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PALO ALTO, CA

Palo Alto Summer Camp

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Here, we put kids in charge.

Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha.

When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 43 years, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose minute to minute from a variety of activities. They’ll decide what they want to do, and for how long. Our job is to get out of their way, cheerlead creative risks, and provide just enough guidance to make sure nobody does anything totally* senseless.

*Totally senseless: By our definition, mistakes aren’t senseless. They’re how you learn.

Buy any number of days. Use them any time. Get refunds for unused days.

You can buy a Day Pass here and 22 there, or go for the whole shebang with a Summer Pass. You don’t even have to tell us when you’re going to show up (or pretend like you know when you’re going to show up). If you have unused passes left over, we’ll automatically refund them in full at summer’s end.

Lunch, snacks, and all hours, 8am–6pm, included.

Camp Details

DATES

Jun 19 - Aug 11

NOTES

Closed July 4th

HOURS

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

AGES

4–12

ADDRESS

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306

DIRECTOR

Shannon

CALL/TEXT

650-265-4152

Activities for Every Interest

In the early morning and late afternoon, campers ramp up and wind down with recreational choices. For the bulk of the day, children will choose from the activities listed below. While we can’t say exactly what the day will look like, one thing is for sure: The campers are in control.

MEDIA LAB

MEDIA LAB

Campers use scaffolded coding apps to build & play games. They'll also create stop-motion animations, movies, & music, as well as have access to other design tools.
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PERFORMING ARTS

Jump into the spotlight with dancing and karaoke, as well as performing art games, performances, & specials.
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SEWING SALON

Hand & machine sewing are available for campers of all ages as well as options for embroidery, knitting, & other artistic flare.
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WEEKLY SPECIALS

Each week we'll bring in a show-stopping special such as a giant inflatable, race cars, or a climbing wall. Check out our 2022 weekly activity schedule!
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BAKERY

Experienced bakers & professional taste-testers unite to experiment with different bread recipes & creations. Kids choose from a variety of fillings, spices, & add-ons to customize the flavors before & after they bake
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SPORTS & REC

Campers and staff join together to play soccer, gaga, capture the flag, or whatever games children are interested in that day.
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MAKERY

Imagination is the limit on what campers will create with a mix of basic maker kits, crafts, and art supplies.
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WATER PLAY

When the weather gets hot, we'll cool down with water games & activities such as water tag, sprinklers, or an inflatable slip n' slide.
Pie day

PIE THROWING

At Steve & Kate's, Fridays are Pie Day! Our 40+ year tradition continues of ending the week with a whipped cream pie to the face.

Testimonials From Our Summer Camp in Palo Alto

We are truly pleased with Steve & Kate's Camp. It's the kind of camp I would have enjoyed going to as a kid; but back then, we got to be kids. We love everything it has to offer and [our son] looks forward to going everyday! I only have great things to say about the camp and how it is arranged/structured. Steve & Kate's Camp is a great fit for our family!
Nichole W.

(S&K parent)

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My kids love Steve and Kate's; they make strong friendships, they are able to feel the self efficacy of creation, and they learn more about what they enjoy doing when they have autonomy. [The director] always knew about everything that was going on with each camper and facilitated the camp experience to make sure that the students' voices were first and foremost. When my kids got out of the car each morning, they couldn't stop themselves from running to start their day at camp!
Jody

(S&K parent)

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Fees

Maybe you’re the type who likes to plan ahead. Maybe you’re not. Either way, we’ve structured our fees to work around your calendar–whether you’re making it up on the fly or trying to crack the color code of a multi-tab Excel spreadsheet.

 

Buy any number of Day Passes or a Summer Pass, and use them whenever you’d like during the summer. You don’t even need to let us know when you plan to join–just show up! If for any reason your plans change, we’ll automatically refund your unused Passes in-full at summer’s end. We also offer need-based financial aid to qualifying families. Learn more or submit an application, here.

All fees include lunch, snacks and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Includes: Lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours, 8am–6pm

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them anytime
  • Upgrade to a Summer Pass at any time by purchasing 30 Day Passes per a given child
  • Unused Day Passes are automatically refunded in mid September

Includes: Lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours, 8am–6pm

  • One fee covers the entire summer–that’s up to 39 days of camp in Palo Alto!
  • If you purchase a Summer Pass and use less than 30 days of camp, we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the Day Pass rate and refund you the difference automatically in mid September

STAFF

Tireless child advocates, who balance structure and guidance with staying out of campers’ ways. All staff members are background checked and trained in CPR & first-aid.

FOOD

We provide daily lunch options from a rotating variety of local restaurants and caterers. We’ll also offer an array of snacks for kids to nosh on throughout the day. Check out the daily menu below.

Details About Camp in Palo Alto

Daily Express Check In & Wellness Survey

Staff and campers will complete a wellness survey and/or other screenings to identify any potential health concerns before arriving to camp each day.

Virtual Camp Orientation & Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures

Check out our virtual camp orientation for everything you need to know before your first day of camp, coming this spring. Once we get closer to summer, we’ll email registered families a link to our virtual, camp orientation. This will provide important information such as camp drop-off & pick-up procedures, how to check-in and check-out of camp each day, what to bring (and not bring), and a few more camp details.

Daily Menu

VG= Vegetarian , VV= Vegan , GF = Gluten Free , DF = Dairy Free , SF = Soy Free , EF = Egg Free

*No items contain nuts or nut products. However, some may have been prepared in areas that also produce items with nuts.

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Contact Your Local Director

Our directors work year-round and would love to help you learn more about our program and at the same time learn more about you and your camper. Get in touch with your local director:

Shannon K

SHANNON

She/Her

This is Shannon’s 3rd summer directing at Steve & Kate’s Camp, but her 4th year working with us! Shannon loves all kinds of art making, especially multi-media and recycled art, and can regularly be found exploring parks or trails near Capitola.

This summer Shannon is looking forward to incorporating some of her love of art into camp, and hopes to make some camp-wide projects!

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