The Aozora Gakkou Japanese Language and
Culture Summer Camp is nestled in Sheridan, Oregon and held at the Sheridan
Japanese School, most usually during the first two weeks in August. Unique in the Northwest, Aozora is a public,
non-profit summer camp devoted to the exploration and hands-on experience of
the Japanese language and culture. As we
are really, one of a kind, we have students not just from the local area, but
in Portland and as far as the East Coast! We have had over six years of
successful operation and have served hundreds of campers, several of which did
not have any experience with the Japanese language/culture.
Through field trips to Japanese businesses, the Portland Japanese Garden, and a
plethora of activities related to daily themes such as anime, cooking, sports,
taiko drumming, etc., we give your student a very comprehensive and
personalized experience. We are not a language immersion camp, so it is easily
accessible to students of all ages and experiences. We additionally strive to develop students’
skills in critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and perseverance among
other things. We provide a safe
environment for them to express themselves and interact with other campers.
In 2017, we will have the fantastic opportunity to partner with The English
Tree School in Ogaki, Japan. Aozora
campers will have a chance to interact with students their age, but from Japan.
Here are just some of the activities we will offer in 2017:
art, music, culture, and language workshops.
and leadership activities
hands-on activities such as holidays, food, karaoke, board games, manga
trips to Portland (Japanese restaurant, Uwajimaya Asian Market) and to the
Oregon Coast, and Post-camp field-trips to downtown Portland, and the
Wings and Waves Water Park.
Activities and Sleepovers (Once per session)
daycare until 5:00.
As we are non-profit, all registration fees collected simply cover our costs. We do our best to keep our costs
down to ensure that we can include as many campers as possible. Our fees work out to be just $4/hr for a
one-week session and $3/hr if signed up for the entire two-week camp. We are significantly cheaper than daycare and
other camps, and provide a stellar Japanese language and culture experience!