Our Scholarship Fund is applied to all of our programs, and ensuring affordability is a year-round effort for us. We accomplish this by hosting weddings and events on our lovely Ketcha campus; using volunteers to maintain and prepare the camp facility for our busy summers, and selling donated bikes and outdoor equipment at the Portland Gear Hub. Our Scholarship Fund is essential to our full spectrum of programming. We regularly apply funds to our Vacation and Summer Camp programs; our Farm and Forest Preschool curriculum; and the Portland Gear Hub's dynamic community offerings.
While many of our families can afford Ketcha without a struggle, a significant number of our families grapple with the expense of making camps and classes happen for their children.
For every child, summer camp is a chance to experience a brief and powerful respite from 'real life'. Our mission is to help children to discover that real life can always include moments to slow down and observe nature, cultivate curiosity, and rely on each other.
Our kids learn together, form lasting relationships, and attune their inner life to the rhythms of the forests and fields on our campus. The only label that we use at Ketcha is the word "friend", and the only expectation we have is for children to find their joy, and follow their fascination.