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It’s that time of year again. As soon as the holidays are over, every parent has “Register for Summer Camp” on the top of their to-do list. Ugh! We hear you! And so, we put together a Summer Camp Guide to make finding the perfect camp for your little camper this year super easy.
Check out our spotlighted camps, general tips, and comprehensive list!
Join us for summer learning that will help your child prevent SUMMER LOSS in Reading and Math! We will help them stay attached to learning they received last year and connect them to what’s coming. We offer summer reading programs and one-on-one tutoring in our Sausalito office and online via Zoom.
Our goal is not just to teach content; our goal is to help your child feel their strengths as a learner.
Children who believe they are strong academically are the adults who will make change in their world. Children who believe their voices and thoughts matter will be adults who speak with conviction convincingly about things that they believe in. Children who can listen to others’ perspectives will be adults who are compassionate when others speak to them.
Our tutoring courses and reading programs strive to strengthen our students as strong, powerful world changers.
To Register email: [email protected] or call: 530-632-2808
Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18).
Held at San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College of CA, and Stanford
Camps available June- August Call for more information: 1-888-709-8324
The University of San Francisco would like to invite all baseball players 6-13 years old to our San Francisco Baseball Academy All Star Camp! Our 5-day camp will cover all aspects of the game, ranging from hitting, pitching, fielding and base running through similar techniques and drills used by the University of San Francisco Dons Baseball program.
Camps are offered weekly starting June 11th- August 10th
Camp Hours: 9:00am-3:30pm
At Culinary Artistas we run camps all throughout the summer at our beautiful studio in Ghirardeli Square. Each week focuses on a different theme where we will be cooking healthy, nutritious meals from scratch. In addition to cooking, students will have time for play center, story and reading time, and outdoor play.
Camps run weekly 9am- 3pm (with after care options) starting 5/28/18 until 8/31/18.
851 Beach Street, SF 94109
Renegade Girls Tinkering Club offers girls-only and coed camps with locations in the Sunset District, SOMA and NOPA.
Our camps teach hands-on tinkering and making so that kids complete camp projects on their own. There are 5 themes this summer to try: Renegade Physics, Arduino Robot Code Camp, Tinker Tales, Classic Camp STEM, and Tinker Your Future.
Weekly camps are offered June 11- August 17th.
Week long camps run all summer teaching coding, robotics, Minecraft plugins, and web and game development for students in 1st-8th grade. Campers also participate in daily outdoor play – fun team building activities and games. Prepare your child for the future – while having fun!
3236 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Our mission is to expose our young artists to a diverse group of Contemporary artists and designers working today so they can see making art has endless possibilities and can look and function in unexpected ways. We show them various materials to experiment with as well as creating their own tangible vision while learning to critique art. We focus on the building blocks of making art: line, shape, color, value, texture, space and form. They will be able to use this foundation to create their own works of art!
Weekly camps start June 18 – Aug 10 for ages 5-13 running 9am- 3pm.
855 Valencia Street, SF 94110
93 Moraga Ave. San Francisco, CA 94129 (415) 751-4000, cell (415) 939-8911
Ages 3-6 (campers) and 7-14 (Jr. CAMP Leaders).
Camps run weekly June 11th – August 3rd, except the week of July 2-6.
2101 Taraval Street San Francisco, CA 94116 415-297-3072
Art and Mandarin Camps Kindergarten – 5th grade, run weekly June 7- August 17th.
469 Hill St. San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 337-4369. Registration opens SOON!
6th- 11th graders: Session 1: July 16-20th. Session 2: July 30-August 3rd. Session 3: August 6-August 10th.
Summer Camp Tips From Our Writers:
Don’t over schedule your children, especially if they are super young and this is their first time at camp/ away from you. It’s summer time, and you don’t want your kids exhausted from too many things. Let them be kids and have down time too.
If your child is starting preschool in the fall, do a “little” camp. This will help with the preschool transition and may help with school separation anxiety. That way, if your child freaks out and doesn’t really make it to camp that much, you didn’t waste money on a whole semester.
