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VISUAL ARTS CAMPS

New! Art Inspired by the Masters
Instructor: Tess Reyes
Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Miró, Rousseau...these are a few of the art masters you will discover. Learn how to apply their style and techniques, from dashes to stippling and blocking. Campers will apply these lessons to create magnificent art pieces. Join the experience and let the art come to life! All materials included. - Week 5
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New! Art of Color Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Discover how color works through a variety of interactive demonstrations and hands on exercises. Experiment with color mixing, create color interactions, and learn about color systems devised by artists throughout the centuries. For example, Picasso’s blue period will show us how to create tints and shades. Matisse demonstrates how to design with complementary pairs. Mondrian shows us how to play with primary colors. Campers have tons of fun creating and naming their own color and showcasing it in their artwork. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 10
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New! Art Masterpieces from Over & Under the Sea
Instructor: Tess Reyes
Whoosh! Splish! Splash! A large proportion of all life on earth exists in the ocean. Explore animals over and under the sea and design art pieces. Make coral mosaics, as well as fish wind socks. Whales, penguins and barracudas will also be represented by using relief methods. Dive in and join the adventure! - Week 1
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New! Art Your Way Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Campers bring their own ideas and styles to express their inner artist! Using a very ‘instructor hands-off’ approach, instruction is centered on imagination and problem solving as the young artists practice skills, techniques, and styles. Various materials are explored as they create art based on what speaks to them. Color mixing is introduced and artwork will reflect what colors they choose and blend. Examples of art using drawing chalk, pen and ink, paper collage and more will be offered to inspire, as they learn
how to manipulate these materials and improve their skills. $25 material fee must be paid at registration. - Week 9
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Artistic Expressions Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Art Journals, Scrapbooks & Artist Trading Cards...Express your artistic side while discovering ways to create! Each day we will design and create in our own hard-bound art journal and scrapbook, using our own pictures and memorabilia. Play with fun and exciting new mediums such as paints, collage material, stamps, and stickers to embellish our work, including artist trading cards culminating in an exchange on Friday. Included is a technique guide for inspirational reference to continue projects after camp. $30 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 6
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Cartooning & 3D Sculpture Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Bring your cartoon figures to life! Use cartoon drawings we make in class for our inspiration to form sculptures. Learn how to draw figures and exaggerate them into funny characters. Find out how our people, animals, and even plants can look good or evil by where we add detail and shading. Design a funny comic strip with our characters. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 4
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Clay Sculpture Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Experience hand crafted ceramics from wet clay to colorful glazed pieces of art. We will explore a world of animals, characters and unique objects all made out of clay. Participants will bring home some of their pieces on the last day and the rest will be ready for pick up the next week. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Weeks 1, 7, 10
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New! Fabulous Fibers: The Textile Arts
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Discover how fun and exciting the textile arts can be! Learn how to weave with straws, discover crayon batik, and use rubbing alcohol and sharpie to tie-dye. Some of our projects include felt mice lollipops, burlap stuffed pillow pals, and fabric snap bracelets. Finish your projects early and use our rainbow loom to make a bracelet, or bring your own to use! $25 supply fee must be paid at time of registration.
- Week 9
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New! Fantasy Art Drawing Discoveries Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Dragons, fairies, and talking trees accompany real animals in the quest for improving your technical drawing skills! We discuss what drawing aspects need to be included when drawing different backgrounds. Participants receive their own hardbound journal and guide to continue their work at home. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 3
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New! Fun with Clay Sculpting Camp
Instructor: Eric Haggin
Utilize your natural creativity combined with some new skills to make unique works of art. Learn proper ways of working with clay while being free to create what you want. We encourage you to bring ideas or drawings to the first class. Items made will be fired and ready for pick up the following week. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 3
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New! Intermediate Clay Sculpture Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Create functional and decorative projects using the foundations students should be familiar with and
add more delicate details. We will form animals, build a pencil holder, and construct a bird bath trinket
holder. These projects and more are glazed on the last day of camp. Projects are packaged and ready for pick-up 1 week after the camp ends. This class is designed for those who have previously taken a clay sculpture class. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 10
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Jewelry Designers Camp
Instructor: Susanna Ordway
Learn to create customized, stylish jewelry! Become your own jewelry designer, where you can choose from different colors, textures, and unique materials to make one-of-a kind pieces. Campers will discover some of the most popular jewelry making techniques, such as wire work, beading, stamping and metal formings. All levels welcome! $50 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 2
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New! Spectacular Art from the Animal Kingdom
Instructor: Tess Reyes
Learn the true foundation of drawing and painting, while creating your favorite animals of the wild. Learn how to shape, form and build animals. Campers will use different mediums from clay to plaster strips. Breathe life into the animals you create and let your creativity roar! All materials included. - Week 6
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New! Television News Production Camp
Instructor: Barton Cox Jr.
