2022 Bay Area Summer Camps (2022)

Here are some virtual and in-person options for Bay Area families. Check back for updates.

In-person camps:

Adventure Day Camp: June 6-Aug. 5. Ages 3-15. Donald Rheem Elementary, Moraga; Joaquin Moraga Middle School, Moraga; Dorris-Eaton School, San Ramon. This camp offers activities that strengthen teamwork skills, bolster confidence and develop self-esteem. adventuredaycamp.com/

AYM Leadership Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13-16, 1275 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda. This summer enrichment program is hosted by UC Berkeley alumni and college students providing high school students with college prep help, coding workshops, community service opportunities, leadership training and Christian worldview topics. $75-$250. areayouth.org/summercamp

BADM Discovery Camp: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20-Aug. 22. Ages 4-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. Campers will explore activities such as outdoor exploration, art, tinkering, natural science and more. BADM.org/camps

Bird School of Music Summer Camps: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. full day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. half day, June 6-Aug. 26. 1924 Polk St., San Francisco. Grades 2-9. These week-long music camps are designed for beginners through advanced musicians, who will write and record a song and make a music video. $450-$650. bird-sf.com/camps

Camp Captivate: June 13-July 15. Ages 5-13. San Jose, Mountain View and Santa Clara. This camp offers one-week science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) camps. campcaptivate.com/

Camp Imagineerz: June 13-July 29. Grades K-12. Los Altos and Palo Alto. Themes include maker space, theater arts and outdoor fun that help children face challenges with creativity, confidence and resilience. imagineerz-learning.com

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Camp Shalom: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (extended care option 4-6 p.m.) June 13-Aug. 5. 18 months to 16 years. 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Each session is filled with swimming and sports, creativity, crafts, dance and music. Prices vary. campshalomjcc.org/

Cinderella Kitty Cat: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 18-22, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose. Ages 4-8. A week-long kids camp that gives the classic tale of “Cinderella” a twist by setting it in a world populated exclusively by cats. Cinderella Kitty Cat leads children to purr, pounce, dance and meow their way, culminating in a performance for friends and families. $375. PlayfulPeople.org

Coastal Camp: June 13-Aug. 19. Grades K-9. NatureBridge at Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. Campers explore topics including marine biology, coastal ecology, conservation and cultural history. coastalcamp.org/

Code Galaxy Summer Camp: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 6-Aug. 5, virtual. Designed for kids to develop programming skills, courses include Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, Python and web development. $199-$349. Code Galaxy: bit.ly/3J66t67

CuriOdyssey: June 13-Aug. 19. Grades K-4. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. These summer programs provide an immersive science experience, outdoor learning and themes including Gadgets and Gizmos, Junior Keepers, Art Inventors, Nature Quest and Museum Medley. curiodyssey.org/activities/summer-camps-overview/

Design X: June 20-July 29. Ages 7-15. Los Altos. Students learn to take their ideas from concept to completion in a creative environment with courses in fashion, toy design, architecture and fashion-upcycling. designx.company.

Dollie & Me Summer Camp: June 20-22, 15200 Via Colina, Saratoga and June 27-29, Zoom. Enjoy afternoons full of crafts, activities and fun. $140-$200. Kit & sis: bit.ly/3LnReHk

Dragon Youth Theatre: June 13-August 12. Entering grades 1-12. Locations in Redwood City and San Jose. Students in Dragon’s performance boot camps and performance conservatories create showcases to perform on the last day of each camp session. dragonproductions.net/dragon-youth-theatre

Fly Your Kite Overnight Camp: June 11-18. Ages 7-13. Community of the Great Commission, 30303 Chicken Hawk Road, Foresthill. Activities will include zip lining, archery, boating, swimming, mountain biking and campfire fun. Transportation from the Bay Area included. $1,800. flyyourkitecamp.com/

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Galileo Summer Camp: June 6-Aug. 12. Grades pre-K-10. Locations in Mill Valley/Tiburon, Silicon Valley, the East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco. Tailored by age-group, each of our STEAM-focused weeklong themes features engaging hands-on projects, outdoor games and an immersive environment crafted to capture the imagination. galileo-camps.com/galileo-online/

Hiller Aviation Museum’s Aviation Camp: Flight in Motion, June 13-Sept. 9. Ages 5-11. 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Explore the science of flight from airplanes and helicopters to balloons with hands-on experiments in aerodynamics and aviation weather, realistic flight simulation, model aircraft construction and encounters with real air vehicles. For children ages 5-11. www.hiller.org/aviation-camp/.

