Summertime is camp time for Berkeley kids

Whether your kids’ idea of a great summer tends toward Taekwondo, skateboarding and swimming, or science experiments, writing workshops and business school, Berkeley’s summer camp programs have something to offer just about everyone in the community. Indoors or outdoors, for credit or for fun (or both), for a few hours or all day long, the camps can fit many different schedules and needs. They tend to fill up fast, and they do cost money. Some registration/application deadlines are coming up soon, so check the websites listed, or call the phone numbers, for details.

Kids at summer camp

Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP)

3639 Tolman #1670, Berkeley CA 94720-1670
(510) 642-8308; fax: (510) 642-0510

Elementary Division

Outstanding K-6 students attend a three-week summer session of enrichment classes at Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond.
Dates: July 12-30
Times: Morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.). For an extra fee, ATDP students can also attend an on-site half-day sports camp sponsored by Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs.
Level: Grades K-6
Fees: Processing, $50 (non-refundable); tuition and materials,
$542; sibling discount, $35 per student (from tuition only).
Application deadlines: For returning ED students: Postmarked by Wednesday, March 17. For new ED applicants: Postmarked by Wednesday, March 31.

Secondary Division

Academically talented students in grades 7 to 11 attend a six-week session of challenging summer classes on the Berkeley campus. Students who successfully complete courses receive a recommendation for credit at their school.
Dates: June 21-July 30
Level: Grades 7-11
Times: Morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.)
Weekly schedule: 5-unit classes (2 days a week); 10-unit classes (3 days a week).
Fees: Processing, $50 (non-refundable); tuition, 5 units, $475; 10 units, $705; AP Biology, $1,045; lab/materials fee, $55-$175.
Application deadlines: For returning SD students: Postmarked by Wednesday, February 17. For new SD applicants: Postmarked by Wednesday, March 3.


Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs

Strawberry Canyon Center #4430, Berkeley CA 94720-4430
(510) 643-2267; fax: (510) 642-8343

Cal Adventures Summer Camps

These include ATDP Sports, Afternoon Adventures, Discovery, rock climbing, sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing camps, and, new for 2010, standup paddleboarding.
Ages: 8-17; custom programs 8-18.
Location: At the Berkeley Marina.

Specialized Summer and Year-Round Programs

Golden Bear Gymnastics Classes
Ages: 18 months—18 years

Child working on a project.

Art Camps

Ceramics, black and white photography, Explorations in the Making (making books and journals).
Ages: 9-18
Location: ASUC art studio in Lower Sproul Plaza on campus.

Strawberry Canyon Summer Programs
Location: At Strawberry Canyon.

Recreational Sports Camps

Explorer, Blue Cubs, Blue Bears, Blue Grizzlies, skateboard, social skills track, leadership training.
Ages: 5—16

Science and Sports Camps

Full-day programs with half-day (mornings) at Lawrence Hall of Science.
Ages: entering grades 1-6.
Enrollment: Full for 2010; get information for 2011.
Swimming Classes
Ages: 6 months-17+ years

UC Martial Arts Program

(510) 642-3268
Summer sessions focus on Taekwondo, the way of the foot and the fist based on the Korean method of self-defense, and Judo, “the way of gentleness,” based on Jujitsu, the ancient art of self-defense. Both are Olympic sports.
Ages: 6-16
Dates: July 6-Aug. 12, Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m. (taekwondo) and 10:30-11:30 a.m. (judo).
Fees: $120 per session, $200 for both.
Equipment needed: White Taekwondo or Judo uniforms, which may be purchased on the first day at camp for $30-$40.

Location: Recreational Sports Facility on campus.

Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps

Smiling girl

Day camps offer hands-on activities across a wide range of themes: animals big and small; concoctions and potions; building and designing; and solving and sleuthing. Residential, research and backpacking camps are offered at outdoor sites in Northern California, including the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Sierra Nevada.
(510) 642-5134

Half- and Full-Day Camps
Level: Pre-K through entering 12th grade.
Enrollment: 12-20 campers, depending on the camp.
Dates: Ongoing, June 14 —Aug. 20
Fees: Vary from $144-$455; discounts for LHS members.

Overnight Camps
These include backpacking and research.
Ages: 8-18
Enrollment: 24-72 campers, depending on the camp.
Dates: 5 or 6 days, June 12-July 17
Fee: Varies from $695-$1,040 per camp; discounts for LHS members.

