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Family Camps & Adventures in BC, Oregon & Washington State

If you haven’t yet firmed up your summer vacation getaway, consider a family camp, family-friendly ranch or a family adventure program. Yes, the camps are old-school:  rustic rooms and questionable food. But you know you’ll have fun anyhow, just like you did when you were a kid. If you’d rather enjoy a bunk-free stay, check out the aquarium or geology adventures or a family-friendly ranch summer getaway.

British Columbia Family Camps

BC Family French Camp. Okanagan, Gwillim Lake and Vancouver Island, BC. Say bon nuit to one another at this Francophone camp where all ages learn to speak and sing in French.

Family Adventure Camps at Kumsheen Rafting Resort. Lytton, BC. For families with children aged 7 and up, these trips incorporate paddling OR whitewater rafting, hikes, rock climbing and more. Sleep in a teepee, cabin or tent.

Family Adventure Camps. BC Horne Lake Caverns and Teepee Camp, BC. Sleep in a teepee or geo-dome, then explore caves, learn to canoe and rappel down some rocks.

Family Weeks. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. Clinton, BC. This ridin’ and ropin’ resort swings open the gates to families in July and August. Pan for gold, ride horses and tell stories around the fire. Contact ranch for more information.

Oregon Family Camps

Big Lake Family Camp. Sisters, Oregon. Two five-day sessions feature hikes and horses, campfires and in the Willamette National Forest. Because this camp is run by Seventh-Day Adventists, all the food served is vegetarian – but you don’t have to be either Seventh-Day Adventist or vegetarian to have fun.

Nature of the Village Family Camp. Sandy, Oregon. You’ve watched Survivor. Now live it. Learn to track animals, make bows and arrows, build shelters, grow food and start fires along with your “village.”

Public Family Sleepovers. Oregon Coast Aquarium. Sleep with the sharks while enjoying a family sleepover at the Newport Aquarium, complete with pizza dinner, breakfast and all the aquatic exhibits.

Salem YMCA Family Camps. Salem, Oregon. At Camp Silver Creek, families can roast marshmallows, sing songs and get crafty. Parents even get a kid-free afternoon, while counselors entertain the children. Kids 5 and under are free.

Washington Family Camps

Camp Orkila Family Camp. Orcas Island, Washington State. Multiple options (including short visits and longer stays) for May, July, September dates in the gorgeous San Juan Islands. Enjoy kayak tours of Orkila Bay, pottery classes, horseback rides, a climbing wall and CAMP FOOD! We know kids who camp here every year – they love it.

Family Programs. Olympic Park Institute, Lake Crescent, Washington. In the Olympic National Forest, enjoy a Salish-style canoe trip, hike with a naturalist and make s’mores.

Geology Adventures. Various destinations in Washington and BC. Rock on! Geology and rock-collecting day and overnight trips in Seattle, the Cascades and the Okanagan (BC and Washington).

Warm Beach Family Programs. Stanwood, Washington State. Faith-based (Christian) Dad and Me weekends, parent-child horse programs and family camps.

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Lora Shinn writes about family travel, Pacific NW travel, grown-up travel...and travel in general. Her travel-related articles and essays have appeared in Family Fun, Parenting, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, AAA magazines and Redbook, among others.