Neighborhood PLACE - Linnton

Tsuga Community Commission - Kingsley Park

Monday, August 5, 2013 - Friday, August 9, 2013
Kingsley Park 11333 NW Saint Helens Road PortlandOR  97231
Monday, August 5, 2013 - Friday, August 9, 2013
Kingsley Park 11333 NW Saint Helens Road PortlandOR  97231

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What's Included

There are resources all around us, if you have a little imagination to find them. When most people look at a vacant lot, they see unusable space. We see a place that can be transformed into a summer day camp environment that can change lives. With a small amount of space and some materials to make it our own, we can give urban youth the support they need. We will take an area of land that is currently not meeting its full potential as a usable space, and transform it into a community PLACE — Parks, Learning, and Community Enhancement. We believe that every kid should be able to go to camp. The opportunities for growth and social development are endless in a mere five days at day camp — but often this is a luxury many families can't afford. TCC's newest initiative, Neighborhood PLACE, would provide as many low-income families as possible with free childcare and the ability to build their own communities within specific Portland neighborhoods. TCC will bring its professional camp staff to partner with various neighborhood associations in the Portland Metro area, searching for underutilized or unused spaces that could be transformed into a community place. In addition to providing a thoughtful curriculum for neighborhood youth, we will encourage the participants to decide how to improve their own communities — through a beautification project that could include landscaping, gardening, and artwork. Not only do we hope to impact the families of kids in our Neighborhood PLACE camps, we want to leave a positive mark on all of the communities we encounter. By beautifying the vacant lots and other unused space as a part of the day camp curriculum, we will be helping the neighborhood improve itself.

About This Organizer

Tsuga Community Commission (TCC) is an Oregon 501-C-3 Nonprofit organization. TCC was founded in 2008 to serve as a social entrepreneurship initiative to build community capacity and social capital between and within Oregon youth communities. TCC conducts and responds to needs assessments identifying opportunities in youth development and community enhancement to build custom residential camp programming with complimentary professionals and collaborative organizations to produce sustainable social capital networks.


Summer is the most exciting and fun season each year, and summer camp is certainly a fun and exciting place to be! We know that camp is fun all on its own, and that our responsibilty to create the sense of place and purpose associated with all that positive energy. Camp is more than a place to have fun, but also a venue where new and existing communities can form their shared identity, create tradition, and build social capital. Residential camp facilities provide an ideal venue for families, neighborhoods, and emerging concept communities to meet, participate in open discourse, and build a set of community goals.



Participants in TCC programming leave camp knowing that they not only fit into a group, but that they developed that group and its shared values. The sense of belonging they feel to a place and time they helped create stays with them for years after camp and and stands as a most important moment in their early lives.



Youth Development | Community Enhancement | Custom Camps



Tsuga Community Commission


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