Our Programs

End of Session 8

August 27th, 2014
If you would like to see pictures from our week follow the link below: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/7100 We’ve had a wonderful time this week and as it comes to a close, we wish that we might see all these wonderful campers again next summer. ~WoHeLo

Good Night, Good Night

August 26th, 2014
It’s the last night at Namanu for our week 8 campers.  Tonight everyone went to Council Fire.  This is the campfire where we wrap up the week and reflect on all that we’ve learned.  Past CITs and Gears light the trail with candles as the campers walk up to Cathedral (our large amphitheater campfire).  We sing each of the units’ songs and hear speeches from each of the Unit Directors.  The UDs talked about all the great things their units did this week including Blue Wing’s critter catching, Sherwood Boys’ cookie raid, Sherwood girls’ jungle cruise, Robin Hill’s low ropes adventures, and the Gears’ climbing tower rappelling. Tomorrow we are looking forward to Free Choice and Banquet before getting on buses to come home! ~WoHeLo

River Box and Spelunking

August 25th, 2014
Mini Blue Wing spent their first ever overnight at Namanu. These little guys and girls spent their two days running in the meadow, paddling in the duck pond and making pom-pom pea shooters.  We hope to see them all next year for Blue Wing. Blue Wing, Sherwood and Robin Hill all gathered in Uncle Toby’s this evening for Riverbox.  This is Namanu’s skit night where campers and staff can sign up to perform a skit or song on stage.  There were a number of creative and silly skits including a Namanu favorite, “The Ugliest Man”.  Ask your camper on Wednesday about their favorite skit. The Gears went spelunking today in Kiwanis Caves.  We are so lucky to have Namanu with all its natural treasures.  We have our very own cave system that we can explore with our older campers. We are halfway through week 8 and loving every minute of it. ~WoHeLo

Week 7 Ranch Photos

August 25th, 2014
If you are looking for some pictures from Ranch Session 7 you’re in luck!  Follow the link below: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/7050

Session 7 Pictures

August 24th, 2014
Main Camp Pictures from Session 7 https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6891   Ranch Session 7 coming shortly.

Summer Days Go Streaming By…

August 24th, 2014
Today we welcomed our last week of campers.  The summer has really flown by, but we are still as excited as ever to jump into programming with this week’s campers. As is tradition on the first night of a session at Namanu, we had an all camp Opening Campfire this evening.  The first half of (more...)

The Times We Had Here

August 21st, 2014
Blue Wing and Balagan had “Grand Re-Opening” ribbon cutting ceremonies today.  Speeches were given and hand shakes and kind words were exchanged at each re-opening.  Among the re-anointed Namanu spots were the duck pond, Tawanka, and the star gazer. Sherwood celebrated box day this week.  They had a cookie raid disguised as cardboard boxes, then (more...)

Free Choice

August 20th, 2014
Today we had Free Choice! Campers chose their morning and afternoon activities today. We offer upwards of 22 programs for campers to choose from for the day. Some of today’s activities were: Lumberjack-ing involved intense feats of caber (log) tossing, beards, and “Man”-cakes or pancakes.  For the caber toss campers chose from logs of differing (more...)

Starts With a Bang

August 18th, 2014
Today at Camp Namanu… Blue Wing awarded Camp Namanu’s very own sweepstakes check prize to counselors and staff around camp.  The fictional Bank of the Guardian Fir offered a “Hug from Blue Wing” as their prize.  Blue Wing was definitely spreading  the Namanu love. Sherwood Girls told fortunes and futures.  They wrote their seers’ wisdom (more...)

Welcome Session 7!

August 17th, 2014
Today we welcomed our last week of camp with all units present.  The summer has really flown by, but we are still as excited as ever to jump into programming with this week’s campers. As is tradition on the first night of a session at Namanu, we had an all camp Opening Campfire this evening. (more...)

Main Camp and Ranch Photos Session 6

August 16th, 2014
Follow the links below for images from this week at Main Camp and Ranch Camp: Main Camp- https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6710 Ranch- https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6666 ~WoHeLo

Stars All Night Look Down

August 14th, 2014
Unit Spotlights: Mini Blues arrived today and began exploring Camp Namanu for the first time.  They got to hang out with the Counselors in Training (CITs) and build nature dream boats.  We set these nature boats sailing across the open waters of  our duck pond. Robin Hill had a camp craft extravaganza.  They learned to (more...)

