Summertime, and the campin' is easy
12 February 2009With summer coming fast, parents have a wealth of options at UC Berkeley for camps and programs for kids. Yes, they cost money, and yes, they fill up fast, but the rich assortment is one of the real pluses the campus offers our community. For applications and details about the roundup of programs on this page, visit the websites listed.
Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP)
Office: 3639 Tolman, #1670, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670
Outstanding K-6 students attend a three-week session of enrichment classes at Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond.
Dates: July 13 to July 31
Times: Morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.). For an extra fee, ATDP students may also attend an on-site half-day sports camp sponsored by Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs.
Level: Grades K-6
Fee: Processing fee, $30 (non-refundable); tuition and materials fee, $505-$525; sibling discount, $25 per student (from tuition only)
• For returning ED students: Postmarked by Wednesday, March 19
• For new ED applicants:
Postmarked by Wednesday, April 1
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 22 to July 31
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 per week); 10-unit classes
(3 days per week)
Fee: Processing fee, $30 (non-refundable); tuition, 5 units, $460;
10 units, $680; AP Biology, $1,045; lab/materials fee, $50-$160
• For returning SD students: Postmarked by Wednesday, Feb. 18
• For new SD applicants:
Postmarked by Wednesday, March 4
Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs
Mail: Strawberry Canyon Center #4430, Berkeley, CA 94720-4430
Phone: 643-2267 ext. 2
Cal Adventures Camps include Afternoon Adventures, Discovery, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, and Windsurfing camps.
Ages: 8—17, custom programs 8—18
Cal Youth Specialized Summer and Year-Round Programs
Golden Bear Gymnastics Classes
Ages: 18 months—18 years
Ceramics, Black & White Photography, Introduction to Video Production.
Level: Ages 9—18
Martial Arts Camp
Phone: 642-3277 or (800) GO-BEARS
Strawberry Canyon Summer Programs
Recreational Sports Camps
Explorer, Blue Cubs, Blue Bears, Blue Grizzlies, Skate-board, Social Skills, Leadership Training (entering grades 9—12).
Science and Sports Camps
Full-day programs with mornings at Lawrence Hall of Science and afternoon sports at Strawberry Canyon.
Ages: Entering grades 1—6
Ages: 6 months—17+ years
Lawrence Hall of Science Camps
Day camps offer imaginative, hands-on activities across a wide range of themes: animals, big and small; concoctions and potions; building and designing; and solving and sleuthing.
LHS also offers residential, research, and backpacking camps at outdoor sites in Northern California including the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Sierra Nevada.
Half- and Full-Day Camps
Level: Pre-K through entering grade 12
Enrollment: 12—20 campers
Dates: Ongoing, June 15—Aug. 21
Fee: From $136—$390; discounts for Lawrence Hall of Science members
These include backpacking and research camps.
Level: Age 8—18
Enrollment: 24—72 campers
Dates: 5 or 6 days, June 13—Aug. 8
Fee: From $725—$990; discounts for Lawrence Hall of Science members
Middle School Summer Business Academy
With an enrollment of 40 top middle-school students, the program fosters creativity, innovation, and collaboration through projects with a focus on entrepreneurship. The hands-on experience introduces students to business fundamentals including finance, marketing, and accounting, and teaches them leadership and teamwork skills.
Dates: June 15—26, 9a.m.—5 p.m.
Level: Grades 6—9
Registration deadline: April 3
Contact: Olive Davis, 643-0923, email@example.com
Pre-Collegiate Program: Berkeley Summer Sessions for High-School Students
Office: 1995 University Ave., Ste. 110, Berkeley, CA 94720-1080
Join some 200 high-school students who will take classes and earn college credit at UC Berkeley this summer.
Students who have completed the 10th grade, show an overall B average on their transcript, and submit a favorable letter from a teacher or counselor are eligible for the Pre-Collegiate Program. Students can take lower division courses in Session C and/or D. Students take part in a special orientation and campus events.
Requirements, fees, and housing options are on the Web.
Dates: June 22—Aug. 14 (C), July 6—Aug. 14 (D)
Enrollment: begins Feb. 17; courses fill on a first come, first served basis
Residential Programs for High-School Students at Other UC Campuses
The California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a residential academic program for high-school students at these UC campuses:
UC Irvine: June 28—July 25
UC Santa Cruz: July 5—Aug. 1
UC Davis: July 5—Aug. 1
UC San Diego: July 5—Aug. 1
Fee: $2,425 for California residents (financial aid available)
Application period: Feb. 1— Mar. 15
UC Davis Young Scholars Program
A six-week summer residential program for high-school sopho-mores and juniors to work in laboratories with faculty and research groups.
Dates: June 21—Aug. 1
Fee: $4,800 (financial aid available)
Application deadline: March 31
UC Santa Barbara Summer Sessions Pre-College Programs
Four six-week residential programs for high-school students include Early Start, Academic & Enrichment, Enrichment, and Research Mentorship.
Dates: June 21—July 31
Summer Camps at University Village
Weeklong, half-day mini-camps
Choose from baseball, basketball, gymnastics, Capoeira, circus skills, art, skateboarding, soccer, and cheerleading.
Two-week, full-day camps
Camps include skateboarding, sports, Lego-Playwell Technol-ogies, and outdoor adventures.
Ages: 5—15 years
Dates: June 16—Aug. 22, 1- or 2-week camps, 7:30 a.m.—6 p.m (Spring Break campus also available)
Extended care: Available for half-day camp participants ages 7—11
Fees: Visit the Web for details; discounted fees for UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.
UC Botanical Garden
Green Stuff Day Camp
Discover the world of plants through garden explorations, science experiments, growing and harvesting vegetables, making crafts from plants, and meeting garden animals at the UC Botanical Garden.
Dates, ages 5—7: June 15—19, June 22—26, June 29—July 3, July 16—10, July 27—31, Aug. 3—7, Aug. 10—14; 9 a.m.—2 p.m. weekdays
Dates, ages 8—10: July 13—17, July 20—24; 9 a.m.—2 p.m. weekdays
Fee: $210, $195 members
Young Writers' Camp
Bay Area Writing Project
Dates: June 22—July 10, 9 a.m.-noon
Ages: Entering grades 4—9
• Albany Middle School, Albany
• Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga
• The Laboratory School at Mills College, Oakland
• Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos
• James Lick Middle School, San Francisco
Young Entrepreneurs at Haas School of Business (YEAH)
In the YEAH Saturday Business Academy and its summer sessions, students in grades 9 and 10 are mentored by Berkeley MBA and under-graduate students through a fun and challenging business curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship.
Preference is given to youth who are from low-income families, attend public schools, and/or would be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college.
Dates: July 13—31, 10 a.m.—4 p.m. weekdays, plus one or two Saturday mornings during the school year
Level: Entering grades 9—10
Registration deadline: April 3
AAUW Summer Camps and Programs Fair
Sunday, March 8, 1—4:30 p.m.,
Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
2009 Summer Camp Resource Fair
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.—1 p.m., The Seven Hills School (Hunt Hall Gym), 975 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 933-0666
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