So you want to be on television! Explore how a TV broadcast news program is created. This interactive class will teach you the basics of broadcast productions from being a news anchor, reporter, camera or
sound operator, to creating news stories and directing. Campers will use professional equipment, including green screen technology to create a full-length TV news program. Learn how to create your own news report, commercial, entertainment/sports segment & more! Each camper will receive a DVD. $15 supply fee must be paid at time of registration. - Week 5
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We Love to Paint Camp
Instructor: Sharon Barker
Young artists explore a variety of new painting techniques and mediums. Try out foam, watercolor, glossies, tempera, glitter, shiny and florescent paints. Use texture, pattern and design to create personalized artwork. Use these techniques in oil resists, printmaking, painted sculptures, mixed media, and more! Art will be showcased on the last day. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 4
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New! We Love to Paint 2
Instructor: Sharon Barker
This camp is for those who have taken We Love to Paint. We will use all sorts of painting mediums such as acrylics, glitter paint, tempera, and even some unconventional mediums. Most projects will require a multi-process approach so you will see the many layers and techniques in the artwork. We will create a collage using our own painted and textured papers, design a distressed surface using quirky tools,
and make an egg carton flower wreath. Students become curators as we will host an art show on our last day to showcase our artwork. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 6
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Young Artist: Mixed Media Art Camp
Instructor: Tara Floten
Experience a variety of art forms such as drawing, painting, watercolor, collage, pastels, action art, modeling clay, and more! Sample works of art include cityscapes, robots, fish collages, desert scenes, ocean animals, and clay fruit bowls. Campers will create a beautiful portfolio of art to take home at the end of the week. $20 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 7
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Young Artist: Camp Watercolor
Instructor: Tara Floten
Explore a variety of watercolor techniques ranging from the classic wet-on-wet, to blow art and oil
pastel resist. Sample works of art include landscapes, seascapes, sunset reflections, flamingos, fish and more! Campers will leave with a greater understanding of this challenging medium and create a portfolio of art to take home at the end. $20 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 5
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PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS

Boys Hip Hop Dance Camp
Instructor: Studio 8 Dance
A hip hop camp designed for boys. Campers will learn fun and funky moves, including elements of break dancing, pop n lock and hip hop style moves. Learn a hip hop routine and design your own funky costume for the final camp performance. $20 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 3
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Broadway Dance & Theater Camp
Instructor: Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Step into the bright lights of Broadway’s biggest hits and learn to present choreography and songs from
classic and contemporary shows. This fast-paced musical revue is a great way to introduce your child to theater and dance while building on their creativity and self-confidence! $10 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 7
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New! Drama Camp: Fun with Improv!
Instructor: Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Learn the basics of improv and several short-form games in this spontaneous and silly camp. In Fun with Improv, campers will build a strong foundation of improvisational skills as we focus on team work, developing interesting and dynamic characters, and learning games that kids love to play! Camp culminates with a showcase for family and friends during the final day of camp. - Week 7
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New! Drama Camp: Interplanetary Puppets!
