Blue Compass Camps

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Call Us at (971) 221-6441

Is This Right for My Child?

Our programs are designed for kids, teens and young adults who can benefit from a small, supportive group of similar peers who are led by experienced and compassionate staff.  We hope the following will help you to determine if we are a good fit for your child.


  • We will generally accept kids within 1 year of our stated age range.  (i.e. we will take a 12 year old on a 13-17 y/o program if the parent feels their kid can fit in OK with older kids).
  • We heavily honor parent perspective on what age range their kid fits best with.  A phone call or email to our main office will help you to make this determination. We are eager to help!  971-221-6441


  • All of our programs are co-ed. At Ranch Camp we offer a Boy's cabin and a Girl's cabin, staffed with same gender counselor.

Physical Ability:

  • ALL physical ability levels can participate in all of our programs.
  • For backpacking and sea kayaking, we strive to create “Just Challenging Enough” programs that challenge individuals and the group.
  • We make it a goal to make it into camp each evening on expedition programs before dark (usually around 2:30pm) so that campers have plenty of time to make camp, cook food, and relax.
  • About 4-5 hours of travel time per day is expected for backpacking and sea kayaking programs.

Social Ability:

  • Many of our campers love to talk when they feel safe and comfortable.
  • Not all of our campers love to listen to others talk, which is why we teach them how to be interested in others.
  • All of our campers want to make and maintain relationships, and this skill comes more naturally to some and needs work for others. In summary, our campers have a wide range of social abilities, but amazingly, they all fit together quite nicely,  like a colorful salad made up of a bunch of different and unique ingredients.
  • We pride ourselves in our ability to quickly integrate your child into our program through laughter, encouragement and "listening" to your child's verbal and non-verbal cue's.

Cognitive Abilities:

  • Most of our campers are of average intelligence or above.
  • We believe the way our campers think is amazing! Our campers often help us to see and hear perspectives that we would never otherwise be privy too.

Our Inclusionary Criteria:

  • A child must be able to communicate his/her needs and have the capacity to understand and follow staff direction.
  • Child must be able to meet his/her basic needs such as feeding, managing hygiene, and toileting independently.
  • No history of serious suicide attempts or substantial potential for suicide risk.
  • No history of significant interpersonal violence.
  • Children who have recent history of physical aggression towards others.
  • Physical conditions or diseases limiting his/her ability to safely hike up to 5 miles a day, carry a 30 pound backpack, or paddle up to 6 miles per day or to endure extended outdoor living in cold, wet, or hot weather.  (N/A for The Lemonade Company, Ranch Camp and Treasure Island)
  • Children with diabetes need to have successfully managed their health in settings other than their primary residence.