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Welcome to Upward Bound Camp

40151 Gates School Rd
Gates, Oregon 97346

Onward and Upward Bound are we!

Find us on the web at, or call us at (503) 897-2447


Upward Bound Camp serves teens and adults with diverseabilities.



The types of camps we operate include:

Day Camp
Resident Camp
Work Camp

Programming We Offer:

Young Adults
Senior Adults

Throughout the year, you’ll find the following special emphasis camps (or themes) during one or more of our sessions:

Outdoor Education
Team Building

Recognizing that some guests have special needs and may not be able to participate in regular camping programs, we set aside camp sessions specifically for guests with the following conditions:

Emotional Disorders
Hearing Impaired
Speech Impaired
Behavioral Disorders
Eating Disorders
Moderately Physically Disabled
Severely Physically Disabled
Mentally Impaired
Visually Impaired

While you’re here, you may want to take advantage of the following activities we offer:

Archery/Shooting Range
Horseback Riding
Nature Center
Soccer Field
Baseball/Softball Field
Basketball Court
Fishing Area
Game Room/Arcade
Golf Course (miniature)

Interested in renting our facilities? We are happy to rent our facilities to the following groups/types:

Youth Groups
Single Adults
Families (in one unit)

These are the types of accommodations we offer:

Tent Sites
RV Sites

Kitchen Facilities Use

Kitchen for Staff only

We are set up to handle the following group sizes in the various seasons:

During the summer, we can take care of up to 25 guests. In the spring, we can accommodate 25 guests. Our winter capacity is 25. Finally, in fall, we have enough room for 25 guests.

We also offer the following special activities and features:

Horseback riding is contracted.


Camp is 80 mi. SE of Portland, OR and 97 miles NW of Bend, OR


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Our camp facilities burned in the 2020 Oregon Fires. We are preparing to rebuild our camp but in the meantime we are offering virtual and day sessions throughout the fall and spring of 2021/22. We provided 6 summer sessions for the summer of 2021, in an entirely outdoor setting, with campers and staff sleeping in canvas tents. We intend to offer expanded outdoor camp opportunities in 2022 and hope to have resored physical facilities by 2023.

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