Summer Camps

At Cedarwood Waldorf School, we offer weekly summer camps for both early childhood and grades students with an integrated Waldorf educational approach. Through experiential learning, exploration of nature, and rich story-telling, students will explore science, foreign language and culture, and the arts - with everything from pop-up book-making, drawing, ceramics, and circus performance.

Early childhood camps offer curriculum focusing on healthy child development, daily rhythm, and imaginative play. Grades camps offer a more rigorous summer learning environment with themed activity and nature and culture field trips.

Camps run 8:30-3:30pm with before- and after-care. Trained Waldorf teachers lead camps each week bringing their own unique artistic talents and energy to students.

Camp cost

All camps are $365 for the week.



Camp descriptions

Cedar Sprouts Camp for Children Ages 4 through Rising 1st grade

Each week, our trained Waldorf teachers bring their inspiration, enthusiasm, and creativity to the weekly rhythm. Camps follow the model set by our school year early childhood programs paying close attention to nurturing the children’s imagination, strengthening their relationship to the natural world, and providing endless positive social opportunities. We support these values through creative activities including fort building, fairy homes, outside picnics, water play, mud pies, storytelling, circle games, painting and modelling.

June 25-29

Ms Katie Montgomery is excited to share a week of nature-inspired stories, crafts, and games. Play in the outdoors, explore the magical world of gnomes and fairies and picnic under the trees. Ms. Katie has been an early childhood teacher at Cedarwood for six years and was trained at the Rudolf Steiner College, so she knows all the secrets of building the best fairy homes and forts!

July 9-13

Join Ms. Katie Montgomery’s buzzing hive and learn all about the beautiful world of the honeybee! Campers will hear stories, sing songs and make crafts all about the amazing bugs around us! In addition to being a kindergarten teacher at Cedarwood, Ms. Katie is a genuine bee enthusiast, bringing her love of the plant and animal world to her work in the classroom.

July 16-20

Relish in the joy of summer with Ms. Cecelia McClellan. The true magic of early childhood is spontaneous play – making crafts out of stardust, listening to stories never been told, creating imaginative games out of nature’s bits and sticks. Ms. Cecelia brings sixteen years of experience as a teacher and administrator of Waldorf schools to her work guiding children on their special paths.

July 23-27

Spend a week with Ms. Anna Mojallali singing beautiful songs and listening to magical stories. Ms. Anna brings a love of nature, movement and handwork to her work as a kindergarten teacher at Cedarwood. Her training from Micha-el Institute and LifeWays have given her a strong foundation for an enriching Waldorf experience for all children.

July 29-Aug 3

Ms. Gemela Foster leads campers this week in joyful music-making and sharing, playful crafts, and nature discovery. Trained at the Micha-el Institute, Ms. Gemela has been teaching kindergarten for ten years. Her favorite part of her work as a teacher is having conversations with our bright young children.

Aug 6-10

Join Mr. Matthew Barry for a week of hands-on art projects, dance parties, and outdoor games. Mr. Matthew has been serving as the assistant kindergarten teacher to the Huckleberry classroom for three years. He can make something out of nothing, and he brings this dynamic creativity to the classroom to support our children in the development of healthy impulses.


Camps for Rising 2nd through Rising 5th Graders

June 25-29 : Japanese Arts & Snacks

Campers will enjoy a week of enriching artistic and cultural activities with Emma Maruska (craft-based artist and teacher) and Kumi Akiyama (Japanese Waldorf teacher). Using cultural stories and plays as inspiration, campers will be guided in clay modelling projects, paintings, and short performances. Breaks to make Japanese snacks, play in the water, and walk in nature are sure to delight. A trip to the Portland Art Museum will add to the bottomless bucket of inspiration.

July 9-13 : Comic Book Creators

Spend the week learning the skills and techniques of cartooning and graphic storytelling with artist and teacher Jacob Wooton. Make mini comics and complete pages in our new edition of the Cedarwood comics compilation. Spend the afternoon exploring the SW area and sketching the beautiful world around us. Trips to water fountains and the tram are part of the fun. Each student is provided a sketchbook and drawing supplies and copies of the Cedarwood comics anthology.

July 16-20 : Science Toy Team

Explore the world of physics with fun projects and science toys to take home. Cedarwood's math teacher (and mad scientist), Jacob Wooton, will lead the team as they work together to plan and build towers, launchers, flying machines, and other crazy contraptions. The end of the week culminates with an egg drop challenge and a field trip to OMSI.

July 23-27 : Motion Pictures!

Spend a week with Mrs. Harrison, class teacher and lifelong pop-up fanatic, creating adventure stories with moving illustrations! Motion-through-theater games will inspire action-filled story lines. We will take our composition books with us to gain ideas during on-foot ventures to the forest and the waterfront. Campers will get to work on both collaborative and individual stories. New pop-up techniques will be introduced daily, and each camper will end the week with a one-of-a-kind handmade moving picture book!

July 30-Aug 3 : Handmade in Portland

Students have asked for it and now campers can have it - all day and all week of handwork! This camp offers a wide array of activities for rising 2nd graders and-up, including knitting, hand sewing, embroidery, weaving, needle felting and much more. Ms. Davis brings her expertise in needle arts, as well as over 10 years of Waldorf teacher training to encourage campers to express themselves creatively. Through the week, campers will create a bagful of projects to tote home and treasure for years to come. Whether building on past skills or learning new ones, this camp is sure to delight!

Aug 6-10 : Circus Arts

Make your summer days F*U*N! Learn clowning, juggling, unicycle, rolling globe, stilts, tumbling, games and how to make an act! Led by Heather Pearl, trained clown and movement teacher, campers will develop their very own act through the week to share on Friday with friends and family. There will be a water play day, complete with Clown Water Skits. The program is designed for first timers and those who have learned some circus skills.