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Summer Camps 2021

Please note that some summer camp information is pending 2021 information

Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP)

70 University Hall #1160, Berkeley CA 94720-1160
Phone (510) 642-8308
Fax (510) 642-0510
atdp.berkeley.edu(link is external)

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: July 13 - July 31 
Location: Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond
Times: Morning (8:30 am - noon) or afternoon (1 - 4:30 pm.) For an extra fee, ATDP students can also attend an on-site half-day sports camp sponsored by Rec Sports.
Level: Grades K-6
Tuition and Material Fees: $650- 700*

Application deadlines 
Early applications due: Wed., Feb. 19*
Standard applications due: Wed., Mar. 25*
Extended applications accepted on a rolling basis through June 11**

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. Courses are equivalent to a half year or full year of high school curricula. Many courses are approved to meet UC & CSU A-G college entrance requirements. Tailor-made programs are also offered for international groups.

Dates: June 22 - July 31
Level: Grades 7 - 11
Location: UC Berkeley campus
Times: Morning (8:30 am - noon) or afternoon (1 - 4:30 pm)
Weekly schedule: 2 or 3 days a week (varied)
Tuition and Materials Fee: $650 - $1,100*

Application deadlines
Early applications due: Wed., February 5*
Standard applications due : Wed., March 4*
Extended applications accepted on a rolling basis through May 29**

*ATDP offers limited need-based financial aid to qualified candidates.
** No financial aid is available for extended applications.

CAL Youth Programs: 2021

Cal Youth Programs & Camps (2021):
Camps and extended care (AM + PM) are offered within a range of different areas. Please visit website for more information and registration: camps.berkeley.edu/

College of Environmental Design Camps (embARC, DISC*, Summer [IN]STITUTE)

Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 643-1188 
Fax:  (510) 643-4752

embARC Summer Design Academy(link is external)
Email: embarc@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
Web: https://ced.berkeley.edu/embarc

embARC is an immersive summer design program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds in a virtual space to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through integrated components: an Architecture + Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable City Planning Workshop, a Digital Design Workshop, an Environmental Design Conversation Series and a Materials Exploration Workshop.  

Why Should I Attend? 

  • Explore architecture, urban design and city planning as possible college majors and careers
  • Hone and develop skills through college-level coursework
  • Immerse yourself in design studio culture and the college campus experience
  • Work in a  team environment with peers who have similar interests
  • Build a design portfolio to use when applying to college
  • Tackle real public policy issues and make a real impact on your world
  • Earn a certificate of completion and 1 unit of credit on an official UC Berkeley transcript

Ages: Students entering their junior or senior year of high school 

Program Format: Due to COVID-19, the 2021 embARC program will be offerred online.

Dates: July 6 - August 6

To Apply 
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 1st, 2021:

  • Completed embARC online application(link is external) with essay
  • $50 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 1, 2021, and welcome early submissions. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Summer Tuition and Fees 

Domestic & International Tuition: $4,360

Full and partial scholarships are available for domestic students.

“Thank you all for creating such a dynamic summer program. The [embARC] staff was nothing short of fantastic. Each day they arrived fully vested with awesome energy. Each week they continued to mentor and find ways  to listen, help and motivate our student...Fabulous program! We hope you continue to expand, help, motivate, and enrich the summers for future students." - Parent of embARC 2018 student

Disc* (Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities)
Email: Chrissie Bradley, Program Manager, summerdiscovery@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) 
Web: ced.berkeley.edu/academics/summer-programs/discovery/(link is external)

Disc* is an immersive five-week summer program for undergraduates that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* participants engage in the discourses of urban innovation, and develop creative solutions to tackle the urgent challenges global cities face today.Disc* is open to eligible students from any college or university. No prior experience in design is necessary.

Ages: Current college students (must be 18 or older) 
Start Date: July 6

Format: Due to COVID-19, the 2021 DISC* program will be offered online.

To Apply
To beconsidered for the program, you must submit the following by May 15, 2021:

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2021. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received; early submissions are encouraged. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Summer Tuition and FeesDomestic & International Students: $4,362

Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

Email: summer-institutes@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
Web: http://ced.berkeley.edu/academics/summer-programs/summer-institute/(link is external)

The Summer [IN]STITUTE is a six week program that gives students the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design. The Institute consists of [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND and [IN]CITY, three introductory programs in architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable city planning for post-baccalaureate students or senior-level undergraduates, as well as [IN]ARCH ADV, an advanced studio for post-baccalaureate students who have a degree in architecture or are senior-level architecture majors.

Students in the Summer Institute explore the methods and theories of the fields, experience the culture of design and planning studios, connect to top faculty and practitioners, and build a portfolio for graduate school application.

