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Camp for 1st grader that lasts more than 2 weeks

Feb 2013

I am looking for camps for my daughter who will be starting 1st grade in the fall. Both parents work so we need care most weeks. The idea of changing camps every week or two seems stressful on both us and on her, so I have been looking for camps that last longer than 1-2 weeks - ideally four week sessions. We were hoping to sign up for Kee Tov but her age group was full so we are on the wait list - are there other similar camps? Thanks! Amanda


For the last few years, we've been sending our daughter to the Junior Explorers Camp that is run by the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department. It is available for ten weeks, and each week they do different activities and a short local field trip. They also swim at the El Cerrito Community Center in the afternoons on M,W,F. My daughter never gets bored, and in fact, she has made some nice friends there. They have all day coverage too, which is great for parents that still have to work all day. Happy Camper's Mom
It's still a one week camp, but Sarah's Science Camp (three locations: Berkeley, Oakland and San Ramon) has a different theme each week. Our son has done up to four weeks back-to-back. It did not feel repetitive. There are many kids that do several weeks and often they are put in a group together and with the same counselor each week. We really like it have sent our son there for several summers in a row. Happy Camper's mom
Monkey Business has camp for 10 or 11 weeks in the summer. Some kids go for all 11, some for part of the summer. My kids went for 6 weeks last summer. There were some familiar faces and some new kids each week, which was nice. It wasn't too repetitious but had a clear structure- my younger one really liked that. Too much new doesn't work so well for my kids, so this was a good mix. Berkeley mom
We had originally looked at KeeTov last year, but had the same issue (sessions all full). We ended up going with Camp Tzofim (though the JCC) and after her positive experience with it, we're sticking there. My daughter was also between kinder and first grade when she started, and they were great with the little ones. She did six weeks (3 two-week sessions) and there was enough variation she enjoyed it all the way through. I particularly like that they go swimming 2x every week, as my daughter is a bit of a fish! Tzofim runs a total of four 2 week sessions. The actual camp is in Oakland, but they run a bus daily from the Berkeley JCC, and have early drop off if you need care starting earlier than the bus drop-off. http://www.jcceastbay.org/camptzofim/ - A happy Tzofim mama
Roughing It camp in Lafayette has either 4 or 8 week sessions so the kids really get to know each other and form friendships. It's pretty pricey but transportation from home (all over the Bay Area) to camp and back is included. They have a payment plan option if needed. The counselors are always excellent, many return year after year, low camper to staff ratio for younger kids and lots of activites to choose from. It's a traditional outdoor daycamp with swimming, hiking, games, crafts, theme days, camp fires, field trips, you name it.. My son enjoyed his summers there immensely. TC
Aurora, the school where my son goes, offers a wonderful theater arts camp where they put on a great musical at the end of a 4 week session. I think they are doing Annie this year. It's a K-5 school and the camps are for the same ages, so it's great for younger aged kids. Many of the staff at the summer camp come from the school too. Check it out at www.auroraschool.org/summer-camps. Registration isn't open yet, but will be launched next Friday the 15th. They also have before and aftercare. Keri
For our family, we have found it VERY stressful to change camps each week (even when staying with same camp, they usually change the kids there and often who the leader is for an age group every week)...so we did just what you are doing and looked for camps with longer sessions.

The one we LOVE is Adventure Day Camp (ADC) in Walnut Creek (we live in Oakland). The sessions are three weeks each; they have three sessions per summer. My oldest son has been to two sessions (or 6 weeks) each summer for the past three summers and LOVES it. He has found that there are many, many kids who come for multiple sessions each summer...so he has been with a fairly stable group of kids for the past 3 summers. My younger son went to two sessions last summer as well and LOVED it too.

ADC has buses to pick up the kids and take them to camp and bring them home...so don't rule them out if you are not in Walnut Creek (as noted, we are in Oakland). My kids have made great friends with kids of all ages on the bus each summer.

