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Adventures Without Limits
The five-day camp includes a variety of outdoor adventure activities and one overnight camping experience.
Ages: 9-13
Phone: 503-359-2568
Email: jweir@fsgd.k12.or.us

Boys & Girls Club: Blazers Club
Teaching character, leadership, education, health, life skills, art and fitness with recreation.
Ages: Call for more information
Phone: 503-282-8480

Chiquitos School
Children will participate in art, music, sports, science, dramatic play, reading and language workshops. Summer program is available as Spanish immersion or bilingual upon request.
Ages: 2-12
Phone: 503-641-7717
Email: info@chiquitos.org

Homowo African Arts Summer Camps
Artistic Director Obo Addy brings African dance, music, drumming, storytelling and oral history to Portland's youth with three camps at various locations.
Ages: Camps for ages 3-5 and 6-11
Phone: 503-288-3025
Email: susan@homowo.org
Web site: www.homowo.org

Goddard School
Nature outings, arts and crafts.
Ages: 8 and older
Phone: 503-617-9040

Love n' Learn Children's Center
Pre-school children partake in arts and crafts and special events.
Ages: 2 ½-5

PEEPs: Portland Environmental Engagement Program
Engages youth in environmentally focused service activities. Includes sessions on hunger, exploration and nature awareness. Children will gain skills in leadership, civic engagement and environmental consciousness.
Ages: 10-13
Phone: 503-234-2383
Email: Johanna.costa@esd112.org

West Hills Racquet and Fitness Club Kids Kamps
Kiddie Kamp: For ages 3-4, this is a camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where kids do crafts and games geared to their age group focusing on sharing to help them get ready for pre-school.
Kid Kamp: For ages 5-10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children get tennis and swimming instructions, play games and do crafts.
Phone: Call Angela at 503-646-4106

Do Jump Summer Camp
Offers theater, gymnastics and acrobatics at Echo Theatre.
Ages: Please call for more information
Phone: 503-231-1232

MADE for KIDS Concordia University Theatre Camp
Offers two theatre camps: a one-week camp from July 17-21 and a two-week camp from July 24-August 4.
Ages: 7-12
Phone: 503-280-8614
Email: sshewbert@cu-portland.edu

MetroArts Kid Camp
Drama, music, dance and art at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
Ages: 7-12
Phone: 503-245-4885

Oregon Ballet School
Theme summer camp includes ballet, tap and lyrical dance.
Ages: 4-18
Phone: 503-227-2718

Old Library Studio
Summer session beginning July 6 and running through August 1 teaches teens to use a modern music studio for recording, music making or composition.
Ages: 14-19
Phone: 971-570-3047
Email: enroll@nwdak.org

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Includes art, photography, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, fiber arts, printmaking, computer animation and glassblowing.
Ages: 4-18
Phone: 503-821-8903
Email: ce@pnca.edu

Portland Actors Conservatory
Two three-week sessions at the Firehouse Theatre in downtown Portland. Activities in acting, voice, movement, scene study, improvisation and character development.
Ages: 8-18
Phone: 503-274-1717

School of Rock Summer Camp
Three camps held in July open to guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboardists. Must have a basic grasp of instruments. Curriculum includes private instruction, speakers, group instruction and rehearsal. Students will be grouped in bands, and perform at a rock venue.
Ages: 10-18
Phone: 503-231-2945
Email: Portland@schoolofrock.com

Summer Film Workshop
Students will be guided through the process of writing, directing, shooting, editing, acting in and composing music for a short video.
Ages: 10 and older
Phone: 503-788-8868
Email: tchuke@yahoo.com

Academy Baseball Summer Camp
Learn the skills of baseball. Players will need to bring a hat, gloves, bat, sleeves, baseball pants or sweatpants, rubber cleats as well as indoor athletic shoes, batting gloves, protective cup, sunglasses and sunscreen and water bottle.
Ages: 8-12
Phone: 971-570-6507
Email: academy_baseball@yahoo.com

ClubSport Activity Camps
Camps include Jelly Bean Preschool Camp, Nike Volleyball Skills, Jr. Lifeguard Training and Competitive Swim Technique. Specialty camps include a "Teen Conditioning Camp" run by a trainer and nutritionist, focusing on healthy living.
Ages: 3-18
Phone: 503-968-4555

Sports Fitness
Activities include group games and individual sports, with personalized instruction and supervision, and teach the basics of healthy active lifestyles.
Ages: 8-12
Phone: 503-823-7529

Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Camp
For middle school girls. Includes a design competition, site visits and lab experiments.
Ages: 11-14
Phone: 503-725-2337

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