iSpy: All About Summer Camps!

Why not try something new this summer? There are so many summer camps to choose from, and this is the time of year to start reserving spots for your kids so why not find something unique! We spied some local summer camps with themes that you may not have even thought of.

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If creating art and learning about it is something your children would enjoy, then a camp at The Arts Center may be just right! There are many unique camps to choose from including painting, puppet making, clay, and more! Find out more here:

KidSpirit at OSU has summer day camps all summer long with different activities to choose from. If your child is interested in cooking, it is one of the many choices that they have! Find out more here:

Earth & Space Science
OMSI opened up a new camp in Newport last year where they will be holding several camps throughout the year. At the Ocean Shores Field Study, children in 6th-8th grade will get to look at the estuaries, sandy dunes, and rocky tide pools of the Oregon Coast. From their home base at the Coastal Discoveryspace Center they’ll head out to paddle canoes, search for marine animals, and even camp a few nights at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Dates for this camp are July 5-14th There are also other camps with different themes and for different ages.

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Do your kids want to know what it’s like to work on a farm? At Midway Farms, they can learn new skills, make new friends and experience a bio-diverse local family farm. These camps are for kids ages 5-12 and there are many different dates starting at the end of June. You can find out more at


GeodesIf your kids are interested in rocks, and love to ride bikes, this camp is perfect! “Geode”caching Rollers is for children ages 11-14, they will hunt for treasure in local parks and natural spaces and learn to use GPS technology. This day camp is July 31st- August 4th through the Avery House Nature Center. You can find more information about this camp as well as their many other camps on their website:
Riverbottom Stables has a week long day camp each summer month. Camps include riding, and horse management lessons, craft time, and pool time! You can find out more on their website:


This camp through Chintimini Wildlife Center will teach kids ages 8 and up what makes a raptor a raptor, as well as many other great facts! They will also learn to identify some of the most common raptors found in the Willamette Valley. Radical Raptors! is July 17-21, and there are many other themed camps to fit different ages and interests listed on their website:
Experience the world of Minecraft combined with Legos in this camp. Bricks4Kidz has different campsminecraft all through the summer at locations in both Albany and Corvallis. They have several different programs for kids ages 6-12 that let children get creative with Legos in different ways.


It’s only appropriate that a theater camp would have auditions, so that’s just what Corvallis Theater does. STAGES, their summer camp is for kids in grades 1st-12th. There are two different camps for different levels, and you can find out information about the camps and auditions here:


 Do you have kids who are serious about volleyball? If so, and Oregon State University volleyball camp is something to consider. They have specific camps for serving or learning certain positions and skills. volleyballLearn more at

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