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Featured Camps
Academic Talent Development Program | Cal Youth Camps | embARC | DISC | Lawrence Hall of Science Camps | YEAH | B-BAY | Pre-Collegiate Program | University Village Camps | SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy | UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp | Young Writers' Camp |

Residential Summer Programs for High-School Students at Other UC Campuses
COSMOS | UC Davis Young Scholars Program | UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs

Other Camp Resources
AAUW Summer Camps & Programs Fair | Berkeley Parents Network

Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP)

70 University Hall #1160, Berkeley CA 94720-1160
Phone (510) 642-8308
Fax (510) 642-0510

Elementary Division
ATDP’s Elementary Division offers exciting three-week academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, writing, computers, and more for students completing grades K-6.

Dates: Jul. 14- Aug. 1
Location: Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond
Times: Morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.). For an extra fee, ATDP students can also attend an on-site half-day sports camp sponsored by Cal Youth and Outdoor Programs.
Level: Grades K-6
Tuition and Material Fees: $650- 700*

Application deadlines
For returning ED students: Wed., Mar. 12.
For new ED applicants: Wed., Mar. 26.

Secondary Division
ATDP’s SD offers 6-week enrichment and accelerated academic courses in writing, fine arts, languages, math, computer science, social science, and natural science for students completing grades 7-11. Tailor-made programs are also offered for international groups. Students who successfully complete courses receive a recommendation for credit at their school.

Dates: Jun. 23- Aug. 1
Level: Grades 7-11
Location: UC Berkeley campus
Times: Morning (8:30 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.)
Weekly schedule: 2 days a week (5-unit classes); 3 days a week (10-unit classes)
Tuition and Materials Fee: $650 - $1,500*

Application deadlines
For returning SD students: Tue., February 12.
For new SD applicants: Wed., February 26.
*ATDP offers limited need-based financial aid to qualified candidates.

Cal Youth Camps: 2014

Camps are offered within a range of different areas. Please visit website for more information and registration: camps.berkeley.edu/

Blue Cubs, Blue Bears, Blue Grizzlies -
Multi-Sport Camps, 1 Week or 2 Week sessions
Ages: 7-16 years
Fees: Vary from $290-450
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug 22

Cal Adventures “Outdoor Adventure” Camps
These include ATDP Sports (ages 5-13yrs), Discovery Camp, Afternoon Adventures, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Windsurfing, and Adventure Paddling Camps (ages 8-17)
Ages: 5- 17
Fees: Vary from $185 - $395
Dates: Jun. 16 - Aug. 22, 2014

Cal Adventures After-School Programs -
Adventure Paddling and Windsports
Ages: 10-16
Fees: $295
Dates: Fall 2014 – 5 Week Session

CILT - Campers & Leadership Training
Ages: Completed grades 8-10
Fees: $225-250
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug. 22

Golden Bear Gymnastics Camps & Classes
Ages: 18 months—18 years
Fees: Vary from $110- $295

GORP - Growing Outdoor Recreational Professionals Youth Leadership Training
Ages: Completed grades 9-11
Fees: $225 - $250
Dates: Jun. 23 - Aug. 15, 2014

Science and Sports (S2) Camp
Full-day programs with mornings at Lawrence Hall of Science; afternoons at either Explorer or Blue Camp.
Ages: entering grades 1-6.
Fees: Vary from $635-695
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug. 22

Skate Camp
Ages: 8-16 years
Fees: Vary from $225-$320
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug 22

Social Skills Camp
One-of-a-kind social skills camps for children with Nonverbal learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and children with similar social skills deficits. See website for application.
Ages: Grades 3-13
Fees: $695-$2295
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug 22

Recreational Sports - Explorer Camp
1 Week and 2 Week sessions available
Ages: 5-6 years
Fees: Vary from $290-480
Dates: Jun. 16-Aug 22

Swimming Lessons
Ages: 6 months-16 years
Fees: Vary from $65-80
Dates: Jun. 16th-Aug 21st / Fall sessions available

UC Martial Arts Program
Ages: 6-16
Fee $300-$1200
Dates: Jun. 23-Aug. 1 / 1wk-6wk camps

Custom Programs
Custom designed half-day, full-day, or multi-day events for groups of all ages.  Activity areas include Ropes Course and Teambuilding, Kayaking, Sailing, Backpacking, and more.  Prices vary based on duration and group size. Please see caladventures.berkeley.edu/custom  

Extended Care Options for Camps - AM and PM Extended Care options available for most programs.
Fee: AM or PM: $90/2 Week camps or $45 or $50/week - 1 week camps (depending on camp) or $15 daily.

