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Summer Camps

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 9- July 27 
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. 14 
For new ED applicants: Wed., Mar. 28
Extended applications accepted on a rolling basis through June 7**

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: June 18- July 27
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
Early applications due: Wed., February 14*
Standard applications due : Wed., February 28*
Extended applications accepted on a rolling basis through May 30**

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

CAL Youth Programs: 2018

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

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 recsports.berkeley.edu/custom-trips-events/

Extended Care Options for CampsAM and PM Extended Care options available for most programs. 
Fee: AM or PM: $110/2 Week camps or $65-90/week - 1 week camps (depending on camp) or $15 daily.
Dates: Jun. 13 - Aug. 19

Blue Cubs, Blue Bears, Blue Grizzlies - 
Multi-Sport Camps, 1 Week or 2 Week sessions 
Ages: 7-16 years 
Fees: Vary from $407 - $647
Dates: Jun. 11- Aug 17

Explorer Camp
Multi-Sports Camps, 1 Week or 2 Week sessions
Ages: 5-6 years
Fees: Vary from $405 - $640
Dates: June 11- Aug 17

Cal Adventures “Outdoor Adventure” Camps 
These include ATDP Sports (ages 5-13yrs), Discovery Camp, Afternoon Adventures, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Windsurfing, Adventure Paddling Camps (ages 8-17) and Science Adventures (ages 11-13)
Ages: 8- 17
Fees: Vary from $260 - $560 
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug. 17

CILT - Campers & Leadership Training 
Ages: Completed grades 8-12 
Fees: $350
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug. 17

Golden Bear Gymnastics Camps & Classes 
Ages: 18 months—18 years 
Fees: Vary from $70- $130

Cal Adventures Youth Leadeship Program
Ages: Completed 9-12
Fees: $350
Dates: June - August

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 $965
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug. 17 (2 week camp only)

Skate Camp 
Ages: 8-16 years 
Fees: Vary from $465
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug 17 (1 week camp)

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 4-13 
Fees: $875 - $3295
Dates: July 9 - Aug. 3

Recreational Sports - Explorer Camp 
1 Week and 2 Week sessions available 
Ages: 5-6 years 
Fees: Vary from $300-$545 
Dates: Jun. 13-Aug 19 (1 and 2 week camps)

Swimming Lessons 
Ages: 6 months-16 years 
Fees: Vary from $95 
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug 16 (Fall sessions available)

UC Martial Arts Program 
Ages: 6-16 
Fee $450 - $650
Dates: Jun. 11 - Aug. 3 (1 and 2 week camps)

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 Design Academy(link is external)
Email: embarc@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)

embARC is a four-week summer design academy at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds 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 Community Build project. 

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 
Dates: July 2 - July 27

To Apply 
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by April 20, 2018:

  • Completed embARC online application(link is external) 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 1, 2018, 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.
Tuition covers instruction, computer lab fees, fabrication shop training, field trips, a print card, some supplies, and catered welcome and commencement events. The housing fee covers four weeks of campus housing, a meal plan, weekend excursions, SFO airport shuttle service and chaperone services.

“We didn't really know what to expect, and what we got was our son being treated like an adult, working with kids his age on stuff they had a common interest in, setting goals and reaching them... I would happily advocate for all those able and interested to apply." - parent of embARC 2016 alum

Disc*2018 (Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities)
Email: Chrissie Bradley, Program Manager, summerdiscovery@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) 
ced.berkeley.edu/academics/summer-programs/discovery/(link is external)

Disc* is an intensive, five-week summer program for current college students offered by UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* participants engage in the discourse of urban innovation, acquiring the tools and expertise necessary to craft design-based solutions that meet the urgent challenges of global urbanization. 

Ages: Current college students (must be 18 or older) 
Dates: July 2 – Aug. 3, 2018

To Apply
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 11, 2017:

We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 1, 2018. 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
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

Tuition covers instruction, computer lab fees, fabrication shop training, access to all University facilities, field trips, print card, some supplies, and catered welcome and commencement events. 

Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

Email: summer-institutes@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)
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 2 - Aug. 10, 2018

To Apply
To be considered for the program, you must submit the following by May 15, 2017

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, 2018. 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
Commuter program: Tuition for Summer [IN]STITUTE is $3,400, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees.
International program: Tuition for Summer [IN]STITUTE is $3,400, plus UC Berkeley Summer Sessions fees and visa fees.

Tuition covers instruction, computer lab fees, fabrication shop training, access to all University facilities, field trips, print card, some supplies, and catered welcome and commencement events.

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, ages 7-18 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 new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 iD Tech alumni. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, co-ed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18). 

Level: Ages 7-18
Dates: June 11 - July 30, day & overnight options, M-F, and weekend stays available

Registration Deadline: NA, but courses are already selling out

Lawrence Hall of Science Camps

Phone: (510) 642-5134
Email: For questions about camp, email lhsreg@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail). For financial aid applications, email Peggy Storrs at pstorrs@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) 
Register Online: www.lawrencehallofscience.org/camps(link is external)

Registration begins Feb. 20 for non-members and Feb. 16 for members.

