WINTER IS ALMOST HERE. WE CAN BARELY SLEEP.
We’ve been working around the clock since the moment camp ended last summer to get ready for our Winter, Mid-winter & Spring sessions. We want to make sure you and your child(ren) tap into everything Steve & Kate’s has to offer at camp. So we’ve developed this handy guide to help you get the most out of your camp experience.
FIRST, WATCH THESE INTRO VIDEOS.
We made a few videos to get you acquainted with camp (the first one was actually made using the same stop-motion animation technology that your kids will get to use at camp.) So grab your kids and kick back with a bowl of organic popcorn.
NOW, TAKE A PEEK AT OUR ACTIVITIES
Robotics, Coding, Furniture Building, Film, Tamale Making, Music, Maker (and more!)
OUR "SHOW UP WHENEVER" POLICY
Already have your Day Passes? Then just show up whenever you like. Seriously, no need to call, email, or send a hipster courier to let us know when you’re coming. We’ll check them in using their name, and give them a super-official Camper Pass that they will wear for the day.
Regardless of your preferred location, you can attend any location that was still taking registrations at the time you enrolled—though, as we mentioned at the top, you will need extra paperwork if you are attending in NY.
Want a tour on your first day? We know first days can be hard, so we’ll have staff available help with first-day tours every day. Let the staff know you’d like a tour and they’ll have the next available tour guide show you and your child(ren) around. Be sure to leave yourself extra time on that first day!
Does your child need to take medication at camp? We’ll need to get a signed form before that can happen. You can email your director to get the required form ahead of time and just bring it with you on your first day.
TO BRING OR NOT TO BRING? THAT IS THE QUESTION.
We’ve got most things covered – lunch, healthy snacks, water, limitless fun, and so on. The one thing that we’d love is if you could send a labeled water bottle with your child, since it means less wasted plastic and a generally happier planet. Keep an eye out for announcements at camp to see when we’re doing special activities, since they might call for special things to bring:
- Recreational Features that move? We’re likely to have some Recreational Features that kids can ride. For those, feel free to bring your own helmet. We’ll obviously provide helmets, but sometimes it’s nice to wear your own.
If you’d like to pack extra layers of clothing, you’re welcome to do so, and we’ll have shelving available for storage. Add your child’s name to the tag so we can return anything that gets lost. We generally encourage kids not to bring any personal items to camp (other than the ones mentioned above) so that they don’t get used or damaged by others who may think they are a camp item. Want more info about our policy around camper belongings? You can find that here.
DAILY GAME PLAN
Be sure to check out the schedule of the day so you can decide when you’d like to drop off and pick up. For drop-off, we usually recommend coming before 9:00am, especially on your first day. For pick-up, anytime after 4:30pm is pretty common. But if your child has their heart set on playing our game show Antlers Up, you don’t want to show up before the game. It’d be like taking a plate of ribeye from a tiger—good luck!
EXPRESS CHECK IN
Last year we introduced Express Check In. This is a faster way to check into camp in the morning and is available for every camper after their first day of camp. Simply complete the tiny form (find this in your S&K online account) each day before arriving at camp then, as long as you have brought their badges with you, your campers can go straight to the Express Check In line. You might want to bookmark the Express Check In page for quick access.
We got fresh lunches, healthy snacks, occasional treats, and even spa water covered. You just need to bring an appetite. Campers at check-in order an entree for the day and they’re offered a number of sides too. Most of our lunches come from local vendors and are prepared just moments before lunch. Everyday we offer reliable kid faves like pizza, but we also tempt the adventurous with daily specials from local restaurants. Snacks include items like bagels and cream cheese, fruit, veggies, and yogurt which are served from 10 am to 5 pm.
If you decide, for whatever reason, to pack a lunch or additional snacks, please leave out any products containing nuts for the safety of other children who may have severe allergies. Our HQ staff will check any foods brought from home, so be sure to clue them in if you are.
Arriving late to check-in? While your child will still be able to choose their entree for the day, it’s possible not all the options will be available.
You can find the specific menu for your site on their location page.
READY FOR PICKUP?
For campers to leave, they need to be picked up by someone who has been pre-authorized by you to do so. You can add pick up peeps by logging into your account or the primary account holder can call us at camp. To keep your kids the safest, we will be asking every individual to show ID when they pick up.