This is an old timey camp where the kids swim, play, try archery, ride horses, make lanyards and god's eyes, etc. They even have a camp out on the 2nd Thursday of each session. Kevin, the owner, is also very flexible if you can make 2 weeks of a session instead of 3 (as for us this summer when our school is letting out mid-week the first week of the first session). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! A huge fan of ADC


My son attended two summer camps at Aurora school last summer, and while they were each one week long, we had the consistency and convenience of having them both at one place. Aurora offers a variety of camps with themes to interest a variety of kids, including a theater arts camp that lasts one month. My son loved both of the camps he attended, and looks forward to returning this summer, including the theater arts camp. Happy Aurora Mom

Playful summer camp for early elementary kids

Feb 2013

We love school, but we love spunky kids too! We're looking for a camp that supports creative free play... A camp that really encourages kids have say in the direction of their play, while adults are in charge and everyone is respected of course. A place that gives kids the mental and physical (non-playground) space to be kids? Appreciate your input, and looking forward to summer. mama of a kindergartener


You should take a look at Camp Edmo. It's an Arts & Science, Animation and Recreation camp. My children have attended since just before starting Kindergarten and are now at Camp EdTech, their digital media camp for 5th - 8th graders. They love it. The staff is amazing, the curriculum is put together in partnership with MOCHA, the Children's Creativity Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, and they have fun rallies, outdoor recreation, team building and more. There are locations throughout the bay area so take a look at their website - http://www.campedmo.org/ and see what you think. I know they have early bird savings before the end of February too! A Huge Camp Edmo Fan
The camp that came to mind was This Land is Your Land (Sarah Science). My son loved the camp when he was in early elementary. It was out in a park, they played under the trees, there was some structure but they really understand kids. They don't have a rule that you can't play with sticks -- just that the sticks have to be carried vertically. Hikes, swimming, and letting kids hang out. They also do science projects. My kids enjoyed them. I found them a little repetitive. If the kids don't want to do the project, they don't have to. They get so dirty, we didn't send the same backpack/lunchbox that we used during the school year. Some grime never really comes out. It's large enough that my kids always found kids that they already knew. Sign up early for cheaper rates. My kids remember it fondly
My 2 elementary-aged kids had a great time at Monkey Business camp up at Tilden last summer. One is active, one quieter and they both made friends and had a lot of fun. The field games, the group singing, and the time to hang out and do what they wanted to do with friends is what I heard about most. When I asked what camps they want to do next summer and described some that other friends are going to - Monkey Business was it. Good luck finding the right camp for your kid - it's out there! Mom of 2 happy campers
For the parent looking for playful summer camps - Sorry for the slow response, but there is a program in the east bay that is fantastic, Orinda Afternoons. Small, home-based and very child centered. Everyday they go on a different hike or excursion to a local regional park - my kids always came home telling me about a fun art project, song or story. The camp is small 6-8 campers only (K-2) - kids get lots of attention. The director is really nurturing, fun and great with young kids. Camp has before and after care for those who need it and serves lunch and snacks. Check out www.OrindaAfternoons.com Susan

Summer Camp for 6 year old who loves to learn

March 2012

I am looking around for summer camps for my 6 year old, she is very smart and loves to learn. She told me she wants to go to a camp where she will learn math and science. I did a search and found Da Vinci center for gifted children summer camp that sounds good for her. I was wondering if anyone has sent their child here and what their experience was.


Hi, I can't say enough good things about Camp Galileo. My children (6&10) have attended multiple years. The approach is learning through innovation. The kids collaborate to design, test and redesign their projects while learning all sorts of scientific principles. This is with a bunch of fun and games and great themes! The strongest aspect is the amazing staff who are educators, in college, and college-grads. Their expertise, training, and enthusiasm make Camp Galileo a truly unique experience. Edie

Summer Camp recommendations for incoming Kinder

Feb 2012

Hello - I'm looking for recommendations for camps that are good for incoming kinders this summer. My kid can be slow to warm, but energetic. Looking into Head Royce, but interested in some of the more affordable camps. Looking for full day camps that pay extra attention to the needs of the little ones and is good with transition issues. Thanks - Camp Mom


For your incoming kindergartener, I would highly recommend Camp Galileo. Both my boys, now in 1st and 3rd grade, started their summer camp experiences with Camp G and both absolutely loved it. My older one claims he'll be going there until he can't and then he'll become a counselor. They have a separate space dedicated to incoming kindergartners so that they don't get lost amongst the bigger kids. The curriculum is age appropriate, the staff to camper ratio is low and they really get to know the personality of each child. The little ones are still involved in overall camp activities but for most of the day and for their outdoor playtime, they are given special attention and kept in their small group so that they feel safe and comfortable. My little guys is extremely shy and when asked each year what camp he wants to go back to, Camp G is always the first on his list. The camp director is easily accessible and if your child goes for more than one week, it seems that the entire camp staff knows them by name. It's a warm, fun and educational environment where kids come home with creative projects, make good friends and just enjoy their summer vacation. Good luck with your search! Kelly
My daughter is 41/2 years old and she is also slow to warm up. Last year I sent her to Roughing It Day Camp in Lafayette and she had the best time! It did not take her long to become comfortable. The camp directors and counselors are very nurturing and allow the parents to watch and leave when they are ready. However, as soon as she was greeted by her counselor she told me to leave!

