Tucker Arts Camp

Spring Break 2020 (March 23-27th)

Campers explore the themes of spring and renewal through different forms of art and storytelling. During the week, kinder-5th graders rotate through four diverse art studios. Professional artists lead each studio. Meanwhile, preschool campers do art projects and activities with their counselors. In addition, they visit art studios with the older campers.

Voted Best Arts Camp in 2022, Tucker Arts Camp travels the world! Over eight weeks, children in preschool through fifth grade explore the art of storytelling through music, visual arts and diverse world cultures. The beautiful campus in SE Portland offers a large organic garden, tree house theater, goats, and gym. There is plenty of space for inspiration from the natural world and fun in the summer sun. Air conditioned studios; 8:30-2:30  plus aftercare available.

Camp Rates:


Financial Aid for Tucker Arts Camp is now available! If you are interested in sending your kids to Tucker Arts Camp this summer, and would like to discuss financial aid options, please email camp@tuckermaxon.org (please include a mobile number where we can reach you).

Once you have begun the registration process, if you find your desired week is full, please go HERE to be put on a waiting list.

Summer 2023 Schedule

Week 1

June 26 – 30: Latin America

Week 2

July 3 – 7: Americana $327.99 (4 days)

Week 3

July 10 – 14: Africa

Week 4

July 17 – 21: Europe

Week 5

July 24 – 28: Asia

Week 6

July 31 – Aug 4: Pacific Islands

Week 7

Aug 7 – 11: Australia

Week 8

Aug 14 – 18: Ukraine

A Day at Tucker Arts Camp

For children entering Preschool (ages 3-5) in Fall 2020

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. when our younger artists gather in their Home Studios to engage in creative and imaginative play. They sing, dance and move their bodies to rhythms from around the world. Next, children participate in art projects in their Home Studios, including ceramics, mixed media and painting.

Creative exploration

Creative time is a balance of free exploration and expression as well as structured, adult-guided projects. Next, the daily schedule includes lunch and ample time to explore the natural world.  During lunchtime, children play on the beautiful outdoor campus. Lastly, the camp portion of the day concludes at 2:30 p.m. After camp, an Extended Care option available until 4:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

For children entering K-5th grade in Fall 2020

Morning art studios

Children gather at 8:30 a.m. each day to listen to live music, do movement activities, get the creative flow moving, and make new friends. Campers then break into smaller groups to begin their first Art Studio rotation.  Studios include ceramics, mixed media, painting, photography, music, and dance. Talented and passionate artists lead the Art Studios supported by studio counselors.

Natural inspiration

Next in the day, children break to eat lunch and explore the gardens, gathering creative inspiration. At lunch time, they play on the beautiful outdoor campus, before rotating to their second Art Studio. To close the day, children gather with the larger Tucker Arts Camp community for more music and fun. The camp portion of the day concludes at 2:30 pm. Lastly, for those who need additional child care, Extended Care is available until 4:30 p.m. for a fee.

At Tucker Arts Camp we believe:

  • All children have a unique voice, one that is to be encouraged and expressed
  • Art, music and culture are vital for the social and emotional well-being of children
  • In creating an environment that respects diversity and fosters empathy and compassion for oneself, for one another and for the natural world.
  • In nurturing creativity and building confidence.

Become A Camp Counselor

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Our Counselors-In-Training are students 15+ years old who have a strong desire to be a part of a team that is creating a meaningful art and life experience for someone else.

Important Camp Information

Who can attend Tucker Arts Camp?

Tucker Arts Camp is open to children from age three to those entering 5th grade in the fall. Children must be able to use the bathroom independently in order to attend camp.

Do you offer special services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Tucker Arts Camp is not specifically designed for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, but invites all to enroll. Our administrators and counselors will work hard to ensure the camp experience is fun for everyone who attends.

Does my child need to bring snacks?

Yes, please pack a snack with your camper each day. If your camper forgets to bring a snack, we are happy to provide one.

What about lunch?

Please pack a lunch for your child each day. We ask families to please refrain from packing nuts of any kind in your child’s lunch.

What are camp hours?

Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with an option for extended care from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. (This is at an additional cost of $119/week).

Do you offer Extended Care?

Yes. Extended Care begins at 2:30 p.m. for campers. Please pre-register as we are unable to accommodate drop-ins, and pack an extra snack for your camper. Please note, Extended Care concludes at 5:30 p.m. and there is a $1.00 per minute late fee for pick-ups after 5:30 p.m.

How is your staff screened?

Tucker Arts Camp employees go through an extensive interview and reference check process. Criminal background checks are performed on every employee and volunteer and all employees are registered in the State of Oregon Background Registry database.

Can my camper be in a group with their sibling, friend, etc?

Campers are assigned to groups and rotate with their group to activities throughout the day based on their age. If you would like to request a specific group with another camper or campers, please email camp@tuckermaxon.org.  It is important to request this at least one week prior to your camp’s start date. In all cases, we will do our best to accommodate the request. Please note that groups are usually determined by age.

What is Tucker Arts Camp’s behavior policy?

We expect campers to behave appropriately while attending Tucker Arts Camp. In the event that a child is being overly disruptive, time out from the activity may be used. If disruptive or unsafe behavior continues, the camp will call parents to address the issue. If the behavior continues, the child may be asked not to return to camp. Refunds will not be granted in these situations.

Do I need to present a photo ID when I pick up my child?

Yes, everyone that picks up your child must bring a photo ID every day and be on the authorized pick-up list. No exceptions will be made.

Can I make a deposit to hold my child’s place and pay balance later?

No. Payment in full is required to reserve weeks at camp.

Does Tucker Arts Camp offer financial aid?

Tucker Arts Camp will offer financial aid based on need from a fund made possible by generous donations. If you are interested in being considered for financial aid, please email camp@tuckermaxon.org and your child’s name will be put on a list for consideration.

What is the cancellation policy?
  • More than 30 calendar days prior to the start of camp registered for, full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations made 15-30 days prior to the camp week’s start day will receive a 50% refund
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations within 0-14 days prior to the camp week’s start day, regardless of COVID-19. We reserve the right to make exceptions, however, if we have to cancel an entire week of camp due to health and safety concerns.
  • No partial refunds are given for missed camp days.
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