Activities Galore

August 13th, 2014
Today was Free Choice at camp.  A variety of activities were planned at the beginning of the week, and campers got to pick their top three choices.  Some Free Choices were Peanut Butter Possibilities, Forensic Art, and Water Balloon Baseball. In Peanut Butter Possibilities we set up a buffet line of different foods to pair with peanut butter.  Some options included pickles, gummy bears, and bacon…Yummm!!! Forensic Art allowed campers to get in touch with their problem-solving and team-work skills by experimenting with angles and heights for splatter paint patterns.  Three examples were given of different splatter patterns and campers tried to recreate the examples through trial and error; by the end of Free Choice we definitely had some up and coming CSI Investigators on our hands!   Water Balloon Baseball was traditional baseball but instead of a ball we used water balloons.  The campers had a blast spraying each other with exploding water balloons. ~WoHeLo

Creative Programing

August 12th, 2014
Camp Namanu encourages its counselors to fill their schedules with creative programing.  These programs supplement the traditional camp activities scheduled for each cabin such as archery, art and crafts, and water time.  Today the Sherwood boys changed up their dinner cookout with a bartering twist.  The boys had a Mexi-meal and each station for toppings was accompanied by a counselor with a task for the campers.  Counselors asked questions, requested dance moves and jotted down life advice given by the Sherwood campers in exchange for burrito toppings.  The boys had a great time with this innovative way of serving a meal.   Be sure to ask your campers about the interesting programs their counselors created this week at camp. ~WoHeLo

Ranch Spotlight

August 11th, 2014
Namanu Ranch is located a few miles from Main Camp by road and welcomes campers sixth grade and up.  Ranch Camp is a smaller, more intimate setting where campers learn how to ride and take care of horses while still doing some traditional and not so traditional camp activities.   Campers have lessons in the (more...)

Ranch Session 5 Photos

August 11th, 2014
Please follow the link below for pictures from Session 5 of Ranch Camp: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6627

Piglet, Peanut butter, and Poses

August 10th, 2014
Tonight was Opening Camp Fire, the one time during the week that all of camp is brought together.  Cathedral has been remodeled this year so as to accommodate all campers.  The benches are now made of molded concrete with leaf imprints in them.  Camp Namanu is still working to perfect the space, however these new (more...)

So Long Session 5

August 8th, 2014
If you would like to see pictures from Session 5 of Main Camp please follow the link below: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6459 Ranch Session 5 will be coming shortly. Namanu staff had a great time with the campers this week and we hope to see all those bright faces next year. ~WoHeLo

Main Camp Session 3/4 and 4 Pictures

August 8th, 2014
Here are the pictures of the two week session and session 4! https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6306


August 7th, 2014
Tonight is the last night for week five campers.  We all enjoyed closing campfire where the Unit Directors recapped their unit’s time here, highlighting the special and exciting parts of the week.   Tomorrow the campers are looking forward to Sing Down, the slideshow and Banquet.  Banquet is a nicer meal where all the staff dress up and we have Dream Cake with a candle for all the campers to make a wish for Camp Namanu. We will see you tomorrow in Gresham! ~WoHeLo

Did Someone Say Doughnuts?

August 6th, 2014
Today was an awesome Free Choice day!  All the campers got to choose their own programing today and with so many options, how could they go wrong?   Some free choice options were Doughnut Making, Squeeze, and Camouflage.  In Doughnut Making campers got to fry dough and choose frosting or cinnamon sugar as their topping. (more...)

Ranch Session 3/4 Pictures

August 4th, 2014
Here are the images of the two weeks ranchers spent at Namanu. Enjoy! https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6209

We Are Explorers…

August 4th, 2014
Blue Wing spent today getting in touch with nature.  The boys got to play camouflage in the forest, which involves learning about different ways animals use to hide themselves from predators.  The girls built fairy homes out of materials they could find in the forest.  Some homes were quaint and cozy, while others were mansions (more...)

Welcome Session 5!

August 3rd, 2014
Campers jumped right into programing today, while enjoying the warm sun and meeting their new cabin mates.  We wrapped up the day with Opening Campfire where we gathered all the units from Main Camp and Ranch Camp to enjoy songs and meet all of the staff.   Now campers are looking forward to their overnights (more...)

So Long Session 4!

August 1st, 2014
We had a great time with all of you.  Those of you who stayed with us for two weeks, you really showed us the Namanu spirit.  Keep your eye out for photos from this session, they will be posted on Shutterfly soon for both Main Camp and Ranch. ~WoHeLo

Main Camp Session 3 Photos

August 1st, 2014
Follow this link to see pictures from Session 3 at Main Camp! https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/6098

Council Fire and CIT Graduation

July 31st, 2014
Tonight we held the closing Council Fires for both junior and senior units.  Council Fires are our way of wrapping up the week, and in this case a two week session.  All the units share a wish for Namanu and their Unit Directors put together a short speech about their campers.  This week’s Council Fires (more...)