It is a family run camp with great activities (ex: horse back riding, swimming, crafts and etc) and counselors. She still talks about the camp so we are going to send her for a whole month this year. I am very protective of my daughter but I have full faith in the safety of the camp. It has been around for many years and has a great reputation. They split the campers into their own age groups and do age appropriate activities and learn to socialize in a relaxed setting. I think it would be a great fun transition to Kindergarten! Stephanie


Summer camps for a shy kindergartner?

Feb 2012

My son, who is just finishing kindergarten, is shy and somewhat timid, and while he loves one-on-one play dates with other kids, he tends to shut down in big social groups and just watches the other kids play.

This is the first year we'll be doing summer camps, and I'm looking for something relatively small and nurturing. And I think he would do best in a camp with a moderate amount of structure (though not extremely rigid rules) -- I don't think he would thrive in a free-for-all kind of environment.

I care more about finding a camp that's a good fit for him socially and emotionally than in finding something that caters to particular interests, but just for the record, he enjoys science, dramatic play, and to a more moderate degree, arts and sports. We'd like to find something in the Berkeley area. Any recommendations? Thank you!


my son was like yours after kindergarten -- camp was tough for him socially when it was a free for all, but the highly structured programs didn't feel like a break from the structure of school. We found that Monkey Business was the best fit for him at that age. Although the environment was informal, there was an excellent counselor to camper ratio and the counselors included and engaged all of the campers. It was fun and silly. After first grade, my son was much more capable of handling the free-for-all city-run(more affordable)camps.
My boys (1st & 3rd grade) attended This Land is Your Land summer day camp (also called Sarah's Science Camp) last summer. This was the first summer camp that my youngest had attended (his brother had been once before). It has worked out wonderfully for us. Both my confident, older son and my shy, younger son thoroughly enjoyed their experiences and we plan on returning for several more weeks this summer. The camp does a great job of hand selecting their counselors. When my wife and I dropped off the boys we met their counselors and found them to be warm and nurturing. By the end of the first day, my youngest son was already friends with the rest of the kids in his group and by the end of the week, he asked us if his counselor could be the new babysitter. While the camp isn't the smallest (100 kids?), they are split up into different locations within Tilden Park (Berkeley) and Roberts Park (Oakland) and further divided into groups based on age. So the experience for each camper is much more intimate. The day is structured around a schedule but there are periods of free time and choice time throughout the day. The kids learn about different science topics and build great little contraptions and toys each day. But they also get to spend time outside, being kids, going on hikes, doing art projects, playing active games, and other traditional camp activities. Their website is www.sarahscience.com and they are offering an early bird summer camp discount right now. Neil

Summer Day Camp for child going into 1st Grade

April 2011

I am looking for a good summer camp in Berkeley for the first week that school is out June 20. Alot of the more popular camps dont start until the following week. I would love to hear your views on the Berkeley Downtown YMCA summer camp? Or any other ideas that you may have -- I need a camp that has a 7:30am drop off as I work in the city. New Summer Camp Mum


Have you considered Camp Edmo? My twins went just before they started Kindergarten and are still campers, five years later. It's an Arts, Science, Animation and Recreation camp. The activities are designed in partnership with several of the Bay Area's top museums. Their activities are varied and the kids have fun while learning. I don't know if you're in the east bay or not but there are three east bay locations; Alameda, Oakland and Moraga, as well as locations in the Peninsula, South Bay, San Francisco and Marin. The camper to staff ratio is 8:1 which is great and I know was a big consideration when my children first started going to camp. The website is www.campedmo.org I'd also be happy to answer any questions for you. Margot

Camp for sensitive boy entering kindergarten

March 2011

Hi - I'm looking for a summer camp in Berkeley/Albany area for a very sweet, very sensitive boy entering Kindergarten. I would like a place that can teach him to be more self-reliant but is also sensitive to the fact that he's really uncomfortable in typical ''rough boy'', competitive environments. For example, he loves kicking a soccer ball around but hates playing in games. He's also pretty rule bound and gets upset when other kids don't play by the rules and sometimes take advantage of him. Since he's starting K in the fall and will be facing these kind of situations, I'd love to have him in a summer camp that can help him transition and deal with this in a warm, friendly environment. Thanks for your suggestions. Berkeley Mom


