Spend 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.
Have 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.
Living in Marin, you don't have to look far for a summer camp that takes advantage of some of the amazing natural resources we have right in our own backyard. Parents have several outstanding nature and outdoors oriented summer camps to choose from. Here is a selection of our favorites. Of course if you have your own favorite, let us know by leaving a comment.
Audubon Adventures Summer Day Camp is located at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon. Camp sessions start June 13 and run through August 19. Week-long sessions for kids 4–9 take place from 9 am–2 pm, include unique themes like Incredible Wild Challenge, The Mighty Bay, Diary of a Worm, Shark Week, and Extreme Flyers. Fees for these sessions are $325 per week. They also offer an Expedition Camp for children in grades 4-6, where campers deilver a little deeper into the varied habitats of Marin County and visit environments like the bay, ocean, redwood forest, and more. Expedition Camp is $375 per week. They also offer a Audubon Youth Leadership & Naturalist Training from May 21–June 17 for ages 11–18 for $200 a week. Extended Camp, from 2–5:30 pm for kids 5–11, is available for another $85 per week or $20 per day. Visit their website for more information and download a brochure.
Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute combines coastal ecology and marine biology with fun games and activities, and features education partners that include the Marine Mammal Center and the National Park Service. Coastal Camp is located in southern Marin at Fort Cronkhite in the Marin
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.
Our friends at Camp Galileo are offering a special discount for Marin Mommies readers! Take $15 off your total purchase at Camp Galileo by using the coupon code GALILEOMM by April 30, 2010. Camp Galileo offers a mix of art, science, and outdoor fun, with two Marin locations: Corte Madera and San Rafael.