Kayak Adventure Camp Portland, Oregon

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Experience the waterways and natural wonders of Portland in our traditional skin-on-frame kayaks.

Become a Mariner

During this week campers learn the basics of boating and journey on our local rivers and lakes. They take to the water everyday paddling the Trackers fleet.

We teach the fundamentals of kayaking and boating from proper gear to the crucial safety principles of self rescue in a kayak (practiced in calm shore waters with instructors "spotting" students). Plus we cover techniques such as efficient paddling, knots and other marine skills.

They also come back with an appreciation for the local natural history of our area as we look for great blue herons, deer, muskrat, kingfishers and much more.

The Trackers Difference

Our program goes beyond learning to kayak, we also track animals along the shores we visit, fish for food, play in the water and much more.

If you do not have one, we can provide your child with the required PFD (life vest).

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  • SE Portland

    SE Portland
  • NE Portland

    NE Portland
  • North Portland

    North Portland
  • Hillsboro

    Hillsboro

SE Portland - Summer Camp Kayak Adventure Camp

Discounts

Super Early Discount Register by December 19, 2013 and receive 16% off regular tuition
Early Discount Register by March 7, 2014 and receive 10% off regular tuition

Details

SE Portland Location 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon, Trackers Earth Portland

Grades Only register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

7:30am - 8:30am Free & Flexible Morning Check-in with activities based on theme
8:30am - 3:30pm Camp Session where we do most of the learning. Bus programs leave at 8:30am
3:30pm - 4pm Free & Flexible Afternoon Check-out with activities based on theme
4pm - 6:00pm Pre-registered After Camp


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NE Portland - Summer Camp Kayak Adventure Camp

Discounts

Super Early Discount Register by December 19, 2013 and receive 16% off regular tuition
Early Discount Register by March 7, 2014 and receive 10% off regular tuition

Details

NE Portland Location Hollywood district, TBA

Grades Only register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

7:30am - 8:30am Free & Flexible Morning Check-in with activities based on theme
8:30am - 3:30pm Camp Session where we do most of the learning. Bus programs leave at 8:30am
3:30pm - 4pm Free & Flexible Afternoon Check-out with activities based on theme
4pm - 6:00pm Pre-registered After Camp


Get After Camp Add After Camp and extend to 4pm-6pm

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North Portland - Summer Camp Kayak Adventure Camp

Discounts

Super Early Discount Register by December 19, 2013 and receive 16% off regular tuition
Early Discount Register by March 7, 2014 and receive 10% off regular tuition

Details

North Portland Location 7654 N Delaware Ave, Portland, OR 97217, Portland Village School

Grades Only register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

7:30am - 8:30am Free & Flexible Morning Check-in with activities based on theme
8:30am - 3:30pm Camp Session where we do most of the learning. Bus programs leave at 8:30am
3:30pm - 4pm Free & Flexible Afternoon Check-out with activities based on theme
4pm - 6:00pm Pre-registered After Camp


Get After Camp Add After Camp and extend to 4pm-6pm

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Hillsboro - Summer Camp Kayak Adventure Camp

Discounts

Super Early Discount Register by December 19, 2013 and receive 16% off regular tuition
Early Discount Register by March 7, 2014 and receive 10% off regular tuition

Details

Hillsboro Location 31620 NW Camp Ireland Street, Swalllowtail School's 27-acre farm campus

Grades Only register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

7:30am - 8:30am Free & Flexible Morning Check-in with activities based on theme
8:30am - 3:30pm Camp Session where we do most of the learning. Bus programs leave at 8:30am
3:30pm - 4pm Free & Flexible Afternoon Check-out with activities based on theme
4pm - 6:00pm Pre-registered After Camp


Get After Camp Add After Camp and extend to 4pm-6pm

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About Our Boats

Skin-on-frame boats have evolved and been put to the test over thousands of years of heavy use on some of the most arduous seas in the world, such as the arctic ocean. The "skin" of our highly flexible and resilient boats is ballistic grade nylon (the same material used in bulletproof vests). The frames of these boats are lashed and pegged through traditional construction. Modern engineers and boat builders value the flexibility of skin-on-frame construction for being more efficient and durable then fiberglass design in many respects. Because of the natural profile of our boats they also encourage closer encounters with river wildlife from ducks to birds to otters.

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We help children to feel like that group of kids wandering country backyards 50 years ago: independent, tired, muddy, wet and happy from the woods and wild. We are acutely aware of full and real hazards of the out of doors after years of working in environmental education. We try to move away from the highly structured and limiting tolerances of conventional environmental education while keeping kids truly safe but not encapsulated from, or phobic of nature. We are deep patriots to the value of offering guided yet very free and transparent experiences for kids. We believe it is okay to be thirsty at times, cold at times, and wet at times. It builds empathy and care for the gifts of life. It fosters adventure and sincere accomplishment. We also believe it is critical to feel supported and cared for as they truly explore their passion and responsibility. And through a healthy life immersed in nature, they test the limits and great potential of the often untapped physical and emotional resiliency they possess.