Our Programs


 Namanu Day Camp in the City

For youth entering K – 5th grade in fall 2016


 At Namanu through community we help build confident, independent leaders who are able to engage and thrive in their world.


SE Portland Day Camp
West Linn Day Camp
BRIDGES – SE Portland Middle School Program

About Namanu Day Camp:

At Namanu Day Camp, we know it’s important to keep children’s minds sharp over the summer so they can continue to thrive upon their return to school. Our Day Camp’s day-to-day activities will engage youth in hands-on learning, while keeping all the fun and silliness you’ve come to expect from our traditional summer camp.

A week of Namanu Day Camp includes:

  • Low camper to counselor ratio for individualized attention (6:1)
  • One full-day, all-camp field trip of outdoor exploration and education
  • 30 minutes of reading 4 days a week
  • Developmentally appropriate & theme related activities, such as cooking projects, science experiments, arts & crafts that help battle summer learning loss
  • Theme specific small group field trips and/or special guests
  • Traditional games, sports, and songs
  • Two healthy snacks per day
  • Namanu Day Camp in the City T-Shirt (one per camper per summer)
  • Namanu Day Camp in the City button for each week you attend!
  • 2015 Session themes, dates and fees below. 2016 info coming soon!


SE Portland Camp at Sunnyside Methodist Church
West Linn Camp at Robinwood Station on Cedaroak Drive

What Parents Have To Say…

“This is the best camp! My child would like to go back for the entire summer next year.”

“Your camp is amazing. We love Camp Namanu and tell everyone we know about how great it has been for our son. Thank you all so much!”

“My son is using math when he is telling me about what they did.”

“I saw my son blossom and thrive at camp this summer. Each day I picked him up he was so excited to tell me about his adventures. He made new friends as well as ran into some unexpected buddies from school. I had him in other camps this summer and his experiences there did not match the fun and support he felt at Namanu. Thank you so much for all of the planning and energy provided by your staff. We look forward to next summer!”

“We have been nothing but thrilled with the Camp Fire program and believe it doesn’t compare to anything else. Thank you so much!!”

“The staff I have interacted with have been very positive, bright, energetic, engaged, and enthusiastic. These are the type of counselors I want my children to be around!!”

“Thank you for a great summer program option! Although my son did not attend every week this summer, I think I will sign him up for every week next summer. In comparison to the other camps he has attended this summer (including Trackers Earth), this one is the best, hands down.”

“Fantastic variety; my daughter attended six sessions and loved them all.”

”I think they (the counselors) are fantastic–they’ve really looked out for my boys and paid attention to their needs.”

“We honestly couldn’t be happier with our choice of camps this summer. We wanted a place he could go to weekly and not change, and that was convenient to our house/office. I can’t BELIEVE how well we lucked out. Grey Fox and the staff are amazing and we can’t stop bragging about it.”

“I only wish I were young enough to be a camper or a staffer.”

“I always feel 100% confident that my child will be well cared for and provided with excellent opportunities when at Camp Fire. Thank you!”

“Keep it up! We have really enjoyed the weeks! :)”

“Well done! My son enjoyed his entire summer and it still made for an easy transition back to school!”

“We love Namanu.”

“I loved the whole program; Very happy with it.”

“Love, love, love the staff. High quality, fun, creative, and just awesome.”

“This was a great week. Thank you for offering an overnight option for our day campers. This option is a great way to introduce an overnight camp to campers who are more nervous about being away from home and we are so proud of our daughter for being willing to try this.”

“We opted for a less expensive day camp option this summer… However, we have since decided that you get what you pay for… the other camp’s program was NOTHING compared to the Camp Namanu / Camp Fire experience. Your program is based on respect, modeling good behavior and positive reinforcement…The Camp Namanu staff is leaps and bounds above in quality. We are very much fans of Camp Namanu / Camp Fire program.”  – Joy Stoelting

Day Camp Contact Information

Day Camp Director: Beth “Acadia” Paluga; 971-340-1613  or BPaluga@campfirecolumbia.org
Camp Fire Registrar: 971-340-1607, registrar@campfirecolumbia.org

24-Hour Emergency and/or communication line: 503-224-7800


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