It’s February. Berkeley thirsts for more rain, the Midwest shivers and snow is piling up back East. Must be time to think about … summer camp.
UC Berkeley summer camps offer pleasures and challenges for kids of all ages and proclivities — athletic or academic, in a lab or out in nature, exploring science, business, gymnastics, skateboarding, swimming, sailing and life skills such as leadership and social relations. College-bound high school students can get a taste of higher education. Young writers can practice and polish their poetry and prose. Budding scientists can run experiments in a real lab.
Information about all 2014 camps and programs has just been posted on the UC Berkeley summer camp website. The site provides descriptions of the camps, plus up-to-date information about fees, dates, eligibility and registration. Weblinks to sites with additional information are provided, along with phone numbers and email addresses for people with questions.
Registration has already opened for many of the camps, and they can fill up fast. As always, the choices are many and varied.
Rec Sports’s Science and Sports camp (Cal Youth Camps) takes children to the Lawrence Hall of Science for the morning, and then outdoors or to a rec center for the afternoon, and the hands-on science museum also offers its own summer program for kids.
Outdoor adventure camps offered through Rec Sports (Cal Youth Camps) teach single skills, including rock climbing, sailing and sea kayaking, or multiple activities where a participant hike, climb, swim and paddle all in the same week. Older kids can learn to leadership skills useful in becoming coaches or camp counselors — or simply living life — through camps like the Campers in Leadership Training program.
Blue Camp helps teach social skills to children with nonverbal learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome and similar deficits.
For students seeking academic summer classes, the Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) offers classes for advancement and enrichment. High-achieving students from kindergarten to grade 11 can choose among a variety of classes, including science, math, computer programming, and writing. Each class focuses on one specific subject.
Students interested in design can join summer programs offered by the College of Environmental Design. For high, one in The list of summer camp offerings is rich and long. The main UC Summer Camp website is a good jumping-off point. People who know what kind of camp they’re looking for can use the links below to go there directly.
Academic Talent Development Program | Cal Youth Camps | embARC | DISC | Lawrence Hall of Science Camps | YEAH | B-BAY| Pre-Collegiate Program | University Village Camps | SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy | UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp | Young Writers’ Camp |