Try something new. This is a great chance to try something before registering for it for an entire semester. Does your child like dance, basketball, or computers? Who knows? Summer allows you to give it a try. Exposure to different activities allows children to really find what they are interested in.
Take advantage of the area we live in. Maybe your child will want to do coding or circus acrobats? These camps aren’t offered other places in the country like they are here. If you have an older child, camps like these stand out on college applications because they are unique.
If your are trying to get into a particular school, register for their camp. It doesn’t hurt to get your family’s name out there and let the school get to know your child. It can only help!
Don’t just do what your friends are doing. Do what’s best for your child. Use this guide to find something special for your child.
Plan your camps around your vacations. It’s hard to plan in advance, but try to plan what you might be doing this summer from little day trips to maybe some bigger vacations (woo hoo!). You don’t want to pay for camp and then realize your child is going to miss a whole week for your cousin’s wedding on the East Coast.
Location, location, location. Don’t sign up for a camp too far away. Just because this isn’t your child’s every day school, don’t forget you still might find it super inconvenient to drive a long distance every day over the summer to a camp.
Dress your child in T-shirts that can be conversation starters. It’s hard to make new friends in a new environment. Maybe a SF Giants shirt, 49ers shirt, or an Elsa Frozen shirt (you get the idea) will help the kids realize they might like something in common and help them begin to chat.
If you have a child that is just too young for camp make sure and carve out some “summer experiences” just for them so they don’t feel left out seeing their older siblings go to camp.
If your child is independent, don’t be afraid of sleep-away camps. The goal is to raise children who will one day be capable of leaving us, right?
Label EVERYTHING! Here are some of our favorite labels.
Don’t let your child bring their “favorite” anything (water bottle, hat, whatever), even if it’s labeled. Items tend to go to home with the wrong camper and sometimes never make their way back. All kids have different schedules, and you may not see the same kids every day like you do in regular preschool.
2018 Camp Favorites
Keep your camper styling with our top picks:
Comprehensive Summer Camp List
Adventures in Writing Camp, 2nd-5th grade
Aim High, middle schoolers
American Gymnastics Club, 4yrs-up
Asian Arts School, K-5th grade
Azzi USF Basketball, 1st-8th grade
Bricks 4 Kidz, 3-13yrs
California Film Institute, 13-18yrs
Camp Edmo, preK-8th grade
Camp Galileo K-8th grade
Celsius and Beyond, 1st-9th grade
Children’s Day School
Chinese American International
Circus Center, 7-14yrs
City College San Francisco
Coach Rudi Sports Academy, pre-K- up
Convent and Stuart Hall, K-8th grade
Culinary Artistas, 4-9yrs
Destination Art, preschoolers,
Eddie Soto Soccer, 6-18yrs
Eureka Valley Arts, all ages
High Five Sports, preK-5th grade
House of Air, 7-12yrs
iD Tech, kids-teens
Jewish Community Center, preschooler-teens
Kittredge School, K- 8th grade
Little Artistas, 3-10yrs
MV Code Club K-5th grade
Nature Nurture, 3yrs-up
One Martial Arts, 4.5-12yrs
Pacific Rowing Club, 8th grade and up
Paresh Martial Arts, 6yrs-up
Renegade Girls Tinkering Club
Ripe Fruit Writing, 6th-11th graders
San Francisco Friends School, K-8th grade
SF Art Institute, 13-15 yrs
SF Giants Junior Baseball, 5-18yrs
Sky Kids, K-8th grade
Steve and Kates, 4-12yrs
Stretch the Imagination, 2-5yrs
The Bay Club, members only, 2-18yrs
The Butterfly Joint, 4yrs-up
The Creativity Museum, 3-12yrs
The de Young Art Museum, 6-12yrs
The Rabbit Hole, 3-12yrs
The SF Zoo, 4-17yrs
Tree Frog Treks, pre-K-5th and Teens
Tutu School Ballet Camp, 2-8yrs
uCamps, High schoolers
USF Baseball All Star Academy Camp, 6-13yrs
Youth 49ers, 7-14yrs