Young Entrepreneurs at Haas School of Business (YEAH)

(510) 643-4622
The YEAH Saturday Business Academy is a program in which 9th- and 10th-grade students are mentored by MBA and undergraduate students at Berkeley’s Haas School through a business curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship. Preference is given to youth who come from low-income families, attend public schools, or would be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college.
Level: Current 8th and 9th graders
Dates: July 12-30, Monday through Friday, noon-4 p.m. on the Berkeley campus, then one or two Saturday mornings during the school year. (Visit website for more information and the online application.)
Registration deadline: April 2

Berkeley Business Academy for Middle-School Students

(510) 643-0923 (Olive Davis)
In YEAH’s two-week summer academy, students have access to the resources of  Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and work with Haas faculty, students, and staff to learn about teamwork, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, creating a web site and more.
Dates: June 21-July 2
Time: 9 a.m.— 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $1,000
Level: 6th-9th graders
Application deadline: June 1

Pre-Collegiate Program: Berkeley Summer Sessions for High School Students

1995 University Ave., Suite 110, Berkeley CA 94704
(510) 642-5611; fax: (510) 642-2877
Close to 250 high school students will take classes at Berkeley this summer and earn college credit. Students who have completed 10th grade, show an overall B average on their transcript, and submit a favorable letter from a teacher or counselor are eligible and may take lower-division courses (those numbered 1- 99).
Dates: June 21-Aug. 13 (Session C), July 6-Aug. 13 (Session D).
Fees and application information: Available on the web.
Enrollment: Opened Feb. 16; courses fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residential Summer Programs for High-School Students at Other UC Campuses

The California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week residential program for students completing 8th through 12th grade. Students work with university researchers and faculty in hands-on and lab-intensive courses at these UC campuses:
Irvine: July 5-31
Santa Cruz: July 5—31
Davis: July 5—31
San Diego: July 11—Aug. 7
Fee: $2,550 for California residents (financial aid available)
Application deadline: March 15

UC Davis Young Scholars Program
Summer residential research program for high school sophomores and juniors to work in laboratories with research faculty and groups for 6 weeks.
Dates: June 20—July 31
Fee: $5,000 (financial assistance available)
Application deadline: March 31

UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs
Four six-week residential programs for high school students: Early Start, Academic & Enrichment, Enrichment, and Research Mentorship.
June 20—Aug. 1

Summer Camps at University Village

1125 Jackson St., Albany, CA 94706
(510) 524-4926; fax: 527-9934
Week-long co-ed camps and mini-camps in baseball, basketball, gymnastics, Capoeira, circus skills, art, skateboarding, Taiko drumming and soccer.
Ages: 5-15 years (extended care available for 7- 11-year-olds)
Dates: June 14-Aug. 27, one-week camps
Fees: Discounted for Berkeley students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

Special Spring Break Soccer Camp
With Teale Matteshon, former UC Men’s assistant coach)
Dates: April 12-16.
See for details.

Community Summer Programs Summer Camp Fair

Sponsored by The American Camp Association and The Seven Hills School
Date: Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Seven Hills School (Hunt Hall)
975 N. San Carlos Dr.,
Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: Susie Canchola
(925) 933-0666×5013
AAUW Summer Camps and Programs Fair
Date: Sunday, March 14, 1-4:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite Temple
1547 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland, CA
Berkeley Parents Network
Moderated, parent-run online forum for local parents; subscribe to receive information on camps. as well as schools and pre-schools.

Young Writers’ Camp

Bay Area Writing Project sponsors camps at eight locations around the Bay Area.
(510) 642-0971
Dates: June 21-July 9, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon
Level: Students entering grades 4-9 in the fall
Fee: $400
Locations: Bacich Middle School, Kentfield; Cesar Chavez Middle School, Hayward; Corona Elementary School, Petaluma; Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga; Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley; The Laboratory School at Mills College, Oakland; The San Francisco School, San Francisco; Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos.

UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp

Campers discover the world of plants through garden explorations, science experiments, growing and harvesting vegetables, making crafts from plants, discovering garden animals, and learning about plant diversity at the Botanical Garden.
Ages: 5-10
Dates: For 5- 7-year olds: June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 12-16, Aug. 9-13, Aug. 16—20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For 8- to 10-year-olds: July 19-23, July 26—30, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Fee: $240, or $220 for members

Compiled by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Dependent Care