Entering 2nd – 4th Grade

Customize the perfect summer for your child from our FOUR unique programs and TEN weekly themes. Each program emphasizes different learning approaches and life skills through hands-on activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of SciencesChildren’s Creativity Museum and talented Curriculum Advisory Board. Each project featured aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening. Every day includes Outdoor Recreation and 21st Century Life Skills building activities to encourage “The Edmo Vibe” of curiosity, confidence and kindness.

Click each tab below to find detailed program descriptions, videos, sample projects, and more! 

  • Arts & Science Program: Animal Survival & Fantastic Flyers
  • Makers Program: Tinker Town & Circuit Station
  • Tech Program : Animation Studio & Gaming Studio
  • Park Progam: Locomotion, Action Art, California Dreaming & Space Journey

 

Voted Bay Area’s “Best Summer Day Camp” and “Educational Support Program”                                                                                                     — 2009–2014 BayAreaParent Magazine

More Arts & Science Overview

Hosted on local school campuses June – early August

Focus: Investigative Skills in Physical & Natural Science, Artistic Creativity, Collaborative Communication, Design Thinking, Creative Problem Solving

Arts & Science campers rotate through four one-hour stations of Art, Science, Outdoor Recreation, and Team Time that relate to the weekly theme. Instructors use a mix of teaching methods through out the week including, Guided Instruction, Design Challenge, Free Exploration, and Observational Learning. (See Weekly Themes & Sample Schedule below for more detail.)

Through the process, kids learn you don’t need to wear a lab coat to be a scientist. You don’t have to live in a tiny studio in France to be an artist. Art and science are all around us and with a little imagination and a dash of silliness, learning suddenly feels a whole lot like playing.

Edmo offers an almost unbelievable menu of enriching activities – art, science, play – and all in an environment of enthusiasm for the kids, the activities, and for life itself! My camper has attended various camps over three years and Edmo is hands-down her favorite.” – Mary G., 3rd Grade Oakland Parent

 

2015 Arts & Science Camp – Weekly Themes

More Animal Survival

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.

It’s tough growing up in the wild. Imagine what it’s like as you discover the strangest things some North American creatures must do to eat, communicate, avoid predators, and survive natural disasters! Campers will explore amazing animal adaptations with these wacky, hands-on projects.

Sample 2-4 Art Projects:

Ca-MO-uflage Painting:  Stump your friends and parents with this tricky painting project using the power of camouflage.  How well will you disguise Mo the Monkey?

Forest Dioramas: Ever wanted to build your own fort…how about your own forest? Recreate your own North American forest habitat complete with rivers, trees, rocks, and mini-models of your favorite creatures, including Mo!

Sample 2-4 Science Projects:

Animal House:  After exploring the many ways animals build shelters, you will get the chance to make your very own animal house!  Who will be your building inspiration and what upgrades will you give your new animal pad?

Beaver Tale: The beaver might be one of the most underrated animals on earth, but not at this camp. We’ll take an up close and personal look at this incredible animal that can chew a tree down in minutes, turn rivers into ponds, use different feet for land and water, and their big thick tail to paddle in water and stand on land. The beaver is so cool, we even wrote a song about it.

Bee Boogie: What if the only way you could give directions was to shake your body? What if you lived in a house with thousands of your friends and family…and there was only one door in and out? See what it feels like to be a honey bee in a hive and try to tell your friends where the best flowers are…just by shaking your tail! Shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake…where’s the pollen?

More Fantastic Flyers

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Its FANTASTIC FLYERS!  You’ll be flying high as we launch rockets, fly kites, float giant bubbles, build blimps, and design strange new contraptions that soar through the air!

Sample 2-4 Art Projects:

Pop Rocket Paintings: Are you a messy painter?  Do you love to fling paint around? Perfect!!  In this project we will use our pop rocket engines to make fine art explosions of colors and shapes.

