East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2020) - 510 Families

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2020)

Find the Best Summer Camps for East Bay Kids

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Monkey Business Camp

Offering two 3-week sessions at The Berkeley School, following all Covid protocols. July 6-24 and July 27-Aug 14. Expect unplugged time to connect, with lots of time with activities set up outside. Art, games, bubble dance parties, basketball, simple food projects. Smaller groups of 12 total, so limited spaces. Two full day groups: 8:15-4:45; one part day: 10-3. A couple youth leader spaces/group.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Head Over Heels Camp

Campers, age 3-12, will receive gymnastics instruction from the highly-skilled coaches through all the Olympic events: uneven bars, parallel bars, balance beam, floor & vault. Afternoons are spent fine tuning skills, participating in activity stations, and enjoying in ample free time.

Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Avid4 Adventure

With a focus on the health and safety of campers and staff, Avid4 has adapted summer programs to dramatically reduce large group contact. Small Group Outdoor Adventures (Pre K - 7th), Camp at Home (1st – 5th), and weeklong online sessions.

Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th


Limited to 5 campers (children of essential workers, please)! Campers make and learn through hands-on chemistry experiments, art projects, and engineering to experience the joy of STEAM. Daily visits to the Alice Waters' Edible School Yard will enrich our understanding that science is everywhere.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Integem Holographic AR Programming & Design Camp

8 students per class. Future-forward programming and design camp lets campers build skills in Holographic AR coding, digital art, game design, 3D modeling, and AI. Students aged 5-18 with all level of computer skills enjoy small classes. Locations in Berkeley, Fremont, and San Ramon.

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

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Aventura! Summer Fun at EBI

Early weeks will be online with in-person camps scheduled for July. EBI summer fun campers, Pre-K to 4th grade, tackle enriching activities in Spanish, STEAM, sports, and the arts led by outstanding faculty and industry partners. Camp schedule was designed for busy families with 7 weekly camps and extended care options.

Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

KidzToPros Summer Camps

KidzToPros Socially-distanced on-site summer camps provide a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and make friendships, while staying safe and healthy. From Play It All! Sports and basketball to art skills, film studio, robotics, web design and more, KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Camps will help ignite your child’s creativity and passion. Live online summer camps for K-12 also available.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Camp Bladium

Scheduled to begin with modifications. At Camp Bladium summer camp, campers experience a variety of games and activities like rock climbing, inflatables, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, arts and crafts, NERF, laser tag, LEGO, and inflatable water slides for an adventure kids are sure to love. Ages 5-14.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Gan Israel Day Camp

New location: Outdoor camp at Oakland Hebrew Day School for June 29-July 24. Camp Gan Israel ("Gan Izzy") provides children from diverse Jewish backgrounds with joy and love for the outdoors with field trips, fishing, swimming, gardening, arts and crafts, sports, science, challah baking, and overnights.

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

24-7 UK Soccer Academy Summer Skills

No June camps, in-person camp expected to begin in July. 24-7 soccer camps have an emphasis on skill development, building of personal goals, leadership and sportsmanship. Choose a program based on your player’s skill level and goals: Fun Camp, Elite Training Camp or Goalkeeper Training Camp.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Trackers Earth Bay

Trackers award-winning summer camps offer authentic wilderness skills woven into real adventures. Learn fishing, farming, or homesteading; practice stealth, archery, and woodcarving; or join an epic story of secret agents, ninjas, or wizards. Grades PreK-12. After camp available.

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Adventure Day Camp

Adventure Day Camp is a traditional day camp for children ages 3-14. Children gain confidence arts, sports, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, tennis, horseback riding, archery, climbing, drama, music, hiking, biking, overnight campout, and more. Now employing CDC-recommended modifications to keep campers and staff safe.

Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Shu Ren International School Mandarin Immersion Camp

Smaller camp sizes with increased hygeine measures for K-3rd (pre-K is online only). This popular Mandarin immersion summer camp works for new language learners and native/bilingual speakers alike. Students are exposed to Chinese culture through engaging hands-on, experiential activities. Shu Ren offers both an early childhood (ages 2-4) and a kindergarten-grade 3 camp.

Grades: ages 2+, ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

East Bay SPCA Animal Camp

Modified group sizes and hygiene standards this summer. The purr-fect fit for campers who are passionate about pets and want to make a difference for shelter animals -- with safety standards in mind. Animal camp is both educational and fun! Hands-on activities, animal interactions, pet-themed games, and take-home crafts. Oakland & Dublin.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Gaia Girls Nature Day Camp

Gaia Girls Passages provides an intergenerational community that fosters a connection to the natural world, builds confidence, voice, leadership, and supports female-identified youth through the changes from childhood to young adulthood. Summer camp available for grades 2-5. ONE August WEEK ONLY.

Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Kids Gym Berkeley

Camp starts June 8 with all new safety & hygiene standards (regular Kids Gym will NOT be open during camp). Daily activities include open gym, arts & crafts, STEM, gross motor play, sensory play, and more. Parents pack healthy snacks and a change of clothes.

Grades: ages 2+, ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Jumpin' Gymsters Sports Camps

June camps cancelled. July/August are in the plans. One-stop camp for non-stop fun. LEGO, Ninja Warrior, parkour, gymnastics, sports, science, art, scavenger hunts, and two-week sports and theater camp that ends with a mini-performance by the campers.

