Berkeley/Oakland/Albany/El Cerrito area

Updated 2/19/18

by Tom Lent


Over 170 camps … Have fun!


Age: Grades listed instead of age usually means the program is for kids entering those grades in the coming fall (CIT indicates the camp has a Counselor In Training program. A number after CIT indicates the minimum age or entering grade for CIT participants. Check with other programs also. Ask. More programs than I know offer CIT programs. Fees vary.

Reviews: A limited number of camps (about 20) have reviews that were provided by Berkwood Hedge parents from their experiences during the summers of 1995 through 2001. The parenthetic numbers indicate the number of reviews and which year they apply to (2-99 means two reviews from the summer of 1999). I no longer have the time to collect and collate additional reviews.

See for continuing reviews of some of these camps.

Dates: Length of sessions and dates they are scheduled. (Much of the date information is out of date. See note below) 

Time: Times in parenthesis are for extended care.

Ratio: Camper to counselor ratio
Cost: To make comparison easier, unless otherwise stated, all listed costs are per week, even if sessions are multi-week, unless otherwise noted. (Much of the cost Information is out of date. See note below) 

Discounts & scholarships: Some organizations have reduced rates for early registration, for members, for multiple weeks, for multiple kids in one family, etc. Many programs have scholarships for limited income families. City of Berkeley and other city based programs - particularly those based out of the rec centers - tend to be less expensive and have scholarships for low income children as do the YMCA based programs. For any camp, however, be sure to ask before you assume you can't afford it. Also check out the "campership" program for low income youth attending day camps in of the East Bay Regional Parks at

More Info: All phone numbers are area code 510 unless otherwise indicated.


LOOKING for Spring or Winter break camp? Several camps offer Winter Camp and/or Spring Camp options, including Around the World Music & Art, Berkeley Community Media, Berkeley Montessori, Cal Adventures, Cal Strawberry Canyon, Camp Brushstrokes, City Camp, Crucible, Head Over Heels, JCC, JMCA, MOCHA, Monkey Business, Musically Minded Academy (note MMA hosts a wide variety of arts & science camps in addition to music camps), Roleplay, Sarah’s Science, SewNow, This Land and the YMCA.

Look for the *FC, *WC or *SC in the camp listings below.

*FC means the program has a fall camp over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

*WC means the program has a winter camp over the end of year holiday period and/or during February ski week breaks.

*SC means the program has a camp during the Easter week break or another spring school week off.


NOTE: I am no longer able to comprehensively update information for all camps each year but am keeping the date and cost Information in here from past years as a rough guide to you. I do update the web site as time allows with new and update information that camps and other readers email to me. Please visit the camp web sites for up to date information. Parenthetic numbers at the end (09) indicate the year in which the dates and prices were last updated


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Check out my Summer Camp Guide for more information about this guide and for links to the annual Summer Camp Fair and more sources of summer camp information including day camps outside of the East Bay and more recent reviews by other parents.

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Need a break this weekend? Check out KIDS' NIGHT OUT, weekend evening programs offered by several camps to let parents take a night on the town or relax at home, while the kids have fun.


The Downtown Berkeley YMCA offers a Kids Night Out program with arts & crafts, kindergym, swimming (4-8), and other age appropriate activities for 2-11 year olds

Age: 2-11


Brushstrokes pottery program also occasionally offers last Friday of the month Pizza & Pottery Parties from 6-8:30. Call or check online calendar for details.

Age: 7+, 528-1360 or




Summer Day Camps


55th Street Shadow Puppet Camp: Create and perform an original shadow puppet show from start to finish in North Oakland. Activities include: Silk-screening posters, building puppets, theatrical choreography, musical instruction, music and puppet performance, and more. The camp will end with an original shadow puppet performance for friends and family. Musicians and creative campers encouraged.

Age: 8-16, Dates:  one wk sessions 7/30-8/4, 8/6-8/11, Time: 9-4 (8-6), Ratio: 6:1, Cost: $250/wk, ($350 for extended care) Scholarships are available. Deadline: FCFS. 12 student max.

Info: 717-3359 or  (07)


Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP): Academic enrichment program for advanced students. K-6 grade classes held at Washington Elementary in Point Richmond. 7th-11th grade at the UC Berkeley Campus. Carpools are supported.  Focused age appropriate classes range from Fun with Math, Seashore Science, and Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math & Science, to Jazz Up Your Writing, Exploring Light and Vision, Anatomy, Rainforest, Artists Studio, and Lab Chemistry, to Programming in Java, Public Speaking, Advanced Placement Calculus AB and Cognitive Neuroscience. May be combined with half day Cal Sports program. No regular class on Wednesdays, but field trips and other classes and activities are available through the optional Explorations program.

Age: K-11th grade, Dates K-6 one 3 wk session 7/13-7/314 days/wk, 7-11 one 6 wk session 6/22-7/31 2 or 3 days/wk), Time 8:30-12 or 1-4:30, Cost: $120-$250/wk (addt'l charge for Wednesday options), Deadline: FCFS
Info: 642-8308  (15)


The Academy: Offering academic programs in the morning, enrichment &recreational programs in the afternoon. Morning academics include Pre-K, Lower School and Upper School programs. Afternoon Enrichment include Jewelry Making, Adventures in Story-Telling, The Art of Sound, Creative Writing, and Science. Sports will include Pickle Ball, Flag Football, Basketball, and Field Hockey Fundamentals.

Age: K-8th, Dates: 5 wk session 6/25-7/27, Time: Academics 8:30-12:45, Afternoon Enrichment & sports 1-4:30, Cost: Academics $275/wk, Recreation $150/wk

Info: 549-0605 (14)


Adoptees Connecting Camp: Camp for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption story in a supportive, creative and playful way through various art forms: writing, drawing, games, collage, reading, drama, and puppets. Folk tales, myths and personal stories will be used. Run by storyteller Mary Ellen Hill in southwest Berkeley, who also runs FAD (listed below) and the performance arts camp, Puppets and Pie (not listed).

Age: 7-12, Dates 1 wk session 8/16-20 Time 9:3-3:30 (before & after avail), Ratio 6:1, Cost: $350/wk, partial scholarship available Deadline: FCFS

Info: 636-4155  (10)


Camp Adventura: Closed in 2004


Adventure Camp: Traditional camp of sailing, canoeing, arts, sports, archery, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking plus in Walnut Creek. One overnight each session. Transportation available from Oakland and Berkeley.

Age: K-9th, Dates 3 wk sessions 6/22-8/22, Time 9:15-3:30 (8-6), Ratio 6:1, Cost: $363/wk, discount $341 until 2/1, $42 door to door transportation (ext care included), Deadline: FCFS. fills in mid May,

Info: 925-937-6500 (03)


AdventureOUT: Rock climbing camps in Remillard Park in Berkeley and surf camps in Pacifica for girls, boys, women & men.

Age: 9-16 (8-16 for surf), Dates 1 wk Mon-Wed for rock (also 1 day clinics), Tue-Fri for surf, dates vary check web site, Time 9-1, Ratio 3:1, Cost: $225-240/wk (check for advance sign up discounts), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 465-0016 (03).


Ailey Camp: Dance immersion camp at UC Berkeley cosponsored by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Ballet, modern, jazz, African dance plus creative writing, peer personal development discussion groups, field trips and visiting artists. Prior dance training is not a consideration for admission.

Age: 11-14, Dates one 6 wk session 6/21-7/30, Time 8:30-3:30, Cost: $0, Deadline: 2/27,

Info: 642-4630  (04)


Albany Art Intensive Camp:  Art camp with clay, sculpture, paint faces, mystical creatures, art history with Sharyl Gates in the Albany Community Center.

Age: 7-14, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/1418, 6/28-7/2, 8/9-13, Time 1:30-4, Cost: $157-167, Deadline: FCFS,

Info: 524-9283, see work at  (10)


Aquatic Science Adventure Camp see listing under KIDS for the BAY


Around the World Music and Art Camp: Closed in 2012


Art! Feminism! Snacks! Oh Boy! Teaching Equality through Art: Join two Berkeley teenage artists for an intense week of creating in central Berkeley.  Focus is on developing techniques, artistic confidence and having fun.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about influential female artists at a level that is appropriate for their age, make friends, express their creativity, and develop a variety of artistic techniques including sewing, painting, and collage. Chloe’s house--a beautiful indoor/outdoor space to work and play, on McGee Ave in central Berkeley.  No previous formal art experience is required.  Camp is open to all genders. (We believe all genders benefit greatly from learning about feminism).

Age: 7-17, Dates: August 1-5, Time:  9-3 (after care available), Cost: $200 (Discount available if demonstrated financial need), Deadline: FCFS,

Info (16)


Art YoWZa Kids: (*WC, *SC and other school holidays) Variety of theme based art camps in Alameda including Inventions, Painting and Drawing and Sculpture.

Age: 5-11, Dates one wk sessions 6/14-8/27 (or daily), Time 9-4, Cost: $300 (or $65/day), Deadline: FCFS

Info: 521-2671 (10)

Arts at Archway: Closed in 2015


Athletic PlayGround Summer Program

Climbing ropes, learning aerial skills on fabric & trapeze, human pyramids, tumbling skills, circus skills, obstacle courses and games.

Age: K-3rd, Dates 1 wk (Mon-Thu) sessions 6/28-7/23, Time 1-4, Cost $200/wk (before April $120), Ratio 1:6

Info: 355-1626  (10)


A World of Peace Summer Day Camp listed below alphabetically under World of Peace


Avid4 Adventure: Multi-sport, outdoor adventure day camps in Oakland at Joaquin Miller Elementary School (with Berkeley MLK middle school pickup) plus locations in Walnut Creek, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Moraga, Santa Cruz, Campbell. Activities include: Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Hiking and Stand Up Paddleboarding. Camps foster outdoor skills & confidence, team building, leadership, and group problem solving. Instructors all 21+ and certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Also offer Overnight Camps in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Age: Pre-K – 7th grade, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/12-8/11, Time 9-3pm (8-6) Ratio 6:1, Cost $459-499/wk (8:00am $25, 2:30-5:30PM $75), Early Bird Discounts exp Feb. 28th – use code “Lent15” to save $15

Info 800-977-9873 (16)


BADA Youth Ultimate Frisbee Summer League: Learn and play the high energy game of Ultimate Frisbee. Training and games sponsored by Bay Area Disc Association with sessions at Tom Bates fields off Gilman near the waterfront and King Middle School in Berkeley as well as Burlingame High School and McInnis Park in San Rafael. All experience and skill levels. UPA Certified coaches from several East Bay schools train in basic and advanced throwing and catching skills, running and conditioning, strategies of the game, spirit of the game, good sportsmanship and other fun disc games. Each camper will get a t-shirt, a disc and healthy daily snacks

Age: 8-14 (for 14-18 see summer league), Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/21-7/2 in Berkeley (see website for other locations & dates, Time 9-3, Cost: $175, $50 multiple session & 2nd child discounts & limited scholarships available.

Info: 599-2254 (10)


BALL Summer Camp: Baseball camp for boys & girls at Oakland's Caldecott baseball facilities near the Tunnel Road exit off Hwy 24.  Founded by NOLL/SOLL parent/coach to provide continued access to baseball after the conclusion of spring Little League season.  Instruction and skill-building in the morning and organized games in the afternoons. 

Age: 7-12 Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/26-7/28 Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $195/wk ($25 discount for 7/3-7/7 session, and/or for registering for two or more sessions).  Enrollment limited to 24 players per age group to ensure optimal counselor-to-camper ratio. Deadline: FCFS after April 30.

Info:  (06)


BandWorks Rock ‘n Roll Camp:  ½ day rock band workshops with instruction playing rock instruments, recording a CD, song writing workshops.

Age: 8-17, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/20-7/29   Times 9-12 & 1-4, Cost: $160 - $300/wk, Deadline: 5/15, spaces may be available last minute, FCFS except CD camp where instrumentation matching is required.

Info: 649-7738,  (06)

Bay Area Adventures Kids Camp: Closed in 03.


Bay Area Shakespeare Camp: Performance oriented workshops covering casting, staging, Costuming, and rehearsal concluding with a performance for family and friends in John Hinkle Park in Berkeley, Alice Arts in Oakland and other Bay area locations.

Age: 7-18 Dates 2 week sessions in different locations 6/13-8/19, Time 9-3 (9-5:30) Cost: $198/wk ($63), some scholarships, Ratio 10:1 or less, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 415-422-2222 (05)


Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: Girls attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in daily music and empowerment-related workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase at the end of the week all at the Oakland School for the Arts in Downtown Oakland. .

Age: 8-18, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/25-6/30 | 7/16-7/21 | 7/30 - 8/4, Time: 9-5, Ratio 4:1, Cost: $400/wk, full and partial financial aid is available, Deadline: FCFS

Info 267-1808


Bay Language Academy: Explore civilization, language, culture, customs, art & cooking in French, Spanish or Mandarin language immersion camp in Alameda. May add Korean, Japanese or Russian. Also afterschool, adult and overseas programs. .

