Camp Shazaam

First we dream. Then we fly.

All camps are open to girl-identified, trans, questioning, and non-binary youth.

We support People of Color and denounce white supremacy and all forms of hate.

June 28-July 2, 2021

Feminism and the Art of Becoming

Campers aged 11-14


Location: Laurelhurst Neighborhood


People of Color scholarships are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tara

at peapodpdx@gmail.com.

Using the lens of history and modern-day Feminism which includes the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, campers will engage in a variety of discussions, creative writing and art projects as an opportunity for self-exploration. "What's important to me? What would I do differently? How can I change the world for the better?" Creative works will be camper led: record a podcast, create a PSA, make a campaign poster, collage a zine, write a song, a slogan, a play. Campers will build confidence, make new friends, and tune into aspects of their personal power. In addition, there will be social time, silliness, games, team building exercises and planning for the optional weekend camping trip. All discussions will be age-appropriate and conducted with a curious, growth mindset approach. The camp will be held outdoors. Campers will be required to wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. 

Topics include:

  • Body Image, Beauty, and the Importance of Diversity

  • Gender, Identity, and Labels

  • Perfectionism, Comparisons, and Competitiveness

  • Power Structures and Social Hierarchy

  • Personal Power and Self-care

  • Boundaries, Consent and Healthy Relationships


Daily Schedule:

9:30-10:00-Arrival, Materials, Community Building Game

10-10:15-Snack Break/Free time

10:15-10:45 Discussion 1

10:45-11:30 Art Projects/Creative Time

11:30-12:00 Discussion 2

Optional Weekend Camping Trip

July 2-4, 2021

Campers Aged 11-14

Location: Bar UK River Ranch, La Center, WA

Check-in is Friday, 4pm. Pick-up is Sunday, 12:30pm


To register, see registration form link on this page. Campers must also enroll in the Feminism and the Art of Becoming Day Camp.

Join us for a fun-filled adventure on the Lewis River. This is a private campground located on the bluffs of the river with plenty of space for tents and hanging out. There is a rope swing, two on-site kayaks, and the site is perfect for swimming with a floatie. Enjoy smores and storytelling around the campfire, dance party under the stars, and lots of free time.


This is a very nice campground that is well-maintained, with an attentive staff. It is an easy camp experience if you don’t mind the port-a-potty. 

  • The camp site accommodates 10 people, 8 campers and 2 camp leaders, providing a 4:1 ratio. Campers must arrange their own transportation to and from the camp site. Bar Uk is an easy 40 min. drive north from Portland.

  • Cost includes food for main meals. Campers must bring their own snacks, plates/bowls/cups and utensils.

  • Campers are in charge of meal planning, meal prep, cooking, and clean up, games and activities. There will be planning time allocated during the week to do so.

  • Campers will need to bring a tent and all their gear. If families are ok with it, two campers who are in a “covid bubble” may share a tent. There is a large open space on site, set back from the river. Tents will be arranged in a circle.

  • Please do not bring electronics so that we can unplug and also keep them secure at home.

  • No shower facilities on site. There is a river. Get dirty and shower when you get home. Bring an extra towel.

  • Adult Leaders are CPR/First Aid certified, and have current background checks. All campers must wear masks except when swimming and eating and sleeping.

  • Quiet time is from 10pm-8am. Check-in is 4pm Friday and pick up is 12:30pm Sunday.

"Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression." ~bell hooks

June 21-June 25, 2021


Campers aged 8-10


Location: Mt. Tabor


People of Color scholarships are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tara at peapodpdx@gmail.com.

“There is magic all around us, and it is created by us and for us. It is in the air we breathe and the ground on which we walk, in the space between what we wish were true and what we make true. Accessing this magic requires imagination, creativity, a connection with the earth, and, most of all, a sense of curiosity and possibility within your heart.”

~The Junior Witch’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to White Magic, Spells, and Rituals


All of us have magic inside of us. Discover yours as we convene amongst the birds and the trees at Mt. Tabor Park. Write your own spells, go on a quest, engage in the art of storytelling, learn a secret written language, create celebration rituals, and practice self-care. Our days will be filled with lively discussions, creativity, adventure, healing rituals, and empowerment as we harness the magic of setting good intentions, and explore the topics of friendship, fulfillment and family. Campers will need to bring their own lunch, a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and appropriate clothing and footwear for the outdoors.

Our camp will be led by Tara Sawyer, Executive Director of Pea Pod Family Resource Center, and an assistant leader. In addition, our camp will have 4 middle school interns (based on a maximum enrollment of 16) who will be assigned their own small group of campers to mentor. We hope you can join us for what will be an auspicious week of exploration and merry-making.


Daily Schedule:

10:00-10:30-Settling In, Community Building Game

10:30-11:00-Lively Discussions

11:00-12:00-Creativity Time

12:00-12:30 Lunch and Bathroom Break

12:30-1:45-Adventure Time/Storytelling/Skits/Spells

1:45-1:50 Closing Ritual

2:00 Pickup


Camps are run by Tara Sawyer (unicorn mom, dance teacher and executive director of Pea Pod Family Resource Center, Inc.) who is passionate about empowering the next generation of change makers. Tara is fully vaccinated for Covid, has current background checks, and is CPR/First Aid Certified.