Space Craft Piñatas:  Take your imagination past the stratosphere as you design an out-of-this-world Spacecraft piñata with paper mache. Let’s see how many light years your treasure will fly when you pop your piñatas with your family!

Sample 2-4 Science Projects:

Pop Rockets:  Launch your ideas high up in the atmosphere as you design an amazing rocket powered by simple chemical reactions.

Kite Flight: We’re big fans of kites…in fact, it’s in our camp logo! We’ll uncover mysterious legends about the origin of the kite (it really is a mystery) then test your creative design skills as you build, decorate and fly your very own kite. The sky’s the limit! Nothing says science, art and outdoor fun like a kite…if it could talk of course.

Design Challenge! Paper Airplane Rally: This is our final project of the week!  You will need to use all of your new flying knowledge to create the perfect paper airplane. Whose design will fly into the Edmo record books?

 

More PLUS! Every Arts & Science Camp Includes

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Life Skills in campers.

Daily Download

Parents receive a daily email from their Instructor with updates about their camp location and links to Mo’s Treehouse for details about what their child is doing today and tomorrow, as well as resources for fostering more curiosity at home.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($40/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($80/week)

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am-6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Wacky Wednesday

Kids love this special all-camp day. It could be Water Day (if our drought has ended of course), Color War Day or Game Day with scavenger hunts, capture the monkey and more! Our staff may know what’s in store but campers will just know it’s going to be filled with wacky fun!

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Family Fridays

After camp every Friday, 3:30-4 pm

Parents, don’t miss this chance to be a kid again! Get off early from work and join us for this special 1/2 hour of family fun activities! Join a rally, play favorite camp games, learn cheers (if your kids haven’t taught you already!), tour the camp classrooms, chat with the Instructors, meet the parents of your child’s new friends, watch a special screening of our animator movies and video games, and more!

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Presenting Past Camper Projects

More Makers Overview

Hosted on local school campuses June – early August

Focus: Design Thinking, Engineering, Prototyping, Ingenuity, Creative Problem Solving

Maker campers rotate through two hours of Makers Lab stations and one hour of Outdoor Recreation and Team Time. Our Makers Program playfully intersects engineering, science, art, and math as kids tinker with open-ended projects that get their wheels spinning (See Weekly Themes & Sample Schedule below for more detail.)

Campers learn that you can make innovative devices out of everyday materials.  You don’t have to have a full workshop and all the latest tools to be a Maker.  The world around us is ready to be hacked, modified and reconstructed.  All you need to bring is your imagination, silliness and excitement to make make make!

I am so excited for these Makers inspired themes for Summer 2015! I identify as a maker and I had a blast dreaming up great ways to let our campers tinker, build, think, and problem solve.  Parents, I apologize in advance for your campers wanting to give all of their favorite things a Maker makeover.”-Conrad Guevara, Curriculum Manager

2015 Makers Themes

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More.

Tinker Town is perfect for the constructing, smashing and rebuilding type of camper. Tinker Town offers our mini-engineer campers a chance to learn a variety of construction techniques to create their very own cities, buildings, highways, robots, and vehicles!

Sample 2-4 Projects:

Let me tell you about my Robot Friend: You are going to put your engineering hat on and design a helpful robot with a wild array of materials.  How will your robot friend improve the world?

Robot Arm Relay Race:  Using your amazing extend-o robot arm, you and your fellow campers will race when you work as a machined powered assembly line.

Group Challenge! Race Track Race:  Slow and steady wins the race as teams compete to design a racetrack and see who will move a ball the slowest.

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More.

Circuit Station is a great choice for budding engineers and at-home tinkerers.  Circuit Station campers will learn all about conductivity and make projects that move, blink, twinkle, and flash.

Sample 2-4 Projects:

Name Tag Hack:  You are a Maker now and your plain old Camp name tag is not going to cut it. Time to hack your name tag and give it the Makers edge.

Robo-Mo Paper Circuit:  You will give your Robo-Mo storybook the Makers edge as you light up drawings with LEDs.

