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Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp offers award-winning, unique, and innovative summer camp opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities ages 12 and up. In addition to our Main Camp program, we offer off-site programming for individuals seeking a higher level of independence and adventure. On any given day at camp, our campers can be seen catching a fish in our pond, swinging high in the sky on our adventure course, splashing in our fully accessible pool, riding horses, or dancing the night away at our weekly dance. Our camp fosters a sense of accomplishment for campers and allows them to experience freedom and acceptance. As camper Renae told us – “At camp, I can FLY.” Campers keep coming back year after year to experience all we have to offer – recreation, fun, friendship, and more!

 

Camp is Philip’s highlight of each and every summer. He lives for it and I am so glad he is able to attend. I am so thankful as a parent for this camp.”

Debbie, camper parent

 

MAIN CAMP:

Main Camp activities include our adventure course, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming, a dance, and campfire programs. Campers sleep in assigned group areas (lodge or dormitory-style housing). Groups consist of 8-9 campers, 8-9 counselors, and 2 staff members. Meals are served in our main dining hall (Fanning). Main Camp is accessible to those who utilize wheelchairs or other mobility supports. We strive for a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio.

Tuition: $1161.75
Enrollment Processing Fee: $138.75
Total Cost: $1,300

 

TRIP & TRAVEL:

Trip and Travel activities include day-long excursions as well as regular programming at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. Campers will experience additional elements on the adventure course, spend a day river rafting on the Deschutes, and, have an offsite trip to go bowling in Gresham. There will be one counselor paired with two to three campers and the outings will be active and rigorous. Trip and Travel campers sleep in our Main Camp lodge/dormitory-style housing. Campers must have attended Main Camp at least one year before applying for Trip and Travel camp and must be approved by the Programs Director.


Tuition: $1,161.25
Enrollment Processing Fee: $138.75
Activity Fee: $100
Total Cost: $1,400

TENT & TRAVEL :

Tent and Travel activities include day-long excursions as well as regular programming at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. Campers will experience additional elements on the adventure course, spend a day river rafting on the Deschutes, and, have an offsite trip to go bowling in Gresham. There will be one counselor paired with two to three campers and the outings will be active and rigorous. Tent and Travel campers sleep in platform tents or personal tents (provided by MHKC) in the Upper Barlow area about a ¼ mile walk from our Main Camp area. The main bathroom facility up there is a portable toilet with a portable hand washing station (designated times to shower occur at our Main Camp facilities). Campers must have attended Main Camp at least one year before applying for Tent and Travel camp and must be approved by the Programs Director.

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Tuition: $1,161.25
Enrollment Processing Fee: $138.75
Activity Fee: $100
Total Cost: $1,400

**The only difference between Trip & Travel and Tent & Travel is where the groups sleep.  Trip & Travel sleep at Main Camp in a lodge and Tent & Travel camp up at a campsite ¼ mile walk away from Main Camp.**

LAKESIDE CAMP:

Lakeside camp occurs the last 4 weeks of our 8-week program. Campers spend the week at the pristine Trillium Lake Campground, eight miles East of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. Activities at the lake include fishing, swimming, hiking, ranger visit, and crafts. Campers will be camping in personal tents (provided by MHKC), cooking at the site, and traveling to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for program areas such as the adventure course, horseback riding, swimming, recreation, and hikes. This program is designed for individuals who need little to no assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s).  The main bathroom facility is a portable toilet with a portable hand washing station (designated times to shower occur at our Main Camp facilities). There will be one counselor for every two to three campers. Campers must be over 18 years old and have attended the Main Camp program at least one year before applying for Lakeside Camp and must be approved by the Programs Director.