College of Environmental Design Camps  (embARC and DISC)

Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 643-1188
Fax:  (510) 643-4752

embARC Design Academy
Email: embarc@berkeley.edu
embARC is an intensive four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). embARC brings together students from diverse backgrounds to CED to study architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios. The embARC program is comprised of four components — an architecture and urban design studio, a sustainable planning workshop, a lecture series, and a design:build studio-  that together provide a comprehensive framework and multi-disciplinary approach to "placemaking."

True to UC Berkeley’s public mission, embARC will include an overall theme of civic responsibility by partnering with a local community organization to tackle an authentic community improvement project. Through this partnership, students will employ the tools they learn in studios, workshops, and lectures to make a difference on real-world community development and design issues.

Ages: Students entering their junior or senior year of high school
Dates: Jul. 7- Aug. 1, 2014

To Apply
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 1, 2014:

  • Completed embARC online application with essay
  • $30 application fee
  • High school transcripts that include all grades from 9th grade through the fall semester preceding your application
  • Letter of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor, teacher, principal or community leader

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 15, 2014, and welcome early submissions. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Summer Tuition and Fees
Commuter program: Tuition for embARC is $3,200, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees.
Residency program: Tuition for embARC is $3,200, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees and room and board.
In addition, a $30 application fee must accompany each application. The tuition deadline for the program is May 14, 2014.

“This program guided my first attempts to design, model and draft my perception.... I had found a voice and a spunk within me that I did not know I possessed. — Meixi L., embARC alumna

The enrollment fee also covers computer lab fees, field trips, a print card, some supplies and a closing party to celebrate final presentations.


Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities (DISC)
Email: summerdiscovery@berkeley.edu

Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities (DISC) is an intensive, four-week program that immerses current college students in design-based solutions to the challenges of global urbanization. Guided by faculty, entrepreneurs, and professional practitioners, DISC students will learn to how approach some of the most pressing global urbanization challenges through sustainable and innovative solutions. Through lectures, field trips, and design studios, students will propose and test their ideas while working with some of the most forward thinking researchers and practitioners. Graduates of DISC will have a strong understanding of urbanization challenges, a broad toolkit to create more sustainable cities, and artifacts for their academic portfolio.

Ages: Current college students (must be 18 or older)
Dates: Jun. 2 – Jun. 26, 2014

To Apply
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 1, 2014:

  • Completed DISC online application with essay
  • $30 application fee
  • College transcripts that include all grades from 9th through the fall semester preceding application
  • Letter of recommendation from high school guidance counselor, teacher, principal or community leader

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 15, 2014, and welcome early submissions. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Summer Tuition and Fees
Commuter program: Tuition for DISC is $3,200, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees
International program: Tuition for DISC is $3,200, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees and visa fees

In addition, a $30 application fee must accompany each application. The tuition deadline for the program is May 7, 2014.

The enrollment fee also covers computer lab fees, field trips, a print card, some supplies, and a closing party to celebrate final presentations.

Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps

Phone (510) 642-5134
Email Peggy Storrs for application information at pstorrs@berkeley.edu

Signup begins Feb. 27 for non-members and Feb. 20 for members.

Kids get inspired this summer as they explore, build, and create with new friends and cool tools in a Lawrence Hall of Science summer camp! Hall camps are a great place to spend the summer. Where else can you build a wobbling robot, see how a chinchilla takes a bath, and visit the stars? More than 40 camps for age 4 through grade 12 offer a variety of choices, so you can do something you already love, or try something new!  

Half- and Full-Day Camps and Overnight Research Camps
Level: Age 4 through entering 12th grade.
Dates: Ongoing, Jun. 16 - Aug. 22
Fees: $205-1095; discounts for Hall members.
Supervised lunch and extended day options available for $50 each

Camp is an important part of growing up. Don’t miss out on your opportunity this summer. The Lawrence Hall of Science offers a limited number of partial scholarships to qualifying students.

Young Entrepreneurs at Haas School of Business (YEAH)

Phone (510) 643-4622
Email Lucas Abbott at labbott@haas.berkeley.edu
Facebook Page

YEAH Saturday Business Academy
The YEAH Saturday Business Academy is a free four-year program in which high school students are mentored by UC Berkeley (HAAS) MBA and Undergraduate students through a fun and challenging business curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship, college readiness and professional development. Preference is given to youth who come from low-income families, attend public schools, or would be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college.