Silly Spinners:  You will be amazed as you bring a drawing to life with wacky materials and a tiny motor. Don’t get too dizzy from all the excitement.

More PLUS! Every Makers Program Includes

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Life Skills in campers.

Daily Download

Parents receive a daily email from their Camp Director with updates about their camp location and links to Mo’s Treehouse for details about what their child is doing today and tomorrow, as well as resources for fostering more curiosity at home.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($40/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($80/week)

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am-6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Wacky Wednesday

Kids love this special all-camp day. It could be Water Day (if our drought has ended of course), Color War Day or Game Day with scavenger hunts, capture the monkey and more! Our staff may know what’s in store but campers will just know it’s going to be filled with wacky fun!

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Family Fridays

After camp every Friday, 3:30-4 pm

Parents, don’t miss this chance to be a kid again! Get off early from work and join us for this special 1/2 hour of family fun activities! Join a rally, play favorite camp games, learn cheers (if your kids haven’t taught you already!), tour the camp classrooms, chat with the Instructors, meet the parents of your child’s new friends, watch a special screening of our animator movies and video games, and more!

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Presenting Past Camper Projects
Come back in Summer 2015 to see projects from our two new Makers sessions, Tinker Town and Circuit Station!

More Tech Overview

Hosted on local school campuses June – early August

Focus: Digital Literacy, Story Writing, Design Thinking, Collaborative Communication

Tech campers rotate through two hours of Tech Lab stations and one hour of Outdoor Recreation and Team Time each day. Both our Animation and Video Game projects are multidisciplinary, weaving in writing and art design, as well as problem-solving skills. Campers must work in teams to figure out how to make elements of their films and games come to life.  Parents, be prepared for a “How did you do that?” moment. (See Weekly Themes & Sample Schedule below for more detail.)

I am so amazed at how tech savvy our EdTech campers are!  They speak in code, they can out photoshop me any day and they have the most hilarious stories.  We’ve come up with some new interesting hacks to our EdTech program.  I  #cantwait to see what they come up with this Summer! #EdTech4ever” – Conrad Guevara, Curriculum Manager

2015 Tech Themes

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Animation Studio is a new offering for our Camp Edmo campers!  In this Tech program campers will work as a team to create a short group clay animation movie.  This section is great for campers who want to bring their wacky stories to life.

Sample 2-4 Animation Projects:

Characters of Clay:  To get started with our Animation projects you will draw then mold a clay figure straight out of your imagination!  Will you make a wizard?  Will you make a dragon?  Will your animation star an adorable sea otter?

Voice Overs: Once you’ve finished animating your story, what kinds of wacky voices and sound effects are you going to add to your animation? Take your animation to the next level with howls, giggles, zips, bangs, and pows.

Movie Poster:  Channel your inner graphic designer and make a movie poster to advertise your animation all around camp.

More Gaming Studio

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Featuring activities designed by Edventure More.

Gaming Studio is a new offering for our Camp Edmo campers!  In this Tech program campers will use Scratch Jr. to turn stories into mobile games!  This section is great for campers who can’t get enough of game time and want to create games of their own!

Sample 2-4 Gaming Projects:

Camp Documentary:  You get to make a nature documentary about the wildest creatures of all…your fellow campers!  You will take pictures of your camp friends, staff and all the important places at camps.  Using TinyTap you will create an animated slideshow showing all the wild Camp Edmo fun.

Mo Match game:  Using TinyTap you will make a matching game starring the incredible Mo the Monkey!  See if you can stump your friends and parents with Mo’s crazy expressions!

Mini Game Storybook:  You call the shots as you design a multi-level story game starring your own cast of characters. See how tricky you can be and stump your friends, Counselors and even your Camp Director!

More Tech Program – Sample Schedule
More PLUS! Every Tech Program Includes

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Life Skills in campers.

