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Avid 4 Adventure camps get youth outside, keep them busy with summer adventures

COURTESY PHOTO  - Your children can safely learn to rock climb, paddle board, mountain bike and much more this summer through Avid 4 Adventure summer camps.

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Now that spring break is behind us, parents are recognizing that the next big stretch of unstructured time off from school is fast approaching. The big question: How do you want your children to spend their summer break?

Boulder, Colorado-based Avid 4 Adventure will offer summer camps in Portland for children in kindergarten through seventh grade of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. Since 2003, Avid 4 Adventure's curriculum has given campers solid outdoors skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond.

"Avid 4 Adventure was born out of my desire to give kids a love of outdoor activity and to ensure the future caretaking of our planet," writes founder David Seconda on the Avid 4 Adventure website, avid4.com. "With declining youth participation in sports, decreasing physical education budgets in schools and increasing screen time, I saw a need not just to get kids outside, but to set them on a trajectory of lifelong outdoor adventure and stewardship. Being active outdoors is not only good for kids physically. Outdoor experiences are powerful and empowering. They are punctuation points in our lives that shape our confidence and character."

In Portland camps will be offered June 17 through Aug. 16. The drop off and pickup location will be Catlin Gabel School, 8825 S.W. Barnes Road in Portland, through Aug. 9. The drop off and pickup location will move to West Hills Christian School, 7945 S.W. Capitol Hill Road in Portland for the last week, Aug. 12 through 16.

The camps meet Monday through Friday, traveling to recreation spots in the Portland area to develop skills in mountain biking, climbing, hiking and standup paddle boarding. Having campers discover local spots ensures they can keep coming back time and time again.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended care is available from 8 a.m. at 6 p.m. Campers can pack a picnic lunch or purchase lunches for the week through Avid 4 Adventure.

Discounts are available for those signing up for multiple weeks, and financial aid is available (deadline to apply is April 15).

Campers use authentic and top of the line youth adventure equipment and travel via a fleet of new vans each year.

Safety is taken seriously. Every activity starts with a discussion about risks involved, how to prevent them and how to respond if something goes wrong, so that campers "learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill," reads the website.

To learn more about Avid 4 Adventure camps visit avid4.com.

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