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Free Summer Camps & Programs for 4J Students

4J students invited to sign up for free summer programs provided by community partners

Eugene School District 4J is supporting extra academic and enrichment programs for students this summer. Summer learning programs are an opportunity to help students boost their wellbeing, expand their learning and re-engage with peers. The district is eligible for state funding to provide summer programs for students in 2021, as our community begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 4J is expanding programs provided directly by the district, and also providing funding for additional summer programs offered by community providers.

These programs provided by community partners are offered to students enrolled in 4J schools at no cost (or reduced cost in some cases). The organization providing the camp or other program is responsible for all aspects of the program and for the participating students. The district does not provide transportation or other services unless otherwise noted. Please contact the organization if you have questions about a program.

More programs and details will be added as applications for district funding support are approved. Programs will be marked as full when the district learns that all spots are filled. Please check back for updates.

(Additional enrichment opportunities for elementary, middle and high school 4J students taught by 4J teachers. Click on the school level for more information.)

Program

Students Served (Grade in Fall 2021)

When

Where

Friends of the Children K–3 June 1–Sept. 30, various times Various public, community-based settings
Genesis Summer Reading Academy K–4, 6–8 June 28–Aug. 12 Marist Catholic High School, 1900 Kingsley Rd.
Boys & Girls Club—Summer School Extension K–8 July 26–Aug. 19, 11:45 a.m.–4 p.m. River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hillard Lane
Basketball Training K–8 July 12–16, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
NEW! Softball
K–8 July 20–23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Rd.
Kidsports K–8 • Civic Park sports camps: July 6–29
• Pop-up neighborhood camps: Various dates in July and August
Civic Park, ATA, Chavez, Howard, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, River Road, Spencer Butte and Twin Oaks
Outrider Camps K–8 Begins June 21 2645 August St., Eugene, and surrounding natural areas
Upstart Crow Children’s Theatre Camps K–8 Begins June 21 Upstart Crow Studios, 855 W. 1st Ave.
NEW! Sheldon Summer Sports Camps Camps for all grades Various dates and times throughout the summer Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Rd.
West African Drum Workshops with Fode Sylla 3–7 & 8–12 July 12 & 13
12–1:30 p.m. for grades 3–7
2:30–4 p.m. for grades 8–12
Definity Dance Studio, 1325 Jefferson St. (behind Math is Magic!)
NEW! Cross Country/Track 3–8 Aug. 2–6, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
NEW! Volleyball 3–12 Grades 10–12: Aug. 2-5, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Grades 3–5: Aug. 9-12, 9 a.m.–10:30 Grades 6-9: Aug. 9-12, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Ophelia’s Place 4–12 Numerous programs and classes held from June–August, times vary Virtual via Zoom
6–8 July 26–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.
NEW! African Song and Harmony Workshop with Ratie D
6–12 Aug. 2, 9 & 16, 12–1:30 p.m.
Definity Dance Studio, 1325 Jefferson St. (behind Math is Magic!)
STEM Maker Experiences 7–10 Aug. 9–Sept. 3 (check with provider for times) SparkLab, 22 W. Seventh Ave.
Northwest Youth Corps 15–18 yrs old • Day work (full day):
Session 1: begins June 21
Session 2: begins July 26• Day work with overnight camping
Session 1: begins June 12
Session 2: begins July 24
 

Various locations

 

Looking Glass Community Services 9–12 July 5–Aug. 12, times vary Riverfront School & Career Center, 1666 W. 12th Ave.
University of Oregon SAIL Program 9–12 • Virtual sessions: July 26–29, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
On-campus session: July 30, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — FULL
UO Campus & Virtual (Zoom)
Eugene Family YMCA
FULL (WAITLIST ACCEPTED)
K–9 June 23–Sept. 1, times vary
Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.; Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th Ave.
River Road Park and Recreation District
FULL (WAITLIST ACCEPTED)
1–5 One-week camps, June 21–Aug. 27, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Emerald Park Community Center, 1400 Lake Dr.
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
Connected Lane County—Invention Lab FULL 9–12, geared toward BIPOC students June 28–July 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. SparkLab, 22 W. Seventh Ave.
Connected Lane County—Elevate Internships FULL 9–12 July 6–23 & July 26–Aug. 13, times vary Internships at various industry sites
STEAM Summer Enrichment Program FULL K–5 June 21–Aug. 20, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Wraparound childcare 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Willard School Site, 2855 Lincoln St.
ESTEAM Summer Enrichment Program FULL Children age 6–13 with intellectual and developmental disabilities June 21–Aug. 22, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The ARC of Lane County, 4181 E St., Springfield
KinderCare Education Champions FULL K–8 June 21–Aug. 27, full day–check with provider for times First Baptist Church, 3550 Fox Meadow Rd.
Boys & Girls Club—Summer Brain Gain FULL K–8 June 28–Aug. 27, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 1545 W. 22th Ave.
Adventure! Summer Camps FULL 5–9 yrs old June 28–Sept. 3 Adventure! Children’s Museum, located inside Valley River Center

