primary COVID-19 symptoms.


Required Participant Emergency Contact and Health Information - ePACT 

Portland Parks & Recreation uses ePACT to collect camper health and emergency information. All information is stored securely online and will replace paper forms. Before your first day of camp, you should receive an invitation by email from ePACT. If you have not seen the invite by Thursday before camp, check your spam or contact us.

Campers must have completed health information to attend camp. Filling out the profile takes 15-25 minutes. Children who arrive without health information will need to create an account and complete information on site. 

  1. Follow the link to create an account on ePACT.
  2. Fill out the health information completely for each camper. Please include information about allergies, authorized pick-ups, and emergency contacts.
  3. As a final step, click "submit" to share your camper's information with us.   

New to ePACT: Sharing your emergency information

Returning members: Reconfirming your record

How to download the ePACT Family APP:


Inclusion Services 

Children of all abilities and interests are welcome to participate in our programs. Inclusion Services provides meaningful access to people living with disabilities. The program aims to provide every individual access to all PP&R registered classes and activities that are within their chronological age group. Each support plan is established on an individual basis.

Requesting Inclusion Services is a decision of the participant or their caregiver(s), recreation staff do not request or require the support of Inclusion Services. To inquire about support or the Inclusion Services program, please contact the Coordinator at 971-284-5060.

How to request PP&R Inclusion Services

  1. Register for desired activity.
  2. Once registered, please complete an inclusion request form. Once Inclusion Services receives the completed request form, you will be contacted by the Coordinator who will establish a support plan for the participant. 

The request for accommodations should be made a minimum of 10 business days prior to the start date of the class or program.  Requests made fewer than 10 days in advance should still be submitted and all efforts will be made to provide accommodation in a timely manner.

Personal Care Policy
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff may provide personal care assistance for any registered participants ages five and under, only if the participant has a disability and requires assistance with personal care. Participants ages six and over are encouraged to bring their own personal assistant to the activity (must be 18 and older) at no charge to provide any necessary and unavoidable personal care. 

Download PDF file PP&R Personal Care Policy (478.85 Kb)


What to Bring to Camp 

Children should come to each day of the program with the following: 

  • Jacket or extra layers of clothing
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Water bottle
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications (if needed)

Coming to Camp with Medication - both prescription and over-the-counter medications. 

  • List all required medications in your health information on ePACT. 
  • Bring medications in their original packaging. 
  • Bring the required paperwork with you on the first day of camp.   
    • Fill out the Authorization for Medication Administration 
    • Fill out the Medication Administering Information 
  • Only staff are permitted to give medications to campers

Contact

PP&R Customer Service Center

Location

Charles Jordan Community Center

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East Portland Community Center

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740 SE 106th Avenue
Portland, OR 97216

Matt Dishman Community Center

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77 NE Knott Street
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Montavilla Community Center

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8219 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220

Mt. Scott Community Center

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5530 SE 72nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Multnomah Arts Center

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7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219

Peninsula Park Community Center

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700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

St. Johns Community Center

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8427 N Central Street
Portland, OR 97203

Southwest Community Center

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6820 SW 45th Avenue
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Woodstock Community Center

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5905 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206