Summer Camps & School Breaks

Summer Camp – Gabriel Park & West Linn

Atlas Immersion Academy school age summer camps spotlight world cultures and customs in the context of a bilingual environment (either French-English or Spanish-English).  Our mission is to ignite children’s desire and passion for exploring our world and its unique and diverse cultures, through engaging and relevant games, food, art, history language and more!  No prior foreign language experience is required, though campers should have a willingness to participate in language learning activities.  See below for details…

Week #

Camp Dates

Gabriel Park – Camp Theme & Description

West Linn – Camp Theme & Description

Week 1

June 11-15

ITALY

“Ciao campeggiatori”! Pisa, pizza and paddles!

Grab your aprons and roll up your sleeves- get ready to cook up some fresh pasta and homemade pizza!  In this Italy-infused camp, we visit Pisa one day with STEM-inspired challenges that motivate us to build our own leaning towers.  The next day, we’ll create an intricate  “Venetian lagoon” and fabricate small boats to run the course.  Follow up with a day on the lake where we’ll get to row or paddle to our hearts’ content!  We won’t forget to throw in a dash of Italian-themed crafts and fashion-capital-inspired Milano paper doll crafts!  Visits and Field Trips: Blue Lake Park, visit from Italian chef.

 – – West Linn- Wilsonville schools in session

Week 2

June 18-22

JAPAN

Martial Arts & Japanese Culture: Living like a Ninja Warrior

Learn some basic martial arts principles and moves in a daily karate lesson from a local martial arts studio. Take those skills and your stealth to the park, where we’ll build obstacle courses with slack line, physical tests of strength and endurance, and test our prowess.  Focus is on improving individual skills and not competition.  Indoor time will include learning about tea ceremonies and taste-testing many kinds of tea, learning to fold origami creations, and other Japanese crafts.  Field trips and visits include: daily martial arts lesson, visit to the Japanese Garden in Portland, trips to local parks.

CARIBBEAN

Pirates & Mermaids of the Caribbean- Scientists at Sea!

“Thar she blows”…Atlas campers work in two pirate teams this week, as they navigate the waters of the Caribbean and explore essential pirate-science!  Learn to draw and read maps like a pro with an introduction to cartography, then take your new-found skills and bury your team’s “treasure” in the park for a game of Capture-the-Treasure.  Hone your building skills with a LEGO boat engineering challenge, and build boats from other craft materials.  We’ll bring the Caribbean region to life with music, Haitian food, a Caribbean art lesson and famous stories of the region.  Visits and field trips: local swimming pool, local parks, and dance performance.

Week 3

June 25 – 29

UNITED KINGDOM

Hogwarts Wizardry, Scottish Elves & Lore of the United Kingdom!

Calling all Harry Potter enthusiasts!  Campers explore the tales and lore of the cultures of the United Kingdom.  We will learn magic tricks from a professional magician in the style of Hogwarts Wizardry, and hear tales of Elves and other magical beings.  Further in the week, we’ll pause for a High tea party.  We’ll end the week building our Fairy Gardens, inspired by fantastical adventures of the week past. Visits and Field Trips include: Professional magician visit and lesson, local parks.

ITALY

“Ciao campeggiatori”! Pisa, pizza and paddles!

Grab your aprons and roll up your sleeves- get ready to cook up some fresh pasta and homemade pizza!  In this Italy-infused camp, we visit Pisa one day with STEM-inspired challenges that motivate us to build our own leaning towers.  The next day, we’ll create an intricate  “Venetian lagoon” and fabricate small boats to run the course.  Follow up with a day on the lake where we’ll get to row or paddle to our hearts’ content!  We won’t forget to throw in a dash of Italian-themed crafts and fashion-capital-inspired Milano paper doll crafts!  Visits and Field Trips: Blue Lake Park, visit from Italian chef.

Closed

July 2-5

Closed for the week!

Closed for the week!

Week 4

July 9 – 13

RUSSIA

Atlas Book of World Records & World Cup 2018

Drawing inspiration from the Guinness Book of World records and from local performers who will share their talents at Atlas this week, campers will attempt to battle an existing record or create a new one of their own.  In between learning to juggle or walking on stilts, campers will also play plenty of soccer and follow the happenings of the World Cup 2018 (in Russia)!  Culminating in a talent show to exhibit the mad skills of our record-breakers, parents are invited to attend this showcase of talent. Campers encouraged to attend the Slavic Festival at the end of July! Field trips and visits include: juggler, Russian dining experience at local restaurant, PDX Sports center.

