About YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods

Duncan Campbell, prominent Portland business leader and advocate for at-risk youth in our community, had a vision: to serve the most disadvantaged and fragile youth of our community in an overnight resident camp. Campbell purchased 160 acres of land near Trillium Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest and waited to find the right partner to put his vision into action. 

The YMCA shared Campbell's vision to help support kids in at risk situations. Together the YMCA and Duncan Campbell aim to strengthen youth's choice making skills, leadership skills and interpersonal skills while embracing the YMCA mission. 

Earlier in 2017, the State of Oregon approved building permits for us to begin building on the property. 

Upcoming Programs

We are pleased to announce our new Teen Adventure Camp. This new program is an outdoor adventure camp that will include backpacking, orienteering and outdoor living skills. Campers will sleep in tents and do day hikes, traditional camp activities and leadership development programs. We are running this first program for Middle School and early High School aged youth. As the years progress, we see the ages expanding and running co-ed programs. For more information or to register your camper, contact Willard Burks at 503.663.7966 or wburks@ymcacw.org.

Past Events

On Aug. 13–18, 2018, a group of 8–12 youth, our Executive Director and several other Y staff participated in a pilot camp experience. Youth explored the vastness of Camp Duncan's Wood’s 160 acres of land as they journeyed on fun day hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest and experienced life in the wild. On this week-long tent camping program, campers experienced outdoor wilderness living skills, such as natural shelter construction, fire building, emergency preparedness, habitat and environmental restoration, navigation and more. Campers gained personal growth and develop skills in the wilderness. Contact Executive Director, Willard Burks for more information on how you can support our program.

Support YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods

We invite you to partner with us financially and by donating your time to bring a unique YMCA camp experience to high-risk youth.

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Teen on high ropes