MHSSC's philosophy is to have fun in the afternoons doing things you may
not have the opportunity to do at home. We aren't a hard core
dryland camp, but instead offer some fun alternatives in the afternoons.
Our choices include: white water rafting, rockclimbing, trampoline,
soccer, cliff jumping, hiking, mountain biking, volleyball, windsurfing,
paintball, softball, golf-cage, unicycle, challenge course and tennis
(we have our own clay court). Where else can you ski
and whitewater raft in the same day?!
WHITE WATER RAFTING Our
whitewater rafting trips are on the Deschutes River about 45
minute drive east from here in Oregonís High Desert.
begins at Harpham Flats and goes down river to Sandy Beach. To go
rafting, you should wear your bathing suit and a pair of old tennis
shoes, TEVA sandals or something to protect your feet. You will need
sunscreen, a towel, and dry clothing for when you are done. The
cost of rafting is $30.00. The rapids are class 2 and class 3. If you
fall out of the raft, go down the river feet first so you can bounce off
the rocks, and remember to hold onto your paddle. You will have a guide
and YOU MUST BE WEARING A LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES ON THE RIVER (no
exceptions!) Expect to get WET! Water fights are part of the
adventure. You might want to bring an extra few dollars for a snack or
a drink on the way home. White Water Rafting photos can be
Rockclimbing is one of our most popular
activities. We have a couple of secret climbing spots in the area
that offers climbs suited for every ability level. No previous rock
climbing experience is necessary. Most kids that come climbing itís
their first time ever. What to bring: sweatshirt/sweatpants
(we climb in a cool shaded area) and a water bottle. If you have your
own climbing shoes/harness, bring it, but we have shoes and harnesses
for those that donít. Learn some edging skills that can apply to
your ski race training. Improve your balance, overcome your fear of
heights, challenge yourself to get to the top!
CHALLENGE COURSE Try out our on-campus ropes challenge
course. This activity includes a ZIP-LINE, a suspended LOG WALK,
and THE LEAP OF FAITH (a trapeze jump suspended 20 feet off the ground).
Campers are tied into a safety harness and a rope lowering system to
allow for campers to safely lower to the ground on each of these
features. We also have an obstacle/agility course.
TRAMPOLINE Trampoline training is a great way to learn new tricks
before trying them on the snow. Improve your balance
and overall body awareness with this activity.
Come and work on your skate skills on our two
ramps and multiple rails. We also offer trips to local
skate parks for the hardcore skaters. Helmets are
TENNIS We have our
own private clay tennis court.
WINDSURFING You can
hang out on the beach, go for a swim, or try your hand at
windsurfing. All our boards are big and floaty with a
choice of sails for beginners or experts. We take
our windsurf group to Clear Lake, which is famous for afternoon
wind, sunny skies, and scenic beauty. No experience
Where do we go? We have a new biking trail out back
of our lodge that we call our "Tour de Lodge" course, built by
snowboard race coach Nick Colavito. It's a couple miles
long and includes beginner and expert level routes. Many
features along the way, including teeter-totters, log jumps,
bridges, shark pits, etc. We supply the bikes and
FIELD SPORTS We offer the traditional field sports youíve played at
home: soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, ultimate
frisbee. We also have a golf cage, tetherball, a clay tennis
court and unicycles of every size.
PAINTBALL Play a number of different paintball games in our own
secret wooded area west of the lodge. We provide the guns and
one hopper full of ammo for $20. Wear clothes you donít mind
getting dirty and be ready for a good time.
Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps
P.O. Box 317
Government Camp, OR 97028