Below is a list of existing extracurricular clubs in our area that have programs found to be helpful by many homeschoolers.
For an how-to article on setting up your own small learning group, co-op, or club, with local resources linked, please go to our "Setting Up Co-Op Groups" page.
American Heritage Girls Club a Christ-centered, non-profit scouting organization, offering a wholesome scouting program for girls, ages 5 to 18. American Heritage Girls' vision is to be the premier National Scouting Organization for young women that encourages family involvement and embraces Christian values. Their website describes how to charter your own troop. There are numerous troops within our Portland metro area. See the national website to locate a troop near you. (Portland).
Beaverton Homeschool Debate Club trains Christian homeschool students in argumentation, logic, government and economics, and Christian worldview analysis through team policy debate. The club provides a fall semester class in debate theory which can stand alone for a 1 credit high school debate commuications course or act as preparation for CCNW or NCFCA tournament league participation. A winter semester tournament club which is affiliated with the CCNW debate league is provided for those students interested in fully experiencing competitive debate with our club. Although we are a competitive club, our focus is to develop each student's skills fully for Christ's kingdom rather than having the most winning club. All Christian homeschooled students ages 14-18 by Jan. 1st are welcome. To participate in our CCNW affiliated Tournament Club, students must be considered 51% homeschooled (i.e. no more than 49% of instruction through private or public school classes). Please see our website for more information or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy Scout Troop 49 meets Monday nights at Eastside Church of Christ at 7pm. The troop sponsors are Dick and Dorothy Karman of OCEANetwork Home Education Support Services. It is centrally located off I-205 at the Glisan Exit-across the street from Multnomah School of the Bible. Scoutmaster: Eric Carter - email@example.com
Chess Clubs at local libraries There are open chess times and ongoing chess clubs through many local library branches. For Multnomah libraries, please see http://www.multcolib.org/events/chess.html . Currently in Washington County, the Beaverton Library has an ongoing chess club on Saturdays for students 6th through 8th grade (pre-registration is required). For more information on the Beaverton Library Chess Club, please see the events on the Teen Calendar at http://www.wccls.org/library_services/programs_for_teens
Christian Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops at Newberg Christian Church The Cubs meet on Mondays (6 - 7:30 or so), and the Boy Scouts on Tuesdays (7 - 8:30 PM). Newberg Christian Church. 503-538-3104 (Newberg)
Christian Communicators Northwest(CCNW) was founded for Christian homeschooling families in Oregon and Washington who are looking for a team policy debate organization that endorses and practices a highly structured debate protocol but which remains responsive to the needs of participating families. CCNW provides a shorter debate year, more structured debate focused on the substance of the topic at hand and quality of argumentation, and greater local control for Northwest families. CCNW currently has 4 established clubs located in Salem, McMinnville, Beaverton, and Port Angeles (Washington), which are open to new debaters, and is also eager to mentor those interested in forming a debate club within the region area. For more information see the linked website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Varioius Club Locations...or start your own!)
Cub Scout Pack 49 (NE Portland) This is a Christian Homeschooling Cub Scout Pack and views Cub Scouts as a wonderful tool to help teach our boys godly character and bring them along toward godly manhood. We participate in many great educational opportunities throughout our year-round program. Den meetings are held during the school year at Calvary Presbyterian Church which is located in NE Portland at the corner of 72nd and Fremont. For more information, please contact Beki Cowling at 503-788-3344 or email her at email@example.com. (NE Portland)
FIRST LegoRobotics and FIRST Tech Clubs (ORTOP) The goal of FIRST is to introduce the field of engineering to school-aged children through age-specific leagues: Junior Lego League ages 6-9; the First LegoRobotics League (FLL) ages 9-14; First Tech League (FTC) ages 14-18. Essentially each team builds a robot using a program kit that performs required manuevers in the "challenge" for their level. Teams can be formed within a family, group of friends, homeschool support group, or neighborhood. Team registration begins around May and goes until September (but register early as kits are limited). The current year's challenge is posted by mid-September. Local tournaments generally begin in December for FLL and February/March for FTC. Successful teams progress to state, national, and international events. Free coaching workshops are provided by Oregon's regional group (ORTOP). Note: there is a substantial money outlay for a new start up team (around $600 for FLL, around $1400 for FTC, plus registration fees). Some kit scholarships have been available. Go to the ORTOP website to find established teams who may be looking for participants, or start your own! (Various Club Locations...or start your own!)
4H Clubs Many homeschoolers have enjoyed participating in or creating their own 4H clubs. There are a lot of activity areas to choose from including: speech presentation, lego robotics, computer, rocketry, gardening, animal sciences, cooking, sewing and fiber crafts, photography, arts, nature sciences and more. Participants have the opportunity to display their work at the county fair in Hillsboro (generally in July) and county winners are eligible for competing in the state fair in Salem (generally early September). Becoming a leader is easy, and your family and friends can be a club (there's no minimum limit). Cost is minimal (currently $10 per year per participant). Many activity areas have good support materials (some much better than others). Programs are available for grades k-12. Contact the Extension agent to locate an established club, or start your own. (Various Clubs in Washington and Multnomah County...or start your own!)
