To 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.”
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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*
Bay Farm Elementary*
Bella Vista Elementary*
Black Pine Circle School
Buena Vista Elementary
Child Unique Montessori School
Claremont Middle School
Donald D. Lum*
Frank Otis Elementary*
Grass Valley Elementary
Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Elementary
International Community School
Joaquin Miller Elementary
|Malcolm X Elementary
Melrose Leadership Academy
Mission Hills Middle School
NEA Community Learning Center*
North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS)
Ocean View Elementary
Peter Pan Academy
Prince of Peace School
Redwood Christian School
Redwood Day School*
Rise Community School
Ruby Bridges Elementary
St. Elizabeth Elementary
St. Joseph Elementary
St. Martin De Porres Catholic School*
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
St. Philip Neri
Sunol Glen Elementary
Thornton Junior High
Thousand Oaks Elementary
Zion Lutheran School
*Both In Class Programs and camp scholarship recipients