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.

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Camp Programs and Rates

 A minimum $50 deposit is due at time of registration. Camp fees can paid in full at time of registration or be paid through monthly installments. The full balance is due by June 1, 2020.

YMCA Camp Collins utilizes a three rate system. Rate 1 reflects the actual operating cost of camp while Rate 2 and 3 are subsidized to make camp more accessible. You may voluntarily choose the rate most suited for your family and it in no way influences the experience children receive. There are no questions asked and no documentation needed. Camp Scholarships are also available.

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.

Pioneer Mini Camps are Available Session 3—3A and 3B—and Session 7—7A and 7B. Overnight camp-out not included in 3B or 7B.

Program Rates

Rate 1: Full Week $835, Mini Camp $458
Rate 2: Full Week $785, Mini Camp $428
Rate 3: Full Week $735, Mini Camp $399


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.

Program Rates

Rate 1: $835
Rate 2: $785
Rate 3: $735


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.

Program Rates

Rate 1: $855
Rate 2: $805
Rate 3: $755


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. 

Session 1 | June 28–July 4 | Harry Potter

Session 2 | July 5–July 11 | Percy Jackson and the Campfire Thief

Session 3 | July 12–18 | Pokemon Go! 

Session 4 | July 19–25 | Disney Adventure

Session 5 | July 26–Aug. 1 | Around the World in a Week

Session 6 | Aug. 2–Aug. 8 | 2020 Olympic Games 

Session 7 | Aug. 9–15 | Star Wars 

Session 8 | Aug. 16–22 | Super Heroes

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

Additional Information

Scholarship eligibility will be determined by the Executive Director or their designee, based on a review of the required documentation. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.

Applications must be submitted, reviewed, and accepted one week prior to the start of the session. The evaluation process may take up to five to seven business days once the completed application and all required supporting documentation has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You will be contacted by a member of the camp office staff to notify you of your scholarship award.

The maximum scholarship amount that can be granted is capped at 65 percent of the total cost of camp. If a scholarship is accepted before June 1st a $50 deposit is required for camp registration. Acceptance after June 1st requires total balance due at time of registration.

Scholarships may be awarded for only one session of overnight camp, no more than three sessions of day camp or one family camp weekend. 

If you have further questions, please contact the YMCA Camp Collins office at 503.663.5813 or email us.

Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

In order to register for a program at Camp Collins both the Camper and the Parent/Guardian must read, agree to, and sign our Commitment and Cancellation Agreements. Below you will find the Camper and Parent/Guardian Agreements for our various programs. These agreements are listed on the Registration Forms of all programs.

Parent/Guardian Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

I understand it is my camper’s responsibility to participate in the whole YMCA Camp Collins summer camp program to the best of their abilities, including: living in a cabin, activities, value sharing and camp chores.  I have discussed with my camper that they may not possess or use tobacco, cannabis, or vape products, alcoholic beverages, non-prescription drugs or possess weapons of any kind while at YMCA Camp Collins. My camper will do their best to follow instructions, remain in designated areas, keep others and themselves safe and make camp a good experience for fellow campers and themselves.

I understand that failure to live up to this agreement could result in my campers’ dismissal from camp without a refund of fees.

Included with registration is a required $50 deposit. I understand that the deposit is nonrefundable. I agree to pay the remaining balance of the camp fee in full no later than June 1st, 2020. A space will not be held past June 1st without full payment. If I register after June 1st, 2020 I understand that payment in full is required to complete my camper’s registration. I understand that after June 1st, only 50% of the total camp fee is refundable 3 weeks prior to the start of my child’s session. Transferring my child to another session of camp is possible provided space is available and a written request is received at least 3 weeks prior to the start of their original session. I understand that no refunds are given if a child leaves camp early for any reason, drops within 3 weeks of their session start date, or does not show up on the first day of camp.

Session registrations and cabin placement is on a first come, first serve basis. YMCA Camp Collins strives to provide a camp opportunity to as many campers as possible and in so doing Explorer or Questor campers’ placement in a cabin is not guaranteed and your camper may be placed in one of our yurts based on latest registration date (Please see Overnight Parent Handbook for greater detail).


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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