Summer. It’s a time for kids to kick back, relax and enjoy themselves. There are several summer camps in Clark County and across the state that help to meet this important need to have fun.
Camp features range from learning how to improve sports skills to the adventures of overnight camping. Best of all, there are camps for all ages, stages and price ranges.
The following list has information on several camps in the local area and beyond for the future basketball player, soccer star, scientist or adventure camper.
Camas Public Library
625 N.E. Fourth Ave.
Information about the summer reading program for kids and teens will be available beginning in June. The program runs from June 19 to Aug. 14. There will be prizes and raffles for minutes read.
Camas Parks and Recreation
All camps are held at Scout Hall at Crown Park, at Northeast 15th Avenue and Dallas streets, unless otherwise noted. The following listing includes a selection of available camps. Call the number above or browse the website for a full listing.
Youth Enrichment Camps
These summer camps, for students entering first grade up to 12 years old, give kids a chance to focus on fun, healthy movement through games, sports and swimming, arts and crafts and creative play. All sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $80 for Camas residents and $90 for non-residents.
The sessions run Monday through Thursday, June 28 to July 1, July 12-15, July 19-22, July 26-29, Aug. 2-5, Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19.
Adventure Tikes Pre-School Enrichment Camp
The area’s youngest campers, ages 4 to 6, will stay busy through playtime, stories, crafts, music, dancing, games and sports. All sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents.
The sessions run Monday through Thursday, June 28-July 1, July 12-15, July 19-22, Aug. 2-5 and Aug. 16-19.
All classes are held at the Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh Ave.
Junior Camp Counselor Training
Future leaders of the summer youth programs, from ages 12 to 16, can get prepared during this one-day training Saturday, May 22 and June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $25 fee includes a T-shirt.
Camas Swimming Pool
120 N.E. 17th Ave.
All classes are held at the pool unless otherwise noted. Call for class dates if not included below. The following listing includes a selection of available camps. Call the number above or browse the website for a full listing.
Learn to Swim Program
This class offers different levels of swimming programs to children from ages 3 to 6. More information will be available later this month regarding prices and class times.
Swimming and Water Safety Camps
Campers can spend the hot days of summer in the water, learning new tricks, improving swim skills and playing games. Children will be divided into groups based on age and skill.
Camp for children ages 4 to 6 will be held Monday to Thursday, June 21-24 and Aug. 23-26, from 9 to 11 a.m. Children ages 6 to 12 will have camp Monday to Thursday, June 21-24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 21, 23 and 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Camp is also held Monday to Thursday, Aug. 23-26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Monday, Wednesday and Friday, August 23, 25, 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The cost is $65 for all four-day sessions, and $50 for the three-day sessions.
Guard Start Camp
Lifeguard training for children ages 12 to 15 takes place in this camp. That includes instruction in CPR, rescue skills and customer service.
The camp runs Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in three sessions, June 21-24, July 26-29 and Aug. 23-26. The cost is $75.
Junior Swim Instructor
This camp provides training for children ages 12 to 16 who are interested in becoming swim instructors. Classes will cover how to demonstrate swimming skills, water safety and customer service. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, July 5-8, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $75.
Camp Fire USA (503) 656-2530
Camp Melacoma overnight camp will be held Saturday through Monday, Aug. 21-23. Camp begins at noon Saturday and ends at 4 p.m. Monday. For more than 25 years, local campers have headed up Washougal River Road to Camp Melacoma where there are programs for first- through 12th-graders. Campers take part in age-appropriate activities such as crafts, swimming, archery, canoeing and learning outdoor skills.
Christian Youth Theatre
There a variety of summer camps for kids in first through 12th grade, to help budding thespians hone their acting skills. Camps cost $125 for those new to CYT. For specific camp times and locations, visit the website.
Camas/Washougal Aviation Association
Grove Air Field
632 N.E. 267th Ave.
Aviation summer camps, sponsored by the Camas Washougal Aviation Association, will take place June 22-26 for middle school students, and July 29, July 1 and July 3 for high school students. The deadline to sign up is June 1.
Camas/Washougal Soccer Club (CWSCA/WSA) Camps
Gary Osterhage, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a variety of camps offered for youth ages 5 to 18. These include speed/agility, shooting and defending, recreational soccer, Macaya Soccer Camp and the Portland Timbers camp. Camps take place at various locations in Camas, and fees range from $40 to $100. For complete details, check the website or e-mail Gary Osterhage.
East County Community Education
There are camps to suit a wide variety of ages, stages and interests. The following listing includes a selection of available camps. Call the number above or browse the website for a full listing. Register in person at the community education building, located next to Hathaway Elementary School in Portable “D”, 25th and “G” streets, Washougal.
Preschool Summer Camps
These camps, for pre-school-age students ages 3-5, run Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and cost $60 per week. All camps are held at Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal.
“Snakes, lizards and frogs” week runs July 12-16.
“Let’s Go Camping,” where young campers make smores, sing songs and play in tents, runs July 19-23.
