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Adventure WILD Day Camp c/o Friends of Outdoor School  |  PO Box 82684, Portland, OR 97282  |  971-808-2267   |  adw@friendsofoutdoorschool.org


Location & Descripton

Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp is based at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, located on the corner of SE Stark and SE 43rd in Portland, Oregon.  The parking lot and ample street parking is available for drop-off and pick-up. From there, we’ll explore the outdoors, learning about urban nature and the vibrant life in the beautiful greenspaces around us, including the 26-acre Laurelhurst Park. Each themed week includes components in nature, science and art, tailored to the ages and interests of that week's participants. Plus, every Friday is indoor rock climbing day (always a camper favorite!) supervised by trained Mazamas volunteers. We’ll teach our young adventurers how to properly use climbing equipment and safely belay, as well as the basics of climbing technique, carefully scaled to the age and ability of each child.

NEW! for Summer 2018

Due to increased popularity and demand, we're expanding our trips to the mountain! All sessions now include a Thursday excursion to the Mazama Lodge on Mt. Hood. While at the Lodge, we’ll enhance our nature, science and arts thematic learning by embarking on trail adventures and scavenger hunts, learning to identify alpine plants and animals, trying our hands at orienteering, and immersing ourselves in art projects inspired by the alpine environment.

During camp weeks 5, 6, & 7 (July 23rd, July 30th, and Aug. 6th) we’ve added an optional Thursday night overnight for campers ages 8-10 years at the time of camp. Overnight campers will experience two full days of extended mountain excursions and dive deep into the wildlife and ecology of Mt. Hood. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up your 8-10 year old early to secure a space on this two-day, one-night mountain adventure. Overnight week tuition is $375, and includes dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday, as well as full transportation to and from the Mazama Lodge.

The Mazama Lodge, built in 1960, is a beautiful wooden lodge nestled on US Forest Service Land between Timberline Lodge and Government Camp on Mount Hood. Thanks to the careful stewardship of Mazama members, the Mazama Lodge remains a functional and beautiful camp site which welcomes thousands of visitors each year, from summer camps to wedding parties to Mazama instructional programs.

We're excited to offer a full-day field trip during camp week 4 (July 16th), WILD Winds & Waters. Campers will embark on an adventure to Portland's own Kelly Point Park. Here, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, campers will explore what happens when winds and waters collide! Tuition for WILD Winds & Waters week is $340, which includes transportation to and from base camp at the Mazama Mountaineering Center.

Fees & Hours
Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp serves children ages 4-10. Children must be at least 4 years old, based on their age at the time of camp week.

$325 (weeks 1-3 and weeks 5-7)
$340 (week 4)
+$50 optional overnight add-on (available weeks 5-7)

Lunches and Snacks
Please make sure to pack an environmentally-friendly lunch for your child. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided for each group. (If your child has dietary restrictions, please pack an additional two snacks daily and share dietary information when registering your child.)

Lost and Found
Lost and found items will be held until the end of the summer. If an item is lost while your child is at Adventure WILD Camp, please contact 971-808-2267. Items not claimed by Labor Day will be donated to charity.

Camp Policies

  • Registration begins February 1st, 2018 and is open until filled or the Friday prior to the week of camp.
  • Each session has limited space and is closed when filled. A waiting list is kept for each session.
  • If you are unable to register online, please contact our Adventure WILD office at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (adventurewild@mazamas.org, 503-227-2345)
  • We reserve the right to refuse enrollment to anyone or dismiss without refund any student for behavioral issues.
  • Summer programs operate rain or shine. Children should dress accordingly.
  • Any accompanying aides for special needs campers will require a background check by Adventure WILD.

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Adventure WILD reserves the right to cancel or combine classes that are below the minimum participant requirement. Should cancellations occur, our staff will contact the participant's family about alternative classes.
  • Prior to June 1, 2018: Cancellations made prior to June 1 will result in a $50 cancellation fee, with the remainder refunded.
  • After June 1, 2018: Cancellations made after June 1 receive no refund, with the following exceptions:
  • Short term illness or injury: If a short term illness or injury prevents the camper from attending the scheduled camp, the client may reschedule another camp, during the same summer season only, for a transfer fee of $35 (unless the new camp is of a greater value), provided that the desired camp has available space.
  • Long term illness or injury:
    • Cancellations made after June 1 due to long-term illness/injury must be accompanied by a doctor's note for a $50 cancellation fee.
    • A doctor's note must be received before a refund will be issued.
  • Existing waiting list requests: For cancellations made after June 1, if there is a waiting list for a space in the camp, then the cancellation may result in a $50 fee, with the remainder refunded, only after the vacated space in the camp has been filled.

Camp Session Transfers
After June 1, 2018 a Camp Transfer fee of $35 will be assessed for each camp session change. No Camp Transfers are allowed within two weeks from the start date of your camp session (except in the case of illness or injury documented by a doctor's note).

Please contact the camp manager at 971-808-2267 if your child will be absent. There will be no make-up classes for any summer camp programs. Absences will not be refunded unless the entire enrollment is cancelled before the session has begun.

About Friends of Outdoor School

Since 2003, Friends of Outdoor School has been dedicated to preserving the Outdoor School (ODS) experience for all Oregon students regardless of a student's ability, experience, income or family background. We do this by raising funds, gathering volunteers, and building community partnerships on behalf of Outdoor School.

About the Mazamas
The Mazamas, founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization.  Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually. Mazamas’ mission is to promote mountaineering through education, climbing, hiking, fellowship, safety, and the protection of mountain environments. Every love for mountaineering is borne out of a love for the outdoors, which can only be shaped by positive experiences and understanding of the outdoors. The mission depends on getting children outside and exploring, but they recognize that the urgency extends far beyond the Mazamas, with the need to engage all children in formative outdoor experiences.

Since 2012, Mazamas has partnered with Friends of Outdoor School to further our shared goals of providing meaningful, educational outdoor experiences to youth in the Portland metro area. Adventure WILD Summer Day Camp is an exciting and evolving piece of this partnership.

About Outdoor School
Since 1966,
MESD Outdoor School — and many other outdoor school programs across Oregon — have given generations of sixth-grade students the opportunity to spend a week during the school year in a residential outdoor setting, learning hands-on about authentic natural science concepts  and about themselves. During this week-long program, students are truly able to immerse themselves in natural surroundings and a nurturing community while they "unplug" from their technology-filled lives. For many sixth graders, Outdoor School is their first experience living and learning science in the outdoors. Unlike any other educational experience, Outdoor School science reaches through the magnifying lens to stimulate and engage students' senses. Science is dashing between the rocks as students search for signs of life, or crumbling between their fingers as soil is examined for particles. These experiences are far more life-changing than any textbook lesson can achieve.

Contact Information
Mail: Adventure WILD Day Camp
c/o Mazamas
527 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 971-808-2267
Email: adventurewild@mazamas.org