Age: 4-12, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/10-8/30, Time: 9-3 (8:30-5), Ratio 4:1, Cost: $380/wk ($75), early bird, sibling & multi session discounts, Deadline: FCFS

Info 306-4BAY(4229) (13)

Berkeley Academics:  Closed in 2015


Berkeley Boosters P.A.L. Outdoor Adventures: Outdoor camp in Berkeley with rock climbing, swimming, hiking, team building, nature explorations, field trips to museums, and cooperative games, plus an overnight camping/kayaking trip sponsored by the Police Athletic League whose mission is to link Cops and Kids together in programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people. Also run Cliff Bar Cycling Challenge 2 weeks of bike clinic and daily rides culminating in a 3 day camping/biking trip with whitewater rafting Adventures in Sailing on SF Bay with overnight trip and Adventures in Backpacking 2 weeks of hikes, camp clinic, ropes course and rock climbing culminating in 5 day camping and whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River.

Age: grade 5&6 (Adventure camp) 11-17 (Cycling and Backpacking) 12&up (Sailing), Dates (6/21-8/20 check web site for details), Time 12-6, Cost: $50-150/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 845-7193 (04)

Berkeley Chess Camp: Intensive chess at Hillside School in Berkeley w/ sports during a break time. Reviews (1-98, 1-00) Well organized w/excellent master teachers. Intense, most suitable for kids really into chess with good attention span (classes available for beginners and experts).
Age: grade 1-9, Dates one wk sessions 6/23-7/18 (check for other dates in other Bay area locations), Time 1-5 Cost: $113-130/wk (02) check for scholarships, Deadline: FCFS limited to 20,

Info: 843-0150 (03)

Berkeley Community Camp (formerly Le Conte Summer Camp): Closed in 01.

Berkeley Community Media's Summer Youth TV Camp: (*WC, *SC) Create your own television show from beginning to end at Berkeley High. Directing, hosting, camera, audio, switching, graphics, interviewing and writing with experience working in every crew position. Shows will be aired on cable TV in Berkeley on B-TV Channels 28 and 33 and you will be certified in studio production at BCM and can continue to create your own shows for free.

Age: 13-20 Dates: 2 wk sessions, 6/18-6-29 & 7/16-7/27 (plus winter & spring break camps) Time 1-5 pm Cost: $300/wk (Scholarships are available) Deadline: June, Class Size: Limited to 15 students.

Info: 848-2288 (07)


Berkeley Day Camp (& Teen Adventure Camp): Hiking, swimming, arts, crafts, games, picnics, camp songs at Live Oak Park, Tilden Park and Berkeley Marina. Pickups at schools around Berkeley. All outdoors. Reviews (2-97, 2-98, 1-99, 2-00) Well organized but not highly structured. Good staff. Some loved it, others called it mediocre. Very active all outdoors program without much rest time. Best for young to mid range (1-3rd grade) Best for energetic, active kid who can handle all day running around outdoors. Best for outgoing kid who makes friends easily or make sure that other friends are in the same sessions.
Age: 5-12 & 12-13 (CIT 14), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/20-8/19, Time 9-3:15 (7:30-6), Cost: $135/wk (add $25 for 7-9, $40 for 3-6), non residents $149 CIT $154 res, $164 non res, Deadline:  FCFS
Info: 981-5150 (or drop by 1947 Center St. 7 AM - 6 PM) (11)

Berkeley Marine Biology & On The Water Experience: Programs in marine biology and in water skiing & wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking & sailing plus other 1-1/2 & 2 hour programs (fishing, building, crafts, etc.) at the Shorebird Nature Center and the Adventure Playground at the Berkeley Marina.
Age: 5-16, Dates 3 & 4 day programs and drop in 2 hour programs at varying dates throughout summer,Time varies by program full day option available 9:30-4:30 with Marine Biology or boating combined with Adventure Playground Cost: $47-132 (+$10 for afternoon at Adventure Playground), scholarships available, Deadline: on site registration on 3/19 then FCFS. Classes generally fill in a couple of hours, but check for other drop in programs.
Info: 981-6720  (11)*


Berkeley Montessori School Elementary  Summer Camp Closed


Berkeley Playhouse Music Theatre Summer Camps:  Daily instruction in singing, acting and movement at the Julia Morgan Young People’s Performing Arts Center. Rehearsals, skill development and performance with live musicians and professional directors, choreographers, music directors and educators plus creative arts and crafts activities; and programs to teach Teens Behind the Scenes. Different programs grouped by age.  

Age: K-Teen, Dates 1-5 wk programs 6/14-8/24, Time varies by age: 9-3/9-4 and half day, Ratio: 7:1 or 8:1, Cost: $225-275/wk (financial assistance available), Deadline: Auditions for Youth Company Performance Camps in Jan & Feb, all other playlab style camps are FCFS
Info: 665-5565 (10)

Berkeley Rec Centers: Each of the Berkeley City recreation centers holds programs whenever the public schools are not in session, including traditional general interest day camp and many specialty sport and other theme camps as well. See Recreation Brochure downloadable from the  web site for details.

Age: 5-12, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/16-8/18 varies by age and theme, Time 9:30-3:30 (7:30-6) plus many shorter specialty camps, Cost: $85/wk (financial assistance available), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 644-6640 (08)

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Summer Intensive Acting, play creation, improvisation, voice and speech, various forms of physical theatre (e.g., mask work, clowning and psychological gesture), Shakespeare, stage combat, disciplines of design and production (e.g., Cost:umes, sound and lights) with master teachers and a choice of daily electives including musical theatre, directing, playwriting, sign language for the theatre and hip hop dance, plus creation and performance of an original at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in downtown Berkeley. work

Age: 6th-12th grade, Dates 4 wk sessions 6/27-7/22 (6-8), 7/25-8/19 (9-12), Time 9-3 Cost: $250-$275/wk; scholarships

Info: 647-2972, (05)

Berkeley School of the Arts: Closed in 2005


Berkeley School of Strings & Improvisation: Variety of music camps for different levels run in Berkeley by Irene Sazer, original member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, and founder of the Real Vocal String Quartet.   

Berkeley Music & Art Camp For Kids: Creativity and fun with sound, rhythm, and art . Activities include percussion, piano, singing and more. Instrumentalists can participate with their own instruments. Daily art class and play/sports.
Age: 6-12 Dates: 1 wk sessions, 6/21-7/2 & 8/23-27 & more TBA, Time: 9:30-3 (8-6) Cost: $230/wk ($8/hr), Some scholarships available.  

Creative Strings Camp Violin, viola and cello students explore improv games, fiddling, blues and world styles and participate in a daily art class. They will perform a live soundtrack to a narrated story, illustrated by their own artwork.

Age: 8-12 & 13-up, Dates 1 week sessions 7/17-21 (8-12) & 7/24-29 (13&up) Time 9:30-3:30 (8:30-6) Cost: $390/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Berkeley Teen Recording Workshop: Bring ideas or come to learn about musical ideas. Studio has many instruments for use - percussion, piano, guitar, drums, bass and more. Record vocals and/or instruments. Learn about recording. Final product is a CD.

Age: 13 & up Dates: TBA based on interest, 9-12:30 or 1:30-5. Cost: $215/wk

Info: 548-3738 (10)


Boys on the Go!: Camp for boys with daily field trips starting from King Park in Berkeley. Specifically designed to meet the emotional & developmental needs of boys, Boys on the Go Camp allows boys to explore their communities, play, bond, and learn in an adventure-packed program. Traveling by public transportation, campers explore the Bay Area in a series of fun field trips (e.g. mini-golfing, ice-skating, ferry rides, movies, and baseball games) and workshops (e.g. cooking, Estes rockets, making wooden plans). Boys on the Go! is a program of Monkey Business Camp (see their listing below as well as Girls on the Go!)

Age: 9-13 yrs, Dates 1 wk sessions in June & July. Time 8:30-3:30 (8:30-6), Ratio 9:1, Cost: $460/week; early registration discounts, multiple week/sibling discounts, payment plans, work exchange, and scholarships available. Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 510-540-6025  (18)


Camp Brushstrokes: (*WC, *SC) Art camp in a NW Berkeley painting studio, including ceramics painting, murals, mosaics, modern art, bookmaking and collage. 12 students max.
Age: 4-14, Dates one wk sessions 6/18-8/24 vary by age range + winter & spring camps, Time 9-1 (age 4-6 & 7-11) and 1:30-5:30 (10-14) (extended available till 5:30) Cost: $199/wk + $125 materials, ($10/hr) ask about scholarships, Deadline: FCFS filled by May,

Info: 528-1360 (13)

Cal Adventures: (*SC) Sailing, hiking, ropes, games, rock climbing and sea kayaking at Berkeley Marina and various East Bay Parks. Must be able to swim. Reviews (1-98, 1-99). Well organized, good staff. Loved it.
9-13 (-17 for specialty classes) Date: varies by age 1 wk sessions 6/16-8/29 plus spring camps, Time 8-4 (7:30-5:30 call to confirm) ½ day specialty classes available as well both 9-12 and 1-4, Cost: $160-$200/wk 1/2 day, $350-$435 for full day ($45 7:30-9 or 4-5:30) member discounts, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 642-4000 (03)


Cal Shakes Summer Theater Camps: Theatre training camp with conservatory for experienced theater enthusiasts and less intensive camps for newcomers. Morning may include acting, improvisation, stage combat, text, and movement. Afternoons are spent in rehearsals for public performances of plays and scenes at the end of the program.  Locations in Oakland, Lafayette, Orinda and El Cerrito. 

Age: 8-18, students divided into age appropriate groups, Dates 2&5 wk sessions 6/16-8/8 (varies by location) Time 9:00-3 or 3:30 Ratio 15:1, Cost: $212-255/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 548-3422 X105, (08)


Cal Bears Athletic Camps: Specialty sport camps  focusing on skill development in the sport of choice, including Baseball, Girl's Basketball, Boy's Basketball, Girl's Crew, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Boy's Rugby, Boy's Soccer, Girl's Soccer, Girl's Softball, Strength & Conditioning, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Boy's Water Polo, and Girl's Water Polo. Most sports have a variety of different ½ & full day camp programs aimed at different age and abilities from beginner to Advanced Residential, Specialty and Team Camps. 

Age: 5-18, Dates: 1 wk sessions all summer long, Cost: $300-695, Ratio 10:1, Deadline FCFS

Info: 642-1765, (08)

Cal Strawberry Canyon Sports & Science Camps (w/LHS & Botanical): (*SC) Cal offers a wide range of programs, some all sports and some combined sports and science. The Science camp morning sessions use Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Gardens, and other area museums. In the afternoons (all day for the all sports camps) they offer a wide variety of sports (from soccer, swimming, ping pong, water polo, tae kwan do, Frisbee, football, archery, skateboard and more) plus, arts & crafts, nature study, magic and drama to mix and match at Strawberry Canyon and Golden Bear Recreation Center above the UC Berkeley Campus. Also have one week single sport intensive camps and half day variety sports options. Reviews (1-97, 6-98, 12-99, 6-00) Lots of positive reviews, but a few dissatisfied. One of the most popular programs with BH kids. Well organized. Good staff and facility. Most kids liked or loved it. Good combo of learning and activity. Don't need to be into sports. Good for trying new sports and building confidence and team cooperation. Active fast paced and outdoors all time. Some called it exhausting. Be prepared for lots of changes through the day. Bring a friend. One mentioned wish for more diversity. Unlike the combo education and variety sports programs, the single sport intensive camps are just that - intense. One called gymnastics intensive physically grueling.
Age: 5-18 (CIT 10th/CILT 8th), Dates 1&2 wk sessions 6/16-8/29 plus spring camps, Time 9-12 & 9-4:00 (7:30-5:30 check to confirm extended care for skateboard camp), Cost: $120-138/wk ½ day, $175-258 full day, $288 for Science combo ($38 7:30-9 or 4-5:30) NOTE: Additional annual $50 membership required for these prices,  Deadline: FCFS. Fills extremely early, particularly specialty camps like Skateboard (filled in the first week of Feb 2002 ex for some girl only slots) and Sport & Science combo (Note: online reg only for Sports & Science), Priority registration given to donors of at least $100 before Feb 1,

Info: 643-CAMP, (03)


California Adventure Camps: appears to be closed


Casa de Bambini: see Grand Lake Montessori (changed name in 2002).


Chabot Space & Science Center Summer Camp Explore space and earth science, astronomy, technology, robotics, and video production at the Science Center in the Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.

Age: 1st-12th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions, 6/17-8/16 dates vary by age, Time 9-12 (10-3 for video production camp) no extended care, Cost: $185-250/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 336-7300 (02)


Champions Science Adventures Day Camp: appears to be closed


Children's Fairyland's Performing Arts Camp: Theatre and circus arts with professional performers plus time with the animals, gardening, arts & crafts and swimming at Fairyland on Lake Merritt in Oakland. Performance for parents on last day.
Age: 5-10, Dates 6/18-8/24, 1 wk sessions, Time 9-5 (inquire for before and after care), Cost: $250/wk, discount for 6 weeks, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 238-6878 #4 (07)


Circus Center Day Camp (*SC): Circus summer camp near Golden Gate Park. Kids will learn circus arts skills like juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, and flying trapeze in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.
Age: 7-14, Dates: 1 wk sessions 7/8-8/21.Time 9-3pm with camper performances on Friday. Cost: $395/wk, sibling and multi-week discounts available.

