Day camps around the Greater Portland–Vancouver metro area

Day camps offer students a chance to expand their horizons, meet new friends and try fun activities.

There are a number of day camp options in the Portland–Vancouver metro area.

Photo: Super sleuths day camp at the Jim Parsley Community Center

Register for summer day camps at the Jim Parsley Community Center or learn more about the Girls Lead the Way summer robotics camp for girls in sixth through eighth grades. Students also can build a real boat at the district’s summer boat camp!

Clark College also is offering youth camps during the summer focused on science, technology, engineering and math; storytelling; dance; visual arts; money management; and sewing.


Library rewards summer reading

Sign up for the summer reading program in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

Little kids, children, teens and adults can earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp with the free program.


Intake center at Fort Vancouver High School

All new Vancouver Public Schools students who are learning English as a second language may register for school at the intake center at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Aug. 15, 16, 19, 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Aug. 17, 18 and 25 from noon to 6 p.m. Interpreters will be available to help complete paperwork. Bring proof of immunization, proof of each child’s date of birth, proof of current address and emergency contact numbers and public assistance case number (if applicable). For more information, call 360-313-3054 before Aug. 15 or 360-313-4000 (on/after Aug. 15).


Credit recovery

Get on track to graduation. Vancouver Public Schools offers online credit-recovery courses. This option is only for students who attempted the course during the school year and failed. This summer program will be offered July 11-29 at Skyview High School. Enrollment is now open.

Boys and Girls Clubs

Summer activities for students ages 6 to 18 are offered at the O.K. Clubhouse located at the Jim Parsley Community Center and at the Clinton and Gloria John Club located adjacent to Hazel Dell Elementary School. Membership is only $30 per year. Go to www.mybgc.org for more information, or call 313-5700 for the O.K. Clubhouse or 313-5670 for the Clinton and Gloria John Club.


early entrance

Kindergarten Jump Start

Kindergarten Jump Start offers academic and developmental opportunities that build learning skills in incoming kindergarten students and familiarize them with their schools. This summer, the program will be offered Aug. 1-23 at Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools. It also will be offered Aug. 15-19 at Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea, Salmon Creek and Truman elementary schools.

Jump Start will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at all sites. There is no cost to participate. Transportation is not provided. Sign up in school offices before June 16 or on the first day of Jump Start at one of the above schools. Note: You must also register your child for kindergarten at this time. Please bring the required documentation.


Summer Meals

Graphic: School's Out! Power Up for Summer Fun!

The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years old and under. Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.

For more information, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY.


Clark County Skills Center

The Clark County Skills Center is offering summer school classes to students who have completed eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th grade this school year. Students can earn a 0.5 high school elective credit for free! For details, check out the Skills Center summer school information at http://www.ccskillscenter.com/summer-school.html.

Photo: Kids swimming at the Jim Parsley Community Center

Swimming

Jump in! The pools at the Jim Parsley Community Center and Propstra Aquatic Center are open for fun and lessons. Check the links above for schedules and fees, or call JPCC at 313-1060 or Propstra at 313-3625.


Photo: Go Ready event

Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival

The first day of school is coming. Will you be ready? Gear up for the first day by attending Go Ready!, a free back-to-school-readiness festival for VPS students and their parents. The event will be held Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E McLoughlin Blvd.


Free sports physicals

Physicals are required for middle and high school students who plan on participating in intramural sports, band or cheer. Free sports physicals for Vancouver students will be held at three locations in August. Students may be accompanied by parents or guardians, or download and print the parent permission form.

Aug. 11, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Hudson’s Bay High School

Aug. 18, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Fort Vancouver High School

Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free Clinic of SW Washington (Free Clinic only: Call 313-1390 for an appointment.)