Oregon offers so much variety when is comes to summer camps. Whether you are looking for a traditional style, a sports centered camp, Christian, horsemanship, music, or special needs summer camps, you can find one here! Here is a list of over 20 awesome overnight summer camps in Oregon so you can choose the best fit for your kid.
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From campfires to hard core training, there are plenty of summer camps in Oregon perfect for your family.
Note: I’ve tried to include ratings when available to give you the most confidence.
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Traditional Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
YMCA Camp Collins
Located in Gresham
Rated 4.6/5 from 27 Google Reviews
YMCA offers a traditional, fun-packed overnight summer camp in Oregon for kids enter 2nd through 12th grade.
2nd through 8th grade will be put into “villages” (based on grade) and spend the week in the great outdoors. Campers will learn different skills and activities, build bonds, strengthen their confidence, and have a blast.
This camp will offer horseback riding, archery, swimming, crafts and more.
9th-12th graders will also have these fun offerings, plus the aerial park and giant swing. They’ll also get to enjoy a full-day rafting trip.
YMCA Camp Collins is a 6 day camp, with shorter options for the younger campers. Grades 7/8 also have the option of signing up for a horse-focused camp.
YMCA Camp Silver Creek
Located in Sublimity
Rated 4.5/5 from 30 Google Reviews
Camp Silver Creek focuses on building respect, honesty, responsibility, and caring throughout its week long camps. It’s open to campers enterting grades 1-10. Grades 10-12 can register for a Leaders in Training camp program.
This is another traditional overnight summer camp in Oregon that the kids will love. They’ll get to participate in fun activities like swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, field games, campfires, and more.
YMCA Camp Silver Creek also offers a Family Camp option. Family Camp is 4 days of guided activities. You can book it as a family reunion or just a family getaway. All meals are included, a cabin for your family, and activities are already scheduled so all you have to do is enjoy and build bonds.
Located in Otis
Rated 4.9/5 from 48 Google Reviews
The mission of Camp Westwind centers around conservation, education, and sustainability.
Camp Westwind offers camps anywhere from 3-6 days dependent on the child’s age or desire.
At this overnight summer camp in Oregon, campers grades 2-8 get to try out kayaking and overnight camping after a hike. This is a true camp experience that will give kids great experiences.
Shorter camps for grades K-4 include plenty of fun activities, too. These campers will do some arts and crafts, hang around the campfire, play on the beach, participate in skits, challenge themselves at the ropes course, and more.
Older campers in high school (grades 9-12) can still attend as well. They’ll participate in overnight hikes/camping, archery, challenge courses, service projects, paddle boarding, and more. They can also opt to register for leadership programs which span 2 camp sessions.
As a bonus, Camp Westwind also offers Family Camps. Families will get to participate in the many fun camp activities. But there is also “adult time” offered where counselors will take the kids for activities, leaving the adults time to relax a little. Note that for family camps, it’s likely you’ll be sharing a cabin with another family.
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Trackers Earth Portland
Located in Sandy
Rated 4.5/5 from 98 Google Reviews
This is the best overnight summer camp in Oregon for wilderness survival skills. At Trackers Earth, kids will have the opportunity to learn about wilderness survival, farming, or fishing. They’ll also learn skills about foraging and cooking foods while staying the 103 wooded acres at the foothills of Mt. Hood.
Dependent on the camp you register for, you’ll learn to take care of animals, build shelters, or even try your hand at wood carving.
These 5 night camps really hone in on specialty outdoor skills, all while building friendships and confidence.
Located in various places, dependent on expedition chosen
Rated 4.5/5 from 90 Facebook Reviews
Avid4 Adventure features expedition camps in Oregon (well, many start in Washington). These are true to the name: a camp for kids looking for adventure.
Expedition camps are one week (6 days) and open to incoming 5th graders and beyond.
Paddlesport expeditions start in White Salmon, Washington. Campers will be on the water by day and dry land by night.
These smaller groups will have multiple staff members and rafting professionals with them. They’ll learn to raft and kayak down the river. Campers should be comfortable being submerged in water as they will be practicing rolling, self rescue, and other water skills.
By nighttime, they’ll learn to cook and set up camp.
Hiking expeditions will take place in Olympic National Park, where campers will spend around 6 hours a day hiking, exploring, and learning about the world around them.
They’ll get to camp in the forest and cook meals on camp stoves all week.
Multisport Expeditions will consist of a new sport every day for campers. Some adventures include biking, hiking, climbing, and rafting.
The full camping experience still applies with cooking food and setting up tents for the night.
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Located in Sisters
Rated 4.6/5 from 113 Google Reviews
Camp Tamarack is open to ages 8-18 for a fun, overnight summer camp adventure in Sisters, Oregon.
Camp Tamarack is a highly rated overnight camp. It provides regular camp sessions, counselor-in-training sessions, and even a session for kids with Type 1 Diabetes so they can have the people/resources they need to enjoy summer camp.