Daily Download

Parents receive a daily email from their Camp Director with updates about their camp location and links to Mo’s Treehouse for details about what their child is doing today and tomorrow, as well as resources for fostering more curiosity at home.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($40/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($80/week)

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am-6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Wacky Wednesday

Kids love this special all-camp day. It could be Water Day (if our drought has ended of course), Color War Day or Game Day with scavenger hunts, capture the monkey and more! Our staff may know what’s in store but campers will just know it’s going to be filled with wacky fun!

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Family Fridays

After camp every Friday, 3:30-4 pm

Parents, don’t miss this chance to be a kid again! Get off early from work and join us for this special 1/2 hour of family fun activities! Join a rally, play favorite camp games, learn cheers (if your kids haven’t taught you already!), tour the camp classrooms, chat with the Instructors, meet the parents of your child’s new friends, watch a special screening of our animator movies and video games, and more!

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Presenting Past Camper Projects








More Park Program

Hosted in local or regional parks July – late August
($35/wk Field Trip Fee for ent. 2nd-4th grade campers) 

Focus: Environmental Responsibility, Ecological Awareness, Design Thinking, Collaborative Communication

Entering 2nd-4th Grade: 

On Monday and Friday, our entering 2nd-4th grade camper group days are filled with naturalist-guided hikes, hands-on arts & science projects, organized recreation games, and Let’s Go Chipper!™ nature activities.  Activities are customized to the geography, history, nature, and local ecosystem of the region.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, our lucky entering 2nd—4th grade campers take an adventure on a chartered bus to local museums, businesses or organizations that relate to each theme.

Wednesdays, campers usually go on a long hike/excursion and/or do a project.

Many of our Camp Edmo traditions follow us to the park. Kids still play the The Edmo Vibe Game, start and end the day with ridiculous rallies and Mo the Monkey, our camp mascot, is always hanging around. Just try keeping him out of a park…it’s impossible.

The hikes have been amazing — she brings home some new observation to the dinner table each night, whether it’s “I saw a deer” or (gulp) my counselor taught us how to recognize poison ivy! The Park program is absolutely terrific.” – Barbara C., 2nd Grade Cupertino Park Parent

2015 Park Program – Weekly Themes

More Locomotion

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

All aboard for non-stop transportation excitement! Campers uncover the science and engineering that keeps our world running. Wheel, wind and wing themed projects and games put campers in the driver’s seat. Build a hot air balloon, explore magnetic levitation, join a boat race, and attend the Edmo pilot’s training school!

Sample Projects:

Balloonmobiles: Uncover the forces of energy that put things in motion while you build and experiment with your very own balloon-powered automobile!

Magnetic Motion: Magnets aren’t just for refrigerators anymore! Learn how magnets can make things float and participate in a magnetic levitation train race!

Submarine Science: What’s it like to live underwater? Learn the science behind submarine motion and then create your own magical sinking submarine!

 

More Action Art

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

It’s aliiive! This week campers unleash their creativity and bring art to life through sculpture, theater, music, and dance. Students discover the world of acting and puppetry, play self-made instruments, learn world dances, and discover how to share their art with others. Bravo!

Sample Projects:

Making Music: Have you ever wondered how sound becomes song? Learn all about it while making music on your own handmade instrument!

Mask Master: Explore the world of theatrical illusion by making your very own mask or costume and performing with other campers.

Silly Sculpting: Did you know humans have been making sculptures for over 35,000 years? Uncover the history of sculpture and make your own three dimensional masterpiece!

 

More California Dreaming

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

What’s so special about California? Campers discover for themselves through art and science projects featuring the ecology, geography, geology, and history of the Golden State. Your child will be shouting “Eureka!” as they explore California’s native plants and animals, find out what causes those spooky earthquakes and learn what it was like to be one of California’s first inhabitants.

Sample Projects:

Pollution Solution: Icky pollution is on the move in California! Learn all about the world of watersheds and use creative problem solving to figure out how to stop that nasty stuff from invading our oceans.

