Travel with Village Home

Each year, Village Home brings travel opportunities to our families. Trips are planned based on direct feedback from the community. A variety of trips will be planned, but they all include opportunity for educational experiences or cultural experiences or adventure. Trips are designed to be family-friendly, but in some cases it is possible for teens to travel with a Village Home chaperone. Watch this page for news of past and upcoming trips.

Upcoming Trips


Family Camping Battleground State Park 2014

THURSDAY, August 21 - MONDAY, August 25

It's a Village Home tradition – summer family camping! This year, we will be at Battleground State Park in Washington, conveniently located less than one hour from Portland. VH families have been asking for a location that is:

Close to Portland    warm and dry   • on-site group activities      water play


Ta-Da! We found all of this at Battleground State Park.  For those of you who are old-timers to the camping scene, there are some things that are different, too (everything has a price):


more expensive    few yurts or cabins       most sites have no electrical* • confusing pricing


About the Price

The state of Washington prices each site differently, based on it’s amenities, location in the park, and size. For this trip, there are FOUR different prices (one for every budget). Cabins are $395, sites that can accommodate an RV or a tent with electrical hookup are $215, and tent sites (no electrical, but most also accommodate an RV) range from $145 - $175, depending on the site location.  Please note, VH is simply passing our costs on to you; each site also carries a portion of the kitchen shelter rental. Included in fees: parking for one vehicle (extra charge payable at park for more than one vehicle), Discovery park pass. Not included: RV on a cabin site, there is an extra charge of $38/night.


How to Register Before May 30

Overall, we have reserved the same number of sites we usually do for this trip, so there should be enough sites to go around. Because all of the sites are priced differently, and have different amenities, we are holding a lottery for site registration.


Lottery for Camping Reservations – Enter by May 30

1. Enter the lottery by Friday, May 30 at 9am by signing up on the field trips / workshop page.

2. Names will be drawn and families will pick their site based on the order that they were drawn. For example, the Baker family was drawn first. They can choose the site they want that is available, depending on the features and location of the site.

3. The lottery will continue until all of the sites are filled. There are probably enough sites to go around, so most, if not all families in the lottery will get a site.

4. Once you select a site, submit payment in full by June 15 with your Registration Form and Participant Agreement.   Please note, no refunds available after July 1.  (Do not turn in this paperwork unless you have gotten a site selected through the lottery.)


How to Register After May 30

Contact the office to find out space availability.





About Battleground Lake State Park

Battle Ground Lake State Park is a camping park with 280 acres of beautiful, forested land in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The spring-fed lake is of volcanic origin and is considered to be a miniature version of Crater Lake in Oregon.   This park will provide our families with more opportunity to be entertained together on-site.  This is a gorgeous spot and the lake is clean, with water temperature that is actually swimmable.  Please note, under 4 cannot be in swim area.

*  This isn’t soooo bad.... please note we have a “kitchen shelter” reserved every day except for Monday. There is electricity at the shelter for those who want to plug in a coffee pot or a crock pot. 


RPM Teen Retreat Sept 8 - 10


Teens RPM (Ropes, Play, Mesh) Retreat

Monday, September 8 – 10, 2014

Registration and Payment Due August 20

$195 if registered and paid by August 20; $220 after August 20.


Kick off the year with old friends, and make new friends at the RPM Teen Retreat, September 8-10 at Camp Collins!  At this retreat, we'll hang-out, and dare we say it - PLAY - a lot.  Group activities with some free time will be planned from breakfast until lights out, which will be around midnight.


On Tuesday, we'll spend the day on the Challenge Ropes Course with the leader in ropes course facilitation, Synergo.  Through low and high ropes challenges, participants will be encouraged to reach their personal potential as well as their potential for working together.

About Camp Collins

About Synergo Ropes Course


Breath of Fresh Air Women's Retreat Nov 14-16


    Join other VH moms and our  friends for a rejuvenating weekend of community, connection, and creativity at the beautiful Canby Grove Retreat Center, located just 30 minutes from Portland Canby, OR.