Kids’ Country Summer Camp: June 6-Aug. 5. Grades TK-6. Alamo, Danville and San Ramon. Campers will participate in art, theater, STEAM, game design and sports activities, outdoor adventures and a sleep-away with kayaking and campfires. www.kidscountry.org

Kidizens Build-a-city Lego Leadership Camps: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, June through August. Ages 6-12. Los Altos and Belmont locations. Children work together and role play as young mayors to plan and build multiple LEGO cities of their dreams. $450-$999. thekidizens.com

Mike’s Paddle – Stand Up Paddle Board Camps: June 13-Aug. 12. Ages 6-16. Explore the San Francisco Bay from camps in Alameda and Redwood City, while learning to stand-up paddle board. Outdoor camps include full-day and half-day options. mikespaddle.com/pages/summer-camp

Movement Summer Camp: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. June 7-9. A 3-day summer camp for ages 6-12. $162-$177. Also, kids and teen summer camps June 6-Aug. 10. Ages 6-17. $270-$375. 801 Martin Avenue Santa Clara. Kids develop confidence in themselves through rock climbing and other inclusive activities. Movement: bit.ly/35aOYDA

Movement Sunnyvale Kids and Teen Summer Camps: June 6-Aug. 10. Camps for ages 6-12 and 13-17. 815 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale. Kids develop confidence in themselves through rock climbing and other inclusive activities. $270-$375. Movement gyms: bit.ly/3vpM0pC

Mystical Creatures and Magical Beings: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 25-29, Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose. Ages 4-8. This week-long day camp invites kids to invent their own magical beings – mermaids, hippogriffs or other creatures – then perform on the final day of camp. $375. PlayfulPeople.org

Redwood City Youth Theatre: June through August. Grades 1-12. Redwood City. The youth education division of Dragon Theatre Productions Company (AKA “the Dragon”) will host multi-week in-person performance boot camps and theater conservatories. $873-$1440. dragon.vbotickets.com/events

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Steve & Kate’s Camp: Early June through late August, multiple Bay Area locations. Campers will enjoy performing arts, sewing, coding, RC cars, climbing wall, baking, sports, water play, pie throwing and more. steveandkatescamp.com.

Summer Shakespeare Camp: June 6-Aug. 5. Ages 7-18. Locations in San Francisco, the Peninsula, East Bay and South Bay. Campers delve deep into Shakespeare’s work through activities and games. https://bit.ly/3wpuhM6

Superpowered!: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 11-15, Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose. Ages 4-8. This themed day camp week of character exploration and epic story writing concludes with an original skit to be performed for friends and families at the end of the week. PlayfulPeople.org

Robotics Summer Camp: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 6-Aug. 19. Locations in Santa Clara, San Jose and Fremont. Ages 6-14. Futurebytes Robotics and Coding Summer Camp includes robotics competition training. Kids will enjoy cool, fun and collaborative activities and games. $329 and up with a $15 discount. futurebytes.tech

Trackers Bay: June 13-Aug. 26. Grades K-12. Camp Herms, 1100 James Place, El Cerrito and Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. Trackers Earth will teach outdoor skills including archery, fishing, wood carving and more. trackersbay.com/youth/summer-camps.php

Camp S’more: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13-Aug. 19. Ages 5 and up. VillaSport, 1167 N. Capitol Ave., San Jose. Ten camp sessions offer options including games, sports, aquatics, art, nature and science. Villa Sport: bit.ly/3rKtmDE

Winnarainbow Day Camp: July 5-Aug. 14. Ages 7-17. 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville. The camp will be held in the forests of Mendocino County, where campers can enjoy a multitude of activities focused on the arts as well as time in nature, creating community and having fun. campwinnarainbow.org

