2018 – Specialty Programs

ATDP, Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley’s ATDP, Academic Talent Development Program, offers challenging summer courses for highly motivated young scholars in grades K-11. Since 1982, students have come to our sites to take exciting classes designed for academic advancement and enrichment. Examples of past courses include, Rainforests, Math Magic, and Programming in Java.

Elementary Division (K-6) is held for three weeks at Washington School in Point Richmond and Secondary Division (grades 7-11) is held for six weeks at the UC Berkeley campus.
Apply today!

Elementary Division (completing grades K-6)
Dates: July 9 – July 27, 2018 (3 weeks)

Secondary Division (completing grades 7-11)
Dates: June 18 – July 27, 2018 (6 weeks)


Aurora School Summer Camps

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All of Aurora’s camps are open to kids entering grades K-6. Our small groups offer campers individual attention and loads of fun! Extended care is available.

Our 2018 lineup includes:

Theater Arts Camp: musical instrument building, set design,and a rich mix of song, dance, and acting. This year’s show is “The Hills Are Alive! (with the Sound of Music)”
4-Week Session: July 5 – 28

Creators + Explorers: a mix of woodshop, coding, cooking, gardening, sports, and crafts! Full day and half day sessions.
Session 1: June 19 – 23
Session 2: June 26 – June 30
Session 3: July 31 – August 4

Adventures in Writing:
This two-week “day camp” program allows campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBooks or blogs under the guidance of professional authors and credentialed teachers.
2-Week Session: June 19-June 30

Viva el Español Spanish Immersion Camps:
Session 1: July 10 – 14
Session 2: July 17 – 21
Session 3: July 24 – 28

TechKnowHow LEGO Engineering:
Session 1: July 10 – 14
Session 2: July 17 – 21
Session 3: July 24 – 28
Session 4: July 31 – August 4

For more information and registration, please email:

camps@auroraschool.org or visit:

Cooking Round the World Summer Camp!

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Cooking Round the World is the juncture where cooking and cultural education embrace.  We educate boys and girls about countries around the world and American states using cooking to celebrate diversity and embrace difference.

Each camp day we cook and eat 4 – 8 recipes, read a folktale, play an international/national folk game, teach language and geography, observe a cooking demonstration, and learn to think critically about the foods we just cooked.  In the afternoon we see a slide presentation, play a trivia game and play our version of the TV show “Chopped” or bake desserts.

The program is completely hands-on; everyone peels or chops or dices or minces.  We believe in cooking with whole foods and having the children do the prep work themselves.

Cooking Camp is for boys and girls ages 6 – 13.  Full day hours are 9 – 4 pm, with pre-care available from 8 – 9 am.  Cost is $485/week full day; $350/week for half day (9 – 1 pm).  No individual days of camp are offered.

Campers come away from a Cooking Round the World experience with respect for difference, a broadened palate, and a desire to become a citizen of the world!  Educational!  Delicious!  Fun!


Eden Village West

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Eden Village West is a farm-to-table residential Jewish summer camp in Northern California for ages 8-14 featuring culinary arts, organic farming, homestead crafts, wilderness skills, sports, and music.

At Eden Village West we are redefining camp food by bringing local, organic, farm-to-table values to every bite we eat.  All of our food is 100% organic, 100% kosher, 100% of the time.

Located in Sonoma County, our camp features beautiful facilities along a private stretch of the Russian River.  Our 350-acre campus has trails for hiking and camping, a teaching kitchen and bakery, wood shop, ceramics studio, outdoor pool, playing fields, comfortable dormitories, outdoor amphitheater, large gym with basketball courts, and more!

Session 1: June 19 to July 1
Session 2: July 3 to July 15
Session 3: July 17 to July 29

Visit https://youtu.be/5caEuYv1hcQ to watch our camp video and www.edenvillagewest.org for more information.

Questions? Email us at welcome@edenvillagewest.org or give us a call at 510.560.5610 – we’d love to connect with you about camp!


Fiddleheads Summer Camp

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Fiddleheads is a warm and playful summer camp offering children therapeutic support and social and emotional instruction.  We hold our program in the enlivening atmosphere of our Bay Area parks.

We foster deep nourishing connections for the children between themselves, between your child, and the beauty and joys of nature; and between your child and our loving, supportive guides.

We are careful not to over schedule the children.  We honor the natural rhythms of the child and the day; the in and the out breath.  A harmony of excitement and relaxation is sought through a balanced flow of free play, adventure, story time, structured games, crafts, snack, and circle times

Group size up to 6-8 children with 2-3 counselors.
Separate groups for different ages, ages 4-12

Session 1 June 18 – June 29
Session 2 July 2 – July 13
Session 3 July 16 – July 27

Camps are in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Orinda, San Francisco, Fairfax, and Petaluma.

COSTS (per 2weeks):
Tier 1: $1250
Tier 2: $950 as determined based on application
Tier 3: $0-$950 – Scholarships determined based on the application.

Contact fiddleheads@seedsofawareness.org or

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Kids’ Carpentry Summer Programs

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Kids’ Carpentry has been teaching girls and boys, kindergarten-6th grade, the safe-use of woodworking hand tools since 1982.

Director Michael Glass, along with his super talented wife, Jeab, will be offering classes through the Albany, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek (Heather Farm) recreation departments this summer.  In addition we will be offering classes at the JCC East Bay as well.

