Camps and Education

Portland’s Best Summer Camps – The 2017 Winners!

Photo courtesy of Willowbrook Arts Camp, winner of Best Overall Camp!

From April 1-15, NW Kids Magazine held nominations for Portland’s Best Summer Camps.  The three camps in each category with the most nominations became finalists. Then from April 16-30, readers voted for their favorite camp in each category.  Here’s a list of camps that you, the readers voted as Portland’s Best Summer Camps! Thank you to all who participated and big thanks to our sponsor, Trackers Earth!





2017 Best Camp Winner Arts & Crafts




2017 Best Cooking Camp

The Merry Kitchen



2017 Best Dance & Gymnastics Camp

Columbia Dance Center



2017 Best General Camp

Steve & Kate’s Camp



2017 Best Language Camp

Portland Early Learning Project (PELP)



2017 Best Music Camp

School of Rock



2017 Best farming-sustainability camp

Trackers Earth



2017 Outdoor & Adventure Winner

Trackers Earth



2017 Best overall camp




2017 Best Overnight Camp

Camp Westwind 



2017 Best Performing Arts Camp




2017 Best STEM Camp

Saturday Academy



2017 Best All Abilities Camp

Happy Mindful People



2017 Best Sports CampTualatin Hills Parks & Rec (THPRD)

About Michelle Snell

Michelle has been filling the pages of NW Kids since 2005.

A Pacific Northwest native (originally from the Seattle area), Michelle has been a Portland resident since 1995. She lives with her husband (a native Oregonian) and her two sweet daughters. She loves fitness, reading, movies, shopping, being a mom & NW Kids!