This is a list of camps in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area). The list is always growing so check back! Prices, dates and details are subject to change. If you see a camp you are interested in, please confirm information by going to the camp website.
Description: Trackers Earth offers award-winning camps. Parents know them as one of the best and most engaging summer camps in the Bay Area. Day camps are fueled by compelling story and old school outdoor adventure. Overnight camps are rooted in fantastic legend and authentic traditional skills.
Locations: South Berkeley: 3049 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA / West Berkeley: Berkeley Marina University Ave Berkeley, CA / Walnut Creek: Rudgear Park 2222 Stewart Ave Walnut Creek, CA
Ages: Age 4-grade 10
Dates: June 19-Aug 25
Description: (Ages 8 – 11)
Experience the old-time country farm lifestyle during a week of farm camp fun! We’ll learn about caring for farm animals, harvesting, cooking, getting dirty, and having fun! Register early for this popular camp. Registration begins Tuesday, February 2.
Location: Little Farm, Tilden Park
Dates: Weekly sessions in July & Aug (Visit site for details)
Cost: $260 – $280 / week
Description: Camp Kee Tov continues its tradition of over 45 years of excellence in day-camping with a special ruach (Kee Tov spirit) all its own. With groups for children entering Kindergarten-9th grade, our programming and traditions have inspired thousands of campers from a diverse cross-section of our community, welcoming a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, families and faiths.
Location: Pick Up & Drop Off – Temple Beth-El & Live Oak Park
Dates: Monthly sessions – Session 1: June 26 – July 21 / Session 2: July 31 – August 25
Cost: $1,295-$1,900 (non-member) / $875-$1,350 (Beth-El Member)
Description: Infuse the love of dance in your child while they dance the day away. Offering a variety of different types of dance to all different ages. Check the website for details on each camp offered.
Location: 1537 & 1539 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709 (across from Andronico’s)
Dates: Weekly sessions June 12- August 25
Cost: Half Day Camps: 1 week $215, 2 weeks $360, 3 weeks $538, 4 weeks $ 648, 5 weeks $ 896, 6 weeks $1075
Full Day camps: 1 week $360, 2 weeks $648, 3 weeks$972, 4 weeks $1296, 5 weeks $1620
( All camps are 5 days except the week of July 4rd )
Description: Education Unlimited offers CAPC Intensive, Prep Camp Excel, Computer Camps, Public Speaking Institute, Summer Focus, Science and Engineering Camps, and Advanced Video Production.
Location: UC Berkeley – Please note, Education Unlimited programs held at UC Berkeley are not sponsored by the University of California
Ages: 5th – 12th grade
Dates: Weekly sessions in June & July
Cost: Day Camper:$1,590.00 / Extended Day Camper:$1,870.00 / Overnight Camper:$2,200.00 (per week) – (prices may vary based on program. Check site for accurate pricing.)
Description: At Girls on the Go Camp, girls explore, imagine, and connect with one another and the beautiful BayArea. Traveling to locations near and far, Girls on the Go campers receive coaching on how to safely navigate the public transit system. Special guests share their talents in interactive play-shops, with a special focus each week. Girls have summer days filled with spontaneous and planned adventure and chances to try out new and familiar activities.
Oakland (Rockridge): Frog Park, 5500 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley (North): Cedar-Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street
Dates: Berkeley Site: June 12-August 25 / Oakland Site: July 10-21
Location: 25 Sport Ln, Berkeley, CA 94720
Description:Whether your child is a first-timer or an experienced Explorer camper, our exciting and active program is sure to create lasting memories for your child for years to come! Explorer Camp employs a superb and highly-trained group of instructors and group leaders to be there every step of your child’s camp experience.
Dates: Weekly sessions from June 12 – August 18
Cost: One Week – $380 / Two Weeks – $595
Description: Get into potions, pollywogs, chemistry, dinosaurs, bugs, and more through our camps. They are all hands-on and age-specific, so that every child learns by doing, every day.
At the Lawrence Hall of Science, campers age 4 through grade 12 do hands-on exploration every day. See times, descriptions, costs, and registration information for over 40 camps, including half-day, full-day, research, and high school–age overnight camp.
