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SFS SUMMER CAMPS 2022

This year, summer camps are back at our beautiful village campus! We are offering four sessions for rising Preschool 4 to Middle School students filled with joy, exploration, and discovery. Programs are led by experienced faculty and staff who are passionate about summer learning and fun.

And though camp hours end at 3:00 pm, the fun continues in Extended Care. Students may stay from 3:00 - 5:00 pm for an additional fee ($260 for Session 1, $300 for Sessions 2-4, or $30/day).    

If camp space allows, we are able to accommodate one-week registrations (with the exception of River Camp).  If you have a camper in River Camp and need childcare for a younger sibling during July 11 - 22, we can accommodate you on a daily or weekly basis — please contact Sharon Ng (sng@sfschool.org or 415.239.5065 ext 216).

    Preschool/Kindergarten (rising PS4-K) Lower Elementary (rising 1st-2nd) Elementary
(rising 3rd-6th)
Elementary (rising 4th-6th) Middle School (rising 7th-8th)
Intersession 
June 13-17
        Spraycation with SF Skate Club  
Session 1
July 5-15            
  smallworldwow smallworldwow Citizen Girl*   Leaders-in-Training

Session 2
July 11-22

      River Camp   Leaders-in-Training (volunteer only)

Session 3
July 18-29

  smallworldwow

smallworldwow

Basketball FUNdamentals

Basketball FUNdamentals  

Leaders-in-Training

 

 

PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN CAMPS

Our youngest campers (rising Preschool 4 to Kindergarten) have their own special program to bridge the time between the spring and fall semesters. In this camp, familiar faces and secure surroundings are high priorities in our efforts to promote socialization skills and to build confidence.

Daily Schedule

 9:00 am - 9:15 am

Arrival/free play

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Morning circle

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Indoor activity time/outside time

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Clean up/Set up lunch

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nap time/other students transition to indoor activity time/outside time

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Free choice

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Pick up begins/Aftercare

smallworldwow

smallworldwow (PSK/rising PS4-K)

with Dahlia Galicia and Desiree Roussell

smallworldwow inspires children to be curious about the world, embrace new cultures, and live mindfully. This camp honors cultural heritage celebrates community, and builds connections to the world.

Description

This camp is designed for campers entering Preschool 4 to Kindergarten. All campers must be 4 years old by their first day of camp and fully potty trained.

Guided by SFS’s progressive philosophy, campers build community in a safe environment while developing their social-emotional skills. A day at smallworldwow includes ample outdoor active play in the North and South Yards as well as opportunities for specialized engagement through STEAM classes.

Campers are divided by age into groups of approximately 15 children and we maintain a staff-to-child ratio of 1:5. Camp groups are led by lead teachers and are supported by an assistant and junior counselors.

 

Session 1: Rainforest Bugs and Butterflies

Campers will explore the amazing world of six-legged critters who live in the rainforest with stories, activities, crafts, and more!

Capacity 18

Cost: $1102 (includes lunch)

Session 3: Fairies and Folktales From Around the World

Campers will learn about fairies from many different parts of the world, including Ireland, China, India, Persia, and Japan!

Capacity 18

Cost: $1225 (includes lunch)

 

ELEMENTARY CAMPS

SFS Elementary camps for rising 1st to 6th graders are designed to offer a variety of enrichment, skill-building, and play opportunities. These camps are divided by age for rising 1st - 2nd graders, rising 3rd - 6th graders, or rising 4th - 6th graders. Each week, a variety of full-day camps will be available from 8:45 a.m to 3:15 p.m. 

Daily Schedule

8:45 am - 9:00 am Drop off/free play 
9:00 am - 9:30 am Camp activity 
9:30 am - 10:00 am Recess
10:00 am - 11:00 am Camp activity 
11:00 am - 11:10 am Snack 
11:10 am - 12:00 pm Camp activity 
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Camp activity 
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Snack and recess

smallworldwow

smallworldwow (Lower Elementary/rising 1st - 2nd)

with Mallory McDaniel and Angelica Faustino

smallworldwow inspires children to be curious about the world, embrace new cultures, and live mindfully. This camp honors cultural heritage celebrates community, and builds connections to the world.