ANDES

Explosions and high cliffs: Exploring the Andean mountains!

Campers will explore the Andean region of South America through an introduction to the region’s geography and Incan cultural roots, brought to life in exciting, tangible ways!  We’ll rock climb at a local climbing gym one day, study geology and make our own jewelry with “precious stones” found in the Andes, spend a day hiking after we visit a “virtual Inca trail”, build-paint-and-explode homemade volcanoes, visit a local Alpaca farm, and replicate an “intihuatana” like that found in Machu Picchu with found and reusable building materials.  Visits and field trips: rock climbing gym, hiking, Alpaca farm.

Week 5

July 16 – 20

OREGON

Oregon Trail Pioneering Camp: Learn to blaze your trail!

Role play the Oregon Trail game over the week, develop wagon train “families” and encounter Oregon trail challenges.  Learn pioneering skills such as making butter & cheese, choose to participate in needlework activities, make freezer jam to take home after picking fresh berries, and live off the land!  Field trips and Visits: End of the Oregon Trail museum in Oregon City, Champoeg State Park and living history exhibits, berry picking, visit to a local farm, and lots of outdoor time!

GREECE

Ancient Civilizations & Greek Mythology

Explore Ancient Greek society through an introduction to the stories and characters of this important moment in time. Play track & field games in Atlas’ very own Olympian games. Don costumes and dabble in theatre and role playing, then sit back and enjoy a Greek folk dance presentation by a Greek folk dancing group.  Discover ancient Greek craft and artistry through various art media, and take a field trip to a local ceramics studio.  Enjoy a traditional Greek meal on Friday, with a visit to a local Greek restaurant. Field trips and visits include: ceramics studio, Greek restaurant fare, international folk dancer presentation. 

Week 6

July 23 – 27

CARIBBEAN

Pirates & Mermaids of the Caribbean- Scientists at Sea!

“Thar she blows”…Atlas campers work in two pirate teams this week, as they navigate the waters of the Caribbean and explore essential pirate-science!  Learn to draw and read maps like a pro with an introduction to cartography, then take your new-found skills and bury your team’s “treasure” in the park for a game of Capture-the-Treasure.  Hone your building skills with a LEGO boat engineering challenge, and build boats from other craft materials.  We’ll bring the Caribbean region to life with music, Haitian food, a Caribbean art lesson and famous stories of the region.  Visits and field trips: local swimming pool, local parks, and dance performance.

RUSSIA

Atlas Book of World Records & World Cup 2018

Drawing inspiration from the Guinness Book of World records or from local performers who will share their talents at Atlas this week, campers will attempt to battle an existing record or create a new one of their own.  In between learning to juggle or walking on stilts, campers will also play plenty of soccer and follow the happenings of the World Cup 2018 (in Russia)!  Culminating in a talent show to exhibit the mad skills of our record breakers, parents are invited to attend this showcase of talent. Campers encouraged to attend the Slavic Festival at the end of July! Field trips and visits include: juggler, Russian dining experience at local restaurant, PDX Sports center.

Week 7

July 30 – Aug 3

CRATER LAKE

Atlas Sleep-Away Camp

Travel to Southern Oregon with the Atlas Campers for five days of sleep-away camp at Crystalwood Lodge, near Crater Lake.  Partake in traditional summer camp activities like canoeing, hiking, homesteading skills, and nature crafts.  Curl up in your sleeping bag next to your new best friend and keep up on your French or Spanish language skills.  This unique overnight camp experience will offer a Spanish-immersion or French-immersion experience for kids entering second through sixth grade in the Fall of 2018.  Each cohort group will spend the week with native speaking camp guides who are experienced in the field of immersion education.  In addition to spending the majority of their time with their language group, evening activities and outdoor/homesteading expertise will be provided in a multi-lingual manner. Additional fees and application materials are required:  Atlas Explorers Sleep Away Registration 2018 Transportation provided to-and-from camp provided in the Spanish Bus (“el bus español”) or the French Bus (“l’autocar français”), leaving Portland on Monday morning and returning Friday evening.  

OREGON

Oregon Trail Pioneering Camp: Learn to blaze your trail!

