Summer Camps

Summertime Sailing Fun in the Bay Area

May 13, 2011

Kids and mom sailingGuest contributor Barbara McVeigh shares some great resources for summer sailing and nautical fun for kids and families.

The America’s Cup sailing race is yet two years away, but the excitement in the maritime communities is beginning to build just like the wind before a full blown gale.

There are lots of family fun sailing events planned this summer with activities promising to please the youngest of sailors to the crustiest of old salts. Treasure hunts, model boat building, schooner sails and pirates in Vallejo are just some of the teasers to lure a landlubber into the magical world of sailing.

Youth sailing camps start in June. The sport encourages teamwork and develops self reliance and confidence unlike any other activity. For a child, this can be the beginning of lifelong knowledge of the sport and art of sailing, as well as a connection to the natural elements of sea and wind. Kids laugh and have fun sailing!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss at an Educational Summer Camp

April 12, 2011

Learning at summer campMarin Mommies presents a guest article from the staff at Camp Edmo and Camp Edtech on the dangers of summer learning loss and what you can do about it.

Summer is coming and it can be hard to choose the right camp for your child. The choice often depends on the age of the camper and the types of activities. You can choose a general camp, an academic camp, a specialty camp, or a hybrid. If you have a younger child, the choice is up to the parent, of course. Why not choose a camp that provides balance, introduces them to a variety of activities and helps put them on a fun path to learning at an early age?

The Education Foundation states “Informal activities at camps or with families cultivate such things as reading for pleasure and experimenting out of sheer curiosity”.1 Additionally, studies by John Hopkins University have found all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Researchers note that children across the socio-economic spectrum lose an average of over two months’ learning from the previous school year in math, science and reading. Cumulatively, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, this counts for three academic years lost!2

Pyramid Gym Summer Camp Giveaway Winner

April 4, 2011

Congratulions to Jenny K, winner of our Pyramid Gym summer camp giveaway! She wins a gift certificate good for one free gymnastics summer camp week at Pyramid Gymnastics in Corte Madera.

Combating Nature Deficit Disorder

April 2, 2011

girl in natureMarin Mommies is pleased to present a guest article by Ally Kushin, Camp Director for Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute. She discusses the increasing problem of nature deficit disorder and highlights local opportunities to connect children to the natural world. Ally has worked in the field of environmental education for the past 9 years as a naturalist, park ranger, and camp director.

In 2005 the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv popularized the term “nature deficit disorder.” In it, he refers to the trend of children spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral, social, and medical problems. Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and the “lure of the screen,” referring to increasing electronic media consumption.

Children who spend more time in nature are known to develop increased concentration, memory, and self discipline. The latest research has established amazing connections between the amount of time spent in nature to everything from better grades to increased immunity to germs to stronger bones.

Win a Week at Pyramid Gymnastics Summer Camp in Corte Madera

March 30, 2011

Pyramid Gymnastics CampGymnastics is not only great for coordination and balance, but it's a lot of fun, too, which may explain why it's a popular summer camp activity. Pyramid in Corte Madera, Marin's oldest gymnastics club,offers weekly morning and afternoon intensive summer camp sessions for boys and girls starting June 13. The Pyramid summer camps introduce kids to real gymnastics, where they'll receive instruction on the six Olympic events for men and the four Olympic events for women. Campers have plenty of opportunities to develop their coordination, strength, flexibility, and balance in a safe and fun environment.

Pyramid offers morning and afternoon sessions, depending on age. The morning summer camps offers five weekly sessions that run Monday–Thursday from 10 am–noon for children six year of age and older. The cost for the morning summer camps are $120 per session. The afternoon summer camps are for children in pre-k through sixth grade and are held Monday–Friday; pre-k and kindergarten camps are from 2:45–3:30 pm, kindergarten–second grade from 3:30–4:15 pm, first–fourth grade from 4:15–5:15 pm, and third–sixth grade from 5:15-6:15 pm. The cost is $65–$75 per session.

Marin Summer Camp Fair Coming Next Thursday

March 25, 2011

Summer camp kidsAre you still not quite sure which summer camps are right for your kids? Do you have lots of questions, but don’t have the time to contact each camp? Then don’t miss the free Marin Summer Camp Fair on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 4:30–7:30 pm at Dominican University of California. Over 100 of the top local summer day camps for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students will be on hand to present their offerings and answer your questions.

Some of this year’s participating camps include Camp Doodles, Camp Galileo, Studio 4 Art, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Treks, Tutu, and TGA of the North Bay. There will also be several popular residential (sleep-away) camps represented, too. The Marin Camp Fair is a community event managed by the Dominican University Athletic Department as a service to Marin County families and camps.

Head to Sea with Voyage Camp on the Schooner Seaward

March 8, 2011

Call of the Sea's schooner SeawardSpend some time at sea this summer! Call of the Sea, an educational non-profit based in Sausalito, is offering a Voyage Camp designed for students ages 12–18 to take part in three- and five-day summer sea voyages to explore the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Beyond!

These three-and five-day overnight seagoing adventures challenge and teach teenagers the ways of the ocean. Under the guidance of a professional captain and crew, students learn to sail a classic sailing vessel as a team. Dependent on weather, wind and tide instead of social pressures and electronic entertainment, they gain an appreciation and respect for the ocean environment. All participants will learn steering, navigating, standing watch, and helping in the galley as students become one with the rhythm of a ship at sea.

Camp Coyote at the Marin Museum of the American Indian

March 1, 2011

Camp Coyote LogoHave your child experience Native American life this summer with Camp Coyote at Novato's Marin Museum of the American Indian. Open to children 5–11 years old, Camp Coyote will allow campers to experience Native American ways through storytelling, hiking, games, crafts, rope making and practice hunting to name a few. This enriching experience will take children into the outdoors and teach them an appreciation of how Native people lived in harmony with the Mother Nature, Mother Earth and how they had immense respect for the land, the animals and each other

Camp Coyote is offering 3 sessions: June 20-24, July 11-15 and August 8-12. Daily camp hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $275 per camper, which includes materials. To enroll your child, call (415) 897-4064 and leave your name and address or fax number and they'll send you the forms to fill out. Parents may pay half now and the remainder on the first day of camp.

Explore the World of Technology at Createch Studios Summer Sessions

April 18, 2010

This summer the owners and operators of iCAMP are offering Createch Studios and Summer Sessions—an after-school program and week-long summer camps out of their new studio space in San Anselmo. After running 5 years of iCAMP and the Children’s Technology Workshop enrichment programs in various schools around Marin, they have now branched out on their own and partnered up with the San Anselmo Recreation Department to offer a new space for kids to play, learn, and create their own projects. The after school program is currently running now and includes homework assistance, outdoor activities, and creative technology time. Createch offers families a free first visit to the after school program to check out the studios and see what it's all about.

Activities for children ages 8-14 include programming their own video games (and drawing their own characters!), designing, developing, creating, and animating their own stop motion movie, or exploring the world of art and design. At Createch, kids can even be a music producer by creating their own tracks, album art, and more.

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