We're an outdoor-adventure, nature-based day camp. We take kids, ages 6-12, into nature for for some good ol' fashion fun. We leave from Portland in the morning and get back in the afternoon. See our FAQ page for more detailed info. 


"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. play is really the work of childhood."


Kids need play. And they need nature too. Heck, nature needs kids—the future conservationists they are! Our beliefs are simple. In the modern world, kids are surrounded by too much technology and not enough nature. We want to give kids the opportunity to take a day off from computer and cell phone screens, away from social networks and video games, and just let ‘em explore and have fun on their own terms.

Free play is a major theme at Rain or Shine Camps. There’s been countless studies on the physical, mental, social, and spiritual benefits of play, like this one HERE, and our goal is to provide a SAFE way for kids to go out, spend time in nature, make new friends, and have a good time.

We choose to do this in nature as much as we can because, well, check out this stat: “The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.” What?! That is plain crazy. So we go to nature because there’s no electrical outlets. Haha, no, but really yes.

Here’s some other reasons we prefer taking kids into nature: it builds confidence, requires creativity and imagination, offers a greater awareness of the natural world, it gets them moving, and nature is just an awesome place to go out and have some fun.

We make sure our staff are fully trained and certified to keep your child safe at all times so they can do what they do best—play.

About Michel (he runs the show)

Michel is the founder and oldest kid at Rain or Shine Camps. He was raised on a 40-acre nursery where he caught frogs and lizards, and the natives called him Mikie. Alongside the greatest dog who ever lived, he spent nearly all of his childhood outside, building forts and tree houses and fishin' for the big one.

Aside from Rain or Shine Camps, Michel is the founder of Medium Cool Film School, where he teaches filmmaking skills to youth (3rd grade up through high school). He has also taught coding to kids at several schools in the Portland Public School system. And though he appreciates the opportunity technology offers emerging generations, he believes that without a healthy balance of time spent in nature and unstructured play outdoors, these generations will miss out on a vital and transformative part of childhood. He began Rain or Shine Camps hoping to tip the scales by offering kids in more urban settings the chance to get outside and play!

Michel is an Air Force veteran. He’s completed outdoor survival training in Washington, open water survival training in the Gulf Coast, CPR and first aid, and is a certified American Red Cross Life Guard. And he’s a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASAs are volunteers who represent children in the juvenile court system).