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Send kids to outdoor, arts, theater camps

COURTESY PHOTO - Children can work with clay, paint and other materials at art camps in both Forest Grove and Hillsboro (pictured here) this summer.Summertime is the season for popsicles, swimming pools, farmers’ markets and sleeping in. It’s also the time for kids to learn and have fun pursuing new interests.

Unique summer camp opportunities abound in western Washington County for every interest.

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  • The Walters Cultural Arts Center is holding arts summer camps for kids ages 5 through teens. Kids ages 5 to 13 can participate in clay, painting, drawing, music, theater, writing and dance camps. There are also painting, theater and ceramics camps for teenagers. Visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov for more information and pricing.

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  • Got a young equine lover? Head to Herrold Stables, 32900 S.W. Wohler St. in Hillsboro, for days filled with English or western riding equitation instruction, learning about horse care and grooming, and basic safety. The three-day camp is $295 for Hillsboro residents and $325 for non-residents. The fun with horses camp is July 12-14. Horse riding 101 camp is July 26-28. The young rider camp is Aug. 9-11. All camps are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.herroldstables.com for more information or call 971-235-4529.

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  • There will be Hillsboro Arts Summer (HAS) camps for children interested in art, dance, drama, film, music, musical theater, jazz studies and more. Registration ranges from $180 ($225 after June 30) to $260 ($300 after June 30). Visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov for more information.

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  • The Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center is hosting summer swim camps for kids. Camps range from beginning swimming to junior lifeguarding preparation. Camps run 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and run Monday through Friday, June 20 through Aug. 26. Prices range from $75 to $150. Call 503-681-5397.

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  • For the nature lover, sign up for camps at Hillsboro’s Jackson Bottom Wetlands. There are camps all about water, wetland animals, birds, natural treasure hunting, survival skills, outdoor leadership, and tidepools and waterfalls. Camps range from $65 to $185. Visit www.jacksonbottom.org or call 503-681-5397 for more information and to register.

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  • The city of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department offers a variety of camps throughout the summer. There are field-trip camps, winter sports camps, sports and gymnastics, and more. Camp prices range from $132 to $235. Visit hillsboro-oregon.gov for more information.

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  • There will be free camps for kids ages 1 to 18 at Shute Park and Shadywood Park in Hillsboro June 20 to Aug. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch is also provided. Call 503-681-6120 for more information.

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  • Sports enthusiasts can participate in basketball, volleyball, soccer, fencing, baseball, flag football and lacrosse camps. Prices range from $30 to $150. Call 503-681-6120 for more information.

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  • Kids entering sixth through ninth grade who love adventure can sign up for Hillsboro’s adventure camps. Camping, caving, bowling, climbing, rafting, paddle boarding, biking, horseback riding and more. Camps offered June 27 to Aug. 4. Call 503-681-6120 to register. $195 for Hillsboro residents and $225 for non-residents.

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  • Science lovers can learn with hands-on experiments and inventions. For kids 5 to 12 years old. Camps offered July 11 to Aug. 5. $155 for Hillsboro resdients. $225 for non-residents. Call 503-681-6120 for more information.

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  • Valley Art Association in Forest Grove is offering a kids summer camp Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, and Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 5. The camps is from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 6 to 11. Kids will enjoy new activities each day — painting, clay work, drawing and sewing. Children will come away with knowledge of how to apply different media, try various techniques and processes and will learn more about the visual arts in relation to history and culture. Pre-registration required. Limited to 10 students each session. Pick up a parental permission form and return it to the gallery by July 18 deadline. Contact Jeanne Levy, 503-341-9701 for more information. Cost is $75 each weekly session per child; first additional sibling is $50. Register and prepay at Valley Art Gallery.

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  • There will be a USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camp to provide USA Cycling with junior talent evaluations and while offering young people instruction to develop cycling abilities. The camp will be held at Pacific University Sunday, July 10 to Friday, July 15. Racers ages 14 to 19 are welcomed to attend. Tuition is $850 and includes six days and five nights of room, board and instruction. Visit www.usacycling.org/regional-talent-id-camps.htm for more information. Visit www.wsbaracing.org/athlete-development-camp-scholarships—grants.html for information about grants and scholarships. Quinn Keogh is the camp director and can be reached at 503-410-2589.

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  • Theatre in the Grove is offering their ever-popular summer camps. CAST campers will spend two fun-filled weeks on the stage with instructor-led theatrical games and exercises focused on creativity and teamwork. On the last day of the session, the participants will share what they’ve learned with the community in a free public performance. The camp for ages 10 to 16 runs June 13 to 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon with instructor Adam Borrego. Children ages 6 to 10 can participate in a camp June 13 to 24 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with instructor Jeanna Van Dyke. Children ages 6 to 8 can participate in a camp July 25 to Aug. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon with instructor Donald Cleland. Children ages 9 to 11 can participate in a camp July 25 to Aug. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with instructor Donald Cleland. Each session is $150. Spaces are limited. Register at www.theatreinthegrove.org.

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  • Adelante Mujeres is hosting summer camps for young women in July. Children heading into third grade through 12th grade are welcome to participate in a free camp at Pacific University. There will be three weeks of camps from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 11 to July 29. Free Friday field trips will also be offered to camp-goers. Week themes alternate between arts and culture, healthy lifestyles and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). There will also be a one-week camp for high school girls interested in health professions careers. Camp participants will take trips to hospitals and listen to presentations from professionals in the field. For more information, stop by the Adelante Mujeres office, 2036 Main St. in Forest Grove, or call 503-992-0078 ext. 201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Elizabeth Perry Montessori School offers a hands-on farm camp for local children in Gaston. The camp is designed to instill a love and respect for all life and animals in all participants. Take part in the growth of plants, walk through the woods, milking a cow, collect eggs and more. Discover plants, bugs and soil. There are six one-week sessions. The first week will be June 20-24. The last week will be July 25-29. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to ages 3 to 11. Each session is $230. The registration fees is $100. Call 503-985-3303 for registration and more information.