Explorer Camp Portland - K to 1st - Day Camp

Five and six-year-olds are natural adventurers and breaking new ground every day. Our Portland Explorer summer camp which has a comfortable camper to staff ratio of 5:1 is built for these young pioneers, from the most cautious to the most courageous. It’s a place where K – 1st graders can feel comfortable taking on a host of exciting outdoor adventures—kayaking, biking, hiking, stand up paddleboarding—all carefully balanced by creative activities like yoga, art, and music. Our two-day progressive biking curriculum further supports these young campers to gain confidence by introducing and/or improving their skills in pedal biking. 

Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, campers harness their hardwired curiosity as they enjoy the world of outdoor adventuring and grow confidently into who they are. Sports will take place in scenic local settings in the Portland area that your family can return to for years to come!


Camp Pricing Single 2-Fer 3-Peat 4-Pack
Number of Camps 1 2 3 4
Price Per Camp $419 $394 $386 $369
YOU SAVE! - $50 $100 $200

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* We are committed to inclusivity for all. Are finances a barrier for you? Apply For Financial Assistance or Check Out Payment Plans.

* Catlin Gabel School serves as our drop-off and pick-up location for the summer, but we are not affiliated with the school. All of our camp staff and instructors are Avid4 Adventure employees.

Early Drop Off $25
After Care $75
Lunch Option $25


Grades Dates
Explorer Camp #POR061520-Exp k - 1st 06/15/20 - 06/19/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR062220-Exp k - 1st 06/22/20 - 06/26/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR070620-Exp k - 1st 07/06/20 - 07/10/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR071320-Exp k - 1st 07/13/20 - 07/17/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR072020-Exp k - 1st 07/20/20 - 07/24/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR072720-Exp k - 1st 07/27/20 - 07/31/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR080320-Exp k - 1st 08/03/20 - 08/07/20 Register Now
Explorer Camp #POR081020-Exp k - 1st 08/10/20 - 08/14/20 Register Now
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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Yoga, Music, & Art

Places We Go: Tualatin River at Tualatin Community Park

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.

Places We Go: Rock Creek Trail

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, the first day of biking is spent on site at our camp location and the second is out on the trail. Bring your own bike or use one from our fleet, which can accommodate kids of any size.

Places We Go: Forest Park

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: Tualatin River at Cook Park

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:

AM: Kayaking PM: Yoga
AM: Art
PM: Biking
(on site)
AM: Biking
PM: Yoga
AM: Music
PM: Stand Up
AM: Hiking
PM: Art


Shelby Treichler

I love getting to spend my summer outdoors with a community of like-minded people. It wasn’t until quite recently that I learned the absolute joy that is being part of the outdoor community. The sooner we can bring children into the community, teach them how to be responsible stewards and how to adventure safely, the more likely we are to have a future where society is balanced with nature. I have my CPR and Wilderness First Aid cert and am in the process of obtaining my Wilderness First Responder. All my camps growing up were centered around school activities and sports. It wasn’t until my first summer with Avid that I got to experience a camp geared towards outdoor exploration and adventure. I love trying to spark in kids, especially young girls, the confidence and curiosity that I didn’t fully appreciate till later in life. I’ve backpacked and trekked all around the US and spent a month completing the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. I started rock climbing a couple of years ago and am excited to explore mountaineering more. In my free time, I run a small art/craft business inspired by the outdoors. I’ve had so many amazing mentors teach me about the outdoors and I enjoy the opportunity to pass on the knowledge and passion I’ve received to the kids we teach. 

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.