Oregon Summer Star is a custom camp for all military-connected youth. We combine community-building, leadership skills, and reflection with the traditional fun of summer camp — kids connect through their identity as military youth while also having time to just be kids.
2021 Early Bird Registration!
We are currently accepting early bird registrations for our return to overnight camp in 2021! Camp will take place Sunday, August 8th through Friday, August 13th at Camp Canyonview in Silverton, OR. Register and submit your $50 deposit by August 31st to lock-in the current $300 per camper price and receive a free OSS mask.
More About OSS
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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