Have an AMAZING Summer!

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We wish you a summer of adventure and awesomesauce.  Hope to see you around at LP Summer SUN events or perhaps some of these community camps and activities…

free summer meals for kids

David Douglas Camps and Activities

Aquatics Center Activities

Summer Swimming Lessons

Session I: June 15 – June 26
Session II: June 29 – July 10 (no lesson July 3rd)
Session III: July 13 – July 24
Session IV: July 27 – August 7

Class Times:
9:30am – 10:00am: Levels 1, 2, 3
10:05am – 10:35am: Levels 1, 2, 3
10:40am – 11:10am: Levels 1, 2, 4
11:15am – 11:45am: Levels 1, 2, 5
11:50am – 12:20pm: Levels 1, 2, 3

Classes may be added or canceled depending on enrollment numbers. Sessions are $40 per child. Scholarships are available. Sessions are $20 for children who qualify for reduced lunch and $10 for those who qualify for free lunch. Proof of DDSD free or reduced lunch is required at time of registration. Register at the David Douglas Aquatics Center (130th and Taylor Court). For more information, call 503-261-8378.

Public Recreation and Family Night

Public recreational swim: Monday through Friday from 1:45- 3:45pm. Cost is $2 for students and $3 for adults.

Family Night: Fridays from 7:15-8:30pm. This is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Cost is $5 per family. Parents must be in the water with their children, and small children must be potty-trained or wear a swim diaper to be in the pool.

Boys Basketball Camp

All boys beginning 3rd-10th grades this fall are invited to the annual Scots basketball camp held Monday, June 15th to Thursday, June 18th. The camp, run by the high school basketball coaches, is 9am-1pm at DDHS. The cost is $50 if paid before June 1 or $60 after. Brochures are available at the front desk of every elementary and middle school. If you have questions call Coach Reeves at 503-262-4481. Registration Form

Early Kindergarten Transition Program

Help your soon to be kindergartner be ready for school in the fall by enrolling them in a 2 week summer program. See flyer for dates and times

Girls Basketball Camp

The DDHS girls basketball coaches and players are hosting a camp for girls entering 3th-9th grade. The camp will cover passing, shooting, ball handling and one on one & team defensive techniques. The camp will also include skills contests, agility and footwork drills, games and fun! View and print registration form

What to Bring:
-Signed Parent form and payment to the first day of camp. Registration will open at 8:15 am Monday.
-Athletic clothing and shoes
-Water Bottle
-Lunch everyday

Golfing Opportunities

All 8th grade and high school girls who are interested in“free”golfing opportunities this summer, and who have a desire to participate on the DDHS golf team next spring, are invited to contact Mr. Tim Hurley (503-261-8328) at the high school to find out more.

All middle school boys interested in playing on the high school golf team in the future please email Coach Satt. for info on camps and playing opportunities over the summer at tyler_satterthwaite@ddouglas.k12.or.us GO SCOTS!

David Douglas Girls Soccer

Skills Camp for all 7th-12th grade girls  – $10 August 3rd-6th from 5-7 pm
Fitness Camp for 9th-12th grad girls – $10 August 10-13 from 6-8 pm
Kids Soccer Camp Kindergarten-8th graders (boys and girls) – $35 August 10-13 from 9 AM-Noon.

Any questions please contact Gary Maass at 503.888.4015 or gary_maass@ddouglas.k12.or.us

Soccer Camp

The David Douglas Soccer Club is hosting a camp this summer for girls and boys ages 4 to 14 years old. The camp is 6-8pm, August 17th through the 24th, at Gilbert Heights Elementary School. Cost is $40 and includes a camp t-shirt. For more information and registration instructions visit www.ddsoccer.org

Summer SUN Programs

All DDSD SUN schools are hosting summer programs. To find out more details please contact your school’s coordinator (Times and days vary between schools). Click here for contact a few details and contact numbers.

Volleyball Camp

The Scots Summer volleyball camp is August 3rd, 4th and 5th. Registration forms are available now at all elementary and middle schools offices, as well as the high school athletic office.

