The following list of camps and activities is based on information submitted to the Messenger; none are affiliated formally with SES or the PTSA.

[9-12 grades] Summer design challenge

  • Students will:
    • Learn how to use human-centered design to create innovative new products and services
    • Meet professionals from Portland’s robust start-up community and leading design firms
    • Investigate Oregon’s food economy (specifically, food production, consumption and waste)
  • Cost: This workshop is free for students
  • When: July 27-August 7
  • For more information: Visit


[Ages 12+] Photography and animation workshops

  • What: Covering composition, lighting techniques and photo editing, as well as the fundamentals of animation.
  • Who: For youths ages 12 and up. Space is limited to seven students
  • When: July 8-10, 15-17 and 29-31, Aug 5-7. Hours are from 11am-4pm (teenager hours)
  • Cost: $120 per camp or $50 per day. $10/hr for early arrival or later stay. Sliding scale is an option.
  • Contact: Shawnalee Anderton at or 503-896-6723

[Ages 12-18] Cascade Mountain School summer science camps

2015 Cascade Mountain School summer programs are open for registration. (Note that high school programs can be taken for high school science, college science and service credit.)

Imaginaries Theatre Summer Camps: July 27-31 at SES

The Imaginaries Theatre Summer Camps will return to SES this summer during the week of July 27-31. Students will imagine, create, produce and perform their very own play—from start to finish—throughout the course of the week.

Participants will play theatre games, dress-up and make-believe, as well as brainstorm and realize art projects to take home—all made out of recycled materials. Students will learn about storytelling and improvisation and will gain skills in self-confidence, cooperation, collaboration and imagination.

  • Who: Children  ages 5-13 (do not have to attend SES) 25 campers maximum—reserve your spot before they run out
  • When: July 27-31, 10am-3pm (Performance at 2:30pm on Friday, July 31)
  • Where: SES Auditorium (3400 SE Salmon St)
  • Why: To allow students to flex their creative and imaginative muscles, practice problem-solving and improvisational skills, and have fun while making new friends
  • Cost: $200 for the week (includes art supplies, costumes and healthy snacks)

Contact Caitlin Quinn for more information at or 253-686-8159.

[4-6 grade] SKITTLES math camp

Sarah Kastrup teaches 4th and 5th grade math at SES. She will teach a math camp the week of June 15-19 using SKITTLES. This camp is for 4th, 5th, 6th graders. Learn and strengthen math concepts such as decimals, fractions, percentages, graphing and problem solving using hands-on activities that reach students of all learning styles.

  • When: June 15-19 10am-12pm
  • Where: SE Belmont and 20th (Sarah’s house)
  • Who: 4th, 5th and 6th graders
  • Cost: $145

Questions? Contact Sarah at Register at

Food Together cooking camps

Food Together camps are facilitated by Nicole Hoffmann and Jimena Galvez. Nicole is a chef and educator who most recently ran the Abernethy Scratch Kitchen, cooking for and with kids there for five years. She has taught cooking classes to folks from aged 5-65, holds an OSU Organic Gardening Certificate and collaborates with her friends at Simington Gardens farm in Aurora. Jimena is a Master Gardener, LMT, Yoga Teacher and passionate home cook. She worked with Abernethy Summer Cooking and Gardening Camps, volunteers in school garden clubs through Growing Gardens and teaches organic gardening courses with the Oregon Food Banks “Seed to Supper” Program.

All camps will be held at St. David of Wales community kitchen. To learn more or register, send an email to and request a registration form.

The following classes and camps are scheduled:

  • Strawberry Extravaganza! Learn all about this quintessential summer fruit and prepare both sweet and savory foods, including strawberry gazpacho, salads, strawberry shortcakes, jams, compotes and more.
    Saturday, June 20 (1 day only), 9am-1pm. Open to those entering grades 2-8. Participants will be placed into groups based on their culinary experience. $50 includes lunch and recipes, as well as strawberry treats to snack on and take home.
  • Baking Camp. Focus on the fundamentals of baking and pastry, creating impressive and delicious pies, layer cakes (including cake decorating), cookies, and breads and yeasted baked goods.
    Monday-Friday, July 13-17, 10:30am-2:30pm. Open to those entering grades 4-8. $225, snacks and recipes provided.
  • Picnics and Clever Sack Lunches. Have fun in the kitchen on this session, brainstorming and preparing creative, healthful and delicious foods to pack for school lunches, picnics, a trip to the beach or easy family dinners, including dips, spreads, sauces and salad dressings, a perfect roast chicken, sandwiches, sushi rolls, and vegetable, grain and fruit salads.
    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 10:30am-2:30pm. Open to those entering grades 4-8. $250, lunch and recipes provided.

Southeast Kids Camp

Two thirteen year old girls with lots of experience babysitting and being around younger children and siblings are offering a five-day summer camp for two consecutive weeks right after school gets out. (June 15-19 and June 22-26.) The camp is held at Sunnyside Environment School from 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday. The total cost per week, per child is $150. Camp fees include fun and creative activities based on the day’s theme and healthy snacks provided every day. Please keep in mind that we have a limited number of slots available per week of camp, so the earlier you sign up, the better.

