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Established in 1924, Camp Namanu turns 90 this year!

Since 1924, Camp Fire Columbia has offered a range of summer programs for youth at our resident camp, Camp Namanu. Set on 552 acres along the Sandy River, Namanu has served over 100,000 youth over the last 90 years and continues to provide a traditional summer camp experience to thousands of kids and teens each year. On Saturday September 6th, Camp Fire Columbia will host a big celebration to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Camp Namanu, with a day at camp, filled with traditional camp activities, music, food and memories.

Alumni, their families, Camp Fire supporters, and community members will have the opportunity to enjoy our swimming pool,  paddle boats in the duck pond, practice their aim at Yo Sam’s Archery Range, take trail rides on horseback, play games in the meadow and much, much more. The day will end with a performance by one of Portland’s favorite cover bands, Ants in the Kitchen, dancing in the meadow. Local wine and beer will be available for those over 21. If you plan on enjoying the adult beverages, please be sure to designate a sober driver.



Online registration for the Namanu 90th Anniversary event is now closed. You are still welcome to attend and purchase a ticket at the door to enjoy outdoor activities, see old friends, eat delicious food, and drink refreshing beer and wine. Tickets are $15 for individuals, and $30 for families (2 adults and up to 5 children). You can purchase tickets at the door with cash or a credit card – credit card strongly preferred.


PARKING FOR THE MAIN PARKING LOT IS SOLD OUT. Please do not drive to camp unless you require a handicap parking space – please bring your handicap placard with you.

All others have two parking options:

1.  You can park for free in Sandy at Cedar Ridge Middle School (17255 Smith Ave, Sandy, OR 97055) or at the Upper Grade School (across from the middle school). A free shuttle will pick you up in the middle school parking lot and drive you into camp. Shuttle service begins at 11:30 and will continue after that about every half hour.

2.  You can purchase a parking spot in PGE/Bull Run Road parking lot with $10 cash. Please refer to the parking maps and instructions for more information.

Parking Instructions & Maps


11:30 AM – First shuttle departs from Sandy to Namanu

12:00 PM – Registration opens, activities begin, and food carts open

1:00 PM – Namanu Alumnae Meeting – 1924-1949 – Blue Wing Lodge

2:00 PM – Namanu Alumnae Meeting – 1950-1969 – Blue Wing Lodge

3:00 PM – Namanu Alumni Meeting – 1970-1989 – Blue Wing Lodge

4:00 PM – Namanu Alumni Meeting – 1990-present – Blue Wing Lodge

5:15 PM – Special Guest Miss Marci recognized on stage

5:30 PM – Performers “Ants in the Kitchen” begin playing in the Meadow

8:30 PM – Event ends, last shuttle back to Sandy departs


Special Activities: All activities are covered by the ticket price except for the 2-hour horseback trail ride for $50. To keep everyone safe, horseback riding is only available to children entering 5th grade this coming fall and older. Please be sure to wear the appropriate attire for the activities you chose to participate in! 

Food: Some of Portland’s delicious food carts will be at Camp all day to serve lunch and dinner. For those who don’t carry cash, food tokens will be for sale at the door. If you prefer, please feel free to pack a picnic. S’mores fixings will be available for everyone to enjoy!

Adult Beverages: We will have a selection of delicious local beers, as well as a variety of white and red wines for your enjoyment. Please remember to bring your I.D.

Water: In an effort to protect the environment and eliminate the amount of waste at Namanu, bring your reusable water bottles to fill up at Camp or you can purchase a neat 90th anniversary water bottle to use at the Camp Store!

Questions: For questions, you can also always email our Event Manager Katie Frederick at kfrederick@campfirecolumbia.org. 




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