Guardians of the Earth—Abraham’s Tent Camp Brings Plant for the Planet Academy to Portland!!

We are bringing Plant for the Planet to Portland this July! Read more below and join me in signing up for Abraham’s Tent Camp and Plant for the Planet. To download the flyers and registration form, click here: Abraham’s Tent Flyer 2015. You can sign up online here: Online Signup for Abraham’s Tent.

From Pastor Barbara Abraham’s Tent

Welcome to Abraham’s Tent, a Summer Day Camp for children from diverse faith traditions whose shared history began with Father Abraham. Leaders from Portland faith communities join together again to provide a unique summer interfaith educational day camp for our families.  Together we will grow as “Guardians of the Earth”, learning how our traditions instruct us to care for the earth so that our world is  preserved for future generations.

Monday-Friday July 27-31, 2015

M, W, Th from 9:00 to 3:00* for children entering Grades 1-5

and 9:00 to 4:00* for youth entering Grades 6-9;

Tuesday – until 3:00 for all ages, then, continuing to about 4:15 so that all students, their families, and community members can attend the youth Plant for the Planet Presentation and Graduation.

Friday will conclude after our 12:30 closing students’ presentations for family and community members and sharing weekly Friday Prayers with the Ahmadiyya Community at Rizwan Mosque.

Camp Location: St. Mark Presbyterian/P’nai Or 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR, 97219.

Ending Location: 12:30 pm Friday at Rizwan Mosque, 9925 SW 35th, Portland, OR 97219.

Fees:      $85 /student; $150 max / family.

*Extended day option for the week—pick up by 5:30 for an additional $50/student.

Abraham's Tent - Sajal doing henna for Isaac

Divided into age groups with adult leaders from each faith, we will share stories and holidays from each faith tradition that focus on caring for the earth as good stewards. We will enjoy craft projects, songs, and games that teach us about ecology. St. Mark is situated along Tryon Creek State Nature Area and its many hiking trails, so we will enjoy being outdoors and serving Tryon Creek.

Youth: Grades 6-9 will take day trips to serve and explore nature areas such as parks and urban farms. Students will also take part in a Plant for the Planet Academy, building their knowledge and skills to make an impact caring for our world! On Tuesday at 3:00, everyone, including the families of younger children, is invited to the Youth’s Plant for the Planet Presentation and Graduation Ceremony.

Final Camp Community Presentation: Families and Faith Communities are invited to join us at the Rizwan Mosque Friday at 12:30 pm for our closing program and Weekly Friday Prayers with the Ahmadiyya Community.

Abraham’s Tent Camp

Our Faith Partners include Founding Tent members P’nai Or of Portland, Portland Ahmadiyya Community, and St. Mark Presbyterian Church; and also Moreland Presbyterian Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ of Portland, and Tigard United Methodist Church.

Please mail or have your bank send a check payable to “St. Mark”to:

St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219.

Please include this form in your envelope or email it to Batya Podos, Camp Director at:

Please register and send payment as soon as possible and tell them you heard about it from me and my mom. You can email Batya to sign up or sign up online and get more information here: Online Signup for Abraham’s Tent.

To download extra registration forms and flyers, visit Abraham’s Tent Flyer 2015.

Camp Scholarships: Partial camp scholarships to cover fees may be available by contacting your local faith community and leaders. It is our intent that no one be turned away for financial reasons.

Sajal doing Henna for Miko at Abraham's Tent 2014

Coordinating Team: Director: Batya Podos, P’nai Or

Barbara Campbell, Pastor, St. Mark

Sajal Hobbs, Ahmadiyya Community

Interfaith Simcha School Tu Bishvat Tree Planting 2015


Abraham’s Tent Camp & the first-ever Oregon Plant for the Planet Academy!

“Now we children save the world.” — A children’s initiative builds climate justice.
St. Mark Presbyterian and P’nai Or are giving us their beautiful building for this day-long workshop where students learn how to plant a million trees!
St. Mark Presbyterian Church & P’nai Or Jewish Renewal Congregation, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 9am to about 4pm, Portland-area students enrolled in Abraham’s Tent Camp will get to participate in the first Plant for the Planet Academy in Oregon! It is part of Abraham’s Tent, a Summer Day Camp for children from diverse faith traditions. Together participating children and adults will grow as “Guardians of the Earth”, learning how our traditions instruct us to care for the earth so that our world is preserved for future generations.

By Pam Vergun

By Pam Vergun

Students enrolled in Abraham’s Tent Camp (grades 6 to 9) will train to serve our community and the world as Climate Justice Ambassadors. Across the globe, over 18,000 young students have been through this fun and educational Academy training and have joined forces as leaders of the Official Tree-Planting Campaign of the United Nations.

Come join us for the week of Abraham’s Tent and our fun one-day Plant for the Planet workshop. All participants will receive:

  • A free Plant For The Planet T-shirt
  • A free copy of the book “Tree By Tree”
  • Training in how to present as a Climate Justice Ambassador to an audience
  • Support getting started with friends after the workshop.

We will play experiential games to understand how and why our world needs help, learn about tree-planting with naturalists, get a photo with local leaders, rehearse a Climate Justice presentation—and end the day giving the slideshow to invited guests.
Students who care about our future, want to make friends while transforming our planet, and send a powerful signal out against the climate crisis are invited to attend the camp and this one-day workshop.

Isaac, Mayor Denny Doyle, and Miko after Speaking at the Beaverton City Council Meeting

Ambassadors Isaac and Miko Vergun with Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle after their Presentation on Divesting Beaverton from Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power

Email Batya or sign up at: to let us know you’re coming! Go to Climate Change for Families ( for more on the Academy.

Planting a Tree - at the Interfaith Tu Bishvat 2015

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