Instructor: Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Welcome to the Intergalactic Puppet Program! Blast off with your imagination as you build different
types of puppets using various materials. Then, take your puppets on a cosmic adventure to be developed through theatrical and storytelling techniques. On the final day of camp you will return to earth and share your journey with family and friends. 3,2,1 Lift Off ! $30 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 8
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Fairytale Princess Dance Camp
Instructor: Christie Tomlinson
Participants will learn technique and dances from some of their favorite princesses from Cinderella to the ‘newest’ princess on the block. Camp will have a happily ever after ending with a performance for family and friends to enjoy. $10 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 10
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Gotta Sing Performance Coaching Camp
Instructor: Cynthia Beckman
Does your child love singing, show off at home, or have fears but vocal potential? If so, Gotta Sing is right for you! Finally, an opportunity to bring out the voice and the character. Gotta Sing coaching will teach the basic and advance secrets of professional performers, such as singing techniques, storytelling and stage presence. - Week 4
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New! Guitar & Ukulele Jam Camp
Instructor: Steve Kritzer
Guitar & Ukulele are fun to play, and great starting instruments. We’ll start with some simple chords and strums, and learn to play fun popular songs. Learn basic melodies and work on writing our own song. Emphasis is on learning to play and sing together. Last class will feature a performance for parents. $10 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 10
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Hip Hop Dance Camp
Instructor: Studio 8 Dance
Learn fun and funky moves to the latest hip hop music that will keep you moving! Camp will encourage creativity, imagination, coordination and rhythm, while learning hip hop dance technique. Design your own funky costume for the final camp performance. $20 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 6
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New! Jazz & Tap Dance Camp
Instructor: Christie Tomlinson
5-6-7-8 DANCE! Whether you’re an experienced dancer, or you’ve always wanted to try tap or jazz dance, this camp promises to be fun in every way, and accommodate every level of dancer! Learn classic tap routines, such as “Singing in the Rain” and other jazz routines using current R&B music. At the end of the week we will present a performance for family and friends! Crafts will also be incorporated into this camp. Make new friends, have fun, and DANCE! $10 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 6
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Little Performers Camp: Selections from Peter Pan Jr.
Instructor: Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Are you ready to be on stage? This musical theatre program is designed for kids who love to perform. You will learn basic theatre techniques as you prepare selected songs from Peter Pan Jr. You’ll join the Summer Performers under the bright lights of the professional stage for the full production on 6/26 & 6/27 at 3pm and 7pm. Camp held at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center on 6/26 & 6/27. $10 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 2
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New! My Little Pony Dance Camp
Instructor: Studio 8 Dance
Campers will learn ballet and jazz basics along with their favorite pony! Campers will get their very own wrapped surprise grab bag with a My Little Pony toy that they can decorate with bling accessories. Craft time each day may include: Design your own riding horse, bling your pony, design your own magical pony wings, design your own cowgirl hat and much more! Friends and family are invited on the
last day to watch a dance performance where the students will perform a special dance with their ponies! $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 9
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New! Shake it UP! Dance Camp
Instructor: All 4 Dance
Dance like the stars on your favorite Disney shows! This high energy dance camp will teach funky jazz and hip-hop moves just like you see on Disney’s ‘Shake it UP’. Dance along with familiar teen music and create styles to wear at your very own show! Relays, team games and fun exercises will be included. Family and friends are invited to a performance on the final day to watch you shine like a diamond
while you ‘Shake it UP’! $15 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 8
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New! Songs-n-Motion Camp
Instructor: Cynthia Beckman
Songs-n-Motion™ is a contemporary vocal group that moves to the rhythm of the music. While it is choreographed by professional dance instructors, no prior dance experience required. It is fun, upbeat, and entirely unique. The camp coaches vocal technique, dramatic stage presence, and group songs. A final performance will be conducted 30 minutes prior to the end of camp. - Week 5
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Summer Performers Camp: Peter Pan Jr.
Instructor: Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Learn acting, singing, and dancing skills as you take a journey to Neverland with Peter Pan Jr. This fast-paced, two week musical theater production camp will have you dancing and singing like a star! Camp includes daily vocal, acting, and dance rehearsals to prepare you for performances on 6/26 & 6/27 at
the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center (DVPAC). Camp held at DVPAC on 6/26 & 6/27. $25 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Weeks 1-2
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New! Teen Beach Movie Dance Camp
Instructor: Studio 8 Dance
Surfs up! Come learn beach themed songs and dances! Campers will learn a choreographed dance that includes a beach ball as a prop with some of the moves seen in the hit Teen Beach movie. The camp will include craft time everyday. Crafts may include: Design your own sunglasses, t-shirt, sunvisor, and create your very own surf board! Friends and family are invited on the last day of camp to watch a fun filled performance! $20 supply fee must be paid at registration. - Week 5
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SPORTS CAMPS

Camp Central Tennis Camps
Instructor: Kris Milligan and staff
Fun skill building drills help students learn the basics faster while building confidence. Rally contests, drills, games, scoring, rules and end of the session tournament are included. Students will be grouped by age and ability. - Weeks 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10
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Crazy 4 Sports
A fun-filled sports program designed for kids ages 6-10! Sports may include, but are not limited to whiffle ball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, homerun derby, basketball, flag football and volleyball. Combine this camp with other sports camps for a full day of FUN! - Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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Gymnastics and More Summer Camp
Instructor: California Gymnastic Services
Children will learn beginning gymnastics and tumbling skills, use a variety of gymnastics equipment, participate in a variety of group activities, and are introduced to strength and flexibility exercises all while having fun! - Weeks 1, 6
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Kidz Love Soccer Soccer Camp
Instructor: Kidz Love Soccer
Spend a week enjoying the world’s most popular sport in a fun, recreational environment. Learn and practice soccer skills including: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and age specific defense. Everyone is a winner as the week’s fun culminates in an age appropriate ‘World Cup’ tournament.
