Chief Joseph Summer Camp
- Chief Joseph Summer Camp is a week-long day camp designed for children going into the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade.
- Camp runs from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
- We provide daily bus transportation to and from camp from designated sites in Wallowa, Lostine, Enterprise and Joseph.
Camp includes a variety of large and small group activities including a water slide, hiking, geocaching, boat-building, archery, hands-on science, and active special projects. Activities vary from year to year and depend on our volunteers. Our goals are to offer quality hands-on educational and creative experiences that are fun for kids and build self esteem. Workshops, offered by community members, allow children to learn and practice a variety of unique skills.
Old Memories, New Traditions:
Beginning in 2018 camp will be held at at Ferguson Ridge ("Fergi") Ski Area. The Lions Club has generously offered the site after a 56-year run at the historic Buhler Ranch.
Campers, divided into groups of up to 12 kids, are led by a teen counselor. Each group stays together while taking part in daily activities including all-camp activities, three workshops, a cooperative group, and a lunch that each camper brings from home. Friday, we provide a hotdog BBQ. After lunch on Friday, campers are free to mingle and take part in a variety of craft and physical activities at their leisure without their groups.
The registration on this site will allow you to print ALL registration forms + liability waiver + medical release to be sent in with a check. We can accept Paypal payments, but you must contact us and all forms should still be sent in by mail.
Camp registration fee for 2022:
Final registration deadline is June 22nd. No registrations after the deadline. All mailed and dropped off forms must be received by June 22nd, so please mail early.
It is important to us that every child who wants to come to camp has the means to. If you need to obtain a partial or full scholarship, please submit a completed registration form, a LETTER stating how much you can contribute, the reasons for the request, and any partial payment if you are able. The scholarship deadline is May 31st. No late scholarship requests will be honored.
BUSES: We will utilize buses again this year. Safety is our number one priority at camp, and we continue to improve the safety of the campers traveling to and from camp. Campers will be required to check-in with a volunteer when getting on a bus at stops and when loading from camp to return home at the end of the day. Please complete the bus questions on the registration form so we can make preparations for the smooth loading of buses. Please reduce switching buses as much as possible.
Bus Schedule -- Please be 15 minutes early to drop off and pick up! These are the times buses will LEAVE the stop:
Wallowa Elementary School: Leave 8 a.m./Return 4 p.m.
Lostine - Crow's Store: Leave 8:15 a.m./Return 3:45 p.m.
Enterprise High School: Leave 8:30 a.m./Return 3:30 p.m.
Joseph Elementary School: Leave 8:45 a.m./Return 3:15 p.m.
What to Wear?
- Comfortable, layered outdoor clothing (jackets, sweatshirts over t-shirts) appropriate for changing weather, hiking, and potentially messy activities
- Comfortable closed toe shoes -- no open toe shoes!
- Sunscreen -- even if it is overcast!
- A smile!
What to Bring?
Mark ALL your belongings with your name!
Please bring to camp:
- A sack lunch with drink
- A water bottle
- If you bring a camera, consider a disposable with your name on it!
- Please leave other personal items at home. We cannot be responsible for lost or damaged possessions!
Monday - Thursday
9:00 Songs & Stuff
10:45 Workshop 1
12:05 Free Time
12:30 Workshop 2
1:30 Workshop 3
2:30 Clean Up
2:40 Wrap Up
On Friday: project sharing, special activities, and BBQ lunch. We dismiss early at 2 p.m!