“Ooey Gooey Week,” a hands-on exploration of flubber, colored goop, clay, finger-painting and more, runs July 26-30.
“Cooking Around the World,” which explores tastes from Italy to Asia, runs Aug. 2-6.
“Wacky Water Week,” where attendees “explore” the ocean, play on a slip-n-slide and make snow cones, runs Aug. 9-13.
“Kids in Outer Space,” featuring rocket experiments and space pudding, runs Aug. 17-21.
Washougal Summer Camp
These weekly camps run Monday through Friday, June 21 to Aug. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m at Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal. The cost $175 per week or $40 per day. There is also a half-day option available. Some camp themes include a nature study, summer “Olympics,” “Let’s Go Camping,” “Crazy Science” and “Wacky Water Week.”
Babysitters Boot Camp
Led by American Red Cross staff, this camp for students ages 11 to 15 includes a babysitting curriculum, infant and child CPR, and a simulated day of babysitting. It runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 21-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., Camas. The cost is $115.
Crime Scene Investigation Camp
This camp, for students ages 8 to 12, includes investigation of a mock crime scene and the proper techniques for collecting evidence. It runs Monday through Thursday, July 5-8, from 9 a.m. to noon and July 12-15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St. The cost is $50.
Science Olympiad Camp
This camp is for children ages 8 to 12 who are interested in joining a Science Olympiad club. This camp features events and activities such as “Crime Scene Busters” and “Junkyard Challenge.” Camp runs Monday through Thursday, July 12-15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St. The cost is $50.
Learn a wide variety of skills and basketball basics from the Washougal High School girls varsity basketball coach. This camp runs Monday through Thursday, June 28 to July 1, from 9 to 11 a.m., for students in grades 2-5 and 1 to 3 p.m., for students in grades 6-8. It is held at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St. Participants are asked to bring water. The cost is $40.
This camp teaches the basics to players ages 9 to 12 and runs Monday through Thursday, July 19 to 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Fishback Stadium, 1201 39th St., Washougal. The cost is $40. Participants are asked to bring their own water.
Soccer Rules with Dan Macaya
Learn new skills or improve current techniques with this camp, for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It runs Monday through Friday, June 28 to July 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ione Street soccer field in Camas, near Doc Harris Stadium. The cost is $55.
Girls Volleyball Camp
This camp is for players of all skill levels, ages 11 to 15. It will include serving, passing, setting and hitting. It will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19-21, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St. The cost is $60.
This camp is for children ages 8 to 14 and includes learning the fundamentals of forehand, backhand, serving, scoring and positioning. Advanced students will focus on refining strokes and have more intense lessons.
Camp will be held at the CHS tennis courts, 26900 S.E. 15th St., Monday through Thursday, July 5-8, from 9 to 10:25 a.m. for ages 8 to11, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon for ages 12 to 14. The cost is $50.
Happy Trails 4-H Day Camp
There are several day camps in Fern Prairie for youth with a wide variety of interests beginning in July. E-mail or call for more details.
The children’s toy store features weekly summer activities. Visit the website for more details.
Jack, Will and Rob Boys and Girls Club
2033 N.E. Ione St., Camas
Stop by the front office to see a brochure on all available youth summer camps.
LaCamas Swim and Sport
There are camps for children of all ages, held at LaCamas Swim and Sport facilities, at 2950 N.W. 38th Ave., in Camas. Club membership is not required to participate. Call or visit the Web site for schedules.
Medallion Art School
304 N.E. Crestwood Court, Vancouver
Students of all ages can explore styles and techniques of famous artists and art from different cultures at art camp, as well as experiment with various media, and develop technical skills.
Two sessions will be held: Monday through Friday, July 12-16, and July 19-23.
Royal Ridges Christian Camp and Retreat Center
Royal Ridges will host a variety of day camps, horse camps and overnight adventure camps for a variety of ages. The camp is located near Battle Ground.
St. Andrew Christian Preschool
The preschool offers a summer camp. Call or browse the website for more details.
University of Portland Pilots Basketball
All sessions are held at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Boys Day Camp
This camp for third-grade and older boys, runs Monday through Friday, June 21-25 and Monday through Friday, Aug. 2-6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Advanced Skills Camp
This session is for seventh-grade and older boys. It runs Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23, June 29-30 and Aug. 3-4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Vancouver Harmony Music School
The school will host a summer piano/keyboard music camp. Call for schedules and registration information. Class sizes are limited.
Vancouver Lake Crew
Weekly boating camp sessions will be offered all summer long for kids ages 7 to 14, in which campers will learn how to row canoes, kayaks and more. Swimming proficiency is required.
Morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and afternoon sessions are from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $100 per weekly session.
Washougal Community Library
1661 “C” St.
The annual summer reading program will kick off June 1 with a variety of events and activities at the library.
All events are held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4.
Events include “Creature Feature,” “Jay Frasier,” T-shirt prints and more. Call the library for details.