YMCA Camp Silver Creek Canceled for Summer 2020

Thank you for your support while we have navigated the challenges and uncertainty brought on by Covid-19. Camp Silver Creek has been a magical place for children and adults to learn, grow, and play since it first opened in 1938. 

Our YMCA has been working alongside many other Oregon residential camps in attempts to develop a safe plan to run camp that follows the protocols and safety measures of the CDC, The American Camping Association, and the Oregon Health Authority. After much discussion, the state of Oregon has decided not to allow any overnight camps this summer. Summer 2020 at YMCA Camp Silver Creek has been officially canceled. 

We know that nothing could ever replace the feelings of excitement or the sights, sounds, and smells of camp. From meeting your camp counselor on Sunday check-in to camper vs. staff soccer, voting your counselor into the lake, eating ‘dirt’ with no utensils, hiking to Shelburg Falls, singing around the campfire, capturing the opposing flag, and finally to watching your cabins’ barge sail away on the last night – Camp Silver Creek has a special place in our hearts. 

All registered families will be given the option of a full refund or a system credit to use towards next summer at Camp Silver Creek and/or future YMCA programs. 

We hope to see everyone around The Huckleberry Bush in Summer 2021. 

Crystal Cram (Pretzel)
Camp Director
YMCA Camp Silver Creek
Sam Carroll
Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties



YMCA Camp Silver Creek is located 20 miles east of Salem, deep inside Silver Falls State Park. The U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the historic log buildings during the Great Depression and our first campers arrived in the summer of 1938.

Camp Silver Creek facilities include the Dining Hall, Recreation Hall, Arts and Crafts Lodge, a heated pool, a small lake, and an archery range surrounding a huge open field. Camp includes paved roads, an infirmary, cabins for staff, a winding creek with wooden footbridges, and miles of private hiking trails and woods for overnight camping and fort-building. Campers are divided by age group into four residence units: Bear Creek, Trickle Falls, Hemlock, and Hillside. Each unit consists of six cabins, two leader cabins, bathrooms, and a unit lodge, complete with a giant stone fireplace, for rainy day activities.

All summer, from the early-morning Polar Bear Club to campfire, campers are engaged in activities that are fun, challenging, and memorable. For generations, Camp Silver Creek has been shaping the lives of campers through traditional camp programs that build a healthy body, mind, and spirit.


CCRAM@THEYONLINE.ORG or 503-873-0205

  • Overnight Camp Sessions for campers entering grades 1-7
  • Teen Camp Sessions for campers entering grades 8-10