     We have planned a retreat with you in mind -- a busy mom who sometimes forgets to take enough time for herself.  Take a weekend (the kids WILL survive without you) just for you. We will enjoy several informal pampering sessions for your mind, body, and soul, and just have plenty of unstructured time to enjoy each other's company and the beautiful natural surroundings.


The Details:


Date:      Friday,November 14 -  Sunday, November 16

                (Saturday only option available)

Time:      Arrive at 5pm on Friday, depart at 11am on Sunday

                (Saturday only is 9am - 9pm)

Cost:       $125 if registered and paid by October 15.

                $150 late registration (after October 15)

                $75 Saturday only (no overnight)

                 Limited financial aid available. Please inquire in office.


To reserve a spot: Sign up on the Field Trip page, and download the Details and Registration Packet below. Turn in paperwork with full payment.

Payment options include online (via paypal), credit card in office, or check.  Cancellations will receive a refund, less a $50 fee.


Homeschooler Trip to Europe


As homeschoolers, we know that the world is our classroom. We are excited to provide opportunities to experience the global classroom first hand and give our kids the chance to develop into global citizens.  International travel gives students (and adults) new perspectives of the world around them, as well as new perspectives about themselves and their unique and special place in the world.

EF is the world leader in affordable, educational travel and we are proud to be partnering with them to create safe, educational, affordable trips. EF trips include options for earning high school or college credit, through a  new, innovative project-based educational program  at no additional cost to enrich the experience.

Upcoming Trip:
    AP European History 12 Day Tour June 2015
       (Cities: Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, London)
   (must be 14 by Sept 1 2014 in order to join the trip)

Click here for the tour website with itinerary and videos:

This trip is designed for high school students who will be 14 by September 1, 2014, and who can travel independently.  Of course, parents and siblings are always welcome too, but keep in mind, this is a fast-paced, educational adventure that covers Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, and London in 12 days packed full of fun and learning; not a family-style vacation! The trip includes professional tour guide, accommodations, breakfast and dinner, transportation and flights,  tours and admissions. Tips, insurance, lunches, snacks, and optional excursions not included. Monthly payment plan (interest-free) available.


Past Journeys


Family Camping at Tumalo 2012

Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon's spectacular Deschutes River. The campground is simultaneously close enough to the town of Bend to make a quick jaunt to the grocery store, but far enough away to escape the commotion. Everyone spent hours floating in the river, and soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Nehalem Bay Family Camping

Manzanita is a great beach town, albeit windy! The group enjoyed easy access to the beach and the town life. Watching the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is a highlight. Some folks tried their hand at kayaking too!

Tugman Family Camping 2010

Tugman State Park is relatively unknown -- a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast, approximately 3.5 hours from the Portland metroplex was home away from home for VH families this summer. Situated on Eel Lake, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating ruled the day. We enjoyed the famous Oregon Dunes Recreation area, less than a mile away.

Camping in Bend Oregon August 2008

About twenty Village Home families will explore the high desert together in August. Our adventure includes a day at the High Desert Museum, naturalist walks, and sketching classes. We even have a few brave souls who are white water rafting! Fun for the whole familiy!

Camping South Beach August 20 - 23, 2009

Twenty-two Village Home families camped together at South Beach State Park. Together we played on the beach, explored tidepools, paddled in kayaks, swam across a fresh water lake, played field games, and sang around the campfire. It was the highlight of the summer for many!

Williamsburg and Washington DC June 2008

Forty-two Village Home travelers explored the roots of American History in a 10-day trip June 2008. We visited colonial Williamsburg, Pamplin Park, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Old Town Alexandria. In DC, we toured the monuments on bicycles, explored the Smithsonian Institution, and toured the US Capitol, among other things. Overall, it was a memorable trip full of laughs, learning, and fun!

Camping at the Oregon Coast August 2007

Village Home families ventured to Honeyman State Park on the first overnight family travel event in Village Home's history. Together, we climbed the sand dunes, went swimming and kayaking, and ate a lot of s'mores! The start of an annual tradition!