This past weekend gave us our first glimmer of sunny skies and first hint of warmer temperatures, and now summer is on the minds of many, particularly children.
Parents may even be starting to wonder what their chidlren will do during those long days without school.
Luckily, there are several camps in Clark County that offer ample opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. These summer camps run the gamut from how to improve sports skills to theater and the arts, and offer everything from a few hours to several days’ worth of summertime activities.
The following list has information on several camps and activities in the local area and beyond for the future tennis star, scientist, aviator, chef or adventurer.
Camas Community Education
The following is a sampling of available camps. To register, visit the J.D. Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 N.E. 22nd Ave., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is also accepted online.
Summer Camp at JDZ: This camp is for children four years old through sixth-grade and is held at the J.D. Zellerbach Administration Center. The cost is $200 per week or $45 per day. There is also a half-day option available. There will be walking field trips, the chance to march in the Camas Day Parade and visits from the Reptile Man. There is also an outdoor play area, full track, basketball, games, technology area and more.
Soccer Rules with Dan Macaya: This camp teaches new skills and more to players in kindergarten through eighth grade. It runs Tuesday through Friday, June 27 to 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the field behind Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St. The cost is $60. Participants are asked to bring water.
Tennis Camp: This camp is for children in third through eighth grade and includes learning the fundamentals of forehand, backhand, serving, scoring and positioning. Advanced students will focus on refining strokes and more intense lessons. Camp will be held at the CHS tennis courts, 26900 S.E. 15th St., Monday through Thursday, July 24-27, from 9 to 10:25 a.m. for third- through fifth-graders, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon for sixth- through eighth-graders. The cost is $60.
Lego Camps: These camps are for ages 4 to 11, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 27-30 for $130; and Aug. 21-25 for $159, at the J.D. Zellerbach Administration Center. There is also a “Lego Junior” session for children ages 4 to 6.
Camas Parks and Recreation
The following listing includes a selection of available camps. Call the number above, browse the website for a full listing or visit Lacamas Lake Lodge at 227 N.E. Lake Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Shape NW Summer Camps: The camps, for ages 4 to 13, give kids a chance to focus on fun, healthy movement through games, sports and swimming, arts and crafts and creative play. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 26 to Aug. 30. Camps will take place at Scout Hall at Crown Park and the Camas Community Center. Weekly rates range from $149 to $179.
U.K. Elite Soccer Camp: For ages 3 to 14, this camp offers technical and tactical teaching in a fun environment. Players are divided into groups that match age-specific curriculum. Coaches are professional instructors from the U.K. who are trained to develop youth soccer players. The cost is $150 for those ages 6 to 14, and $110 for those 3 to 5. Each player receives a jersey. Camp runs Monday through Friday, July 10-14, and Aug. 21-25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fallen Leaf Park, 2911 N.E. Everett St. Those ages 3 to 5 will attend from 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Camas Municipal Pool
120 N.E. 17th Ave.
The Camas pool offers a variety of classes from beginning swimming to American Red Cross lifeguarding. Originally built in 1954, the facility is located in Crown Park, 120 N.E. 17th Ave., and features three pools – a large pool with depths from 3.5 to 10 feet, a junior pool that goes from 2.5 to 3.5 feet, and a baby pool that goes from a 2 inch depth to 18 inches. The pool also offers boys’ and girls’ changing rooms, showers and restrooms. The tentative schedule will be from June 26 to Aug. 26.
27312 N.E. Hathaway Road
This working 4-H farm features several weeklong, themed day camps for those ages 5 and older. These include a classic camp, a conservation camp, historical “wild west” camp and horse camp (10 and older). Counselors also are needed. Counselor applicants must be at least 14 and prior experience is appreciated, but not required. Call or browse the website for more information on being a counselor or to sign up for a camp.
There are a variety of camps offered for children ages 5 to 11, such as “Fairy Wonderland,” “Fun in the Sun: Wild Thing!” and “Budding Artists.”
Kathy Marty, an artist and elementary school teacher, is the instructor. The camps are located at her home on five acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Camps begin July 5 and meet Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Extended care is available. The cost is $125 per camp before June 10.
C-W Aviation Association
632 N.E. 267th Ave.
A five-day summer camp will introduce students to the basics of flight, principles of aviation, a local air museum and radio control Buddy Box flying. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 to 15. The cost is $500. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Evergreen Tennis Center
5225 N.W. 38th Ave, Camas
Junior camps run from July 5 to Aug. 2, as well as “tennis fun” camps for children ages 5 to 18, at all levels of play. Beginner to advanced will attend camp from 60 to 90 minutes per day.
Journey Theater Arts Group
There are a variety of summer camps for kids entering second through eighth grade, to help budding thespians hone their acting skills. Camps are offered in Portland, Beaverton and Vancouver.
For specific camp times, prices and locations, visit the website.
Washougal Community Education & Recreation
4855 Evergreen Way
There are camps to suit a wide variety of ages, stages and interests.
Visit the website for more detailed information. Registration is at the community education building. Camps are for children ages 3 to 10 and include snacks and lunch. Camps will be offered from June 26 to Aug. 18.
WHS Kids Tennis Camp
The annual Washougal High School Kids Tennis camp will run Monday through Thursday, July 17 to July 20, at the WHS tennis courts, 1201 39th St.
It is designed for kids entering first- through eighth-grade in the fall.
Students going into first- through fifth-grade will attend from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and those entering sixth- through eighth-grade will attend from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The cost is $30 per student, and $25 for each additional student from same family. Registration begins 30 minutes before camp on July 17.
Members of the high school girls and boys teams, as well as coaching staff, will be on hand to instruct students.
This camp is a fundraiser for the boys and girls tennis teams.
360-835-5393 or 360-834-4692
The summer reading program theme is “Build a Better World.” Dates for the Washougal program are June 15 to Aug. 15. Camas dates are June 24 to Aug. 26.
Little Lamb Preschool
1438 “B” St., Washougal
Summer classes will be held Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Classes run June 12 to Aug. 25. The cost is $180 per month.
Vancouver Lake Aquatic Center
8612 N.W. Erwin O. Rieger Memorial Hwy.
Classes include kids camps, junior/masters rowing, kayaking and dragon boating.