Welcome to Camp Namanu
Providing Unique Outdoor Experiences in the Pacific Northwest since 1924
Want to see camp for yourself?
Attend our open house on June 27, 2015 from 12-4 pm! Email Marissa Bennett, our Resident Camp Director, for more information.
The Magic of Namanu
Camp Namanu (Nuh-MAH-Noo) is magical, welcoming, and empowering place for kids entering grades 1-12 to spend their summer. Youth of all backgrounds are encouraged to try this inclusive and accommodating camp, which runs from July-August. Kids can stay for as little as three days or for up to two weeks (click here for the camp session schedule).
Campers can try fun activities like archery, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, ropes courses, boating, nature exploration, and weaving – all with the guidance of dedicated adults who are extensively screened and trained for both safety and fun.
Camp Namanu was established in 1924 and holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of campers from all over the world. The camp expands 552 acres and sits on the banks of the Sandy River, just one hour east of Portland beneath Mount Hood.
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Why Camp Namanu?
Namanu is a timeless place of exploration, growth, and endless discovery; of new friendships, caring adults, and a sense of community. At Camp Namanu, campers sing songs, sleep in cabins and treehouses, and play games, as they have for the past 90 years. The camp blends tradition and innovation with exciting developments in programming and infrastructure, like a ropes course and adjustable rock climbing wall that help kids build confidence and leadership.
Every day, kids awake to singing birds, enjoy meals in a family-style setting with their cabin groups, and seize the numerous options for adventure. It is a unique sensation to step onto the meadow at Namanu on a sunny day and look around at the huge expanse of green grass, the rustic wooden cabins, and the many trails that disappear invitingly into the surrounding trees. It is no wonder that Namanu holds a special place in the hearts of so many that have camped here.
During the summer most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months of reading achievement. Studies demonstrate that non-academic experiences during the summer—like summer camp—can support success during the school year, including higher grades and test scores.
Are you interested in a day camp option within Portland? Click here to learn more about Namanu’s Day Camp in the City.
Camp Namanu is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which means that we have voluntarily invited an outside team of trained ACA visitors to verify compliance with more than 300 nationally recognized standards. These standards apply to all areas of our camp programs, including the summer camp program, all aquatics activities, challenge course activities, and our rental business. For more information about ACA, check out www.acacamps.org.