Info: (415)-759-8123  (15)


City Camp: Appears to be closed


Camp Chameleon Closed.


CCEA New Sprouts Chinese Summer Camp: Closed


Classroom Matters Super Summer Camp  Arts and crafts, bookmaking, cooking, and games, plus daily field trips and outdoor fun including gardening, nature explorations and movement in West Berkeley. Changing themes each week reInforce key academic (biology, chemistry, math and writing) concepts in a fun, playful, encouraging atmosphere.  Cooperative program of Classroom Matters and SymbaEdVentures.

Age: 5-10, Dates one wk sessions 6/19-8/11, Time 9-5 (half day options also), Ratio 10:1, Cost: $275/wk (half day options, sibling discounts), Deadline: June 12,

Info: 540-8646 (06)


Contra Costa Civic Theatre Summer Drama Camp: Act in and produce a play (and video) at CCCT in El Cerrito with theater games, make up, improv, Costuming, staging and video. New advance training program at Prospect Sierra School for 12-16 yr olds. Review (3-98, 1-00) Well organized, experienced, motivated staff. Good for any kid who likes stage. No experience necessary. Good cooperation and self esteem builder. Loved it.
Age: 7-16, Dates two wk sessions, 6/17-8/30, Time 9-4 (no extended care), Cost: $250/wk (7-14) $262 (12-16), Deadline: lottery 3/15/02, then FCFS.

Info: 524-9132 or 524-6654 (02)

COOK! Creative Culinary Camp: Learn foundational kitchen skills, cultivate the sense for the adventurous at the “International Street Food Fair” camps, or star in your own live cooking show in the “COOKS Live!” programs. Sponsored by and based at the Paulding & Company kitchen in Emeryville. Local professional chefs will be making guest teaching appearances throughout the summer and campers in the two-week programs will get to feed the senior citizens during a day of community service at the Emeryville Senior Center.

Age: 9-12 and 13-17, Dates: 1 wk sessions: 6/15-6/26. 2 wk sessions: 7/6-7/17, 7/27-8/7. Time 9-3 (8-6) Ratio 6:1, Cost $500/wk sibling discounts, Deadline FCFS

Info: 594-1104 (09)


Cooking Round The World Camp Learn cooking skills while experiencing a country's culinary flavors at Kehilla Synagogue in Piedmont, Temple Israel in Alameda and a possible El Cerrito location TBA.  Each class begins will an educational hour where children learn where a country is located, traditions and customs, dress, games, music and language. Different countries each week. Cost includes apron, binder and lunch. Ask about transportation options

Age: 7–13; Dates: 1 wk sessions: 6/18-29; 8/6–17. Time: 9–1 (8-9 plus after-camp options). Cost $200/wk ($50/wk), Deadline FCFS

Info: 593-5285;  (12)


Creative Strings Camp: See Berkeley School of Strings listing above


Crestmont Summer Camp:  Traditional themed summer camp held at the Crestmont School in the hills above Richmond. Offers.  Each week has a different teacher and different theme focus: art, animals, water play, cooking, nature, and building. 

Age: K-6th Grade, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/18-7/13, Time: 9-3 (8-6), Cost: $360/wk ($35-$120), Discounts: 10% discount for multiweek and/or sibling registration.  $25 off for registration prior to March 25. Deadline: FCFS.

Info:  (18)


Crowden Music Camps: A variety of music camps at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley for students from advanced payers to those with little or no experience with music:

Summer Music Berkeley: Chamber music camp for intermediate to advanced level string players. Includes daily bowing & technique classes, music theory & composition, and fiddling. Audition required.

Age: 7-18, Dates 2 wks 7/17-7/28, Time 8am - 1:45pm (8-6), Cost: $350/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 540-8707

Summer Music & Opera: For beginning and intermediate string players who enjoy singing.  Small group string ensembles (placement by experience), morning music theory & orchestra, plus the opportunity to participate in all aspects of a fully staged opera production, from singing and acting to set and Cost:ume design.

Age: 8-13, Dates 3 wks 6/26-7/13, Time 9-3 (9-6), Cost: $300/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 559-2941,

Scrape, Squawk & Bang: An Instrumental Discovery Camp. Designed for students who have had no or very little experience with instrumental music training. Instruction on violin, cello, piano or recorder plus experience in chorus, Dalcroze Eurythmics, music theory and percussion.

Age: 5-11, Dates 1 wk 6/19-6/23, Time 9am-2pm (9-6), Cost: $370/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 559-2941, (06)


Crucible Summer Youth Camp: (*WC, *SC) Creative industrial & fire arts classes near the West Oakland BART. Wide range of programs including welding, blacksmithing, metalsmithing, flameworking, robots, mixed media, jewelry, fused glass, woodcarving, neon and more.  The Crucible is a nonprofit sculpture studio, industrial arts educational facility, and art center with a focus on the fire arts.

Age: 8-18 (adult also), Dates one wk sessions, 6/23-8/11 plus spring break camp, Time 9-12:30 and/or 1:30-5, Cost: $200-310/wk, Ratio 6:1, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 444-0919 (08)


Culinary Kids: See Sprouts Cooking Club below.


CyberCamp: Technology & computer courses at UC Berkeley, Stanford, De Anza and other college campuses around the country. Graphic and web design, digital photography, and flash animation, computer programming and robotics, game design and modding. Sports during breaks for balance.
Age: 7-18, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/20-8/5, Time 8:45-4:45 (4:45-6:15, ex Friday (meals & board available), Cost: $499-599/wk  ($60), Deadline: FCFS

Info: 888-904-CAMP, (05)


Mr. D’s Music & Arts Camp Singing, dancing, performing, acting, painting, drawing, building, multi media celebration of the arts for children of all ability’s at St. Peters Anglican Church in the Rockridge district of Oakland

Each camp has a different theme and features different artists-in-residence  so children can do more than 1 camp without getting bored. Each week closes with a performance Special deals on Early Bird, multi camp, sibling, referral etc.

Age: 8-13, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/23-27, 7/7-11. 7/21-25, 8/4-8, Time: 8:30-3:30 (7:30-8:30 & 3:30-5:30), Cost: $295/wk early bird, multi week, sibling, & referral discounts & scholarships available, Ratio: 8:1

Info: 329-7020,


Danceversity Camp: Movement and creativity camp at Ashkenaz World Music and Dance Community Center in West Berkeley with instruction in 10 different world dance styles. Explore the diversity of dance and world cultures through movement exploration.

Age: 7-16, Dates 1 wk sessions 8/4-8/29, Time 9-4 (plus 1/2 day sessions available) Cost: $300/wk, Deadline: early bird rates until May 1, FCFS

Info: 415-794-7463  (08)


Danse Lumiere Summer Dance Camp: Creative Movement, Ballet, and Tap for girls and boys by Kathryn Roszak at Shotgun Players Studios in Berkeley. A full performing arts experience; children work on new shows each week, for a family open-house performance on each Friday.

Age: 4-13+, Dates: 1 wk sessions 7/18-29, Time 9-12:30 with additional workshop to 3 available, Cost:$400-425/wk, early-bird & sibling discounts Deadline.FCFS

Info: 233-5550, (16)


David Rosenthal Poetry Workshops: Closed in 2011.


Deer Hill Ranch: closed in 2009.


Destiny Arts Center: Dance, martial arts, theatre games, role play, arts & crafts, outdoor adventures, swimming and performances in Oakland. Also have half day program for 3-6 yr olds and many classes.
Age: 7-12, Dates 1 wk sessions, Time 8:30-5 (inquire about extended care), Cost: $250/wk ($30&50), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 597-1619 (02)


Doug's Drama: Drama camp based in Oakland/Piedmont with one session in Moraga. Campers work on rehearsing a full length production which is presented to family and friends the final evening. Activities include daily rehearsal, theater games, improv, comedy.

Ages: 5-12. Dates: 2 wk sessions, 6/18- 8/10, Time 9-3 (9-4), Cost: $225-237/wk ($6/hr), 10% sibling discount. .

Info: 332-9207 (12)


East Bay Regional Parks: In addition to hosting many of the programs listed here, the regional park system runs a variety of camps from classic day camps to lifeguarding, to environmentalism for teens, to the Little Farm.

Age: 5-19, Dates all summer

Info:  (for complete listing of all camps that operate in the parks, including the EBRPD’s own and scholarship opportunities for all camps)

East Bay School of the Arts: closed in 2006

Eco-Investigations Camp: appears to be closed


Education Française Bay Area French Immersion Summer Camp: French-immersion camp at Yu Ming Charter School on the Berkeley Oakland border and several other Bay area locations. A different theme for each weekly session, with experienced counselors from France.  all children interested in learning French - native French speakers, as well as non-native speakers, from beginners to advanced are welcome. Non-native speakers receive special visual, audio and other supports to facilitate the immersion experience.

Age: K-5th & 5th-8th grade, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/20-8/5, Time: 8:30-3 (7-6), Cost: $150-$440/wk. Ratio 5:1

Info: (16)

Education Unlimited: Academic and theatric oriented summer camps at UC Berkeley (and other college campuses). Session options include: acting, public speaking, debate, web & computer camp, college prep.
Age: 4th-12th grade, Dates 1-6 wk sessions , Time full day, contact for details, Cost: $885-$1775/wk (incl room & board, check for commuter prices & scholarships), Deadline: May 1 then FCFS.

Info: 548-6612 (03)


Camp Edmo: Hands-on collaborative maker projects under Science, Technology & Nature themes designed by Edventure More in partnership with bay area museums.Held at Montclair Elementary in Oakland, Parkmont Elementary in Fremont, MLK Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, plus locations in Alameda, Palo Alto, Belmont, Burlingame, San Mateo, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Los Altos, and Cupertino. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & STEAM. Aggressive equity program

Age: Pre-K-8th grade, Dates: 1 wk sessions, June - August, vary per location, Time: 9-3 (8-6) Ratio: 8:1 Cost: $350-550/week, varies by program and location (8a-9a: $40 | 3p-6p: $80 Extended Day) discounted with multi week enrollment, sibling & multi-week discounts and financial aid available. Lunch available. 

Info: 415-282-6673 (18)


El Cerrito Sports Camp: Noncompetitive variety program at Cerrito Vista Park near the El Cerrito Community center and sponsored by the City of El Cerrito. Soccer, basketball, tennis, capture the flag, kickball, touch football, Frisbee, street hockey, bocce ball, jump rope, hula hoops, giant ring toss, chess and other board games, drawing, story telling and swimming. Grouped by age.
Age: 4-12 (CIT 14), Dates 1 wk sessions 7/14-8/22, Time 11-4 (9-6 or drop in), Ratio 10:1 (8:1 for 4-5 yr olds), Cost: $175/wk (25% surcharge for non El Cerrito residents, generous low income scholarship program available), ($40/2hr) drop in rates available for core program and extended care, 10% discount for 4 wks or more, Deadline: FCFS spaces may be available last minute, including daily drop ins.,

Info: 559-8208  (08)


Elementary School of Arts & Science: Closed in 03 due to the death of Carol Smith, the much beloved director.


Escuela Bilingüe Spanish Summer Camp: (*WC, *SC) Spanish-English dual-immersion camp with art, music, science, gardening, movement and many other themes. Sponsored by the Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) in North Oakland. No prior Spanish language required, but the Camp also provides special sessions designed for fluent speakers as well..

Age: 3-12, Dates: 2 wk sessions 6/25-8/17, Time: 8:30-12, 12:30-4 or all day, Cost $350/wk, extended care  available, Deadline: 6/ 22

Info 653-3324 (12)


Camp Ere: Cultural immersion with Brazilian artforms, including folkloric and contemporary dance, Capoeira, drumming and instrument making, costume making, storytelling, visual arts and performance in Berkeley. Sponsored by the Capoeira Arts Foundation and BrasArte.

Age: 6-13, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/20-7/1, Time: 9-4 (8:30-5), Cost: $300 (multi session discount), Ratio: 6:1 Deadline: FCFS. 

Info: 528-1958 or 666-1255  (11)


FAD Camp: Fun, Art & Drama: Painting, drawing, collage, clay, puppets, drama, dress-up, and more for children who are interested in the process of creating art and drama and not as interested in performing. Run by storyteller Mary Ellen Hill in West Berkeley, who also runs the Adoptees Connecting Camp (listed above) and the performance arts camp, Puppets and Pie (not listed).

Age: 6-12, Dates 1 wk session 8/18-8/22 Time 9:3-3:00 (3-5) Ratio 6:1, Cost: $330/wk, partial scholarship available Deadline: FCFS

Info: 636-4155  (08)


Fairyland: See Children’s Fairyland


Fairy Camp:  Eco-magical -arts program that celebrates the powers of imagination, intuition, creativity and connection to nature. Takes place at the Fairy Cottage and garden in North Berkeley, Coed and girls only programs.

