Northwest US Family Camps Offer Affordable Summer Vacation Fun .
Ever been a tad jealous when reading about the fun planned for you kids at summer sleepover camp? You are not alone. The good news is there are family camps to fit all family types and some of the best are in the west. Here's the scoop.
All create opportunities for families to enjoy each other while having fun while someone else takes care of the details. Imagine kayaking with dolphins off the California coast or fort-building under giant sequoias. Try river rafting with the kids or watch elk graze at sunset. From square dancing to storytelling family camps offer memory making experiences with or without green Jello. We have found some interesting options for families. Many of them have a great high value lost cost ratio, in other words a bargain. The catch is that the places and spaces fill quickly. Wallowa Lake Spirit Life Family Camp in Joseph, Oregon.
Why stop at five stars when they have got millions to view in the northeast corner of Oregon? This is the place to renew and reconnect with family, and nature. This is known as “Land of Winding Waters” and is an ideal place to enjoy family time in the beautiful Wallowa Mountains. Wallowa Lake Camp and the surrounding tourist activities provide a great place to get away for a peaceful family vacation. Expect home-cooked meals, hotel-like accommodations, picturesque settings, optional programming, campfires, games and s’mores. (Wallowa Lake Camp 84522 Church Lane Joseph, Oregon 97845. (541) 432-1271 or www.gocamping.org
).Rockaway Family Vacation Camps at Magruder in Oregon.
This camp is a cool way to jumpstart your summer family vacation at the beach and use Camp Magruder as your vacation base in one of the rustic cabins or lodges. They offer plenty of organized camp activities including boating, sandcastle building, candle making, archery, donkey care, campfire fun, arts and crafts and more. There is also time to visit local attractions including Tillamook Cheese Factory. Go clamming or crabbing; ride the steam locomotive; explore the tide pools; check out local shops. (Camp Magruder 17450 Old Pacific Highway Rockaway, OR 97136. (503) 355-2310 or www.gocamping.org
).Shakespeare Camp for Families in Latgawa, Oregon.
Enjoy fun and fellowship at camp plus Ashland’s famous Shakespeare Festival. Attend Shakespeare plays while enjoying the beauty and comfort of Camp Latgawa. Each day a Shakespearean scholar will lead discussions to help you better understand how Shakespeare’s writings can enrich your spiritual life. Dr. Verne Underwood, chairperson of the Humanities Department at Rogue Community College offers insights on the plays. Van transportation is provided to and from each play from the camp. Bonus Points:
Childcare is available for children who will not be attending the play. Bonus points: There is also the option of a float trip on the Rogue River. (Camp Latgawa 13250 S Fork Little Butte Creek Rd. Eagle Point, OR 97524. (541) 826-9699 or www.gocamping.org
YMCA Camp Seymour Family Camp in Gig Harbor, Washington.
YMCA Camp Seymour is the perfect spot for families to share time in the outdoors. Daily programs include a variety of staff-supervised activities for your family to choose from including canoeing, climbing wall, arts & crafts, court sports (basketball, volleyball, pickle-ball, and four-square), archery, family games, hiking, campfires and more! Bonus points:
The camp features special themed camps for Mother’s Day and Labor Day. In October, the Performing Arts Retreat promises fun for the whole family. (YMCA Camp Seymour 9725 Cramer Road KPN, Gig Harbor, WA 98329. (253)884-3392 or www.campseymour.org
). Olympic Park Institute Ecology Camp for Families on the Olympic Penninsula in Washington .
Learning together in spectacular surroundings is what OPI provides for families. Bring your immediate or extended family out into Olympic National Park for a fun and relaxing weekend with Olympic Park Institute! Your adventure at Olympic Park Institute is tailored for the families who join OPI each weekend. Activities could include:
paddling our 34-foot Salish canoe on beautiful Lake Crescent, hiking to Marymere Falls with a naturalist who has plenty of fun family activities up his or her sleeve, catching and examining streamside critters to learn about the watershed and ecosystem of Olympic National Park, enjoying s’mores and campfire songs together, listening to a S’Kllallam storyteller. You also have your choice to sign up for varied activities like yoga on the lakeshore, family crafts, swimming, investigating skins and skulls of park creatures, night hikes, and more! Bonus Points:
Your family will enjoy healthy and hearty meals with vegetarian options served in historic Rosemary Inn, and stay in a room with your family in our cabins with shared bathrooms. (Olympic Park Institute 111 Barnes Road Port Angeles WA 98363 (360) 928-3720, toll-free 1-800-775-3720 or www.yni.org/opi
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with the details. We are always looking for more great ideas for families. Please confirm details with specific locations before finalizing plans. Content researched and written by FTF staff. Images courtesty of camps featured. Updated copyright 2015.