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Lots of camps, classes to make summer more fun


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Make a scarecrow at a special class to be held at Luscher Farm.

Camps, camps, and more camps! Come on out and sign-up for one of many summer camps offered through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. Give your child a summer to remember. Test your sailing skills and sign-up for the Opti Sailing Camp and be prepared to get wet. Looking for a chance to learn how to skateboard? LO Parks & Recreation offers the perfect camp for you:

Summer camps

Club 420 Sailing Camp. Master the basics of small boat sailing in WSC’s fleet of Club 420s. Learn the basics of rigging and sailing boats in a safe friendly environment. Explore the river and surrounding areas while making new friends and learning new skills.

Participants must know how to swim and will be asked to complete a 50-yard swim test without a PFD. For ages 13 to 18, July 15 through 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $293.

Kindercamp-Riding the Rails. Join our half-day camp for children ages 4 through the completion of kindergarten. This camp is staffed by the professionals from Vermont Hills Family Life Center.

Children sing songs, play games, listen to stories, and create arts and crafts in an outdoor setting. Rainout location is at the West End Building 4101 Kruse Way., July 15 through 19, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85.

Fencing Camp. Learn the basic skills of the Olympic sport of fencing, which is quick action and fun. This dynamic sport offers challenges to quick thinking, strength, coordination, and agility. Safety is emphasized and all equipment is provided. Wear athletic type clothing and shoes. For ages 7 to 11, July 15 through 19, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $115.

Skateboarding Camp. This camp is for all levels. Learn the basics or improve your skateboarding skills. Enjoy a combination of instruction and supervised free skating with camp instructors. Bring your own board, pads and helmet. For ages 6 to 11, July 16 through 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $70.

LO Teen Service Corps Camp-Natural Resources and Rock Climbing. LO Teen Service Corps is an exciting volunteer opportunity for teens to support local communities, organizations and natural areas.

This program is a three-day commitment for teens, ages 13 to 17. Included are two days of service and adventure activity on the third day. Volunteer hours can be used toward graduation requirements and each teen receives two LO Teen Service Corps shirts per summer.

Sign-up for more than one week, first session is July 16 through 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $115.

Nature on the Farm Mini-Camp-Nature Explorations. Children discover ways to explore nature through play and mindful activities. Each morning begins with yoga and singing, followed by nature-based activities, healthy garden snacks, and traditional games played in the field. For ages 5 to 8, July 16 through 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $74.

Summer Classes

Backyard Chickens for Kids. Do chickens have ears? Learn this and other fun facts about the chickens at the Luscher Farm through games, stories and a fun art project. Learn the chicken dance! For ages 5 to 8, July 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Cost is $10.

Mixed Media for Kids

Give students a wide variety of art making experiences. Use a variety of media that may include printmaking, clay, tile mosaic, collage, and ordinary objects that can be transformed into creative works of art. For ages 6 to 12, July 20, 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $47.

Scarecrow Sculpting

Create and decorate a spooky, dazzling or life-like scarecrow. Scarecrows are in the farm gardens to bring inspiration to our own creation. Participants are invited to bring ideas and items from home to personalize your scarecrow.

Basic materials provided in the workshop of hay and scarecrow frame. For ages 3 and older, July 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10.

Class registration


Pre-registration is required for nearly all Parks & Recreation classes and activities. Class information is in the Parks & Recreation Guide available at the West End Building, also online at lakeoswegoparks.org.

You may register by internet, mail (at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation, West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, 97035), drop off materials during business hours at the WEB, fax to 503-697-6579 or phone 503-675-2549.

Non-residents generally pay more than fees shown. For more information on classes, visit our website: www.lakeoswegoparks.org.