Youth Camp (Incoming 3rd-5th Grade) 8:30am- 10:30am, $35 Jr Scots Camp (Incoming 6th-8th Grade) 8:30am-11:30am, $45 Scots Camp (Incoming 9th-12th Grade) 12:30pm-4:30pm, $60



Oregon Disability Sports – Track and Field Practice

For anyone with a physical disability-including vision impairment, spinal cord injury, amputation. All ages! Website

2 pm at Floyd Light Park
-June 6th
-June 27th
-July 11th
-July 25th

Spin Your Wheels – Presented by the Wheel to Walk Foundation

Saturday, June 27th at 9:30
Grab you wheels – adaptive bikes, wheelchairs gait trainers or strollers and roll with us in the Grove at Oaks Park. Website

Back On The Track – PDX Summer Handcycling series

Tuesday nights – July through September
Portland International Raceway

Handcyclists of all abilities are invited to ride at PIR. Website



The Midland Library has lots of great free and fun reading activities this summer. View their summer events schedule You can find their summer schedule of events online or just visit and they will give you their calendar.


Portland Parks and RecreationMovies in the park 2

Summer Free For All

Portland Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of free summer fun for kids and families!
Visit site for details.

-Spend an evening at the park listening to live music or watching a movie on the big screen.

Free Concerts in the Park Schedule

Free Movies in the Park Schedule

-Cool off at the pool during one of the open play swims

Free Open Play Swim Schedule

-Take the kiddos (ages 0-18) for a free lunch and organized sports, games and crafts Monday-Friday, June 18th through August 21st.

Playgrounds in the Park Schedule

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Photos courtesy of Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland, Oregon

East Portland Community Center

EPCC is hosting day camps this summer. To learn more and register on line visit their webpage.



Nature Activities

Audubon Society of Portland

Open daily 6 am-10 pm

5151 NW Cornell Rd.
The Audubon’s sanctuary is an excellent way to spend some time with your little ones. They have 4 miles of trails, birds, a wildlife center and nature store. Visit website

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Free Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 am-10 pm
SE 28th Ave and Woodstock Blvd.
Take a beautiful stroll through the the garden with your kids. You’ll see creeks, ducks, roses, trees and many birds. Visit website

Stone wall and path

Leach Botanical Garden

Free (above & right photos)

Monday Closed
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm
6704 SE 122nd Ave

Explore more than a mile of paths, wandering through lush landscapes and flowers. You may even spot a few animals living in the garden. Visit on Saturdays for a guided tour (11 am and 12 pm). Tours are first come first serve (15 person limit). Visit website

Let’s Go Camping

Interested in taking the family on a camping trip but don’t have all the gear? No problem. Oregon State Parks offers a great program. For a fee of $30 per family, participants can borrow equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc) from the program and attend a guided camping trip. Visit Oregon State Parks’ webpage for more information. There’s also a link to a Spanish handout explaining the program. For more information or to register call 888-953-7677 or email oprd.reservations@oregon.gov


Story and Stroll

Thursdays and Fridays, 1-2:15 pm and Sundays, 10-11:15 am
At Tryon Creek Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Listen to a story read by a park naturalist and then go along on a guided walk through the park. The activity is designed for families with kids ages 2-6 but all are welcome. Space is limited. Registration starts 30 minutes before the event (in person). Visit their site for more details. Activity calendar

Zenger Farms

Our neighborhood urban farm is offering a variety of camps this summer for kids 4th – 6th grade. Camp topics include harvesting fruits around the farm for pie baking and learning about plants and wetlands. For more details and camp availability visit Zenger’s camp webpage.



Children’s Museum

Free on the first Friday of each month from 4-8 pm Visit website

Historic Belmont Firehouse

Learn all about Portland Fire Department’s history during a fun and interactive visit. Explore the firehouse, slide down a pole and site in fire truck.

-Every second Saturday of the month the firehouse hosts Safety Saturday (9 am-3 pm)
-Every Wednesday the firehouse has an open house (9am-3pm)

Visit the Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation’s website for more details.


The first Sunday of every month is discount day at OMSI. Explore the museum and all exhibits for just $2 per person. Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person. Event Calendar

World Forestry Center

$5 Everybody Everyday until December, 31, 2015
To celebrate their 50th Anniversary admission is reduced to $5 for all ages! (2 and under free)

TreeMendous First Thursday Discount Day
The first Thursday of each month admission is $3 for everyone


Tips for a healthy and successful summer routine

Here are some pointers for practices to help your children have a successful summer. The goal is to keep them on a healthy schedule so they do not lose too much of the academic gains that they have made this year.

  • Keep their wake up times early
  • Avoid late bedtimes
  • Keep their schedule consistent
  • Keep ‘em active
  • Read 1 hour everyday
  • Limit screen time