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Mazama Wild Camp 2021
We are hard at work planning for Mazama Wild Summer Camps 2021! Want to be informed when camp themes and registration dates are set? Sign up below to receive an emailed update so that you can be ready before we open registration.
We are expecting to open registration on March 1, 2021
Please note that our registration process will be different this year. You will be able to register multiple kids under one login account, and view a dashboard with all of your camp information for the year. We will also be able to utilize text communication. We will have more information to share with you soon.
Day Camp (ages Kindergarten–10 years)*
At Mazama Wild Day Camp (formerly Adventure WILD Summer Camp), we believe that authentic learning takes place when children are able to investigate and interact with the world around them. Nature, art, science, and play are the building blocks that campers will use to explore the vibrant life and amazing mysteries found in surrounding green spaces. Through thematic and guided activities, children will laugh, learn, and make memories to last a lifetime.
Every summer camp session includes indoor rock climbing (one or two sessions) at the Mazama Mountaineering Center and daily excursions to Laurelhurst Park. Select camps include additional full-day field trips to local greenspaces.
Drop off and pick up for all camps is at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (MMC). From there, day camps spend time at the MMC, in the surrounding neighborhood, and in Portland's vibrant urban parks, including frequenting our nearby Laurelhurst Park.
Day Camp programming runs daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with check-in beginning at 8:45 a.m. Before and after care available for an additional fee, extending the day from 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Day Camp is $375 per week.
- Scholarships are available for all camps on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be applied for during the registration process.
- Mazama members receive $35 off each camp week.
- Before Care: 7:30–9 a.m. daily, $10/day; After Care: 5–6 p.m. daily, $8/day
At Day Camp, we provide a light morning and afternoon snack, and ask that your camper bring a hearty lunch with them each day. If your camper has dietary restrictions, we ask that they also come with two extra snacks daily as we cannot guarantee that our snacks will suit their needs.
Across all camps, we can accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please contact us if you have specific concerns about food or dietary accommodations.
Lost & Found
Lost and found items will be stored at the Mazama Mountaineering Center through the end of the season. All items left unclaimed by Labor Day will be donated.
All programs operate regardless of weather. Campers should dress and prepare accordingly. In the case of severe inclement weather, we may move locations or move inside to ensure safety of all participants and staff. If this occurs, we reserve the right to alter curriculum or program activities as necessary.
Please contact us at 971-808-2267 if your camper will be absent. There will be no make-up sessions for any camp programs. Absences will not be refunded unless the entire enrollment is cancelled before the session has begun. See cancellation policy below for more details.
Prior to May 15th, camp session transfers are permitted free of charge. After May 15th, summer camp session transfers are permitted with a $35 administration fee per session. No camp session transfers are allowed within two weeks from the start date of either camp session (except in the case of illness or injury documented by a doctor’s note).
Any accompanying aides for campers will require a background check by Mazamas.
Campers must be able to use the toilet independently, without a potty or other toilet seat reducer.
We reserve the right to refuse enrollment to anyone or dismiss anyone without refund for behavioral issues.
Cancellations & Refunds
*Please see the top of this page for updated COVID-19 cancellation policies.*
Mazamas reserves the right to cancel or combine sessions that are below the minimum participant requirement.
Prior to June 1st for Day Camp: Cancellations for summer camp will be refunded, minus a $50 cancellation fee.
After June 1st for Day Camp: Cancellations for summer camp will receive no refund, with the following exceptions:
Short-term illness or injury: If a short-term illness or injury prevents the camper from attending the scheduled camp, the client may reschedule another camp, during the same summer season only, for a transfer fee of $35 (unless the new camp is of a greater value), provided that the desired camp week has available space.
Long-term illness or injury: Cancellations due to long-term illness or injury must be accompanied by a doctor’s note for a refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee.
Before and after care cancellations for summer day camp made prior to June 1st will receive a full refund. After June 1st, before and after care cancellations will receive no refund.
After June 1, a Camp Transfer fee of $35 will be assessed for each camp session change. No Camp Transfers are allowed within two weeks from the start date of your camp session (except in the case of illness or injury documented by a doctor's note).
Day Camp Extended Care & Late Pick-Up
Before Care: 7:30–9 a.m. daily, $10/day
After Care: 5–6 p.m. daily, $8/day
Day campers who are not enrolled in before care may not be signed in until 8:45 a.m. All campers who have not been signed out by 5:10 p.m. daily will be signed into after care, and parent/guardian will be charged accordingly. Parents/guardians of campers that have not been signed out by 6 p.m. daily will be charged $2 per minute for late pick-up.
"Their thoughtful preparation, enthusiastic attitudes, and exemplary communication were very impressive. This is not an easy environment, yet they set a very high standard for how organizations should operate to maximize safety without sacrificing learning and fun. Mazamas has always been a highlight of the summer for us, but this year—in the face of many challenges—what they pulled off was nothing short of spectacular." - MWC 2020 Participant
"The staff was amazing, and went above and beyond on the day that our camper needed extra help with camp. Very compassionate and helpful, made us feel valued, and supported."
"Our son loves your camp! We appreciate the professionalism and maturity of this staff. The camp staff team has created a great environment filled with capable young leaders that are fantastic role models for these kids. The entire staff sets a great example."
“The activities were well planned and age appropriate; the cost is comparable; and the focus and flexibility of the staff is excellent. We are thrilled to have our daughter return to camp for another summer! Thank you!"
“I wasn’t sure how my five-year-old would do for seven hours away from home. He loved it, felt very comfortable with the staff and enjoyed himself immensely. He is looking forward to next year already!”
"My daughter had a ball! She came home everyday exhausted, dirty, and full of stories and excitement. The way camp should be."
"Given the student:staff ratio, logistics, the risk and skills learned, base camp was well worth it."
Mazama Mountaineering Center
527 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97215