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Sept 2011

My 6 year old boy attended 1 week of Sees the Day this summer. After his first day he ran to me with a bright smile on his face and a newly beaded necklace with a peace sign charm around his neck and said, ''I wish I could go to Sees the Day every day.'' When coming home from another camp this summer, my son was negative and unhappy, mimicking shoot 'em up play that he'd learned from his peers. When coming home from Sees the Day he was exhausted but positive and had stories of tree climbing, thank you circles and he reminded me to 'be mindful' when interacting with his little sister. I can't say enough good things about our experience with Kirk Cooper's camp, Sees the Day. I highly recommend it. tracey


July 2011

Just wanted to put in a good word for Sees the Day camp. My daughter has attended several different camps throughout the summer months thus far and still asks, 'mom, when do I get to go back to Kirk's camp?' Kirk is the director of the Sees the Day, as well as the director of the afterschool program at Prospect Sierra. When I ask my daughter why she loves this camp in particular so much, she says, 'because we are free, because we get to play in nature.' She is excited to take me on one of the 'walks' they do at camp. I love the fact that my child can have some good summer fun in a gorgeous environment with a superb staff. Thank you. Happy Camper's Mom


July 2011

This is the third year my son attended ''Sees the Day'' camp, and he enjoyed it tremendously both times. Kirk Cooper, the very energetic, very thoughtful camp director, took the kids on walks around Lake Anza, showed them how to build gnome homes in the redwood grove, but also took them to the UC Berkeley campus to show them an MRI in action. Kirk's message focuses on respect (for each other, for the environment), thoughtfulness, and community. We will go back to this camp for another week this summer, and we recommend it to anyone who wants a break from the usual rah-rah of camp fare. Space is still available for the weeks of 7/25 and 8/1. Contact Kirk Cooper at kirkseestheday@yahoo.com for more information. Corina


August 2010

My kids have been going to Sees the Day for several years now and it is really a jewel of a camp. This is a small camp, which is great for kids who like a more intimate feel, and it is also a camp that provides a meaningful experience for kids as well as great fun. Kirk takes them on magnificent field trips and inspires in children curiosity, compassion, consideration, and respect. The children end the day with a gratitude circle, and my son comes home talking about what he appreciates and/or about how important it is to live in the present, or many plastic bottles people use in the United States in a single day. In other words, the kids are both having fun and taking in meaningful lessons. I really think it is an unusual camp experience and in our material-media driven world it is nice to have these wholesome values hanging around while our kids our hanging out. gina


August 2010

Sees the Day is such a great camp. Small in size and a nice pace and tone after the hectic nature of some of the other camps my son was in. We'll definitely do this again. Debra


August 2010

This summer (2010), our daughter spent a total of six weeks with Kirk at Sees the Day. Every Friday, I heard how THIS week was the best so far. They ran around the woods in Tilden, swam in the Lake Anza, played games, listened to various scientists down at Cal, and generally had the kind of Summer days that I always wanted growing up. Kirk also works really hard with our precious snowflakes (Ha...my words, not his) on developing their interpersonal skills, as well as showing them in a loving manner that all actions have consequences. I would recommend this camp to anyone, and am open to answering any questions you might have. Julz Julie


August 2010

We put our daughter in ''Sees the Day'' camp this summer. The individual who runs the camp also runs the After School program at our daughter's school - his name is Kirk Cooper and we like/trust him and he was so enthusiastic about the camp that we thought we'd give it a try.

We are very glad we did because our daughter had a BALL. The kids are outside in a few different parks (Tilden, Glendale La Loma, etc.) all day and the groups of kids attending rotate a bit all summer long and our daughter found instant and fun friends to play with the different weeks she attended -sometimes different friends within the same week! The kids are exposed to swimming, plain old summer style running around and tree climbing fun, songs and stories from a variety of cultures, jewelry making, sculpture with found objects, etc, etc. In addition, Kirk has a weekly speaker come in and they are truly fabulous - a 'futurist', a kids author, a CAL scientist, etc. Kirk's young counselors are terrific as well.

Kirk is so passionate about the whole 'classroom without walls' concept that his enthusiasm is contagious. Kirk encourages the kids to consider the inter-connectedness of nature to our daily actions as well as the relationship of body / mind / spirit in ways that are fun and fresh. On something of a side note, we are lesbian parents and Kirk is entirely respectful and our daughter has never dealt with any pejorative issues surrounding her same sex parentage in any of Kirk's programs. His approach is highly inclusive.

In closing, we'd strongly recommend ''Sees the Day'' camp to all parents as a happy, fun, exciting, and knowledge-based camp experience. Katie


August 2010

This summer (2010), our daughter spent a total of six weeks with Kirk at Sees the Day. Every Friday, I heard how THIS week was the best so far. They ran around the woods in Tilden, swam in the Lake Anza, played games, listened to various scientists down at Cal, and generally had the kind of Summer days that I always wanted growing up. Kirk also works really hard with our precious snowflakes (Ha...my words, not his) on developing their interpersonal skills, as well as showing them in a loving manner that all actions have consequences. I would recommend this camp to anyone, and am open to answering any questions you might have. Julz Julie


July 2010

This is the second year my son attended ''Sees the Day'' camp, and he enjoyed it tremendously both times. Kirk Cooper, the very energetic, very thoughtful camp director, took the kids on walks around Lake Anza, showed them how to build gnome homes in the redwood grove, but also took them to the UC Berkeley campus to show them an MRI in action. On the last day of camp, this week's mystery guest played a didgeridoo. Kirk's message focuses on respect (for each other, for the environment), thoughtfulness, and community. We will definitely go back to this camp, and we heartily recommend it to anyone who wants a break from the usual rah-rah of camp fare. Space is still available for the weeks of 7/26, 8/2 and 8/9. Contact Kirk Cooper at kirkseestheday@yahoo.com for more information. Corina


Feb 2008

Does anyone have feedback they would care to share about the local day camp ''Sees the Day''? Thanks, if so! Anonymous


Sees the Day is a wonderful camp! The kids are out of doors and on the move consistently, hiking and swimming in Tilden Park. But it's more than just that. The camp really builds a sense of community and values. Kirk Cooper, the camp director, has many years of experience with children (during the school year, he runs Prospect Sierra's after school program) and he is great will all kinds of kids. My own children are definitely of the hard to manage variety, but they will follow Kirk anywhere! Ann
July 2007

Just to let you know--Sees the Day summer day camp still has a handfull of openings --my daughter is loving the small group dynamic and positive communication. This is a great active camp (hiking, swimming, etc.) with a more enlightened and positive approach. Life lessons for kids...you can email Kirk the director at kirkseestheday@yahoo.com Try a positive camp experience in a non-crowded not supervised by ill trained teens for a change! michelle


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