My son sounds similar to yours. Wasn't really into typical ''boy'' games (sports, star wars, etc) the summer before entering kindergarten. Very rule oriented. I sent him to Monkey Business Day Camp in Tilden for 3 weeks last year and he LOVED it. He went with a friend, which I think helped, but I'm sure he would have had fun without him. He learned new songs, how to play tag, made crafts, made friends and really blossomed. I actually think it helped to send him there before kindergarten. They have some young counselors who seem to look after the ''little ones''. Definitely mention this stuff to them when you sign up and again when you drop him off on the first day. Good luck! Rachel
My son, who sounds a lot like yours, went to Glitter & Razz for a couple weeks last summer and loved it. If your son has any interest in theater arts you should check it out. The kids work together to make up their own play, writing the plot, developing their own characters and lines. They also have time for individual art projects and free play. The group is small and the teachers are very creative and supportive. One day at pickup there was a disagreement between two kids and I was really impressed by how the teachers helped them resolve their conflict.

Camp recommendations for 5 year old?

March 2010

Hi, I am looking for some recent reviews of some of the summer camp programs I've read about here. I have an active 5 year old boy, and we're interested in the programs at Footfire, Monkey Business in Tilden Park, Camp Galileo in El Cerrito (at Prospect Sierra), Sarah's Science in Tilden, Steve and Kate's in Berkeley, or any other place that offers a great program. If you have recent experience with your child in any of these summer camps, please let me know. I am specifically wondering about the care for the little ones, i.e. 4/5/6 year olds. Thanks for the help! Berkeley Mom


I sent my then 4 1/2 year old son to Sarah's Science camp in Roberts park last summer. It was kind of last minute, and they had space, and they came recommended on this board. And he was so excited to be off to camp with the big kids!

But he had a blast and really enjoyed the week. He's been a pretty independent kid, and he had a few pee accidents that week, but the counselors said he did fine and there weren't any issues with the other kids or the activities. As they warn you on the website, he came home filthy and exhausted every day!

We're going back for three non-consecutive weeks this summer as well. Bryan in oakland


I highly recommend Camp Galileo for your 5 year old. My son's first ever camp experience 2 summers ago as an entering kindergartener was at the El Cerrito campus of Camp Galileo and he absolutely loved it. He insists that he will be going every summer until he goes to college. The 5 year old group uses the contained kindergarten classroom and playground and so they have their own special space to play and explore without the worry of bigger kids running into them or over them. The playground has plenty of space and with lower ratios and teachers who are dedicated to just this group, they get the perfect balance of small group activities mixed with large group interaction. The kindergarteners also are involved in overall group activities but build a close relationship with their group and their teacher. They get plenty of time to run around and burn off some energy and the activities designed specifically for that age group allow them to really be creative, engaged and excited. Even drop off is fun with giant bubbles and streamers and teachers who are literally smiling and full of energy every day. My son is going back for the third straight summer this year and with 4 themes instead of 3 as they had in past years, he gets to enjoy Galileo even more than before. Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions or concerns. Kelly
You have a pretty good list there. Both our kids went to camp at age five (they're a bit older now), and the ones at the top of our list would be:
+ Camp Kee Tov (www.campkeetov.org)
+ Steve and Kate's
+ Sarah's Science (Tilden)
Also, JCC of the East Bay (North Berkeley) has just started some one-week specialty camps. They run very good programs, and our kids have been doing great at the afterschool for several years. JCCEB is really mostly a ''multicultural'' community, open and welcoming to all: http://prod.jcceastbay.org/youth/tzofim.html Good luck! == Local Dad
We sent our 5 year old to Camp Galileo in El Cerrito last year. The curriculum of art/science was good, but the high energy cheerleader-ish atmosphere was a bad match for our son. He was not happy, and within the first week, someone on staff decided - without getting to know him better or talking to us (we had warned them he'd be slow to adapt)- that there must be a problem at home. They reported us to CPS and we had to undergo an evaluation by a social worker. The case was dismissed (even the social worker couldn't figure out why they had reported it), but it will remain on our record forever. I understand the need for mandatory reporters, but this just seemed like a case of bad judgment. We will not be returning to the camp, and I would not recommend it to anyone. NW
My 5 year old son absolutely loves Monkey Business Camp. He is a high maintenance kid requiring extra attention and support and he always received that extra help at Monkey Business. He needed a play-based type of camp and really thrived and became more creative at MB. Creativity, fun, and respect are all reinforced at MB and I was always impressed by how much individual attention he received. We actually dropped out of Galileo because it was too big and busy and he wasn't getting the kind of support he needed. a Monkey Business fan