Age: 7-16 (CIT12-16). Dates: 2 wk session: 6/17-28; 9-2, 1 wk session: 8/19-23, Ratio: 4:1 Cost: $250/wk. Deadline: May 1,

Info: 207-8563, (13)


Fencing Camp: Fencing instruction and games at Sport Fencing Center in El Cerrito. Children with all levels of experience are welcome and grouped according to their age and ability (some weeks are youth camp age 8-11 & some weeks are teen camp age 12-16). Activities include strengthening and conditioning, footwork, blade work, tactics and Olympic-style electronic bouting. Mentally challenging and a great workout. Excursion on Fridays. All equipment is provided.

Age: 8-16, Dates 1 wk sessions  6/16-8/22 (varies by age), Time: 9-3 (inquire about extended) Cost: $295.

Info: 528-5110 (08)


Fiddlekids: Traditional Appalachian and Irish fiddle music: tunes, songs, dance & art at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Concert for parents on last day at 5.
Age: 7-13, Dates 1 wk session 6/23-27, Time 9-3:30, Ratio 5:1, Cost: $410/wk, Deadline: FCFS. usually fills by mid March 
Info: 235-0370 (03)


Footfire Soccer: Soccer with arts and crafts option at Cordonices Park in Berkeley. Very yummy (and healthy but don‘t tell the kids) lunch and 2 snacks provided. Review (1-00) Organized, well trained staff. Good team play. Loved it.
Age: 5-16 (CIT 13), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/16-7/18, Time 9-3 (9-5), Ratio 7:1, Cost: $160-200/wk ($50), sibling, team, & multi week discounts ask about scholarships (before 4/30/02), Deadline: FCFS some sessions fill in May,

Info: 528-2133 (02)*


Fox Ridge Kids Riding Camp appears to be closed


Freed Athletics: (*SC) Basketball Camp at St. Theresa’s Gym in Oakland teaching fundamental athletic and basketball instruction with head counselors all having Division -1 college athletic experience. 

Age: 3rd -8th grade, Dates: 3 day session 6/22-24, Time 9-3, Ratio 7:1, Cost: $169/session single & two day session available, Deadline FCFS

Info: 408-2056-1760  


Fusion Program for Mixed Heritage & Transracially Adopted Youth. Appears to be closed


Future Star Baseball: Baseball and fitness camps located in Oakland hills that encourage participants to give positive reinforcement to each other in both competitive and non-competitive drills and games. Camps include: Sport, Fun and Fitness Camp with a variety of sports, Baseball Camp for a full day of baseball fundamentals with a full game each day, and half day Hitting Camps that focus on taking the stress out of hitting and improving game-time confidence.

Age: 9-18, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/21-8/6, Time: 9-4, 9-12 & 1-4, Cost: $325/wk full day, $150/wk half day, Ratio 8-10:1, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 710-0987 (10)


Camp Galileo: Art, science, and outdoor activities with fun camp traditions like dress up days, water day and the rubber chicken cheer at Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley, Chabot  Elementary School in Oakland and many other Bay area locations. Curriculum developed in partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation, de Young Museum and Klutz. 2015 themes include: Galileo Rocks (music-inspired art and instrument engineering), Destination San Francisco (art and engineering in the City by the Bay), Galileo Makers (DIY art and real-world inventions), and Mount Everest Expedition (Himalayan art and the science of scaling mountains).

Age: pre-K-5th grade (CIT) Dates:1 wk sessions 6/17-8/9 (dates differ at some locations), Cost: $369-399/wk (~$30 AM, $60 PM), 50% discount for multiple weeks, early bird discount, ask about scholarships, Time 9-3 (8-6) half day available also, Ratio: 8:1 (6:1 K), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 800-854-3684 (15)


Galileo Summer Quest: Specialty camp in which students dive into majors they love at Holy Names High School in Oakland and many other Bay area locations. Small, team-oriented classes. 2015 Majors include: Digital Filmmalking, Fashion Design, Go-Kart Builders, Website Design, Video Game Design, Chefology, Digital Photography, and 3-D Printing.

Age: 5th - 8th grade. Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/17-8/9 (dates differ at some locations).. Cost: $469-519/wk (~$30 AM, $60 PM), Time: 9-3 (8-6). Ratio: 8:1, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 800-854-3684 (15)


Camp Gan Israel East Bay: Swimming, ceramics, gymnastics, shabbatons, challah baking, GPS treasure hunting, drumming, theater and more sponsored by Chabad of the East Bay at Lake Temescal. Includes overnights and bi-weekly trips to water park, bowling, farm and others. Pa rt of Northern California’s largest network of Jewish day camps.  

Age: 4-12, (CIT 13-14) Dates 3 or 6 wk sessions 6/21-7/30, Time 9-3:30 (8-5:30) Cost: $242-$250/wk ($30 AM $50 PM) scholarships available

Info: 540-5824, (10)


Garton Art’s City Camp: appears to be closed in 2016


girlsAdventureOUT: See AdventureOUT

Girls on the Go!: Camp for girls with daily field trips starting from Cedar-Rose Park in Berkeley. Specifically designed to meet the emotional & developmental needs of girls, Girls on the Go Camp allows girls to explore their communities, play, bond, and learn in an adventure-packed program. Traveling by public transportation, campers explore the Bay Area in a series of fun field trips (e.g. mini-golfing, ice-skating, ferry rides, movies, and baseball games) and workshops led by women leaders (e.g. cooking, lip balm making, needle felting, henna, and dance). 

Age: 9-13 yrs, Dates 1 wk sessions in June, July & August. Time 8:30-3:30 (8:30-6), Ratio 9:1, Cost: $460/week; early registration discounts, multiple week/sibling discounts, payment plans, work exchange, and scholarships available. Deadline: FCFS. Info: 510-540-6025  (18)


Girlpower Shakespeare Camp: appears to have closed in 2012


Go Girls! Camp: Girls performing arts, music, and art camp based in North Oakland Charter School and Redwood Day Oakland, JCC in Berkeley, plus locations in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Over the course of 2 weeks, girls work together to create and perform their own plays that reinforce social/emotional skills. Girls engage with drama/acting, visual arts, creative movement/dance, music, and media and take time to play outside and to relax and read

Age 1st–4th grade (CIT 7th–9th), Dates 2 wk sessions 6/20-8/19, Time 9–4 (9-6) Cost $699/session ($669 before Feb 15), multi-session and sibling discounts, Deadline usually fills by mid-April. Info, 602-367-8441(16)


Grand Lake Montessori Performing Arts Camp: Immersion opera camp with theatre professionals culminating in performance. In Oakland near Grand Lake. No prior experience required.
Age: 7-12, Dates 2 wk session 7/29-26 & 8/8 performance on 8/9, Time 8:30-3:30 (8:30-6), Cost: $225/wk ($10/day), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 863-4313  (02)


Green Stuff Day Camp: Plant science discovery camp at the UC Botanical Garden. Explore garden trails with plants from around the world; Learn about special plant adaptations and animal relationships; Discover many plant uses; Make food, dyes, and crafts with botanical ingredients.
Age: 5-10, Dates: 1 wk sessions throughout summer, varies by age (5-7 & 8-10 groupings), Time 9-2, Ratio 6:1, Cost: $220-$240/wk, Deadline: FCFS fills fast,
Info: 643-2755 (10)

Ha-Ha-This-Away: Movement, clowning, acrobatics, theatre arts, arts & crafts, puppetry, yoga, Aikido, field trips to Tilden and Marina, on 8th Street in Berkeley. Organic snacks provided. Reviews (1-98, 4-99, 1-00) Well organized, good facility, great staff, plus guest artists. Kids loved it. Best for physical dramatically inclined, creative, silly kids (not those who want serious athletics or science). Can be good for building physical confidence.
Age: 5-9, Dates 4 wk sessions 6/20-8/12, Time 9-3, Ratio 7:1, Cost: $225/wk, Deadline: FCFS fills early (in February in 2003),

Info: 527-5115  (05)


Camp Habitot: Storytelling, art, music, dance, free play with toys, and dramatic play with Cost:umes and props centered around a kid-inspired theme at the Habitot Children's Museum in downtown Berkeley.

Age: 2-5, Dates 1 wk sessions 7/10 - 8/28, Time 9:15-11:15, 9:15-noon, or 2-5 Cost: $165-195/wk pick up & drop off options,  Deadline: FCFS

Info: 647-1111 (06)


Hall of Health Summer Science Club: Hands-on activities, science experiments, games, and demonstrations on a range of science and health topics sponsored by Children's Hospital and Research Center in the Hall of Health Museum in Berkeley.

Age: 3rd-5th grade, Dates: 2 wk session 7/30-8/10, Time: 1-4, Cost: $100/wk, scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 549-1564  (07)


Head Over Heels Gymnastics: (*WC, *SC) Gymnastics, and circus arts in Emeryville, plus volleyball, swimming, arts and crafts and excursions to the Berkeley Marina and elsewhere. Review (1-98) Well organized. Good staff. Liked it. Multicultural.
Age: 4-12 (8+ for Splash Circus), Dates 2 wk sessions 6/17-8/31 plus winter and spring camps, Time 9:30-12:30 or 9:30-4:30 (8-6), Cost: $150-175/wk ½ day $250-300 full ($5/hr) ask about scholarships, Deadline: FCFS. some classes will fill ahead,

Info: 655-1265 (02)


I Can Summer Camps: Adventure camp and Spanish camp with weekly field trips and themes in a church near Bushrod Park in Oakland. 

Age: 5-11, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/19-8/25, Time 8-5 (7-6), Cost: $185/wk Adventure & $205 Spanish ($2/hr), Swim lessons are an additional $25, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 655-7495 (06)

iD Tech Camp: Technology & computer programs held at UC Berkeley, SFSU, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Stanford  and other college campuses around California and the country. Students create video games, cellphone apps, C++ and Java programs, robots, websites and more. 
 2-week, pre-college academies for ages 13-18 in Programming, Game Design & Development and Film.

Age: 7-18, Dates 1 & 2 wk sessions all summer plus weekend options, Time, 9-5, ex Fri ends at 3:30, (8-6 no extra fee), also resident camp options, Ratio 8:1, Cost: $799-1029/wk, Early enrollment discounts & scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS
Info: 1-888-709-TECH (8324) (14)


Imagination Kids Art Camp - Theme based week-long camps using quality materials in a home studio setting in El Cerrito. Explore different media and experiment with the techniques and styles of several important artists.

Age 6-14, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/20-7/29, Time 9-3, Ratio 8:1 (8 campers max), Cost $360/wk (some financial aid available), Deadline FCFS

Info: 233-2509 (11)


Camp Ìwàlewà: Art, music, games, storytelling,hiking, science and outdoor fun combining Yoruba folklore and art with ecology and nature studies to instill a deep caring attitude about creating sustainable global cultures run by IFE, inc. at Joachin Miller and Dimond in Oakland.
Age: K-5th, Dates 1 wk sessions, 10 weeks, Time 9-4, Ratio 12:1, Cost: $250/wk (sibling and multiweek discounts), Deadline: FCFS filled by June in 05,
Info: 485-2336 email: (07)

JCC (Berkeley Richmond) Camp: This camp has been integrated in with the JCC Camp Tzofim


JCC (Oakland/ Piedmont/Berkeley) Camp Tzofim: Arts, crafts, sports, swimming, music, nature activities and Judaica at Jewish Community Center in Oakland on Redwood Road with sites in  as Joaquin Miller and Roberts parks. Free transportation to and from the JCC building in Berkeley. Older kids get overnight campouts.
Age: K-10th grade (CIT), Dates 2 wk sessions 6/22-8/14, Time 9-4 (8-6), Cost: $225-330/wk +1 time $100 fee, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 848-0237, (09)

Jingle Jamboree Kodaly Summer Music Camp: (*WC, *SC) Music camp by at Jingle Jamboree on Solano in Berkeley. Minimum of two hours of music instruction each day that includes music reading and writing, basic piano, singing folk songs and playing folk games.  Campers also make folk crafts, computerized crafts and learn basic drumming skills on conga drums, bongo drums and other basic forms of percussion instruments.  Camp provides two organic snacks per day and a "surprise" pizza party on the last day of camp.  The lunch hour is spent each day at a nearby park.  Camp is held at 1607 Solano Avenue in Berkeley.

Age: 5-10, Dates 2 wk sessions 6/22-7/17, Time 9-3 Ratio 4:1, Cost: $300/wk ($100), early bird, multi-session and sibling discounts, Deadline: until filled (maximum 10 campers per session).

Info: 334-8851  (07)

JMCA Kaleidoscope Summer Performing Arts Camp (formerly Theatre Rats) (*WC, *SC),  Performing arts training with professional actors at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley. Intensive theatre classes covering basic and intermediate/advanced acting (including acting techniques, character development, voice, focus and ensemble-building games), creative movement, improvisation, and a daily playmaking workshop in which students work solo, in partnerships and in groups to create an original play. Performance at the end of each session. Rainbow Camps for grades pre-K and K offer drama, visual art, dance and music activities exploring themes of diversity and cross-cultural connections.

