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Weekly Camps from June 21st through August 13th 2021

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. Plus parents & caretakers are in real need of a break! Alder Commons and Portland Free Play are excited to co-host our second year of in-person Adventure Play Camps to help meet these needs, even while we remain vigilant in support of our collective health.

Campers will be outside (almost) all the time, taking advantage of the backyard playground area and the beautiful Portland summer weather. Each week, kids will have the opportunity to transform the rich outdoor space into a world of their own imagination! This camp is best suited for ages 6-11 years old.

Experiences at Adventure Play Camp may include:

  • Fort building
  • Dirt and water play
  • Dramatic play
  • Working with hand tools
  • Art installations
  • Spontaneous joy!
Adventure Play Camp in 2018

Dates & Times

The camp will operate between 9am and 5pm. Families are welcome to drop-off or pick-up their kids at any time during that window. The first camp will run from June 21st-25th, and we will run 8 consecutive weeks of camps. The last week of camp will be August 9th-13th.


In order to keep the camp accessible, we are using a sliding scale fee between $50 and $350 per week, per participant. We encourage those who can afford to pay the full rate to please do so. This will allow 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 will 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.

Adventure Play Camp in 2020

Covid Safety Plan

We will be taking many precautions to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 at our Camp. We will be maintaining a camp group of not more than 20 children together at once. We will also be 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 young people.
  • We will be providing washable cotton masks that campers are welcome to use.
  • We will not work 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 campers for any signs of symptoms* that emerge during the day.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available for use.
  • We will provide ample facilities for handwashing, including outdoors.
  • We will notify public health authorities if anyone gets diagnosed with COVID-19 so they can help with contact tracing.
  • We will check anyone entering the camp area for symptoms.
  • We will limit contact 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 your 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 for them to come out.

Expectations Of Young People

  • They will wear masks during camp, except when eating/drinking at a distance.
  • 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.


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.


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Alder Commons does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, ability, linguistic background, national origin, cultural identity, gender identity, or sexual orientation in administration of our programs.