Reasonably priced camp for almost 5-year-old

March 2010

I'm looking for a camp to send my almost-5-year old this summer that is reasonably priced and has a nice program, with time outdoors. It can be half days. Thanks! NLI new to berkeley


I recommend Sarah's Science camp at Tilden Park in Berkeley. The camp is a great mix of science, play and exploring nature outdoors. The kids make a science project every day and go swimming once a week. They go on hikes, play on the field, build forts and do other activities throughout the day. They group the campers by age and they have a lot of younger attendees so your son should fit right in. The staff is wonderful and attentive also. Hope that helps. Brian

Low-key half day camps for just-turned 6 yr-old?

Jan 2010

Hi there: My daughter will be just turning six as school gets out, and has never attended summer camp before. I'm lookign to start her off slow, perhaps just for a week or two in a low- key summer camp...ideally just a half day. It seems like most camps run a full day, though, until 4pm or later. Does anyone have recommendations for a less-than-full day of summer camp that woudl be suitable for young kids? We live in Oakland, so camps in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, or other areas nearby would be best. Thanks! Jennifer


My 7 y/o son really enjoyed his week at Park Day summer camp. It was his first experience with summer camp (and with a longer day of structured activities, since we homeschool). We were warmly welcomed the first day by junior counselors and counselors-in-training. I was welcomed to stay as long as I liked with my younger (3 y/o) child, enjoying the playground, etc. Parents drop off kids during a fairly big window of time in the morning so there wasn't a morning rush to be there at x time exactly. They offer a shorter day (3/4? time) that we did and again, there wasn't time pressure; we were welcomed to stay and play and catch up on what his day involved at our own pace. Kids of all ages seemed well held both by teachers and fellow campers (and their great counselor & CIT program). I recommend their program & my son has asked to do camp there again. a good experience
There are two terrific camps that have half day sessions - Aurora School (upper Rockridge in Oakland) and Lawrence Hall of Science (the hills in Berkeley). LHS does science oriented camps. Aurora does art, tennis, field trips, legos, etc. They are very sweet with kids there and would be a great choice for a child new to the camp experience.
Last summer I taught a half-day course for middle schoolers at the Head-Royce Summer Program, while my three lower school children (then 5,7, 9) attended the LS program. They LOVED the camp so much that they begged to go all day. They could swim, do science projects, play in the garden, read and craft stories, among other academic and playful activities. Most of all, they enjoyed making new friends from all over the Bay Area. Come check it out! Hilary

Summer Camp for 5-year-old who needs structure

Oct 2009

Although it's early, I'm starting to think about summer camp possibilities for my 5 year old son who has some mild special needs. He has some sensory integration challenges and would thrive best in a structured program that isn't too chaotic or noisy. He is in kindergarten right now and loves science, art, and imaginary play. Our geographic parameters are Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Kensington, or Richmond. Thanks for any suggestions. Concerned About Camp


Your kid sounds exactaly like my kid. I sent him to Monkey Business Camp in Tilden Park, recommended to me by a friend who also had a kid with mild special needs issues. They were great! Monkey Business was very reassuring and told me that they discuss any campers who might be special needs ahead of time. My son did great there for 3 weeks, right from the get go. He'll probably go back this summer. Good Luck april
I would recommend Sarah's Science for your child. The children have a structured day which includes music, science experiments, swimming, hiking and outdoor activities. The counselors are excellent and understanding of kids with special needs. Sarah operates camps in Berkeley at Tilden park, Oakland at Robert's Park and in San Ramon at Little Hills Ranch. The camp's age range is 5-15. The staff and program are wonderful and I'm sure your child will enjoy it. There are plenty of reviews of Sarah's Science Summer camp in the BPN archives as well. Good luck! Brian

Summer camp for daughter just finishing kindergarten

April 2009

I'm starting to plan for my daughter's summer and was interested in feedback on the Adventure Time summer program. She's finishing Kindergarten and goes to a school with afterschool AT that we don't use, and she's always asking when she'll get to do AT. The price and 3-4 day per week options are appealing. But how does it compare to the snazzier camps like Galileo and Monkey Business in terms of keeping kids constructively occupied? I've read the reviews and know the latter two are great but they're also pricey, especially if we don't really need all 5 days.
summertime, and the livin' ain't easy


Right before kindergarten we sent our daughter to Adventure Time Camp for one month. The first week was rough because she did not know anyone and the counselors were wonderful. The second week she had a great time. But make no mistake about it, Adventure Time is affordable child care. It is not enrichment camp. It is not activity based camp. It is affordable child care for working parents.

