Oakland Summer Camp

Montclair Elementary

Camp Edmo

June 22 – July 31

Montclair Elementary
1757 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA
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Park Program

August 3 – 21 

Lake Temescal
6502 Broadway Terrace 
Oakland, CA
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Camp EdTech: Montclair Elementary in Oakland also hosts Camp EdTech, our digital media camp for entering 5th—8th graders.
Please note the only lunch provider option at the Oakland Montclair location is the Oakland Unified School District’s free/reduced summer lunch program. Please see Additional Services tab below for details.

OaklandMaryTo the Oakland Edventure More Family,

Thanks so much for an amazing summer!

To all the parents and families, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your child’s summer. It is so amazing to see all the campers bring their unique, energetic, inquisitive, kind, and authentic self to camp. I am so grateful for all the parents who brought the Vibe to camp by sending t-shirt challenges and surveys, visiting Family Friday and chatting at pick up and drop off. All the small interactions and efforts created a splendid camp family!

I also want to thank my zany, full-heart staff!  My multi-talented, magnificent crew gave every day their best, it was such an honor to work with them and watch them excel.  From every Rally Improv Game, to staff and camper dress up days, to Friday-Pie-Day, they made so many unforgettable moments!  I

n addition to an amazing staff, the Oakland CITs (Counselors-in-Training) continue to be some of the most capable, responsible and cherished members of the team.  This year, CITs leveled up, led games, skits, rally and team time activities. It has been such a joyous summer here in Oakland.  Have an amazing school year!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you, continue to be your best, original self and see you soon!


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Camp Edmo at Montclair Elementary

I didn’t want to come home because camp was so fun!”

Camp staff is amazing. I love the energy at drop off in the morning. It sets a great tone and says a lot about your camp director and her ability to create a staff culture.”

I’ve been asking my son every day how camp was that day, and last night he told me Camp Edmo was more awesome than ever!”

My child came home eager to share one of many of his stories about the movie they are making in animation camp. We explained to him he had to wait until dinner time, so he did. He could hardly wait until after we said grace to explain to the family all about the character in his new movie.”

Highly impressed with the camp staff for the younger group. I stopped in one day, due to a forgotten lunch, and was so happy to see the children moving freely and playing peacefully. My daughter looked forward to doing every single day, which was an absolute pleasure. The anticipation of making ice cream on the last day also kept her very excited. Overall a wonderful and memorable experience. Thank you Edmo!”

My son was frantic one evening when we got home to do an experiment with us where we had to choose things from around the house to see if they’d dissolve in water. He wanted to recreate it exactly like you must have done it at camp…He was so excited and engaged. It was brilliant and so sweet to watch. He also said that he LOVED his Camp Edmo shirt and that it was his favorite camp. This was his very first summer doing camps and we felt like it went GREAT!”

I think a continued classroom environment like yours is important during at least part of the summer. I also love that my child met new kids and adults so his world got even bigger. I know this week definitely helped his social skills and gave him more confidence that he’ll carry with him into the school year.”

We said it last year and we’ll say it again, Camp Edmo is a great experience for both children and parents…Thank you so much to the creators and the staff that make this place what it is; fun, exciting and a safe place to make friends and learn new things.”

Camp Edmo Oakland Park Program

My son has been very excited to be going to Camp Edmo. His curiosity for science projects has spiked as well as his willingness to try new things.”

Camper: “I learned the most at Camp Edmo because we got to go on awesome field trips!” Parent: “So you liked learning new stuff.” Camper: “It was fun too. And we get cards and buttons! I have a collection now.”

I have been out of town for work and my boys are not doing the typical ‘we miss mommy’ routine! I strongly attribute this to the experience they are having at camp. They are engaged, feel secure and taken care of. Thank you!”

My son has really been supported in the social aspects this year. My two sons have very different personalities/interests so I often have them at separate camps to meet each of their individual needs. It was so beautiful to experience both of their needs being met in the same program. They were also able, thru the Edmo Vibe Game, to be rewarded for working on the parts that aren’t as comfortable/familiar with how they typically operate (ex. Interpersonal/social skills for my shy son and collaboration/patience for my independent/go-getter son)”

My child came home with a clay figure that he created during his trip to the SF Children’s Creativity Museum. He was so excited to share his experience with animation. He loves going to camp daily, and is so sad to see this week come to a close. Typically a “shy guy”, it has been very heartwarming to hear about the team-building activities he participates in and all of the games. We have seen a clear boost in his self confidence. We cannot wait to enroll for next year.”

