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Police Activities League Summer Programs

June 17, 2008 00:00


PAL KEEPS YOUTH ACTIVE AND SAFE OFFERS LOW-COST SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH IN PORTLAND, BEAVERTON, MOLALLA, GRESHAM AND MORE! The Police Activities League (PAL) of Greater Portland will kick off its Summer Camps and USDA Summer Feeding Program for 350 youth on Monday, June 23, 2008, at an energetic assembly at 9:00 a.m. at Marshall High School’s gym (3905 SE 91st Ave). Youth will arrive on buses provided by PAL from North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland neighborhoods as well as Gresham, Troutdale, Molalla, and Clackamas County. Speakers include local law enforcement chiefs and military personnel. All camp coaches are police officers, deputies, community volunteers and high school athletes.

Openings are still available for all PAL summer programs. “We still have space available in all our programs,” said PAL CEO Maura White. “With the rising cost of gas and food prices, even our very low-cost camps are out of the reach for some families. We are doing the best we can to scholarship youth, and thanks to the family of deceased Officer Mark Zylawy, many youth are able to receive the camp experience at a cost of only $20.”

Portland Public School District and Gresham-Barlow School District Nutrition Services departments will provide lunches for youth at camp as well as all summer at the PAL Youth Center (one of the open feeding sites for East County). Registration materials are available through the web page at, and click on PAL forms. Several forms have been translated into Spanish. Highlights include:

PAL Summer Sports Camp, June 23 - 27, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., boys & girls ages 8-14. Police Officers and community volunteers coach more than 14 sports. Sports that still have openings include football, soccer, martial arts and basketball. Cost is $35.

PAL Bud Monnes Youth Center Drop-In Program (424 N.E. 172nd), June 30-August 20, M-F, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ages 8-17; programs include: Outdoor Club, Recreation, Reading, Arts & Crafts, & Field Trips. Cost is $50 for a year membership or $25 for youth that qualify for free or reduced lunch.

National Youth Sports Program, July 7-August 1, Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Portland State University, for low-income youth 10-16, provides sports instruction, educational classes, and meals. There is a $25 registration fee, and camp is open to youth throughout the metro area (including Vancouver). Some transportation is provided from the Portland area.

PAL Adventure Camps, July 7-August 15, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-11am at the PAL Youth Center (424 NE 172nd Ave) for youth ages 8-13. Six weekly themed camps focused on recreational and enrichment activities. Cost is $25 per week plus Youth Center yearly membership of $50 or $25 for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Free breakfast is provided from 7:30am-8am. All youth who participate in PAL Adventure camps can participate in the drop in program immediately following adventure camp until 5:30 p.m. for no additional charge.

Beaverton PAL Day Camps and drop in programs, June 16-August 15, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, at the Beaverton Resource Center, 12500 SW Allen Blvd. Call 503-469-9137 or drop by the Center for registration materials.

Molalla PAL Youth Center programs, June 30-August 22, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, at 209 Kennel Avenue, for youth ages 8-14. Go to

Summer Internship Opportunities, June - August 2008, at all program sites. Portland PAL is a non-profit, juvenile crime prevention program, which provides programs in Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Molalla and Beaverton. PAL's law enforcement partners include the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, FBI, Troutdale, Beaverton, Molalla, and Fairview Police Departments, Port of Portland Police, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

For more information or to volunteer with PAL, go to or its blog at The PAL main phone line is 503-823-0250.



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