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Learning and fun don't stop with summer


Summer camp options abound for local kids

Calling all actors, athletes, artists, explorers and musicians.

There’s no reason to sit around and stare at a screen all summer. Opportunities abound in Washington County and beyond for fun and educational camps and activities. So get up, get out there and discover something new that you like to do.

Here are a few samples of the many classes, camps and activities happening this summer:


n Forest Grove Parks and Rec partners with Skyhawks to bring several sports camps to Forest Grove this summer, including soccer and tennis at Lincoln and Rogers parks for a span of ages. Find more information on specific camps and costs at Skyhawks.com.

n Theatre in the Grove’s CAST camps, July 15-26: There’s still room for sixth through 12th grade theater enthusiasts have two choices: the morning session focuses on theater production and the afternoon class makes a musical production. Classes are $115. Find a registration form and more information at theatreinthegrove.org.

n Younger children take the stage for Pacific University’s Youth Theatre Camps, July 29 to Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 to 9. Each five-day camp offers art projects, theatre games and the chance to write and perform an original play. The $200 cost covers costumes, sets and materials, but students are asked to bring a lunch for each 10 ra.m. to 3 p.m. session. Contact Caitlin Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

n Time to Play, a music lesson studio at Almost Paradise Farms, will provide weekly lessons throughout the summer for aspiring musicians. Each day of the week features music instruction, including piano, guitar, choir and genre bands. The studio provides instruments and a chance to perform at Gales Creek Bandstand Aug. 18. Schedule and prices are available at timetoplayfg.com.

n Adelante Chicas will host three weeks of day camps for third through 12th grade girls. Each week, 60 to 80 Latina youth will learn about higher education, healthy living and cultural expression. Descubriendo, a science, technology, engineering and math program, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 to 20 at Pacific University. Tu Vida, Imagen y Salud, promoting nutrition and exercise, will be held the following week with hands-on learning sessions led by the Tualitin Riverkeepers. An arts and cultural camp called Expresate runs Aug. 6 to 10 at the Centro Cultural of Washington County in Cornelius. For more information or to volunteer as a facilitator, contact Adelante Chicas at 503.992.0078.

n Centro Cultural’s YES-STEAM program, promoting the integration of art and science, offers a Discovering and Designing program during July and August for third through eighth graders. The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Cornelius and visits the Pacific University B Street Farm twice a week to learn about safety and agricultural science. For $40 a month, campers practice reading, writing, math, science, art and technology skills. Register at Centro Cultural by June 28 for a 20 percent discount.


n Washington County Museum hosts Splash, an underwater robotics camp for middle school girls Aug. 12 to 16. What better way to spend a week than in the water — building and battling robots in the water, of course. The curriculum is based on National Science Foundation’s WaterBotics lesson plans that run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The weeklong camp costs $100 and seven slots are still available. Complete information and application at washingtoncountymuseum.org/splash.

n Kids 5 to 8 years old can learn the basics of working with clay at Clay Kids Camp. Each student will create several projects, which will be glazed in the Walters Cultural Arts Center’s kiln. The camp is taught by Matt Carlson 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Sculptors age 9 to 13 are welcome to use a potter’s wheel and their hands to make cups, plates, sculptures and more. This hands on camp runs Monday to Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1 to 4 p.m. Youth Wheel helps 9 to 13 year-olds improve clay working technique from 4:45 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Wheel Throwing and beginning/intermediate ceramics classes are available for those older than 14. Call the arts center at 503-615-3485 for prices and information.

n Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club will serve up classic summer fun for kids between 6 and 12 years old in nine weeks of specialized day camps. Each week, children and parents can choose between two camps for their age group. Camp programs include photography, nature, sports, cooking, urban adventures, science and more. Day camp programs run from 9 a.m. to noon and cost $30. Afternoon and early morning activities are also available. Call Inukai at 503-640-4558 to see the full schedule and sign up.

n Art and language combine Aug. 19 to 23 at Hart Theatre for a bilingual theater camp organized by Learn English/Spanish Through the Arts. Participants of all ages are welcome to practice and improve their language skills from 2 to 5 p.m. while rehearsing “Alice Meets Dracula in the Old West.” No previous skills are required to take part in the sing-along family performance. Early registration discounts of 20 percent are available until June 28. The camp costs $60 per student with extra discounts for participants from the same family. Visit lesta.net for more information.