If a child with T1D wants to attend, their friends can attend the T1D session with them!
Kids at Camp Tamarack will get to enjoy paddle boarding, snorkeling, t-shirt making, canoeing, practicing archery, and a whole schedule of activities to keep them learning and enjoying the week.
They’ll have a chance to learn journalism skills by creating a weekly newsletter, participate in engineering challenges, or even join the “Grandmas in Training” where they can knit, play bingo, bake, or do water aerobics (go ahead and laugh, but this was a favorite in past years!)
Yoga, Olympics, waterslides, theater, soccer… the list goes on for quite a while at Camp Tamarack.
Camp Tamarack takes pride in the amount of training provided to staff to make sure ALL children feel equal and included. Camp Tamarack is a place for all kids to join in the fun!
Christian Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
Located in Cheshire
Rated 4.9/5 from 35 Facebook Reviews
About halfway between Eugene and the coast you’ll find Camp Lutherwood. This Christian-based camp “is an association of Lutheran congregations in Oregon and Southwest Washington” (from their site)
Camp Lutherwood is a 5 day overnight summer camp in Oregon (3 days for the youngest campers) with a variety of activities.
Camp sessions are broken into age groups. Each group then has plenty of activities to enjoy, like campfires, games, pool time, archery, and build friendships with their cabin mates. Older kids can also participate in those activities, plus the climbing tower, Gaga ball, and canoeing.
Older groups will spend time with their church leader each day as they talk and learn about living faithfully.
Camp Lutherwood offers camps for all ages, including family camps and women’s weekend retreats.
Twin Rocks Friend Camp
Located in Rockaway Beach
Rated 4.8 from 204 Google Reviews
This Christian camp in Oregon is on the beautiful Oregon coast, making it easy to keep God on the top of your mind while you stay.
Kids entering 4th grade and beyond can register at Twin Rocks. During their stay, staff and counselors make sure to have talks about God and His truths. This happens through cabin discussions, speakers, and worship time.
There’s plenty of silly, fun time too.
Campers will enjoy doing skits, crafts, fishing, sand volleyball, Frisbee golf, and being on the lake.
Note: There is a day-camp option available to younger campers.
Located in Tygh Valley
Rated 5/5 from 1 Google Review
At this Christian overnight summer camp in Oregon, campers in grades 3-12 are grouped by age to enjoy fun activities while fulfilling the mission of serving God and loving people.
At Camp Cedarbrook, campers can swim, canoe, play mini golf or basketball, go down the waterslide, or make some crafts.
The younger campers (grades 3-6) get to participate in a campout where they make dinner over the fire, sleep outside, and challenge themselves in an adventure activity,.
Older campers get to choose from a few options of offsite adventures, like rafting or a day hiking.
Located in Corbett
Rated 4.6/5 from 61 Google Reviews
Just outside of Portland is the Catholic Youth Organization’s Camp Howard. As a Christian camp, Christian values are acknowledged and modeled during camp.
Here, campers are grouped by age/gender to enjoy 6 days of being together. During the day, campers will play archery, swim, enjoy arts and crafts, basketball, volleyball, a huge slip n slide, and more.
Nighttime will bring a traditions campfire with songs and a night at the end with awards.
Camp Howard also offers a family camp option where the whole crew can join in! You’ll get all meals provided, plus a private cabin for your family. The whole family can play on the slip n slide, go fishing, and more. Night time even has fun activities like movie night, game night, and of course campfires.
Big Lake Summer Camp, photo used with permission
Big Lake Youth Camp
Located in Sisters
Rated 4.8/5 from 128 Google Reviews
Big Lake Youth Camp is run by the Oregon Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, though anyone of any background is welcome to attend.
Kids ages 7-17 can attend Big Lake Youth Camp. The “REG” (regular) camps run Sunday through Friday.
Daytime consists of tons of fun activities like archery, canoeing, ceramics, games, geocaching, swimming, gymnastics, and so many more. Night time brings games and a campfire program for the campers.
Besides the REG camps are Expedition (RAD) and horse camps. The Expedition camps are intense and for those really seeking adventure and challenge. Each session has a focus, whether it’s rock climbing, white water rafting, or mountain biking. You can also choose the “horse extreme” sessions.
Basketball Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
NBC Basketball Camps
Located in various locations
NBC Basketball runs overnight summer camps all over Oregon. Actually, they have them all over the country and it’s the largest overnight basketball camp in the world. So you can pick a location that is most convenient.
At these camps, you’ll get 6-10 hours of training, games, and tournament play each day. They typically accept (as in, most locations) kids from ages 10-16 to participate in camps.
These camps are for the aspiring basketball player. They’ll have a morning, afternoon, and evening basketball session to work on skills.
You can request a roommate, otherwise you’ll be matched with someone of the same age and gender.
