Windsurfing on placid rivers. Snapping photos of gushing waterfalls. Scaling snow-covered mountains. Backpacking through teeming forests. The landscape at Columbia Gorge Teen Camps lends itself perfectly to the to the diverse needs of the four camps that take place on its grounds each summer: windsurfing, photography, climbing and mountaineering, and high adventure.
Windsurfers practice their craft for about three hours a day, while budding photographers spend almost all day in the field, hiking up to 5 miles to nab shots of Mt. Hood and stage high-fashion shoots of fish in Hood River. Smith Rock State Park serves as a part-time base camp for climbing campers, and high-adventure campers conclude their hiking, biking, and canoeing explorations with a trek up Mt. St. Helens. No matter what their chosen camp, each camper will have access to outdoor activities such as kayaking, biking, and volleyball.
The idea for Columbia Gorge Teen Camps came from Dr. Bob Hanson, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. Noticing a lack of outdoor camps, he founded Columbia Gorge as a place where teens could be enriched, challenged, and motivated by nature. His staff upholds his original mission through activities designed to build character and independence in kids on the brink of starting college, entering the work force, or telling their parents that they’re ready to see rated-R movies.