Summer Program

Want nature, unplugged time, and public travel to play a role in your child’s development and experience? Desire a balance of enriching activities and open ended, fun playtime with caring, creative staff for your tween/teen? Curious for your older child to help support such a program as a youth leader? If so, join us for our 16th year of nurturing and empowering girls in the Bay Area!

PICTORIAL PREVIEW

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One week sessions: June 11-Aug 24 (no camp July 2-6)

Additional Shorter Week Option-New for Summer 2018:
3 day week: Sign up for this if you need fewer days each week.  Limited spaces available.

Basic Hours: 8:30-3:30
Drop off may be flexible until 9:30 on certain days, when camp not leaving park until later

PM Extended Care Fun at Tilden Park Program:
Extended Care from 3:30-6pm at Special Advance Sign Up Pricing- only $120/week for 12.5 hours of care, including transportation to our Tilden Park site and PM snack. Dara Ackerman is our leader there. Parents choosing this option need to pick up camper from Tilden site.

 

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At Girls on the Go Camp, girls explore, engage, and connect with one another and the beautiful Bay Area.  Traveling to locations across the East Bay and S.F., Girls on the Go campers get to practice safely navigating the public transit system under the tutelage of caring staff.   Special guests share their talents in interactive playshops, with a special focus for each week.   Girls enjoy summer days filled with spontaneous and planned adventure and have chances to try out new and familiar activities.

Campers range in age from 9-13, and some come with friends, some come solo.  We support the girls getting to know one another and becoming friends or great camp mates, with more easy going, “get to know” games the first two days. Our size, between 14-24 girls and 2-3 staff keeps the atmosphere engaging and calm. There will be lots of games and moving, though, too. Days begin at the drop-off location and then trips take off from there.  Read on and come join us!

“I work at a facility which has day camps visit all summer long. Girls on the Go Camp is always the camp we are most happy to work with.  The staff always know each camper’s name, work with them to help them enjoy the field trip as much as possible, and support them emotionally like I don’t see at ANY other camp!  When we do a field trip for most day camps we need 4-8 staff members to make sure it runs well, with Girls on the Go we only need 1 staff member because their counselors are right there with the campers.”

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Base Camp:

Cedar-Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, North Berkeley

Large climbing structures, fields, and picnic tables await us! Parking spaces are available on the street nearby for easy drop-off and pick-up.

PM Extended Care campers are transported via RideZum to our Tilden Park program, so parents need to pick up there by 6pm: Tilden Park, Berkeley: Meadows Site

“Thank you for delivering a power punch of creative projects, free play, local adventures and community building into each rich and colorful day of camp.”

AGES AND WEEKLY SCHEDULES

Campers are ages 9-13 and Junior Counselor 14-17.

Summer 2018 Details and Schedule

You can always register and get early rate, then transfer for $25 to another week and it is often less expensive than waiting.

“Lola really enjoyed the camp and the organization and activities were really great.”

FEES, DISCOUNTS AND FINANCIAL AID INFO

Camper Fees

Camper Fees Some weeks offered at this priceCamper Fees Some weeks offered at this priceLast Minute After 2pm the Friday before camp
Basic Week (M-F, 8:30-3:30, 35 hours)$385$460$475
With Multi-Week Special 3 weeks or more (Save $20/child-can be shared by siblings) $365$440$455
Shorter Week -New Option! (3 day week, 21 hours-you choose days) Limited spaces available$250$305$320
PM extended care fun Tilden Park 3:30-6:00 (12.5 hours of care, plus free transport to Tilden. Parents pick up there)$135$135Drop-In Rates below

PM weekly extended care only available in advance, and will not be available after 2pm the Friday before camp.

If you want advance extended care on shorter week option, contact office to register.

Financial Aid

  • We want our camp to be accessible to all families, as it makes our camp a better place. The budget it takes to run a high quality, award winning camp with thoughtful programming and higher than average teacher pay is high. We have created various options for folks including flexible “no fee” payment plan options at the online payment page, and Financial Aid and Work Exchange are available by application. Please apply if you have need, and refer those in your networks who might not realize about this option.
  • It takes a village, so if you have something extra to give to our scholarship fund, round up your tuition on the online registration portal, from $2-$20. Even these small to larger gifts made it so 10 days of camp were available last year to kids who otherwise could not have afforded it. We screen applications for lower incomes to insure your money really going to those who need it.

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Click on FAQs and Policies links above for more details: the camp daily schedule, age groupings and sizes, food program and allergies, the staff:camper ratio, carpools, etc.

Campers bring their own lunch and morning snack.  We provide an organic, vegetarian, Kosher afternoon snack for extended care PM campers. We are a nut and nut butter free camp, to help keep our campers safe.

We require campers to be able to operate within our ratio of 1:9, so if your child has medical, behavioral or emotional needs that will need additional coaching or support, we welcome your aide/coach.

“Our family has grown up with Monkey Business Camp. Both children started in kindergarten or first grade, romping through the woods and at the lake in Tilden Park, and going to camp over winter break. When the older child reached 3rd grade, she moved on to Girls on the Go. She is now considering the CIT program, and the younger one has Girls at the top of her list of summer camps this year.”

STAFF

Our staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, compassionate, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. . They are hired to guide and enrich our programs and foster friendship among campers. All children, returning and new campers alike, are actively welcomed. For the upcoming summer, we will post staff photos and bios HERE once finalized.

YOUTH LEADERS

April 20, 2018 Update re: Availability:

JC Sessions OPEN: 7/9-20 (3 spaces); 8/6-17 (2 spaces); 8/20-24 (2 spaces)

JC Sessions FULL: 6/11-22; 6/25-7/6; 8/13-17 (waitlist still open for all)

We’re recruiting 1-3 Junior Counselors, age 14-17, for each session.

Session Dates: June 11-22, June 25-29, July 9-20, July 23-Aug 3, Aug 6-17, Aug 20-24.  Most are two weeks, but some are one week.

Junior Counselors help make camp fun and welcoming.  They support staff by leading games, helping campers travel safely, and bringing kindness and general positivity to camp. We’ll help you get oriented with a handbook, with games and other useful tips and you’ll receive mentoring while on site. Some of our former JCs are now on our staff.

Junior Counselor (JC) Fees

JC Fees Sign Up by March 5thJC Fees Sign Up After March 5th (if spaces still available)
Basic Session (Two weeks, 8:30-3:30, 70 hours)$400$440
PM extended care fun (Two weeks, 3:30-6pm, 25 hours) PM Care is at Tilden Park Meadows Site Program - transport via RideZum from Cedar-Rose Park to Tilden and parents pick up in Tilden by 6pm $220$240

One week sessions are pro-rated. Tuition includes a sweatshirt, 2 T-shirts, and cap/visor, which JCs are required to wear as part of the position. There are no multi-week discounts since fees already steeply discounted (JCs pay less than half as much as campers).

PM weekly extended care (in Tilden Park) only available by pre-sign up: Do that by 2pm the Friday before camp, otherwise it will NOT be available.

Age Details: 14-15 year old JCs need to have been a Girls on the Go camper in the past, but 16-17 year old JCs can be new to our program.

Parents of new JCs before registering: Please contact office@girlsonthegocamp.com regarding interest and why you think your child would be a great match (or they can be in touch directly too!)

“I just want to say how much I really enjoyed teaching these two classes, and how rewarding it was to share my herbal knowledge with those wonderful girls. You have a great camp program I can tell—because everyone seemed to be so happy to be at Girls On The Go—even the camp counselors!  I hope next year you include me in on the fun once again!”