Note: camps that do not include overnights are an option as well
PGC Basketball Camp
Located in Salem
Rated 4.7/5 from over 20,000 reviews on website
While there is a day camp available starting in 4th grade, the overnight camps are open to 7th grade and up.
At PGC Basketball Camp, it’s all hard work. This is not a camp filled with the fluff of playtime or celebrity autograph sessions. It is 100% focused on your child developing and strengthening skills in basketball and leadership.
Learn how to get past double team defenders, how to play fast, control a defender, and more.
This summer camp is for those really focused on basketball. Besides eating meals in the dining hall, there isn’t a lot of down time.
Day campers are welcome as well, but overnight campers will get the most out of it. They’ll be working the gym until about an hour before bedtime.
Chris Dudley Basketball Camp
Located in Vernonia
No Ratings Found
I couldn’t find any ratings for this overnight summer camp in Oregon, but it’s been running over 25 years and keep coming back around, so it’s safe to assume it’s well-loved year after year.
Each summer, the camp hosts around 75 kids for basketball camp in Vernonia.
What makes this camp different? It was created to specifically help kids living with Type 1 Diabetes.
So for 75 kids, there are over 45 staff members there as coaches, counselors, and medical staff so you can feel assured your child is not only having fun, but staying safe.
Even Chris Dudley, former NBA star, will be there to help train.
While there is plenty of basketball training (morning, afternoon, and evening), there are also some fun activities worked into the schedule during the hot afternoon hours and in the evenings after dinner.
Volleyball Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
Oregon State Volleyball Camp
Located in Corvalis
Oregon State hosts a 3 or 4 day volleyball camp each year. This overnight camp has options for kids ages 10+. There are also “commuter” or day camp options for 7+.
The Elite overnight camp is for high schoolers and requires you have some volleyball experience before attending.
George Fox Volleyball Camp
Located in Newberg
George Fox University is a Christian school, and as such will have biblical perspectives at work during trainings.
The volleyball camp at George Fox University will have many of the same features when it comes to training as other colleges. What makes this unique is that you’ll also get an intro to beach volleyball and to the weight room on campus.
Campers will stay in dorms and eat in the dining hall. A commuter option is available as well.
University of Oregon Volleyball Camp
Located in Eugene
University of Oregon offers 2 and 3 day volleyball camps. There are many overnight options while also giving the commuter/day camp option.
Those staying overnight will get to sleep in the dorms and eat on campus.
Special Interest Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
Fitzgerald Farms Horse Camp
Located in Yamhill
Southwest of Portland is the town of Yamhill where Fitz Farms is located. During the summer, they run many horse camps, but one session is an overnight option.
This 5 day camp is open to advanced beginner riders and above. They will have a fun, typical camp experience that also incorporates horsemanship training all week long.
Brass (and Woodwind) Camp at Wallowa Lake
Located in Joseph
On the eastern side of Oregon is the beautiful Wallowa Lake. Here, many camps are run through the summer.
One is Brass Camp, open to middle and high schoolers for a week long.
These camps will strengthen your child musical skills with group instruction, private instruction, ensembles, performances, theory, music history and much more.
Besides the incredible musical training, they’ll also have tons of fun with recreational activities. Such activities include paddle boating, horseback riding, mini golf, and more.
Special Needs Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
I love seeing options for overnight summer camps in Oregon that really include everyone and make sure everyone can have a fun summer experience.
Here are a few summer camps in Oregon for kids who have special needs in their lives.
Located in Falls City
Campers 10-18 are welcome at Camp Odakoda, which is located about 45 outside of Salem.
This camp is designed for children who have Aspergers or Austism to have a safe, healthy place for summer camp experiences.
Younger campers will sleep in cabins with cabinmates and a couple adults, while the older campers will get to stay in yurts.
Camp Odakoda is a typicall summer camp experience. Kids will love getting to canoe, fish, craft, be part of a drama group, and even a traditional talent show.
Located in Lyons
Camp Easterseals is an overnight summer camp in Oregon that is open to campers ages 10+. It takes place at Evans Creek Retreat in Lyons, OR.
Easterseals specifically designs their camps for people with a diagnosed disability, but no medical concerns.
If there are specific medical concerns (catheter, tube feeding, others listed on website) then they can bring a personal attendant/nurse with them. (Read eligibility requirements for more information.)
At Camp Easterseals, campers will get many of the traditional camp experiences. Days are filled with boating, swimming, horses, arts and crafts, and more. Of course evening will bring campfires.
Camp Easterseals believes everyone should have the opportunity to attend, so if there is financial concern, they encourage you to apply for a scholarship which can be found on their webiste.
Overnight Summer Camps in Oregon
Hopefully you found something that matches the interest of your child on that list of overnight summer camps in Oregon. There are so many to choose from and they all are packed with fun and great experiences.
So get planning and enjoy your upcoming summer break in one of these summer camps in Oregon!
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