MacGyver Overnight Camp


August 12-15, 2019

Monday to Thursday

Want to be a 24/7 MacGyver and build something amazing to support Cascade Mountain School students into the future? This is the camp for you. For six 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 build a creative structure  for use by CMS students and others at the Mt. Adams Institute forest campus.  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 a whole week of creativity, 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, willing to work hard, and happy to 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, August 12 - Thursday, August 15, 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 if you register before April 1st)  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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