Special Announcement: Upward Bound Camp and wildfires
Updated: 3/11/2021. Upward Bound Camp was impacted directly with the wildfires that raged across Oregon and the west coast during the fall of last year. We lost 4 of the buildings on our site including our main building that held our chapel, offices, craft rooms and bunk rooms. Fortunately, no staff or campers were harmed during these fires.
We continue to work diligently to prepare our site in order to resume programing by the summer of this year. We will be posting details of our summer plans on facebook. If you haven't already, check out our Facebook page where we typically provide more frequent updates on what's going on.
Our commitment is to provide direct services to our campers as soon as possible, but given the fire damage on our campus and the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions we are still unsure when that will be. We are working hard to provide some services this summer but we are still unsure exactly what we will be able to offer.
I hope you and your family are doing well, and I hope to see you again soon.
Letter from the Board Chairman Aaron Thompson
UPWARD BOUND CAMP
Purpose The purpose of Upward Bound Camp is to provide on-going Christian based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with disabilities, twelve years of age and over in an environment that presents opportunities for growth outside the individual’s usual routine or habitat.
The philosophy of Upward Bound Camp is to sing a S.O.N.G. of respect. • Respect Self • Respect Others • Respect Nature • Respect God Upward Bound supports the belief that every person is important, created by God, worthy of love and caring service.
Our Mission Upward Bound Camp (UBC) provides year-around, Christian-based recreational and educational camp experiences for persons with diverse-abilities.
Our Vision Upward Bound supports the belief that every person is important, created by God, worthy of love and caring service. UBC gives every participant opportunities to realize and share their gifts and strengths with each other.
Our Values Since 1978 UBC has worked to establish a diverse community of campers, staff and volunteers, intentionally building a strong and inclusive community, promoting respect and understanding of all who participate. UBC staff and board members actively cultivate relationships with business and community members in the Santiam Canyon and beyond in a sincere and conscious effort to expand the understanding of community, acceptance and inclusion, enriching the lives of all participants. Affiliation and Accreditation Upward Bound Camp, a state licensed program founded in 1978, is nationally recognized for creative programming by the American Camp Association. Upward Bound Camp is also a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association.
40151 Gates School Rd., Gates, OR 97346 PHONE: 503-897-2447 | FAX: 503-897-4116 | EMAIL: camp@UpwardBoundCamp.org