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 this summer for fun and educational summer camps and activities. So get up, get out there and discover something new that you like to do.

Here are a few ideas from sampling the many classes, camps and activities happening this summer:


n Washington County Museum hosts “Splash,” an underwater robotics camp for middle school girls Aug. 12-16. 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 week-long camp costs $100 and slots are still available. Complete information and application at

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 the 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 for more information.


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

n Theatre in the Grove’s CAST camps, July 15-26: There’s still room for sixth- through 12th-grade theater enthusiasts, who 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

n Younger children take the stage for Pacific University’s Youth Theater Camps, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-9. Each five-day camp offers art projects, theater 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 a.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 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 the Centro Cultural by June 28 for a 20 percent discount.

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