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Summer camps are one of the most popular summertime activities for children and today there are more choices than ever when you’re trying to select a summer camp in San Francisco. There are day camps and sleepaway camps, not to mention camps with your standard camp activities and others that focus on more specialized experiences such as engineering or the performing arts. Kids often form lifelong friendships with their campmates; with so many children gathered in one place, they are sure to find at least one person with whom they connect. For tips on how to turn all your bus time into bonding time, check out our guide on creating an awesome bus experience.
One of the best memories of camp is the rides on the bus, telling secrets with your friends and playing games. A charter bus rental for summer camp is easy with Bus.com. When you take participants on a field trip, there are a multitude of things to remember: permission slips, drop offs, keeping track of the kids. Renting a bus for summer camp can ease some of the work for you. Participants will get to experience the field trip to the fullest when you don’t have to search for parking on busy streets. A bus rental also ensures that the drivers are safe— and so are your participants.
In addition to the classic yellow school bus, Bus.com offers a variety of vehicles for your group
Nine Studio summer art camp is located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. If you’re looking for an art camp for your child, this is the one. They encourage collaborative and individual working, and students can work with many different mediums or even mixed media. The student to teacher ratio is 6:1 so that participants can have dedicated attention and guidance.
If animals are more your child’s style, this might be the perfect camp for them. There are options for children ages 4-17 and San Francisco zoo members receive discounted prices. This is one of the best day camps in San Francisco, if you love wildlife. The zoo offers two-week programs as well as one-week programs. For 8th-12th graders, the camp focuses on wellness. 6th and 7th graders have a conservation camp option.
This popular camp offers adolescent girls, trans girls, and gender nonconforming kids an opportunity to lead through outdoor adventures with a focus on social and emotional learning. The summer camp was founded in 1997 as the Bay Area Girls Center and today uses an experiential model for its participants. Campers build skills as they progress through the GirlVentures Leadership Progression Model
This San Francisco summer camp offers kids ages 5-13 the chance to play with power tools. Founded in 2005, its philosophy is that you should give kids real tools for real problems. Their approach allows participants to collaborate, build relationships, and think about things that are bigger than themselves. Each session of camp has a different project that the kids work on. They offer scholarships and discounts for referrals.
This residential Jewish summer camp is located on 160 acres in the heart of the Sierra Mountains, just near Yosemite and Stanislaus National Forest. Originally, the camp was located at Lake Tahoe. It moved to its current location at Tuolumne River in 1964. The summer camp offers “beyond the binary” campfires and an all-gender cabin option. Sessions are open to 2nd through 10th graders and the duration ranges from six days to three weeks.
This science summer camp is located in Saratoga, California. The camp integrates common core and during the summer there are over 2,000 students who participate and 1,000 high school and college volunteers. The camp has two facilities and is open June through the first week in August. World of Wonder (WOW) and Trail Blazers are two of their main offerings. If you’re more interested in a family vacation, check out their family camp.
Wavy Gravy (the official Grateful Dead clown) founded this 501c3 camp in 1975. The camp is located on Cahto Tribal lands and focuses on risk taking for both kids camp and adult camp. Expect to participate in aerial classes, juggling, improv, and stilt walking, if you pick this for your summer camp experience. For sleep away, you’ll be staying in communal tipis, and there are options for between one and three weeks of camp.