Level: Current 8th graders
Dates: Jul. 21 – Jul. 25, Mon. through Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at UC Berkeley, then one Sat. morning per month during the school year. (Visit website for more information and the online application.)
Registration deadline: April 4

Berkeley Business Academy for Youth

Phone (510) 643-0923
Email Olive Davis at omdavis@haas.berkeley.edu

The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) is offering a summer academy opportunity for students rising 7th -12th grades. Students will have access to the world-class resources of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in an engaging and age-appropriate summer camp called Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY!). Students will work with Haas faculty, students, and staff as well as guests from corporate America to learn about teamwork, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, accounting, marketing, presentation skills, creating a web site for their business, case study/critical thinking and more.

For more information, please visit the web site. Students are required to fill out an application and write a one page essay stating what they hope to accomplish during the program.

Middle School Session: Jun. 23- Jul. 3; 9 am - 3:30 pm
Level: rising 7th-9th graders
Program Fee:
$1,350 per student
Application deadline: Jun. 11, 2014

High School Session: Jul. 7- Jul. 18, 2014 and Jul. 28- Aug. 8, 2014; 9 am – 3 pm
Level: rising 10th-12th graders
Program Fee: $2,200 per student
Application deadline: Jun. 20, 2014


Pre-Collegiate Program:
Berkeley Summer Sessions for High School Students

Berkeley Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
1995 University Ave., Berkeley CA 94704
Phone (510) 643-3364
Fax (510) 642-2877
Email precollegiate@berkeley.edu

The Pre-Collegiate Program offers you the chance to join the community of more than 250 high school students who spend their time enjoying a summer at Berkeley. Get involved through Berkeley courses, co-curricular activities, and workshops planned just for you. Take advantage of everything campus has to offer, while simultaneously earning college credit.

Summer academic sessions begin with an orientation, a campus tour, and opportunities to meet your summer classmates. Co-curricular activities are planned to offer you a variety of helpful hints on both making the most of your Berkeley learning experience and planning for academic life beyond high school. Berkeley staff and students, as well as visiting professionals, lead seminars about the best practices of using University libraries, choosing a college, and writing a successful college application and personal statement. Hear from currently enrolled Berkeley students and get your questions answered about what it’s like to be study at Berkeley, and much more.

Dates: Jun. 23-Aug. 15, 2014 (Session C), Jul. 7- Aug. 15, 2014 (Session D).

Fees and application information: The cost of the program is based on the number of units taken. Visiting high school students pay $445 per unit with classes ranging from one to five units. Visiting student tuition applies to all students, who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at a University of California campus. This includes all other US college students, international students, and high school students. In addition, all visiting students are charged a registration fee of $335 and a document management fee of $52.
Enrollment: Opens Feb. 18; Applications are reviewed as they are received. All applicants must submit a completed application before they are considered for participation in the program. The deadline to apply is Fri., Jun. 6. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Spring Break & Summer Camps at University Village

1125 Jackson St., Albany, CA 94706
Phone (510) 524-4926
Fax (510) 527-9934
Email uvrec@berkeley.edu

Week-long co-ed camps and mini-camps in aerial arts, Kid’s in Creeks Science Camp, art, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, circus skills, chess, skateboarding, Common Ground Cooking & Gardening, RADKids Safety & Self Defense, Lego, soccer, and more!

Ages: 3-15 years (extended care available for children ages 7-11)
Dates: Jun. 17-Aug. 23, one-week camps
Fees: Discounted for Berkeley students, faculty and staff

SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy

Student Learning Center, 143 Cesar Chavez Center
Phone (510) 643-8818
E-mail Cara Stanley at arac@berkeley.edu

SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy is a six-week summer program at UC Berkeley tailored to support the academic and social development of middle school students entering grades 6-8. SPEAR offers an enriching learning experience and opportunities for scholars to develop self-efficacy, resourcefulness, and problem-solving strategies, while honing their scholarly identity.

SPEAR will focus on building and honing student acumen in language arts, mathematics, public speaking, science, reading, and writing across the curriculum. In addition, SPEAR scholars will practice developing a mind-body connection through art, dance, yoga, martial arts, and other activities.

Dates: Daily, Jun.23 - Aug. 1
Time: 9:00 am -5:00 pm
Location: UC Berkeley campus
Fee: $3,000 (equivalent to $500/week) plus a $50 non-refundable application fee. Tuition includes academic materials (e.g. books, journals, lab and art supplies). In addition, free extended care will be available for the six-week period. Extended care hours are 8:00- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00- 6:00 p.m.
Level: Students entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall of 2014 with a B average or better are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: April 25, 2014
*A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
*UCB students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 25% discount off tuition.

UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp

200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 
Phone (510) 643-2755
Fax (510) -642-5045
Email garden@berkeley.edu

Every year from mid-Jun. to mid-Aug. the Garden's Education Program offers Green Stuff, a fun hands-on science day camp for children ages 5 to 10.  Examples of activities campers might do include:

  • Go on a five senses tour of the Garden
  • Learn about amazing plant adaptations and habitat diversity
  • Taste foods growing in our Crops of the World garden
  • Become a young botanist and see plant parts up close under microscopes
  • Experiment with growing your own seedlings
  • Hunt for garden animals including birds, newts, lizards and compost critters
  • Discover how Native Americans of California used plants
  • Make crafts from plant material to take home
  • Investigate in a different part of the Garden everyday!


Green Stuff is wonderfully small camp, limited to 12 children per week with 2 counselors, where each child gets very personal attention. We break-up into even smaller groups for walks with our Botanical Garden docents - 6 children and a counselor with a docent.

The counselors are two well-trained UC Berkeley students, undergraduate or graduate students in Plant Sciences and/or Education, who have experience and a love for educating young children and sharing the wonders of plants and nature.

Ages: 5-10
Fee: $240 or $220 for Family members
Dates: Week long sessions, 9:00 am-2:00 pm

For 5-7 year olds:
Jun. 16-20, Jun.24-28, Jul. 7-11, Jul. 14-18, Jul. 21-25, Jul. 28-Aug. 1
For 8-10 year olds:
Jun. 23-27, Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-14


Young Writers' Camp

Bay Area Writing Project - contact Tara Kaiser
Phone (510) 642-0971
Email bawp@berkeley.edu

Bacich, Kensington Hilltop & Oakland/Berkeley Sites:
Jun. 16- Jul. 3, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Francisco Middle Site: Dates TBD
California High Site: Jul. 28-Aug. 15, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages: Students entering grades 3-9 in the fall
Fee: $550

Locations: Bacich Middle School (Marin), Kensington Hilltop Elementary (El Cerrito); California High School (San Ramon), Francisco Middle School (SF- Tentative), Another Oakland/Berkeley site TBD

Residential Summer Programs for High-School Students at Other UC Campuses


Residential academic program for high school students in mathematics and science at the following UC campuses:
Irvine: Jun. 29 – Jul. 25
Santa Cruz: Jul. 6 – Aug.  2
Davis: Jul. 6 – Aug. 2
San Diego: Jul. 6- Aug. 2

Application Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fee: $3,100 (includes room and board)
Students from outside of California pay the out-of-state fee of $6,000 and are not eligible for financial assistance.

Application period: Jan. 21 – Feb. 21, 2014
For more information and application: www.ucop.edu/cosmos/

Financial Assistance: Those who qualify individually for free or reduced lunch by the National School Lunch Program may also qualify to receive financial aid, based on verification of their eligibility and the availability of funding. Students who do not receive free or reduced lunch will be assessed for financial aid based on family size and income.

UC Davis Young Scholars Program


The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphases on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. To be eligible for the summer of 2014, students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or Jun.iors in high school. UCD-YSP participation is not limited to California students.

Participants in the 2014 UCD-YSP will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. In addition to scientific research, the UCD-YSP strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and working on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

Dates: Jun. 22—Aug.  2, 2014
Ages: high school rising Juniors and rising seniors
Fee: $6,200 (A fee reduction based on need is available for a limited number of students)
Application deadline: Mar. 21, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs

UCSB Summer Sessions Webpage

UC Santa Barbara allows students to choose from five exciting programs which are designed for different kinds of students: the Early Start Program (ESP), Academic & Enrichment Program (1+1), Enrichment Program, Research Mentorship Program (RMP) and the Local High School Student Program. The programs give high school students the unique opportunity to take regular UC Santa Barbara courses.

Summer 2014
Session A: 6/23 - 8/2 
Session B: 8/4 - 9/13 
Session C: 6/23 - 8/30 
Session D: 6/23 - 7/12 
Session E: 7/14 - 8/2 
Session F: 8/4 - 8/23 
Session G: 8/25 - 9/13

Fees: $8,399.00 (tuition, housing, three daily meals, and extracurricular activities)

Other Camp Resources

AAUW Summer Camps and Programs Fair

Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA

Date: Sun., Mar. 9, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION! See flyer for more information:

Berkeley Parents Network

Moderated, parent-run online forum for local parents; subscribe to receive information on camps. as well as schools and pre-schools.


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