Explore, investigate, discover, and invent with summer camps at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley's public science center! Hall camps cover a broad range of topics, including marine biology, robotics, astronomy, and more. Young scientists, from age 4 through grade 12 will discover their inner scientist as they conduct experiments and make observations about the world around them. Make this summer a summer of science!

Half- and Full-Day Camps and Overnight Research Camps
Level: Age 4 through entering 12th grade.
Dates: Ongoing, June 1 - Aug. 7
Fees: $270-2000; discounts available for Hall members.
Supervised lunch and extended day options available for $75 each

Financial Aid
Don’t miss out on camp this summer! Our need-based financial aid provide opportunities for all young people to attend summer camp. These awards are designed for families with financial need and are allocated based on availability of funds. Please email pstorrs@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)

BOOST@BerkeleyHass (Formerly the YEAH Program)

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) 643-0923 
Email: Olive Davis at omdavis@haas.berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) 
www.haas.berkeley.edu/businessacademy(link is external)

The Institute for Business and Social Impact 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 academy called Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY!). Students will work with Haas faculty, PhD candidates, 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, write an essay, provide teachers recommendation and an unofficial transcript.

Middle School Session: June 17 - June 29; 9 am - 3:30 pm
Level: Rising 7th-9th graders
Program Fee:
 $1,700 per student 
Application deadline: April 30, 2018

High School Session: July 7 - July 21, 2018 and July 21 - Aug. 4, 2018; 8:45 am – 3:30 pm 
Level: Rising 10th-12th graders
Residential Program Fee: $5,500 per student 
Application deadline: April 30, 2018

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

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
(link sends e-mail)
http://summer.berkeley.edu/special-programs/pre-collegiate(link is external)

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter 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.

The 2018 Application period will open on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dates: June 18  - Aug. 10, 2018 (Session C), July 2 - Aug. 11, 2018 (Session D).

Pre-Collegiate Program participants choose from courses in Session C (June 18 - Aug. 10) and Session D (July 2 - Aug 11). 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 $385 and a document management fee of $55. For more information on Summer fees, visit our fees webpage (http://summer.berkeley.edu/application/fees(link is external)). 

Summer Camps at University Village

1123 Jackson St., Albany, CA 94706
Phone: (510) 524-4926
Fax: (510) 527-9934
Email: uvrec@berkeley.edu
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Week Long Camps from 7:30am-5:30pm for ages 3-15. This year's camps will 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 - Tech Camp! - Circus Arts - Multi-sport: Bowling, Swimming & Climbing - Gymnastics - Nature Camps: Common Ground & Kids in Creeks & More!

Plus Mini Camps for ages 3-8; Cub Soccer - Art & Gymnastics

Ages: 3-15 years (extended care available)
Dates: June 18 - Aug. 24, 1 week camps
Fees: Discounted for Berkeley students, faculty and staff

UC Botanical Garden Green Stuff Day Camp

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: $355 or $325 for Garden members at the Family level
Dates: Week long sessions, June 11 - Aug. 17, 9:00 am -2:00 pm

Aftercare available 2:00-4:00 pm, $100 per week or $20 per day

Bay Area Writing Project - Youth Summer Programming

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

Ages: Students entering grades 3-9 in the fall
Fee$600 (Scholarships are available - application is required and available on the website.)
$50 discount is given to families who register more than one child.

YWC San Francisco @ St. Vincent de Paul
2350 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
June 18 – June 39, 2018
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

YWC Walnut Creek @ Northgate High School
245 Castle Rock Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
June 18 - July 6, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC Kentfield @ Kent Middle School
800 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
June 18 – July 16, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC Oakland @ Westlake Middle School
2629 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
June 18 – July 6, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC Berkeley @ School of the Madeleine
1225 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
July 9 – July 27, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC San Ramon @ Dougherty Valley High
10550 Albion Road
San Ramon, CA 94582
July 9 – July 27, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

YWC San Francisco @ Mercy High School
3250 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
July 23 – August 10, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

The 2018 camps are still being finalized. Please visit http://bawpwritingcamp.org/1379-2/young-adult-writing-workshops/(link is external) for further information.

Scenes by Teens
UC Berkeley
June 18 - June 22, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Backpack Journalism
UC Berkeley
June 25 - 29, 2018

Sports Journalism
UC Berkeley
June 25 - 29, 2018

Flash Fiction
UC Berkeley
(two weeks - dates pending)

League of Hip Hop Justice: Using Hip Hop Elements to Think Critically and Write Creatively
UC Berkeley
July 16 - 20, 2018

Explore Your Truth With Real-World Writing
UC Berkeley
July 23 - 27, 2018

Creative Writing 101 (two weeks - not sure of start date)
UC Berkeley
July 23 - August 3, 2018

Personal Statement
UC Berkeley
(one week - early August)

Also pending:
Intro College Writing

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.
parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/summer/(link is external)

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont's Online Virtual Camps Fair

https://oaklandpiedmont-ca.aauw.net/about-the-summer-camps-programs-fair/2018-program-listing-submissions(link is external)

Launching March 10th, 2018

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



July 8-August 4, 2018
*UCI closing date is August 3rd, 2018


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.


Compiled by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Work and Family