History Based Summer Camps


Dates for Summer Camp 2020

 * Note: summer camps in July have been cancelled due to the Corona Virus. However, we are doing the August camps.

August 3rd – 7th –HALF DAY- Opal Whiteley Nature Camp

August 17th – 21st: HALF DAY– Homesteading Camp- SOLD OUT


Each camp will feature crafts, games, stories, outside exploration, walking field trips in the park, cooking, and more! Enjoy visits from special guests who will teach us, trade with us, or share stories. Our location is a beautiful historic house. Read about the values children learn in our summer camps.

Times are Monday- Friday 10am to 1pm. Boys and girls aged 6-10 are welcome. The house is not wheelchair accessible at this time. Children bring their own lunches and water bottle each day.

Cost is: $107 per week, sibling discount available.

COVID 19 safety protocols have been established and written guidelines outlined. Parents will receive detailed information about these and instructor will wear a mask at all times. Children must wear a mask and we will be hand sanitizing several times throughout the day. Activities have been designed with physical distancing in mind and craft supplies will not be shared by children. Camps  are limited to 7 children this year. 

Location: the historic Dr. Snapp House in Cottage Grove, Oregon. See our About page for details.


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Opal Whiteley Nature Camp -NEW!

Learn about the famous pioneer girl, Opal Whiteley, as you explore nature! Opal was a nature lover who kept a childhood diary relating her adventures in the woods around Cottage Grove, including her “explores” with her animal friends. We will make fairy houses, create a journal and write and sketch in nature, explore around the park and the river, and discover pioneer life.

Meet some real animals, cook, sew and have a school lesson in early homestead style. Try our victorian games and make up a few of your own. Create a shadow puppet play with the other campers and perform it for the parents on Friday.

And create some art about Opal including poetry and nature crafts. We’ll have lots of fun as we learn to appreciate Opal’s quirky relationship to the natural world.

You can wear your own dress up clothes or borrow some of ours.

opal whiteley cottage grove oregon singing creek educational centerLearn More About Opal Whiteley here: http://www.opalonline.org/

Opal’s childhood nature diary, The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, is our namesake. Our Executive Director, Karen Rainsong, shares an ancestor with Opal. So it’s near to our hearts!

This summer camp was made possible by a grant from the Lane County Historical Society. 

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A blind girl and her helper having fun at summer camp with us.

Special Needs?

We are happy to work with children with special needs and work with you to provide the most inclusive and appropriate experience for your child. Please let us know in advance if your child has special needs so we can discuss this and how we can adapt our space and curriculum. In some cases, an assistant may want to attend with the child. Talk to us.

Pioneer Homesteading Summer Camp

GIRL SCOUTS: This camp is suitable for earning your “Playing the Past” badge!

Our theme is pioneer homesteading, as in the books “Little House on the Prairie.” Each day will provide some structured learning activities, arts and crafts, and play time. Some of our favorite activites are: sewing, playing school, churning butter, grinding grain, washing clothes on the washboard, making herbal medicines, and learning pioneer games. See our blog post about the “letter writing” component of camp. After you register you will get a more detailed explanation of our schedule, policies and more.

Camps remain on site of the Singing Creek Educational Center (Snapp House site), are pre-pay only, and sack lunch must be provided each day for your child. Boys and girls age 6-10 are welcome at this camp. Pre-registration is required to attend. If you have any special needs for your child we ask you to let us know in advance. Carpools are often arranged by the participants. Also, if you have an older child (ages 11 and up) who has attended our camp before and would like to attend as a junior camp helper, talk to us for information. Junior camp helpers pay a reduced fee to participate (see below.)

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Summer Camp at our previous location at Alvord Farm.

Lewis & Clark Explorers Summer Camp

Spend a week on the Lewis & Clark expedition! Be a part of the Corp of Discovery and go back in time to 1805. Learn how to make cordage out of nettle fibers, learn how to strike a flint and steel, track animals, make your own journal, learn to use a compass, meet some fur trappers, set up camp, explore the river’s edge and more! This camp is perfect for kids who have already done our pioneer camps and want a new experience. We’ll have costumed interpreters come to the camp to share their wisdom with us, like Hudson’s Bay Co Trappers and more.

Write a letter to President Jefferson about your discoveries, “cache” some extra supplies for some of your group to find, and do some trading of supplies. Learn some Chinook “wawa” – trade language- and explore the journey from the perspective of Seaman, the dog who went on this voyage of discovery.

This camp includes lots of outdoor time; dress accordingly. We always have some dress up clothes on hand to get in the style of the 1800’s.

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Summer Camp at our previous location at Hunton Farm.

Junior Camp Helpers

We welcome kids ages 11 and up as helpers to the camps. You must have experience helping with younger kids (such as at our camps or another camp.) Junior helpers are expected to come 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes late to help with set up and clean up. They assist with crafts, games and activities and are also doing the activities themselves. This is a really fun way to enjoy the camp but also gain work experience and be part of a team. The cost is $190 per week.

“I started going to this camp when I was six years old, and I didn’t know whether or not I would like it. But then I kept going summer after summer. To me, this camp means meeting new people, making friends, and participating in fun activities. Being a junior leader for the past few years has been really fun. Being able to gain respect from younger campers is cool, but it is also fun to join them in games, jam making and other stuff.”

Watch videos from past summer camps on our YouTube channel.

Registration Details for Camps:

A $30 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space when you register. This deposit is subtracted from your final payment for the camp. Please make checks payable to Singing Creek Educational Center.
More questions? Check out our FAQ’s page.

The remainder of your camp fees are due two weeks before camp starts. We will send out reminders to parents which will include schedule for the week, camp regulations, and checklist. Remember our mailing address is different than our site address!

Please consider adding yourself to the waiting list if a camp is full. Sometimes last minute cancellations happen and we may have a space open. Contact us for more information about waiting lists.

Mailing Address: Singing Creek Ed Center, PO Box 1012 Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Physical Address of Camp: 360 S. River Road, Cottage Grove, OR


Refund Policy:

  • Deposit of $30 is non-refundable.
  • Up to 14 days before the first day of the program you may cancel your child’s enrollment and receive a refund (minus the $30.00 deposit which is our cancellation fee).
  • Cancellations made less than 14 days before the first day of the program will not be refunded.
  • Registrations and fees are non-transferable.


Questions? See our FAQ’s page.