Youth of military families are invited to join together during a full week of summer camp!
Registration for 2020 open NOW!
Dates: June 21st – 26th
Location: Canyonview — Silverton, OR
Ages Served: 8-13
Registration: Registrations are accepted until May 15th, 2020 or until capacity is reached. Late registrations will be accepted after May 15th (depending on availability) and will incur a $50 late registration fee.
Dates: July 19th-24th
Location: Molalla Retreat Center — Molalla, OR
Ages Served: 13-17
Registration: Registrations are accepted until June 15th, 2020 or until capacity is reached. Late registrations will be accepted after June 15th (depending on availability) and will incur a $50 late registration fee.
Cost: $300 per camper — payable by card or check, payment plans available.
Scholarships: We will be able to offer limited scholarships to offset camp fees this year. If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, there is an option in the registration form to pay only the deposit and receive more information about scholarships when the application is ready.
Experiencing Deployment or have a Severely Injured Parent? You may be eligible to receive a grant from Our Military Kids to cover the cost of your camp fee.
Scholarship Opportunities for Surviving Family Members – There are several organizations willing to aid chilfren of our fallen soldiers.Please contact Military One Source for a list or resources.
Participants who are 16-17 (entering 11th or 12th grade) can apply to be Associate Counselors (ACs) through our staff application form. As an AC, teens learn how to be counselors and help manage a cabin of campers at one or both weeks of camp. ACs pay a reduced camp fee of $150 per week. If your teen is interested in applying to be an AC, you should still register them for camp using the link above and pay the $50 deposit. We will follow-up with information on how to apply for an AC role.
In the event you cancel your reservation, refunds are defined below:
- Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made. If the payment was made by credit card, then the refund will be credited back to the card.
- 100% Refundable registration will be reimbursed (minus the deposit) if written notice is received prior to May 15th, 2020
- 50% of refundable registration will be refunded between May 15th and June 15th.
- Cancellations received after June 15th will forfeit full registration costs.
- Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your refund.
- Participants who leave during a camp session will not receive a refund.
Safe and Fun:
Oregon Summer Star is our State’s most admired military-family support program. It’s a low-cost week of summer camp that allows us to look inward, smile outward and have the best week of our summer together. Oregon Summer Star is not about promoting military service or endorsing any political policy. It’s about preparing our youth with skills for a balanced life and about maintaining a healthy next generation of Oregon families. Our staff are well trained and recruited from other programs – they’re very good at what they do. Many have been staff for military family support camps in Oregon with Tsuga for many years. All of our staff are background checked and our nurse on site is credentialed.
“Oregon Summer Star has given our daughter more confidence, a drive to keep going when life gets rough and bumpy, never ending camp songs that are sung year around, joy, a sense of belonging. She doesn’t feel like she is the only one who’s parent serves, or did serve, or in some cases didn’t make it home. She has pride in what her dad did and what he goes through every day… I am thankful for the love and support she gets at camp. To you and your staff, keep up the good work you do!”
– Christina Loy, 2016
A Place for Us:
Regardless of the site we use, the traditions and programming of Oregon Summer Star will always be found at camp. Mornings will be filled with environmental education field studies on the lake, at the river, and in the forest. Afternoon recreations include swimming, field games, hikes, arts and crafts, and more. We’ll have the classic all-camp games like Capture the Flag and Counselor Hunt. Oregon’s National Guard will be involved in a military theme day where campers can learn more about what their parents do when they’re away overseas. Each evening brings a full campfire program and late night activities include a night hike, and an outdoor movie under the stars with popcorn (Youth camp) or an all-camp Dance (Teen camp). We turn off the technology for a full week and exercise interpersonal skills. Oregon Summer Star is fun, safe, and an important opportunity for young people to get to know themselves and the world around them.
Tsuga Community Commission is proud to have developed and integrated Oregon Summer Star, a camp for all of Oregon’s military-connected youth regardless of their family’s deployment / service status. As Oregonians move into the next decade together, Oregon Summer Star is the custom camp for our youth and teens, to share experiences related to their parent’s military service, belong to a special statewide community and develop individual skills for life after camp. If you supported a friend who had a parent deployed, thanks for your service too – Join us!
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