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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Weekly Activities and Daily Rhythm

Nature Day Camp works for children because of it's balance of structured and unstructured activities.  

A balanced schedule also caters to children who feel more at home showing up to a new place and knowing what's going to happen when they arrive. We've deliberately made the mornings similar each day to accommodate campers who thrive in a routine. Building the unstructured time into the middle of the camp day allows children to know what's coming next - even though what might transpire in that unstructured time will change depending on the children in the group, the staff leading the group, the nature theme, and the location of the camp. 

This summer we will again be offering eight weeks of True Nature Summer Camps at various locations, which focus on nature connection, bushcraft skills, cooperative games, and stealth movement. Read more about True Nature Summer Camps HERE.

Friends or siblings who want to attend camp together must sign up for the same age group. 

Here's what you can expect each week - take note that the all-camp activities will change based on the weekly theme! For more information on the nature themes for 2019, please CLICK HERE! (Note - this schedule does not apply to True Nature Summer Camp.)

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

7:45

Before-care (no charge)

9:00

Camper sign in

9:15

Opening Circle:  songs, cheers & other fun stuff!

9:30

Welcome! Staff Introductions, Expectations

Snack & Bathroom break

Theme-related Game

 Bathroom break

Bathroom break

9:45

Unstructured Time in Traveling Groups

 

 

(Each group visits the shelter throughout the day to do a theme-related craft)

Unstructured Time in Traveling Groups

 

10:00

Rotations Intro

10:15

Snack & Bathroom Break

Theme related rotation groups

10:30

Ice-breakers & cooperative games

10:45

Snack & Bathroom break

11:00

Unstructured Time in Traveling Groups

Unstructured Time in Traveling Groups

 

11:30

11:45

Unstructured Time in Traveling Groups

 

2:45

Theme-related Skit/Puppet Show

3:00

Theme-related Skit, Activity or Game

3:30

All-camp Closing Circle

3:45

Back to tables, ready for sign-out

4:00

Camper Sign-out - See you tomorrow!