Mary is amazing. It has been a true pleasure to work with her and I am genuinely sad that my children’s camp experience is coming to a close. She made their first camp experience so memorable and joyful. I cannot express how much her enthusiasm and professionalism put me at ease. I knew my children were in competent and loving hands and that is priceless. The entire staff was a joy to interact with. Our family is very grateful.”

Only the best of the best become our camp staff. Take a look at what goes in to recruiting, hiring and training our staff!

Mary Yeh – Camp Director

This is Mary’s second summer as a Camp Director, and she cannot wait!  During the school year, Mary is a graduate student studying Museum Studies at San Francisco State University.  Previously, she worked as a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in rural Louisiana with Teach for America.  Mary has a BA in Art History and French from UCLA, and has loved combining her interests in art and science within and outside of the classroom.  Growing up, summer camp was the highlight of Mary’s summer and she credits camp for providing a fun, safe environment to try new things and make new friends.  She cannot wait to for campers to come and have similarly formative and fun experiences this summer.  In her free time, Mary knits, crochets, reads, swims, runs, walks her dog, and attempts the NY Times crossword puzzle.

I am thrilled to return to Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech for a second summer as Camp Director at the Oakland location. Last summer was filled with so many laughs and such memorable moments and my staff and I can’t wait to create more this year! It’s going to be a blast to welcome friends and families, old and new, to camp. I know we’ll learn and grow a lot together. My staff and CITs are a multi-talented crew and we’ve been preparing all year to deliver the best season yet. Welcome to the Oakland Edventure More family!”

Kevin George – Tech/Makers Instructor

This is Kevin’s first year as an Instructor for Edventure More and he is very excited to be working with everyone. Kevin is a college student at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and aspires to be a Game Designer. Kevin on his own time, plays with legos, make models in 3-D programs and plays video games with his friends.

Tim Kopra – Science & Makers Instructor

Tim Kopra is a local artist, predominantly a sculptor.  This will be his first year as a Camp Edmo Instructor.  He is looking forward to it! He has taught classes and been a counselor in youth camps abroad, as well as assisted in elementary classrooms and college level classes. He enjoys the outdoors, bicycling and exploring.

Heather Newton – Counselor

Heather is excited to start her first summer with Edventure More. She moved to the Bay Area 3 years ago to study literature at UC Berkeley, and graduated last fall with a BA in English and Celtic Studies. Before coming to the Bay Area, she spent 4 summers working at a summer day camp near her home in Southern California, where she discovered a passion for education and a love of working with kids. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, yoga, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to meeting the campers and helping to create a fun and exciting camp experience for all!

Melissa Lawrence – Counselor

This is her second summer working for Edventure More, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to return! This past year she has been working in the Mount Diablo Unified School District as a one-on-one paraprofessional aide in a Special Day Class, and working on her application to attend graduate school for a masters and teaching credential in Special Education. Outside of school she loves to read amazing books, eat even better food, and to have even more fun with her husband and dog around the Bay Area.

Kadira Cook – Counselor

This will be Kadira’s second year as a counselor with Edventure More, and she’s looking forward to it! She has previously worked at Chabot Space and Science Center and is currently a student at Embry-Riddle studying global security and intelligence with a minor Unmanned Aerial Systems, and is earning a pilot license. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, golfing, hiking, reading, and crocheting!

Michael Flynn – Counselor

This is Michael’s second year with Edventure More as a counselor, and he is incredibly excited to return. Michael is a student at the University of Michigan, where he studies English and creative writing. Over the past year, he has volunteered as a tutor at 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring curiosity and a love for learning in young children. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing guitar, writing and, more recently, performing stand-up comedy.

More than One Educational Approach

Our programs incorporate the best new ideas in education and development that you’ll find in today’s top classrooms and educational programs including:

  • The Makers Movement
    Our Makers campers use engineering to create unique contraptions with a mix of everyday materials and technology.  Projects are centered around invention, prototyping and creative problem solving.  Makers campers will acquire a new tool kit of handy skills and push their imaginations to the limit.

  • The Next Generation Science Standards
    We’ve formatted our camp lessons to hit specific science and engineering practice topics, core content ideas and cross cutting relationships to other disciplines.  These Standards provide a link to real world applications of scientific knowledge and research methods.

  • The Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening
    Our summer programs focus on strengthening our campers communication skills through Collaborative Conversation, the infusion of Academic Vocabulary and positive group interaction – things that all happen throughout the entire camp day!

