Open to all Children and Grandchildren of Oregon military families!
Full week of camp for only $150 (partial scholarships available – email firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Ethan, what you do through Tsuga is life changing for us. Oregon Summer Star has given Shayla more confidence, a drive to keep going when life gets rough and bumpy, never ending camp songs that are sung year around, joy, a sense of belonging. She doesn’t feel like she is the only one who’s parent serves, or did serve, or in some cases didn’t make it home. She has pride in what her dad did and what he goes through every day, and I give credit to Oregon Summer Star for that. Shayla is an amazing child, and I am thankful for the love and support she gets at camp. To you and your staff, keep up the good work you do!” – Christina Loy, 2016
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2017 Participant and Parent Preparation Packet available for download 2/27/2017.
Background Information: As community reintegration becomes important post-deployment, the Tsuga Community Commission is proud to have developed and integrated Oregon Summer Star, a camp for all of Oregon’s military-connected youth regardless of their family’s deployment / service status. As Oregonians move into the next decade together, Oregon Summer Star is the custom camp for our youth and teens, to share experiences related to their parent’s military service, belong to a special statewide community and develop individual skills for life after camp. If you supported a friend who had a parent deployed, thanks for your service too – Join us!
2017 Updates: Unfortunately, we no longer have a relationship with Operation Purple, a program of the National Military Family Association due to a lack of funds available for camps in Oregon. However, we still plan to serve 120 campers age 8 to 16 this year. Youth of military families, grandchildren of military families and friends of military-connected youth are all welcome to join together during a full week of summer camp for only a $150 registration fee. Oregon Summer Star is our State’s most admired military-family support program. It’s a low-cost week of summer camp that allows us to look inward, smile outward and have the best week of our summer together. We built a community that once never was in Oregon and look to YOU as the campers and families to move it further. It’s not about promoting military service or endorsing any political policy. It’s about preparing our youth with skills for a balanced life and about maintaining a healthy next generation of Oregon families.
A Place for Us: This is for sure the most beautiful camp venue we’ve run over the last 12 years. There will again be morning environmental education field studies on the lake, at the river and in the forest. Afternoon recreations will include Swimming, Field Games, Hikes, Arts and Crafts, a Snack and more. We’ll have the classic all-camp games like Capture the Flag and Counselor Hunt. Oregon’s National Guard will be involved in a military theme day where campers can learn more about what their parents do when they’re away overseas. Each evening there will be a full campfire program and late night activities will include a night hike, and an outdoor movie under the stars with popcorn (Youth camp) or an all-camp Dance (Teen camp). We turn off the technology for a full week and exercise interpersonal skills. Oregon Summer Star is fun, safe and an important opportunity for young people to get to know themselves and the world around them.
Safe and Fun: The food at Camp Cascade is nutritious and tasty – better than what most consider even good camp food. Our staff are well trained and recruited from other programs – they’re very good at what they do. Many have been staff for military family support camps in Oregon with Tsuga for many years. All of our staff are background checked and our nurse on site is credentialed.
Here are the general details for camp this year:
- June 25th through June 30th – Age 8 to 16
- Camp Cascade: www.campcascade.net
- Directions to Camp: 33806 North Fork Road, SE – Lyons, OR 97358
- Teen Participants age 15 and 16 can also Apply for a Counselor Position
- Questions? Contact the Tsuga Programs Manager: Akari “Emu” Anderson
- Akari@Tsuga.org or 971 – 506 – 5437