By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Hollywood Star News
How much fun can you pack into one summer? Create an unforgettable “stay-cation” this summer for your kids! No need to pack your child’s overnight bag – just pack them a lunch and watch while they pack their day with one of the summer camp offerings from the Northeast Community Center. Keep the kids right here in your own backyard while keeping them moving and creating.
New this summer, the NECC is partnering with Spark Arts Center, the Hollywood district’s go-to arts resource and learning center, to offer all-day themed camps for kids ages 6-11. Each week has a different theme, including Critter Camp, Jungle Fever, Recycled Art, and Magical Wonderland. Pick a favorite or attend each week. The talented artists at Spark Arts will ignite your child’s imagination while providing quality materials to create themed crafts, cuddly critters, jungle animals, or show campers how to up-cycle plastic or metal into beautiful art. Each day campers will have time to play camp games and sports, and splash with new friends in NECC’s pool.
Does your camper want to be outside? For the third summer, the NECC is also offering PDXplore camps, camps that provide time for exploring, discovering, learning new things and getting outside. PDXplore camp leaders, all professional educators, lead campers, ages 7-14, out into Portland, learning and experiencing the city. In Licensed to Bike camps, campers learn basic bike maintenance skills, and games and group rides teach young riders proper biking safety. During the Urban Naturalist Camp, campers learn about sustainability, birds, ecology, and their place in the world. In the unique Exploring PDX camps, campers use mass transit to set out on a new adventure every day, visiting downtown fountains, the 4T trail in Southwest Portland and finding Portland treasures along the way. All campers end the day with a swim in NECC’s pool, rain or shine.
NECC also offers themed half-day camps for ages 4-6. Play coconut bowling or Pin the Tail on the Zebra in Jungle Explorers camp, or learn traits of different animals and maybe make up a new species in Critter Camp. Campers will create with a jersey and learn basic sports fundamentals in Sports Camp, or discover their own super power in Super Hero camp. Book lovers will explore children’s books like Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear, Rainbow Fish and others in Book Buddies. These mini-camps are taught by professional educators and are specifically designed to prepare your child for kindergarten.
Additionally, NECC offers yoga, dance and sports camps. As an independent non-profit organization, the NECC is able to offer scholarships for campers who would otherwise be unable to attend summer camp.
NECC camps are great for working parents, with flexible before- and after-care. To learn more about NECC’s summertime offerings, come in to the Northeast Community Center, 1640 N.E. 38th Ave., call (503) 284-3377, or visit necommunitycenter.org.