Come join the summer adventure at Camp FMES!  Our program is remarkably different with indoor and outdoor learning. We’ve got something for everyone: outdoor exploration, science/technology, fitness, the arts, Spanish immersion, service, cooking, academic reinforcement, and more. Our camps seamlessly integrate learning and fun, which is sure to equal growth and positive development for your child.

Camp FMES runs for six weeks and serves children from 3 to 13 years old.  All camps are open to the general public (some requirements apply to our Children’s House Classroom).  

Camp sessions are either full-day (8:30am – 3:30pm) or half-day (8:30am – 11:30am and/or 12:30 – 3:30pm).  When you Combine two half-day camps (register for the COMBO option), we provide supervision during the lunch hour.  We also have Montessori Aspect (MA) child care available starting at 7:00am before camp, and also after camp until 6:00pm each day.

Below is our schedule for 2017. Tap on a week or an age group to see what we offer.  Generally our camps are grouped by the same categories we use during the regular Montessori year: Children’s House (CH – children from  preschool to kindergarten), Lower Elementary (LE – grades 1 -3), and Upper Elementary (UE- grades 4-6).  Some UE camps also extend to middle school students in grades 7 and 8.  If a child is on the boundary of a grouping, you may choose to enroll up or down, depending on the child’s maturity and needs.

Any questions?  Use our online contact form to reach our Camp Director Kirsten Klug. Thank you!

WEEK I: JUNE 19-23, 2017

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Physics & Chemistry (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Hands-on experiments: phases of matter, kitchen chemistry, mechanics, electricity, optics, and more.

Leadership & Team Building (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Campers will expand their creative problem-solving skills, develop leadership and communication skills, and create and participate in team-building games and art.

All-In-One Music (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover all different ways to make music, as well as have fun dancing, singing, and moving!

Leadership & Team Building (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Campers will expand their creative problem-solving skills, develop leadership and communication skills, and create and participate in team-building games and art.

Physics & Chemistry (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Hands-on experiments: phases of matter, kitchen chemistry, mechanics, electricity, optics, and more.

Do-It-All Arts Camp on FMES Campus (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Check it out: photography, set design, martial arts, acting, song writing, choreography, guitar, sculpting, hip hop, choir, yoga, improvisation, drawing….and more!

WEEK II: JUNE 26-30, 2017

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Yoga Rocks! (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Calling all Lower El yogis … explore our favorite poses, pair up with friends to form partner and group pos- es, practice breathing, and mindfulness strategies.

Maker Space & 3D Printing (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Maker-space camp is for the young inventor, scientist, artist, or designer. Individual and group design work, including printing your 3D design on a 3D printer.

Basketball (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Improve basketball skills through drills, strategies, fun, and teamwork. Come play with your friends for a week full of fun!

Lil’ Yogi Yoga (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Calling all Children’s House yogis for summer fun on the mat! Join us as we explore postures and invent new poses, move to music, and play cooperative yoga.

Basketball (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Improve basketball skills through drills, strategies, fun, and teamwork. Come play with your friends for a week full of fun!

Maker Space (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
A maker-space camp for the young inventor, scientist, artist, designer. Individual and group design work. Explore the process of all different ways to turn ideas into products using a variety of processes.

Discover Service & Helping Others (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Make a difference in our local community for a week. Learn and participate in community service that is meaningful.

Farm & Animal Camp – Transportation to Bridal Veil incl. (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Campers travel to Bridal Veil each day to assist the Sisters in caring for their chickens and goats. In addition, campers will visit an emu farm, play games and more.

WEEK III: JULY 5-7, 2017 - Shorter & Prorated 3-day Session due to Holiday

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Exploring Musical Instruments (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Explore and receive instruction on a variety of instruments: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments! Campers will walk away from this 3-day program with a foundation in music.

All About the Weather (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Discover everything about weather, how and where it is created, and how it effects us here and all over the world.

Exploring Musical Instruments (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Explore and receive instruction on a variety of instruments: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments! Campers will walk away from this 3-day program with a foundation in music.

All About the Weather (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover everything about weather, how and where it is created, and how it effects us here and all over the world.

Become An Author (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Turn fiction or non-fiction writing into a published book, while learning about traditional and digital publish- ing.

Circus, Circus Intensive at FMES (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
A mini-week (three days) of tumbling, stilting, partner acrobatics, juggling, and other circus skills.

Frisbee Golf – Transportation incl. (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Take a three-day tour of some of the coolest frisbee golf courses. Find out how to play this great sport and visit local parks as well. All ability levels welcome.

WEEK IV: JULY 10-14, 2017

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Chess Champs (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Lessons, games, tournaments, chess trivia. Improve chess skills no matter what level.

Gardening & Nature Studies (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
There’s so much going on in a summer garden. We’ll be digging deep to study the mysteries of the soil while watching crops grow before out eyes.

Master Chef Cook-Off (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Campers will get to design recipes, taste their creations, and learn how to bring creativity, math, and science into the kitchen. Live cook-off competition to boot!

Creative Music, Art & Movement (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Do your kids have an uncontrollable urge to wiggle, giggle, and sing at the top of their lungs when their favorite tunes come on? If yes, sign up for this camp!

Cook Around the World (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover a tasty way to experience world cultures. We will explore a different country and cuisine every day.

Chess Champs (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Lessons, games, tournaments, chess trivia. Improve chess skills no matter what level the child is at.

Gardening & Nature Studies (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
There’s so much going on in a summer garden. We’ll be digging deep to study the mysteries of the soil while watching crops grow before out eyes

Discover Farms & Gardens – Transportation included (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Daily eld trips to Portland’s bounty of great farms and gardens. Visit a couple berry farms, see how people grow food in the city, and learn about a plant nursery.

WEEK V: JULY 17-21, 2017

Math Magic (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Effortless math-skills reinforcement through fun, games, and challenges. By the end of the week, we will have math-magicians!

Rockets & Paper Airplanes (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
This week-long study of aerodynamics will challenge campers to experiment with numerous paper air- plane models and build and launch model rockets.

Card Games & Math (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Campers will learn fun and exciting card games that will strengthen arithmetic skills in solving problems.

Rockets & Paper Airplanes (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Study of aerodynamics will challenge campers to experiment with numerous paper airplane models, and build and launch model rockets.

Children’s House Spanish Immersion (Age 2.5-6 years) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Experience a fully bilingual Children’s House Montessori classroom in Spanish and English. Enjoy sing- ing, cooking, and learning about other cultures.

Five Cool Things Around Portland (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Portland is a world city, with a world of fun things to learn and explore. Sample doughnuts, splash in a fountain, stand in the smallest park—each day is different.

WEEK VI: JULY 24-28, 2017

Ninja Camp (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Discover the way of the ninja indoors and outdoors through play, art, fun activities, and even rest. Design your own ninja training courses for others to explore.

Geometry & Math (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 11:30am
Come explore the artful side of mathematics! In Visual Mathematics, campers will learn how to make original artwork using symmetry and being inspired by M.C. Escher and by Native Americans.

Fitness, Food & Fun (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
A fun way to discover whole health through gardening and cooking, art, cross training, and team building activities!

Ninja Camp (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover the way of the ninja indoors and outdoors through play, art, fun activities, and even rest. Design your own ninja training courses for others to explore.

Gorge Explorer incl. Fish Camp (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Together we will venture to the Columbia Gorge to explore water fountains, lakes, rivers and more. We will also do some shing along the way!

Build-O-Bot Robotics (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each student makes and learns how to drive their own remote controlled 4-wheel drive robot!

Children’s House Spanish Immersion (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – 8:30am to 3:30pm
Experience a fully bilingual Children’s House Montessori classroom in Spanish and English. Enjoy sing- ing, cooking, and learning about other cultures.

CAMPS FOR CH: 2.5 TO 6 YEARS OF AGE

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week I: 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

All-In-One Music (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week I: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover all different ways to make music, as well as have fun dancing, singing, and moving!

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week II: 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Lil’ Yogi Yoga (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week II: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Calling all Children’s House yogis for summer fun on the mat! Join us as we explore postures and invent new poses, move to music, and play cooperative yoga.

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week III (3-day session): 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Exploring Musical Instruments (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week III (3-day session): 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Explore and receive instruction on a variety of instruments: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments! Campers will walk away from this 3-day program with a foundation in music.

Children’s House (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week IV: 8:30am to 11:30am
Half-day Montessori curriculum and environment, including outdoor extensions and nature lessons. (See requirements listed online.)

Creative Music, Art & Movement (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week IV: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Do your kids have an uncontrollable urge to wiggle, giggle, and sing at the top of their lungs when their favorite tunes come on? If yes, sign up for this camp!

Children’s House Spanish Immersion (Age 2.5-6 years) – Week V: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Experience a fully bilingual Children’s House Montessori classroom in Spanish and English. Enjoy singing, cooking, and learning about other cultures.

Children’s House Spanish Immersion (CH: 2.5 to 6 years of age) – Week VI: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Experience a fully bilingual Children’s House Montessori classroom in Spanish and English. Enjoy singing, cooking, and learning about other cultures.

CAMPS FOR LE: 1ST TO 3RD GRADE

Physics & Chemistry (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week I: 8:30am to 11:30am
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Hands-on experiments: phases of matter, kitchen chemistry, mechanics, electricity, optics, and more.

Leadership & Team Building (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week I: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Campers will expand their creative problem-solving skills, develop leadership and communication skills, and create and participate in team-building games and art.

Yoga Rocks! (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week II: 8:30am to 11:30am
Calling all Lower El yogis … explore our favorite poses, pair up with friends to form partner and group pos- es, practice breathing, and mindfulness strategies.

Basketball (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week II: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Improve basketball skills through drills, strategies, fun, and teamwork. Come play with your friends for a week full of fun!

Maker Space (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week II: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
A maker-space camp for the young inventor, scientist, artist, designer. Individual and group design work. Explore the process of all different ways to turn ideas into products using a variety of processes.

Exploring Musical Instruments (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 8:30am to 11:30am
Explore and receive instruction on a variety of instruments: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments! Campers will walk away from this 3-day program with a foundation in music.

