Oregon Summer Star
Oregon Summer Star designs intentional and financially accessible summer camp programming to empower military-connected youth to build a resilient community through their shared identity. We teach critical skills such as communication, leadership, stewardship, and reflection through trauma-informed practices.
Safe and Fun Experience
Oregon Summer Star allows us to look inward, smile outward and have the best week of our summer together. We leave politics behind and focus on preparing youth for a healthy and balanced life after camp. Oregon Summer Star carries out a long line of traditions that have developed over the last 17 years. Returning campers look forward to environmental education field studies, swimming, water sports, field games, hikes, crafting, song sessions and challenge course activites. There are classic all-camp games each evening like Capture the Flag and Counselor Hunt. Each evening brings a full campfire program with late night activities including a night hike, an outdoor movie under the stars with popcorn, and an all-camp Dance.
Most Oregon Summer Star staff have been working with Tsuga to support military families in Oregon for more than a decade. Our staff are background checked and our nurse on site is credentialed. Oregon’s National Guard is involved in a military theme day where campers can learn more about what their parents do when they’re away overseas. We turn technology off for a full week and exercise interpersonal skills. We eat meals together family-style in a dining hall. We reach out to each other, to meet someone new and learn something about them every day. We reconnect as Oregonians after a pandemic that pulled us apart. Oregon Summer Star is fun, safe, and an important opportunity for young people to get to know themselves and the world around them.
“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
We are thrilled to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for camp in 2022! Participation scholarships for qualifying youth are provided by Mike and Burmah Rainbolt and the Benton Community Foundation. If your family needs assistance paying for camp this year, please click the button below to apply.