The Magic of Namanu

Uniquely Oregon


For the first time in 97 years, Camp Namanu did not run summer camp programs in 2020. While we missed our Namanu community this summer, we were happy to welcome rental groups following guidelines that kept the community safe. As we continue to monitor the nation-wide COVID-19 cases and safety guidelines, we have begun to outline our options for summer 2021. It is incredibly important to us that we make a decision that maximizes safety for our families, staff, and campers while also finding a way to bring some Namanu magic to all.

Please check back here beginning of December for Summer 2021 plans!


Camp Namanu (“Nuh-MAH-Noo”) is one of the largest and oldest youth camps in the region, operating continuously since 1924 on the banks of the Sandy River. Camp Namanu is the signature summer program of Camp Fire Columbia, a nonprofit youth development organization serving 3,000 youth annually in programs year-round, in-school, after-school and all summer long.



We’ve used the Camp Namanu challenge course for several years and couldn’t ask for a more perfect location. Several of our students don’t frequently experience the outdoors and Namanu provides a beautiful wilderness setting, just outside the city, rain or shine. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and truly in the hospitality business.

- Chelsea Hendrikx

Portland Program and Outreach Manager 
Northwest Outward Bound School



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