Creative Arts Day Camp at Marylhurst University

July 11 – 14, 2016 for children aged 5-9*
July 18 – 21, 2016 for children aged 10-17*

9:00 am – 12:30 pm


The Creative Arts Day Camp for children with and without special needs is a one-week, half-day program where children have access to creative arts therapists (music, art, drama, poetry, dance/movement).  Campers will participate in projects that reinforce the ideal of achieving one’s maximum potential in a friendly and adaptive environment that fosters success.

Closing Circle 1WEBEach day of camp will offer a variety of activities for our campers, including:

Music Therapy
Art Therapy
Dance and Movement Therapy
Creative Role Play

Camp week was a BREAK for our family and everyone looked forward to it before and during. That both the typical 6-year-old and the 9-year-old with Down Syndrome begged to attend the closing celebration says they will both be back next year! THANK YOU!


Our Counselors

BondingWEBOur counselors are Marylhurst music therapy majors.  Also, each area is staffed and supervised by experienced professional music, art, drama, poetry, or dance/movement therapists.  Most supervisors are CPR & First Aid certified and we have a nurse on staff.  Music therapy students and local teens may also serve as volunteer escorts who will ensure the safety of all campers.

Where have you been all of my life??? We noticed a huge difference in our son after just one day of camp. He was softer somehow. Through camp he learned that it’s really okay for all of us to be different. With his autism, it’s difficult for him to have empathy and he got that this week! Also, instead of pounding violently at the piano, for the first time in his 13-year life he started to play gently and was making up his own melody line. It was really beautiful and nearly moved me to tears. Thank you!



APPLY-SCHOLARSHIPThanks to some grant funding, we have a limited amount of money that can be utilized for scholarships for the 2016 Creative Arts Day Camp. In order to have as many people benefit from this, partial scholarships are available. We encourage you to apply! Applications are due on or before July 1, 2016.


Anyone over 15 is eligible to be a volunteer. Please know that you will have to undergo an interview, background check, and selection process. A limited number of volunteer positions are available. Volunteer duties may include: set-up & clean-up, escorting campers to/from the restroom, being a 1:1 camper helper, helping to supervise camper groups, managing snacks, etc.




A little more about Creative Arts Day Camp

What are the Creative Arts?

Lillieth Grand 2015 WEBCreative arts is a term used to encompass music, dance/movement, poetry, visual arts and drama. At this camp, these arts are utilized to help our campers develop social, motor, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, sensory and creative skills.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is defined as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Our History

Creative Arts Day Camp began in the summer of 2007 with the recognition of need for area families to find fun and creative day experiences for their children. Coupled with a need for summer experiences for Marylhurst University music therapy degree students, the Creative Arts Day Camp was born.

*Age exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis, please contact Lillieth Grand at