Ages: Participants must hold a Bachelors Degree
Dates: July 6 - Aug. 13, 2021

To Apply
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 15, 2021

Completed Summer [IN]STITUTE online application with essay
$80 application fee
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Copy of most recent undergraduate transcript 

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2021. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received; early submissions are encouraged. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Summer Tuition and Fees
Domestic & International Students: $4,600

iD Tech Summer STEM Campus

Phone: (888) 709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Register Online: https://www.idtech.com/locations/california-summer-camps/uc-berkeley(link is external)

At iD Tech, kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at UC Berkeley.

This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 450,000 iD alumni who are changing the world with tech. Choose from iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (two-week, teen-only, 13-18).

Level: Ages 7-18
Dates: June 8 - August 3, day & overnight options, M-F, and weekend stays available

Registration Deadline: NA, but courses are already selling out

Lawrence Hall of Science Camps 

Camp listings and to register go online: https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/camps_and_classes/summer-camps-2021-in-person

Questions about camps email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu
Financial aid questions email: lhsscholarships@berkeley.edu

In-person camps are available for children from Pre-K (Age 4+) through high school, in a variety of topics ranging from dinosaurs and slime to astronomy and coding. So long as public health guidelines permit it, camps will take place at The Lawrence beginning on June 7 thru August 6. Sessions are designed with public health guidance and camper safety in mind. To keep our campers safe, they will be divided into small, stable, grade-level groupings (called pods) of campers and camp leaders who will experience three weeks of camp together from start to finish. Each pod will be located in its own assigned space in The Lawrence; they will not share outdoor time together with other pods; and they will have assigned times for outdoor experiences, as well as other Lawrence experiences, to limit their exposure to other pods. Additional measures will be in place to maximize camper health and safety, while permitting high-quality, hands-on experiences you have come to expect from The Lawrence.

BOOST@BerkeleyHass (Formerly the YEAH Program) **Awaiting Updates**

Phone: (510) 643-4622
Email: Lucas Abbott at labbott@haas.berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
www.haas.berkeley.edu/(link is external)boost
Visit Boost@BerkeleyHaas on Facebook(link is external)

Boost@BerkeleyHaas(link sends e-mail)
The Boost Program 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 famililes, attend public schools, or would be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college. 

Level: Current 8th graders
Dates: July 16 – July 27,  Mon. through Fri., 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at UC Berkeley, then two Saturday mornings per month during the school year. (Visit website for more information and the online application.) 
Registration deadline: April 7

Berkeley Business Academy for Youth

Phone: (510) 643-8782
Email: Berkeley Business Academy for Youth BBAY@Berkeley.edu
Web: www.haas.berkeley.edu/businessacademy

The Institute for Business and Social Impact at the BerkeleyHaas School of Business is offering a
virtual middle and high school summer academy opportunity for students rising 7th -12th grades. Students will learn from professors who are at the top of their field and from PhD candidates, staff as well as guest speakers from corporate America. Subjects taught include teamwork entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, accounting, marketing, presentation skills, and more. Each session culminates in a business plan project that students create in teams.

For more information, please visit the web site www.haas.berkelehy.edu/businessacademy. Students are required to fill out an application, write an essay, provide teachers recommendation and two years of unofficial transcript.

Middle School Session: June 13 - June 25, 2021; 9 am - 3:00 pm
Level: Rising 7th-9th graders
Program Fee: see website
Application deadline: April 1, 2021

High School Session: July 11 - July 23, and July 25 - Aug. 5; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Level: Rising 10th-12th graders
Residential Program Fee: see website
Application deadline: April 1, 2021

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program **Awaiting Updates**

Berkeley Summer Sessions & Study Abroad
1995 University Ave., Ste. 130, Berkeley CA 94704
Phone: (510) 643-3364
Fax: (510) 642-2877
Email: precollegiate@berkeley.edu
(link sends e-mail)


The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program offers you the chance to join the community of close to 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 and college exploration workshops are planned to offer you a variety of helpful insights on 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 past participants to get your questions answered about what it’s like to be a student at Berkeley, and much more.

The 2020 application period will open on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dates: June 22  - Aug. 14, 2020 (Session C), July 6 - Aug. 14, 2020 (Session D).

Pre-College Program participants choose from courses in Session C (June 22 - Aug. 14) and Session D (July 6 - Aug 14). Find courses to meet and challnge your desire to learn. Whether you are looking for the next set of courses beyond your high school offerings, exploring a possible college major, or you're ready to try courses in an area of special interest, you can find it at Berkeley in the summer! Learn from and with the best, and an adviser at Summer Sessions will work with you every step of the way.

