Financial support available for K-8 summer camps!

The NSSD can help!

If you are interested in one of thee K-8 summer opportunities for your student and can use financial assistance, you can contact David Bolin, Assoc. Superintendent, at

Summer Opportunities in Oregon

LOCAL CAMPS (There are others, but here are a few to start with)

Straub Outdoors, Our week-long summer day camps provide kids entering Grades 1-7 with opportunities to experience fun, science-based activities in a supportive outdoor environment. Camps are led by college-educated field educators and have a teacher-student ratio of 1:7. Campers learn about Oregon's insects, wildlife, forests, rivers, wetlands, geology, engineering, art, and cultural history during visits to state parks and other natural areas. For current availability, please call 503-779-5227. (PDF ATTACHED AT THE BOTTOM OF NEWSLETTER)

Camp Invention: Grades K-7, in Salem or Silverton, June 19-23, Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with our innovative and FUN hands-on STEM experience - now with in-person OR at-home options available! Link HERE. Silverton option: Link HERE.

Many local YMCA camps listed here, including overnight camps at Silver Falls, Outdoor Day camp, summer day camp, cheer camp, and more!


Virtual Summer Camp Experiences

($) = Scholarships available from the camps

Oregon State Virtual Engineering Expo, June 4,

SAC Academy
Virtual • Ages 14-19 • Dates vary • Cost varies ($)
Camps focused on art, music, and theater.

STEM Academy
Virtual/Corvallis • Grades 3-12 • June-August • Cost varies ($)
Week-long programs in science, technology, engineering and math subjects like LEGO Robotics, game design, and creative computing.

Summer Veterinary Experience
Virtual • Grades 10-11 • July 30, 2021 • Free
A learning experience for academically talented, low-income and minority students interested in veterinary medicine.

Rites of Passage Summer Academies

Eugene/virtual • Grades 7-12 • May-August • Cost varies ($)
Middle and high school students from four racial/ethnic groups focus on their cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions.

Invention Boot Camp
Virtual/Portland • Grades 9-12 • June 21 – July 23, 2021 • Free
A 4-week opportunity to design and fabricate an invention.

Virtual • Grades 9-12 • June 14-17, 2021 • $50 ($)
An exploration of health care careers.

Other State-Wide Summer Opportunities

► Oregon State University

Hatfield Marine Science Center Day Camps
Newport • Ages 8-18 • July-August • $185
Interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips.

iINVENT Summer Camps
Various locations • Grades 6-8 • June-August • Free
Week-long camp focused on the design and invention process.

Summer Academy

Bend • Grades 10-12 • August 9-13, 23-27, 2021 • $599 ($)
Program for high school students to study arts and media or business.

Summer Transportation Institute

Portland • Grades 9-12 • July 19-23, August 9-13, 2021 • Free
An immersive introduction to transportation systems and engineering.

► Southern Oregon University

Hybrid/Ashland • Grades 5-9 • June 27 – July 2, 2021 • $925 ($)
A broad range of classes, workshops, and recreational activities for talented and highly able students.

SEA Camp of Oregon
Coos Bay • Grades 4-8 • TBD • $625 ($)
Explore the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments by hiking, observing marine mammals, tide pooling, and taking classes in marine biology.

Konaway Nika Tillcum
Ashland • Grades 7-12 • July 2021 • $75
A camp for motivated Native American students.

► University of Oregon

Music Camps
Eugene • Grades 8-12 • TBD • $395-$595 ($)
Marching band and jazz improvisation camps.

SPICE Science Camp
Eugene • Grades 6-9 • July 12-23, August 2-13, 2021 • $400 ($)
Two-week day camp for girls focusing on hands-on exploration of science.

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)
Hybrid/Eugene • Grades 9-12 • July 25-30, August 2-6, 2021 • Free
Academic and interactive summer programs on the University of Oregon campus for local, underrepresented students.

► Other programs & organizations

Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering
Various locations • Grades 9-11 • June-August • $35 application fee ($)
Summer internships with professional engineers and scientists. Includes a $1,000 stipend.

Fire Camp
Portland, Sherwood • Ages 16-20 • July 30-August 1, August 28-29, 2021 • Free
Camps for young women to experience the unique aspects of being a firefighter.

Northwest Youth Corps

Various locations • Ages 15-19+ • June-August • Cost varies ($), may include stipend
Offers outdoor camps and job-training programs at locations around the state.

OMSI Camps & Classes
Portland • Grades K-8 • Various dates • Cost varies ($)
Science, design, adventure and more at locations around the state.

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute Summer Internship
Portland • Grade 11 • Various dates • Pays at least $14/hour
Explore career options in the construction trades by working for a General Contractor on a commercial building project for 8 weeks.

Young Women's Fire Camp
Eugene • Ages 16-19 • July 19-23, 2021 • Free
Designed to build confidence and leadership skills through hands-on firefighter training and team exercises.