Ecosystem in a Box: Did you know that California has more distinct ecosystems (or biomes) than any other state? Find out why while creating an ecosystem of your own!

Hooked on Tectonics: Why does California have so many darn Earthquakes!? Discover what’s going on under the ground and how volcanoes are created. Then, erupt your own!

 

More Space Journey

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

Blast off with Edmo for art and science that’s out of this world! Our space week will take campers on an otherworldly adventure filled with extraterrestrial art and science projects. It’s fun at the speed of light as children discover the life of stars, build spaceships and get face to face with outer space using their very own telescopes!

Sample Projects:

Constellation Creation: How on Earth did people find their way before maps? They used the night sky! Learn all about constellations and make one to take home!

Blast Off!: Learn all about rocket propulsion, aerodynamics and Newton’s Third Law as we countdown and launch a real rocket!

Telescopes: How can glass and light help us see things millions of miles away? Uncover the science behind telescopes and create your very own!

More Sample Field Trips

Only entering 2nd-4th grade campers go on field trips. These are just a few of those places we may be visiting in Summer 2015! Come back next Spring to see more of the places we’ll be going next Summer! Note: Schedule subject to change.

Field Trip Schedule
RegionsLocomotionAction ArtCalifornia DreamingSpace Journey
San Francisco
Pump it Up
Cable Car Museum and Cable Car Ride
Children Creativity Museum
Cartoon Art Museum
Golden Gate Botanical Gardens
Hostel Adventures
California Academy of Sciences
Chabot Space and Science Center
Cupertino
Roaring Camp
Pump it Up
San Jose Museum of Art
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Marin Science Institute (on site presentation) Youth Science InstituteThe Tech Museum of Innovation
Nasa Ames Exploration Encounter
San MateoRoaring Camp
Pump it Up
N/AMarin Science Institute (on site presentation) Youth Science InstituteThe Tech Museum of Innovation
Nasa Ames Exploration Encounter
OaklandTilden Steam Engine
Pump it Up
N/ACrab Cove Visitor Center
Oakland Museum of California
California Academy of Sciences
Chabot Space and Science Center
More PLUS! Every Camp Day Includes

Camp Edmo Park Safety Gear

Every camper receives a distinctive green Park Program camper t-shirt and an orange bandana. Campers are encouraged to wear their green shirts every day. It is MANDATORY that campers wear their orange bandanas easily visible the entire camp day.

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Life Skills in campers.

Daily Download

Parents receive a daily email from their Camp Director with updates about their camp location and links to Mo’s Treehouse for details about what their child is doing today and tomorrow, as well as resources for fostering more curiosity at home.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($40/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($80/week)

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am-6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Presenting Past Camper Projects

More Park Program FAQs

Where is the Park Program located?

San Francisco: Julius Kahn Playground in The Presidio and Louis Sutter Playground in McLaren Park

East Bay: Lake Temescal, Oakland

South Bay: Stevens Creek Park/Sycamore Picnic Site, Cupertino

Peninsula: Coyote Point Recreation Area, San Mateo

When does the Park Program run?

Camp Edmo’s Park program offers more weeks of camp July through late August. The camp day goes from 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. AM and PM Care is also available.

How do you group the children at the Park Program?

Campers are divided into two groups, K-1st graders and 2nd–4th graders with each groups’ activities based on their age level

How does the Park Program differ from our regular Camp Edmo Program?

The Park program includes several unique features such as the park location vs. school campus, more regional nature/history/geography focus and field trips for entering 2nd-4th graders.

Does the Park Program offer an Extended Day?

Yes we do! AM Care runs from 8 am – 9 am and costs $40/week. PM Care runs from 3 pm – 6 pm and costs $80/week. AM/PM Care can also be purchased on an hourly basis with a rate of $15/hour. You can add AM or PM Care when you enroll or just notify your Camp Director the day you need it.  AM/PM Care is 50% off when you sign up for 3+ weeks of camp!

