|Published March 8th, 2017
|11th Annual Summer Camp Guide
|Part 1, Full Day and Overnight Camps
Adventure Day Camp
(Walnut Creek, San Ramon, & Alamo)
A traditional summer day camp for children ages 3-15. In a relaxed
atmosphere, children gain confidence and skills in a wide range of camp activities including: swimming, horseback riding, sailing, skateboarding, woodworking, science, arts, sports, archery, drama, music, rock climbing, hiking, overnight camping, and camp games. Home transportation is available from most areas.
Dates: June 11-Aug.18
This summer, experience the power of authentic outdoor adventure. Avid4 Adventure’s experienced instructors teach pre-K - 7th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. 9 - 3 p.m. with before & after care with camp locations in Oakland, Moraga, Walnut Creek and other Bay Area cities.
Dates: Weekly June 19-Aug. 18
School of Theatre
Discover the art of theater-making with professional playwrights, directors, and teaching artists in a dynamic, four-week camp for all levels. Create an original play to be performed professionally. Dates: Summer Theatre Intensive for entering grades 6-8, June 19 -July 14; Summer Theatre Intensive for entering grades 9-12, July 15 - Aug. 11; Filmmaking & Acting Intensive for entering grades 9-12, July 17 - Aug. 4.
Camp Awesome is a fun, flexible and affordable, 11 weeks of summer, day camp (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Early care (7:30 a.m.), aftercare (2 to 5 p.m.), by the week, drop-in, sports, games, crafts, Games2U (laser tag, hamster ball, video games twice a week), magicians, jugglers, friends - a summer full of memories!
Dates: June - August
(Orinda, Berkeley, SF, Mill Valley)
After 15 years in Marin and San Francisco, Doodle is crossing the tunnel and coming to Orinda. We are an incubator for kids to grow their creative intelligence through Making and art. Weekly programs are designed around themes such as basic engineering, biomimicry, renewable fuels, and the always-popular Playscapes carnival. ACA accredited.
Dates: weekly sessions
June 26 - Aug 18
Moraga Parks and Recreation presents Camp Hacienda, a day camp for children ages 5-10 that will incorporate sports, games, crafts and lots of other fun activities in the safe, secluded environment of the
Hacienda de las Flores! Extended care also available.
Dates: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
June 19 - Aug. 11,
Extended care: 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Camp Kefli offers a wide range of programs that are appropriate to each age group, grades K-8, filling
our two one-week sessions with fun. Some programs utilize the Temple Isaiah facility while others take
place off site. We offer creative theme days and adventures that enrich and delight our campers.
Dates: July 31 - Aug 11
This camp for ages 6-12 offers one adventure after another. It includes games, arts, crafts, hiking, skits, sports, and twice-weekly field trips to such places as Waterworld, Lawrence Hall of Science, the Exploratorium and the Oakland Zoo.
Full day and extended-care options available.
Dates: June 12-Aug. 4
The Crucible Youth Summer Camps
Kids can explore a wide range of arts-blacksmithing, glass blowing, ceramics, jewelry, neon, welding and robotics-all under one roof. Week-long youth camps, for ages 8+, let imaginations soar while teaching hands-on skills overlapping science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Morning and afternoon camps with after care available.
Dates: Weekly sessions
June 19 - Aug. 4
iD Tech Camps
Students ages 6-18 can learn to code apps, design video games, mod Minecraft, assemble laptops, discover cyber security, engineer robots, create websites, 3D-print models, and much more! Campers are taught in small groups of just 8 students per instructor-guaranteed-for personalized instruction every time.
Dates: June 12-Aug. 25
Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop (Lafayette)
This weeklong music workshop provides an intimate and inspiring environment for learning and playing jazz. Students, ages 11 to 80-years old, receive master classes, improvisation workshops and jazz combos led by some of the preeminent, professional musicians in the field.
Dates: One week only, July 30 to Aug. 4.
Orion Academy Summer Adventures for Teens with Asperger’s (Moraga)
Orion’s popular summer sessions were developed and are run by Orion faculty to improve the social skills of teens with Asperger’s in a fun and supportive environment for ages 12-16. Find common interests while learning to paddle board, geocache, navigate a ropes course and hike with llamas.