Can’t get enough of us? If you want more Day Passes during a Winter, Mid-winter or Spring camp, we make it super easy. Just log into your account, or you can pay on-site at camp. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and electronic check payments (ACH). We do not, however, take cash, checks, bitcoin, or high-fives as forms of payment. (We were getting very sore hands.) To guarantee space at camp, keep at least one prepaid Day Pass in your account for a given session. Any accounts without Day Passes are considered closed-out for the camp session. If we owe you a refund after a Winter, Mid-winter or Spring Session is completed, we’ll take care of that automatically 10 business days after the last camp closes for that session, or sooner if you paid with electronic check (ACH.) Refunds will usually come back to you in the same method you paid. It’s as easy as that.
Your online account is a hub for all things camp. In addition to updating your information and adding Day Passes, your account is also where you’ll find all of your child’s creations. All finished music recordings, camper-created films, stop-motion animations, and coding apps will be uploaded into your account for your viewing (and sharing!) pleasure. We also upload any action shots that were taken of your kid throughout the day. Grab a sneak peek while you are taking a break during the day, or wait until the evening for a grand viewing with the whole family.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items are kept on a clearly-marked shelf at camp. If you notice that your child has come home without a precious item, please contact your camp location immediately. To make it easier for everyone to find your kid’s stuff, be sure to label it. Items that have not been claimed by the end of the week are donated to a worthy cause the following Friday.
PARENT NOTIFICATIONS AND EMERGENCY UPDATES
If your child gets sick or has an injury to their head/face/neck while at camp, we’ll give you a call right away. For other injuries (like scraped knees, etc) our staff will alert the person who picks-up the child that day, unless it seems like advanced medical care might be needed sooner. It’s helpful for your account to have all the phone numbers we could reach you at during the camp day, so be sure to update that in your account if you haven’t already included them. And so that you know, if we have trouble getting in touch with you via phone for a serious concern we will reach out to emergency contacts and then pick-up individuals to try and track you down.
In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, we want to be sure that parents are able to quickly get status updates even if lots of parents are calling. As a part of our emergency preparedness plan, we will set up a recorded message on our main line at 415-389-5437 and on the specific camp phone line giving the most up-to-the-moment information about actions occurring. Hopefully no one will ever have a need to listen to those recorded messages, but we are ready to put them in place if necessary.
OUR "BIG MISTAKES" PROMISE
At Steve & Kate’s, we trust kids to swing for the fences. So we cultivate an environment where they feel safe enough to make big mistakes and do everything we can to help them understand what happened. That way, they can learn and grow in ways they never imagined.
The same thing goes for us. We are on a quest to reinvent camp, which means trying out brave new ideas, some of which won’t always work out. So once in a while, we’ll make some big mistakes of our own, whether that’s in the design of our camp activities, our technology, our food program, or otherwise. This never happens on purpose, of course. But sometimes it happens.
We promise that we will always make big mistakes, and help your kids do the same. Because if you don’t swing for the fences, you’ll never hit anything out of the park.
Think we had a swing and a miss? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the year-round director who oversees your site. He or she is the best person to create change and address issues. (They also like to hear about what is working well and making you smile!)
SITE SPECIFIC INFO - DATES, DROP-OFF INSTRUCTIONS, SPECIALS CALENDARS, CONTACT INFO
All of the juicy details about your site are available by clicking on your preferred location below.
Fremont, CA - Basis Independent Fremont (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019; Jan 2, 3, 2020)
Menlo Park, CA - Hillview Middle School (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019; Jan 2, 3, 6, 7, 2020)
Redmond, WA - Willows Preperatory School (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019; Jan. 2, 3, 2020)
San Francisco - Noe Valley, CA - Alvarado Elementary School (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019; Jan. 2, 3, 2020)
San Mateo - The Carey School (Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 2019; Jan. 2, 3, 2020)
Menlo Park, CA - Hillview Middle School, Feb 17-21, 2020
Fremont, CA - Dates & Location coming soon
Menlo Park, CA - Hillview Middle School (Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020)
Montclair, NJ - Lacordaire Academy (Apr 13-17, 2020)
Palo Alto, CA - Dates & Location coming soon
Redmond, WA - Dates & Location coming soon
San Francisco - Noe Valley, CA - Alvarado Elementary School (Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020)
San Mateo, CA - The Carey School (Apr 6-10, 2020)