Ages: 4 yrs-grade 12
Dates: Refer to website
Cost: Half Day – One week: $255 ($220 for Members) / Two weeks: $510 ($440 for Members) / Camps over July 4th holiday – Four days: $200 ($175 for Members) / Nine days: $455 ($395 for Members)
Full Day – One-week: $570 ($500 Members) / Two-weeks: $1,140 ($1,000 Members) / Camps over July 4th holiday are prorated: One-week: $448 ($398 Members) / Two-weeks: $1,018 ($898 Members)
Middle School and High School Full-Day Camps: Designing Structures – $600 ($510 Members)
Marine Biology Overnight Research Camp: $1,400 ($1,250 Members)
Description: Weekly themed camps in a fantastic children’s play museum that include: Under the Sea, Young Maker Lab, Back to the Farm, Cars, Boats, Planes & Trains, Castles & Dragons, The Land Before Time, Treasure Island, Space Station, Construction Zone, Circus Parade
Dates: Weekly sessions from June 20 – Aug 26Ages: 5-15
Cost: $250/week (non-members) $225/week (members/ pass holder)
Description: Dive into the world of theatre arts with Berkeley Playhouse’s award-winning program. Start your dramatic exploration with our enrichment program or hone your skills in our intensive training program. Whether you are a seasoned performer or simply searching for a creative outlet, the Berkeley Playhouse has something for all students grades Pre-K -12. Camps are generally offered Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm unless otherwise indicated.
Dates: Weekly sessions from June 12 – July 14
Cost: 1 week: $375 / 2 weeks: $675-$750
Description: Each camp day has plenty of structure and practice, and we have lots of fun in the process. I love to work with each student, one-on-one, to see what their unique interests are!
They demonstrate a variety of methods and ways of making art to nurture artistic development. The studio also provides lessons on color theory and famous artists in art history, go on field trips, and host special guests to spark the creative process. They encourage individual exploration of personal themes and interests. And they value working together and sharing ideas.
Their goal is to provide the materials, structure, and guidance to spark creativity in each child, allow them to explore and investigate their own ideas, and have lots of fun in the process.All art materials are safe and non-toxic.
Ages:7-13, regular campers, and 14-17, counselors in training
Dates: Weekly sessions June 12 – Sept 1
Cost: $115/Day / Age 7-13: $485 / CIT Age 14-17: $465 (Register before May 15th and get a discount! Check site for details.)
Description: Day camp, full of games, crafts, capture the flag, new friends and new adventures, fosters skill building and a sense of community, while allowing campers to return home each afternoon. Specialty day camps offer children valuable opportunities to explore age-appropriate activities such as drama, art and science and develop skills specific in those areas.
Locations: Oakland, Hayward, Castro Valley, Fremont, Newark, Dublin, Pleasanton, Richmond, El Cerrito, North Richmond, Pinole (check website for exact locations)
Ages: Grades K-12
Dates: Weekly session: April 3rd-April 7th (locations may vary, check website)
Cost: Approx. $199/week (locations may vary, check website)
Description: We’re here to help you raise Curious, Courageous and Kind kids. It’s just as important to learn how to code as it to unplug and go on a hike. It’s just as important to learn to design buildings as it is to create community. Get the best of all learning worlds in one amazinating EDMO summer. Each unique weekly theme features a different combination of Science, Maker, Technology, and Nature lessons. Enroll in several different themes for maximum 21st Century skill-building. Oh, and don’t forget, every camp day also includes good ol’ fashion camp rallies, songs and outdoor games mixed with research-informed Social Emotional Learning games and our signature EDMO Vibe game.
Locations: Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Oakland (check site for location near you)
Ages: Pre-K-8th grade
Dates: June 26 – August 11
Cost: Check site for pricing
Description: Galileo Summer Quest is where kids ages 5th through 8th grades get to dive deep into something that inspires them.
Designed for burgeoning visionaries, Galileo Summer Quest empowers 5th – 8th graders to take the next step. Campers choose from 13+ immersive majors, picking something they already love or a new area they’re excited to explore, then spend the week diving in.
Mentored by expert instructors and equipped with professional tools and materials, campers become YouTube producers, build catapults, whip up inventive dishes, design custom video games and much, much more. Each confidence-building, collaboration-packed week gives them an opportunity to realize their personal vision in a new inspiring subject.