YMCA Silicon Valley Day Camps: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June through August, several locations. Learn about space, get creative in the kitchen, design your own fashion line, build robots or take center stage. All YMCA camps will offer your child the chance to get outside, eat healthy, make new friends and have an incredible summer. $261-$375. ymcasv.org

YoungWonks Coding and Engineering Camp: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. starting June 15, 6920 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 219, Pleasanton. Ages 8-18. Learn basic to advanced level computer science skills at this camp for kids and teens. $230-$650. youngwonks.com

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Online summer camps:

Camp Edmo: June through August. Grades pre-K to 12. Online and In-person camps on the Peninsula, South Bay, San Francisco, North Bay and East Bay. Featuring 30 unique themes, online coaching and aftercare. edmo.org/programs/summer-camps

CodewizardsHQ: May through August. Ages 8-18. Kids learn foundational programming concepts and serious coding skills – Scratch, Python, Java, Minecraft – in a fun way https://codewizardshq.com/summer/

Cooking Round the World Summer Camp: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 6-July 29. Ages 6-14. Offering children engaging, fun and delicious online classes, cooking demonstrations, cooking skills and a story. cookingroundtheworld.com

Education Francaise Bay Area French Camp: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 20-July 28. Ages 5-15. Classes will include dynamic and engaging activities, lively conversation and games, and supervised “télé-recré” (recreation) breaks. In-person camps available in San Francisco, Emeryville and Mountain View. bit.ly/3sw3yv3

iD Tech: June 13-Aug. 19. Ages 13-19. This summer program offers online private lessons and virtual tech camps on everything from coding and game development to robotics and design. In-person programs in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Berkeley. idtech.com/virtual

KidzToPros: June 6-Aug. 19. Ages 4-18. STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps offer everything from robotics to arts, design, performing arts and a variety of sports. In-person camps throughout the Bay Area. KidzToPros: bit.ly/3p4j16R

Live Online Summer Camps from Varsity Tutors: 7:30-9:30 a.m. or 9:30-11:30 a.m., June 6-Aug. 29. Enrichment-based fun each weekday in subjects such as wildlife, animation, chess, space and meteorology. These live, interactive sessions are taught by celebrity instructors, like astronaut Leland Melvin, TV storm chaser, Reed Timmer, Animal Planet’s beloved Coyote Peterson, and TikTok animation star, Audrey Hopinks. Starts at $200 a week. varsitytutors.com

Dollie & Me Summer Camp in the City: July 8-9, The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco. Kids will enjoy a magical experience at this overnight camp filled with crafting, playtime, movies and gifts. Intended for children only, but parents are welcome to stay. $130+. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3bGsNbk

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How much is summer camp in Bay Area? ›

Camp costs vary widely, but usually start at $200 per week per child and can exceed $1000 per week for specialty, overnight camps. The lowest cost camps tend to be offered by schools, city recreation departments, churches, YMCAs and other non-profit community groups.

What is the best age to go to summer camp? ›

Day Camp. Day camp, where you drop your kids off for a set time period during the day, is an ideal option, starting around age 5 or 6, says Dr. Parmar. “Consider sending a 5 or 6-year-old child to a day camp if they are able to attend similar programs such as preschool or daycare without any major issues,” she says.

Why is summer camp important? ›

Enhances Social and Life Skills

Camps draw children together and help build team spirit. Kids not only make new friends but also learn to cooperate and respect the views of others. They imbibe the value of sincere communication and learn to resolve disagreements as well.

How long do summer camps last? ›

Traditionally, almost all overnight summer camps ran for the entire summer, which is generally about 8 weeks. As the population of the United States from the northeast expanded to other areas of country, the tradition of attending summer camps went with them.

How old are camp counselors? ›

Senior counselors, including specialty and general counselors, shall be at least 18 years old at an overnight camp, and at least 16 years old at a day camp or traveling day camp.

What does the adjective camp mean? ›

adjective. Definition of camp (Entry 4 of 5) : of, relating to, being, or displaying camp : campy camp send-ups of the songs of the fifties and sixties— John Elsom. camp.

