You don't have to send your kid far, far away for camp this summer. There are lots of great choices right here in the East Bay. Here are five to help you and your campers start making plans:
- Summer Adventures Day Camp — This multi-activity summer camp is offered by the City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department. It's open for children entering grades 1-5, and includes arts & crafts, sports, field trips and other activities. Each week-long camp has a different theme, including The Great Outdoors, Magic and Make Believe, and Under the Sea. The cost ranges from $145 to $212 for residents, and $165 to $237 for non-residents. The first week of camp starts June 20; the last week starts Aug. 15.
- Youth Sports Camps — The city's recreation department also offers a variety of week-long sports camps over the summer. Options include baseball, flag football, skateboarding, basketball, soccer, wrestling and all-sports camp. Age limits for the different camps vary, with options for 4- to 16-year-olds. The cost ranges from $124 to $167 for residents and $153 to $224 for non-residents. Extended care is available for 6- to 10-year-olds for an extra fee. Camps are offered between June and August.
- Chabot Day Camp — Get 'em out of the city! The recreation department offers a camp at with hiking, nature discovery, and arts & crafts. There are program options for Grades K-7. Fees range from $99 to $272 for residents and $119 to $332 for non-residents.
- Summer Computer Camps — This one's for the gadget whizes who can't wait to get out of their boring, low-tech classes and spend a week building their own 3D games. On the UC Berkeley campus, kids can take overnight and day courses that teach them how to design games —arcade, or for iPhones and iPads —build websites, edit video and produce special effects, among other computer camps. The camps cater to kids aged 7 to 17. Weeklong, day camps start at $799, with additional fees for lunch, extended day care, or overnight stay. Some of the camps are nearly full so if you're interested, don't wait too long.
- Summer Shakespeare Conservatory — A two-week day camp for the budding actress/actor. Campers study voice, improvisation and physical comedy. They also rehearse a Shakespeare play that is presented to the public on the final day of the conservatory. One session runs from June 27 to July 8 at Holy Names High School in Oakland. There's also a two-week session and a five-week session at Bentley Upper School in Lafayette, and two two-week sessions at Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco. The cost is $550 for the two-week sessions; $1350 for the five-week session.