Teen Camps

Introducing in 2020: Teen Adventure 2! Also check out the new and improved Teen Trekkers itinerary below!

Looking for a camp that is breathtaking in natural beauty, strives to create a safe community, and encourages campers to explore the world around them?

Whether it’s making friends with someone new, learning to use a kayak, participating in a campfire skit or hiking to an overnight spot where you spend a night or two under the stars, Westwind encourages campers to grow beyond their boundaries, giving them self-confidence by doing something they have never done before. Our Teen Programs focus on outdoor skills, team-building, and developing leadership styles and skills. We like to challenge our teens while also enjoying everything that Westwind has to offer.

During their camp adventures, campers spend their days trying new activities and participating in some of Westwind’s most exciting activities.  No two days are ever the same!

General activities available at Camp Westwind include: canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, bellyaks, archery, challenge course, arts and crafts, disc golf, beach games, and many more.

All of Camp Westwind’s campers come together during our unique and exciting evening activities such as Capture the Flag, beach dance parties, and carnivals, sometimes even led or assisted by our Teen Campers as they learn more about team building, leadership, and program development.

And of course, no week at Camp Westwind is complete without the traditional campfires, songs, hikes, and overnights! Come join us for an amazing and inspiring summer Teen Program!

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Teen Adventure 1 (TA) – $800

Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 21-26
  • Session 3: July 5-10
  • Session 5: July 26-31
  • Session 7: August 15-20 *this session starts on a Saturday and ends on Thursday

Co-Ed, Grades: 9-12

During Westwind’s Teen Adventure 1, campers choose from action-based activities, service projects, and overnight adventure excursions to beautiful locations around Westwind’s 529 acres. Kayaking, archery, arts and crafts, nature exploration, challenge course, two night overnight, hiking, paddle-boarding, and team building are just some of the activities that round out your campers Teen Adventure 1 program.  From these experiences, campers find in themselves newfound confidence and strength. They learn how to trust in themselves, and each other, as they work together to explore, problem-solve, and achieve common goals. An empowering experience for all! Click here to register.


NEW – Teen Adventure 2 (TA2)* – $850

*At least one completed session of Teen Adventure 1 or similar outdoor adventure experience highly encouraged.

Sessions:

  • Session 2: June 29 – July 3
  • Session 4: July 19-24

Co-Ed, Grades: 10-12

For those wanting to further their outdoor leadership and adventure skills and applying them to camp in different ways – this *new* teen program is for you! Teen Adventure 2 is a program dedicated to taking the skills, confidence, and adventure learned in Teen Adventure 1 and applying them to camp while working on leadership and team building – all focused around true wilderness and outdoor adventure. Teen Adventure 2 campers will learn how to design a full 2 day overnight and facilitate the entire trip, following specific guidelines and goals set by experienced staff. Back in camp, they will work with youth campers to teach basic outdoor skills such as fire making, shelter building, tying knots and outdoor cooking while also exploring everything Westwind has to offer. Click here to register.


Teen Trekkers – $950

*Teen Trekkers will offer two different sessions that have different itineraries. Please contact us if you have additional questions about where each session will go.

  • Session 3: July 5-10
    • Day 1: Arrive at Westwind
    • Days 2-4: Backpacking (exact trail/location TBD)
    • Day 5: Surfing in Pacific City and return to Westwind
    • Day 6: Return home
  • Session 6: July 9-14
    • Day 1: Arrive at Westwind
    • Days 2-4: Backpacking (exact trail/location TBD)
    • Day 5: Rafting on the North Santiam River and return to Westwind
    • Day 6: Return home

Co-Ed, Grades: 9-12

Teen Trekkers is sure to be an exciting week! Using Westwind as the ultimate home base, Trekkers will start at Westwind and then head out into the world, starting the week with a 3-day, 2-night backpacking adventure possibly either along the Oregon Coast or in the Willamette National Forest. The week will end with a day of either surfing or rafting before heading back to Westwind to close out an epic week and spend time participating in Westwind activities, such as campfires, beach walks, star stomping, and maybe even a hike or canoe adventure.  Teen Trekkers will help you build skills around confidence, teamwork, problem-solving and independence while strengthening the bond of friendships utilizing the amazing 529 acres of Westwind and expanding into other wilderness areas that Oregon has to offer. Click here to register.