What does a typical Park Program day look like?

For our entering K-1st grade campers: Camp Edmo Park follows a similar structure to our regular Camp Edmo program. K-1st grade campers participate in a daily rotation of hands-on Arts & Science and Recreation and Team Time activities.

For 2nd-4th grade campers: Each day has a different focus. Monday and Friday Campers will rotate through Science, Art and Recreation activities. On Tuesday and Thursday, campers leave our site for a field trip or excursion. Wednesdays, campers usually go on a long hike/excursion and/or do a project.

What type of transportation will the kids be using on their field trips?

We have chartered buses to comfortably and safely transport campers from one place to another around the Bay.

Is lunch available at the Park Program?

For just $35/week, add a healthy, tasty morning snack and lunch to your camp day. Lunch is delivered fresh to camp every day.  Every meal is home-style, kid-friendly, and made with care daily. There are also vegetarian options! Staying for PM Care? Add an afternoon snack for just $5/week! Visit our Lunch & Snacks Page to learn more.

Are there Field trips? Who goes and when?

Our 2nd-4th grade campers go on two field trips off site each week. Each weekly session includes a trip within the area and a special field trip that correlates to the weekly theme. Most field trips return to the park by 2:30 pm. For field trips that get back later (like baseball games) parents will be notified of late pick up.

Does my child have to go on field trips?

The 2nd-4th grade program involves many field trips. If there is a field trip you do not wish your child to attend, we may have space for them to stay with the younger group. We suggest you confirm this with the Edventure More home office at 415.282.MORE (6673) in advance.

Who is the staff for the Park Program?

The Park program is led by some of our rock star Camp Directors. The Counselor team is comprised of our best Staff Members and Camp Directors – an all star Edmo team! Click on the staff link for the location nearest you to see exactly who will be at camp this summer.

Is the Park Program safe?

Just like at Camp Edmo, we maintain an 8:1 ratio between campers and staff. A first aid and CPR trained adult is on site at all times. Campers also sign in and out every day are only released to adults you specify on your enrollment forms. Camper are given a bright green t-shirt and wear bright orange bandanas all day. This makes them easily distinguishable at all times.

What happens in bad weather?

Although some of our locations have protected areas in case it’s cold or wet outside, we usually advise parents to pack sweatshirts for their children so that they are prepared when the temperature is cool. There are also protected areas at each of the different field trip locations that our older campers will be visiting.

More Camp Facts
  • Camper Age: Your child must be at least 5 years of age by August 1 or entering Kindergarten in the fall to come to camp.
  • Ratios: We maintain a camper:staff ratio of 8:1 during most camp activities. For younger groups the camper:staff ratio can be 6:1…especially when activities involve tying knots, cutting, gluing, or glitter…definitely glitter.
  • Groups: Campers are grouped with kids their own age. Groups are generally 10-20 kids.
  • Buddy Requests: We will do our best to honor requests to group friends together. Sometimes circumstances like large age differences, “frienemy” behavior, or camper:staff ratios preclude us from being able to group kids together. We’ll give you a heads up if for some reason we can’t…especially the “frienemies.”
  • Age Appropriate Activities: Although the weekly theme is the same for all age groups, the actual activities, concepts and degree of difficulty for completion vary according to the age group.
  • Modified Activities: On rare occasions we may need to modify weekly activities due to weather, material availability, time constraints or the kid who spilled the entire jar of cabbage juice for the project.
  • Curriculum Advisory Board: Our board is comprised of Bay Area professionals who guide us in curriculum development for all of our camp day.  Our board members come from an array of backgrounds and will help us weave together a truly memorable summer for your campers.
  • Balance: Every day we make time to hang out with our staff and camp friends during camp rallies, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch time, and some parts of outdoor recreation.
  • Safety: CPR/First Aid certified staff members are present on-site at all times. Background checks are performed on all staff.
  • Behavior: We’ll work with you if your child is acting out at camp. Unfortunately, if his/her behavior is detracting from the camp experience of kids and staff or compromising the safety of others, we may ask you to pick your child up from camp.
  • Special Needs: If your child requires an aid at school, we ask that you please provide an aid for them at camp. If you reside in Marin County, you may contact SummerAde and they will individually pair your child with a qualified teen volunteer.
More Enrichment Partners

Each of our museum and life skills partners helps us build the academic, physical, emotional, or social skills that are essential in helping children become successful adults. Each partner trains our staff on their respective area of expertise so that your child’s camp experience will be the most enriching one possible.