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Chivalry and the Sword Knight Camp

Who: Grades 6–8
When: July 26–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)
Where: Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.
Contact: Tyler Stubbert, 541-204-0868, tyler@fencingacademy.net

This fun and engaging activity combines physical training with learning about history, medieval culture, and chivalric virtues. Activities include:

  • Solo and partner practice with two-handed sword, single-handed sword, polearms in appropriate protective gear (kids get to keep their fencing masks and gloves!)
  • Battlefield dodgeball and other games to learn strategic thinking
  • Formation drills with spears
  • Learning about the development of Arms and Armour
  • Clothing of the Middle Ages
  • Battle strategies and tactics and the battles they were used in
  • Castle development
  • Heraldry
  • Discussion on the chivalric virtues

Our program provides physically and mentally engaging activities that promote the following virtues:

  • Prowess – the pursuit of skill and mastery
  • Humility – letting our actions speak for themselves, and recognizing the worth of others around us
  • Courage – the strength to do what is right rather than what is easy
  • Generosity – generosity of spirit, and sharing with others
  • Mercy – showing compassion and kindness
  • Temperance – keeping all things in balance

Learn more & register


West African Drum Workshops with Fode Sylla

Who: Grades 3–7 & 8–12
When: July 12 & 13 (students are encouraged to attend both days)
12–1:30 p.m. for grades 3–7
2:30–4 p.m. for grades 8–12
Where: Definity Dance Studio, 1325 Jefferson St. (behind Math is Magic!)
Register: Send email to eugenemathismagic@gmail.com (subject line: “Drum class with Fode”)
Include student’s full name, grade and school attending in the fall, and 4J student ID number.

Master Drummer and acrobat Fode Sylla, a native of Guniea, Wast Arica, will offer classes for two age groups and students of all levels and abilities. Students will learn traditional rhythms on hand-built drums from West Africa. All students will be provided with an instrument for the class and will receive authentic head and arm bands to keep. Fode will offer continuing classes after these two days so that students can continue to build on what they learn. Drums and snacks will be provided.


Friends of the Children

Who: Grades K–3, plus assisting older siblings with transportation to camps
When: June 1–Sept. 30, various times
Where: Various public, community-based settings
Contact: Matt Springer, 541-228-6374, mspringer@friendslanecountyor.org

Students will be paired with a professional mentor that accompanies them on outings that provide fun and enriching activities, including bike rides, arts and crafts projects and field trips, to boost literacy skills, their love of learning and their social-emotional development.

Learn more


Adventure! Summer Camp FULL

Who: Ages 5–9
When: June 28–Sept. 3
Where: Adventure! Children’s Museum, located inside Valley River Center
Provider: Adventure! Children’s Museum
Contact: 541-653-9629, adventurechildrensmuseum@gmail.com

Week-long STEAM-themed summer camps from Fashion Camp to Mad Scientist Camp. Each week includes science projects, arts and crafts, play time and fun experiences for grade-school children.

Learn more


STEAM Summer Enrichment Program — FULL

Who: Grades K–5 in fall 2021
When: June 21–Aug. 20, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with wraparound childcare offered 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: Willard Swing School, 2855 Lincoln St., Eugene
Provider: Treetop Academics
Contact: Jason Aulicino, 541-510-1279, jason@treetopacademics.com

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) enrichment program is hands-on, project-based and engages students in fun activities focused on science, the arts, robotics, computer programming, electronics, math and more. The projects and experiments will be conducted both indoors and outside, and involve both individual and group work. Students will work with UO’s Center of Applied Second Language Studies for one week and build their own mixed-reality escape room.

