Since 1970, Camp Rosenbaum has offered a unique experience to low-income children from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Campers travel by bus to Camp Rilea on the Oregon Coast, just south of Astoria. It’s there that they spend a week experiencing new adventures, making friends, and building memories to last a lifetime.
While at Camp Rosenbaum, children enjoy traditional activities like art and science projects, leather crafts, horseback riding, and fishing. Kids take trips to the ocean, participate in the sand castle contest and tell stories around the campfire. While at Camp Rosenbaum we also encourage children to take responsibility for their lives, emphasizing the traits of being a good human, staying in school, and making good choices. We remind each of our campers that they have the power to shape their future.
We have a one-to-one camper to staff ratio, with staff who have decades of experience. All of our staff and counselors are volunteers, comprised of an extraordinary partnership between the Oregon National Guard, Portland Police Bureau, and Home Forward. We’re proud to have a staff full of such amazing inspiration for our campers.
Camp Rosenbaum is open to boys and girls ages 9-11 whose parents live in housing authority properties, or who participate in the Section 8 rent assistance program. Campers are recruited by the participating housing authority. Housing authorities typically open recruitment in April to select campers for the year.
Click here to view our gender policy on how we support nonconforming and transgender youth and adults at Camp Rosenbaum.
Did you receive a letter from your Housing Authority to register your camper for the 2023 Camp Rosenbaum? If so, click here to register! Note that this camp is for residents of participating Housing Authorities and you must enter your appropriate password before filling out the application.
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Camp Rosenbaum does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income or because of a need for special care. Our goal is to meet the individual needs of each child within the structure of our program while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all children and staff.