Summer 2021 Resources for Families

Summer is almost here! Wondering what to do this summer? Here are some ideas!

First and foremost, sign up for Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading program! Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game and win prizes! In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16. And don’t worry, we have it for adults too

Portland Parks and Recreation has a number of opportunities they are offering this summer:

  • Summer Free for All - Free Lunch + Play - Free lunch in the park, along with crafts, games, and activities.
  • Nature Day Camps - for ages 5–12, Nature Day Camps create ways for children to connect to nature through outdoor play and exploration. Camps take place every June, July, and August in various locations around the city. Nature-based camps offer ways for children to nurture their relationship to nature, peers, and trusted adults.
  • Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities, plus PP&R provides disability accommodations in any class or camp (aides, sign language interpreters, adaptive equipment, etc.).
  • Employment - for teens and adults, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is planning to hire over 1,800 summer staff!
  • No Ivy League - Wednesday and Saturday volunteer opportunities pulling ivy, planting natives, and learning about yourself. For all ages.
  • Teen Force: Outdoor, drop-in programs designed for young adults will be provided in coordination with Free Lunch + Play events.
  • Other volunteer opportunities - for teens and adults. 

Summer camps for kids with disabilities:

  • The Autism Society of Oregon - a directory of resources that includes summer camps - sleepaway camp, day camps, and summer classes.
  • Blue Compass Camps - Adventurous camps for “high functioning autism, Asperger’s and ADHD” multiple programs in Oregon and Washington for ages 10-22.
  • Camp Yakety Yak - four week long camps July 12 to August 6 - Day camp focused on social-emotional education - 25% neurotypical children and 75% children with neurodevelopmental or physical disabilities.  Ages 5-11 camp program and a junior counselor program for ages 12-15.  
  • Hoop Camp - dates TBD -  Basketball skills day camp for people with disabilities.
  • Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp - multiple programs and dates all summer for campers with disabilities ages 12 and up.
  • Portland Parks & Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities.
  • Spectra Gymnastics - half-day camps this summer in their gym for children ages 4-7 and 6-12
  • UP Camp at Evans Creek Retreat - dates TBD - Christian recreational and educational camp experiences for people with special needs 9+.
  • Upward Bound - dates TBD -  Christian recreational and educational sleepaway camp for people with disabilities age 12+.

Other camps offered in the Multnomah area:

  • Girls Build - summer camps for ages 8-11 and 11-15 with generous scholarship possibilities.
  • Girls Count - offering camps for girls 11-14 focused on empowerment, STEAM, and community involvement.
  • PDX Education Collaborative - offering weekly, pod-based programming at a relatively low cost.  
  • PDX Parent Summer Camp listing - A list of camps offered in and around Portland, many are pricey.
  • Rose City Rollers Juniors summer camps - These camps are open to youth skaters, all genders and skill levels welcome. Rental skates and protective gear are included with registration. Limited scholarships are available.
  • Steve and Kate’s Camp - Pricey, but an amazing array of maker activities and tons of kid-led choice.
  • YMCA Camp Collins - classic summer camp experience at Oxbow Regional Park, ages 2-12.

And if you are concerned about overnight camps, the Oregonian published an article stating that Oregon will allow youth overnight camps to resume this summer.

Please email us if you know of other camps we should be listing. We’ll update as we learn more! 

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