Description

Using art, cooking, story, music, dance, and games to connect with traditions of the world, smallworldwow focuses on the multicultural joy that comes with being a little citizen of the world. By introducing campers to new cultures each week, we empower every camper to be conscious and confident, breaking barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding. 

Starting with mythology and traditions from around the world, we then focus on celebrating San Francisco’s Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx communities. Our campers will make connections to:

  • World Cultures 
  • Indigenous Folkways
  • Ancient Technologies
  • Traditional Folk Arts
  • Natural Resources
  • Repurposing and Upcycling

Campers are divided by age into groups of approximately 18 children, and we maintain a staff-to-child ratio of 1:6. Camp groups are led by head counselors and are supported by an assistant and junior counselors.

Session 1: Rainforest Splendors of Our World

Capacity 18

Cost: $1102 (includes lunch)

Session 3: Treasured Traditions of Africa and the Pacific Islands

Capacity 18

Cost: $1225 (includes lunch) 

citizen girl* CITIZEN GIRL* (Elementary/rising 3rd - 6th)

with Jeanette Au

Calling all curious, compassionate, and courageous girls* to join us for a session of crafting, outdoor adventure, service, and activism. 

* We use girl as a term that includes cisgender girls, transgender girls, nonbinary youth, gender non-conforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone else who feels like they belong at this camp.

Description

Girls will practice self-expression and learn to appreciate a multiplicity of cultural traditions through art and design projects. Our camp will center on social justice through workshops and activities that connect girls to concrete ways to lead for change. Together, we will discover a cause the girls are passionate about while also focusing on the self-care and reflection needed for the journey.

Focusing on fiber arts, anthropology, and self-expression through textiles, we will be connecting to our ancestral past, exploring ancient fiber arts traditions from all around the world.  We will learn how to naturally dye our own fibers from food waste. We will appreciate basket weaving for beauty,  function and explore the process of weaving with plant fibers.  We will explore hand embroidery as a meditation practice and create our own talismans and amulets. We will venture into the art of macrame, as an ancient method of communication, a practical life skill and a ritual rich with symbolism. Using all these methods of creating textiles, we will connect them back to how we can use them as a form of communication for social justice and community building.

Session 1: Textile Art Studio: Ancestral Connection Through Fiber Arts

Capacity 18

Cost: $1102 (includes lunch)

riveropolis

 

 

River Camp (Elementary/rising 3rd - 6th)

with Gregory Gavin and Dolores Elkin

Welcome back to River Camp!  ​​There’s nothing like the sight, sound, and feel of cascading water to stimulate the imagination! 

Description

In River Camp, kids explore art, architecture, and engineering as they construct a fantastic model river world with real rain, waterfalls, lakes, and islands. Along the banks of the river, campers will learn arts and craft techniques as they build houses, towers, castles, forests, gardens, statues, and more. Creating special features that link individual plots such as fences, walls, gates, roads, bridges, sky-rides, and boats introduces concepts of collaboration, civics, and urban design. The resulting 35-foot river landscape becomes the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends on the final day of camp! 

This summer each young architect will design and construct a unique contribution to a County Fair, Carnival & Circus world! Creating this whimsical theme for 2022 suggests a wide range of creative options from amusement park rides, circus wagons, show animals, agricultural displays, futuristic inventions, and more … . all this with a real 35-foot water river running right through it!

NOTE: This camp presumes an interest in developing craft-skill and demands periods of collaboration, creative focus, and self-direction.

Session 2. County Fair, Carnival, & Circus World

Capacity 18

Cost: $1225 (includes lunch)

Basketball FUNdamentals

Basketball FUNdamentals (Elementary/rising 1st- 3rd and rising 4th - 6th)

with Daniel Munda and Michael Travis

From our youngest to oldest elementary student, each camper will learn and practices the FUNdamentals of the game.

Description

Younger campers in the rising 1st-2nd group will get comfortable on the court while improving basic motor skills such as jumping, running, and sliding and learning basketball FUNdamentals. For the older kids in the rising 3rd-6th group, basketball FUNdamental offers a chance to improve skills they’ve learned in structured drills, situational play, scrimmages, and timed games.

Session 3

Capacity 18 (~9 rising 1st- 3rd students and ~9 rising 4th - 6th graders)

spraycation

Spraycation with SF Skate Club (Elementary/rising 4th - 6th)

with Nico Berry and Shawn Connelly

Skateboarding and street art go together like eggs and bacon ….. In this session, campers will use our streets as their canvas — each day, they’ll both learn to express and develop their unique style by making street art and by skateboarding.

