Big Lake’s regular (REG) camps feature our traditional camping programs available for youth ages 10-17. REG campers will be at camp Sunday-Friday. Adventure and Junior campers will not need to choose a morning activity, but will rotate through various activities each day. Evenings are full of fun group games and end with our awesome Campfire program. 

Some of the activities we have planned for this summer include the following:

Archery/Archery Tag
Arts and crafts
Ceramics and Pottery
Rock Climbing and Initiative Games
Survival Adventures
Watersports (towables)
Windsports (sailing, SUP & windsurfing)

REG Camps 2023 Schedule
All camps run Sunday through Friday

June 25 – June 30  Junior 1 (ages 10-12)
July 2 – 7  Junior 2 (ages 10-12)
July 9 – 14  Adventure  (ages 7-9)
July 16 – 21  Tween 1 (ages 11-13)
July 23 – 28  Tween 2 (ages 11-13)
July 30 – August 4  Teen 1 (ages 13-17)
August 6-11  Teen 2 (ages 13-17)

**Our preteen camps (Adventure and Junior camps) will get to rotate through activities, morning and afternoon, as cabin groups instead of choosing a morning activity and having activity rotations just in the afternoons. Tween and Teen camps will be able to choose their morning activity, but still be able to experience many other activities during afternoon rotations.**

Start an Adventure!

Are you ready to have fun this summer? Registration opens Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 8 a.m.!

Archery/Archery Tag (Tween  and Teen sessions only)


Start at a Yeoman skill level and see if you can improve to Olympian in our archery program that follows the National Archery Association outline. First learn the safe and proper care of your bows and arrows, ensuring that everyone has a great time, then take aim on our archery range and get better with each shot.

Archery Tag is an exciting new game which uses marshmallow-tipped arrows to hit your opponents and rack up points for your team in this new dodgeball-style game.

Arts and Crafts (rotation activity for preteen camps and choosable morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Pound, stretch, bend, drizzle, draw, and get your hands messy if you want to. At the Big Lake Art Studio you will find time, space and training to create your own masterpieces and learn how to continue your art skills at home. If learning to express yourself creatively is your thing – then this is your activity.

Canoeing (selectable as morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Guide your canoe through glassy blue water, exploring areas along the lake shore that are difficult to access on foot. Improve your “J” stroke and paddling techniques. You’ll even learn how to right a capsized canoe! Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, this activity features one of the coolest ways to explore Big Lake.

Digital Photography (selectable as morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Learn basic principals of composition, editing, and production. Time will be spent in all three phases of the process with each camper bringing home a special photo to remember a fun week. Cameras are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Drama (selectable as morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Gain a better stage presence and improve your confidence through learning the basics of performance, diction, and projection. Enhance your memory skills and use your week at camp to work toward a special camp production performed on the final night. 

Geocaching (selectable as morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Get lost in the beauty of Big Lake’s surrounding forest while searching for hidden treasure. Geocaching blends modern technology with a good ol’ fashioned treasure hunt. Find someone else’s cache or create one of your own. Work as a team while developing your own problem solving skills in this high-tech game of hide-and-seek.

Gymnastics (available as activity rotation for preteen camps and as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps)

Incorporating both the technical and performance aspects of gymnastics, our skilled instructor will teach the fundamentals of power tumbling, acrobatics, balance, and flexibility. Learn both individual and team skills in a class taught for beginning and intermediate gymnasts and work toward a camp-performed routine. 

Sports (available as a rotation activity for preteen camps and as a selectable morning activity for tween/teen camps)

If you LOVE sports, then this activity is for you! Spend your time hoopin’ it up on the basketball court, hittin’ home runs in softball, scoring goals on the soccer field, and spiking it over the net on the volleyball court. Our skilled instructors will teach you the basics of each sport, blending skills and fun in an EPIC time at camp.

Survival Adventures (available as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps)

What would you do if you were lost in the forest? Learn basic skills of shelter building, fire making, orienteering, and even the use of a GPS. These skills could save your life someday, and you’ll have a blast learning them.

Swimming/Blob (available as a rotation activity for preteen camps and as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps)

The Blob and Surf-bikes further enhance our swimming program, designed to strengthen your stroke and help you become a more efficient swimmer. Our American Red Cross certified instructor is able to teach five levels of swimming proficiency in Big Lake’s refreshing waters. Come enjoy the crystal clear waters of Big Lake.

Videography (available as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps)

In this activity you will learn the fundamentals of amateur filmmaking, providing you with the skills to produce and create your own movie to take home and show your friends. Use our video editing suite and high-end digital video cameras to produce your own independent short film, while learning production, directing, camera, and acting skills. 

Wakesports (towables) – available as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps

Join the most popular actibity at Big Lake! Develop your skills on the water, whether it be wakeboarding, surfing, or slaloming. You will enjoy our outstanding instructors, state of the art boats, and top of the line equipment. This camp is designed to level up the skills of the novice, to the experienced.

Windsports (sailing, SUP, and windsurfing) – available as a selected morning activity for tween/teen camps

Light prevailing west winds make learning or perfecting windsports skills at Big Lake a sweet experience. Activities include sailing, windsurfing and stand-up-paddleboarding (SUP).

26435 Big Lake Rd.
Sisters, OR 97759

(503) 850-3562

Best Summer Camp 2021

19800 Oatfield Rd.
Gladstone, Oregon 97027

 (503) 850-3583


Copyright © Big Lake Youth Camp 2022 All Rights Reserved