Kimochis…Toys with Feelings Inside

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help families (even camp “families”) identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections.

Kimochis trains our camp staff to lead play-based games with campers that increase their emotional awareness and intelligence. These games are typically led in Team Time, but the emotional vocabulary the kids learn are used throughout the camp day to resolve behavior issues or conflicts between campers.

To learn more about Kimochis, be sure to check them out on their website.

Let’s Go Chipper!™

Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st Century learning principals, the Let’s Go Chipper series is correlated with an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature and building social and emotional skills.

Children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Meeting animals and visiting habitats, Chipper and Paisley excite, engage and educate young children about the wonders of nature and the importance of taking care of the environment while living a healthy lifestyle. Music and humor are infused in stories featuring Bruce, a silly and slimy banana slug; Sally a feisty salmon leading Chipper and friends on an underwater adventure. Elroy, the wise Egret and the entire cast join together to teach kids to participate in the home and community in the just released book, Helping Hands.

Let’s Go Chipper workbooks and activity guides supplement our Camp Edmo Park Program natural science curriculum and nature excursions times.

To learn more, and earn a park badge go to letsgochipper.com

TinyTap

TinyTap___Logo-300x169TinyTap is a FREE, award-winning platform for teachers, families and kids to create and share thousands of educational games in a worldwide community. TinyTap can turn your child into a Tiny App maker in just seconds by turning any image into a fun, interactive activity.  TinyTap games can be played on any tablet or home computer.

TinyTap gives our Gaming Studio campers the digital power to create moving stories, puzzles and games.  Our Gaming Studio campers will sharpen their problem solving skills while exploring the possibilities of digital media.  With TinyTap, coding and programming become second nature!

To learn more about TinyTap, click here!

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Wonder Workshop makes learning code meaningful and fun for children. Dash & dot, a pair of robots, combine play and learning. Dash & Dot sense their environment and can be programmed wirelessly using a touch device. They are designed to be fun at your home and in a child’s play room. The combination of sensors on these robots, the child friendly programming tools on touch devices, and the design of the robots makes it fun and easy for kids (and grown ups!) to do several activities with robots that would have seemed impossible. When camper families purchase Dash & Dot, 10% of the proceeds from purchases made goes back to camp.

Wonder Workshop robots Dash and Dot will be visiting our Gaming Studio campers during the month of June.  Our campers will get to test out a few apps including Blockly and take Dash and Dot out for a spin!

To learn more about wonder workshop, be sure to check them out on on their website.

The California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Science’s mission – to explore, explain and protect the natural world – extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science weeks at Camp Edmo and leads our Science Instructor curriculum trainings. Become a member of the Academy here.

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. The museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families.  The Children’s Creativity Museum transforms the way kids learn. They move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention, shifting the focus from media consumption to media production. This approach encourages kids to imagine, create and share.  They also offer programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and creativity.

The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions for both Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.

MOCHA

Since 1988, MOCHA has encouraged hands-on learning in the arts and has promoted the arts as a way to help children of all backgrounds develop as healthy, resourceful and involved citizens. MOCHA promotes the arts as an integral part of strong, vibrant communities. They provide opportunities for children to explore their creativity, design, implement and advocate for hands-on arts education programs, and emphasize outreach to children and families from low-income communities. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.

