Overnight Camps

We offer eight sessions of overnight camp. View our Overnight Camp Parent Handbook for packing lists, check-in and checkout procedures and required information.

Registration for Summer 2021 is currently unavailable. Check back soon for more information.

Camp Programs

Pioneer "Pio" Unit | Entering Grades 2–4

A great introduction to the overnight camp experience. Living in single gender cabins in a mixed gender village, “Pio” campers get a taste of what camp has to offer including an overnight camp-out under the stars, archery, climbing tower, horse corral rides, and much more.

Explorer “Expo” Unit | Entering Grades 5–6

“Expo” campers experience all the camp activities of the Pioneer camp and more, such as a horse trail rides and an inner tube float down the Sandy River. While living in the one of a kind Rotary "Hobbit" Village, Campers build positive friendships and practice teamwork.

Questor Unit | Entering Grades 7–9

Questors are the oldest of the week-long resident campers, and focus on skills such as role modeling, making positive choices and taking personal responsibility. Living in the extraordinary Treetops Village, campers engage in a team building day with their cabin mates on the challenge course, develop skills through their specialty and enjoy traditional camp activities.

Questor Specialty

Questors choose a program area of focus for the week called "specialty." Questors spend 2–3 hours a day in their specialty and the remainder of the week enjoy traditional camp activities. We do our best to assign each Questor their first or second choice specialty.

Questor Specialty Choices


Campers learn basic swimming skills,  tube and raft down the Sandy River and enjoy a variety of pool activities. Aquatic specialty campers should have basic swimming skills and feel comfortable in the water.

Challenge Course

Campers expand their knowledge of challenge course elements through learning basic knot tying, facilitation and belaying from certified staff. Campers will also spend a day on the Collins Aerial Adventure Park. 

Horseback Riding

Campers learn basic Western riding skills, tack, grooming and other related equestrian skills. Horse specialty campers explore a variety of trails on camp.

Mountain Biking

Campers learn basic riding skills, maintenance and bike safety. Led by qualified staff, biking specialty campers explore the trails of Oxbow Regional Park and enjoy a long trail ride off camp. Bikes and helmets are provided..

Performing Arts

Campers will be introduced to the performing arts through acting techniques, improvisation games and other skills all culminating in a short performance at our Friday night campfire.

Teen Camps | Entering Grades 9–11

Designed for teenagers who want to get outdoors, make new friends and participate in activities that challenge them in a variety of different ways. Teen Camp intentionally puts a strong emphasis on self-discovery, personal growth, teamwork, personal responsibility and positive communication. 

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CIT (Counselors in Training) Sessions | Entering Grades 11–12

CITs are mature campers interested in becoming future camp counselors. This two-week or three-week program will be spent working together with experienced camp staff to learn the necessary aspects of camp counseling and youth development with an emphasis in understanding children, diversity, leadership skills and the YMCA core values of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service.

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Session Themes

Each week of overnight camp comes with a theme. Themes are what drive the week's activities and bring some of the magic to camp. Typically, each week will start with at conflict at opening campfire that will be resolved by the closing campfire. 

Required Documents

Please complete these necessary forms and bring them with you to camp check in. 

Health History Form

Medication Authorization Form

Letter to Counselor

Overnight Camp Photo ID Form 

Camp Scholarships 

We believe that every child deserves to come to camp. With that, we offer scholarships to families who would otherwise not be able to afford to send their children to camp. Our scholarships come from the funds raised through our annual campaign and unspent camp store deposits.

To apply please complete these necessary application form and submit to:

YMCA Camp Collins–Office Administrator
3001 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080

Scholarship Application


We are excited to announce the launch of our new overnight teen camp, YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods. The new program is an outdoor adventure camp that will include backpacking, orienteering and outdoor living skills. YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods is located on Mt. Hood in Government Camp near Trillium Lake.

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