Top Summer Camps in San Francisco

Published Mar 19, 2018 | Updated Apr 12, 2018

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids this year? In the San Francisco area there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, wilderness camps, arts & crafts, or just about anything else!

Have you planned your summer activities yet?

With kids' interests changing every year, choosing the perfect summer camp is a moving target.

To make things easier for you, the ChatterBlock team has put together complete list of summer camps in the area, and their respective schedules, pricing, and contact informtation.

If you are looking to focus your search based on specific days or the week, or ages I suggest you head over to our summer camps directory page.

Local providers add to this list regularly, so keep checking back if you don't find exactly what you're looking for.

In the meantime if you're looking to get some ideas and see what's out please check out our list below.

Here are some of our favorite Summer Camps in San Francisco:


Avid4 Adventure

These days, a lot of kids grow up surrounded by screens, disconnected from the natural world. Avid4 Adventure introduces pre-school through 7th graders to the power of the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they teach campers of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike, and thrive in the outdoors! 




Camp Galileo 

Galileo’s mission is to create a world of fearless innovators. They think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges.  Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade.

Registration open. 

 



Digital Media Academy

At DMA Summer Tech Camps, kids and teens will build tech skills in topics like coding, Artificial Intelligence, wearable tech, 3D printing, robotics, filmmaking, and game design.

Camps are offered at Several Bay Area locations.




Chris Babcock Art  

Students vote on pre-selected images OR bring in any image they want to produce, then they will make three 15" x 20" paintings using professional-grade acrylic paints and premium brushes. The Mission is to instruct art campers in a loving and humorous style how to develop creative and technical drawing and acrylic painting skills; and to help campers develop peer friendships by encouraging constructive socializing throughout the day. Weekly camps run 9am-3pm for ages 6-11 and ages 12-17.



Camp Edmo & Camp EdTech  

Edventure More exists to inspire the playful pursuit of enrichment in the next generation. They provide a place for all kids to nurture their innate curiosity, confidence and kindness through hands-on science, art, technology and outdoor activities. 

Pre-K to 4th graders will enjoy Camp Edmo, and 5th to 8th graders will enjoy Camp EdTech. 



TechKnowHow Kids

Looking for a unique summer experience to educationally challenge and excite your child? Their camps are designed so that students learn technology skills through fun, engaging and dynamic projects. 

Each camp offers supportive, teacher-led instruction followed by hands on learning. Campers gain skills and confidence through creating, exploring and problem-solving. 



Mad Science

Summer camps at Mad Science are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. They combine hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles. 

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 





Community Music Center

Camp CMC, a weeklong summer camp, offers youth the chance to play with other musicians and have fun together.

Activities alternate between chamber group, ensemble, theory and musicianship classes. Campers participate in activities designed to develop general musicianship skills, such as playing percussion instruments, singing, and rhythmic movement. Registration open.



SoccerKids

Don't let the name fool you - SoccerKids also offers TeeBallKids and BasketballKids for your 4-9 year old. Their half day camps use age-appropriate curriculum to teach children how to master basic sport skills. 

SoccerKids creates an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and good sportsmanship are more important than winning.




Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 

From a preschooler's very first camp experience to high schoolers learning to be counsellors themselves, JCCSF Summer Camp is all about age-appropriate fun and discovery. We cater to your child's interests, their passions and their love of play. New experiences beckon, new friendships blossom and lifelong memories are made.

Summer camps available June-August.




iD Tech Camps 

Each iD Tech location boasts hand-selected staff, a unique campus experience, and stimulating course curriculum delivered in small clusters of 8 students per instructor. Their summer STEM camps are loaded with brand new, real-world curriculum and professional software from Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, and other industry leaders.






Camp Tawonga

Camp Tawonga is a co-ed residential camp located just outside Yosemite National Park on the beautiful Tuolumne River. Since 1925, their mission of self-esteem, community, appreciation for nature, and fostering positive Jewish identity has been woven through all of their programs.

Different camps are offered for for kids ranging from entering Grades 2 through 10, with varying schedules from 6 days to 3 weeks.




Studio 4 Art Marin

With two locations, in Novato, and Mill Valley, Studio 4 Art offers a great variety of summer programs for kids aged 4-14.  Camp themes include Mixed Media Madness, Fashion Design, Clay Play, Crazy Cartooning and Animation, Painting Like a Professional and more.

No other curriculum allows a child to explore, from beginning to end, discovering from a point of unknown to a point of completion, with the results of self-confidence and awareness.




Marin Treks 

Marin Treks started as a family oriented outdoor science education an adventure company, and now offers a variety of half day and full day camps with some exciting field trips. Other than the Marin Treks Natural History Museum, trip destinations include the San Francisco Zoo, the Exploratorium, CuriOdyssey, and more!

Activities offered include sea kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and zip lining, just to name a few. This is the perfect blend of exercise and education!



Stratford School

Camp gatherings set the stage for fun adventures in learning! Themes come to life as junior campers learn, explore, and engage in imaginative camp-style activities; and Stratford’s robust STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program rounds out the summer experience.

 



San Francisco Zoo

Summer Zoo Camp is the perfect place for your animal-loving child. Campers in Pre-K to Grade 5 can enjoy up to three weeks of Zoo Camp fun and learning. 

Campers in Grades 6 and 7 delve deeper into the science behind wildlife conservation during a two week program ending in an overnight stay. 

Save up to $100 on camp by becoming a member.



Spindrift School of Performing Arts 

Spindrift provides a variety of performing arts camps for kids ages 4-18. They offer high quality camps in musical theatre, drama and dance. 

Come join Spindrift and experience the joy of performing in their exhilarating camps. Each performer will have the opportunity to shine and show off their performance skills in a final show at the end of each week. 




Dance With Sherry

Students get a music theatre intensive, with daily classes in acting, vocal technique and dancing. Ever wished you could "get" dance cominations in plays? Would you like to do better at auditions so directors know how good you can really be right from the start? What about knowing how to project when you sing and speak? These classes concentrate on teaching you how to perform at your very best, so the world can see just how awesome you can be! 



Circus Center 

Help your kids do something different this summer! At Circus Center, their week-long Day Camps offer a fun, safe, supportive, and challenging environment where children explore the many skills that create the circus arts!

Summer Camp runs weekly June-August. 






Bay Area Discovery Museum

The museum's camps ignite children's creative thinking as they experience an open ended, child-directed approach: building forts, writing and performing plays about super heros and fairy tales, discovery around Fort Baker or experimenting with art materials to their heart's delight.  

They use interdisciplinary curriculum to highlight the connections between art and science through active exploration of camp themes. Registration open. 



Wee Scotty

Wee Scotty offers fun, comprehensive, and engaging sewing classes for students of all ages and skill levels.

This year they are offering camps in everything from funky beachwear to summer BBQ fun, american girls, and much more! Their camps teach kids how to customize designs, assemble garments, and use a variety of speciality sewing machines. Registration open.



GirlVentures

Want to sleep under the stars? Rock climb outside? Paddle in the ocean? Shout from the highest peak? Join GirlVentures this summer to do just that!
They offers three Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs for girls entering 6th – 9th grade.  Discover your strengths, build your leadership skills, and amaze yourself as you journey through the California wilderness with a dynamic group of girls.

Financial Aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at community@chatterblock.com to let us know :)



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