My daughter has attended the following camps - I am including her ideas and ours: East Bay Dance Center, similarly priced as Adventure Time about $50-$55 per day with before and after care. Don't worry about tap, ballet or jazz shoes - your daughter can borrow them. My daughter loves this camp, her friend does not.

Steve and Kate's Camp - About $2,000 for the entire summer. Kids have a great time - you need a self motivated kid because there is a general assumption your child will choose one or more of the activities if they're interested. Great value, lots of fun. There is a dog, so if you're kid is allergic this is not the camp for you.

Sarah Science - one of the more expensive camps my daughter attends. She thinks it is just so-so, I love the projects she brings home and explains. Camp Galileo, another expensive choice, but fun for one week. My daughter was bored with the rubber chicken and the group time for the three weeks we sent her, but loved the first week.

My daughter attends a camp for gifted kids that she loves, loves, loves, but your kid must be highly motivated, able to stick with a learning assignment for an hour and a half and be prepared for homework. Lots of Trial and Error and Success in Camp Decisions


Camp for 5-year-old - arts & crafts and music/dance

Feb 2009

Hi, i am looking for updated information regarding summer camps for my 5 year old boy. He is interested in arts and crafts and music/dance type camps. Preferably an all day type setting. The information in the archives is a bit dated. Last year his pre-school offered a summer program so i didn't have to worry about it. This year however, he is attending public school and they don't have any summer program. worried momma


The Contra Costa Preschool Directory has an AWESOME Summer Camp page for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners! Here is the link: http://www.contracostapreschools.com/summercamp.html. There is a large list of camps available and all of them are suitable for your 5-yr old! joj

What do parents do for childcare during the summer?

Nov 2003

what do parents (who work full-time) do for childcare during the summer months? my child will be six. up until now, he's been at year-round preschool, but now he is in public kindergarten. are there full-time, full-summer ''schools'' for this age group? or am i resigned to hiring a private nanny. working mom


You don't need a nanny and you don't need school. Summer is for play and the Bay Area offers many, many opportunties to suit your child's need. Around February, the Parents' Press will have pages and pages of wonderful summer day camps listed in the back. With both our daughters (one now almost 15, the other 9), we've had great success and fun at the Berkeley Richmond JCC and East Bay School of the Arts for full day coverage. There are arts camps, animal camps, sports camps. There are many other places that offer full day and half day coverage. Summer is the best time to let your kid find out what he or she likes and to explore it! Have fun and relax. :-) Karen
I'm sure you will get many, many responses about this one! Welcome to the world of summer camp! The Bay Area has an incredible number of choices for summer ''care'' (which is really summer camp); many of them full-time. The ''hunt'' for summer camp begins early, about Jan. - Feb., and many spots will be full if you wait until you are really thinking about summer. Different camps have sessions of one week, two weeks, all summer, etc., and the hours vary. We always look for one that's closest to an 8am - 6pm schedule to leave time for the commute to work. NOTE: many of the full-time camps are 8:30 - 5, which is, well, hard if you work 8:30 - 5. Check out the UCB parents web page(s), and Tom Lent's web page for much more information. Best of luck, working mom
There are bunches of day camps that are all day with after camp care for your 6year old. One in particular that my son went to is called Berkeley J Summer Camp. It's at the Berkeley Richmond JCC (Jewish Community Center) on Walnut St. between Rose and Vine. The sessions are 4 weeks long from 9-4 each day with before and after camp care. Lots of kids go for both sessions. My now 8 year old went for 2 summers (I think they start at 5 or 6) and really liked it. The counselors are all young and REALLY fun. It's a smallish camp going up to maybe 10 years old. The kids are all together doing various activities. My son is pretty shy and quiet and really liked it. They have sport activities, swimming, field trips, art, and always music at the end of the day. Though they celebrate Shabbat every Friday and sing Jewish songs(among others too), it is not a religious camp and plenty of non Jewish kids go there. There must be other camps too with longer than 1 week sessions...start checking Parents Press and maybe other papers or web sites around February. Good luck. anon
Welcome to the world of summer activities! When my kids were six they adored Kee-Tov which is a wonderful summer day camp. Since then, we've also liked the Cal Sports summer programs as well as pottery camp at Brushstrokes and even sleepaway camp. You'll want to sign up for activities in the very beginning of 2004. Working mom
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