Future Stars is a youth communication and leadership club open to all middle school and high school aged kids. It is based upon the Toastmasters model and led by Cathey Armillas (the District Governor for District 7 Toastmasters). The club uses a well-structured program that consists of both communication and leadership projects with achievements along the way to reach varying levels of accomplishments. The activities are fun-filled, leadership-instilling, educational, and include guest speaker appearances, physical activities, and team games. Members develop strong leadership, communications and team-building skills, as well as memories to last a lifetime. Future Stars is a volunteer-based program and offered at no cost to students or schools.and is being held weekly on Saturdays from 10:30am-12:00pm at 4115 SW 160th Avenue, Beaverton. For more information, please go to their blogsite or contact Cathey at (503) 453-7785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (formerly Sherwood, now Beaverton area)
Junior Audubon Club The Audubon Society of Portland provides a club for children 3rd grade and above. Each month club members are assigned one of three types of activities: Home-based (creative projects using home materials), library-based (in-depth research on a species), or field-based (focused field trip with family or friends). There are also several all-club parties or activities each year. This program is free for all members. If you would like to join the new Junior Audubon Club, contact Ian Abraham at 503.292.6855 x127, email him at email@example.com (West Portland)
Mozek Games (formerly Chess Vision) was formed with the purpose of providing kids the chance to have fun, learn and play chess or with Legos. With a focus on keeping the games fun for kids while teaching them important lessons they can use in other areas of life such as sportsmanship, problem solving, critical thinking, concentration, patience, and other skills. Chess and Lego clubs are found at various locations in the Portland metro, please go to their website for more information or for contact email or call Tony at (503) 880-0581 (Various Locations)
National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) is a national speech and debate league for home schooled students. The league has provided a venue for home school students across the nation to develop and exercise their communication skills in a Christ-centered environment for over 12 years by encouraging competition in both competitive speech and debate events at the local level, and by helping to facilitate tournaments at the Regional and National level. If you are interested in learning more about the NCFCA or specific events, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page on the NCFCA website. http://www.ncfca.org/new For more information about clubs locally, or if you have questions about starting your own speech and debate club, please contact the NCFCA Regional Contacts -- Oregon State Representative Gay Haugen at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Washington State Representative
Joanne Nye at WA_StateRep@NCFCA.org(Various Club Locations...or start your own!)
Rainmakers Speech and Apologetics provides information and support to local families who desire to participate in the formal discipline of Apologetics (structured speeches given impromptu from pre-prepared material regarding theological questions) either within their own family or through joining a local club. Competitive events are provided through the NCFCA league. For information about Apologetics, forming your own club or current clubs near you, please go to the Rainmakers Apologetics website. (NOTE: Bruce and Shelli Owen are located in Oregon City, but have sponsored several Speech and Apologetics clubs on the westside over the last few years...contact them for a current westside club. Gay and Shelley Miller have also done NCFCA style speech clubs as well as apologetics clubs in West Linn. Contact them at email@example.com) (Various Club Locations in Metro Area)
Voice of the FaithfulSpeech and Apologetics Club (with an emphasis on Apologetics) is an NCFCA style club that will meet regularly in McMinnville beginning late September 2010 and go through the school season . For more information, please contact Bruce or Shelli Owen firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503-474-0182 (The Owens have hosted various NCFCA style Speech and Apologetics clubs on the westside metro area...also see Rainmakers Apologetics for more Apologetics information and other area contacts.)
Village Home Education Center provides a number of different club/extracurricular opportunities, from LegoRobotics Clubs, Scripts Spelling Bees, Geography Bees, Chess Clubs, etc. Village Home is a secular, co-operative/private school hybrid with classes and activities for its members and some classes and activities for the general homeschool community. Classes located in (Beaverton and NE Portland)
Westside Homeschool Chess Odyssey Club Westside Homeschool Chess is led by Chess Odyssey's founder, Chessmaster Pete Prochaska. Pete is a fixture in Oregon scholastic chess. He is a professional chess coach with more than 35 years' experience in helping young chessplayers play better chess and enjoy the game more in the process. WHCC's highly effective teaching/training program has been developed as a blend of this experience and Pete's twin passions for chess and kids. All levels of players are welcome. Many of the strongest players to graduate from the WHCC program started out as total novices. Both serious and casual player are welcome. Currently the club meets from 12:00-1:30 on Thursday afternoons at Evergreen Presbyterian Church (NW corner of the Hart Rd./Hall Blvd. intersection in Beaverton). To register or for more info, please contact Chess Odyssey President Pete Prochaska at 503-504-5756 or visit us on the web. Note: Homeschoolers may also join most of our other ongoing Chess Odyssey programs at schools in the greater Portland area. (Beaverton)