  • Social and Emotional Learning
    We offer inclusion activities, group challenges and Kimochi Time to help our campers develop empathy, build language for communicating feelings and promote positive group dynamics.

  • Integrated Literacy

Integrated Literacy is another way we prepare our campers for success in the school year and beyond.  Campers get Literacy lessons throughout our camp day.  Whether it’s collaborative conversations with fellow campers in the Arts & Science classroom or a word spelling challenge during Recreation, our campers are exposed to the power of effective communication in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Environmental Responsibility
    Our programs show campers how to be environmentally responsible whether they are repurposing materials in Makers projects, birdwatching on a hike, or simply sorting refuse into the right bin.  Our campers are champions of the environment!

  • Design Thinking
    Design Thinking is all about unlocking creative potential to solve real world challenges.  Using the principles of Design Thinking our campers will create truly unique prototypes from open-ended design challenges and become world class problem solvers!
  • Mindfulness Movement
    Mindfulness offers peaceful moments with quiet reflection time.  After a fun camp day we would like our campers to unwind, reflect, and feel connected to their bodies, minds and feelings. It’s all part of Social and Emotional Learning.

  • 21st Century Life Skills
    The 21st Century requires that kids are fully prepared for all of life’s challenges. Kids in today’s quickly-changing world must learn more than just than reading, writing and arithmetic. The 21st Century Life Skills movement redefines the goals of education and transforms how learning is practiced and achievement measured.
More than One Teaching Method

Your child will experience a blended teaching methodology developed over 10 years in partnership with the CA Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium. Campers build Physical Science, Natural Science, Engineering, and multiple Art Skills through our different approaches to learning that all start with fun and end with reflection, sharing and discovery:

  • Guided Instruction: Starts with a series of curiosity- inspiring questions or facts, then transitions into a hands-on activity that exemplifies the concept being taught.
    E.g. Pickle Batteries, Slime, Stomp Rockets

  • Design Challenge: Campers work in groups to create solutions towards a common goal. Groups brainstorm solutions to a problem, use available materials to prototype and test solutions, then make modifications based on their observations.
    E.g. Castle design & building, Glider design & building, Lava Crossing Rec Game

  • Free Exploration: Campers are given a wide assortment of materials and are encouraged to use their creativity to build something unique, artistic or that serves a specific purpose.
    E.g. Build something that spins, Use kitchenware to create an animal, Create a tasty soda flavor

  • Observational Learning: Campers learn to hone their senses and practice focus, attention and awareness. They record what they perceive and then report their findings.
    E.g. Bug hunts, Bird watching, Game of “Animal I Spy”

More than One Intelligence

Your child will build capacity in multiple types of intelligence that research has shown are required to succeed in the 21st Century. Our curriculum focuses on four areas of a child’s development each day:

  • Social: In addition to our dedicated “Team Time” hour each day, our science, art, animation, nature, and recreation projects build lifelong skills like communication, collaboration and teamwork. Kids need to work with others to complete challenges and compromise to come up with movie plots, invent team names or decide which game to play on Friday.
  • Emotional: Daily EQ activities use Kimochis’ “toys with feelings” to help kids build vocabulary around their emotions. They also help them empathize with other kids who have different personalities, resulting in fewer hurt feelings and more new friendships being made at camp!
  • Academic: Hands-on activities help keep kids’ minds active during the long summer months. They also help reinforce grade level science and math concepts while encouraging a fun-loving approach to learning that’s intrinsically driven.
  • Physical: Recreation features games designed by Playworks®. Most of our games are non-competitive or ones where players change teams regularly. Games build upon skills learned earlier in the week to more complex games involving lots of teamwork and strategy later on.
More than One Mind

It takes many great minds to make one great camp. Our talented team of Curriculum Advisory Board members is comprised of Bay Area professionals who are leaders in their respective fields. Each member consults with us on different aspects of our curriculum and camp day based on their area of expertise.

Megan Schufreider, Science Expert

Megan Schufreider is Assistant Director of Teacher and Student Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences, where she supervises a team focusing on the development, delivery and evaluation of Pre-K-12 educational programs. The Teacher and Student Engagement portfolio includes a teacher professional development institute, teacher workshops and resources, onsite classroom programs for schools, field trips for school and youth groups, homeschool events, family nights, virtual programs, online learning resources, and community outreach.  Since joining the Academy in 2007, Megan has also overseen web development, asset management and e-marketing for the department. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution & Japanese from UCLA and an M.A. in Museum Studies from SFSU.  She has previous experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as well as an educator in various informal science settings.

