THE EDMO® MISSION
Our mission is to make equitable, high-quality STEAM & SEL education programs accessible to all communities in order to cultivate curious, courageous and kind humans everywhere. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have evolved to become an equity-focused online learning platform. Once it is safe to do so, we will return to in-person programs.
We operate online and in-person enrichment programs that reach every type of community imaginable. We’re in metropolitan cities. We’re in the suburbs. We’re in public schools. We’re in private schools. Why? We believe that ALL children should have access to programs that will prepare them with the academic and social-emotional skills to be the innovators, educators, researchers and leaders of tomorrow. We invite you to join the cause by enrolling your child in EDMO® and/or making a donation.
WHY STEAM? STEAM is an educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics as access points for guiding children’s inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. Our maker-focused curriculum integrates all the STEAM disciplines. The benefits include piquing the natural curiosity of kids; adapting to different learning styles; and teaching life-long social-emotional skills through hands-on, experiential activities.
WHY SEL SKILLS? Research shows that children who build their SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) skills show improved classroom behavior, academic success, an increased ability to manage stress and depression and better attitudes about themselves, others and school. Having a well-stocked SEL toolbox helps children develop character traits such as responsibility, empathy, initiative, problem-solving and emotion management – skills that last a lifetime. Check out our EDMO Method® to learn how we do it.
WHY EDMO? We’ve been developing our camp program, culture, staff training and curriculum since 2004. As an organization, we model the lessons we teach. We collaborate with a team of leaders in the field of Science, Maker Education and Social-Emotional Learning in the design of our activities. It’s how we ensure your child gets the most enriching experience possible. We practice empathy and problem solving by working with school districts to design camps that work for their unique community. We take responsibility for our development as humans so that we can lead with authenticity and compassion. We care deeply about igniting the best in your child and every child we have the honor to serve.
EDMO® is not just a summer camp. It’s a movement. Let’s build a more Curious, Courageous and Kind world together.
A Shared Vision
We had no idea how much good we could do. When Eduardo Caballero and Sharon Mor met back in 1999 at SCORE! Educational Centers in Santa Clarita, they had no idea that they would one day found their own enrichment company serving over 20,000 kids annually. Sharon, a UCLA graduate, was actually Eduardo’s first boss out of college. Eduardo, a Cornell University graduate, was her Assistant Director. It was here that he shared his dream with Sharon of one day opening his own summer camp. Eduardo had worked at day camps in his hometown of San Francisco ever since he was 12 years old. He thought it was the best job in the world and couldn’t think of anything he’d rather do with his life.
Four years later, while Eduardo was backpacking through South America, Sharon reached back out to him to see if he wanted to start that camp he always talked about. They decided to start a non-profit summer camp that focused on building the traits of Curiosity, Courage and Kindness through hands-on arts and science programs. In 2004, the first Camp Edventure More was opened in Mill Valley with a curriculum ghostwritten by staff from Bay Area museums. (The “EDMO” nickname hadn’t been coined yet).
The camp was small, with only 60 kids over 4 weeks, but a huge hit with kids and parents. Following this first summer, Eduardo and Sharon approached some local museums to officially partner in the curriculum design. The California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium and the YMCA of Marin liked EDMO’s mission and agreed to join the cause and the first partnerships were born. The following summer they opened a second site in San Francisco, serving 800 kids across the two sites, and the rest, as they say, is history.
As of Summer 2019 EDMO®, served 20,000 kids annually through its STEAM & SEL Summer Camp and School Year Programs. In Summer 2020 we served over 5,000 kids from 45 states, 7 countries and counting through our online programs. We continue to expand our reach, increase our quality and deepen our impact through partnerships with museums, universities, industry professionals and funders who care about reducing Summer Learning Loss, building 21st Century Skills and saving hands-on learning in schools.
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It’s the big reason why we can do so much good. When you choose Camp EDMO®, you make a difference in your child’s life and thousands of others. We believe all children and schools should have access to high-quality Summer Camp and School Year STEAM and SEL enrichment programs. That’s why we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Here are a few of the good things your money goes towards:
- Your camp proceeds and donations support our Honor System Pricing model. This sustainable equity design provides instant financial aid for those who need it most and creates space for humans to lead with trust, kindness and human dignity.
- Through school district partnerships we can subsidize the cost of our online programs and in-person In-Class and After School Programs for local schools.
- Our Development team works tirelessly on fundraising initiatives that raise over $500,000 annually from cities, foundations and school districts.
- We help close the achievement gap, reduce summer learning loss, save hands-on learning in schools and build 21st Century life skills in your child and your community.
- All told, thanks to your support, we deliver over $1,000,000 worth of discounted summer camp and school year programs annually to local families and schools. That’s not a typo. Over $1 Million.
EDMO® Online Programs
Our live, interactive STEAM & SEL programs bring all the magic of our camps online. Each program is designed for kids to connect socially with each other and connect with the world around them. We currently offer seasonal versions of online programs to serve the needs of families and our partner school districts:
- Clubs (Small group, weeklong or once-a-week for five weeks)
- Coach (1-on-1 tutoring and mentoring)
- Schools & Orgs (Online Educator Workshops and EDMO® Extra Credit Program)
- Half-Day & Full Day Camps
- Drop-In (Groups)
- Coach (1-on-1 tutoring and mentoring)
In-person Programs (on hold during the Covid-19 health crisis)
Our Camp EDMO high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) programs expose Pre-K–8th Grade kids to the latest scientifically proven methods of whole-child development. The core character traits we aim to build are Curiosity, Courage and Kindness. To achieve this goal, kids learn to develop four mindsets and practice six SEL skills while they engineer buildings, code applications or hike through nature. Visit our Locations page to find a camp near you.
School Year Programs
Get EDMO® year-round! Our Camp EDMO® school year offerings include Comprehensive After School Programs, Specialty After School Programs, In-Class Programs and Break Camps & Custom Events. Each features our award-winning staff and maker-infused Science, Technology or Nature projects that are fully customizable to your school calendar or event. Book one today to keep rocking the EDMO® vibe of Curiosity, Courage and Kindness all year long. Visit our Camp EDMO® School Year page to book a program in your school or community.