…that have nothing directly to do with skiing, and Parents should be psyched about!  We even included a must read Parent-written article below!

1. It’s Real Life

Not texting, Facebooking, Instagramming, Instafacing, Twitter tweeting or Wonky Wonking. The opportunity to interact in non-internet, supportive, safe, face-to-face social environments among one’s peers is practically invaluable in today’s world.

2. Friends that Last a Lifetime

Whether your child comes to camp by themself or with a pal – we guarantee they’ll connect with amazing campers & staff from around the country who they’ll consider some of their best friends (dyk?: most campers come to camp by themselves . . .but go home with many new friends).

3. A Chance to Try Something New

Windells allows campers to explore many opportunities and experiences that they may have missed during the pursuit of skiing and other traditional activities.  We provide our campers the necessary tools, guidance and environment to develop life-long interests and passions.

4. It’s Summer Camp!

Across America there are 10 million campers a year!  Going to summer camp is a long-standing American tradition.  We specialize in skiing, but we also squeeze in as many traditional camp themes as possible…. things like camp fires, s’mores, swimming, arts and crafts and so many other little things you just can’t capture in words. Allow your child access to healthy developmental risks in a safe and nurturing environment.

5. Increased Self-Confidence

Experiencing a new environment, interacting with new people and putting oneself out there makes one more dynamic and ready for what life has in store.  They will succeed in our environment, thus making them proud of themselves.

6. Setting and Accomplishing Goals

The beauty of our "sport" is that improving one’s skills is a series of setting and obtaining small goals to get to where they want to be. Goal setting translates to all aspects of life.

7. Gain Independence

From the airplane journey to Oregon, to the 8-days spent out of the nest, your child’s time at Windells is a great opportunity to foster a sense of independence in a safe supportive environment.

8. It’s a Great Reward

Not that they need to be bribed, but countless campers have earned their session at camp by meeting a set of criteria set up by their parents: from chores to report cards, a trip to Windells is the ultimate motivation.

9. Your Kids are Being Active

Being outdoors in the Mt. Hood National Forest snowboarding, mtn. biking, breathing fresh air, playing, living, and loving life feels good from the soles of their feet to the feet of their soul.  Physical and mental wellbeing!

10. It’s Their Passion

People need passions – they frame our lives and get us excited. To many campers, skateboarding is more than just a recreation. At Windells we excel in helping this passion seed, grow, and abound.

11. 130+ Role Models!

From the staff we employ to our Takeover™ Session pro line up, campers get to spend 8 days with some of the smartest, friendliest, most driven, diverse and genuine people on Earth.

... this list could have easily been 1,000 reasons

Need a Little More Encouragement?

We found this article: “Why I Send My Kids to Camp” and we think you should read it. A Mom was featured on Psychology Today about her own sending your children to camp experience and we think it is worth the read!


Staff Return Rate:

Annually, over 80% of our staff are return employees! Consistency = a knowledgeable, professional staff ready to show campers the time of their lives!

Windells’ Mission:

Life Improvement through Skiing, Snowboarding, & Skateboarding.

Operational Goals:

Fun, Safe, Professional & Educational

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