By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Hollywood Star News
It’s June. Time for school to let out and your kids to revel in 10 weeks of summer vacation. And possibly only a few short days until you hear that they are bored or looking for something to do. The Northeast Community Center, Northeast Portland’s independent non-profit community center, has classes and camps available to keep youth active and engaged in a variety of activities all summer long.
Does your child love the water? The NECC offers Red Cross swim lessons for ages 6 months to 17 years. NECC’s indoor warm water pool provides the perfect environment for summer swim lessons. The NECC also supports a developmental swim team. NECC’s swim team coaches are committed to creating a fun and positive sports experience while helping swimmers strengthen their swimming skills.
Does your child love making a little mess or creating works of art? For the second summer, the NECC is continuing its popular partnership with Spark Arts Center, the Hollywood district’s go-to arts resource and learning center, to offer all-day camps for ages 6 to 11. This year each week has a different theme, including Recycled Art Camp, Critter Camp, Indoor Outdoor Camp and Beach Blast. The talented artists at Spark Arts will ignite your child’s imagination in creating themed crafts, and each day campers will play games at the NECC and splash with new friends in NECC’s pool.
Does your child want to soak up every moment of the Pacific Northwest sunshine and explore Portland? NECC provides several opportunities for children to get outside and scout the best of Portland. The Licensed to Bike camp teaches basic bike maintenance skills and proper biking safety. Campers learn to safely navigate Northeast neighborhoods and take a ride on the Waterfront Bike Trail on the Springwater Corridor. Another popular outdoor option is Exploring PDX camp, where participants set out on a new adventure each day, using mass transit to visit downtown fountains, explore parts of the 4T (Trail, Tram, Trolley, Train) in Southwest, and more. All campers finish each day in NECC’s pool.
New this year is an Indoor Outdoor all-day camp, which incorporates the highlights of NECC’s indoor and outdoor camps. Young campers will visit the Westmoreland Nature Play Park, hike to the abandoned stone house in Forest Park, create crafts at Spark Arts, and finish every day in the NECC’s pool, rain or shine.
NECC also offers themed half-day camps for little ones, ages 4 to 6. Campers play coconut bowling in Jungle Explorers Mini Camp; explore different children’s authors in Book Buddies Mini Camp; make a team jersey and play games in Sports Mini Camp; or discover the land of superheroes and receive their own super power in Superhero Mini Camp. Taught by professional educators, all Mini Camps are designed to help prepare children for kindergarten.
Does your child want a shorter camp? Part-day camps are available throughout the summer, including: Yoga Camp, Dance Camp, Basketball Camp, Volleyball Camp and Song Writing Camp.
As an independent non-profit organization, the NECC utilizes generous donations from its members and the community to offer scholarships for campers who would otherwise be unable to attend summer camp. Contact the NECC for additional information about its financial assistance programs and summertime offerings. The NECC is located in the 1640 N.E. 38th Ave. For more information: Call (503) 284-3377 or visit necommunitycenter.org.