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Welcome to Camp Namanu – A Northwest Tradition Since 1924

Registration Opens on 11/1/13 for the 2014 summer season

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2014 Camp Namanu Catalog available here

Parent Answer Guides: Resident Camp, Ranch Camp

A Northwest Tradition since 1924, Camp Namanu (Nuh-MAH-Noo) provides seminal outdoor learning opportunities each year for 7,500 youth and families as a summer resident camp, outdoor classroom for all Camp Fire programs, Outdoor School host site for local schools, and a resource for local community organizations. Camp Namanu resides one hour east of Portland on 552 forested acres beneath Mt. Hood, along the banks of the Sandy River.

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.

As a summer resident camp, Namanu helps schools combat the “summer learning slide” and strengthens student growth by engaging over 1,400 kids each summer in fun, experiential learning and unique enrichment activities. Evaluations show that campers demonstrate growth in key developmental areas such as confidence, compassion, motivation, leadership, and environmental stewardship.

The Magic of Namanu

While Namanu provides valuable developmental opportunities for many kids, to a Namanu camper, it is a magical, welcoming, and empowering place to call home. Namanu is a timeless place of exploration, growth, and endless discovery; of new friendships, caring adults, and a sense of community. It is a wonderland where they can try their hand at archery, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, ropes courses, boating, nature exploration, and weaving. At Camp Namanu, campers can sing the same songs, sleep in the same cabins, and play some of the same games as campers did 88 years ago while still enjoying the new developments in programming and infrastructure that Namanu has seen during that time. Each week birds act as a natural alarm clock, lunch bells ring through the trees, and campfires accompanied by nature’s orchestra are complemented by melodious voices. 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.

ACA Accreditation

American Camp Association

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 .

Open House Events 2014 

Camp Namanu Work Weekend
October 17th-19th, 2014
Take a drive out to Namanu to tour the camp, meet the Camp Director and staff, check out the horses at the Ranch, join an assortment of other volunteers helping with prep and clean up, and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. Please RSVP to dwills@campfirecolumbia.org. More info available HERE.

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