Description

In Spraycation, led by mural artist Nico Berry (who is also a parent to a rising 7th grader and an alum), we will create exciting art projects every day. Over two weeks, campers will fill up a sketchbook and explore a variety of materials and styles, from graffiti lettering and cartoon characters to stencils, stickers, and wheat-pasted posters. We’ll get off campus to learn more about the murals and graffiti in our city and meet a couple of the artists who created the artwork we’re seeing. We’ll learn about the history and role of public art and graffiti in social justice movements around the city and world. And, of course, we’ll create a large, colorful mural to celebrate and share with our community.

Shawn Connelly, owner of SF Skate Club, will help campers experience the exhilarating feeling of flying over cement on a skateboard. All abilities, including those who have never stepped on a board before, are welcome! Expert skate instructors will help push the camper’s abilities on a skateboard forward while having fun and building friendships. The SFS green top will be transformed into a skatepark with ramps, rails, boxes (that we design and make ourselves) as well as other fun features so that campers can learn everything from the fundamentals of skating to more advanced skills and tricks. Campers will skate for at least 3 hours every day so having a proper skateboard will make a huge difference in campers’ ability to learn and enjoy their time at camp. A skateboard, helmet, mask, and wrist guards are required to be worn at camp. Participants should also bring a hat and water to fuel their shredding!

Intersession (June 13-17)

Capacity 10 

Cost: $615 (lunch included)

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS

Leaders-in-Training (LIT, Middle School/rising 7th-8th)

with Monica D’Aguanno and Mark Abad

Application required. Please wait to be accepted into the program before registering. Sharon Ng will provide a unique code when you are accepted (don’t worry— we will have room for everyone).

LIT not only helps create outstanding experiences for our campers, but they also develop many amazing memories of their own.

Description

If you have attended camp in the past few years, this camp is designed for rising 7th and 8th graders who are interested in becoming leaders in their community. Students will participate in various rotations as well as receive hands-on experience by supporting the programming and day-to-day activities of other camps at SFS.

In their morning training, students will be equipped with a basic toolbox for childcare by learning CPR and basic first aid, age-specific games and activities, teaching strategies, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. In the afternoon, leaders in training will be distributed among the other camps at SFS to support headteachers, work with younger campers and practice their new skills. This will also give the middle schoolers the opportunity to build stronger relationships with other teachers at SFS and with the younger students who they may not normally interact with. This camp is meant to empower our middle school students to become mentors and role models for their younger peers, as well as inspire them to be independent and self-starting.  Each two-week session is structured as follows:

  • Week 1. Leaders-in-training spend time with each other and a dedicated instructor. They build camaraderie through teamwork games and spend dedicated time learning leadership skills. Examples of those skills include: how to build a growth mindset, positive camper management, goal setting, and effective communication methods.
  • Week 2. This rotation allows leaders-in-training to choose from four different tracks, this time in regard to camp operations. They can decide to lead outdoor games and events, participate in skits and talent shows, create camp posters and props, or help with logistics in the camp office.

Leaders-in-training choose which camper age group they’re most interested in working with (pre-K – K, 1st – 2nd grades, 3rd – 4th grades, or 5th – 6th grades) and help mentor those campers as they design and create art, games, and maker projects.

Intersession (June 13 - 17)

One week

No morning classes; all day volunteering with Spraycation with SF Skate Club

Capacity 2

Cost: $150 to cover cost of lunch

Session 1

Morning classes and afternoon volunteering in smallworldwow or Citizen Girl*
Capacity 10
$600 (lunch included) 

Session 2

This session is full.

No morning classes; all day volunteering at River Camp
Capacity 2  
Cost: $150 to cover cost of lunch

Session 3

Morning classes and afternoon volunteering in smallworldwow or Basketball FUNdamentals
Capacity 10
$600 (lunch included)
 

Registration

Refund Policy

Up until May 1, a full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per session canceled) will be given.

Between May 2-June 1, a full refund (minus a cancellation fee of $100 per session) will be given.

There will be no refunds after June 1..

If SFS cancels the camp (including in the event of under-enrollment), camp fees will be fully refunded.

All refunds will be credited via the original payment method.