Para información sobre este campamento de juego libre, o para ayuda con registración: (503) 893-9366.

For information about this camp, or to get help with registration, call (503) 893-9366.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have missed out on lots of social interaction, physical activity, and opportunities for free play outside of home. And parents are in real need of a break! Alder Commons and Portland Free Play are excited to co-host in-person Adventure Play Camps this summer to help meet these needs, even while we remain vigilant in support of our collective health.

Adventure Play Camp is hosted at Alder Commons, a brand new community hub for self-directed work and play! Campers are outside all the time (with the exception of bathroom breaks), taking advantage of the backyard playground area and the beautiful Portland summer weather. Over the week, kids have the opportunity to transform the rich outdoor space into a world of their own imagination!

Experiences at Adventure Play Camp may include:

  • Fort building
  • Dirt and water play
  • Dramatic play
  • Working with hand tools
  • Art installations
  • Spontaneous joy!

This camp is best suited for young folks between the ages of 6 and 11.

Photos from Adventure Play Camp in July

Dates & Times

Camp operates between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Families are welcome to drop-off or pick-up children at any time during that window. We will be running camps during the following weeks:

  • August 3rd-7th
  • August 10th-14th
  • August 17th-21st


Our facilitators are a mixture of Alder Commons staff and others who have been trained in playwork by Leon Smith of Portland Free Play. Leon has spent his career designing and building natural play environments for preschools, childcare centers, and communities around the country as part of Earthplay. He has led trainings, hands-on workshops, and keynote presentations focusing on how to improve outdoor play spaces by inviting nature into the yard.


In order to keep the camp financially accessible, we are using a sliding scale fee between $50 and $350 per week, per participant. We encourage those that can afford to pay the full rate to do so. This allows us to offer a steeply discounted rate to those families who need it most. Below are suggested camp fees based on household income:

Household Income Suggested Weekly Fee / Camper
$0-$30,000 $50
$50,000 $100
$70,000 $150
$90,000 $200
$110,000 $250
$130,000 $300
$150,000+ $350

We recognize that household income is unable to capture a wide variety of financial situations that may affect your ability to pay. We are committed to making Adventure Play Camp open to families regardless of their ability to pay. If our suggested price is beyond your means, please make an offer at whatever amount is feasible for your family right now.

Drop-Off And Pick-Up

When you arrive at the Alder Commons parking lot, please text camp staff (or ring the front door bell). We will welcome your children through the eastern gate during drop-off, and will send them out to meet you when you pick them up. Please refrain from entering the building without prior authorization and always wear a mask.

Food & Drink

Families should plan to pack a lunch and snack for all children who attend camp. We provide some supplemental snacks that are pre-packaged and able to be sanitized (like granola bars). Please supply a personal water bottle for your child.

Covid Safety Plan

We are taking many precautions to help eliminate the spread of COVID at our Camp. We maintain a camp cohort size of not more than 10 children. We are outdoors for nearly the entirety of each day. Below are our expectations for safety:

Expectations Of Camp Staff

  • We will wear masks the entire time we are in the presence of children.
  • We will be providing washable cotton masks that campers are welcome to use.
  • We will not work with children if we, or anyone in our home environment, are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms* or have experienced symptoms in the past 2 weeks. Nor if we have come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • We will monitor children for any signs of symptoms* that emerge during the day, including taking their temperature (externally).
  • We will have hand sanitizer available for use.
  • We will provide ample facilities for handwashing, including outdoors.
  • We will wash our hands very often!
  • We will notify public health authorities if any children or staff become diagnosed with COVID so they can help with contact tracing.
  • We will check anyone entering the camp area for symptoms, including taking temperature.
  • We will clean and sterilize all touch surfaces each camp day.
  • We will not come into contact or close proximity with any other people outside of our cohort, during the camp day.

Expectations Of Parents/Caretakers

  • You will not send your child to camp if they or anyone in their household is experiencing symptoms* or has come into contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • You will notify camp staff of any change in symptomatic status of anyone in the household.
  • You will send campers with a packed lunch and water bottle each day.
  • You will not enter the building when picking up or dropping off your child, but will text the staff and wait in your car for your child to come out.

Expectations Of Young People

  • They will be required to wear masks, and masks will be provided.
  • They will wash hands very often, including before eating.
  • They will not share their food with other campers.
  • They will maintain distance during any group gatherings or indoor activities.
  • They will not spit, lick, or otherwise spread bodily fluids.
  • They will play and have fun!

* Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: a new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.


Given the remaining risk for runaway growth of COVID in Multnomah County, we will cancel camp in its entirety if either of the following conditions are met:

If either of these happen, we will notify all registered families by email and/or phone.

If you or someone in your household becomes symptomatic, preventing your child from attending camp, we will issue a full refund for the remaining days that you are unable to attend.


Please use the button below to register your interest in attending a camp. We’ll reach out to you shortly to let you know if there is space available in any upcoming camps. Your spot in a given week’s camp will be confirmed via email on Thursday of the week prior.