Please visit the camp website for more details and to register for camp. Please email with any questions.

[2-5 grade] Sauvie Island Center farm camp

During the months of July and August, children entering grades 2–5 can spend a week at a time in camp with Sunnyside’s very own Vinnie Miller!

Kids will spend the week exploring the 18-acre Sauvie Island Center farm and adjacent grounds of Metro’s Howell Territorial Park. Each day at camp is a new adventure, focusing on one area of the Sauvie Island Center curriculum, including: healthy soils, plant parts, seed-to-harvest, wildlife and the food web, and the pollination station. Wednesdays are Market Chef Days with a real farm-to-table cooking lesson led by chefs from New Seasons Market.

For more information or to register, visit the Sauvie Island Center site.

[4-8 grade] Write Now! writers’ workshops

Write Now! is offering two summer writer’s workshops for kids who love writing, as well as for kids who need extra practice and a boost of motivation. Taught by SES teacher, Sarah Kastrup. Creative writing in a relaxed, supportive environment. Write freely and fearlessly. Enjoy the outdoors.

  • When: June 15-19 or June 22-26, 1:00-4:30
  • Who: 4-8 graders
  • Where: Colonel Summers Park and Sarah’s House
  • Cost: $185
  • Limited to 8 students.

Questions? Contact Sarah at Register at

[Ages 10-14] Dungeons and Dragons summer camp

The passing of a great elf wizard, a tower filled with bandits, guards, a powerful Arcanist and his apprentice, and a task to retrieve a special item which in the wrong hands could spell doom for the Nentir Vale and beyond!

This is D&D Summer Camp! If you have a child who would rather get lost in their imagination than a forest, field, or gym, this is the camp for you. Learn to play the 4th edition of the classic Dungeons & Dragons Role Playing Game! There are two camps for beginners this year:

  • June 15-19, 9am-3pm: This camp is for boys and girls who will be or are already in middle school (10-14 years old).
  • July 6-10, 9am-3pm: The Second is a girls-only camp, and is also for 10-14 year old middle schoolers.

Each Camp can accommodate up to five adventurers, and is held at the home of the DM, Thomas Webb (38th and Alder). The cost for each week is $250, which includes lunch, snacks a D&D player’s handbook, a personalized character sheet and game folder, Powercards, dice, a miniature figure and a camp t-shirt.

For more information contact Thomas Webb, The DM at

Tender Loving Care Think n’ Try camp

TLC-TnT camp is celebrating 29 years of day camps this summer. For a suggested donation of $5.00 per day, TLC-TnT camp serves breakfast and lunch, includes field trips to locations such as the Oregon Zoo, and sends kids home with incentives such as books and Nike balls.

The camps take place at Cesar Chavez School, but we welcome all, no matter where they go to school.

Camp sessions include:

  • Grades 6-12: June 29-July 1
  • Grades PreK-2: July 6-9
  • Grades 3-5: July 13-16
  • Grades PreK-2: July 20-23

Camp hours for all sessions are 8:30am-2:30pm.

Register here or contact Faye Palmerton at 503-970-4324 or for more information.

MarchFourth Marching Band camp

You don’t have to run away to join the circus anymore. Members of the MarchFourth Marching Band will teach your kids to play an instrument, walk on stilts, hula hoop and march in a parade down Alberta Street. It’s part marching band, part circus and a whole lot of fun! Bravely tumble the road of acrobats, soar to new heights on stilts, rock out with music and dance and then perform in front of thousands of people.

The MarchFourth Marching Band, Portland’s big band carnival spectacular, offers summer camps that empower, excite and engage youth while cultivating creative passion and fostering a greater sense of self-worth, personal empowerment and confidence—on stage and in life. Summer season includes circus camps for kids aged 5-18 and a performance camp for teens that culminates in a performance at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4th.

Camp is held at Sunnyside Methodist Church [3520 SE Yamhill St]. Space is limited; sign up now. For more information, including camp dates, pricing and registration, please visit

Steve and Kate’s Camp

Serving grades Pre-K through 7th and with more than 40 locations, Steve and Kate’s Camp conforms to kids, not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, campers are given choices. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, Steve and Kate’s gives them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts, people who teach themselves. One camper might dive into breadmaking and animation, while another flies down a water slide and scores a goal in an inflatable soccer stadium; it’s up to the kids how they spend their days.

Steve and Kate’s doesn’t expect you to know when or what time you can get your troops to camp; they’re policy is as flexible as you need it to be. Buy a summer membership, or purchase day passes and use them when you need them. (Steve and Kate’s will fully refund unused passes.) Best of all, you don’t even have to tell Steve and Kate’s when you’re coming.

To register, or for more information, call 503-828-3042 ext 151 or visit