Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Weekly Themes


At Camp C.R.E.A.T.E., we like to say to we have a week of camp for every child.

No matter your child’s interests, our unique experiential program gives them the chance to enhance their skills in a subject while also having a traditional day camp experience. We give campers the opportunity to explore nature and learn new STEAM-related topics by offering a variety of weekly Storyline themes, and we aim to build their knowledge, confidence, and excitement by diving deeply into a subject and working with their peers. As a camper at Camp C.R.E.A.T.E., your child will be creating and cultivating new ideas, projects, and friendships all at once. With expert teachers and fun-filled educational classes, your camper is sure to have an amazing summer camp experience.

All camps are available for children entering kindergarten to fifth grade for the 2017-2018 school year.

Week 1: Construction Crew

June 26th - June 30th

Guest Educator: Sarah Nichols, Maker Space Coordinator and Math Teacher

Cascades Academy is building a new upper school wing, IDEA lab, and nature-based playground, and they are looking for excited campers to become a part of the Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. construction crew! In this special week of camp, campers will learn about structural and electrical engineering, simple machines, and building design as they set out on their construction adventures. To get a clearer idea on how to build new structures, the crew will get the opportunity to meet a real construction crew and see the ins and outs of a building being built! Spend the week watching a part of the school be built right before your eyes as you brainstorm your own creative structures.


Week 2: Toy Makers

July 10th - July 14th

Guest Educator: Sarah Nichols, Maker Space Coordinator and Math Teacher

Have you ever thought it would be fun to own your own toy store? You’re in luck! Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. is designing a new toy store, and they need your help. From stuffed animals to marble runs, campers will use their minds and hands to create their own unique items as an official Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. toy maker. Building new toys isn’t the only thing being built; our toy store needs to be designed, too! Campers will construct our new toy store from the bottom up and spend each day getting it ready for our opening day on Friday. Come create and play as a special toy maker!


Week 3: Space Explorers

July 17th - July 21st

Guest Educator: Paul Snape, Science and Robotics Teacher

Camp C.R.E.A.T.E is creating a new space travel program, and we want your camper to be a part of it! Campers will learn how to create and design their own flying devices, build a rover to help explore new planets, and explore features of space with artistic adventures. The Adventurers and Explorers age groups will be getting their gadgets moving through aerospace engineering challenges and stop motion projects, while our Expeditioners group will learn to design and program Lego robotics rovers to move around outer space. This week of camp will be out of this world!


Week 4: Awesomely Oceanic

July 24th -28th

Guest Educator: Paul Snape, Science and Robotics Teacher

*This camp is now waitlisting campers entering second through third grade

Become your own version of Jacques Cousteau as an oceanographic explorer. In this week of camp, campers will learn about the ocean and its animal life by designing and programming an "underwater" machine, as well as create oceanic scenes through hands-on artistic experiments. Oceanographers in the Adventurers and Explorers age groups will be creating underwater scenes by making creative stop motion projects, while our Expeditioners will learn to program an "underwater" Lego robotics project to help protect these precious waters. Come take a splash at this tech-filled week of camp!


Week 5: Rock It!

July 31st - August 4th

Guest Educator: Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund, Science Teacher

Get into the shoes of a real geologist by exploring Central Oregon’s unique geology! This week of camp includes four days of fun-filled field trips where campers will become certified “rock it!” scientists as they learn about the role of rocks in our history and lives and visit some rockin’ locations in our community. Examining rocks, investigating volcanic areas, and getting up and close with eruption sites are just a few of the special activities we will be doing throughout this week.


Week 6: Outdoor Leaders

August 7th - August 11th

Guest Educator: Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund, Science Teacher

Come join Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. as an outdoor leader and explore the beautiful natural spaces that Central Oregon has to offer. During this week of camp, campers will be working towards the degree of a "Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. Outdoor Leader" by going on four days of field trips and learning essential outdoor living skills, plant and animal identification, conservation practices, and survival techniques. Explore and play in nature while becoming a naturalist, wildlife expert, and survivalist!

Week 7: Water Wonders

August 14th - August 18th

Guest Educator: Dr. Anne-Marie Eklund, Science Teacher

Water is one of the greatest forces in our world, and Camp C.R.E.A.T.E. campers will be spending a week examining the extraordinary watershed we live in. Campers will transform themselves into hydrologists by taking four days of field trips around Central Oregon to examine river ecology and the important role in plays in our community. In our explorations and learning, we'll also make sure to have fun splashing in the water! This camp is the perfect way to dive deep into the world of hydrology and stay cool in the late August heat.