Fees and application information: Tuition is based on the number of units you are taking. Domestic visitor fees apply to those who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at a University of California campus. This includes all US college students, high school students, and non-students (general public). Domestic visiting high school students pay $550 per unit and are charged a registration fee of $450 and a document management fee of $58. For more information on Summer fees, visit our fees webpage http://summer.berkeley.edu/application/fees

Summer Camps at University Village

1123 Jackson St., Albany, CA 94706
Phone: (510) 524-4926
Email: uvrec@berkeley.edu
Web: villagerecreation.berkeley.edu

2021 Summer Camps (In Accordance with Current Covid Policies)

Past options include: Baseball (with Eastbay Cyclones) - Basketball (including a special All-Girls week) - Soccer - Lego-Engineering (with Playwell Teknologies) - On the Water: Kayaking, Paddle-boarding & Sailing (with Cal Adventures) - Skateboarding - Chess (with Berkeley Chess School) - Aerial Arts - Circus Arts - Multi-sport: Bowling, Swimming, Waterslides & Bubble-Soccer - Gymnastics - Bike Camp - RobotEd - Tech Camp - Math Camp - Swim Camp & More!

Plus Mini Camps for ages 3-7; Cub Soccer - Art & Gymnastics - Kinderbots!

Space is limited and early registration is highly recommended!

Ages: Generally 3-15 years
Dates: Summer 2021
Fees: Varies

Full Details & Registration At:

UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp **Awaiting Updates**

200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045  
Phone: (510) 643-2755
Email: greenstuffcamp@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
Website: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/green-stuff(link is external)

Have your child spend a magical week at the UC Botanical Garden's award-winning nature camp.
Green Stuff camp is a fun hands-on science day camp for children ages 5 to 10, with a special alumni week for returning campers 10-12 years old.  

Examples of camp activities 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, use microscopes and keep a Garden Journal
  • Experiment with growing your own seedlings
  • Enjoy stories and songs
  • Hunt for garden animals including birds, newts, lizards and compost critters
  • Discover Native California plants and how local Indian tribes use them
  • Make crafts from plant material to take home
  • Explore 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 counselor team is comprised of well-trained UC Berkeley students of plant sciences and education,  with experience and a love for educating young children and sharing the wonders of plants and nature.

Ages: Sessions are grouped by ages: 5-7, 8-10, 10-12
Fee: $390 or $350 for Garden members at the Family level
Dates: Week long sessions, June 8 - Aug. 14, 9:00 am -2:00 pm

Aftercare available 2:00-4:00 pm, $100 per week or $30 per day

Bay Area Writing Project - Youth Summer Programming **Awaiting Updates**

Bay Area Writing Project - contact Tara Kaiser
Phone: (510) 642-0971
Email: bawp@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
Young Writers Camps
Students entering grades 3-9 in the fall
Fee$650 (Scholarships are available - application is required and available on the website.)
- $50 discount is given to families who register more than one child.
- 20% discount given to current UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff or Student (staff or student id required.)

YWC San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul
2350 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
June 15 – June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

YWC Walnut Creek @ Northgate High School
245 Castle Rock Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
June 15 - June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

YWC Kentfield @ Kent Middle School
800 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
June 15 – June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

YWC Piedmont @ Piedmont Middle School
760 Magnolia Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611
June 15 – June 26, 2020
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

YWC Berkeley @ School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
July 6 – July 24, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC San Ramon @ TBD
July 6 – July 24, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC SF Sunset @ TBD
July 20 – August 7, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The 2020 courses for middle school and high school are still being finalized. Please visit https://bawpwritingcamp.org/ for information on all our programs.

Teen Writing Workshops
Ages: Students entering grades 9-12 in the fall
Fee: Varies (Scholarships are available - application is required and available on the website.)
- $50 discount is given to families who register more than one child.
- 20% discount given to current UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff or Student (staff or student id required).

Flash Fiction
UC Berkeley
(2 weeks - dates pending)

Rebellious Writing
UC Berkeley
(2 weeks - dates pending)

Backpack Journalism
UC Berkeley
(1 week - dates pending)

Sports Journalism
UC Berkeley
(1 week - dates pending)

Poetry and Performance: Play with a Poet's Tools
UC Berkeley
(1 week - dates pending)

Reimagining the Book: Finding Ways to Share Your Voice
UC Berkeley
(1 week - dates pending)

Personal Statement
UC Berkeley
(1 week - dates pending)

Other Camp Resources

Berkeley Parents Network

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

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont's Online Virtual Camps Fair

Launching March 11th

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont has been hosting live and virtual summer camps fairs for 35 years. Listings are geared to provide parents with many different choices for their children's summer activities with a variety of themes and pricing levels. While you're on the website, check out the many wonderful projects that AAUW Oakland-Piedmont does in the community. Inquiries are welcome.

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



SUMMER 2020July 5th - August 1st, 2020

ONLINE APPLICATIONS will be available January 6th, 2020

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.

Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence.