Summer Camp 2015
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The Bay Area's Premier Summer Day Camp
For curious and creative children ages 5-15
Beautiful locations in Oakland and Berkeley
Weekly sessions from June 16 - August 29
Exciting Science and Nature Curriculum
Insanely Fun Hands-On Projects Each Day
Launch Into Summer With:
Rockets • Robots • Forests • Fairies
Magnets • Microorganisms • And More
Plus Hiking, Music, Art, Games, And Swimming
Hands-On Science Fun All Summer Long!
At Sarah's Science and This Land is your Land Summer Day Camp, your child will discover just how fun learning can be! In addition to traditional camp activities like swimming, games, nature hikes, and arts and crafts, campers will make and take home a fun science project each day! A take-home science note accompanies each science lesson and is a great way to continue the learning at home. Our goal is for every child to have a summer filled with outrageous fun in a beautiful, natural setting.
Each week of summer camp is centered around an exciting theme like: Pirates vs Ninjas, The Enchanted Forest, All Charged Up, Terrific Transformers, Eco Week, Arcade Science, and more! Check out the complete list of camp themes and program highlights here.
With beautiful, outdoor locations in Oakland and Berkeley and weekly sessions from June 16 - August 29, This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp provides award-winning, hands-on, outdoor science fun all summer long!
What are Parents Saying?
"Anna really loves science and she developed that love as a direct result of Sarah's Science camp. She's been fascinated ever since her very first summer at camp when she had a chance to dissect owl pellets and find out what they eat. Science is the subject she enjoys the most at school, which has given her the confidence to think of herself as a smart student who understands what's going on in class. You have such a knack for helping kids discover what's fascinating and extremely cool about science in its many different forms. Thanks for opening this door for Anna, and for taking an interest."
-- Sarah's Science Mom of 7 Years
Weekly Themes and Program Highlights:
Camp will be offered the following weeks
Oakland: June 16 – August 29
Berkeley: June 16 – August 22
June 16 – 20: Terrific Transformers
Make an amphibious land and water vehicle
Disguise a mini-catapult in a wrist watch
Build a transforming truck robot
June 23 – 27: Movin' & Groovin'
Build an air soccer game
Amaze your friends with a drop box inertia bank
Design a Drop and Launch Game
June 30 – July 3: Itsy Bitsy World of Nature
(No Camp on July 4 – Reduced Rate)
Create a light-up microorganism viewer
Design an insect hotel for your pet ladybug
Construct a hummingbird feeder
July 7 – 11: Kaboom! Pop, Burst & Bubble
Blast off a carbon dioxide rocket
Concoct a wizard's bubbling brew
Shoot off a mentos geyser
July 14 – 18: Enchanted Forest
Make a magical motorized fluttering fairy
Put together a propeller powered unicorn
Fabricate a fire-breathing dragon
July 21 – 25: Eco Week
Make a motorized solar powered slippery slider
Create a "re-use-it" cut up cup windmill
Build an electric vehicle
July 28 – August 1: Pirates vs. Ninjas
Make a magnetic ninja jumper
Build a pirates vs. ninjas battle board
Create a corsair pirate canon
On Freaky Friday, dress up as a pirate or a ninja
August 4 – 8: All Charged Up!
Make a motorized buzzing bumble bee
Construct a dragonfly light-up landing pad
Build a solar powered musical mustache man
August 11 – 15: Flinging Things!
Create a craft stick catapult
Fabricate a twirly bird flinger
Construct a golf tee torsion launcher
August 18 – 22: Arcade Science
Create an electronic pinball machine
Build a batter's up baseball blaster
Have a blast with a slap-it-down whack-a-mole
August 25 – 29: Sarah's Favorites
(Only Oakland Location)
Construct a solar powered wave machine
Create a luminous light-up robot
Make a moving magnetic mouse
Counselor in Training (CIT) Program (For Campers Ages 11–15)
Our CIT Program is for older campers who are interested in taking on
more responsibility and developing leadership skills. CITs are teamed
up with an experienced counselor to assist a group of younger campers;
they also participate in the usual camp projects and activities. First
Aid Certification and additional leadership training are provided. The
CIT Program is available for single or multiple weeks and has the same
fees and discounts as the regular camp program.
Advanced Projects (For Campers Ages 9–12)
For our 9–12 year olds we offer an additional challenging project during the week.
Roberts Park, Oakland
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Our Oakland site is located in beautiful Roberts Regional Park off Skyline Boulevard
in the Oakland Hills. This site is known for its lush second-growth redwood
forest. It also has a pool, grassy playing fields, and play structures.
There is ample free parking for drop-off and pick-up.
Tilden Park, Berkeley
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Our Berkeley site is located in Tilden Park at the Buckeye and Orchard
Picnic Areas, lovely wooded sites below the Carousel. We are surrounded
by great paths and streams, and we hike to Lake Anza to swim once a
week. Free parking is available for drop-off and pick-up.
Sarah Shaffer, Founder & CEO
Sarah, “Best Science Teacher for Kids” (East Bay Express), founded This Land Is Your Land Summer Day Camp 18 years ago. She continues to develop and shape the summer camp programs and oversees each site. Sarah is a Teacher, Science Consultant, and Naturalist. She has been offering science programs for children and teachers for over 25 years.
Riva Zippin, Oakland Camp Director
Riva is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has a teaching credential from Holy Names University. This will be her sixth summer directing the Oakland site. She was an Assistant Director with us for four years and a day camp counselor for over nine years. During the school year, Riva teaches a kindergarten and first grade class at Ring Mountain Day School in Mill Valley.
Aaron Franzen, Berkeley Camp Director
This will be Aaron's sixth year as a camp director with us. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of our Berkeley camp for six years and the Director of Operations for over ten years. During the school year, Aaron teaches our after school science enrichment classes throughout the Bay Area.
$360/week (Early Registration) if registration postmarked by 4/1/14.
$370/week (Standard Registration) if registration postmarked after 4/1/14.
$380/week (Walk-in Registration) if space available - No discounts apply.
The regular camp hours are 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Morning extended care is from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. for an additional $20/week.
Afternoon extended care is from 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. for an additional $65/week.
Extended Care can be purchased in advance or on the day-of for the prices listed above.
(Discounts cannot be combined)
Multiple week discount: Sign up for three or
more weeks and deduct $15 for each week.
Sibling discount: $15 less per week for second child (cannot be used with multiple week discount).
Please note: the above discounts cannot be applied to Walk-In Registrations.
Camper weeks are not transferable to other campers. In the event of cancellation, $100 per week per child will be retained as a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. NO REFUNDS will be given after 5/1/14. Please note that refunds are not available for the "Nobel Prize" or "Holiday Special" rates.
Please note the following:
No camp at Oakland or Berkeley on Friday, July 4
No camp at Berkeley the week of August 25-29