Dates: July 17- 21, July 24- 27
Randy Bennett Basketball Camps
The Randy Bennett Day Camps held at Saint Mary’s McKeon Pavilion are a great way for boys and girls ages 4-13 to receive top-class instruction on every aspect of the game. Throughout the week Coach Bennett will lead instruction on every aspect of the game.Morning, afternoon and full day options available.
Dates: June 6 - July 14
Roughing It Day Camp
Roughing It is a traditional all outdoors summer day camp for children aged Pre-K - 16 at the Lafayette Reservoir. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other adventures. Free transportation and home pick up from the Lamorinda area. Free extended care is available too.
Dates: June - August
Summer @ Saklan provides culture, language and summer fun for ages 3-11. Mornings on campus are filled with enrichment in Mandarin, French, Japanese, Spanish and Italian. Afternoons are packed with summer fun, including field trips, swimming, art & music. Three-week sessions 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. Full or half days, with extended care available. Early enrollment discount through April 1.
Dates: June 12 - Aug. 11
Sewnow! Fashion Design
Have a blast, learn to design, sew, and illustrate like a pro and walk away with unique personalized fashion items. Camps include fashionkit patterns and digital instructions, fabrics, notions, custom embroidery, and participation in our end-of-summer fashion show. One-week, half-day and full-day camps for juniors (second and third grade), kids, and teens.
Camp choices at Lamorinda’s own ranch camp include morning Farm Hands and Nature and Horseback Riding camps as well as afternoon pottery, woodshop, archery, art and animals, horses and more. Serving campers entering grades PreK-8 with select teen programming, Sienna Ranch offers week-long, full-day or half-day camp options.
Dates: various dates and times available
Spanish Immersion Summer Camps with Viva el Espanol (Lafayette)
Learn or improve Spanish language skills through games, music, arts & crafts, and cooking. During each week-long camp students learn vocabulary related to a specific kid-friendly theme such as Wondrous Outdoors at the Reservoir or Secret Formula “Laboratorio.” Full Day 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Before/after-care available. Half-day options are available too.
Summer ART Camp: Planet Earth
Let your artists experiment with a variety of media and projects while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment of our planet. Artists will immerse themselves in three-dimensional work and gain experience with sketching, drawing, pastels, canvas painting, silk painting, ceramics, and creating collaborative artwork.
Summer Shakespeare Conservatories
Give your child the skills and memories of a lifetime! Two-week and four-week sessions foster self-expression and artistic discipline, engaging students in theater-making. Students work to create a live performance while learning stage combat, physical comedy, vocal studies, and more.
Dates: June 19-July 14; July 17-July 28, (Orinda); June 26-July 21, July 24-Aug. 4 (Oakland)
Orinda Academy, Orinda; Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland
Aspen Network Team Camp
(Sierra Nevada Mountains)
Teens and young adults with social differences that include anxiety, spectrum behaviors, OCD, ADHD or Non-verbal Learning Disorder have discovered a safe space at our camp located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. Activities include river rafting, sailing on Lake Tahoe, backpacking, hiking and campfires.
Dates: July 5-19
(Rocky Mountains, Colorado)
First-12th graders take on a range of adventure sports-rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding-and strike out on eye-opening, character-building overnight expeditions. An immersive experience that makes a deep imprint on kids and teens, leaving them with lasting skills and new reserves of confidence.
Lorne Smith Lacrosse Camps (Lake Tahoe, University of Oregon)
3x NCAA Champion (Princeton’99), 3x All-American, former Stanford Coach, Baltimore Hall of Fame, and Lafayette resident Lorne Smith offers overnight camps (with day option) for boys ages 12-18.
Dates: University of Oregon, July 9-13.
July 16-20 (High school only, rising freshmen okay)
Marin Ranch Camp
Hosted by Walker Creek Ranch and the Marin County Office of Education. Traditional camp activities like canoeing, archery and sitting around the campfire roasting s’mores. Our well-trained team of counselors creates a nurturing environment where campers feel safe to step outside of their comfort zone, challenge themselves with new adventures and make new friends.
Dates: Aug. 8 - Aug. 17
The Randy Bennett
High Potential Camp
The Randy Bennett High Potential Camp is designed for boys entering 6th-12th grades who would like to achieve at the highest levels of basketball. Coach Bennett and his staff personally direct this overnight camp as they coach each participant as if he were a player at Saint Mary’s College. Each athlete will participate in daily competitions, skill development, and scrimmages.
Dates: Aug. 1-3