Want nature 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 15th year of supporting girls in the Bay Area!
2018 DATES AND HOURS
One week sessions: June 11-Aug 24 (Cedar-Rose Park Berkeley location)
Basic Hours: 8:30-4:00
Drop off may be flexible until 9:30 on certain days, when camp not leaving park until later.
Extended Care from 4-6pm at Special Pricing- only $60/week for 10 hours of care, but only 8 spaces, so sign up asap.
NEW: Join van carpool by opting in at registration- your child gets picked up and dropped off to and from your home and camp. Leave the driving to us!! Only available for basic day.
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.”
Drop off and Pick-Up Base Camps:
Cedar-Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street, North Berkeley
Need help getting your child to and from camp? Join van carpool by opting in at registration- your child gets picked up and dropped off to and from your home and camp. Leave the driving to us!! Only available for basic day.
Large climbing structures, fields, and picnic tables await us! Tilden and Pre-K camp basic days’ end at 3:30, and Boys on the Go and Girls on the Go at 4:00, to make it easier to pick up on time for both camps if you have kids attending more than one location. Parking spaces are available on the street nearby for easy drop-off and pick-up.
“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 14-16.
*Details subject to change. We do our best to firm up plans, but occasionally things shift and we replace one wonderful activity with another. If this happens and you need to change weeks, please contact our office.
“Lola really enjoyed the camp and the organization and activities were really great.”
Info will be Posted Soon for Summer 2018
- 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.
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 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.
Camp handbooks will be available one month before the program start.
“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.”
Our staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, compassionate, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. For the upcoming summer, we will post staff photos and bios HERE once finalized.
We will be recruiting 1-3 Junior Counselors, age 14-16, for two-week periods. They will support the staff in a variety of ways, including leading games, helping the campers get on and off trains and buses safely, and welcoming all kids. 14-15 year old JCs need to have been a Girls on the Go camper in the past, but 16 year old JCs can be new to our program. Staff will mentor the JCs onsite. The basic day hours are 8:30-4:00. Tuition is $200/week and includes a sweatshirt, two T-shirts, and cap/visor, which JCs are required to wear as part of the position. PM extended care (4:00-6:00) can be added for $50/week. Parents of new JCs before registering: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your interest.
“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!”