Language Immersion Summer Camp
At the International School of Portland Summer Camp, children will enjoy a world of fun while learning Mandarin, Spanish, or Japanese. International language and culture will come to life through hands-on projects, stories, songs, games and outdoor fun with our teachers from around the world.
Campers are placed into groups based on their age and language exposure, so there’s room for all levels of experience. Whether they’re learning a new language or already fluent, campers will love our summer traditions of field days, field trips, cultural music and movement activities, ice cream parties, and more!
Summer Camp Registration Information
Enrollment will be open for registration on February 24!
We are using Campsite for camp registration in 2023.
2023 Summer Camp Dates & Themes
SESSION 1: June 26 – July 7, 2023*: Everything Green and Growing
Campers will learn about everything from tiny seeds, squirmy creepy crawlies, to towering trees during this nature-based session. Trail walks, garden visits, hands-on activities, and more will teach students about different things that grow all while immersing in their target language.
*no camp July 4
SESSION 2: July 10 – 21, 2023: Media Madness OR Superheroes and Cartoons (age-dependent)
Blue and green groups (2nd grade and up): Media Madness!
Campers will learn about podcasts, graphic novels, and videos! They will explore various media formats and means of information delivery. Campers will also create their own media project in the target language.
Yellow, Orange, and Purple Groups (1st grade and younger): Superheroes and Cartoons
Zing! Bam! Pow! During this session, campers will use their creativity and imagination as they explore cartoons and superheroes from around the world. Who is the most popular superhero in Mexico? How do you draw Japanese anime? Are there similar themes and qualities that they share? Through hands-on crafts, storytelling, theater and more, campers will love learning about popular characters while gaining language skills. Kids even get to create their own superhero alter-ego!
SESSION 3: July 24 – August 4, 2023: Global Carnival
If there is one thing that people around the world love to do, it’s celebrate! During this session, campers will immerse in their target language while learning about various cultural festivals through performances, foods, and more. Explore traditions such as Japanese puppetry, Chinese acrobatics, and Latin American dance parades! Interactive projects and guest performers will entertain, educate, and inspire.
- Small groups with teachers from around the world
- Fun outdoor and indoor activities aimed at building language skills (songs, crafts, games, sports, stories, and more!)
- Ice-cream truck visits!
- Specialist classes, such as sports & games, music & movement, or yoga
- Fun, cultural music and movement classes for all campers!
- Field trips!
Summer Camp Staff
We’re so proud of our summer camp staff! All of our teachers and staff members are dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and welcoming camp environment for your child.
Our camp teachers come from all over the world and have native-level fluency or experience in the languages they teach. Many are also teachers at the International School of Portland during the school year or have taught with our camp programs in the past. They have a wealth of experience working with young language learners.
Our summer administrative team is here to answer questions and facilitate a smooth camp experience. Let us know how we can help!
We are all trained in CPR and first aid. International School of Portland also has a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator on campus during camp hours to help ensure the health and safety of our campers.
Behavior and Safety
International School of Portland strives to provide a fun and safe environment for all our campers. We expect all campers and their parents/guardians to behave in a manner that is safe, appropriate, and friendly. If a camper behaves in a way that the staff believes to be unsafe, inappropriate or unfriendly, we will address the situation by speaking with the child and, if needed, the parents. International School of Portland reserves the right to expel or temporarily exclude a camper for repeated or extreme misbehavior. In the event of expulsion or exclusion, no refund will be issued.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Camp Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm (half day option for Yellow campers, pick up at 12pm)
- Pickup: 3:15pm – 3:45pm
- Extended-Day until 5:30pm (additional sign-up required)
2023 Fees & Payment Info
Sibling Discount: Families with two or more children enrolled in the same session will receive a 20% discount on Summer Camp fees (for each child beyond the first).
Enrollment is available through CampSite. Campers are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the camp you want is full, you may elect to put your child on a waitlist. Our camps tend to be popular and some traditionally fill up around the end of February.
Save your spot now!
Cancellations are permitted at any time up until:
- Session 1 – Sunday, June 18th at 11:59pm
- Session 2 – Sunday, July 2nd at 11:59pm
- Session 3 – Sunday, July 16th at 11:59pm
No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within one week of the camp start date or after the start of a session. The $100 reservation fee (per child, per session) is non-refundable. Please submit cancellation requests in writing to email@example.com.
Low enrollment cancellation: If a camp group fails to meet the minimum enrollment two weeks prior to the start of the session, the camp will be canceled. Enrolled campers will be given a full refund or the ability to transfer to another camp group. We will do our best to notify families of potential cancellations as early as possible.
At the ISP Language Immersion Summer Camp, campers may choose from Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin. Campers are grouped according to their age and experience with the target language. If you’re unsure what group your child should join, please contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Global Kids Extended-day Program is available after camp until 5:30pm every day (advance sign-up required). During the extended-day program, campers will play outside, eat healthy snacks, and participate in enrichment activities. Enrollment in the extended-day program covers all camp days, Monday-Friday, during the session.
Food and Snacks
ISP Summer Camp provides two snacks daily. Campers must bring their own packed lunch. ISP is a nut-free campus.