MacGyver Overnight Camp


June 24-27, 2019 

Monday to Thursday

Want to be a 24/7 MacGyver? This is the camp for you. For four days we'll work together on a group challenge that will require planning, engineering, building and tinkering. Campers will get trained in the safe use of basic power tools and then use those skills to construct a life-size solution to their challenge.  Early at camp, a secret mission will be revealed and students must use their new skills to meet the challenge.  It might be a bridge over a creek, a tree-house fortress, or a vehicular contraption. When not working on their project campers will partake in traditional camp activities: games, water play, skits, songs and campfires (conditions permitting).


This 4-day, 3-night MacGyver Camp led by Jack Perrin of Gorge MakerSpace gives students 4 days of creative adventure, tinkering, and exploring.  Expect an adventure-filled week teeming with new challenges, scenarios, and friendships. 


Participants do not need any special experience, though they should be mature, capable of being away from home for 3 nights, and easily work within a cooperative group setting.


Find a sample gear/packing list in our For Parents tab under 'MacGyver Camp Gear List'. Program specific gear/packing lists will be sent 4-weeks before the program start date.

Dates: Monday, June 24- Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ages: 10-13

Activities: Engineering, Building, Tinkering, Water Play and Traditional Camp Activities (games, skits, songs, and campfires).

Accommodations: We will be bunking at the Mt. Adams Institute. The Mt. Adams Institute's forest campus provides a rustic campus in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest fully equipped with single-sex bunkhouses, bathrooms, indoor communal space, and a kitchen/dining area. Nature trails are easily accessible as is the town of Trout Lake and the Mt. Adams Wilderness.

Cost: $600 per student. ($550 Early-bird before April 1st, 2019). Need-based scholarships are available.


Jack Perrin

Instructor & Director

Jack Perrin is a licensed high school physics teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience in alternative education who serves as director of Gorge MakerSpace. A builder and tinkerer all his life, Jack founded a school for sustainable living in Colorado where he taught natural building. He and his family moved back on the grid, and back to his native NW to make STEM education in the Gorge a blast.


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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