Age: PreK-6th grade, min 4 yrs, *Internship program available for grades 9 and up,Dates 2 wk sessions 7/5- 9/2 plus winter and spring camps, Time 9-4:30, (9-2 for preK & K Rainbow camp), Cost: $250/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 845-8542x301 (05)

Camp Keetov at Temple Beth-El: Arts & crafts, sports, drama, hiking & other outdoor activities in Tilden, swimming at public pool, overnight camp, Jewish cultural program, singing, games and lots of silliness. Reviews (3-97, 2-98, 3-99) Very well organized. Good high energy very attentive staff. Liked a lot. Good exposure to and interaction with kids of all faiths, not necessary to be a member of the Temple. Fast paced, best for child who can adapt to traveling during day. Intense but supportive community environment to overcome shyness

Age: K-9th grade (CIT), Dates: 4 wk sessions 6/23-7/18 & 7/28-8/22, Time 9-3 (7:30-6) Bus pickup 8:30 -3:30 at 3 places, Cost: (00) $115-215/wk (add $22 for 7:30-9, $44 for 3-6), Deadline: late March, usually fills except a few spaces in the K & 9 camps.

Info: 848-2372. (03)

KIDS for the BAY:  Hands-on outdoor science and nature day camp exploring creek, bay, and ocean habitats around the Bay Area. Campers hike in redwood forests, kayak on the bay, create nature art, study aquatic invertebrates, swim at Lake Anza, go on overnight camping trips, and more. Drop-off and pick-up locations include the Berkeley Marina, Tilden Park, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, with additional field trips to other Bay Area nature locations (transportation provided). Camp leaders are year-round staff members. Different theme in each week long session.

Age: 5-7, 8-10 (11-14 CIT Leaders in Training) Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/219-8/11 Time: 8:30-4 (4-5:30), Ratio: 7:1, 22 max in 5-7yr & 8-10 yrs camps. Cost: $350/wk. Early registration discount available until March 15th.

Info: 985-1602  (17)


Kids 'n' Clay: Raku pottery, wheel throwing, clay sculpture and mosaic tile at 5th Street studio in Berkeley. Includes snacks, all materials and firings. Kids n Clay has popular ongoing afterschool, homeschooler and weekend programs as well. Reviews (1-97, 1-00) Excellent staff knows how to give kids right balance of support and independence. "Wonderful experience: Loved it.
3-18, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/26-8/11 (plus Saturday session), Time 9-3, Cost: $365/wk, Deadline: FCFS usually fills in February.

Info: 845-0982 (09)

Kids' Carpentry
: Carpentry projects (bird houses, boats, trucks, doll furniture, etc.) with non power tools at the Tannery in West Berkeley. Also at Albany & Piedmont Rec. Dept. and various after school programs. Review (1-98, 1-00). Good program, Great staff, small, adequate facility, OK organization. Kids love it. Great for kid who wants to make something. Learn to think out a project from start to end and to use different tools - and to stick with project.
Age: K-6th grade, Dates: 1 wk sessions Mon - Thu 7/30-8/28, Time: 1-1/2 hr sessions 2 morning & 1 afternoon, Cost: $75/wk,

Info: 524-9232 (03)

Kids Spirit Camp
: Spiritual summer nature camp incorporating Eastern and Western Earth-honoring spiritual paths in Tilden Park. Daily nature hikes, multicultural sacred arts and crafts, meditation, yoga, drumming, dancing, cooperative esteem-building games.
Age: 6-16 Dates 1 wk sessions 7/10-28 Time 8:30-5:30 Cost: $250/wk, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 653-7293 web site not working this year (00)


KidzArt East Bay Pre-Kinder Summer Workshops: Explore oil pastels, watercolor paint, and tempera paint. Themes to choose from: Machines that Zoom, Bugs in the Garden, and Ocean Treasures.

Ages: 4-6;  DatesTuesdays & Thursdays, 6/8–8/5. Time: 10:30-11:15 or 11:20-12:05. Ratio 6:1 max. Cost: $36 per 3 class session

Info: 388-1922 (2007)


KnitoneoneKnitting & Fiber Camps for all levels on Adeline in South Berkeley. Beginners will start on a scarf and then move to a hat or other cute project. More advanced knitters will have the choice of toys, cupcakes, hats, baby booties and more. We might also do some needle felting and crochet. 

Ages: 10-adult. Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/21-7/2 Time: 10-1, Ratio: 6:1, Cost: $169/wk

Info:  891-1399     

Kodaly Chorus Camp: Daily choral rehearsals, singing games and folk dancing hosted by Holy Names University in Oakland Hills. Features the methods of Zoltan Kodály. No audition required. Culminates in a public performance on the final day.

Age: 8-12, Dates  2 wk session 7/9-20, Time 9-2:30, Cost: $113/wk, Deadline: FCFS limit 70,

Info: 436-1234  (07)


Camp Lango – Spanish Immersion: Spanish immersion at the Glenview Elementary School in Oakland & Pt. Richmond Community Center (location varies by date. Check website for more locations). Culturally-themed adventures outdoor games, competitions, and arts & crafts.

Age: 4-9, Dates 1 wk sessions (7/28-8-15), Time 9-12:30 or 9-3:30 (extended available), Cost: Half-day ($219/wk),  Full-day ($399/wk) One-time materials fee of $25/family  multi-session and sibling/friend discounts.  Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 888-445-2646 (08)


LEAF Academy:   Environmental stewardship camp based in Berkeley with field trips all over the Bay Area. Connects, campers with horticulturists, marine and watershed biologists, restoration scientists, project managers, engineers, architects and executive directors from organizations like the Marine Mammal Center, Glide, Recology and SPAWN to do hands-on fieldwork and develop creative thinking, collaboration and leadership to solve real-world problems, leading to the design of projects to engage their own communities in environmental issues. Also locations in San Francisco and Portland, OR.

Age: 6th-8th grade, Dates 2 wk session 7/29-8/9, Time 8:30-4:30, Ratio 10:1, Cost $300/wk, financial aid available. Deadline FCFS

Info: 517-6976 (13)


Lekha Creative Writing Camp: Learn to write from the heart and overcome writers block in creative writing and academic communication camp at Redwood Day School in Oakland (also locations in Sunol, Redwood City, and San Jose. Stories, poems, and plays written by children may be published in the annual anthology Adventures of the Imagination. Creative writing and academic options.

Age: :  2nd-9th grade, Dates 1-4 wk sessions all summer (plus spring camps in San Jose), Time 9:30-4:30 (8-6) Ratio 8:1, Cost $275/wk ($75), early bird, multi-session & sibling discounts, Deadline FCFS

Info: 408-439-0422 (09)


Lemon Tree Outdoor Arts Studio for Kids: Integrated arts and science exploration in a backyard of fruit trees and organic vegetables, at home studio in Oakland. Activities include recycled sculpture, print-making, photography, nature creations, mosaics, paper-making, as well as cooperative outdoor games. All art and science materials and healthy snacks from the garden provided. Friday afternoon open gallery for families and friends.

Age: 5-10 Dates: 1 wk sessions 8/2-20 Time: 9-3 Ratio: 6:1 (Sessions limited to 12 students per week) Cost: $325/wk Deadline: Register by 5/20.

Info: Email or call Liz (503) 804-2130 or Brook (510) 684-5871 (10)


LHS Science Camp: Programs on wide range of specific science & nature topics at Lawrence Hall of Science above UC Berkeley campus. See Cal Sports & Science above for LHS science morning combined with Cal Sports afternoon. Reviews (3-97, 2-98) Reviews of old half day programs (way back pre-2002) were widely split. Some said well organized, good Fpleistaff and liked or loved it, others weren't enthusiastic, thought it was just OK or even boring, not worth all the driving for a 1/2 day program. One called activities oriented more toward younger kids. In more recent years since these reviews, LHS has beefed up the programs for older kids.
Age: 4 yrs to 12th grade Dates 1 wk sessions Time 9-4(4-5), Cost: $205-240/wk half day $480-505/wk full day ($50), Deadline: registration day is 2/10/12 for LHS members and hen FCFS for public. some popular programs filled immediately, but some slots may remain available until program starts.
Info: 642-5134 (12)*

Living Language Creative writing and reading for girls in El Sobrante with journals, group discussions, writers workshops, special guests, plus activities such as garden planting, working with beads, painting, listening to music, making masks.
Age: 8-16 Dates 2 wk (8 day) sessions 7/18-27 (12-16), 8/1-10 (8-12) Time 9-3 Cost: $250/wk, Deadline: May 30, limited to six girls
Info: 222-7206 (05)


Los Mapaches Music Camp: closed in 2010


Luna Kids Summer Dance: Explore movement invention & problem solving through improvisation, take classes in modern dance and other dance forms, and learn to make your own dances in Berkeley.  Summer Dance Camp (8-11) and the Teen Choreography Workshop (12-16) are appropriate for kids both new and experienced in dance and choreography.
Age: 8-16 Dates 1 wk sessions 7/11-15 (12-16), 7/18-22 (8-11) Time 10-4 (teen) 9-3 (8-11) Cost: $300/wk (20% discount before May 15) Deadline: FCFS
Info: 644-3629  (05)


Make Me A Pro Soccer Camp: beginner and advanced camps sponsored by the Berkeley Recreation Division and former professional soccer player Kevin Broomfield.

Age: 2.5- 14 Dates 7/28-8/1 1 wk sessions, partial and full day

Info: 677-7024  981-5150


MicroKidz Summer Computing Camp: Closed in 2001

Mills Girls Soccer camp:  Soccer coaching and games plus swimming, indoor soccer and outdoor games at Mills College in Oakland.

Age: 6-13, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/26-8/4, Time: 9-5pm, Ratio: 5-1 or better, Cost: $250/wk, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 430-2395 (06)

MOCHA Summer Art Camp: (*WC, *SC) Different themes each week such as cartooning, sculpture, sci-fi, animals, architecture,  sculpture, natural materials, musical instruments and edible art at the Museum of Children's Art in downtown Oakland. Art walks and visits to other museum or programs each week. Snacks included. Also offer half day studio intensives for teens with small classes and individual mentoring. Review (1-98) Well organized, small classes, limited facility but suitable (they've moved since). Like it.
Age: K-6th + 7th-12th teen program (CIT apprenticeship 9th-12th), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/16-8/29 teen half day program 7/14-8/8 plus winter and spring camps, Time 8:30-3:30 (8-6), Cost: $265/wk ($3/day for 8-8:30 $12/day for 3:30-6) check for scholarships, Deadline: FCFS. usually a few spaces left last minute,

Info: 465-8770 (03)


Monart Art Camp (see Berkeley School of the Arts)


Monkey Business Camp: (*WC, *FB, *SC) Outdoor nature based camp in Tilden near the Little Farm. Emphasis on play based fun with respect toward oneself, others, and the earth. Daily projects in art, cooking, science; gatherings with circle games and camp songs; exploring Tilden-the natural world, wildlife, farm animals, naturalist visits; fun field games like banana tag, monkey ball, sharks and minnows; storytelling; organic food projects,clay, tie dye, hula-hoops, weekly swimming at Lake Anza; carnival games and scavenger hunts. Tilden Outdoor (includes one swim day a week) for ages 4.75-10, Pre-K for ages 3-4. Youth Leadership, ages 10-16.  3-4 year old campers meet at an indoor/outdoor space just outside Tilden so easy to have kids at both sites. Healthy, organic, local snacks served in afternoon extended care. (See also Girls on the Go! and Boys on the Go! above).

Reviews (2-98, 2-99, 3-00) Excellent, creative staff. Kids loved it. Best for kids who like to be outdoors all day, enjoy some structure. Mix of active and calm time. Lots of noncompetitive new game activities and some independent time. Emphasize gentleness to world and others, nature appreciation.
Age: 3-4 & 4.75-10 yrs (CIT & JC 11-16), Dates 1 wk sessions in June, July & August (3-4 year olds in August only) plus weekly or daily registration for Winter break & February break & Spring break at Berkwood Hedge School, Time 8:30-3:30 (8-6), Ratio 9:1 (depending on age), Cost: $460/week; early registration discounts,
multiple week/sibling discounts, payment plans, work exchange, and scholarships available. Deadline: FCFS. Info: 510-540-6025

Info: 540-6025 (18)


Moonlight Entertainments Summer Drama Camp:  Theatre camp at the Redeemer Conference Center in Oakland off Golf Links Rd. Learn drama, dance and vocal techniques. Summer 2009 program is the hit musical "Disney's High School Musical 2" with the student production to be held 8/1/09 at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University.
Age: 5-12.  Dates: one 3 wk session 7/13-31, Time 9-3 (before & after care available), Ratio: 6:1, Cost $183/wk ($7/hr).  scholarships and sibling discounts 

Info: 969-8375


The Muse Company - Performing Arts Summer Camp: Theatre camp in Alameda, Piedmont and other locations in the bay area. Students work with professional directors, choreographers, vocal directors and theater professionals to mount a full scale musical theater production. Productions include full sound, lighting, extensive sets, costumes and publicity

Age: 6-13, Dates 2 wk session 6/18-6/30, Cost $480 ($240/wk), Discounts, scholarships available, Ratio 4:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 415-462-5817 (12)


Musically Minded Academy: (*FC, *WC, *SC and other school holidays): Music school and community arts center located in Rockridge which hosts a wide variety of camp program, including music, arts, crafts, science and engineering programs year round. Summer 2012 included Dragonfly Designs Jewelry and Play-well TEKnologies (Lego based). Summer 2014 Theater camp did a production of Disney’s “Frozen”

Age: 5-15 (CIT 13-15), Dates 6/18-8/18, Time: 9-3, 9-4 & ½ day, Cost: $216-430, Deadline FCFS

Info: 601-5700, (14)


Narnia Playhouse Drama Camp: See Doug’s Drama.


