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G U I D E T O 2 014 S U M M E R C A M P S F O R K I D S A special publication produced by the Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac and Mountain View Voice

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DAY CAMPS Our Y camps build resilient kids today to become contributing, engaged adults tomorrow. Our camps inspire kids with sports, science, rock climbing, LEGOs, arts and equestrian activities. FAMILY CAMPS Create memories and share new adventures with your family at the picturesque Camp Tulequoia on the shores of Sequoia Lake.

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ebruary is no longer just a month for love and African-American history. In Palo Alto and nearby, it is high time for parents to begin shopping around for summer-camp activities. “It’s a crazy phenomenon,� Lacee Kortsen, community services manager for the Lucie Stern Community Center, said of parents planning so early for their children’s summers. “Busy parents have wanted to start planning earlier and earlier. The earlier they can plan and get this solidified makes them feel a little more at peace.� Kortsen helps to oversee the camp offerings coordinated by the City of Palo Alto. One of the most popular camps is the Foothills Day Camp, which focuses on outdoor activities. The camp, offered in two-week sessions beginning in June, allows campers to spend the second Thursday of each session sleeping under starry skies at Towle Camp, the Foothills Park campground. Night activities include campfire storytelling and a night hike. Kortsen said the Foothills Day Camps and the Communications Academy — a summer program that helps kids with public communication, debate and math skills — both fill up within the first hour of registration. The city also offers camps for youth interested in science, per-

forming arts and sports like soccer and basketball. The “big variety,� Kortsen said, allows the city “to offer something for everybody.� In Kortsen’s 15 years working in this field, she said she has noticed common questions arise in the quest for the best summer camp. They include inquiries about the camperto-staff ratio, level of training possessed by the staff and overall safety at camp. Though there is also an obvious focus on what activities youth will participate in, Glen Tripp, founder and CEO of Palo Alto-based Galileo Camps, said he implores parents to take their inquiries a step further. “What is the culture, the values of the place and people working there?� he said he encourages parents to ask. “Picking a summer camp is more than picking an activity. There is a cumulative effect over many weeks of a program. It’s the same way you would choose a school based off the type of person they will help your child be.� Tripp said he founded Galileo Camps to encourage creativity within youth. Drawing on thinking from the Institute of Design at Stanford University, he said, the camps aim to “empower kids to be innovators

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This summer, give your child the opportunity to connect with the great outdoors. Help them develop a deep respect and love for the environment. Bring them to Foothills Day Camp for a summer they’ll never forget! Together we can create a community of youth who are healthy, happy, and thriving. Foothills Day and Fun Camps, for youth ages 5-7 and 8-10 respectively, includes canoeing, hiking, animal identification games, crafts, and more - all for less than $5 a hour.

For more information and registration, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/foothillscamps or call us at 650-463-4900. Registration begins February 14th for residents. (February 21st for non-residents.) Hurry, spaces are limited! 6 s Summer Camp Connection 2014


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Mountain View High School • 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View All Proceeds Benefit the Mountain View HS Athletic Department. Offer limited to a discount on one session only. Expires 8/1/14.

The best jazz programs

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Have a jazz vacation this summer at Stanford. Our weeklong programs are taught by some of the top artists in jazz. Learn improvisation, perform in a jazz ensemble, and improve your technique. You’ll have a ton of fun.

JAZZ DAY CAMP

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY JUNIOR OVERNIGHT & EXTENDED DAY CAMPS Directed by Head men’s coach, John Whitlinger and Head women’s coach, Lele Forood June – August | Boys & Girls | Ages 9-18

STA N FOR D WAT ER POLO CA M PS Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games.

