Winter Camp

PICTORIAL PREVIEW

DATES AND HOURS

December 18-22, 2017 (Mon-Fri)

Weekly or Daily Sign-Ups

8:30-3:30 with
Optional Extended Care from
8:00-8:30 and 3:30-6:00

LOCATION

Berkwood Hedge School: 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 
We will be meeting here for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, and then traveling by bus and BART to and from our field trip destinations.  For campers staying for afternoon extended care, for the 3:30-6:00 period, they will join the Monkey Business Camp program. One of their counselors will stay with them for an hour of aftercare.

Incredible space with outdoor play areas-think sand box, climbing structure and wall, big yard for basketball and other games, swings. And we’ll have an indoor space for playing board games and doing art, food and maker/craft activities.

AGES

We welcome ages 9-13 to our program. We expect a maximum size of 14 girls.

Additional Info: Junior Counselors, usually 2 total, ages 14-17, join.  All campers hang out together.

ACTIVITIES

See our schedule for Winter Camp 2017 here!

Additional Note: There is always something special and unplanned that comes up because of all of the campers and counselors. We don’t exactly know what that is, so cannot list it, but you can count on it happening! It’s the magic of being with a group of people.

“While my daughter loved the field trips, she also liked the “journey” getting to a destination on public transportation. My daughter was nervous about not attending camp with a friend. Those feelings quickly disappeared and were replaced with daily anticipation of playing with her new friends.”

FEES, SPECIALS AND FINANCIAL AID INFO

Camper Fees (see YOUTH LEADERS section below for JC fees)

Weekly Sign-Ups Only for this program since we are traveling around town as a group and need to cover ground rules on our first day.

Camper Fees Sign Up by Nov 1stCamper Fees Sign Up by Dec 1stCamper Fees Sign Up After Dec 1stLast Minute After 2pm Fri Dec 15th
Basic Week (M-F, 8:30-3:30, 35 hours) (includes multi-day sign up special)$385$410$460$475
Basic Day 8:30-3:30 ~7 hour day~$82$87$97$100
With Multi-Day Special 3 days or more (can be shared by siblings)$77$82$92$95
Daily AM extended care fun 8-8:30 $5$5$7Drop-In Rates below
Daily PM extended care fun 3:30-6:00$20$20$25Drop-In Rates below

AM and PM ext. care fun rates listed in chart above are advance weekly sign up rates, and depending on the date you sign up vary from $8-$10/hour.  After 2pm the Friday before camp, Drop-In Last Minute Extended Care available on site for $13/hour; $7/half hour.

“While this camp is not the cheapest one around, I have seen it be one of the greatest investments I have made. My girls have become more courageous and caring, and I know your camp is a part of that. I also love how diverse your staff is. As a mom of bi-racial Jewish kids, this has been so important to me.”

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 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.

LOGISTICS, FAQs AND POLICIES

  • Looking for more answers to your questions? Click on FAQs and Policies links above for refund policy, food allergy information, etc.
  • Campers bring their own lunch and morning snack. We provide PM aftercare fun snack of fruit, veggie, crackers, cheese. These are 95% organic, low sugar, with gluten and dairy free options. We are a nut and nut butter free camp, to help keep our campers safe. As we travel about town, we sometimes get occasional treats.
  • 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, please contact our office, as we might be able to welcome your camper with the support of your aide/coach.
  • A link with camp information will be included in your confirmation, and you will receive via e-mail a final update the Wednesday before camp begins.

“I so appreciated that they offered soy milk option when making ice cream so that my child could participate.  Thank you, as I have not found any other camp that has accommodated my child’s food allergies to this degree.”

STAFF

Monkey Business Camp has a wonderful rotating roster of Counseling Staff, many of whom grew up at our camp and want to give back to the campers who attend now. We are thrilled to announce that for Girls on the Go Winter, we will have returning staff Samra Girma as our Site Director and Olivia Walsh as our Group Leader. Click here to see bios and photos.

 “What I noticed was the friendliness, high energy and creativeness of the staff!”

YOUTH LEADERS 

We will be recruiting 2 Junior Counselors, age 14-16, for the Girls on the Go Winter Camp, who were former campers or JCs. Parents tell us their children love the youth leaders at our camp, as they provide a fun, mentoring presence. The JCs will support the staff in a variety of ways, including leading a game, helping the girls get on and off trains and buses safely, and helping welcome all kids. There will be an orientation handbook in your confirmation e-mail with more details. Parents, please answer yes to the questions below before registering for the Girls on the Go Winter Camp youth leadership program:

  1. My child was a Girls on the Go camper or JC, she loved it and wants to help bring a great experience for Girls on the Go campers.
  2. My child likes helping younger kids and enjoys creating a positive space.

Junior Counselor (JC) Fees

JC Fees Sign Up by Dec 1stJC Fees Sign Up After Dec 1st
Basic Week - 35 hours 8:30-3:30 Weekly sign up only option $185$210
Weekly AM extended care fun 8-8:30* no chargeno charge
Weekly PM extended care fun 3:30-6:00$30$30

AM and PM extended care fun rates listed in chart above are advance sign up weekly rates, and depending on the date you sign up vary from $2.40-$3/hour.  After 2pm the Friday before camp, Drop-In Extended Care available on site for $13/hour; $7/half hour.

* This extended care is only available at no charge in advance. Dropping in will be charged at our normal drop in rates.

 

Your program is such a great place for our child to be herself, have fun and spend time with great people. I love watching her learn responsibility and how to care for younger kids. Keep up the great work!”