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Camp Insider

Field Trip at the Oregon Zoo

Yesterday, Sports Madness and Sports Specialty Camps were busy discovering the wonders at the Oregon Zoo. Campers watched polar bears, elephants, lions, and more!

Meet Oscar - Summer Safari Camper

Oscar was often the first camper to arrive for 
Summer Safari Camp!


Oscar’s favorite part of camp is Flush Tag - or any game where he can run! He enjoys fixing things and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Oliver was a good friend and looked out for his buddies. He especially enjoyed gathering all his gear and craft items to take home each day.

Campers and counselors describe Oscar:
Energetic | Friendly | Engenier | Thoughtful | Funny | Fast

Summer Safari campers continue their adventures this week with ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ Campers are learning about Betsy Ross and the U.S. flag with crafts, writing our own Declaration of Independence, and making homemade ice cream to celebrate America’s birthday!

Don't miss out on next week's Myth Busters activities packed with awesome science experiments and oodles of fun!

SNAP Camp - The Sky is the Limit

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Snap Camp

It's quiet...a little too quiet. The calm before the storm. Are you ready? I know I am!!! Get ready for another AMAZING summer in SNAP CAMP! With an All-Star group of counselors this is going to be, without a doubt, the summer to remember. The field trips are going to be a hit, the themes are out of this world, the Slip & Slide has been neglected for far too long, an no dream is too big. Get ready, get set, here we go!!! Let's get it started!!! - Spencer & Matt

Meet the SNAP Camp Dynamic Duo & their team... Bring out your Big-Stadium-Announcer-Voice and take a big breath...

  • Spencer "The Juggling, Balloon Animal, Magic Trick, Science-Loving, Slack Line Extraordinaire" Dale
  • Matt "The Tongue-Twisting Linguist, Sci-Fi Enthusiast, Every Game Strategist, & Star Wars Fanatic" McCourt
  • All-Star Team:
    • SNAP CampMikaela "Soccer-Crazed" Doherty
    • Lucas "Hedgehog" Marin
    • Brenton "Art Master" Douglas
    • Krystal "Gimp-it-up" Graybiel-Goldstein
    • Meredith "I Got Your Back" Zubel
    • Megan "Rhubarb is the Bomb" Baglien
    • Kim "I Can Sing Anything" Cardoza.

                   ...And the crowd goes WILD! Aaaaaaaaaaaa!

Field Trip Fever - Where are SWCC Camps Off to This Summer?

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Campers eating ice cream in Tillamook

We’ll be jetting out in style aboard a yellow school bus to explore Portland and its surrounding areas on EPIC field trips this summer!  Did you know that Summer Safari, SNAP, Get in the Game, Sports Madness, Sports Specialty  and 180 Skate Camp will all be going on field trips this summer? Camps will be headed to the Willamette Jetboats where campers have super-soaking good time, John’s Incredible Pizza Place where campers get to make their own pizza (and parents don’t have to pack a lunch!), and an incredible circus celebration that’s sure to delight and entertain! Every week, each of these theme-based camps depart on a field trip to accompany the theme of the week. 180 Skate Camps will tour the best local skate parks in the Portland area. Imagine joining us for the entire summer- that would be a total of eleven memorable and unforgettable field trips with new friends and amazing memories!  Be sure to check the summer camp listing details! Don’t miss out- these camps are filling up fast!

2013 Field Trip Locations for Grades 1-6:


Dates....... SNAP  Camp, Grade 4-6  Sports Madness, Grade 4-6 & Sports Specialty, Grade 3-6 Summer Safari, Grade 1-3 Sports - Get in the Game, Grade 1-3
6/18-6/21 Clackamas Aquatic Park Oaks Park Safari Sams Mini Golf & More at Bullwinkles
6/24-6/28 Peninsula Park 100 Year Circus Celebration: Rockwall, Crafts, Games, BBQ Lunch, T-Shirts & campers will perform in and attend the Kids Circus.
7/1-7/5 John's Incredible Pizza Place Evergreen Aviation Water Park John's Incredible Pizza Place JJ Jump
7/8-7/12 Willamette Jet Boats Oregon Zoo OMSI Evergreen Aviation Water Park
7/15-7/19 OMSI Clackamas Aquatic Park Children’s Museum Portland Aquarium
7/22-7/26 Oaks Park John's Incredible Pizza Place Oregon Zoo PDX Playdate
7/29-8/2 My Masterpiece Art Studio Laser Tag My Masterpiece Art Studio Ice Skating
8/5-8/9 Laser Tag Willamette Jetboats PDX Playdate John's Incredible Pizza Place
8/12-8/16 Electric Castles Wunderland Arcade Tillamook Cheese Factory & Beach Capture the flag Willamette Jet boats Safari Sam's
8/19-8/23 Portland Aquarium Wilson Pool Portland Aquarium Willamette Jetboats
8/26-8/30 JJ Jump Ice Skating JJ Jump Clackamas Aquatic Park
Camp Dates 180 Skateboarding Camp, Grade 2-6  
6/18-6/21 Newberg Skate Camper
6/24-6/28 Ed Benedict
7/1-7/5 Beaverton
7/8-7/12 Battleground
7/15-7/19 Tualatin
7/22-7/26 Hood River
7/29-8/2 Newberg
8/5-8/9 Battleground
8/12-8/16 Tualatin
8/19-8/23 Ed Benedict
8/26-8/30 Hood River