Learn more


ESTEAM Summer Enrichment Program — FULL

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: June 21–Aug. 22, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: 4181 E St., Springfield
Provider: The ARC of Lane County
Contact: Angela Phinney, 541-743-6289, angela.phinney@arclane.org

The ESTEAM summer camp allows children ages 6–13 with intellectual and developmental disabilities to practice social skills, learn about STEAM-related activities (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), and spend time with their peers. Students will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in fun and engaging ways.

Learn more


Genesis Summer Reading Academy

Who: Grades K–4, 6–8 in fall 2021
When: June 28–Aug. 12
Where: Marist Catholic High School, 1900 Kingsley Road
Provider: Genesis Summer Reading Academy
Contact: Bill Ferrari, 541-844-9318, bferrari@marisths.org

Reading and academic support for local McKinney-Vento (unhoused) and Title I students. Genesis serves students in grades K-4, with a small middle school cohort this summer, as well.

Learn more


KinderCare Education Champions — FULL

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: June 21–Aug. 27, full day–contact provider for times
Where: First Baptist Church, 3550 Fox Meadow Road, Eugene
Contact: Nick Neville, 253-576-0786, nineville@discoverchampions.com

The KCE Champions summer camps feature project-based activities to build STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and literacy skills, support academic learning and readiness, and build students’ optimism for the new school year.

Learn more


Northwest Youth Corps

Who: Grades 10–12 in fall 2021
When:
• Day work (15–18 yrs old)—Session 1 begins June 21; Session 2 begins July 26 (full day)
• Day work with overnight camping (16–18 yrs old)—Session 1 begins June 12; Session 2 begins July 24
Sessions last five weeks.
Where: Various
Contact: Natalie Whitson, 541-393-4019, nataliew@nwyouthcorps.org

With the guidance of experienced field staff, high school students will earn school credit, a stipend and references toward an outdoor career, as they work on conservation, reforestation and recreation projects in the local community, including at the West Eugene Wetlands and the site of last summer’s Holiday Farm Fire. Students in the Youth Community Program work during the day and return home at the end of the workday, while those in the Youth Camping Program work during the day, camp in the field at night, and recreate during weekends.

Learn more


River Road Park and Recreation District — FULL (WAITLIST ACCEPTED) 

Who: Grades 1–5 in fall 2021
When: One-week camps run from June 21–Aug. 27, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:
• Emerald Park Community Center, 1400 Lake Dr., Eugene
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave., Eugene
Contact: Cathy Casalegno, 541-688-4052, info@rrpark.org

Children will enjoy games, arts, crafts and activities that engage both the mind and the body during these one-week summer adventure camps organized by the River Road Park and Recreation District. Age-appropriate activities for students in grades 1–5 include tumbling, dance, reading activities, swimming and more.

Learn more


Invention Lab & Elevate Internships— FULL

Who: Grades 9–12 in fall 2021
When/Where:
• Invention Lab: June 28–July 30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
SparkLab, 22 W. 7th Ave., Eugene
• Elevate Internships: July 6–23 & July 26–Aug. 13
various times and locations
Provider: Connected Lane County

Contact: Heidi Larwick, 541-228-5788, hlarwick@lesd.k12.or.us

Invention Lab is a five-week summer program primarily geared toward BIPOC high school students that is intended to increase their knowledge of and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) undergraduate programs and industries. Working alongside mentors, students will complete group projects and then apply those skills in creating their own inventions.

The Elevate Internships program allows students to work as paid interns for three weeks at a local company within an industry of their choice to build work experience and develop job skills.

Contact Connected Lane County for more information.


Boys & Girls Club:
Summer Brain Gain — FULL
Summer School Extension

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When/Where:
• Summer Brain Gain: June 28–Aug. 27, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club, 1545 W. 22nd Ave., Eugene (plus various field trips)
• Summer School Extension: July 26–Aug. 19, 11:45 a.m.–4 p.m.
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hillard Lane, Eugene
Provider: Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley
Contact: Matt Sorensen, 541-345-9939, msorensen@bgcev.org

Summer Brain Gain is an eight-week full-day enrichment program that provides summer activities focused on literacy, math and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) learning, as well as themed projects and field trips.

