Take your whole family on an all-inclusive vacation to a beautiful outdoor destination where the planning is done and recreation options await your arrival. According to the American Camp Association, experiencing a Family Camp—where you enjoy activities and live together in a new, different, peaceful outdoor environment—helps nurture relationships and provide opportunities to improve communication and family interaction. Here are some Family Camps in the Pacific Northwest  

  • Big Lake Camp: Located in Central Oregon’s Willamette National Forest, family camp session in August includes mountain biking, hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail, horseback riding, and watersports.  
  • Camp Nor’wester: Rustic camp on Johns Island in Puget Sound offers a four-day family session in August. 
  • Camp Spalding: At Davis Lake in northeast Washington, there is a Mom, Dad & Me Overnight in June, for kids entering grades K-2nd, and a four-night Family Camp in August. 
  • Camp Sweyolakan: You & Me Kid! Family Camp weekend in July at Lake Coeur d’Alene. 
  • High Cascade Family Snowboard Camp: Located at Mt. Hood, Oregon, families can tailor their camp experience to suit their needs and skill levels, which includes a “Soft Start” program option for first-time snowboarders.  
  • NatureBridge: Families spend a weekend at Olympic National Park with educator guides who facilitate activities for youth ages 4-12. 
  • Twin Eagles Wilderness School: Weekend retreats for fathers and sons (fall 2020, date TBD) and mothers and daughters (date TBD).  
  • YMCA: In western Washington, Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor and Camp Orkila on Orcas Island offer family camp sessions during spring and summer.  
Summer fun in Davis Lake at Camp Spalding. // Photo courtesy Camp Spalding