Ages: Pre-K-8th grade
Dates: Weekly sessions: June 26 – August 4
Cost: $379-$429 (depending on how many weeks you purchase) *early bird registration discounts are offered – check website for details
Description: We offer day camps and youth leadership for kids, ages 3-16 in Berkeley and Oakland, California, offering a variety of fun, with a lot of time outdoors. Our programs range from summers in Tilden Park, to tween and teen field trip camps, to Pre-K camp, to holiday vacation camps.
Our mission is to provide spaces for children to experience the joy of the outdoors, to learn about and celebrate being in a diverse community, to discover their unique talents and passions, and to relax and have fun in a supportive, kind environment. We are part of the movement to honor the earth and all beings and to cultivate qualities of restoration, justice and care.
Location: Tilden Park & Cedar-Rose Park – Berkeley, Frog Park – Oakland (check website to see which programs are held in Berkeley vs. Oakland)
Dates: Weekly sessions: June 12-August 25
Cost: $488/week base rate (Add ons may apply. Prices may vary depending on program. Please refer to website)
Description: Kids come into this world brimming with curiosity, wonder and creative potential. Unfortunately, we often squash that potential by telling kids what to do, and what to learn.
At Steve & Kate’s, they believe that when you trust kids, they develop the confidence to trust themselves, and learn to use their own judgment. So they built a summer camp that puts kids in charge. Because unlike traditional schools, summer gives us the freedom to reinvent learning in a way that allows kids to make their own choices – and, of course, a few mistakes along the way.
Driven by this belief, they’ve built their summer camp to put kids in the driver’s seat of a world of possibilities. So whether your child is a natural-born storyteller with a love for animation, or a budding chef, or a hacker-in-training, or a dance machine, they can dive into their passions in a world free from adult judgments and expectations.
Do a day drop in, or buy passes for as many days as you’d like. This is the most flexible camp we’ve found yet on Parent Scout!
Fremont – Searching for a great nearby site in 2017
Dates: Early June to late August (Specific dates vary by location and are subject to change depending on school calendars, refer to site for details)
Cost: Buy 1 or more – $100 per day / Buy 5 or more $90 per day / Buy 20 or more: $80 per day / MEMBERSHIP: $2,800 per child
Description: SUNSHINE DAY CAMP (Ages 2 – 4) A camp for your youngest! Campers participate in age appropriate indoor and outdoor activities led by our experienced early childhood staff.
ADVENTURE DAY CAMP (Ages 5 – 9) This camp is a summer adventure in experiential education. Activities here include the exploration of our local environment, including a 100 year old hotel, a gorgeous park overlooking the Bay, a sustainable garden in progress, plus swimming activities in our top of the line pools.*
JUNIOR COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) (Ages 10 – 15) Our Junior CIT program is an introduction to basic job skills. These include babysitting, leadership and fundamentals of early childhood development. Our curriculum focuses on fun, hands-on learning and shadowing activities with both of our younger camps, guided by our experienced staff.
Location: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705
Ages: 2-9 / CIT: 10-15
Dates: June 12 – August 18, 2017
Cost: Full Day Week long- $265 (Members ), $340 (Non-Members) / Half Day AM/PM $160 (Members), $200 (Non-Members) / Full Day Drop In – $70 (Members), $85 (Non-Members) / Half Day Drop In – $50 (Members), $70 (Non-Members)
CIT Program: $350/week (Members) $400/week (Non-Members), $2000 for 10 weeks (Members), $2400 (Non-Members)
Description: The goal at BDC is to give campers an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop an appreciation of the unique natural environments that surround us in the Bay Area. Berkeley Day Camp is a traveling camp, which allows them to take full advantage of a variety of beautiful and unique environments throughout the summer. Each week, they spend one or two days in Tilden Regional Park and three days at the Berkeley Marina. One day a week we visit local swimming areas such as Lake Anza or Crown Beach in Alameda. Participants get to appreciate these fun outdoor experiences in a safe, community atmosphere, guided by trained counselors and program staff.