Why do parents send their child to summer camp? ›

Camp offers a unique experience to children – the chance to be away from their parents for a short period of time and learn to handle more things on their own. Without parents to step in and assist, or rescue from mistakes, kids develop confidence in their own ability to make decisions and solve problems.

What children do in summer camp? ›

Summer camp ideas for KG-Class 2
  • Indoor games. There are a number of indoor games that encourage various kinds of learning for a child. ...
  • Painting. Colouring and painting are the most loved activities among children. ...
  • Scavenger hunt. ...
  • Imbibe Practicality. ...
  • Cooking. ...
  • Camping. ...
  • Craftwork. ...
  • Collection.

Are summer camps necessary for kids? ›

However, parents have begun to realise the importance of summer camp activities for kids. Not only do these camps help children become great at socialising and making new friends, they even learn new skills.

What is the best age for sleepaway camp? ›

Most of our campers start when they are 8 or 9 years old, but we've also seen some mature 6- and 7-year-olds who are eager to bunk with new friends, as well as some 11- or 12-year-olds who just aren't ready yet.

How much is American summer camp? ›

The average weekly rate for day camp ranges from $199 to $800, while overnight camps will set parents back between $680 and $2,000 a week, according to the American Camp Association.

How long do American kids stay at camp? ›

Most Summer Camps start between mid-May and late-June and run for about 9 weeks. You'll spend 9 to 12 weeks out in America as part of your Summer Camp experience.

What is the maximum age for camp America? ›

You can start your application before you turn 18 as long as your birthday is within the full application season and before 1st June.

What skills do you need to be a camp counselor? ›

What are the skills of a camp counselor?
  • Leadership. Leadership is an especially important skill for a camp counselor to have, as the main responsibility of the job involves leading children through their camp experience. ...
  • Decision making. ...
  • Communication. ...
  • Teamwork. ...
  • Critical thinking. ...
  • Creativity. ...
  • Being a role model. ...
  • Patience.
1 Mar 2021

How old do you have to be to be a camp counselor in California? ›

Must be at least 18 years of age.

What does camp mean LGBT? ›

The first English definition of the term, which appeared in a 1909 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, conformed to popular, contemporary notions of camp: “ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical; effeminate or homosexual; pertaining to, characteristic of, homosexuals…” If not synonymous with ...

What makes an outfit camp? ›

Camp, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing; a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture.” This is a definition that Sontag ...

What is camp aesthetic? ›

Karsten Moran for The New York Times. In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good art.

What do working parents do with their kids during summer? ›

Day camps.

The Scouts, the YMCA, 4-H, your local recreation program, and some private camps offer day camp opportunities of anywhere from a week to all summer. For children too young or who don't want to be away from family and friends, day camp provides the camp experience without the separation.

Is sleepaway camp a good idea? ›

Not only does overnight camp provide kids with the opportunity to make lifelong friendships and life-changing memories, studies show that overnight camp also improves overall happiness in many children and can help kids learn how to navigate social situations later in life.

Why do American kids go to summer camp? ›

The American Camp Association also reports that, for parents, the benefits reported include a safe environment that builds self-confidence, esteem and social skills, and encourages friendships, while increasing children's willingness to experiment and try new things.

What do you think a child gains from a summer camp experience? ›

By allowing children to take risks and face challenges, camp helps children build their independence, resiliency, and self-esteem in a safe, supervised and supportive environment, the study found.

What should I look for in a summer camp? ›

Top 10 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp
  • What is the Summer camp's emphasis? ...
  • Are the Summer camp staff qualified to teach your child? ...
  • Will your child be safe? ...
  • How is the social environment? ...
  • What does a typical day/week look like? ...
  • How does the camp approach discipline? ...
  • Is the camp accommodating to personal needs?
2 May 2016

Why sleepaway camp is important? ›

Growing confidence

One of the most important benefits of sleepaway camp is that children build confidence and self-esteem while living away from their parents. These positive attributes stem from belonging, learning and contributing.

What happens in summer camps? ›

Summer camp is a special type of community where kids come together to have fun. Within the camp setting, children develop a sense of independence as they try new adventures away from home. Summer camps are known for providing a safe environment where children gain self-confidence as they learn new skills.

