Explorer Camp Bend - K to 1st - Day Camps

Our Explorer Day Camp which has a comfortable camper to staff ratio of 5:1 is built for young adventurers, ages 5 and 6 years-old, from the most tentative to the most intrepid. It’s a place where K – 1st graders are fully supported by our expert instructors as they start learning a host of exciting outdoor activities — hiking trails, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking, and learning solid biking skills through our multi-day progressive biking curriculum. Throughout the two week session, every day is thoughtfully balanced by creative pursuits like yoga, art and music.

Under the guidance of our expert instructors, campers harness their hardwired curiosity as they strike out into the world of outdoor adventuring, figuring out what they love to do and building confidence in who they are.

*This session is two weeks long.


Camp Length Two Weeks
Price $823

Session Length 2 Weeks
Lunch and Extended Care To minimize Covid risks we
are not offering these in 2021.

Camp Details


Entering K - 1st
(must be 5 by the start of camp)


2-Week Session
M - F from 9am-3pm





Stand Up Paddleboarding

Yoga, Music, & Art

Places We Go: Cascade Lakes

Explorers take to the water for carefully controlled flat-water instruction, getting familiar with their equipment and environment, practicing paddling techniques and water safety and gaining confidence stroke by stroke.

Please note that campers will be sharing boats during this program.

Places We Go: Pine Nursery Park, Shevlin Park and Rockridge Community Park

Whether they’ve never been on a bike before or have plenty of experience on two wheels, we get kids comfortable with biking technique, safety, and equipment. To put their skills to the test, campers bike on-site at our camp location and also out on the trail. Bring your own bike or use one from our fleet, which can accommodate kids of any size.

Places We Go: Deschutes National Forest

Age-appropriate and eye-opening, our hikes teach campers about the flora and fauna around them and Leave-No-Trace principles as they start building awareness of their surroundings and respect for the natural world.

Places We Go: Cascade Lakes

Explorers take to local bodies to learn the basics of stand up paddleboarding, building core strength and balance and getting confident on the water.

For half of the day, to balance out their daily adventures, kids also explore more introspective activities. They will be learning about breathing and balance in storytime yoga, practicing self-expression and artistic techniques in art and engaging their bodies and voices through music.

Sample Schedule

We've put together a pretty awesome day camp schedule for your kids!
Here's a sample for one of the two weeks:

AM: Kayaking
PM: Yoga
AM: Art
PM: Biking
AM: Biking
PM: Yoga
AM: Music
AM: Hiking
PM: Art

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blue’s Clues? It was the most successful kids’ show of all time. Do you remember that book that your child insisted on reading over and over again? How could you forget it? Why was Blue’s Clues so successful and why did your child NEED to re-read that book? Because repetition promotes learning, growth, and empowerment.

Based on our experience (and a bunch of brain science), we know that multiple weeks of Avid camp will benefit your child – it will result in greater skill development, increased self-confidence, higher levels of risk assessment/environmental awareness, and an improved ability to connect socially with others.


While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.