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Camp Namanu is the Best Summer Camp! 

Camp Namanu is the Best Summer Camp. We know this anecdotally from the many families who have experienced the Magic of Namanu over the last 90+ years. We also know this because you voted for us as Best Summer Camp last year with Willamette Week’s Readers’ Poll.

And we aren’t stopping there!

We take pride in creating meaningful opportunities, outdoor exploration, and life-long memories for everyone who joins us at Camp. We are hard at work to make Camp Namanu even better for 2017, and beyond. Or like the old camp song says, Camp Namanu keeps rolling along…

New for 2017

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Outdoor Skills Day at Namanu Ranch

Family Days & Weekend Retreats

Families have told us that they wanted more structured camp activities where everyone can enjoy Camp together. We now have several options to choose from including: Outdoor Skills Days, Challenge Course Day, and a Cottage Weekend.


More Half Sessions for Younger Campers

First times away from home can be difficult for some campers, as well as some parents. Half week options allow both campers and families to take comfort and try camp on in a 3-night shorter session. This year, we’ve added more half sessions especially for our youngest campers in Blue Wing and Sherwood. Check out our opportunities for campers in grades K-5!

Outpost Adventures for Older Campers

We have brought back the Outpost Unit! This is a unique opportunity for teens going into 8th through 12th grades, where they can explore the outer reaches of our 552-acre Camp. These lucky campers will get to camp in tents, and build their outdoor skills and their confidence! Check out all of the options for teens and tweens!

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Amphitheater construction honoring Miss Sue

Construction Additions

A new well at Ranch has been added, which means more shower opportunities for campers after a long day on the trail. There is a new nature trail around the duck pond for exploring and catching critters. Two new CIT cabins (Spark and Ember) are underway. Spark will be where this year’s Counselors-In-Training will live during their time at Camp. And we’re finalizing a new amphitheater in the meadow to honor former Namanu staff member Miss Sue.

Fresh Local & Seasonal Produce

We are working with Slice of Heaven Farms for our produce selections at Camp this summer. Helping the next generation to know where their food comes from, is an important lesson for many of us, including our campers. We can also support a local and sustainable farm in providing fresh healthy food options all summer long.

New Location & Extended Hours for Camp Store

The Friends of Namanu Camp Store has moved to a more accessible location at the base of The Grand Staircase. There will also be more options during the week for campers to purchase their favorite gear and mementos. Don’t miss out on the latest Namanu swag!

Day Camp field trip to Namanu

Day Camp field trip to Namanu

NEW Locations & Registration Options for Day Camp

Camp Fire now has several locations for Day Camp! New sites in Nadaka Nature Park and Sandy, join our returning programs in Southeast Portland and West Linn.

There are multiple ways in which you can sign up your camper, and each includes a day trip to Camp Namanu. Registration is open!

As you can see we are dedicated to continue to provide quality programming and substantial opportunities for campers to enjoy Namanu. We want to be the BEST Summer Camp for your family. And here is where you come can help us with that. It’s time once again for your votes and help in spreading the world in telling others what we already know to be true: Camp Namanu is the BEST Summer Camp for 2017!