Role play the Oregon Trail game over the week, develop wagon train “families” and encounter Oregon trail challenges.  Learn pioneering skills such as making butter & cheese, choose to participate in needlework activities, make freezer jam to take home after picking fresh berries, and live off the land!  Field trips and visits include: End of the Oregon Trail museum in Oregon City, Champoeg State Park and living history exhibits, berry picking, visit to a local farm, and lots of outdoor time!

Week 8

Aug 6 – 10

ANDES

Explosions and high cliffs: Exploring the Andean mountains!

Campers will explore the Andean region of South America through an introduction to the region’s geography and Incan cultural roots, brought to life in exciting, tangible ways!  We’ll rock climb at a local climbing gym one day, study geology and make our own jewelry with “precious stones” found in the Andes, spend a day hiking after we visit a “virtual Inca trail”, build-paint-and-explode homemade volcanoes, visit a local Alpaca farm, and replicate an intihuatana like that found in Machu Picchu with found and reusable building materials.  Visits and field trips: rock climbing gym, hiking, Alpaca farm.

HAWAII

Aloha from Hawaii!

Learn from the best and make your own flower leis and grass skirts this week, then hula all day long!  We’ll visit Fort Vancouver to learn about Hawaii’s relationship with the Hudson Bay Company in the early 1800s, and receive a ukulele lesson from a local musician on another day.  We’ll ride the waves at North Clackamas Aquatic Park and investigate the flora and fauna of this unique American archipelago!  Visits and field trips include: North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Fort Vancouver, local musician visit, Friday lunch catered by Hawaiian restaurant.

Week 9

Aug 13 – 17

HAWAII

Aloha from Hawaii!

Learn from the best and make your own flower leis and grass skirts this week, then hula all day long!  We’ll visit Fort Vancouver to learn about Hawaii’s relationship with the Hudson Bay Company in the early 1800s, and receive a ukulele lesson from a local musician on another day.  We’ll ride the waves at North Clackamas Aquatic Park and investigate the flora and fauna of this unique American archipelago!  Visits and field trips: North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Fort Vancouver, local musician visit, Friday lunch catered by Hawaiian restaurant.

JAPAN

Martial Arts & Japanese Culture: Living like a Ninja Warrior

Learn some basic martial arts principles and moves in a daily karate lesson from a local martial arts studio. Take those skills and your stealth to the park, where we’ll build obstacle courses with slackline, physical tests of strength and endurance, and test our prowess.  Focus is on improving individual skills and not competition.  Indoor time will include learning about tea ceremonies and taste-testing many kinds of tea, learning to fold origami creations, and other Japanese crafts.  Field trips and visits include: daily martial arts lesson, visit to the Japanese Garden in Portland, trips to local parks.

Week 10

Aug 20 – 24

GREECE

Ancient Civilizations & Greek Mythology

Explore Ancient Greek society through an introduction to the stories and characters of this important moment in time. Play track and field games in Atlas’ very own Olympian games. Don costumes and dabble in theatre and role playing, then sit back and enjoy a Greek folk dance presentation by an international folk dancing group.  Discover ancient Greek craft and artistry through various art media, and take a field trip to a local ceramics studio.  Enjoy a traditional Greek meal on Friday, with a visit to a local Greek restaurant. Field trips and visits include: ceramics studio, Greek restaurant fare, international folk dance group performance. 

United Kingdom

Hogwarts Wizardry, Scottish Elves & Lore of the United Kingdom!

Calling all Harry Potter enthusiasts!  Campers explore the tales and lore of the cultures of the United Kingdom.  We will learn magic tricks from a professional magician in the style of Hogwarts Wizardry, and hear tales of Elves and other magical beings.  Further in the week, we’ll pause for a High tea party.  We’ll end the week building our Fairy Gardens, inspired by fantastical adventures of the week past.  Visits & Field Trips Include: Professional magician performance and lesson, local parks.

Week 11

Aug 27 – 31

JAPAN

Martial Arts & Japanese Culture: Living like a Ninja Warrior

Learn some basic martial arts principles and moves in a daily karate lesson from a local martial arts studio. Take those skills and your stealth to the park, where we’ll build obstacle courses with slack line, physical tests of strength and endurance, and test our prowess.  Focus is on improving individual skills and not competition.  Indoor time will include learning about tea ceremonies and taste-testing many kinds of tea, learning to fold origami creations, and other Japanese crafts.  Field trips and visits include: daily martial arts lesson, visit to the Japanese Garden in Portland, trips to local parks.

 – Closed – school in session

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