Boys & Girls Club also is offering a separate four-week Summer School Extension program to provide afterschool fun and educational activities for children enrolled in summer school.

Learn more


Kidsports

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When:
• Civic Park sports camps: July 6–29
• Pop-up neighborhood camps: Various dates in July and August
Where: Civic Park, Arts & Technology Academy, Chávez, Howard, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, River Road/El Camino del Río, Spencer Butte and Twin Oaks
Provider: Kidsports
Contact: info@kidsports.org or visit Kidsports website for more information

Summer sports camps held at Civic Park and 4J athletic fields will focus on providing age-appropriate movement and motor skill development, modified multi-sport games, and a chance for kids to move, play, reconnect with peers, and have fun.

Kidsports Summer Camp Information
“Pop-Up” Neighborhood Camps—Free one-day summer camp sessions at local school sites
July Summer Camps—Weekly four-day camps at Civic Park

4J Summer Enrichment funding is now available for 4J students to attend one free July summer camp at Civic Park. Check out the July Summer Camp listings, then use this registration link to inform KIDSPORTS of your preference for the one four-day camp in which you want to register your child for free:

Register for one free Kidsports July summer camp   


Outrider Camps

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: Begins June 21
Where: 2645 August St., Eugene, and surrounding natural areas
Provider: Outrider Camps
Contact: Kyle Purdy, 971-237-4161, kyle@outridercamps.com

Outdoor adventure is front and center during Outrider Camps as students get to spend time in nature with peers and learn core outdoors skills through hands-on training. The skills include scouting and navigation, ecological awareness and ethnobotany, and survival skills such as building a fire, fishing, archery and animal tracking.

Learn more


Upstart Crow Children’s Theatre Camps

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: Begins June 21
Where: Upstart Crow Studios, 855 W
. 1st Ave., Eugene
Provider: Upstart Crow Studios
Contact: Heidi Knight-Meigs, 541-688-8260, info@upstartcrowstudios.org

K–12 students will engage in a range of theater, music and dance activities based on fun, age-appropriate weekly themes. Each camp will culminate in a short performance that showcases the students’ new stage skills. Older students will have the opportunity to gain critical mentorship, leadership, and workforce development skills through the four-week counselor-in-training program.

Learn more


Eugene Family YMCA — FULL (WAITLIST ACCEPTED) 

Who: Grades K–9 in fall 2021
When: June 23–Sept. 1, times vary
Where: Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene; Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene
Provider: Eugene Family YMCA
Contact: Holly Kriz-Anderson, 541-686-9622, holly@eugeneymca.org

The Eugene Family YMCA offers weeklong, full-day summer camps that include age-appropriate games and activities, swimming, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects, and social and emotional learning. Children will play and explore outside, make new friends and learn many new things, including about astronomy, art, plants and popular culture.

Learn more


Ophelia’s Place

Who: Grades 4–12 in fall 2021
When: Numerous programs and classes held from June–August, times vary
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Contact: Francia Phillips, 541-284-4333, info@opheliasplace.net

Ophelia’s Place summer learning program provides a structured environment for female-identified youth to engage in a range of groups, activities and workshops. They include day camps focused on the visual arts, gardening and interior design; an “Adulting 101” youth financial planning course; individual and group therapy sessions; and empowerment groups that encourage girls to explore their choices and behaviors and examine ways to promote self-care and healthy decision-making.

Learn more


Looking Glass Community Services

Who: Grades 9–12 in fall 2021
When: July 5–Aug. 12, times vary
Where: Riverfront School & Career Center, 1666 W. 12th Ave., Eugene
Contact: Cheryl Zwillinger, 541-302-2554, cheryl.zwillinger@lookingglass.us

The Looking Glass Riverfront School will offer a variety of courses that high school students can complete for credit to stay on track for graduation. Courses will be offered in language arts, science, social studies and many other subjects. Students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and those with the most unfinished credits will be prioritized for enrollment. Students also will have the opportunity to be placed in paid jobs within local nonprofit organizations to help build work experience.