Teen Lead 1 (TL1) – $800

Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 21-26
  • Session 2: June 28-3
  • Session 4: July 19-24
  • Session 7: August 15-20 *this session starts on a Saturday and ends on Thursday

Co-Ed, Grades: 10-11

The TL1 program fosters and develops group dynamics, problem solving, camping and the leadership skills we look for in future staff members. While living at camp, campers participate in the main camp activities and programs while focusing on their leadership skills and program development. This training is a stepping stone for older campers who are interested in transitioning into future camp leaders, but still enjoy the magic of being a camper. It is preferred that Teen Leadership 1 campers have completed a session of Teen Adventure. Click here to register.


Teen Leadership 2 (TL2) – $1050

Applications open December 1, 2019 and are due by December 15, 2019. 

Apply now!

Teen Leadership 2 registration will be open to applicants who are selected after completing an application and interview. Typically, there are 12-14 spots for the Teen Leadership 2 camp.

Sessions 5 and 6. (This camp is attended by campers for BOTH sessions, campers go home for a break between the two sessions.)

  • If you are choosing bus transportation you only need to purchase one round trip for the two sessions)

This two week program is a wonderful opportunity to enhance and develop self-confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, tolerance for adversity, and a personal leadership style. As a follow-up from Teen Leadership 1, your training as a TL2 will begin from the time you step on to the ferry and will take you to where you feel more confident and comfortable with your skills as you graduate from being a camper to becoming a leader in your community, and possibly as a future Westwind staff member. This is an endless opportunity to be challenged, to practice your leadership and use your creativity, to be a positive role model, and to make new friends. Apply now to join our amazing TL2 program where you will experience the challenges and wonders of two inspiring weeks at Westwind!
*While completing the Teen Lead 2 program is not a requirement to one day become a Westwind staff, it provides you with helpful and meaningful skills

Teen Leadership 2 Eligibility & Description

  • Must be 16 years of age,  in high school and have completed one camp session of Teen Leadership 1
  • Shadow cabin with up to ten campers and assist with the leadership and guidance of campers
  • Leads and assists everyday counselor responsibilities receiving constant feedback
  • Responsible for interpreting the rules, policies, and traditions of Camp Westwind to campers
  • Must have a “Kids First” vision and place the camper’s safety and camp experience first
  • Must have interest in, concern for, and the ability to work with children as well as the ability to understand
  • Responsible for motivating camper participation in camp programs, cabin activities, and meals
  • Must encourage a fun, positive, and safe environment within the parameters of the Westwind mission
  • Assist with TL2 service projects around Camp Westwind
  • TL2’s must be available for both sessions and will be expected to go home (or help as a babysitter volunteer) between sessions
  • This progressive program provides opportunities for constant feedback and individualized training for those interested in becoming a future Camp Westwind staff.
  • Applications and reference forms will be posted December 1, 2019 and are due by December 15, 2019
  • For additional information or questions email: info@westwind.org or laura@westwind.org.

Applications will be open December 1, 2019

Apply now!

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Teen Apprentice – $260

Teen Apprentice registration is open on an individual basis after the camper has completed an application, been interviewed and is offered a spot in the program. Applicants need to be 15 years old and it is preferred that they have completed Teen Adventure 1.  Applications will be available by December 1 – please email info@westwind.org to receive an application.

Grades 10 and higher, by application, interview and acceptance only. 

For one session of camp, get a hands-on glimpse of what working at camp is all about.  On the first day of the session sit with the Teen Apprentice Coordinator and develop your schedule for the week based on your program interests.  Teen Apprentices have a choice between shadowing waterfront, naturalist, arts & crafts, media & technology, and special camp programming. Apprentices will also have time to shadow a cabin counselor to gain experience working with children and facilitating activities.

Teen Apprenticeship Description & Eligibility

  • Must apply (application below), participate in a screening, and receive and invitation to participate
  • For one session – shadow camp staff and special programming
  • Earn volunteer hours for school/community service time
  • Responsible for interpreting the rules, policies, and traditions of Camp Westwind to campers
  • Must have a “Kids First” vision and place the camper’s safety and camp experience first
  • Must have interest in, concern for, and the ability to work with children as well as the ability to understand
  • Responsible for motivating camper participation in camp programs, cabin activities, and meals
  • Must encourage a fun, positive, and safe environment within the parameters of the Westwind mission

Applications due March 1 for priority consideration. Apply now!

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