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My son would love to go to a summer camp next year that has free swimming instead of or
in addition to swim lessons. Can anyone recommend such a camp?
Thinking ahead to next summer
Kids in Motion (camp is at John Muir School).
They go to Strawberry Canyon pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I think one of the Cal camps swims there too, and I'm sure there are others, but Kids in
Motion is the one I'm familiar with.
Head-Royce summer camp has a great swimming program - there is a half hour swim class in
the morning, *and* at least a half hour of free swim time in the afternoon recreation
time. That's right, swimming twice a day, five days a week. Pretty much all the
swimming skills my kids have they got at Head-Royce. First, it's three weeks per
session; second, the lessons are great; and, third, having the free swim time in the
afternoon gives them a time to have fun and cement the skills from those morning
lessons. It is expensive, but I've told many that it's worth it for the swim program
alone. Plus, they provide lunch and make drop-off and pick-up really easy.
I would like to send my 9 year old daughter to a camp that
includes daily swimming. She is already signed up for the camp
at Mills and Cal (Cal Adventures). I would love to hear of other
The East Bay Regional Park District runs a great 2 week camp at
lake Anza (and Temescal and others) called Junior Lifeguards.
It's for 9-15 year olds and is described as ''a variety of beach
and water activities designed to promote self-esteem and
teamwork.'' They need to pass a test to show they can tread water
and swim 50 yards. My 10 year old had a blast and learned alot.
Go to www.ebparks.org or 510-636-1684.
Mom of Fish
Hey folks summer is upon us and if you are a busy working parent
like me looking for a great summer program for your kids I have
news for you! My son has been attending Head Royce Summer School
going on his third summer. We love the program and while it
costs a little more than some it is definately well worth the
money. The program offers academics, creative courses, sports,
and swimming. The combination keeps the kids interested and
excited about attending. For me my greatest pleasure is knowing
that my son is in a safe place, where the adults and youth
couselors keep the best interest of the children at heart and
behave in line with that philosophy. We are going back again
this summer and are filled with excited anticipation. Hope to
see you there.
I also recommend the Head Royce summer Camp program. Our
daughter is attending for the third year this summer. The swim
program is very good and kids that stay all day can swim 2x a
day. They also have many different activities and an academic
program in the morning (this is for the younger grades- I'm not
familiar with the older grade schoolers). The academic program
isn't terribly challenging (mostly review) but the teachers are
engaged and really seem to enjoy the kids. Most of the teachers
also teach grade school during the regular school year at
various schools in the community. The long program (6 weeks)
also allows your child to make friends and have a lot of time
with them. Good luck finding a program - you have a lot to
choose from in the Bay Area.
Wanted to respond to your question about summer camp with daily
swimming. Standing Ovations Summer Theater Arts Camp, directed
by Barrett Lindsey-Steiner, in Walnut Creek is offering (3)
three-week sessions and does have daily swimming. It is open
for 7-12 year olds (though could be younger at the discretion
of the director) and also for teens.
Check out www.standingovations.org
Any suggestions on a summer day camp that offers a lot of
swimming every day? Strawberry Canyon is great but it's just
1/2 hour a day, and we're looking for an intensive two weeks at
the beginning of the summer, so we'll worry less when we camp
by a lake in July. (My son is 6 and a pretty good dog paddler
thanks to the YMCA and Strawberry)
Cyndi in Berkeley
City of El Cerrito Recreation Dept had half-day and full-day
swim camp last summer. I would expect they will this year,
too. I think the info will be available in March. Here it the
link to the web site: http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation/
-- it looked like fun
Try the El Cerrito Rec Center: 559-7006. My six year old was enrolled
in their summer
camp for 7 weeks during the summer. It runs weekly, 1:30-5:30pm, with a
field trip to
a water fun spot on Fridays. I think the lessons are only 30 minutes
long, but the kids
spend the whole time in the pool. It's a little more expensive for
they have a regular camp you can just sign up for if you need morning
care (and they'll
take your child to the swim center). I think registration begins in
Head-Royce School (a very nice private school in Oakland near Hwy 13
and Lincoln Ave) has a great swim program which you can sign up for
individually or as part of a full or part-time summer camp. It goes
from Level 1 thru Level 7. They also have a nice sports and recreation
camp. It's kind of pricey, but very popular. I think they have a web
site : www.hrs.pvt.k12.ca.us and you click "School Programs" then
Usually, there is a summer swim program at Redwood Day School (another
Oakland private school).
Pools at both schools are very nice.
Reps from both programs as well as lots of other summer camps will be at
the Summer Camp Fair, Scottish Rite Center, Oakland (near Lake Merritt) on
Sunday, March 26th from 1-4:30.
-- Diane (3/00)
My daughter attended the 1 week Stanford swim camp 1.5 years ago as a
13-year-old and LOVED it! She went with 2 or 3 friends, and I'm sure that
helped, but she also made new friends, swam a lot, met some famous swimmers
and coaches and had a great time. I can't say that it made a dramatic
difference in her swim times, but it was fun and inspiring for her!
Sally (Jan 2000)
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