Discover Camp Namanu

Camp Fire Columbia – where all kids can find their spark.

Camp Namanu (Nuh-MAH-Noo) is a program of Camp Fire Columbia, a youth development organization located in Portland, Oregon with a mission to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.

Camp Fire Columbia directly serves 3,500 kids and helps to serve thousands more children and families broadly each year through partnerships and special projects. Camp Fire provides programming in 4 of Oregon’s largest school districts, including 20 schools across the metropolitan region, as well as multiple summer and day camp programs.

Camp Fire has long had a reputation of history, tradition, and legacy, with its inception in 1910. Locally, the Portland Council became an official charter of Camp Fire National in 1921, later becoming Camp Fire Columbia, and representing multiple councils in the region. While Camp Fire has historically been synonymous with outdoor learning and providing opportunities for women, today’s Camp Fire is a multi-faceted organization with a diverse array of programs serving youth 5 – 18 years old, in before, during, and after school programs.

Camp Fire is a place where every kid belongs, and where they can be themselves.

Camp Fire Promise
Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within.

Camp Namanu

Voted “Best Summer Camp” in 2016 and 2017 by Willamette Week’s Best of Portland Readers Poll. 

Camp Namanu was first established in 1924, and welcomes over 1500 campers each summer in our Resident Camp and Namanu Ranch. Camp Namanu’s 552 acres serve as the outdoor classroom and playground for hundreds of Oregon youth each year through weekend rentals and special events. As a host site for the MESD Outdoor School in the spring and fall, Camp Namanu serves an additional 1600 youth from the Portland area. A beautiful site for a DIY wedding or corporate retreat, Namanu helps adults unplug and connect with nature in a safe, welcoming environment. A night at Camp Namanu could mean sleeping out beneath starts, or in a tree house perched over the Sandy river, or nestled by the fireplace in one of our historic Lodges. Many day campers and youth groups visit Namanu for overnight stays and field trips to unplug and connect with nature, while in a safe and welcoming environment.

Camp Namanu has a rich history and legacy of helping campers to explore the outdoors, and in turn learning more about themselves in the process. Discovering the “Magic of Namanu” continues to be a key element of connecting youth and adults to the 552 acres along the Wild and Scenic Sandy River.

We are proud to work with our donors, alumni, and our community and business partners to encourage youth leaders to learn, grow, and impact our communities to make a difference, together.

Camp Namanu’s Summer Camp Programming

Camp Namanu is a welcoming, empowering place for kids entering grades K-12 to spend their summer. Youth of all backgrounds are encouraged to try this inclusive and supportive resident camp, ranch and day camp, which run from July-August. Kids can stay for as little as three days or for up to two weeks.

Campers are encouraged to participate in fun activities like archery, horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, ropes courses, boating, nature exploration, and weaving – all with the guidance of dedicated adults who are extensively screened and trained for both safety and fun. With activities for campers entering grades K-12, Camp Namanu has years of growth ahead for your child.

Camp Namanu was established in 1924 and holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of campers from all over the world. The camp expands 552 acres and sits on the banks of the Sandy River, just one hour east of Portland beneath Mount Hood.

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