Oakland Youth Rowing Camps: (*SC) Learn to row or build your skills at the Jack London Aquatic Center.on the Oakland Estuary. Sessions both for brand-new rowers getting into a shell for the first time and experienced rowers looking to build skills.  Athletes will learn the basics of the sport including proper rowing technique, water safety, balance, and boat handling - all while working as part of a team, challenging themselves physically and mentally and having a lot of fun.  The skills they develop here will qualify them to join Fall Racing programs.

Grades 6-11, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/18-8/27 plus year-round programs, Time 12-2:30 or 3:00-5:00; Cost $250/wk or $175/wk Ratio 10:1, scholarships available, Deadline FCFS

Info: 629-1681 (12)


Oasis Dance Project: (*FC, *WC, *SC) Tribal dance for girls in Oakland-Glenview area. Empowering girls for living healthy, energetic and fit lives through dance as well as exploring journal writing, music, costuming, make-up and the legacy of the dance. 

Age: 13-18. Dates: One wk sessions June 23-27, July 21-25, Aug. 4-8. Time: 9-3. Ratio: 10:1. Cost: $295. Discounts & Scholarships: Early registration, multiple sessions, sibling, scholarships. Deadline: First come first served.

Info: 326-3933, (14)


Organic Kids Camp: Arts & crafts, drama, games, storytelling, gardening and play at Strawberry Creek park in West Berkeley with field trips to beaches, parks, museums, rivers, buildings, gardens, and fairs.

Age: 5-12, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/21-7/16, Time 8:30-4:30, Cost: $240/wk, sibling discount, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 847-6755 (04)


Pacific Boychoir Music Day Camp: Music day camp in Rockridge for young boys who would like to explore music. Campers learn music theory, learn to play Orff instruments and sing during the mornings, and then take a field trip in the afternoon to go hiking, swimming, bowling, and more.

Age: 5-9, One 1 wk session - first week of august every year 7/28-8/01, Time 9-4 (8-6) Ratio 6:1, Cost $275/wk (inquire for pre after care fees), Scholarship Available, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 652-4722 (08)]

Park Day Summer Art Camp: Art music and drama activities at Park Day School in Oakland. Different emphasis each week. End of week performance presentation to parents. Reviews (1-97, 1-98) Organization and facility good, staff professional and creative. Liked it. There is outdoor play in yard but best for arts oriented kids, not seeking a highly active or sports oriented program.
Age: 6-13 (CIT 12), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/16-8/15, Time 8:30-3:30 or 8:30-5:30 (8-6), Ratio 16:1, Cost: $250-260/wk 10% discount before 10% (add $25 for 8-8:30 or 5:30-6), Deadline: FCFS sometimes space available in to the summer, register at least 2 wks before session,

Info: 653-5718 (03)

Peace Camp: Peace themes and peaceful problem solving through singing, skits, arts and crafts, sign language, outdoor play, and nature at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Cedar & Bonita in Berkeley with afternoon swimming at King Pool.  Also held in Santa Rosa and Lakeport. Includes one day field trip. Very small groups for maximum individual attention. Review (1-99) OK facility, nice staff, lots of fun. Kid liked it. "not mushy".

Yoga Peace Camp: Children learn yoga poses and games that develop strength, self-confidence, and group cooperation and swim at King Pool in afternoon.

Age: 6-12, Dates: 1 wk session 8/16-20 (Peace camp), 8/9-13 (Yoga), Time 8:30-5:30, Ratio 4:1, Cost: $220/wk, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 845-8417 (10)


Peace Child: Performing arts day camp at Arlington Community Church in Kensington during which campers prepare and perform a musical that invites young people to do something now to help adults create a more peaceful world – by singing, dancing, acting, and making art for peace.

Age: 8-13, Dates 2-wk session 8/13-17 & 8/20-24 with performances 8/24 & 25 at 7 pm, Time 9-1, Ratio 6:1, Cost: $100/wk, Deadline: 7/16/2007 or FCFS

Info: 526-9146 or email  (07)


Pleiades Palette Art Camp for Girls:  Arts camp in El Cerrito that celebrates kids’ imagination and creative ideas through teaching girls about vibrant women artists through painting, drawing, sewing, and sculpture

Age: 7-14, Dates: 6/22-7/10 Cost: $340/wk, financial assistance available. Deadline: FCFS

Info: 526-6580  (15)


ProAction Athletics High School Boot Camp: Training camp for the High School athlete to build skills, capacity and confidence for fall tryouts. Takes place next to the Library near Lake Merritt. Different workout each day including cardio, speed drills, flexibility, weight lifting, core work, plyometrics and overall body toning.

Age: 13-18, Dates: 4 wk session 6/15-7/10 (there are also sessions during the school year)  Time 3:30-5:00 Cost: $30/wk  Ratio 20:1 Deadline: FCFS

Info: 847-4532 (09)


QuantumKids/QuantumCamp: Hands-on and discovery based laboratory science programs in downtown Berkeley and in Mountain View.  Students take historical journeys through exciting science concepts, conducting experiments and making sense of their own data.  Math, science & computer programs available as well as after school programs.

Age: 1st -6th grade (Quantum Kids) & 7th-10th grade (QuantumCamp), Dates: 1 week sessions 6/25-8/24, Time: 9-12 & 1-4 (Kids) or 9-3 (Camp), Ratio: 10:1, Cost: $295/wk (Kids) $595-$750 (Camp), Deadline: FCFS

Info: 559-824-3045 (Kids) or 510-841-4150 (Camp), (12)


Quest Therapeutic Camp: Program that aims to help campers achieve improvement in self-esteem, peer relationships and understanding and expression of feelings. Based at Stone Valley Middle School in Alamo. Coed and girls only sessions. Sports, games, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, drama, music and wildlife programs plus field trip every other Friday. Comprehensive program with hourly feedback, group therapy, bi weekly evaluations and parent meetings. 

Age: 6-16, Dates 3 wk minimum 6/26-8/18, Time 9-3:30 Ratio 6:1, Cost: $531-636/wk (check your insurance – qualifies for some coverage ), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 925-743-1370 (06)


Camp Ramah of the Bay Area: Closed in 05


Richmond Art Center Summer Camps: Art camps with hands-on activities ranging from painting, drawing, clay, screen-printing, weaving and collage. Provides small classes with professional artist-instructors in a nurturing environment. emphasis is on originality, having fun while learning fine art skills and building self-esteem.

Age: 6-13, Dates: Four-week sessions: 6/10–7/3 & 7/8–8/1; Times: half day programs 10-1 & 1:30-4:30 with supervised lunch (1-1:30pm). Cost: $81-$95/wk (half day)

Info: 620-6772;


Robinson's Equestrian Summer Camps:

Horse Stable Management Camp: Ride and learn all aspects of stable management and day to day care of horses. Sponsored by Robinson's Equestrian Services at Hayward Hills Equestrian Center.

Age: 12+, Dates  2 wk sessions 6/22-7/3, 7/13-7/24, 7/27-8/14, Time 9-3 (8-3),  Ratio 8:1, Cost $250/wk, Deadline 2 weeks prior to each camp..

Info: 862-0960


Horseback Riding Camp: Learn all aspects of horsemanship and horse care, mixing in a variety of fun horse activities and exercises designed to improve the student's balance and control, plus horsie arts and crafts and horse games. Sponsored by Robinson's Equestrian Services at Hayward Hills Equestrian Center.

Age: 6+, Dates  1 wk sessions 6/22-6/26, 7/13-7/17, 8/3-8/7, Time 9-3 (8-3),  Ratio 5:1, Cost $425/wk, Deadline 2 weeks prior to each camp.

Info: 760-8909


Robotics for Fun: Build robots or radio controlled all terrain vehicles (RC-ATVs). Learn robot design, construction and programming or RC design, construction and performance and build and operate your own in Oakland. Plus visits to technology related museums and sites.

Age: 7-teen, Dates 1 wk sessions, 7/27-8/7 (vary by age), Time 9-12 or 9-3, Ratio 5:1, Cost: $325 ½ day, $650 full day, Deadline March 31

Info: 597-0772. (09)


Rock n’ Rhythm Guitar Camp: Participate in Rock Guitar orchestra, move and shake to tribal African Rhythms, write rock n roll masterpieces, and sing, dance, or play percussion in jam sessions. Indoor and outdoor play. Performance at the end of each week. Guitars and drums provided. Collaboration of Kenan Guitar School Strike A Chord program and Pope Flyne’s African Dance and drumming program at Skyline Community Church in Oakland. Also programs in San Leandro.
Age: 7-11
Dates:  1 wk sessions 7/6-17, Time 9-3 (8:45-5) Ratio: 6:1, Cost: $375/wk, multi-session and sibling discounts, Deadline FCFS
Info: 532-2259 (09)


Roleplay Workshop: (*WC, *SC) Uses an interactive storytelling game called Abantey to teach math, science, ecology, anthropology, personal responsibility and group problem solving skills in Piedmont area of Oakland. Players work their way through complicated mysteries to create their own story. Low impact team sports during lunch break. Camping trips for experienced campers.
Age: 10-18 (CIT 13), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/23-9/5 plus winter and spring camps and daily session during all school holidays, Time 9-5 (8-6), Ratio 3:1, Cost: $200/wk ($10/hr) sliding scale and work exchange options, Deadline: FCFS. usually fills before June,

Info: 654-3582 (03)

Rotary Nature Center Summer Programs Nature activities at Lake Merritt (6-14) and Redwood/Joaquin Miller Parks. (7-11). 10-14 yr old program includes 2 night backpack in Point Reyes. See overnight camp section for more

Info: . Teen programs teach nature survival skills, including fire making, cordage, shelter building, all about water, plants as food and medicine, tracking, and tool making that could be handy in a quake as well as in nature. 
Age: 6-15 (CIT 12), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/25-8/24 (varies by age group), Time 9-3 (8-6 for 7-11), Cost: $110-115/wk ($40) scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 238-3739 (01)

Roughing It Camp: Sports, canoeing, fishing, crafts, drama, music, games, outdoor education, hiking, swimming, and horseback riding in traditional all outdoors camp at Lafayette Reservoir (door to door or group pickup transportation included to many Alameda and Contra Cost:a County locations and some SF locations). Also have specialty horse camps (English and Western). Reviews (1-00) Very well organized, well trained staff, lots of outdoor activity. Loved it. Best for independent outdoors kids.
Age: 4-1/2-16 (CIT), Dates 2 & 4 wk sessions 6/23-8/29, Time 9-3 (7-5:30, transportation available for afternoon), Ratio 4:1, 15 campers, Cost: $478-$663/wk (inquire), Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 925/283-3795 (03)


Sarah’s Science (see This Land Is Your Land below)

ScienceWiz Summer Camp: Build a robot (Lego Mindstorms) or an electric battery car or solar go kart that you can drive at St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, El Sobrante and other bay area locations. Special global warming seminar added in 2005. Age: 4th-9th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/12-7/31 plus a week in August TBA, Time 8:30-12:30 or 1-5 or full day, Ratio 4:1, Cost: half day $265-285/wk, $225-245 before 3/31, full day $365-390 ($325-$350 before 3/31) Deadline: FCFS. some sessions fill up ahead,

Info: 222-2638 (06)


Scratch Paper Workshops: Creative writing and printmaking in Albany and North Berkeley. Limited to 8 students.  Fees include snack and materials.

Age 8-12, Dates 1 wk sessions Poetry and Printmaking (6/20-6/24 & 6/27-7/1), Strictly Writing (7/5-7/9), Digital Poetry (7/18-7/22), Time 9-1, Ratio 8:1 or 8:2, Cost $220



Sees the Day, A Classroom without Walls: A value based learning program committed to instilling in children a natural respect and reverence for each other and for all life on earth.  Unique excursions, character education, self esteem games, personal awareness, beading, swimming (optional), storytelling, fairy houses, earthworks, nature awareness, thankful circles, mystery guests, love, laughter and good old innocent fun. Takes place in Berkeley at Tilden Park/Lake Anza and Glendale La Loma Park. Morning and afternoon snack provided.

Age: 6-11 ( CIT 12+yrs), Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/15-8/14, Time: 8:45-3:45, (3:45-5:15), Ratio 7:1, 24-28 campers. Cost: $325/wk, inquire about tuition assistance, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 917-5573  (15)


Sew What Summer Sewing Camp: Fashion design and sewing camp by designer Erica Varize in North Berkeley.  Sessions offered for beginners through advanced . Campers will learn to sew and will design and create two fashion items personalized with unique embroidery.  Learn basic hand and machine sewing skills. Explore the green movement in fashion by reconstructing clothing as well as product development, portfolio building, pattern making and fashion design techniques. Weekly field trips and guest speakers. After two weeks the camp designers will present their works to the community, family and friends at a runway fashion show and party.

