Summer Camps

Combating Nature Deficit Disorder

April 2, 2011

girl in natureMarin Mommies is pleased to present a guest article by Ally Kushin, Camp Director for Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute. She discusses the increasing problem of nature deficit disorder and highlights local opportunities to connect children to the natural world. Ally has worked in the field of environmental education for the past 9 years as a naturalist, park ranger, and camp director.

In 2005 the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv popularized the term “nature deficit disorder.” In it, he refers to the trend of children spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral, social, and medical problems. Louv claims that causes for the phenomenon include parental fears, restricted access to natural areas, and the “lure of the screen,” referring to increasing electronic media consumption.

Children who spend more time in nature are known to develop increased concentration, memory, and self discipline. The latest research has established amazing connections between the amount of time spent in nature to everything from better grades to increased immunity to germs to stronger bones.

Win a Week at Pyramid Gymnastics Summer Camp in Corte Madera

March 30, 2011

Pyramid Gymnastics CampGymnastics is not only great for coordination and balance, but it's a lot of fun, too, which may explain why it's a popular summer camp activity. Pyramid in Corte Madera, Marin's oldest gymnastics club,offers weekly morning and afternoon intensive summer camp sessions for boys and girls starting June 13. The Pyramid summer camps introduce kids to real gymnastics, where they'll receive instruction on the six Olympic events for men and the four Olympic events for women. Campers have plenty of opportunities to develop their coordination, strength, flexibility, and balance in a safe and fun environment.

Pyramid offers morning and afternoon sessions, depending on age. The morning summer camps offers five weekly sessions that run Monday–Thursday from 10 am–noon for children six year of age and older. The cost for the morning summer camps are $120 per session. The afternoon summer camps are for children in pre-k through sixth grade and are held Monday–Friday; pre-k and kindergarten camps are from 2:45–3:30 pm, kindergarten–second grade from 3:30–4:15 pm, first–fourth grade from 4:15–5:15 pm, and third–sixth grade from 5:15-6:15 pm. The cost is $65–$75 per session.

Marin Summer Camp Fair Coming Next Thursday

March 25, 2011

Summer camp kidsAre you still not quite sure which summer camps are right for your kids? Do you have lots of questions, but don’t have the time to contact each camp? Then don’t miss the free Marin Summer Camp Fair on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 4:30–7:30 pm at Dominican University of California. Over 100 of the top local summer day camps for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students will be on hand to present their offerings and answer your questions.

Some of this year’s participating camps include Camp Doodles, Camp Galileo, Studio 4 Art, Marin Theatre Company, Marin Treks, Tutu, and TGA of the North Bay. There will also be several popular residential (sleep-away) camps represented, too. The Marin Camp Fair is a community event managed by the Dominican University Athletic Department as a service to Marin County families and camps.

Head to Sea with Voyage Camp on the Schooner Seaward

March 8, 2011

Call of the Sea's schooner SeawardSpend some time at sea this summer! Call of the Sea, an educational non-profit based in Sausalito, is offering a Voyage Camp designed for students ages 12–18 to take part in three- and five-day summer sea voyages to explore the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Beyond!

These three-and five-day overnight seagoing adventures challenge and teach teenagers the ways of the ocean. Under the guidance of a professional captain and crew, students learn to sail a classic sailing vessel as a team. Dependent on weather, wind and tide instead of social pressures and electronic entertainment, they gain an appreciation and respect for the ocean environment. All participants will learn steering, navigating, standing watch, and helping in the galley as students become one with the rhythm of a ship at sea.

Camp Coyote at the Marin Museum of the American Indian

March 1, 2011

Camp Coyote LogoHave your child experience Native American life this summer with Camp Coyote at Novato's Marin Museum of the American Indian. Open to children 5–11 years old, Camp Coyote will allow campers to experience Native American ways through storytelling, hiking, games, crafts, rope making and practice hunting to name a few. This enriching experience will take children into the outdoors and teach them an appreciation of how Native people lived in harmony with the Mother Nature, Mother Earth and how they had immense respect for the land, the animals and each other

Camp Coyote is offering 3 sessions: June 20-24, July 11-15 and August 8-12. Daily camp hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $275 per camper, which includes materials. To enroll your child, call (415) 897-4064 and leave your name and address or fax number and they'll send you the forms to fill out. Parents may pay half now and the remainder on the first day of camp.

Explore the World of Technology at Createch Studios Summer Sessions

April 18, 2010

This summer the owners and operators of iCAMP are offering Createch Studios and Summer Sessions—an after-school program and week-long summer camps out of their new studio space in San Anselmo. After running 5 years of iCAMP and the Children’s Technology Workshop enrichment programs in various schools around Marin, they have now branched out on their own and partnered up with the San Anselmo Recreation Department to offer a new space for kids to play, learn, and create their own projects. The after school program is currently running now and includes homework assistance, outdoor activities, and creative technology time. Createch offers families a free first visit to the after school program to check out the studios and see what it's all about.

Activities for children ages 8-14 include programming their own video games (and drawing their own characters!), designing, developing, creating, and animating their own stop motion movie, or exploring the world of art and design. At Createch, kids can even be a music producer by creating their own tracks, album art, and more.

Marin Mommies Readers Get a Special Discount for Camp Galilieo

March 27, 2010

Our friends at Camp Galileo are offering a special discount for Marin Mommies readers! Take $15 off your total purchase at Camp Galileo by using the coupon code GALILEOMM by April 30, 2010. Camp Galileo offers a mix of art, science, and outdoor fun, with two Marin locations: Corte Madera and San Rafael.

For more information or to sign up, visit them at or call (800) 854-3684.

New Locations this Summer for Marin's Camp Doodles

March 16, 2010

Camp DoodlesMarin's popular Camp Doodles, long a fixture at Mill Valley's Strawberry Point School, is branching out this summer and opening two additional camp locations: at Dominican University of California in San Rafael and Marin Primary and Middle School (MP&MS) in Larkspur. Camp Doodles will also offer extended weeks this summer, from June 14 —August 20.

Camp Doodles was founded in 2001 by David Hughes and his brother Jeremy. David, the “Chief of Fun”, has a Masters in Education from Dominican University and is a former elementary school principal and teacher. Camp Doodles was voted “Best of Marin” by the Pacific Sun newspaper, and is has earned national accreditation from the American Camp Association. A day at Camp Doodles is designed to provide campers with a healthy balance between structure in the morning and choice in the afternoon. Activity highlights include talent time, camper catch counselor, cool craft projects, capture the flag, parachute, science and nature discovery, "who wants to be millionaire", crazy hair days, an award ceremony, ice cream day, song fest, counselor skits and soap opera, dress-up days, daily slide show, and more!

Still Time to Take In a Unique Summer Camp

July 25, 2009

Le Petit Jardin French immersion campEven though it's almost the end of July, there's still time for your kids to take in a late-summer camp session for fun and enrichment! Two camps offering late-summer sessions include San Anselmo's Le Petit Jardin French immersion program and Sausalito's Pine Point Cooking School.

Le Petit Jardin is a licensed preschool specializing in French language instruction for toddlers. Director Amber Smith-Lopata is now offering French immersion classes to grade school children in Marin. Students learn vocabulary and conversational skills through total language immersion in a small group setting. Hands-on learning activities include music, arts and crafts, games, reading, gardening, and occasional neighborhood outings. It's all totally in French, of course!

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