Camp begins in the afternoon of Sunday, August 19 and ends Saturday, August 25.
Camp is a place unlike any other, and it can be an extremely important and formative experience in a child’s life. Camps encourage kids to explore independence, develop new friendships, learn about teamwork, and create strong communities. Unfortunately, regular camps are usually unable to accommodate children with food allergies because it is difficult to ensure that they are eating safe food.
Camp Blue Spruce is dedicated to providing an authentic and fun camp experience free from the worry and anxiety that kids face every day just navigating their allergies. Even the camper’s parents can be worry free! And, Camp Blue Spruce families become part of a community of families who share a common experience. Camp Blue Spruce campers leave feeling more confident, supported, more accepting of their food allergies, and most importantly, excited to come back next year!
Daily Program and Camp Life
Days and nights at Camp Blue Spruce are filled with fun indoor and outdoor activities.
In the mornings, cabin groups do an activity together like swimming, hiking, or an arts & craft project. In the afternoons, campers choose an activity from among several interest groups – nature, sports, canoeing, or cooking, or arts & crafts. The evenings are dedicated to all camp activities such as a campfire, a talent show, camp dance, or a scavenger hunt. Our camp has a swimming pool, a big playing field, a pond, and a creek. Arts & Crafts include painting, tie dye, beading, nature crafts, and gimp. All art supplies are reviewed to ensure that they are safe for the children to use.
Camp songs are an important part of life at Camp Blue Spruce, and we sing before each meal, at campfire, and other times throughout the day!
Each Camper is assigned to a cabin group with other children the same age and grade. Cabin groups are Oregon themed: Sunstones, Meadowlarks, Swallowtails, Tritons, Oregon Grapes, Thundereggs, Doug Firs, Beavers, and Chinook Salmon.
Camp is open to boys and girls ages 9 – 17 with food allergies. Friends and siblings without food allergies can attend if there is space. Camp Blue Spruce can accommodate up to 80 children at a time.
Teen eXplorer Camp At Camp Blue Spruce
Teen eXplorer Camp (TXC) is for teens who want to make new friends, take part in activities that challenge them and have a blast in the great outdoors! TXC focuses on personal growth & responsibility, self-reliance and teamwork. Teens are discovering who they are and who they want to be. TXC Leaders create opportunities for learning and discussion when doing watercraft activities, a challenge course or camping out under the stars. And, TXC campers stay in their own teen unit.
TXC campers participate in several adventures in addition to regular camp programming and enjoy all the fun of camp while venturing out and testing their limits. Teens build strong friendships, independence and self-assurance in this terrific program at Camp Blue Spruce!
Age/Grade: The TXC program is for campers in or going into high school between 14 and 16 years old and entering 9th through 11th grade.
Counselor In Training (CIT)
The DeMerell Leadership Initiative – Counselor In Training Program provides a progression from camper to staff. Participants must complete a competitive application and be selected to participate.
A portion of the day will be spent on camp and leadership skill building. Activities may include, but are not limited to, CPR/Basic First Aid, Camp Craft, communication, and human relations skills.
In preparing to become a cabin counselor, CITs shadow cabin groups and plan, lead and participate in a variety of camp activities. We emphasize team building and other group development activities.
Age/Grade: Campers going into 11th or 12th grade and at least 17 years old can apply to be a CIT.
Nestled at the base of the Oregon Coast Range and surrounded by 160 wooded acres, Camp Tapawingo is hosting Camp Blue Spruce this year. This wonderful facility features separate cabins for each cabin group, yurts for the teen program, and a variety of fun activities, including a Ga-Ga Pit, Frisbee Golf, Sand Volleyball Court, Outdoor Basketball Court, Soccer, Baseball Field, Amphitheater, Campfire Circle, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Steven’s Glen Pond with fishing, canoeing, swimming and The Blob! There are also many hiking trails to explore.