River Box and Creek Hike

July 30th, 2014
Tonight was River Box for a lot of camp.  Blue Wing through Kiwanis and Ranch Camp created skits and performed them for the rest of their peers.   Balaneeris played a game of The Priest in the Parish at Cathedral.  The game involves a great deal of concentration and pattern recognition, oh and a lot of yelling.  Earlier in the day, some of Balaneeris and Kiwanis  were the first campers ever to experience our new creek hike: Super Walker!  The water was quite refreshing. Ranch spent the day down at main camp, hanging out in the weavery and in the pool.  Some Main Camp campers went up to Ranch for trail rides as well. Yesterday Ranch campers learned to ride bare back, a very exciting skill.   This week is already half gone, where does the time go? ~WoHeLo  

Cookouts Galore!

July 29th, 2014
Cooking our meals over a campfire is something we do a lot at Camp Namanu.  We often learn to build fires and chop wood with our Camp Craft Okihi before cookouts so campers can be safely involved with the process.   Some camp favorites for cookouts are foil dinners and trail pizzas.  Foil dinners (more...)

Welcome Session 4/ Ranch Fun!

July 27th, 2014
It’s hard to believe we are already welcoming session four to camp!  The summer is just flying by.   Balaneeris hiked far out of camp last night, to enjoy this amazing weather we’ve been having, sleeping under the stars. This morning, they had breakfast cookouts over the fire while check-in for Blue Wing through Kiwanis (more...)

Namanu Session 2 Pictures

July 25th, 2014
Here are all the photos from Session 2 of Main Camp at Namanu! Shutterfly: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/5933

Ranch Camp Session 2 Pictures!

July 25th, 2014
Sorry we are a little behind, but you can follow the link below for some pictures of Ranch Camp session 2: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/5888

Welcome Minis

July 24th, 2014
Camp saw a break in the clouds today and we are expecting sunny skies for the rest of the week.   Mini Blue Wing and Day Camp arrived today for their overnight.  They spent their first day in the art barn making cabin banners and hanging out by the duckpond catching newts and insects to (more...)

Choices Galore!

July 23rd, 2014
Today was free choice day at camp and although the rain continued to fall, it didn’t stop us from having some fun!  We had crazy cooking where campers had to choose from a random assortment of fixings while blindfolded.  Zumba was a success as campers enjoyed dancing around to up-beat Latin tunes.  The Ninjas of Nice made an appearance as well.  Campers camouflaged themselves with green and black face paint and surprised Namanu campers and staff with appreciative phrases written on masking tape.   Then we said good bye to our four day campers.  We had such a blast with them and we hope to see them again next year.  The Senior units are still here for another week and a half of adventure.   Pictures from the short session 3 will be posted by the end of the week! ~WoHeLo

Namanu 101

July 22nd, 2014
Here are some interesting tidbits about Camp Namanu: -We have quite a few resident elves and fairies, and we even have a giant.  The most famous of these magical creatures is Mr. Skriggleboggle who knows everything about Namanu.  Campers, especially Blue Wing and Sherwood, are encouraged to write to him and ask any question about (more...)

Ropes to River Box

July 21st, 2014
Main camp seemed a little emptier today as the Balaneeris campers (7th through 12th graders) were up at the challenge courses all day.  We have quite a few different ropes courses at Camp Namanu, which are located up near Ranch camp.  Balaneeris campers hiked up in the morning with their sack lunches and then stayed (more...)

Welcome Session 3

July 21st, 2014
This week at camp we have a four day session, an overnight, and the first half of our two week long session.  Campers from Blue Wing to Robin Hill are testing out the waters at Namanu with an abbreviated stay where they get to enjoy all the things camp has to offer, but in fewer (more...)

Good Bye Session 2

July 20th, 2014
We participated in some very special traditions today.  Namely, our final meal at Namanu.  We call it banquet because it is a slightly fancier meal.  Staff dress up and serve the entire meal.  We sing special songs at this meal, and after the clearing song, we get two desserts!  Namanu Delight is a jello specialty almost as old as Namanu itself.  Finally, there is the Dream Cake.  Every staff and camper get a small piece of cake with a lit candle.  Each person makes their own personal wish while reflecting on their week at Namanu.   The staff at Namanu want to thank the campers for all of their songs, dances, smiles, and laughter.   Shutterfly Pictures: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/5762 ~WoHeLo

Closing Camp Fire

July 17th, 2014
Today was the last full day of camp for session two.  We had a wonderful week, but it’s not quite over yet!  Tonight we hosted Junior and Senior Council Fire.  Tomorrow there is Sing Down, slideshows, Forest Echoes and Namanu Delight.   You can also look forward to this weeks photos uploaded on the Namanu Shutterfly account tomorrow. ~WoHeLo

Choose Your Own Adventure

July 16th, 2014
Today was Free Choice day at Camp Namanu! Free Choice is a day where campers from all age groups (and Ranch !) join together in programs of their choosing, planned by the Namanu staff.  There was a two hour block in the morning and in the afternoon where campers got to experience these unique programs. (more...)
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