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Entering 2nd – 4th Grade

Our Camp Edmo Arts & Science, Animation and Park programs camp keep entering 2nd-4th grade campers’ minds and bodies active all summer long. Earth science, physical science, fine arts, technology, nature…we’ve got it all! Our hands-on activities are designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences and Children’s Creativity Museum.  Every day includes Outdoor Recreation and 21st Century Life Skills building activities to encourage “The Edmo Vibe” of curiosity, confidence and kindness.

 

Voted Bay Area’s “Best Summer Day Camp” and “Educational Support Program” – 2009–2013 BayAreaParent Magazine

More Arts & Science Overview

Hosted on local school campuses June – early August

Our Arts & Science program is built around four kid-friendly weekly themes. Every day campers rotate through one-hour stations of Arts & Science, Outdoor Recreation and Team Time that relate to the theme. We personally test each activity for maximum “Wow Factor.” If we don’t get tickled pink doing it, you won’t see it at camp.

Our projects are fantastic, but it’s our highly trained and well-costumed staff that bring them to life. These college-graduate Instructors & college student Counselors have a contagious enthusiasm for learning. Talk about something you don’t mind your kids catching! Kids learn you don’t need to wear a lab coat to be a scientist. You don’t have to live in a tiny studio in France to be an artist. Art and science are all around us, and with a little imagination and a dash of silliness, learning suddenly feels a whole lot like playing.

Edmo offers an almost unbelievable menu of enriching activities – art, science, play – and all in an environment of enthusiasm for the kids, the activities, and for life itself! My camper has attended various camps over three years, and Edmo is hands-down her favorite.” – Mary G., 3rd Grade Oakland Parent

 

2014 Arts & Science Camp – Weekly Themes

More Incredible Edibles
Edventuremore

Featuring activities designed by Edventure More.

Play with your food and learn with it! Create your own ice cream flavor, make your cereal magnetic, turn fruit into your face, or invent a healthy soda.

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Sample Art Projects:

Fruit Face Collages: Create a portrait of yourself out of fruits and veggies in the style of the 15th century Italian artist, Giuseppe Acrimboldo.

Bed (of Grass) Head: Imagine a Chia Pet…that you can eat! Create a planter with “personality” and watch as wheat grass grows out of its head.

Soda Pop Pop Art: Now that you invented your own soda in science, you need to bottle it! Use Andy Warhol styled pop art as inspiration for your own soda pop labels and coasters!

Sample Science Projects:

Natural Soda: Using the scientific method has never been so delicious. Make a hypothesis, change variables and draw conclusions as you invent your own natural soda flavors!

Magnetic Cereal: Explore the properties of magnetism by playing with your breakfast! Be amazed at what your cereal can attract.

Ice Cream: We scream for science! Discover the properties of solids, liquids and gases by mixing and freezing your own ice cream.

Supertaster: Did you know some people are capable of tasting flavors others can’t? Find out if you’re a “supertaster” when we take an up close look at your taste buds!

 

More Magic & Medieval Times
Edventuremore

Featuring activities designed by Edventure More.

Mix magic potions, design catapults, build fortified castles, and create crystal balls that tell the future!

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Sample Art Projects:

Build a Castle: You’re the king or queen of your castle! It also means you’re the architect! What does it look like? What features should you include to protect it? What to the people inside the castle walls need to live happily ever after?

Shields & Crests: In battle, your shield not only protected you, but it also told everyone who you were. The crests on your protective armour represent you and your family history. What would your shield and family crest look like? You decide when you build your own!

Sample Science Projects:

Magic Potions & Spells: Create chemical reactions and strange mixtures to make glow-in-the-dark slime and matter-changing goo. Play with power of perception to see the impossible. Put a see-through hole in your hand, make a coin disappear, bend wood without breaking it, and balance birds on your finger tips.

Magic 8 Balls: Use principles of buoyancy to create your own fortune telling “crystal ball”.

Catapults: Your design challenge is to build a famous medieval machine, the catapult, to knock down a “fortress wall”, launch a boulder over the wall, or launch from the farthest distance away to avoid the archers’ arrows!

Time Tellers: You’ve traveled back in time…but what time is it? How did people keep track of the hours with no clocks? Build your own hour glasses and sundials to watch time slip and dip away.

 

More Critterville

Featuring activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences

What are those furry, feathered, crawly things all around you? Find out as you go on a bug hunt, dissect an owl pellet, sculpt a bird, or build a flying squirrel!

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Sample Art Projects:

Feathery Puppets: Design and decorate owl puppets that show the different body parts of these majestic birds of prey. Finish your puppet off by adding various styles of feathers to give the puppet a unique look!

Creature Casts: Use mache techniques and plaster molds to create colorful 3-dimensional representations of your favorite animals from the week.

Flying Snakes: Can snakes fly? Yes! Create a flying snake puppet that is filled with color. Then add a background habitat so your snake has a comfy place to rest after a long day of flying!

 

Sample Science Projects:

Bug Hunts: Use the same equipment entomologists (those are bug scientists) at the California Academy of Sciences use to safely capture bugs and look at them under microscopes. Compare the insects and bugs you capture to exotic species from around the world!

Ants in Your Camps: Did you know one of the strongest creatures in the world is an ant? Put out ant bait to capture these little critters and learn the amazing ways they communicate, build and live among giants like us.

Predator or Prey?: Get face-to-face with a real bear skull and compare the teeth, eyes and jaws to your own. Strap on a pair of funny-looking rabbit goggles to literally “see” what it’s like to have eyes on the side of your head.

Freaky Fliers: Squirrels, frogs and monkeys that fly? We’re not talking about make-believe cartoons, these are real animals that exist! Watch how they do it and test build a special glider to mimic the way they fly.

 

More Planet Power

Featuring activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences

How does our incredible Earth work? Assemble terrariums, experiment with water, recreate wild weather patters, and taste edible plants!

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Sample Art Projects:

Let it Rain - Explore the history of the rainstick and its cultural importance to the Aztecs. Design and decorate a rainstick that can be used as both a stunning art piece and a delightful musical instrument!

Earth Lanterns - Use mache techniques to create an Earth model. Then turn it into a lantern that can be hung over a light to create an illuminating work of art!

Creepy, Crawly Creatures  - Create slithering, sneaking creatures to inhabit the terrariums we will build and then settle your creations in to their new homes!

Sample Science Projects:

Terrariums – Get to know plants up close and personal by making a lovely terrarium. We’ll examine how plants use soil and water, and we’ll even fill our terrariums with some sculpted creatures!

Seed Suitcases – We’ll learn about the ingredients that seeds need to germinate while making super seed suitcases! These little balls can be tossed outside just about anywhere to grow beautiful flowers.

Rain Machine – Discover how water changes states high in the sky and becomes rain by making an amazing rain machine. We’ll observe the way rain falls and maybe even have a rain tasting!

 

 

More What We Recommend

What We Recommend: With so many great choices, it’s hard to decide what not to do! We’re fans of balance. Find at least 2 Arts & Science weeks that excite your child. Then add the Park Program in July or August to round out a perfect summer.

More Arts & Science Camp – Sample Schedule

Time Click each activity below to learn more
8:00-9:00 am Optional AM Care
8:50 am Drop Off
9:00 am Morning Rally (Outdoor)
9:20 am Arts & Science (Indoor)
10:30 am Snack (Outdoor)
10:40 m Arts & Science (Indoor)
11:50 am Lunch (Outdoor)
12:25 pm Recreation (Outdoor)
1:35 pm Team Time (Indoor/Outdoor)
2:45 pm Afternoon Rally (Outdoor)
3:00 pm Pick Up
3:15-4:00 pm Family Fridays (Weekly Friday show for parents)
3:00-6:00 pm Optional PM Care
More PLUS! Every Arts & Science Camp Includes

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Skills in campers.

Daily Download Sheets

Parents receive a daily description of camp activities, great resources for fostering more curiosity at home and a sneak preview of the camp stories sure to fill many dinner table conversations.  See a sample here.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. A little hungrier? Order a large portion lunch & snack from Choicelunch for only $42.50/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($34/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($74/week), Lego Lab: 3-6 pm ($110/wk) 

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am – 6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Water Wednesday

Weather-permitting (i.e. everywhere except San Francisco), campers bring their water gear and we end the day with all-camp water relays, sponge tosses, slip-n-slides and more fun-drenched games to beat the heat.

Family Fridays

After camp every Friday, 3:15-4 pm

Parents, don’t miss this chance to be a kid again! Get off early from work and join us for this special hour of family fun activities! Join a rally, play favorite camp games, learn cheers (if your kids haven’t taught you already!), tour the camp classrooms, chat with the Instructors, meet the parents of your child’s new friends, watch a special screening of our Animator movies and more!

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Animation Program

Hosted on local school campuses June – early August

In our Animation program, entering 2nd-4th graders turn their imaginations into animations. Animators invent silly characters, strange plots and funny scripts. They build their actors, sets and add voice overs and sounds effects. The weekly theme guides the story, but a different Toy, Clay, Comic, or Blob stopmotion technique is emphasized each week. When they’re not working on latest stopmotion software and MacBook laptops, they’re outside in their Recreation or Team Time station for a perfectly balanced day.
 
Beyond the technology, what really makes animation possible at this age are our college-graduate Instructors and college student Counselors. With unwavering patience, they teach kids to work as a team, compromise with each other and come up with creative solutions to the challenges of making movie magic.

It’s hard to find a camp for the older kids that offers something interesting like animation. The boys were bored with normal camps and most camps require the children to be in 5th grade before they can do something cool like animation. “ – Leslie S., 4th Grade Los Altos Parent

 

2014 Animation Camp – Weekly Themes

More Comic Animation

Edventuremore

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Comic Animation: Draw or cut out your own food-inspired comic characters and use 2-D stopmotion animation techniques to make them walk, talk or eat!

Animation plots are inspired by weekly Arts & Science themes.

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Media Literacy, Leadership and Responsibility

Animation techniques emphasized

  • Hand drawn figures and sets
  • Paper figure jointing
  • Interchangeable heads and facial features
  • Camera Perspective
  • Voice over effects
  • Foley effects
  • Storyboarding
  • 2-D set design
More Blob Animation

Edventuremore

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Blob Animation: Learn special squash and stretch effects to make the magic of wizards, dragons, knights and princesses real on the screen!

Animation plots are inspired by weekly Arts & Science themes.

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Media Literacy, Leadership and Responsibility

Animation techniques emphasized

  • Squash and stretch techniques
  • Conveying emotion
  • Blinking and talking using clay
  • Voice over effects
  • Foley effects
  • Storyboarding
  • 3-D set designs
More Toy Animation

Edventuremore

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Toy Animation: Use special stopmotion techniques to create a world of walking, talking, flying, jumping animal toys and their human friends.

Animation plots are inspired by weekly Arts & Science themes.

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Media Literacy, Leadership and Responsibility

Animation techniques emphasized

  • Adding facial expressions to action figures/dolls/toys
  • Using moveable joints to convey emotion
  • Character stabilizing mounting techniques
  • Creative material reuse
  • Camera perspective
  • Voice over effects
  • Foley effects
  • Storyboarding
  • 3-D set design
More Clay Animation

Edventuremore

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Clay Animation: Sculpt creatures out of wire and clay and learn special animation techniques to make your characters and props really come to life!

Animation plots are inspired by weekly Arts & Science themes.

21st Century Skill Focus: Communication, Collaboration, Media Literacy, Leadership and Responsibility

Animation techniques emphasized

  • Clay character building
  • Flying special effects
  • Blinking and talking using clay
  • Voice over effects
  • Foley effects
  • Storyboarding
  • 3-D set designs
More What We Recommend

With so many great choices, it’s hard to decide what not to do! We’re fans of balance. Find at least 2 Arts & Science weeks and 2 Animation weeks that excite your child. Then add the Park Program in July or August to round out a perfect summer.

More Animation Camp – Sample Schedule

Time Click each activity below to learn more
8:00-9:00 am Optional AM Care
8:50 am Drop Off
9:00 am Morning Rally (Outdoor)
9:20 am Animation (Indoor)
10:30 am Snack (Outdoor)
10:40 am Animation (Indoor)
11:50 am Lunch (Outdoor)
12:25 pm Recreation (Outdoor)
1:35 pm Team Time (Indoor/Outdoor)
2:45 pm Afternoon Rally (Outdoor)
3:00 pm Pick Up
3:15 pm-4:00 pm Family Fridays (Weekly Friday show for parents)
3:00-6:00 pm Optional PM Care
More Every Day

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Skills in campers.

Give Me More Sheets

Parents receive a daily description of camp activities, great resources for fostering more curiosity at home and a sneak preview of the camp stories sure to fill many dinner table conversations.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. A little hungrier? Order a large portion lunch & snack from Choicelunch for only $42.50/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($34/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($74/week), Lego Lab: 3-6 pm ($110/wk) 

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am – 6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Water Wednesday

Weather-permitting (i.e. everywhere except San Francisco), campers bring their water gear and we end the day with all-camp water relays, sponge tosses, slip-n-slides and more fun-drenched games to beat the heat.

Family Fridays

After camp every Friday, 3:15-4 pm

Parents, don’t miss this chance to be a kid again! Get off early from work and join us for this special hour of family fun activities! Join a rally, play favorite camp games, learn cheers (if your kids haven’t taught you already!), tour the camp classrooms, chat with the Instructors, meet the parents of your child’s new friends, watch a special screening of our Animator movies and more!

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Sample Projects

Take a look at some great projects our campers created at camp.

More Park Program

Hosted in local or regional parks July – late August
($35/wk Field Trip Fee for ent. 2nd-4th grade campers) 

Entering 2nd-4th Grade

Onsite (Mon, Wed, Fri): Our entering 2nd-4th grade camper group days are filled with naturalist-guided hikes, hands-on arts & science projects, organized recreation games, and Let’s Go Chipper!™ nature activities.  Activities are customized to the geography, history, nature, and local ecosystem of the region.

Field Trips (Tue & Thu): About twice a week, our lucky entering 2nd—4th grade campers take an adventure on a chartered bus to local museums, businesses or organizations that relate to each theme.

Of course, many of our Edmo traditions follow us to the park. Kids still play the The Edmo Vibe Game, start and end the day with ridiculous rallies and Mo the Monkey, our camp mascot is always hanging around. Just try keeping him out of a park… it’s impossible.

Stevens creek location has also been a great experience for my son. He is LOVING all the hikes and animals and comes home ready for bed! he does attend the after care as well. he’s never felt so comfortable with a group of teachers/counselors. I’m a single mom and depend on day care…Please thank all the camp teachers for their passion for the kids and love of science and nature. I am an educator of adults and do not give praise easily. their work is important, recognized, deeply appreciated and I believe changing lives and futures of many children.” – Cathryn A., 1st Grade Cupertino Park Parent

2014 Park Program – Weekly Themes

More Bay Champs

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

Discover what makes the Bay Area so unique as you create a 3-D model of the bay, build a suspension bridge, make fog, or race miniature cable cars!

Sample Projects:

Fitness Fun – Get physical and have fun with Olympic fitness activities like relay races, games, sports, and more!

Bridge Builders – Explore the history and physics of the bridges of the Bay Area and build your own bridge! We’ll even test how well our bridges work by adding weights and creating earthquakes!

Wacky Weather – Experiment with the wacky weather of the Bay Area by playing with wind gusts and creating fog in a jar!

More Sprout About

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

Explore the relationship between earth, plants and humans as you build mini-greenhouses, recycle flowers, make powerful leaves and eat “dirt pudding”.

Sample Projects:

Grow Home – Grow your very own plant to take home! We’ll germinate seedlings in plastic bags and then transplant them into mini pots so you can continue to observe their growth at home!

Chlorophyll Chromatography – Discover how plants use photosynthesis to create chlorophyll while we take close look at the colors of plants. We’ll create colorful leaf spectrum art and even extract chlorophyll through the scientific process of chromatography!

Dirt & Decomposition – Uncover the science of soil! We’ll observe how the process of decomposition creates new dirt, and explore the ingredients in soil by making (and eating) mud pies!

More Smart Art

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

Make history as you create petroglyph cave paintings, Greek theater plays, Picasso masterpieces, Pollock splatter canvases, and today’s digital media art!

Sample Projects:

Egyptian Art – Discover the unique art of ancient Egypt by designing a creative cartouche and learning the language of hieroglyphics!

Mosaics – Learn how lots of little colorful squares can come together to create amazing detailed images as we explore the art of ancient Roman mosaics.

Action Art – Examine the abstract art of Jackson Pollock and others while using motion and paint to create colorful (and fun!) action art!

 

More Sea Creatures

Featuring projects designed by Edventure More.

Uncover the mysteries of the deep as you measure whales, create coral specimens, spy ocean floor dwellers, and design your own monsters of the sea!

Sample Projects:

Salt Painting – Examine the differences between fresh water and salt water and use special salt paint to create colorful underwater scenes.

Coral Reef Dioramas – Using an artistic torn paper technique we’ll build beautiful coral reef dioramas and fill them with freaky and fabulous fish!

Design a Fish – Sculpt your very own sea creature model and make it magnetic so your colorful aquatic creation will be able to live on your fridge at home!

 

More What We Recommend

With so many great choices, it’s hard to decide what not to do! We’re fans of balance. Find at least 2 Arts & Science weeks and 2 Animation weeks that excite your child. Then add the Park Program in July or August to round out a perfect summer.

More Sample Field Trips

Only entering 2nd-4th grade campers go on field trips. These are just a few we’ll be visiting in Summer 2014! Come back next Spring to see more of the places we’ll be going next Summer!

Field Trip Schedule
RegionsSprout AboutBay ChampsSmart ArtSea Creatures
San Francisco
Presidio Native Plant Garden & California Academy of SciencesGiants Game & Golden Gate Bridge and HeadlandsWalt Disney Museum & Children's Creativity MuseumAquarium of the Bay & Falkland Island Visitor Center
Cupertino
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy & Gilroy GardensBay Area Baseball Game & TBDSan Jose Art Museum & Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumMarin Institute Live Animal Presentation (includes K1) & Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
San MateoGuadalupe River Park Conservancy & California Academy of SciencesGiants Game & San Francisco VisitN/AN/A
OaklandSage Farm/Arden Wood Historical Farm & Native Plant GardenGiants Game & San Francisco VisitOakland Art Museum & Children's Creativity MuseumN/A
More Onsite Sample Camp Day Schedule

Time A Day in the Park…
8:00-9:00 am Optional AM Care
8:50 am Drop Off
9:00 am Morning Rally (Outdoor)
9:20 am Mon & Fri: Science and Art Enrichment (Indoor/Outdoor)
10:30 am Snack (Outdoor)
10:40 am Mon & Fri: Recreation (Outdoor)
11:50 am Lunch (Outdoor)
12:25 pm Mon & Fri: Nature Excursion (Outdoor)
1:35 pm Mon & Fri: Science and Art Enrichment (Indoor/Outdoor)
2:45 pm Afternoon Rally (Outdoor)
3:00 pm Pick Up
3:00-6:00 pm Optional PM Care

 

More PLUS! Every Camp Day Includes

Camp Edmo Park Safety Gear

Every camper receives a distinctive green Park Program camper t-shirt and an orange bandana. Campers are encouraged to wear their green shirts every day. It is MANDATORY that campers wear their orange bandanas easily visible the entire camp day.

The Edmo Vibe Game

Throughout the day, campers earn special “Edmo Cards” that recognize actions that exemplify The Edmo Vibe of curiosity, confidence and kindness. Visit our Edmo Vibe Game page to learn more about how we build 21st Century Skills in campers.

Give Me More Sheets

Parents receive a daily description of camp activities, great resources for fostering more curiosity at home and a sneak preview of the camp stories sure to fill many dinner table conversations.

Healthy Lunch & Snack Option

Enjoy a break from making lunch this summer. Have Choicelunch deliver a hot or cold meal to camp for only $35/week. A little hungrier? Order a large portion lunch & snack from Choicelunch for only $42.50/week. Each meal and snack features fresh, locally grown or organic ingredients whenever possible. Visit our Lunch & Snacks page to learn more.

Extended Day Options

AM Care: 8-9 am ($34/wk), PM Care: 3-6 pm ($74/week), Lego Lab: 3-6 pm ($110/wk)

Can’t drop off at 9 am or pick up at 3 pm? No problem. We’ve got you covered from 8 am – 6 pm if you need it. Enroll in 3 or more camp weeks to get 50% Off AM/PM Care. Visit our Extended Day page to learn more.

Thursday Dress Up Days

It’s not camp if you can’t dress a little weird…at least once a week! Each Thursday has a special dress up theme to get campers into the camp spirit and parents into that box of old Halloween costumes…one more time. Visit our Thursday Theme Day page to learn more.

Weekly T-shirt Challenge

As part of encouraging kids to rock The Edmo Vibe at home and in their community, we have a weekly T-Shirt Challenge. Families submit photos in person, via e-mail or on Facebook of their camper completing specific challenges that exemplify curiosity, confidence or kindness. Visit our T-shirt Challenge page to learn more.

More Park Program FAQs

Where is the Park Program located?

San Francisco: Julius Kahn Playground in The Presidio, San Francisco

East Bay: Lake Temescal – Big Rock Picnic Site, Oakland and Lafayette Recreation Area, Lafayette

South Bay: Stevens Creek Park/Sycamore Picnic Site, Cupertino and Coyote Piont Recreation Area, San Mateo

When does the Park Program run?

Camp Edmo’s Park program offers more weeks of camp July through late August. The camp day goes from 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. AM and PM Care is also available.

How do you group the children at the Park Program?

Campers are divided into two groups, K-1st graders and 2nd–4th graders with each groups’ activities based on their age level

How does the Park Program differ from our regular Camp Edmo program?

The Park program includes several unique features such as the park location vs. school campus, more regional nature/history/geography focus and field trips for entering 2nd-4th graders.

Does the Park Program offer an Extended Day?

Yes we do! AM Care runs from 8 am – 9 am and costs $34/week. PM Care runs from 3 pm – 6 pm and costs $74/week. AM/PM Care can also be purchased on an hourly basis with a rate of $15/hour. You can add AM or PM Care when you enroll or just notify your Camp Director the day you need it.  AM/PM Care is 50% off when you sign up for 3+ weeks of camp!

What does a typical Park Program day look like?

For our entering K-1st grade campers: Camp Edmo Park follows a similar structure to our regular Camp Edmo program. K-1st grade campers participate in a daily rotation of hands-on Arts & Science and Recreation and Team Time activities.

For 2nd-4th grade campers: Each day has a different focus. Monday and Friday Campers will rotate through Science, Art and Recreation activities. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, campers leave our site for a field trip or excursion.

What type of transportation will the kids be using on their field trips?

We have chartered buses to comfortably and safely transport campers from one place to another around the Bay.

Is lunch available at the Park Program?

For just $35/week, add a healthy, tasty morning snack and lunch to your camp day. Lunch is delivered fresh to camp every day.  Every meal is home-style, kid-friendly, and made with care daily. There are also vegetarian options! Staying for PM Care? Add an afternoon snack for just $5/week! Visit our Lunch & Snacks Page to learn more.

Are there Field trips? Who goes and when?

Our 2nd-4th grade campers go on two field trips off site each week. Each weekly session includes a trip within the area and a special field trip that correlates to the weekly theme. Most field trips return to the park by 2:30 pm. For field trips that get back later (like baseball games) parents will be notified of late pick up.

Does my child have to go on field trips?

The 2nd-4th grade program involves many field trips. If there is a field trip you do not wish your child to attend, we may have space for them to stay with the younger group. We suggest you confirm this with the Edventure More home office at 415.282.MORE (6673) in advance.

Who is the staff for the Park Program?

The Park program is led by some of our rock star Camp Directors. The counselor team is comprised of our best Staff Members and Camp Directors – an all star Edmo team! Click on the staff link for the location nearest you to see exactly who will be at camp this summer.

Is the Park Program safe?

Just like at Camp Edmo, we maintain an 8:1 ratio between campers and staff. A first aid and CPR trained adult is on site at all times. Campers also sign in and out every day are only released to adults you specify on your enrollment forms. Camper are given a bright green t-shirt and wear bright orange bandanas all day. This makes them easily distinguishable at all times.

What happens in bad weather?

Although some of our locations have protected areas in case it’s cold or wet outside, we usually advise parents to pack sweatshirts for their children so that they are prepared when the temperature is cool. There are also protected areas at each of the different field trip locations that our older campers will be visiting.

The Science Behind The Vibe

We focus on building The Edmo Vibe of Curiosity, Confidence and Kindness in kids. Why? It’s science. The latest research has shown that character skills like curiosity, generosity and grit are even more indicative of a child’s future success than their IQ. The 21st Century requires kids to develop not just one, but four types of intelligence: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. That’s why we created a one-of-a-kind life skills program, The Edmo Vibe Game, to promote the character traits that ensure kids become happy and successful adults!

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Curiosity

When kids get curious, they want to learn more. They ask questions. They think critically. Our unique projects spark a child’s natural sense of wonder. Our playful staff provide a safe space for kids to experiment, build, discover and create. Your child will come home so excited, we bet you’ll learn a thing or two yourself! 92% of parents report their child taught a family member something they learned.

Confidence

When kids build confidence, they challenge themselves. They express themselves creatively. They are happier. Each curriculum builds on what campers learned the previous day. Our enthusiastic staff heaps on tons of positive reinforcement when kids give their best effort, use imagination, take risks and rock their camp spirit.  Watch your kids shine at camp, at home, and in the community. 98% of parents surveyed say their kids were proud of the projects they created.

Kindness

When kids show kindness, special things happen. They form new friendships. They build trust in others. Our caring staff, hands-on projects, and outdoor games foster cooperation, communication skills, and community spirit. We even dedicate a specific time to team building each day. We make the world a better place — one camp day at a time. 95% of parents surveyed would recommend Camp Edmo to friends or colleagues. Learn more about how we build 21st Century Skills in campers through The Edmo Vibe Game!


  • Camper Age: Your child must be at least 5 years of age by June 1 or entering Kindergarten in the fall to come to camp.
  • Ratios: We maintain a camper:staff ratio of 8:1 during most camp activities. For younger groups the camper:staff ratio can be 6:1…especially when activities involve tying knots, cutting, gluing, or glitter…definitely glitter.
  • Groups: Campers are grouped with kids their own age. Groups are generally 10-20 kids.
  • Buddy Requests: We will do our best to honor requests to group friends together. Sometimes circumstances like large age differences, “frienemy” behavior, or camper:staff ratios preclude us from being able to group kids together. We’ll give you a heads up if for some reason we can’t…especially the “frienemies.”
  • Age Appropriate Activities: Although the weekly theme is the same for all age groups, the actual activities, concepts and degree of difficulty for completion vary according to the age group.
  • Modified Activities: On rare occasions we may need to modify weekly activities due to weather, material availability, time constraints or the kid who spilled the entire jar of cabbage juice for the project.
  • Balance: Every day we make time to hang out with our staff and camp friends during camp rallies, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch time, and some parts of outdoor recreation.
  • Safety: CPR/First Aid certified staff members are present on-site at all times. Background checks are performed on all staff.
  • Behavior: We’ll work with you if your child is acting out at camp. Unfortunately, if his/her behavior is detracting from the camp experience of kids and staff or compromising the safety of others, we may ask you to pick your child up from camp.
  • Special Needs: If your child requires an aid at school, we ask that you please provide an aid for them at camp. If you reside in Marin County, you may contact SummerAde and they will individually pair your child with a qualified teen volunteer.
More What Parents Say About Camp Edmo

My daughter enjoys creative project team work and the fact that she can do this type of activity around academic subjects at Edmo as well as school is a good way for her to build both social and academic confidence and skills.” – Mercedes C., 3rd Grade Parent, Noe Valley/Twin Peaks

We had to return to Edmo this summer because my son had such a positive time at camp last year! The experience boosted his confidence – he came home each day eager to share his art, craft or activity. Edmo has exceeded our expectations.” – Donna C., 2nd Grade Parent, Alameda

My child really thrives with these life skills – especially creativity and critical thinking. The camp has been a great influence in further developing these skills
 while in a fun and collaborative manner. It is a skill he keeps building on and 
utilizes not only at school but in most aspects of everyday life.” – Judy M., 4th Grade Parent, Los Altos

Our son has been very excited about animation and the movie-making process. He’s told us all about terms like “Quiet on set!” and the process of stopmotion. It’s great to see him involved and energized about creating something fun. Randomly, several months later after last summer, he has chanted the EDMO song. “E-D-M-O, that’s the way we EDMO!” It’s quite a catchy tune.” – Michelle L. 3rd Grade Parent, Palo Alto

My son is very challenging in a group environment. The staff has done a wonderful job (as they do every year) in making things work for him. This is one of the few group experiences for him that is positive. I know that this helps his confidence and ability to work in other group environments.” – 3rd Grade Parent, Mill Valley

Thank you for providing my daughter with such a great few weeks of camp! Everyone we encountered seemed confident and secure in their roles as counselors and administrators and things looked like they were moving smoothly at drop off and pick up, and I know that she was well cared for, and treated with respect and professionalism….very pleased! I couldn’t have gotten through the Summer without Edmo!” – Anne B., 2nd Grade Parent, Alameda

Refining communication skills, boosting self-confidence, collaborating with peers, and thinking outside the box — these were all part of his day at Camp Edmo.” – Michelle L., 3rd Grade Parent, Los Altos

I just attended the family day presentation and the sheer joy and energy conveyed by the staff from the Camp Director to all the CIT’s was infectious…From the very friendly team who greet my daughters every morning to all of the songs, and games introduced to them this week; the entire experience has been a very engaging one for my daughters.” – Art Y., 3rd Grade Parent, St. Cecilia

My sons LOVE Camp Edmo and find it very engaging and enriching. I love that it adds an academic and artistic component that lots of camps don’t have – and in a very fun way. This year, with animation, camp was even more engaging and introduced the kids to a higher level of art and science than they had known. They’ve loved it and I’m thrilled at what they’ve learned.”- Michelle G., 3rd, St. Cecilia

Each of our museum and life skills partners helps us build the academic, physical, emotional or social skills that are essential in helping children become successful adults. Each partner trains our staff on their respective area of expertise so that your child’s camp experience will be the most enriching one possible.

More Museum Partners

Each of our museum partners helps in the design and staff training for the hands-on activities we feature in our programs.  Thanks to our collaboration with these incredible institutions, we’ve created our award-winning summer camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, as well as our School Year Programs. You probably know them, but in case you don’t, we’d love to introduce you to some of our museum friends.

The California Academy of Sciences

The Cal Academy’s mission – to explore, explain and protect the natural world – extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science weeks at Camp Edmo and leads our Science Instructor curriculum trainings. Become a member of the Academy here.

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. The museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families.  The Children’s Creativity Museum transforms the way kids learn. They move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention, shifting the focus from media consumption to media production. This approach encourages kids to imagine, create and share.  They also offer programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and creativity.

The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions for both Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.

MOCHA

Since 1988, MOCHA has encouraged hands-on learning in the arts and has promoted the arts as a way to help children of all backgrounds develop as healthy, resourceful and involved citizens. MOCHA promotes the arts as an integral part of strong, vibrant communities. They provide opportunities for children to explore their creativity, design, implement and advocate for hands-on arts education programs, and emphasize outreach to children and families from low-income communities. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.

From 2005 – 2013, MOCHA has provided art activities to compliment the science projects for all of Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes, as well as led training for our Camp Edmo Art Instructors on how to lead the projects with kids.  Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership with MOCHA in our programs today.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception founded in 1969. The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

From Summer 2004-2011 the Exploratorium was directly involved in the design of hands-on science activities for Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes and led professional development training for Camp Edmo Science Instructors on how to most effectively teach kids through hands-on activities. Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership in our programs today.

 

More Life Skills Partners

Each of our life skills partners contributes to children’s development by teaching physical, emotional or social skills essential in helping children become successful adults. Our partners teach us, so our staff can then bring what they’ve learned to camp.

Kimochis…Toys with Feelings Inside

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help families (even camp “families”) identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections.

Kimochis trains our camp staff to lead play-based games with campers that increase their emotional awareness and intelligence. These games are typically led in Team Time, but the emotional vocabulary the kids learn are used throughout the camp day to resolve behavior issues or conflicts between campers.

To learn more about Kimochis, be sure to check them out on their website.

Let’s Go Chipper!™

Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st Century learning principals, the Let’s Go Chipper series is correlated with an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature, and building social and emotional skills.

Children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Meeting animals and visiting habitats, Chipper and Paisley excite, engage, and educate young children about the wonders of nature and the importance of taking care of the environment while living a healthy lifestyle. Music and humor are infused in stories featuring Bruce, a silly and slimy banana slug; Sally a feisty salmon leading Chipper and friends on an underwater adventure. Elroy, the wise Egret, and the entire cast join together to teach kids to participate in the home and community in the just released book, Helping Hands.

Let’s Go Chipper workbooks and activity guides supplement our Camp Edmo and Edmo in the Park natural science curriculum and nature excursions times.

To learn more, and earn a park badge go to letsgochipper.com

TinyTap

TinyTap___Logo-300x169TinyTap is a FREE, award-winning platform for teachers, families and kids to create and share thousands of educational games in a worldwide community. TinyTap can turn your child into a Tiny App maker in just seconds by turning any image into a fun, interactive activity.  TinyTap games can be played on any tablet or home computer.

Edventure More has selected TinyTap to pilot innovative learning experiences at home. This summer TinyTap is part of our Camp Edmo Planet Power week at camp.  Please take two minutes to complete our online survey by clicking the button above after you’ve played the app and let us know what you think.

To learn more about TinyTap, click here!