We are committed to making Ekone Summer Camp accessible to a wide range of children, cultivating leadership among campers, and providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults.
To this end, we offer Scholarship support to children who are otherwise unable to attend camp, Counselor-In-Training opportunities for campers ready to take more responsibility, Internships for older teens and young adults seeking an immersion into our dynamic staff, and Volunteer positions for parents or other adults who have something special to bring to the Ekone camp experience.
We work closely with families and individuals seeking financial assistance to determine what is within their means, and develop a comprehensive tuition plan. We typically ask families to cover at least 20% of the tuition, and also offer payment plans. We’re happy to consider any and all requests for assistance. For more information on our approach to scholarships and application instructions, please read this overview:
Scholarship availability depends on the generosity of many individual donors. If you’d like to contribute to a deserving child’s camp experience, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today!
Many thanks to Pediatric Associates of the Northwest for their generous annual gift to support scholarships for Portland metro children, to the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation for grants in 2013 and 2014, to the Jack & Shirley McIntyre Foundation for support in 2014, and to all of the camp families and donors that have contributed to the scholarship fund!
For campers interested in learning about leadership and giving back to Ekone, we offer a selective CIT opportunity. Most of our CITs have attended camp for a few seasons and have shown that they are hard working, a positive example for other campers, and ready to take on more responsibility. CITs are ages 13-17, and are almost always returning campers. A maximum of 4 CITs will be selected for each camp session (no CIT positions for Wrangler or Advanced Homestead camps). For more information on becoming an Ekone camp CIT and application instructions, please read this overview.
Our Intern program applies to youth aged 16-22 seeking an in-depth volunteer leadership opportunity at Ekone Summer Camps, usually for 3 weeks at a time. Interns will work closely with camp staff, and participate in planning the camp program, daily decision-making, and leading activities as appropriate. Experienced staff will provide mentorship. This is an excellent opportunity to spend an extended period at Ekone, gain some real experience, and build your resume or college application. We happily provide references and recommendations for our interns, and Ekone experience is proven to be valuable later in life.
Dedicated and talented adult volunteers help make Ekone Summer Camps such a one-of-a-kind experience. Past volunteers have led groups of campers to create incredible art installations, buildings, dramatic productions, and nature councils, and have offered teachings on wilderness skills, animals, botany, plant medicine, livestock, permaculture, and gardening…just to name a few examples! If you have a special talent to share with children, please consider offering your skills at camp.