What are the benefits of summer camp for kids? ›

Here are some that you can consider.
  • They keep learning fresh in children's minds and develop new skills. Children's minds are at their most malleable and receptive of knowledge in youth, and it's important to take advantage of this for as long as you can. ...
  • They enhance social skills. ...
  • They keep them busy and physical.
4 Jun 2018

How do summer camps work? ›

Campers arrive and the real work begins. The camp is split into groups and counselors are assigned a specific group of campers. Each day is then scheduled to include activities and meals and the camp may hold a parent's program at the end of the summer right before the kids leave.

What is the purpose of school camps? ›

School camps build confidence, ignite creativity and problem-solving, stimulate a sense of adventure, encourage social interaction and team-building, and promote independence.

How do summer camps keep the children healthy? ›

Summer Camps

A good summer camp can enable your child to develop essential life skills like - communication, creative thinking, and social skills. Children often learn new activities in groups which enables them to develop their social skills.

How do such camps benefit a student health? ›

Answer: These types of camps strengthen the immune system of a child. They also helps a child to pass his/her time...

What is the purpose of youth camp? ›

The aim of a Youth Peace Camp is to engage young people and youth organisations from conflict stricken regions in dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning and to provide them with a positive experience in living and learning together.

What should I wear to school camp? ›

Mark these with your child's name, address and phone number.
  • Shorts and t-shirts.
  • Jeans.
  • Socks and underwear.
  • Warm jacket or jumper – if it's a Winter camp.
  • Pyjamas.
  • Swimming costume.
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
  • Two pairs of sneakers – one old pair for water for camp activities.
17 Sept 2019

What is Camp in education? ›

Camps are directed by lifelong youth professionals, educators, and social workers. Campers are supervised and taught daily by qualified, experience, educated and skilled counselors, typically ranging from 19-25 years old. Camp is a tech-free zone where kids can unplug, but connect personally with one another.

What do you think a child gains from a summer camp experience? ›

By allowing children to take risks and face challenges, camp helps children build their independence, resiliency, and self-esteem in a safe, supervised and supportive environment, the study found.

What should I look for in a summer camp? ›

Top 10 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp
  • What is the Summer camp's emphasis? ...
  • Are the Summer camp staff qualified to teach your child? ...
  • Will your child be safe? ...
  • How is the social environment? ...
  • What does a typical day/week look like? ...
  • How does the camp approach discipline? ...
  • Is the camp accommodating to personal needs?
2 May 2016

Why sleepaway camp is important? ›

Growing confidence

One of the most important benefits of sleepaway camp is that children build confidence and self-esteem while living away from their parents. These positive attributes stem from belonging, learning and contributing.

What are the 8 benefits of a sports camp that offer positive impact to children? ›

For a more in-depth look at how sports camps can make a positive impact on children, refer to the following benefits:
  • Exercise. ...
  • Independence and Responsibility. ...
  • New Friends. ...
  • Perseverance. ...
  • Problem-Solving Abilities. ...
  • Self-confidence. ...
  • Strategic Thinking. ...
  • Teamwork Skills.
19 Mar 2021

What happens in a health camp? ›

Objective of Health camps is to screen the patients in each and every village of the taluka at their door step covering the whole state, give health related awareness, distribute medicines to treat common diseases and refer, as the case may be for surgery/treatment.

What is community living camp? ›

Community Living camp will be conducted at a rural area near the college. Camp provides students with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value.

What is a Bible camp? ›

Bible camps — Christian sleepaway camps where kids live together in cabins, explore the outdoors and dine communally, all while learning about religion — exist throughout the country.

Why should I go to church camp? ›

Attending Christian summer camp encourages spiritual growth through a Bible-centered environment, allowing children to focus on their relationship with God and fellow Christians. The community fostered in summer camp is unlike any other traditional setting tailored for students.

Is summer camp a real thing? ›

A summer camp or sleepaway camp is a supervised program for children conducted during the summer months in some countries. Children and adolescents who attend summer camp are known as campers.


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