Language Immersion Summer Camp

At The International School 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 is open!

We are using a NEW site for camp registration in 2021. Enroll on CampSite here. We are not using UltraCamp this year. 

2021 Summer Camp Dates & Themes

Session 1: June 28 - July 9 | Kingdom Animalia

Campers will delve into everything from popular pets around the world to biodiversity and wildlife conservation all while being immersed in their target language. Whether they have fur, feathers, or scales, we’ll explore the animal kingdom all through storytelling, science, hands-on projects, and more! No camp on July 5. $580 per session for full day; $520 half day option (preschool campers only) 

Session 2: July 12 - 23 | Wonderful World of Water

Join us as we dive deep into the world of water through multi-sensory science experiments, water games, art, and much more. Campers will enjoy using their creativity and curiosity while developing STEM skills and being immersed in their target language. $635 per session for full day; $580 half day option (preschool campers only) 

Session 3: July 26 - August 6 | Game On!

Let’s get moving! From jianzi in China and kendama in Japan to fútbol in Latin America – campers will explore popular sports, games, and ways that people stay active around the world. We’ll create original games, delve into the science behind body motion and fitness, find creative ways to get up and move—and have lots of fun!—all while being immersed in the target language. $635 per session for full day; $580 half day option (preschool campers only) 

Camps Include:

  • 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 social
  • Specialist classes, such as sports & games, music & movement, or yoga
  • Exciting field days (water balloon toss, relay races, and more)
  • Fun, cultural music and movement classes for all campers! We will offer different opportunities each session – such as Taiko, Capoeira, or African drumming!
  • Field trips!

COVID-19 Health & Safety Practices

We are a certified Child Care Center with the Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) and abide by all local and state health and safety guidelines. The International School has been open and successfully operating our preschool and Kindergarten programs as Emergency Child Care under these protocols since September 2020. Safety measures include:

  • Lower overall capacity
  • Stable cohorts (campers will only interact with a small set group of others campers, rather than all children at camp)
  • Required face coverings for staff and campers five and up; face coverings strongly encouraged for preschool campers
  • Daily health screenings for campers and staff
  • Regular sanitizing, hand-washing, and daily Clorox 360 disinfecting

Out-of-State Travel / Quarantine Requirement: In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the state of Oregon urges against all non-essential out-of-state travel and recommends a 14-day quarantine for those who travel. Please keep this in mind when planning your family’s summer activities. Campers who travel out-of-state for non-essential reasons will be asked to observe the 14-day quarantine period prior to coming to camp. (These guidelines are subject to change, we will update here if/when this requirement changes). If you have questions regarding what qualifies as ‘essential travel’, please contact us at summer@intlschool.org.

CLICK HERE to read The International School’s full health and safety plans.

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 of the languages they teach.  Most are also teachers at The International School 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.  The International School 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

The International School 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. The International School 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 Hours

  • Drop-Off: 7:45am – 8:15am
  • Camp Day: 8:15am – 3:15pm
  • Pickup: 3:15pm – 3:45pm
  • Extended-Day until 5:30pm (additional sign-up required)

Enrollment

Enrollment is available through CampSite (NEW in 2021!). 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!

Fees, Discounts, & Payment

2021 Fees: $520-$635 per child, per two-week session. See Camp Dates and Themes above for more info. 

Summer Camp discount: Families with two or more children enrolled within the same summer camp session will receive a 20% discount (for each child beyond the first) on the less-expensive camp enrollment. 

Extended-day discount: Families with two or more children enrolled within the same session of the summer extended-day program will receive a 10% discount (for each child beyond the first) on the less-expensive extended-day enrollment. 

Payment: When you enroll online through CampSite, a non-refundable reservation fee of $100 per child, per session is due. This amount is applied towards your camp balance. The remaining balance is due by the first day of the session. Make payments online with a credit or debit card. Or mail check payments to The International School – Summer Camp (make checks out to The International School).

Cancellations

Cancellations are permitted at any time up until one-week prior to the start of a session. 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 summer@intlschool.org.

Cancellations due to COVID-19: A cancellation due to COVID-19, either initiated by TIS or the family, will be refunded in full. If a balance remains on the account, the credit will first be applied to the remaining balance. If a session is already underway when a cancellation due to COVID-19 occurs, refunds will be prorated.

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 cancelled. 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.

Camp Groups

At TIS 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! summer@intlschool.org

Extended-Day Program

The Global Kids Extended-day Program is available after camp until 5:30pm every day (advance sign-up required). During the after camp program, campers will play outside, eat healthy snacks, and participate in outdoor enrichment activities. Campers will be assigned to one mixed age cohort that they will stay with through the program (this will represent their 2nd stable cohort of the session). In order to maintain stable cohorts, enrollment in the extended-day program covers all camp days, Monday-Friday, during the session.

Food & Snacks

TIS Summer Camp provides two snacks daily. Campers must bring their own packed lunch. TIS is a nut-free campus.