Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, where more than 2,250 PSU students have worked on capstone projects since the mid-1990s, is celebrating its 80th birthday on Thursday, July 25.
The camp, founded in 1933 as a place for disadvantaged children, shifted its focus in the 1950s to provide outdoor activities for people with significant disabilities. It has been a partner with PSU since 1972 when it became the site of a service learning project. The camp has been home to the oldest and largest continuing capstone course at PSU, with some 200 students from more than 30 majors participating annually. As a result of their time at camp, many PSU seniors enter special education graduate programs and go on to create rewarding careers that augment the lives of people with disabilities.
“The camp provides a life-affirming experience for campers, and a life-changing experience for PSU student counselors,” said Steve Brannan, professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Education, who initiated the original partnership.
The 80th birthday celebration on the 25th will begin at 4 p.m. with guided tours. A barbecue dinner ($10) will be served at 6 p.m. A bus to the event is available for $20, and departs from the camp’s Portland office at 10725 S.W. Barbur Blvd. at 2:30 p.m., returning at 10 p.m.
The camp is located four miles east of Rhododendron on Forest Service Road 39. For details, contact Terri Hammond, 971-230-2921, or go to mhkc.org. The camp’s main number is 503-272-3288.
Pictured above right: PSU counselor supervisor Jim Montes helps a climber at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.