All About the Weather (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover everything about weather, how and where it is created, and how it effects us here and all over the world.

Chess Champs (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week IV: 8:30am to 11:30am
Lessons, games, tournaments, chess trivia. Improve chess skills no matter what level.

Cook Around the World (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week IV: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover a tasty way to experience world cultures. We will explore a different country and cuisine every day.

Gardening & Nature Studies (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week IV: 8:30am to 11:30am
There’s so much going on in a summer garden. We’ll be digging deep to study the mysteries of the soil while watching crops grow before out eyes.

Math Magic (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week V: 8:30am to 11:30am
Effortless math-skills reinforcement through fun, games, and challenges. By the end of the week, we will have math-magicians!

Rockets & Paper Airplanes (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Study of aerodynamics will challenge campers to experiment with numerous paper airplane models, and build and launch model rockets.

Ninja Camp (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week VI: 8:30am to 11:30am
Discover the way of the ninja indoors and outdoors through play, art, fun activities, and even rest. Design your own ninja training courses for others to explore.

Fitness, Food & Fun (LE: 1st to 3rd Grade) – Week VI: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
A fun way to discover whole health through gardening and cooking, art, cross training, and team building activities!

CAMPS FOR UE: 4TH TO 6TH GRADE

Leadership & Team Building (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week I: 8:30am to 11:30am
Campers will expand their creative problem-solving skills, develop leadership and communication skills, and create and participate in team-building games and art.

Physics & Chemistry (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week I: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. Hands-on experiments: phases of matter, kitchen chemistry, mechanics, electricity, optics, and more.

Maker Space & 3D Printing (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week II: 8:30am to 11:30am
Maker-space camp is for the young inventor, scientist, artist, or designer. Individual and group design work, including printing your 3D design on a 3D printer.

Basketball (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week II: 8:30am to 11:30am
Improve basketball skills through drills, strategies, fun, and teamwork. Come play with your friends for a week full of fun!

Discover Service & Helping Others (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week II: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Make a difference in our local community for a week. Learn and participate in community service that is meaningful.

All About the Weather (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 8:30am to 11:30am
Discover everything about weather, how and where it is created, and how it effects us here and all over the world.

Become An Author (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Turn fiction or non-fiction writing into a published book, while learning about traditional and digital publish- ing.

Master Chef Cook-Off (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week IV: 8:30am to 11:30am
Campers will get to design recipes, taste their creations, and learn how to bring creativity, math, and science into the kitchen. Live cook-off competition to boot!

Chess Champs (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week IV: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Lessons, games, tournaments, chess trivia. Improve chess skills no matter what level the child is at.

Gardening & Nature Studies (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week IV: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
There’s so much going on in a summer garden. We’ll be digging deep to study the mysteries of the soil while watching crops grow before out eyes.

Rockets & Paper Airplanes (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week V: 8:30am to 11:30am
This week-long study of aerodynamics will challenge campers to experiment with numerous paper air- plane models and build and launch model rockets.

Card Games & Math (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week V: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Campers will learn fun and exciting card games that will strengthen arithmetic skills in solving problems.

Geometry & Math (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week VI: 8:30am to 11:30am
Come explore the artful side of mathematics! In Visual Mathematics, campers will learn how to make original artwork using symmetry and being inspired by M.C. Escher and by Native Americans.

Ninja Camp (UE: 4th to 6th Grade) – Week VI: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Discover the way of the ninja indoors and outdoors through play, art, fun activities, and even rest. Design your own ninja training courses for others to explore.

ALL DAY CAMPS FOR MIXED GRADES: 1ST TO 6TH GRADE

Do-It-All Arts Camp on FMES Campus (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week I: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Check it out: photography, set design, martial arts, acting, song writing, choreography, guitar, sculpting, hip hop, choir, yoga, improvisation, drawing….and more!

Farm & Animal Camp – Transportation to Bridal Veil incl. (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week II: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Campers travel to Bridal Veil each day to assist the Sisters in caring for their chickens and goats. In addition, campers will visit an emu farm, play games and more.

Circus, Circus Intensive at FMES (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 8:30am to 3:30pm
A mini-week (three days) of tumbling, stilting, partner acrobatics, juggling, and other circus skills.

Frisbee Golf – Transportation incl. (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week III (3-day session): 8:30am to 3:30pm
Take a three-day tour of some of the coolest frisbee golf courses. Find out how to play this great sport and visit local parks as well. All ability levels welcome.

Discover Farms & Gardens – Transportation included (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week IV: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Daily eld trips to Portland’s bounty of great farms and gardens. Visit a couple berry farms, see how people grow food in the city, and learn about a plant nursery.

Five Cool Things Around Portland (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week V: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Portland is a world city, with a world of fun things to learn and explore. Sample doughnuts, splash in a fountain, stand in the smallest park—each day is different.

Gorge Explorer incl. Fish Camp (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week VI: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Together we will venture to the Columbia Gorge to explore water fountains, lakes, rivers and more. We will also do some fishing along the way!

Build-O-Bot Robotics (Mixed: 1st to 6th Grade) – Week VI: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each student makes and learns how to drive their own remote controlled 4-wheel drive robot!

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