From 2005 – 2013, MOCHA has provided art activities to compliment the science projects for all of Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes, as well as led training for our Camp Edmo Art Instructors on how to lead the projects with kids.  Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership with MOCHA in our programs today.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception founded in 1969. The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

From Summer 2004-2011 the Exploratorium was directly involved in the design of hands-on science activities for Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes and led professional development training for Camp Edmo Science Instructors on how to most effectively teach kids through hands-on activities. Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership in our programs today.

 

More Curriculum Advisory Board

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. The result is the most well thought out summer program you will find anywhere. Read below about the diverse professional experience and personal passion each board member brings to helping us create a momentous camp experience for your child this summer.

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 What Parents Say About Camp

My daughter enjoys creative project team work and the fact that she can do this type of activity around academic subjects at Edmo, as well as school, is a good way for her to build both social and academic confidence and skills.” – Mercedes C., 3rd Grade Parent, Noe Valley/Twin Peaks

We had to return to Edmo this summer because my son had such a positive time at camp last year! The experience boosted his confidence – he came home each day eager to share his art, craft or activity. Edmo has exceeded our expectations.” – Donna C., 2nd Grade Parent, Alameda

My child really thrives with these life skills – especially creativity and critical thinking. The camp has been a great influence in further developing these skills
 while in a fun and collaborative manner. It is a skill he keeps building on and 
utilizes not only at school but in most aspects of everyday life.” – Judy M., 4th Grade Parent, Los Altos

Our son has been very excited about animation and the movie-making process. He’s told us all about terms like “Quiet on set!” and the process of stopmotion. It’s great to see him involved and energized about creating something fun. Randomly, several months later after last summer, he has chanted the EDMO song. “E-D-M-O, that’s the way we EDMO!” It’s quite a catchy tune.” – Michelle L. 3rd Grade Parent, Palo Alto

My son is very challenging in a group environment. The staff has done a wonderful job (as they do every year) in making things work for him. This is one of the few group experiences for him that is positive. I know that this helps his confidence and ability to work in other group environments.” – 3rd Grade Parent, Mill Valley

Thank you for providing my daughter with such a great few weeks of camp! Everyone we encountered seemed confident and secure in their roles as counselors and administrators and things looked like they were moving smoothly at drop off and pick up, and I know that she was well cared for and treated with respect and professionalism….very pleased! I couldn’t have gotten through the Summer without Edmo!” – Anne B., 2nd Grade Parent, Alameda

Refining communication skills, boosting self-confidence, collaborating with peers, and thinking outside the box — these were all part of his day at Camp Edmo.” – Michelle L., 3rd Grade Parent, Los Altos

I just attended the family day presentation and the sheer joy and energy conveyed by the staff from the Camp Director to all the CIT’s was infectious…From the very friendly team who greet my daughters every morning to all of the songs and games introduced to them this week; the entire experience has been a very engaging one for my daughters.” – Art Y., 3rd Grade Parent, St. Cecilia

My sons LOVE Camp Edmo and find it very engaging and enriching. I love that it adds an academic and artistic component that lots of camps don’t have – and in a very fun way. This year, with animation, camp was even more engaging and introduced the kids to a higher level of art and science than they had known. They’ve loved it and I’m thrilled at what they’ve learned.”- Michelle G., 3rd, St. Cecilia

ALL the MOST INGENIOUSLY FUN learning approaches combined into ONE CAMP!

  • The Makers Movement

  • The Next Generation Science Standards

  • Integrated Literacy

  • Social & Emotional Learning

  • Environmental Responsibility

  • Design Thinking

  • Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening

  • The Mindfulness Movement

  • 21st Century Life & Learning Skills

We integrate the latest, proven educational approaches into every aspect of our camps to create a ‘whole child’ framework that builds Intellectual, Social, Emotional, and Physical Intelligence and helps your child become their most AWESOME SELF.

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Learn more about how we build 21st Century Skills in campers through The Edmo Vibe Game!

 

*Tough, Paul (2012), How Children Succeed: Grit Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character