YMCA Camp Collins

3001 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080

Overnight Camps

Overnight Resident Camp

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

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, horse corral rides, and much more.

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

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 lifeguard skills, 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 (offered all sessions).

Challenge Course

Campers expand their knowledge of challenge course elements through learning basic knot tying, facilitation and belaying from certified staff. Team building, creativity, confidence and adaptability are among the skills practiced.

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.


Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8 only. 

Campers learn the basics in range safety as well as parts of the bow and arrow. They will participate in our new archery challenge course trail and work towards becoming a proficient archer. Campers will learn to make their very own arrow and bow string.

Performing Arts

Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7 only. 

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.

Mountain Biking

Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7 only. 

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.

Wilderness Living Skills

Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8 only. 

Campers will learn fire-building, orienteering and shelter building using the natural environment of Camp Collins. Other practices that may be explored include Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, horticulture and sustainable living.