Age: 4th-12th grade.  Dates 2 wk sessions 6/2-8/20.  Times 10-3   Cost: $320/wk includes all materials, sibling discounts. Deadline: FCFS 

Info: 845-0376 (10)


SewNow Summer Sewing Camp: (*WC, *SC) Fashion design and sewing camp based in Lafayette, CA (a few minutes walk from BART station).  Sessions offered for beginners through advanced - campers will learn to sew and will design and create two fashion items personalized with unique embroidery.   

Age: 8-18.  Dates 1 wk sessions all summer plus winter and spring camps.  Times 9-12 or 1-4. Ratio: 6:1 or less.  Cost: $350/wk includes all materials, multi-session, sibling, and refer-a-friend discounts. Deadline: FCFS 

Info: (925) 283-7396 (07)


SFEMS Music Discovery Workshop: Renaissance era based multi-arts program at Crowden School in Berkeley., Theatre, dance, crafts and most of all instrumental music, including recorder, harpsichord, cello, violin, and viola de gamba. Led by faculty from the San Francisco Early Music Society.  Week ends with evening concert and potluck feast.
Age: 7-15, Dates 1 wk session 7/29-8/03, Time 9-3 + feast Friday evening (9-8), Ratio 7:1, Cost: $330/wk  ($) inquire about financial assistance , Deadline: FCFS. usually some last minute spots, 

Info: 559-4670 (07)


Shoot for Summer: no longer active as of 2008


Shu Ren  Mandarin Immersion Camp:  Chinese language immersion program at Shu Ren International School in Berkeley. Students learn Mandarin language skills and Chinese cultural knowledge through fun, immersion-based activities including singing, stories, Chinese dance, arts and crafts, martial arts and morning exercise. Chinese music lessons by DJ Wind Chinese Music Academy will be included for the older age group. Prior knowledge of Chinese is not necessary.

Age: 3-10, Dates 2 wk sessions 6/21-8/13, Time 8:30-11:30 or 8:30-3 (7:30-6), Cost $210-315/wk ($5-11/hr), early registration discount by March 31.

Info: 981-0320 (10)


Singabout: Closed in 2001


Skyhawks Sports Academy: Sports camps - national program with over 25 cities in the East Bay, including Albany and Berkeley. Includes soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, beginning golf, track and field and cheerleading.

Age: 4-12. Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/16-8/22. Time:  9-3:30 or 9-noon & 1-4, Ratio: ~8:1. Cost: $117-164/week, Deadline: FCFS

Info: (925) 349-4915 (10)


SMART Academy Camp: Science, mathematics, art, recreation and technology camp based near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Campers receive classroom instruction in the morning by credentialed teachers and recreation/teamwork exercises in the afternoon. Introduces advanced scientific concepts and helps students develop college-level math skills. Students will also create artistic projects, participate in athletic competition, and utilize technology throughout the summer session. Weekly field trips in the surrounding area. .

Age 9-14, Dates one 3 wk session 7/29-8/16, Time 9-4 (8-6)

Ratio 15:1, Cost $200/wk ($140), multi-session and early registration and sibling discounts, Deadline FCFS

Info 415-913-9145 (13)


Soccer Basics: Soccer practice and some swimming in afternoon sessions at King Junior High in Berkeley. Review (1-98, 1-99). Good staff. Loved it. Definitely for the soccer lover.

Age: 5-15, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/18-8/20, Time 8:30-12 or 8:30-3 0r 5 Cost: $115/wk ½ day, $195 full day, $80 advanced camp, Deadline: 5/31 for early bird discount then FCFS. usually space available,

Info: 232-4625 (05)


Sport Fencing Center: Learn the Olympic sport of fencing at the Sport Fencing Center in Richmond (Central near Pt Isabel). Tailored to introduce the sport of fencing to children. No experience is required. Activities include technical and tactical drills, footwork, fencing games and Olympic-style electronic bouting. All equipment provided.

Age 7-11, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/21-8/20, Time 9-3, Cost  $349, Deadline FCFS

Info: 528-5110 (10)


Sprouts Cooking Club: (Formerly `”Culinary Kids”) Hands on cooking with real chefs from Venus, Revival, La Mediterranee, Pizzaiolo, Tartine Bakery, Chez Panisse, The Bread Workshop and more. Sessions at Whole Foods in Berkeley and SF Ferry Building with guest chefs and field trips to cook in restaurants. Classes emphasize both international and Californian fusion using local, seasonal, and healthy ingredients.  

Age: 7-13 (CIT 14-16), Dates 1 wk sessions 7/11-22 (Berkeley) 7/25-8/5(SF), Time 9-5, Ratio: 3:1, Cost: $450/wk, multi-session and sibling discounts , Deadline: FCFS

Info: 406-270-9819 (11)


Stage Door Conservatory Summer Musical Theater Camp (outgrowth of the ''OnStage'' program at the Berkeley-Richmond JCC). Learn all aspects of theater from acting, singing and dancing to creating their own sets and props at North Berkeley's Epworth United Methodist Church with teen performances of professionally staged plays at various community stage venues. Programs designed for both committed actors as well as children with no prior experience.  Backstage CITs are integrally involved in our productions, selecting a specific focus, such as choreography, stage and set design, music, costuming, stage management or direction.  
Age: 2rd -12th grade+ (CIT/Backstage Apprentice for teens) Dates: 2-6 wk sessions mid June thru mid Aug, Time: 9-3:30 or 8:30-4:30 for apprentices) Ratio: 12:1+CIT (2-6th), 20:1+CITs (5th-10th), 1:1 (8th-12th+), Cost: $350-360/wk
Info: 209-213-2103 (14)


Steve & Kate's Camp: Campers choice of studios in Film, Music, Dance, Coding, Breadmaking, and Style (sewing and crocheting) every day plus specials and outdoor sports and activities. At The Berkeley School in Berkeley, Park Day School in Oakland, and 16 other locations around the Bay area. Includes healthy lunch and snacks.

Age: 4 -12 (Mentorship Program for 8th & 9th graders) Dates:  all summer, varies by location, Time: 7:30-6:00, Ratio: 12:1, Cost:  $239-$425/ewek (or $95/day), Deadline:  Enrollment is run on a continuous basis, no deadlines

Info: 415-389-5437 (16)


Studiowork Summer Art Camp: Small groups of young artists create sculptures, paintings, casts, prints and more while working with fine arts materials as well as everyday items in a garden studio in West Berkeley. Kids learn about famous artists whose work has inspired some of the projects and head out every day for lunch at the park, field trips or a swim.

Age 9-14, Dates 1 wk sessions 7/11-7/15 & 7/25-7/29 (also after-school classes), Time 9-3 (3-5) Ratio 6:1, Cost $325/wk, Deadline FCFS

Info: 528-2038 (11)


Summer Art Camp with Dianne Stockler:  Ceramics camp in a large art studio and yard, located near UC Berkeley in the Elmwood District. Create with clay and glazes in a small group setting (max. of 8 each week), art show at the end of camp. Occasional classes and workshops offered during the year.

Age: 7-15 Dates: 1wk sessions 6/19-23 7/10-14, 8/14-8/18 and 8/21-25 ((age group and focus varies with the week), Time: 9:30-1:30, Ratio:  8:1, Cost:  $290-300, depends on the week, some financial help available, includes clay, glazes, firings and snacks, Deadline: FCFS

Info: (510) 849-3654, (17)


Summer Boating Day Camps at the Lake Merritt Boating Center and Jack London Aquatic Center run by the Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation. Learn to sail Optimists, Sunfish, catamarans, and keelboats.  Younger kids learn kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, and dragon boats as well as nature explorations, games, and arts and crafts projects. 

Age: 7-17 (varies by program), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/24-8/30 (varies by program), Time 9-3:30 (7:30-6), Cost: $155-185/wk ($10/day for 7:30-6) scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 238-2196 (13)


Summer Youth Rowing at the Lake Merritt Rowing Club in Oakland in eight oared shells with the Berkeley High School Crew Head Coach. Get a workout, a tan, learn a new skill and meet other teens. Summer Youth Rowing offers 1 week and 2 week sessions either morning or afternoon. Near public transportation. The interns for this program tend to be teens from the Berkeley (boys and girls) Crew.

Age: 12-18, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/24-7/26, Time 9-noon or 1-4, Cost: $75/wk, scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 238-2196  (13)


Summer Youth Water Polo Academy at the El Cerrito Community Center Pool. Learn to master water polo techniques, hone passing/shooting skills, learn theory of individual & team offense/ defense, develop awareness of game tactics, and apply new learning's in scrimmage. Boys/Girls, Beginner to Varsity Level.

Age: 12-18, Dates Sundays 6/19-8/25, Time 3-5pm Cost: $150 for summer

Info: 409-7293 (05)


Summerfest: Sports (basketball or volleyball), performing arts, arts & crafts, field trips, teamwork and community building activities at Holy Names College in Oakland. New in 2002.

Age: 7-14, Dates 1 week sessions 6/16-8/15 ex 7/4 week varying by sport, Time 9-4 (8-6), Cost: $250/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 436-1662, (03)*


Summerfest Dance Camp Closed in 05. See Dancevirsity listing.


SummerFuel (was Academic Study Associates (ASA): Academic pre-college enrichment summer programs for high school students at UC Berkeley, plus Boston & Amherst. See also resident camp listings for domestic and study abroad programs in Europe and Latin America. 

Age: 9th-12th, Dates 2-4 wk sessions June-August, Cost: Varies by program – please see website, Scholarship opportunities, Ratio 10:1 Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 212-796-8340 / 800-752-2250  (16)


Sweetie Cooking Camp: at Spun Sugar near the North Berkeley BART station.

Each day has a different theme such as "Under the Tuscan Sun" for Italian or "It's Time to Wake Up" for Breakfast, Children learn how to; read a recipe, pick ingredients, use kitchen utensils including knives, whisks, measuring cups and spoons, use an oven, grill, fryer, sauce and sauté pans, prepare and chop vegetables and fruit, how to handle meat properly. Cleanliness and cooperative team work is also taught. Sessions for all ages and teens only. Each day has items for vegetarians. Experienced with working with children with allergies and special dietary needs.

Age: 7-17.  Dates 1 wk sessions all summer.  Times 9-1   Ratio: 4:1 or less (max 12 children/wk.  Cost: $300/wk includes all materials, multi-session, sibling, and refer-a-friend discounts. Deadline: FCFS 


Take My Word For It: Paper and Pallete: Creative writing/arts camp at  Classroom Matters on Sacramento in Berkeley (SF location also at CCE Painting Studio in  Glen Park East Bay session is all girls, SF is girls and boys). Half of the day campers spend with paper and pencil, immersed in words. The other half of the day campers work with pastels, charcoals, watercolors and more. .

Age 9-12, Date 1 & 2 wk sessions 6/21 - 7/23, Time 9-4 Ratio varies, Cost $325/wk, multi-session and sibling discounts, plus $20 materials fee. Deadline FCFS.

Info: 388-1548  (10)


This Land Is Your Land Summer Day Camp: (*FC, *WC, *SC) Science and nature with art, music, hiking, swimming and outdoor games. Two locations: Roberts Regional Park in Oakland and Tilden Park in Berkeley. Campers make and take home a fun science project each day along with a science note for the family to continue the learning. Different theme week (e.g., Machine Mania, Me and My Robot, Great Green Science, Wire-It-Up-Electronics, Ninja Science, etc.) Not reviewed (but my son enjoyed a winter break camp of hers quite thoroughly and others have described staff as good and warm). 

Age: 5-15 (CIT 11+), Dates 1 wk sessions 6/12-8/25 plus winter, spring and Thanksgiving camps, Time 9-3 (8-5:30), Ratio: 10:1, Cost: $425-470/wk, $25 AM Care, $85 PM Care, Early bird, multi-week, and sibling discounts available. Limited scholarships. Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 581-3739 (17)


Tilden Summer Science: Nature study through stories, song, games, exploratory hikes, videos, laboratory work and craft projects at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Park. Different natural science themes each week Review (1-99) great facility and staff, organization iffy. Nice relaxed program. Liked it.
Age: 9-12, Dates 1 wk sessions 7/2-8/31, Time 10-4, Cost: $125/wk, Deadline: FCFS.

Info: 636-1684, (01)

Trackers Earth Summer Camps: Nature camps with wilderness survival and adventure skills, archery, visits to ranches and more in Berkeley and Marin. Outdoor adventures that emphasis teamwork, outdoor skill-building, bonding, getting dirty, environmental respect and deep appreciation for the natural world. Also residential version for teens.

Age 6-14, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/15/11-9/09 plus overnight camps. Time 8:30-3:30 (7:30-5:30). Ratio 5:1 (for ages 4-10), Cost Average $300/wk with early bird discount,

Info: 866-374-0651 (11)


Trapeze Arts: Circus arts including flying trapeze, trampoline, bike, juggling, tumbling, static trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, and more in Oakland.