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STANFORD TENNIS SCHOOL Directed by Frankie Brennan & Brandon Coupe June 16-19 | Aug 11-14 | Full Day and Half Day Options | Boys & Girls | Ages 8-15

STANFORD ADULT TENNIS SCHOOL Directed by Frankie Brennan & Brandon Coupe June 14-15 & Aug 9-10 | Ages 18+

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ganizations are serving up a host of other types of camps, including ones focused on academics, app development, art, cultural enrichment, drama, home economics, horsemanship, outdoors, foreign languages, media production, music, robotics, spirituality, sports and travel. Considering the bountiful options available in Palo Alto — which Tripp asserts “probably has the greatest number and greatest variety of summer programs anywhere in the United States” — choosing the right set of camps can be a science

for parents. For those parents unsure of what camps may be the best fit for their children, the City of Palo Alto has created a free Camp Concierge program to assist parents in making the best decision. By filling out an online form, parents can schedule a free consultation to help them gather more information. The City of Palo Alto’s camp registration will open for Palo Alto residents on Feb. 14. Residents can (continued on page 11)

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hopes of encouraging an improvement in individual outcomes. This approach forced many schools to reduce school time devoted to more creative outlets such as art, music and language. “Life experience had told me it was important,” Tripp said of the need for harnessing youth’s creativity. “Innovation mattered and creativity mattered, and it would be valuable to create a space where both of those could flourish.” In addition to the City of Palo Alto camps and Galileo, local or-

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and creators.” Camp Galileo for pre-K to fifthgraders and Galileo Summer Quest for fifth- to eighth-graders are held in Palo Alto, June 9 through Aug. 1, at Walter Hays Elementary and Palo Alto High School, respectively. Camp Galileo’s themes this summer are: “Adventures Down Under,” where youth delve into the art and science of Australia, New Zealand and Papua, New Guinea; “Galileo Road Trip,” focused on art and engineering along Route 66, one of the original highways within the U.S. highway system; “The Incredible Human Body,” during which youth will learn the art and science of being human; and “Leonardo’s Apprentice,” which will focus on Renaissance inventions and art. Summer Quest campers choose among 18 different activities, from go-kart building to culinary arts. Tripp, a Stanford graduate, said the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 prompted him to develop his organization. No Child Left Behind advocated for a standards-based approach to education where high expectations and measurable goals were set in

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get a potential head start by participating in the city’s “draw,� which allows parents to pre-fill a registration form and submit it to a random drawing for camp spots based on their preferences. This occurs on Feb. 10, four days before registration officially opens. Non-Palo Alto residents will be able to register for camps starting Feb. 21. Information can be found at cityofpaloalto.org or local community centers. Registration for 2014 Galileo

programs (galileo-camps.com) has already begun. N – Editorial Intern Tre’vell Anderson can be emailed at tanderson@ embarcaderopublishing.com. On the cover: Dixie Lonergan, left, Hailey Boe and SoďŹ e Scheers sale a 14-foot dinghy during a beginners’ sailing outing near the port of Redwood City, as part of their Stanford sailing summer camp in July 2011. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Our most popular summer class! Learn about and try out the different instruments offered in school music programs in preparation for the ďŹ rst year of band or orchestra

AREON SUMMER FLUTE INSTITUTE Fun and challenging chamber music workshop for students ages 7-22

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What is the one secret to a student’s essay standing apart from the rest? AUTHENTICITY and a GENUINE DRIVE TO BE YOUR BEST win out. Henderson Frederick counselors can help students create the essay that catches the eye of Admissions representatives through Essay Boot Camp Summer Sessions.

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STRENGTHENING CHARACTER Overnight and Family Camps YMCA CAMP CAMPBELL Explore nature in the Santa Cruz Mountains, expand your interests, develop lasting values and life-long friendships and memories in a safe, enriching environment. INFORMATION: ymcacampcampbell.org 831 338 2128

SUMMER FUN 2014 Grades 1– 6

June 2 to August 8 J.V. SPORTS ADVENTURE CAMP

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Entering 1st – 3rd grades Walter Hays Kids’ Club Scheduled Activities* 3PORTSPLEXs3AN*OSE'IANTS

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Summer Camps and Classes June - August High-Quality Dance Instruction for Children and Teens!

JUNE 16th - AUG 8th, 2014

8 Weeks Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm Pre-K - 5th Grade in the Fall of ‘14

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Director: Leyla Boissonade 4600 El Camino Real Suite #106, Los Altos (650) 472-2214 bayareadances.com

Catch Up. Keep Up. Get Ahead.

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CAMP LEARN-A-LOT at Littlest Angels Preschool

Come join us for enrichment, socialization, exploration and summertime FUN!

Starry, Starry Night! June 9 – June 27

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