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Summer Camps Postings

Seems like every year we panic about summer camps.  Even though there are a plethora of stellar camps in the Portland metro area - for which we are all thankful - there are loads of questions to answer.  Which ones?  How much?  How will we get there?  How do I know it's a good one?  Has anyone NOT liked it...and why?  Is anyone I know going, too?  Can we carpool? 

So, starting this summer, we'll have a place for camps to share their programs with us, and for us to share our opinions with each other.  Go ahead, you check out the camps forum.  The inside scoop from other parents - ever valuable.  Have a question about a specific camp?  Post it.  Know of a great one?  Post it.  Got valuable info to share?  We hope you'll share it in the comments section.  Posting to the Camps forum works more or less like our other forums, but we ask that you provide some specific info about each camp when you're adding a new one.

We've benefited from everyone's input on the uM Schools forum, and we think this new Camps forum will be helpful, too, as we all seek to find excellent, affordable, nearby camps that are good fits for our kids and our schedules. 


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Oregon College of Art and Craft's Art Adventures Summer Day Camp is a great place for kids 6-13 to explore their creativity, get their hands dirty and have fun!! Kids navigate through four art workshops per day, in various media including; photography, ceramics, fibers, printmaking, book arts, metals, wood and drawing/painting. Camp runs for 9 week-long sessions in summer beginning June 16th. One week long session runs 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday with before and after care available from 8am-6pm. Cost for one week is $300. There are PLENTY OF FULL SCHOLARSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE!!

Art Adventures is located at 8245 SW Barnes Road in NW Portland, near Catlin Gabel and St. Vincent Hospital. Call us with any questions, 503.297.5544 or click on the link below to read more or to download the registration form.

ProtestMama and daughter say thumbs up! Art Adventures in awesome! rockin'! I'm not particularly crafty or artsy with different types of stuff (metal, paper, cloth), so my daughter really enjoyed the opportunity to do that.

We love Art Adventures. Our friend's son got a scholarship there three summers ago and my boys and hers have gone there every summer since! They love the activities, the counselors and staff. The camp itself is such an awesome alternative to spending an entire week inside. There isn't any place like it in Portland! Rain or shine, all three kids had a great time and can't wait for their week coming up in July!

Here is information about a really cool spiritual virtues summer day camp in July, for children 4-12 years of age.

More info available at www.bahaiwcn.com

Sowing seeds of kindness and compassion in the world starts with children and all who touch their lives.

Spiritual Virtues Summer Camp:
Spiritual Education Classes for children ages 4-5, 6-9, and 10-12 years old

Beaverton Baha'i Center
July 14-18 and July 21-25
Monday - Friday
9:00 - noon

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." -Baha'u'llah

In July, the Bahá'í Community of Beaverton and New Thought Ministries of Oregon (NTMO) will joyfully co-sponsor a Spiritual Virtues Day Camp for children. Two week-long sessions will be offered. Children are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Camp Virtues

Compassion, Helpfulness, Peacefullness, Patience, Service, Cooperation, Forgiveness, Generosity, Excellence, Joyfulness, Unity, Justice, Love, Truthfulness, Obedience, Trust, Respect, Gentleness, Understanding

Participants will be welcomed into a warm and accepting space where they will be gently guided to discover the gifts of virtues that live within them. Virtues are qualities such as kindness, compassion, cooperation and peacefulness. We will foster playful age-appropriate environments, both indoors and outdoors, to practice the virtues and explore their meaning through music, dance, drama, stories, song, art, baking, service projects and more! Children will have the
opportunity to make new friends and experience unity between spiritual communities.

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness - the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives" -The Dalai Lama

The Spiritual Virtues Camp content is inspired by the Seeds of Compassion(tm) conference recently held in Seattle (www.seedsofcompassion.org), featuring the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and numerous religious leaders uniting to discuss teaching compassion to children and youth. It is also based on the globalwork of the Virtues Project(tm) and materials from the internationally-studied Ruhi Institute courses from the Baha'i Faith.

The Virtues Project(tm) is an initiative that provides the principles and tools to empower people to live by their highest values. It is an approach which uses powerful strategies to call people to remember their virtues, such as love, trust, respect and unity. These are the qualities of character and elements
of spirituality honored by all cultures and sacred traditions. (www.virtuesproject.com.)

Bahá'í children's classes emphasize the importance of "learning to think, to reflect and to apply spiritual laws to the life of the individual and society. Especially during the early years of childhood, great attention is given to the development of spiritual qualities and to those beliefs, habits and behaviors that constitute the essential attributes of a spiritual being." (www.ruhiresources.org)

"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom." -Bahá'u'lláh


. Teachers and youth mentors trained in the spiritual education of children and junior youth.
*Fellowship activities, including prayers, songs and hands-on activities focusing on the virtue of the day.

*Special guests: Penny Puppets (www.pennypuppets.com),

*Photography by Staci Vriese (www.thegrowingyears.net)

*Musicians Oscar Eugenio and Ramine Yazhari

*Yoga and creative movement instructor Joan Gunness and more!

. Service Projects
. Healthy snack daily
. Camp Journal
. Virtues Camp T-shirt

Awakening the virtues is a lifelong process.

"Virtues are what's good about us." Sharon, age 6
From the Virtues Project(tm)


For more information or to volunteer
please contact:

Mojgan Elston: 503-810-5022 E-mail: mojganelston@hotmail.com

Delaram Adyani: 503-690-4852 E-mail: mehdel@pacifier.com

Bethany Quillinan: 503-287-5003 E-mail: virtues2be@msn.com

For online information: www.bahaiwcn.com


Parents are invited to attend Spiritual Virtues Camp with their child(ren). There are opportunities to serve in your child's class, learn more about the Virtues Project(tm), or participate in a Spiritual Study Group focusing on the Ruhi booklet "Reflections on the Life of the Spirit" (books will be provided).

The Bahai Lending Library will also be open for quiet study and meditation.

Parents are also encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for their family each day from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. We'll use this time to enjoy each others company, make positive connections and support each other in spiritual parenting.

A separate play space will be available at no charge for parents with children younger than 4 years old; please indicate your interest on the registration form. Childcare will be provided as needed.


Scholarships are available. For Bahá'í Community, contact Mojgan, for NTMO, contact Bethany.

Discounted rates are offered for parents who can help in a classroom for at least 1 day; please indicate your availability by taking the discount on the registration form.

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