Location: Pick Up & Drop Off at Willard Park Clubhouse 2720 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley
Ages: 5-13 / CIT Program 14-15
Dates: June 20 – Aug 19
Cost: $169/week (resident) / $202/week (non-resident)
Description: Come discover your gifts to the world, whether you’re an artist, a music-maker, a farmer, a crafter, or cook. From building with natural materials to growing food and making art, you will experience fun earth-friendly crafting projects that are sure to delight all of your senses. For inspiration, we will also explore the diverse origin stories of our favorite foods, crafts, and family trees. Taste the power of community as our projects and friendship help us build a Global Village.
Ages: Pre-K – 5th grade
Dates: Weekly sessions: June 12- August 26
Cost: $435 /week, $850/2 weeks
Description: Emphasizing the process of creative play, “Ha Ha This A-Way” offers children an exciting variety of dance, drama, arts & crafts, clowning, circus arts, puppetry, storytelling, music, singing, aikido, sign language, yoga, nature & free play experiences in an encouraging, non-competitive setting.
Ideally suited for children, who are entering kindergarten through fourth grade, our program goals are to have fun while promoting movement confidence, balance, cooperation, performance skills, communication, self-esteem and individual creative expression.
Each session concludes with a display of the children’s Summer Camp Art and a Movement/Theatre, Dance, Circus and Clowning performance highlighting the children’s camp experience.
Location:Located in Bay #1 of the historic Kawneer Sawtooth Building at 2525 Eighth Street #16 (between Dwight Way and Parker Street) in West Berkeley, the Eighth Street Studio is half way between University and Ashby Avenues, near the Eastshore Freeway (Interstate 80/580).
Dates: 4 week session: July 13 to August 7
Cost: $1,250 per 4 week session
Description: If you have a child that is always hanging in the monkey bars, trees, fences… or creating dance choreographies or impersonating characters together with friends in the living room for their grandparents… a child who loves to write stories, make costumes, and thinks all of this is a blast, she or he belongs at Siksha Summer Camp!
Their goal is to create a student’s show case at the end of the summer camp where kids will invite their family members, friends, and neighbors to enjoy what they learned and created.
Activities include: Dance, Movement & Design, Circus techniques (modern aerial dance, poi juggling), Rope & Harnes, Arts & Crafts, Performance Skills, Story telling.
Location: Studio Azul 2525 8th St. STE 16 Berkeley, CA 94710
Dates: June 19 to July 7
Cost: Early Fee by 03/31/2017: 1 week – $365, 2 weeks – $730, 3 weeks $950 l After 03/31/2017: 1 week – $400, 2 weeks – $780, 3 weeks $990
Description: JCC Camp Tzofim is an inclusive summer day camp, from Kindergartner’s experiencing camp for the first time to teens going on overnight adventures. With activities designed for each age group – ranging from singing to swimming – JCC Camp Tzofim offers traditional camp experiences with an emphasis on Fun and Discovery! Campers celebrate community based Jewish values, while developing meaningful relationships with new friends and camp counselors. JCC Camp Tzofim is an ACA accredited camp.
5th-6th and 7th-9th groups participate in the Trip and Travel program, where they enjoy a week of onsite fun and field trips, followed by 2-4 nights of overnight adventures around California.
Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Extended-care is available at the camp location and at the JCC Berkeley Branch from 8:00-9:00am and from 4:00-6:00pm for an additional fee.
Location: Pick Up & Drop Off at 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA 94709 (A bus is provided to and from camp from the JCC Berkeley Branch (1414 Walnut St.)
Dates: Seven weekly sessions from June 19 – August 4
Description: The Bay Area’s premier summer day camp for curious and creative children ages. Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Join us for exciting science and nature curriculum with insanely fun hands-on projects each day. Weekly themes include: Great Green Science; Machine Mania; All Aboard Space Travel; Furry Forest Friends; Me & My Robot; May The Force Be With You; Wire-It-Up Electronics; Ninja Science; Have A Blast With Things That Go Fast; Knights & Princesses; Sarah’s Favorite Projects.
Location: Roberts Park, Oakland / Tilden Park, Berkeley
Ages: 5-10 / CIT program 11-15
Dates: Eleven weekly sessions from June 12 – August 25
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