Learn more


STEM Maker Experiences

Who: Grades 7–10 in fall 2021
When: Aug. 9–Sept. 3 (check with provider for times)
Where: SparkLab, 22 W. 7th Ave., Eugene
Provider: Connected Lane County
Contact: Heidi Larwick, 541-228-5788, hlarwick@lesd.k12.or.us

STEM Maker Experience is a two-week educational summer experience offered at no cost to incoming 9–10 graders who are underrepresented in STEM fields. STEM Maker Sampler is a one-week experience offered at no cost to incoming  7–8 graders who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

Each program will infuse robotics, SAM Labs Learn to Code kits, and a 2D/3D progression in CAD, vinyl cutter, laser cutter and 3D printer experience.

Learn more


University of Oregon SAIL Program

Who: Grades 9–12 in fall 2021
When: July 26–30
• Virtual (Zoom) sessions: July 26–29, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
• On-campus session: July 30, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: UO campus & virtual (Zoom)
Provider: University of Oregon SAIL
Contact: Lara Fernandez, 541-225-8394, laraf@uoregon.edu

4J high schoolers will get their first taste of college during this weeklong summer program led by University of Oregon faculty and students. They will step into a virtual and physical college classroom to learn more about an academic field of their choosing, including business, chemistry, journalism and science, while developing team building and leadership skills. Participants will also learn more about pre-college admissions and financial aid.

Learn more


Sheldon Summer Sports Camps

Who: Opportunities for all grades, please see camp descriptions
When: Various dates and times throughout the summer
Where: Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Rd.
Provider: Sheldon Boosters

Camps provide an opportunity for kids to connect with their peers, learn new skills, be physical and learn leadership skills. Camps are available for the following sports: softball, baseball, girls basketball, boys basketball, girls tennis, boys tennis, cheer, cross country, football, soccer, and track and field.

Learn more and register


Basketball Training

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: July 12–16
Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Provider: Friends of South Eugene
More information & register: Email friendsofsehs@gmail.com

Camp for both boys and girls, instructed by the basketball coaching staffs of the boys and girls programs at South. All basic skills of the game are taught. The basic progression of the game is taught through lead-up games and then total gameplay. A set program for U/8, U/10, U/12, and U/14 will be implemented.


Cross Country/Track

Who: Grades 3–8 in fall 2021
When: August 2–6, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Provider: Friends of South Eugene
More information & register: Email Steve Richards, steve@collaborative.zone

Week-long camp encouraging youth running and track activities.


Softball

Who: Grades K–8 in fall 2021
When: July 20–23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Rd.
Provider: Diamond Boosters
More information & register: Email Nick Boyles (Head Softball Coach), customtoys@comcast.net

Teach proper throwing, hitting, and fielding techniques. Preparation for future opportunities to play on competitive teams and get prepared for what varsity softball will be like.


Volleyball

Who: Grades 3–12 in fall 2021
When:
Grades 10–12: Aug. 2–5, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Grades 6-9: Aug. 9–12, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Grades 3–5: Aug. 9–12, 9 a.m.–10:30
Where: South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Provider: Friends of South
More information & register: Email Alicia Chamness, chamness_a@4j.lane.edu

Grades 10–12: Program will fly in collegiate-level coaches who work for a program called Gold Medal Squared. Students will learn the system South volleyball uses as well as basic skills so they are better prepared for tryouts.

Grades 3–9: This 4-day camp is run by SEHS coaches and junior/senior student-athletes. Students will learn general skills and small sides game play, and will play bonding activities.


African Song and Harmony Workshop with Ratie D

Who: Grades 6–12
When: August 2, 9 & 16, 12–1:30 p.m. (students are encouraged to attend all three sessions)
Where: Definity Dance Studio, 1325 Jefferson St. (behind Math is Magic!)
Register: Send email to eugenemathismagic@gmail.com (subject line: “SINGING WITH RATIE D”)
Include student’s full name, grade and school attending in the fall, and 4J student ID number.

This singing class, taught by Claire Ratidzo Dangarembwa-Morgan, better known as Ratie D, is an opportunity for non-Zimbabweans to learn songs and harmonies in a new language. Ratie D shares tips on harmonizing, holding space on stage, and boosting self-confidence and expression. This class also encourages teamwork, as students find themselves in a group setting where listening to one another is essential to the success of the individual roles within the group. Snacks will be provided.

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