David & Annie Fox, Social Emotional Learning & Tech Specialists

David and Annie Fox co-founded the world’s first public-access microcomputer center in 1977.  The Marin Computer Center was a prototype for bringing new technology to the public.

David is one of the founding members of the Game Division of Lucasfilm ltd. (now LucasArts), and has spent his career working with various gaming companies.  David most recently designed and produced Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention game, a game based on Rube Goldberg’s Machine cartoons (the first official Rube Goldberg game).

When Annie Fox’s first book People Are Like Lollipops (1971, Holiday House, 2013 Electric Eggplant) was published, she wasn’t old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21 though, she decided that helping kids was going to be her life’s work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, then completing her Master’s in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland, Annie set off on a teaching career. After a few years in the classroom, computers changed her life as she began to explore ways in which technology could be used to empower kids.

Jessalyn Aaland, Art Curriculum Consultant

Jessalyn Aaland is an artist, writer and teacher based in West Oakland, California. As an artist, she works primarily in collage, using stickers and found paper materials to create landscapes of human and other communities. In addition to her works on paper, Jessalyn designs posters, album artwork and installations. She also publishes zines and dyes textiles using shibori methods. Jessalyn spent five years teaching English at a San Francisco public high school and has recently accepted a position as Program Associate of Teacher Engagement and Resources at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Stephanie Chang, Maker Curriculum Expert

Stephanie Chang currently works as Maker Ed’s Director of Youth Engagement, responsible for the design and implementation of program models. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Developer and School Liaison at Maker Media, where she worked closely with fifteen Bay Area teachers to define and develop maker spaces and making programs in schools. Prior to joining Maker Media, she worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum in San Jose, and taught environmental and marine science. She is interested in technology’s affordances for learning, how to best bridge formal and informal education and better connect tangible and digital technology. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Charles Higgins, MSW, Mindfulness Expert

Charles Higgins is the Executive Director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center in San Francisco. He was in the same role at Slide Ranch, Enterprise for High School Students, Youth Tennis Advantage, and the Bicycle Community Project in the years before joining RDNC. A native of San Francisco, Charles graduated from Galileo High School, U.C. Davis and the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. Charles has been practicing Hatha yoga since 2002 and refining his approach to Mindfulness since then. In the last few years, he started a daily meditation practice using a mantra given by a teacher in the tradition of the ancient Vedas. Charles believes that the application of Mindfulness practice for children helps them to be:

  • Good listeners – able to be patient and aware of thoughts while listening (regulate the impulse to prepare a response while listening)
  • Good observers – alert and aware of what’s going on around them
  • Feel good about themselves – comfortable in expressing their own thoughts and not being threatened by those of others
  • Patient and supportive rather than reactive, using good self control, especially when feeling angry or fearful

Charles leads workshops and retreats for teachers, counselors and others working with children.

Dr. Kathleen Martinez, Literacy Integration Specialist

Dr. Kathleen Martinez started her educational career teaching middle and high school remedial reading in northern New Mexico. She went on to get her doctorate in educational leadership at Florida State University and returned to New Mexico as a Professor of Education at New Mexico Highlands University. She then became Director of Community-based Resources for severely emotional and neurobiological different children in Taos, New Mexico. After her two children were safely raised, she moved to Berkeley, CA in order to pursue a master’s in theology at the Graduate Theological Union just for the fun of it. Since then she has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area providing training and support to out-of-school programs through her own consulting firm, Creative Out-of-School Learning. She enjoys gardening and ballroom dancing. Along with her colleague, Sue Edwards, Dr. Martinez has written two books, Books and Beyond: Fun Literacy Activities for Afterschool and Colossal Clubs: Integrated Curriculum for After-School.

More than One Kid

Your child doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mold. Our camp staff get to know your child and celebrate their uniqueness. Not everyone will be an inventor in life, but everyone will invent themselves.

  • Getting to Know Campers: All week long your child will have one group Counselor. It’s the Counselor’s job to learn about your child and find those teachable moments that help them become their best selves.
  • Diversity: One of our main objectives as an organization is to create the most diverse, inclusive and culturally rich environment for your child. We believe finding commonalities and celebrating differences is one of the most powerful ways to teach a child empathy and socialization skills.
  • Creativity & Self-expression: Camper projects have ample room for kids to infuse their personalities. This creates greater ownership over the learning. Camper families will also be given weekly T-shirt Challenges to encourage your child to engage you and their community with their “Edmo Vibe”.
More than One Program

Your family can choose from multiple camp programs with the same Edventure More standard of quality. Each is designed to generate curiosity, build multiple forms of intelligence and 21st Century learning skills.