Tuition: $1161.25
Enrollment Processing Fee: $138.75
Activity Fee: $100
Total Cost: $1,400

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS:

 

 

MAIN CAMP TENT & TRAVEL TRIP & TRAVEL LAKESIDE CAMP
6 days, 5 nights 6 days, 5 nights 6 days, 5 nights 6 days, 5 nights
8-weeks, June-August 8-weeks, June-August 8-weeks, June-August 2-weeks, July
Ages 12+ Ages 12+ Ages 12+ Ages 18+
Sleep: cabins Sleep: platform tents Sleep: lodges Sleep: camping tents
$1,300/week $1,400 $1,400 $1,400
1:1 counselor:camper ratio 2:1 2:1 2:1
Lottery System Pre-approval required Pre-approval required Pre-approval required

CAMP DATES:

 

  Ages Programs
    Main (M) Main (F) Trip (M) Trip (F) Tent Lakeside
Week 1 25+ X X X X X  
Week 2 12-17 X X X X X  
Week 3 18-30 X X X X X  
Week 4 18-30 X X X X X  
Week 5 25+ X X X X X X
Week 6 18-30 X X X X X X
Week 7 18-30 X X X X X  
Week 8 25+ X X X X X  

 

 

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

CAMP ACTIVITIES:

Adventure Course

 

The adventure course consists of a 32-foot rock wall, tight rope stream crossing, a “flying squirrel” that can take campers 40 feet off the ground, a zipline over the river, low adaptive elements, and a low obstacle course. Each group attends the adventure course at least once during their stay at camp. We have trained adventure course facilitators as a part of our summer staff to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our campers. We also have an adaptive chair for those who utilize wheelchairs so they can experience the adventure course as well! Weight Limit: 275lbs (MHKC provides the required helmet and harness while participating).

MHKC Adventure course
Horses

 

Every summer our herd of 4 horses is thoughtfully chosen. Our trained horse program facilitators educate our campers and lead them on an obstacle course ride. In addition, we have an adaptive horse saddle for campers who need extra support. Campers also enjoy a craft, games, and a picture booth up at the corral. Weight Limit: 275-300lbs *depending on horse size that given year (campers are required to wear an MHKC provided helmet and gate belt while riding)

 

 

White Water Rafting

 

Campers in our Trip & Travel and Tent & Travel groups spend one day on the Deschutes River navigating the rapids in a guided rafting trip provided through All-Star Rafting Company, located in Maupin, OR. Campers take camp vehicles to and from the location and eat lunch provided by All-Star in a picturesque location next to the river. All-Star Rafting navigates through the Class I-IV rapids and instructs campers when to hold on and sit low in the rafts. Each raft holds one All-Star Instructor and a mix of campers and staff. All-Star issued lifejackets are worn whenever on or near the water. Chest size limit: 48 inches around

 

Canoeing/Row Boats

 

All campers enjoy a partial day outing to the beautiful Trillium Lake to canoe or rowboat. MHKC provides transportation to and from the lake. We have certified lifeguards onshore and in the water at all times. Campers spend hours relaxing and paddling around the lake with their counselors. Weight Limit: 300/400lbs (Lifejackets are required and provided by MHKC)

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Other Activities

 

  • Adaptive Bikes, Recreational Games & Fishing – Campers can participate in catch and release fishing, group games in the field, and adaptive bikes with their group. Adaptive Bike weight limit: up to 400lbs depending on the bike. MHKC provides a required helmet and protection pads if needed.
  • Arts & Crafts – Each year campers tie-dye their annual Camp shirt and can indulge in a variety of different crafts. Adaptive art equipment is available and provided by MHKC.
  • Hiking (leisure-low walking) – Groups get to go to Zig Zag Falls, as we call the Waterfall Walk which is accessible to those who utilize a wheelchair. They also go on an evening program walk to find the Camp legend Ebenezer!
  • Evening programs/Dance Night – Every evening is a different program after dinner. One night is campfire where our Program Staff put on a campfire program full of interactive games and songs as well as skits. Another night is our camp Dance and the other is a cookout where the group will roast hotdogs and s’mores followed by the walk to find Ebenezer.
  • Saturday BBQ (awards, skits, and wish boats) – Our Saturday BBQ is a lunch followed by our traditional performance by our Staff Infection Band mixed with group skits and songs.

 

Our daughter had the greatest time at your camp. To know that she could go to a safe place where she felt confident and had a person there just for her, to encourage her and increase her self-esteem meant the world to us. She is so proud of her accomplishments there.

Camper Emily's Mom

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Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
Camper Name, Group Letter (if known)
P.O. Box 206
Rhododendron, OR 97049

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