Along with its long list of not-so thrilling, but still perfectly respectable and worthwhile offerings like Paralegal Tutoring, Fundamentals of Wet Felting, Everything You Need to Know After Having a Baby and — the butt of many jokes but the bud of many musical careers — Band Camp, Hood River County Community Education is gearing up for its most exciting season, when instructors from all walks of life get to introduce local youth to the many world-class outdoor activities the region is blessed with.
In a county like Hood River, summer is a season with endless potential for outdoor fun, and with the vibrant population that calls the area home, there’s never a shortage of people willing to share their expertise in adventure with others.
Here’s a selection of classes offered in HRCE’s spring/summer catalog. Most have limited enrolment, so early-registration is advised.
To register or more info, visit hrcommunityed.com or call 541-386-2055.
Cascadia Adventures kayaking
For ages 10-16, this series introduces kids to the basics of kayaking with the expertise of Jim Wells, director of Cascadia Adventure Education School, and his team. Kids can choose from several options, including one-day camps or a five-day/four-night River Camp experience that teaches not only paddling skills but self-confidence and teamwork.
Let’s Get Out adventure camps
This series includes activities like rafting, rock climbing, caving, swimming, shelter building, service projects and more with instructor and former Olympic snowboarder Lisa Kosglow. Camps are divided into different age groups, ranging from 5-7 at the youngest and 11-13 at the oldest. Kosglow instills concepts of Leave No Trace ethics and environmental stewardship with each activity.
Summer Day Camp
For kids ages 6-11, Summer Day Camp is Hood River Community Education’s flagship all-day program. Each camp is nine days long, with kids divided into age groups, and include activities ranging from hiking and swimming to special projects, trips to the great outdoors and even an overnight camp-out on Mount Hood.
Environmental Science and Adventure Camps
Offered through Cascade Mountain School, this series of camps for boys and girls ages 12-18 is a combination of adventure and education utilizing some of the many outdoor wonders we have in the area. Students visit mounts Hood and Adams, bike, kayak, backpack and more, all while studying topics like field science and sustainable agriculture.
GORGE Junior Sailing
For ages 5-18, this widely popular learn-to-sail program includes everything needed to get on the water and having fun in a sailboat. Students learn the basics of the sport with the help of certified U.S. Sailing instructors and have the opportunity to sail in the protected water of the Hood River Marina.
Adult sailing lessons
This five-week adult sailing course consists of hands-on practice aboard sailboats ranging in size from 20-35 feet. Students of all skill levels are welcome and will learn sailing basics in one indoor lesson, followed by four on-the-water lessons.
Smith Rocks Rock-climbing Camp
This ultimate adventure for kids ages 11-18 teaches beginner to advanced climbing skills at the climbing mecca of Smith Rocks, a couple hours south of Hood River. Kids learn rappelling, building and cleaning anchors, lead climbing, multi-pitch climbing and more through the guidance of experienced guide and HRCE’s own director John Rust.
Kids weapons Camp/Archery
This unique three-day camp provides students the opportunity to learn the fundaments of projectile weapons such as archery, hatchet throwing and spears. Safety is a focus in this class, offered through North Wind Martial Arts.
Families at Family Man
This grass-roots mountain biking series runs Wednesday evenings from June 11 through Aug. 12 at the popular Family Man Skills Complex off of Riordan Hill Road. There is no signup or fees associated with this series, but donations are accepted through its partner organization, Hood River Area Trail Stewards (hrats.org).
Indian Creek Junior Golf Academy
This series offers a variety of camps for young golfers ages 8-15 throughout the summer at Indian Creek Golf Course with the guidance of Mark Gradin, Indian Creek’s director of instruction. Camps run regularly through the summer starting in June.