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd

Explorers Camp at Chabot Space and Science Center

June camps cancelled. July camps being planned. Calling all young engineers, astronauts, explorers, makers, and problem solvers. Young explorers, ages 6-11, will investigate the Earth, outer space, and beyond through hands-on science, art, and play. Campers examine the universe, conduct experiments, and adventure outdoors.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Cooking Round the World

Limited to 12 students per location. Cooking Round the World camp immerses a child in a cooking and cultural exploration with recipes, folktales, international games, and learn to think critically about the foods we just cooked.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Sees the Day Summer Program

Sees the Day is committed to instilling in children a respect and appreciation for each other and the natural world. Activities include: Ecological educators and performers, storytelling, beading, fairy houses, gratitude circles, cooperative games, imaginative play, and classic summertime fun!

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Future Star Baseball Summer Camp

June & July camps cancelled. Coach Ben and his staff are offering a variety of baseball camps for fun and skill building. Players are rewarded for giving positive reinforcement to each other in both competitive and non-competitive games and drills. A team atmosphere is maintained at all times.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Berkeley Forest School

Much smaller group sizes, and specific hygiene and wellness practices. BFS is offering small group Community Connection Camps to help children emotionally process their experiences through art, play, and nature connection, under the open sky. More details on website. June camps cancelled, camp starts 7/13.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Su Yun's Chinese Learning Center Summer Camp

Updated cleaning routines, smaller group sizes, physical distancing strategies, and health screenings in place. Su Yun's provides fun and engaging hands-on summer camps that blend STEM topics, Mandarin language, and outdoor activities. Themes include LEGO, food science, engineering, cooking, makerspace, arts & crafts, etc. No prior language experience required.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

One Generation Camp

One Generation Camp is accepting enrollments for 7/13-7/31 session. Campers are in stable groups of 12, following all COVID protocol. One Generation Camp is an outdoor music and dance camp in Tilden park featuring West African hand drumming and dance, Brazilian Capoeira, Storytelling, Yoga and other forms of movement. One Generation focuses on teaching kindness through the arts and building community.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

The Crucible

In-person camps scheduled for July with many new safety measures. The Crucible has unique camps for exploring industrial art and getting hands-on in blacksmithing, welding, woodworking, glass blowing, jewelry, and more. Students apply what they’ve learned – creative problem solving, scientific principles, and teamwork – at school and beyond. Ages 8 to 18.

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Steve & Kate's Camp

Park Day School 7/27-8/21 in week-long blocks of stable groups of kids. "Less Mix. More Mingle" At Steve & Kate’s, kids try, fail, and learn on their own - because when you trust kids, they trust themselves. Offering a media lab, sewing salon, bakery, karaoke, outdoor recreation, lunch & snacks, and so much more!

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Learn to Row at Oakland Strokes

July 20 to 31 only. Ever wanted to try crew? Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club teaches basic technique, boat handling, and fitness in a fun environment. No previous rowing experience necessary. Open to anyone entering 6th - 12th.

Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

JCC Camp

Four-week session of in-person camp starts July 6. At JCC camp, children get messy, act silly, sing, dance, and explore with a focus on building friendships and expanding interests. Camp celebrates community-based Jewish values, and welcomes campers of all backgrounds.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Seele Stars Musical Theater Camp

In-person camps are in wait-and-see mode for now. "The Show Must Go Online" available. Seele Stars offers performing arts summer camps taught by a credentialed/master’s degree teacher. Join in to learn, sing, dance, and act each week. The end of this fun experience results in a themed showcase performance highlighting student learning.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Traverse Fitness Ninja Warrior

In person camps starting 6/15 with reduced capacity. Learn to be a real Ninja Warrior. Experienced trainers teach students how to do iconic obstacles like the Warped Wall and Quad Steps. They’ll learn new parkour skills each day, then on Friday put it all together with course runs/competitions.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Play-Well: STEM using LEGO

Online camps plus in-person in El Cerrito in July. Dream it, build it, wreck it, and repeat in LEGO-inspired engineering Summer camps. Engineer interesting projects, think critically, and work collaboratively while learning STEM concepts. Camps include over 20,000 LEGO pieces including Star Wars, Minecraft, and Robotics.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Ultimate Sports Connection Summer Gymnastics Camps

Kids, ages 4 to 12, will “FLIP” over this amazing brand new air-conditioned facility and equipment. Young gymnasts will learn new skills and make friends. Campers gain agility, spatial awareness, discipline and strength all while having fun and learning safety habits. Weekday programs June 29 to August 7. Super Saturday camps are held, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/28, 8/1, 8/8. No experience necessary.

Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

East Bay Dance Center Camp

Each week campers will experience many kinds of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, tumbling and African dance. Camps also feature Drama and Art. Ages 5 to 16.

Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Trapeze Arts

Many Covid precautions. Campers will learn an array of circus arts including flying trapeze, trampoline, aerial arts, juggling, hand balancing, circus bike, acrobatics, tightwire, and more. Ages 7 to 15.

Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

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4 thoughts on “East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2020)”

  1. The Berkeley Chess School offers in-person chess camps for children! Sessions are three weeks long with a stable group of twelve children, all public health orders strictly followed! Mornings with plenty of outdoor sports, games, and art activities, afternoons include engaging chess lecture, chess puzzles, Q & A, games with classmates and post game analysis, recess and sometimes a movie! Beginning, intermediate and advanced sections. The spatial reasoning skill chess teaches is the greatest predictor of success in STEM fields. For more information or to enroll, visit http://www.berkeleychessschool.org/

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