“We couldn’t find a more safe, complete and memorable camp experience anywhere!” 

–  Erin McPherson, Military Parent and School Teacher

Open to all Children and Grandchildren of Oregon military families!

Full week of camp for only $250.

Youth of military families, grandchildren of military families and friends of military-connected youth are all welcome to join together during a full week of summer camp for only a $250 registration fee.  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.  We built a community that once never was in Oregon and look to YOU as the campers and families to move it further. It’s 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.

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PrintWe want youth and teens from each of Portland’s neighborhoods to play an active role in the local planning process.  We also believe that every kid should be able to afford to go to a local summer day-camp.  PLACE guides the involvement of youth from a given neighborhood in activating underutilized open spaces for summer recreation and education purposes.  PLACE teaches waste reduction curriculum, basic land use practices and community livability.  Neighborhood PLACE encourages youth to take on stewardship roles within their local natural areas after camp, and aims to inspire greater sensations of community belonging and ownership.  One of the most special and lasting components of the PLACE program is the community site improvement project that leaves a positive relic of local youth service.

In addition to studying crime prevention through environmental design and basic land use practices, we also want to study watershed health in general and do a community enhancement project within the Riparian Zone of local parks (if available for group projects).  We work with local area school programs to target our outreach and recruitment efforts toward low-income families.  Our goal is to increase social capital, community capacity and to reduce the potential for summer vandalism by fostering a local sense of youth stewardship (positive ownership) over one’s neighborhood and our shared parks.

PLACE is a free curriculum, integrated by Tsuga Staff as supplemental activities to existing partner programming.

Check back here in February of 2017 for our next series of PLACE camps.

Prior Portland Area Neighborhoods Served:

  • 2015 and 2016 – West Portland Park (Jackson Middle School)
    • Partnership with Neighborhood House
  • 2014 – Fairview and St. Johns (Cathedral Park) 
    • Partnership with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • 2013 – Linnton (Linnton Community Center) 
    • Partnership with Metro and American Planning Association (Oregon Chapter)