Visit our website, www.kidscarpentry.com for more information regarding registration and tuition.  Through a sequence of projects the young carpenters gain the skill and competence to complete increasingly more complicated projects after first completing their sanding block and super-top.  From boats to bird feeders, doll furniture, clocks, games, airplanes, and many more, the kids have a wide range of projects to choose from.

In addition to the fun kids have they also gain quality experiences in measuring, applied math (including fractions), problem-solving, craftsmanship, and empowered by the hands-on experience.

Our 4-day summer programs are offered Mondays-Thursdays with 3 classes/day to choose from: 9:30-11:00; 11:00-12:30; 12:30-2:00.

You can also contact Michael directly at: michael@kidscarpentry.com Have a safe and adventurous summer!


Oakland Zoo ZooCamp

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Oakland Zoo invites children from all around the Bay Area to explore the Zoo, it’s animals and their homes for an exciting week of outdoor nature discovery, animal adventures, and loads of fun!  Summer Camp activities include interactive stories, puppet play, games, craft projects, science activities, learning about the Zoo’s animals and their homes, and of course, ANIMALS!

Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate, programs that are infused with science and learning that is coordinated with the public school curricula.  There are programs for campers in Pre-K to Middle School, with a different and animal-relevant theme each week.

We also offer a high school volunteer program throughout the summer for teens to assist with campers or work as Teen Wild Guides in the Zoo.

For prices, please visit our website.

Camp runs from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday, June-August.
Before and after care are available for an additional cost.

ZooCamp offers partial scholarships; applications are available for download on our website.


“Sew What” BayGanda

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After 10 years of serving the Bay Area community, EVarize Sew What Sewing Camp has become the non profit Sew BayGanda and we are on a mission to share the art of sewing with every child from the Bay to Uganda!

Camp is offered in Berkeley for 3rd through 8th graders June-Aug.  There is a final session in Uganda for girls there.  Our camp uniquely joins the worlds of young Bay Area youth and Ugandan girls and teaches them both the art of sewing.  This is a camp adventure you won’t want to miss.  For two weeks, starting June 25th, children learn the art of sewing and design. They are given the opportunity to create and build their own collection to showcase at our annual fashion show.  Your child’s two weeks are filled with the world of avant-garde, team challenges, field trips and guest instructors.  The most memorable Summer ever!

Summer 2018 schedule
In Berkeley, M-F, 10a-3p, serving 3rd through 8th graders
Prior sewing experience not required


Shu Ren Bay Area Adventure Camp – Explore, Inquire, and Create!

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The summer camp at Shu Ren is a unique experience for both local and international students age 8 to 14 to discover their own creative potential and artistic voice and build friendship with each other while exploring the historical, cultural, and natural landmarks surrounding the Bay Area.

Each session will be a new creative adventure and the students’ inquiry focus will be framed around a specific art concept, art medium and a Bay Area cultural experience.

Over the course of the program, students will explore a variety of 2D art mediums including digital photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, street art, and mixed media.  The art mediums, concepts, and cultural destinations will all share common links to help students formulate meaning and understanding during the creative process.

Dates and Time
Session 1:  7/23 – 8/3 (8:30am – 3pm with before and after-care 7:30am – 8:30am; 3pm – 6pm)
Session 2:  8/6 – 8/17 (8:30am – 3pm with before and after-care 7:30am – 8:30am; 3pm –

Each child will leave the camp with these skills:

A stronger foundation in art education
Confidence exploring their own creativity
A greater understanding of themselves and other cultures
Confidence in navigating around the city


Town Camp

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Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development (OPRYD) provides transformational experiences, and multi-cultural awareness.  We create empowering park and recreational opportunities, and equitably increase the quality of life for all Oaklanders.

Dancing, Painting, Crafting, Laughing– All of these and more to experience at OPRYD!  Summer is right around the corner and school will soon be out.  Get the 411 on what’s available for kids at our 38 recreation program sites!

Choose from woodworking, clay and art projects, digital and audio production and more.  Get details about our affordable program offerings by contacting your local recreation center or visit us online at: www.oaklandnet.com/parks

Cultural Programs highlights include:
*Arts-n-Expression Week – Town Camp
* Studio One Art Center
* Oakland Fine Arts Summer School (OFASS)
* Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts (MCCA)
* Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA)
* East Oakland Sports Center Introductory School of Dance

IMAGINE.  INSPIRE.  INVEST.  Experience Oakland with Us!


Worlds of Wonder – Hands on Learning to Foster Creativity & Curiosity

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The Child Unique Montessori School & the Montessori Elementary School of Alameda present:  Worlds of Wonder HANDS ON LEARNING TO FOSTER CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY SUMMER 2018.

Preschool age children will enjoy 3 Week Camp curriculum to include:  Get Moving & Outdoor Sports, Dinosaurs and Space!

We also provide a Trail Blazing Camp for elementary students who will enjoy exploring Alameda and all that it has to offer, as we keep the brain and body working!  Academic tutoring offered as well.

Our camps promote critical thinking and a sense of wonder for the world around us.  Visit our website calendar/forms page to download our summer brochure and see all of various date/time/fee options or call for more information.

Summer Locations:  2226 Encinal Ave/2212 Pacific Ave Alameda, CA 94501 510-521-9227 (phone) or 510-521-9246 (fax) www.thechildunique.org – office@thechildunique.org