  • Arts & Science Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers complete hands-on natural science and physical science experiments, multi-disciplinary art projects and also play outdoor recreation and team building activities.
  • Makers Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers turn everyday materials into amazing new contraptions!  These mini engineers will stretch their imaginations with excellent instruction, hands-on makers lab time, and outdoor recreation and team building activities.

  • Tech Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers translate their stories, characters and ideas into amazing digital media projects.  Using cameras, laptops, iPads and the latest kid-friendly software, campers will see their characters and stories come alive on screen.  Our Tech campers mix screen time with outdoor recreation and team building activities.

  • Park Program (Ent. K-4th Grade): Campers spend almost the entire day outdoors; going on nature hikes with our trained naturalists, completing arts & science projects and playing team building games. Entering 2nd-4th grade campers also go on weekly field trips.
More than One Day

Your child’s camp day doesn’t have to stop at pick up time. Your child will be encouraged to continue the “Vibe” of curiosity, confidence, creativity, and kindness at home and in their community.

  • T-Shirt Challenges: Each week your camper can complete a challenge and take a picture in their camp t-shirt doing something that shows how they’ve rocked the vibe.
  • The Edmo Vibe Game: Your kids will receive special Vibe Cards that represent an action they did that represented curiosity, confidence or kindness at camp. They can also earn cards outside of camp, like finding a fun fact to stump the Camp Director.
  • Mo’s Treehouse: When your kids come home pumped about what they learned, you can visit Mo’s Treehouse online to find additional resources, projects, websites, jokes, etc. that relate to our camp themes.
  • Daily Downloads: Each day parents receive an email from their Camp Director with updates about their child’s camp location. It also includes links to Mo’s Treehouse where they can find details about what their child is doing today, what to expect tomorrow and resources for fostering more curiosity at home.
More than One Impact

It’s part of our mission to support the families and schools in your community year-round with high quality enrichment programs. Your camp proceeds and generous donations fund:

  • Camp Scholarships: We help close the achievement gap between low-income and high-income families by providing hundreds of families financial aid each year.
  • Subsidized In Class Programs: We offer both public and private school teachers affordable in class science programs featuring museum quality, hands-on projects that align with CA State Science Standards.
  • Fully Subsidized Camps: We host camps that are subsidized by public agencies for communities most at-risk for Summer Learning Loss. In 2015, The SF Department of Children will once again fund our SF Community Camp program hosted at the San Francisco School. The Fullerton Family Foundation will also be sponsoring camper scholarships from the Pickleweed Community Center at our Mill Valley location.
  • Year-round Fundraising: We apply for grants, lead fundraisers and accept donations year-round to create greater access to our award-winning School Year and Summer programs.



The following schools have either received In Class Programs from Edventure More, had students awarded camp scholarships or both. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact our School Year Programs Manager at outreach@edventuremore.org to learn how we can support the enrichment efforts of your school, teachers, PTA, or GATE programs.

Acorn Woodland Elementary
Alameda Christian School
Albany Middle School
Amelia Earhart Elementary*
Archway School
Aurora School
Bay Farm Elementary*
Bella Vista Elementary*
Black Pine Circle School
Buena Vista Elementary
Burbank Elementary
Chabot Elementary*
Child Unique Montessori School
Claremont Middle School
Cleveland Elementary
Crocker Highlands*
Donald D. Lum*
Edison Elementary*
Edna Brewer
Emerson School
Frank Otis Elementary*
Franklin Elementary*
Glenview Elementary
Grass Valley Elementary
Henry Haight
Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Elementary
Hillcrest School
International Community School
Jefferson Elementary
Joaquin Miller Elementary
Malcolm X Elementary
Manzanita Seed
Melrose Leadership Academy
Mission Hills Middle School
Montclair Elementary*
NEA Community Learning Center*
North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS)
Ocean View Elementary
Otis Elementary
Paden Elementary
Peralta Elementary
Peter Pan Academy
Pilgrims Pre-School
Prince of Peace School
Proctor Elementary
Redwood Christian School
Redwood Day School*
Rise Community School
Roosevelt Elementary
Ruby Bridges Elementary
Sequoia Elementary
St. Elizabeth Elementary
St. Joseph Elementary
St. Martin De Porres Catholic School*
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
St. Philip Neri
Sunol Glen Elementary
Thornhill School*
Thornton Junior High
Thousand Oaks Elementary
Washington Elementary
Zion Lutheran School

*Both In Class Programs and camp scholarship recipients