Age: 7-14, Dates 1&2 wk sessions 7/10-8/18, Time 9:00-3:00 (9:00-6:00), Cost: $260/wk ($85); sibling and multi week discounts,

Info: 419-0700, (06)

UC Berkeley Business Academy: introduction to entrepreneurship and the business world at the UC Berkeley campus Haas School of Business. Students interact with Haas professors to learn about fundamental business subjects (marketing, accounting, case studies, etc.) and work in teams to create their own business model or critically analyze a current business issue.  Students get a tour of the UC Berkeley Campus, sample on campus living and partake in fun off-campus and leadership building activities.

Age: 7-9th grades, Dates: one 2 wk session 6/22-7/2, Time 9-3:30 (extended care available upon request) Ratio 5:1, Cost $750/wk commuter ($2000/wk for living on campus option) Deadline June 10, 2015.

Age: 10-12th grades, live on campus only see listing under resident camp page for info

Info: 643-0923 (15)


UC Berkeley Pre-Collegiate Summer Program: High school students take college level courses alongside Berkeley students. Includes: seminar on "Writing a Successful College Application", guided tour of the Student Learning Center and social events to meet other high school students. Berkeley transcript acceptable for credit at most colleges and universities. To be eligible, students must have completed the 10th grade, have at least a B average, and a positive letter of recommendation from their high school.

Age: 11th -12th grade, Dates: 6 or 8 wk session 7/7-8/16 & 6/24-8/16, Cost: $430/unit + one time $385 registration fee

Info: 642-4762  (13)


UC Berkeley College of Engineering Pre-Engineering Partnerships (PEP) Summer Academy Academic acceleration opportunity hands on courses in math and engineering with integrated science concepts.

Age: 6th-12th grade, Dates: 6 wk sessions 6/26-8/4, Time 9-4, Deadline: June 16. Ratio 16:1 Cost: $200. Scholarships are available,  

Info: (06)

UC Young Musicians Program (YMP): Full scholarship music training program at UC Berkeley for talented limited-income students not able to afford private lessons or specialized training. Programs run year round in addition to summer program. Review (1-99). Well organized, good staff, and facility. Liked it. Learned to love and excel at music.
Age: 9-18, Dates 6/18-8/5 7 wk session, Time ?, Cost: $0, Deadline: 3/1,

Info: 642-2686 (01)


University Village Summer Program: Kids Corner variety camp and a range of sports camps (baseball, basketball, and soccer) in University Village in Albany. Kids Corner has different theme each session (sports, Spanish, drama, eco adventures, hike/bike/climb, mystery combo). Also have shorter time clinics in sports, arts, computer science and martial arts for 5-15.

Age: 7-12 Kids Corner, 7-15 sports, Dates 6/17-8/30 2 wk sessions Kids Corner, sport is 1 wk sessions date varies by age and sport, Time  8-6, sports 9-12, 1-4 and 9-3 (extended available), Cost: $150-185/wk, Kids Corner $105-200 sports  check for extended prices, discounts for village residents.

Info: 524-4926 (02)


Urban Adamah Jewish Summer Farm Camp: Hands-on organic farm life programs at an urban farm in west Berkeley. Diverse program of planting, harvesting, building mud forts and preparing meals in solar ovens in the city. Camp Urban Adamah also draws inspiration from Jewish wisdom and tradition to teach about Judaism’s deep relationship to the environment, farming, food and environmental stewardship, and how these values apply to our world today.

Age 5-10, Dates 6 sessions 6/17-8/23, Time 9-3 Ratio 5:1, Cost $395/wk, multi-session, extended care available for some weeks. 

Info 649-1595 (13)


Urban Adventure Camps: Urban explorer camp based at Rockridge BART in Oakland. Different subject themes each week(science, art and history). Daily field trips around the Bay Area visiting, museums, science canters, galleries, and city centers. Groups use public transportation with credentialed teachers and learn to navigate the Bay Area safely
Age 5-13 Dates 1 wk sessions 6/13-8/19 Time 8-4 (7-5:30) Ratio 15:2, Cost $400/wk ($60), Deadline FCFS
Info 339-0676  (11)


Van Der Zwaan Dance Studio summer day camps: Themed camps in Ballet, Gymnastics, Musical Theater, and Dance Fusion at Van Der Zwaan Dance Studio in Berkeley. Includes a supervised lunch and the option of early drop-off and/or aftercare. Performances every week during the last day of camp. 

Age: 3-15. Dates: 1-2wk sessions between 6/8-8/28 Time: 9-12 &/or 1-4 (8:30-5) Cost: $180/wk ½ day, 325/wk full day, sibling and multiple camp discounts. Ratio: 1 teacher (with 1 or 2 counselors) for up to 16 kids. Deadline: 30 days prior to the start of a specific camp

Info: 717-3872 (15)


Vision Tech Camps: Technology summer camps in Piedmont, Lafayette, Danville and Saratoga. Campers create Minecraft Mods, Video Games and iPhone Apps. Week long hands on program where kids can tinker with 3D printer, build robots with Arduino or write codes in Java and Python.

Age: 7-17, Dates: one wk sessions all summer, Time: 9-5, drop off begins 8:30 with no extra fee, Ratio 8:1, Cost: $799-1050/wk, Early enrollment discounts & scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS
Info 925-699-9602 (15)


Virago Theatre Company Original Play Project Camp:  Theatre camp in Alameda. Work with theater professionals to create an original play. Performers will create script and music, design and create costumes and set, and perform the show on the last day of the camp for the public Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda. Weekly workshops in stage combat, film-acting, dance and more, all taught by professional actors, dancers, and musicians.

Age: 9-17, Dates: 4 wk session 7/6-7/31 Time 9-5, Cost $195/wk, as about scholarships, Ratio 4:1 , Deadline 7/1/09 

Info: 865-6237 (09)


Viva el Español:  Spanish-immersion camp In Oakland & Lafayette with interactive games, music and movement activities, and hands-on / art projects and field trips that center around a specific theme.  Beginner students will learn basic language skills to supplement the vocabulary linked to each theme.  Each week culminates with a final presentation, where the kids get to show off what they learned.  Students are grouped according to both grade level and language proficiency. 

Age: K-5th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/18-8/3, Time 9-12 (Oakland) or 2:30-5:30 (Lafayette), Ratio 6:1, Cost: $249/wk, discounts for siblings and multiple weeks, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 925-962-9177 (07)


What’s Goin’ On - Young Artist Workshop Dance, art, song, drumming & storytelling at First Congregational Church of Oakland. Emphasis on creating peace and community. Presentations on Friday and at church on Sunday. 

Age: 6-15, Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/19-30, Time 9-3 (after care available), Cost: $250/wk (multi week discount),

Info: 893-4875, (06)


Wildcat Creek Stables Farm Camp: Facility closed (02)


Wildcat Canyon Ranch Youth Program: Horse riding based program. Opportunity for inner city youth to learn about nature, the environment and improve job prospects.

Age: 8-17

Info: 430-9510

Windmill Gymnastics: Gymnastics, games, art, and weekly theme (Olympics, Circus or Sports) in El Cerrito Reviews (1-00) well organized, good staff, liked a lot.
Age: 4-12, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/17-7/26?, Time 9-12, 1-5 or 9-5 (9-6), $102, $115, $144 ($5)), Deadline: FCFS
Info: 527-0570 (02)

Windrush Summer Adventures: Windrush school closed in 2012


A World of Peace Summer Day Camp: (*WC, *SC) Arts and crafts, drama, music, woodworking softball, soccer and Capoeira at Codornices Park in Berkeley. Weekly field trips, which include Santa Cruz Board Walk, Raging Waters, and Fruit Picking as well as swimming once each week at Lake Anza.  

Age: K-6th grade (CIT 13), Dates  2-wk sessions 6/227-8/19 plus winter and spring and afterschool camps, Time 9-4 (8-6) Ratio 8:1, Cost $235-262.5/wk ($35-70), early bird, multi-session, friend & sibling discounts, Deadline FCFS

Info: .292-0263 (11)


YMCA (Albany) (including All Girls Sports & Playground Rats) (*WC, *SC) Wide range of specialty programs for boys and girls at public schools around Berkeley and Albany, including World Art, Performing Arts, Out & About (wide ranging specialty field trips), Sports Camp, Pedaling Along (bicycling), Teen Adventures, Clowning, Gymnastics Camp, Dance Camp and other specialties. All Girls Sports includes basketball, ping pong, swimming, soccer, Capture the Flag and volleyball at Hillside School in Berkeley, rock wall climbing at City Rock. Also teen programs for entering 6-9 grade.
Reviews (1-97) Girls program was well organized, good staff, enjoyed it, learned about teamwork. Other programs have not been reviewed.
Age: K-9th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions vary by program plus winter and spring camps, Time varies by program, many 7:30-6, Cost: $180-575/wk,

Info: 525-1130 (03)


YMCA (Downtown Berkeley): (*WC, *SC) Basketball, kindergym, swimming, other indoor sports, arts & crafts, games at Berkeley downtown Y, half day at park, plus field trips. Breakfast included. Different themes each week (science, fun with food, invention, animals, water, etc.) Also various half day specialty camps. Reviews (3-97, 3-98, 2-99, 1-00) Mixed reviews. Some liked a lot, some didn't at all. Program is high energy. Staff energetic but young. Got better reviews in 98 and later than 97 for organization and staff preparation, but still generally called somewhat chaotic. Good exposure to diverse cross section of community. Better for more outgoing, independent child. Girls World camp got great review in 98. Tennis camp got poor review in 98 due to poor organization and staff.
K-11th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/17-8/23 plus winter and spring camps, Time 9-5 (7:45-6), Cost: $175-200/wk full ($0) ask about scholarships,

Info: 848-9622 (02)

YMCA (Hilltop - Pinole, Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo): (*WC, *SC), Traditional day camps (2-3 fields trips a week such as Marine World and Water World, plus on-site days with arts and crafts, sports and games, etc ) and half or full day week long sports and specialty camps (including soccer, basketball, rock climbing, leadership and cooking).

Age: K-8th grade, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/13-8/23 plus winter and spring camps, Time 9-4 (7:30-9 & 4-6), Cost: $150-200/wk full ($0) ask about scholarships,

Info: 222-9622 (05)


Yoga & Mythology Camp: Explore yoga while being immersed in mythology from all over the world. Yoga, storytelling, arts & crafts, music, movement/dance, poetry, & outdoor play.

Age 5-9, Dates 7/12-16, Time 9-4, Cost  $335, Discounts $295 Pre-Reg by May 1

Info: 486-1989 (10)


Young Writers Camp: Workshop for students who like to write and want to explore their writing interests, discover their strengths, and learn more about the craft of writing, held at Westlake Middle School in Oakland and other Bay Area schools. Campers receive specific in-depth writing instruction, extended periods of writing time, flexibility in writing assignments, and daily time to share writing with peers and conference individually with staff to build and reinforce their writing skills. Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley.

Age: 3rd-9th grade, Dates 3 wk sessions late June-early Aug varies by location, Time 9-12, Cost: $183/wk, sibling discount, scholarships available

Info: 642-0971 (15)


Young Adult Writing Workshops: Teen writing camps held on the UC Berkeley campus for aspiring writers. Each session addresses a specific writing topic: Flash Fiction, the college app Personal Statement, Backpack Journalism, and Hack your Notebook (a mashup of computer circuit hacking and storytelling), Going Graphic and Rebellious Writing (social commentary). Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley.

Age: 9th-12th grade (5th-10th for Hack), Dates 1 wk sessions vary by topic, Time: 3-6 hour days varies by topic. Cost $275-500/week

Info: 642-0971 (15)


Youth Musical Theater Company: Musical theatre workshop at Willard Middle School in Berkeley. Use score and libretto to teach vocal technique, movement, character development and relationship-building onstage. Summer 2006 production is “Godspell”.

Age: 7th -12th grade, Dates one 3 wk session 6/19-7/7 performances on 7/7, 7/8 and 7/9, Time 9-3, $213/wk , scholarships, Deadline:, Auditions 4/3-5/06 at Berkeley High School. 

Info: 595-5514 (06)

Zoo Camp: Behind the scenes animal experience, nature science, story telling and crafts at Oakland Zoo. Teens assist in animal care, wildlife theater and guide public. Reviews (2-00, 1-02) Youth program (teen program not reviewed). Organization and facility good, staff well trained. One reviewer called staff "not overly enthusiastic" and wanted more hands on with animals, other reviewer was totally positive about program. Good for kid with stamina (zoo can get hot and program includes lots of walking). One reviewer cautioned that it was hard (lots of walking) and hot and not enough engagement for a 4 yr old. 
Age: 4-17, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/23-8/15 (ex 7/4 week), Time 9:30-12, 1-3:30 or 9:30-3:30 , Cost: $200/wk full day, $110 1/2 day, teen programs $70-$200, discounts for members, Deadline: Registration begins 3/10/03 for members, 3/24/03 for non members then FCFS but many sessions fill early

Info: 632-9525 X205 (03)


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