Summer Break Camp

Have a great summer at Friendly House!

Our daily activities-based Summer Camp incorporates field trips, fun activities, and a play-based curriculum designed to inspire 1st–6th graders to find the joy in learning and growing with their peers. It’s also a great opportunity for daytime childcare during the summer months. Come for one session or stay all summer!

We offer separate sessions for students throughout the metropolitan area entering 1st–4th grade, and separate sessions for students entering 5th and 6th grade. Older campers will occasionally join our younger campers for special activities, which are listed below.

Covid-19 Update

Friendly House is closed due to the Covid-19 virus until April 28th at the earliest. For now, we are unable to determine when it will be safe to provide onsite programming, including Summer Camp. Therefore the information below is subject to change. Please check out our Facebook page to learn more about the virtual community building that Friendly House is doing every day.

Summer Camp 2020 will be so much fun!

Friendly House campers will have a fantastic summer, complete with fun and engaging field trips and themes each week. Take a look at our 2020 Summer Camp sessions below and sign up today!

Session 1 (June 15–19):
Let’s take this outside
Outdoor School with World Forestry Center

If you love friendly forest adventures, join us for a week of environmental science and the great outdoors. As we look at our ecosystem, nature will be the inspiration behind activities that help explain what’s going on above our heads, beneath our feet, and all around us. A visit to the World Forestry Center will complete our experience!

Cost: $290
Before/After Care: $30 each

Session 2 (June 22–26):
Science in Action
ScienceTellers: Interactive Science & Storytelling

It’s in our kitchen, our gardens, the playground… and everywhere! This week, science will be the star of an interactive adventure story by ScienceTellers that features dry ice effects and more surprises. Let’s get experimental and join the fun! Older kids will also participate!

Cost: $290
Before/After Care: $30 each

Session 3 (June 29–July 2):
Short Week, Big Fun!
Meet the Belmont Goats & Spencer Sprocket

Curiosity, agility, and comedy! We’ll visit the famous Belmont Goats and learn what makes these animals so interesting. Did you know that a goat giving birth is “kidding?” No, seriously! And speaking of high-energy entertainment, we’ll be joined again by Spencer Sprocket: the Everything Entertainer, who will captivate us with balloon-making, juggling, and some serious silliness. Older kids will also participate!

Cost: $235
Before/After Care: $25 each

Session 4 (July 6–17):
Swim, Swam, Swum pt. 1
Session 5 (July 20–31):
Swim, Swam, Swum pt. 2
Swim with Portland Parks & Recreation and Open Swim

Every summer, our campers look forward to going swimming every day at the pool and park! With lessons through Portland Parks & Recreation and Open Swim every week, you can count on fun and important water experience whether you come for one session or both. Exhausted campers will have the opportunity to participate in craft projects and games to finish out each day. Older campers will have swim lessons, too!

Cost: $675
Before/After Care: $60 each

Session 6 (Aug. 3–7):
Work Hard, Play Harder
Competitive Fire, Cooperative Spirit: Sports & Games

Do you have the passion and the drive? Sports and exercise are our focus, and we plan to work hard and play harder. Come ready to learn some new games, support your teammates, and sweat it out with maximum effort! 

Cost: $290
Before/After Care: $30 each

Session 7 (Aug. 10–14):
The Rhythm is Gonna Get You!
Sound and Color with Portland Percussionists

You’ve been warned! Once you meet Russ Kleiner and Chris Whyte, you won’t be able to resist the rhythm. Russ is a professional drummer, percussionist, and educator who also leads a marimba band, and Chris is a professional percussionist and founding member of Portland Percussion Group. They will be our guides as we explore sound and rhythm. Older kids will also participate!

Cost: $290
Before/After Care: $30 each

Session 8 (Aug. 17–21):
What’s In That Box?!
Live Reptiles with Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo

Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the tails and scales of our cold-blooded friends! Mr. Lizard will bring the Mobile Zoo to us as we learn about our live guests and put our fears to rest.

Cost: $290
Before/After Care: $30 each

Camp hours

1st–4th Grade Camp: 9am–4pm.
Optional before care (7-9am) and aftercare (4-6pm) are each available at an additional cost.
5th–6th Grade Camp: 9am–4pm.
Optional before care (7-9am) and aftercare (4-6pm) are each available at an additional cost.

Discount, Billing, and Payment Policies

A $50 non-refundable deposit, per child and per session, is due at the time of registration. A $15 early bird discount per session is available for families registering before 3/15/20. A $25 sibling discount is offered for the second and all subsequent children. Families who complete the scholarship application will not be required to submit payment at registration. They may be contacted later to make a full or partial payment, depending on scholarship eligibility.

Full payment is due 14 days prior to the start of each session (this excludes families receiving full scholarships). Refunds for canceled reservations will not be provided if a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to the start of the session.

Payments can be made online, by check to “Friendly House,” or with cash.

Questions? Give us a call at (503) 228-4391 or email


Full and partial scholarships may be available to qualifying families. Read about our scholarships and contact us for more information.