All participants will receive a ball and jersey and MUST wear Shin Guards. - Weeks 3, 10
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On The Ball Sports Basketball Camp
This camp is directed by Ohlone College head men’s basketball coach John Peterson and his talented staff . Coach Peterson and/or his staff will cover offensive & defensive concepts in addition to 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 games. All participants will take part in drills and games each day and will receive a shirt at the conclusion of the camp. - Weeks 1, 4, 7
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On The Ball Sports Shooting & Competition Basketball Camp
Detailed and precise teaching of the shooting fundamentals, including grip, ball placement, set up, balance, release and follow through. The shooting skill and drill work will be supplemented
by competitive shooting games, 1 on 1 games, 3 on 3 games and 5 on 5 games where the emphasis will be
shot preparation and ready to shoot. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt. - Week 3
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On The Ball Sports Basketball Competition Camp
Tired of all the drills? Come enjoy John Peterson and staff in 5 days of nothing but games and contests!!! Put the skills you learned in our other camp to use as we play 5 on 5, 3 on 3 and 1 on 1 games. And do you like contest? Every day we will have various skill contests for you to showcase your talents. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt. - Week 7
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On The Ball Sports Softball Camp
Instructor: Donna Runyon and staff
Camp Director, Donna Runyon, Head Softball Coach at Ohlone College is entering her 15th season at the helm of the perennially ranked Ohlone. The 4 time Coast Conference Coach of the Year is an excellent teacher and motivator. Coach Runyon and her players will instruct the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, and team play. The camper to coach ratio is 8 to 1. - Weeks 2, 9
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On The Ball Sports Volleyball Camp
Instructor: Kathy Higbee and staff
Camp Director, Kathy Higbee, a former Division I player at Brigham Young University, will direct this volleyball camp focused on individual skill development of all ability levels, team play and concepts. Coach Higbee has vast experience playing at the high school and collegiate levels. Staff will be comprised of current and former high school players with a camper to coach ratio of 8:1. - Weeks 1, 4
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San Ramon Soccer Club Camps
San Ramon Soccer invites you to join us this summer for our 2014 soccer camp series. Players will learn the basic FUNdamentals of soccer to help players grow in both their skill and enjoyment of the world’s beautiful game. - Weeks 6, 8
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Skyhawks Baseball Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Skyhawks baseball staff teaches the fundamentals of fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and base running, all in a fun, positive environment. Specifically designed for beginning and intermediate players, this program teaches athletes new baseball skills along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Week 5
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Skyhawks Beginning Golf Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Campers will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Skyhawks has adopted the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system to its curriculum. SNAG is specifically designed for the entry-level player; SNAG simplifies instruction so that young players can make an easy and effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Weeks 7, 9
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Skyhawks Cheerleading Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Skyhawks Cheerleading teaches the essential skills to lead crowds and support the home team! There is no stunting in this entry level program just a big focus on fun while each cheerleader learns proper hand & body movements and jumping techniques. The week concludes with a choreographed performance. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Week 3
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Skyhawks Flag Football Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Flag Football is the perfect introduction to ‘America’s Game.’ Campers learn skills on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching, and defense - all presented in a fun and positive environment. The week concludes with the Skyhawks Super Bowl, giving participants a chance to showcase their skills on the gridiron! All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Weeks 3, 5
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Skyhawks Lacrosse Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Suit up and find out why lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Lacrosse combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast-paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting in a fun, non-checking environment. Sticks, Gloves and Helmet are provided. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Week 4
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Skyhawks Mini-Hawk Sports Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. Baseball,
basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment filled with encouragement and fun. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Weeks 2, 4, 8
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Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
This camp combines soccer, baseball and basketball or kickball, dodge ball and capture the flag into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials skills of each sport along with vital life lessons such as respect and teamwork. All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Weeks 2, 6
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Skyhawks Track & Field Camp
Instructor: Skyhawks Sports Academy
Skyhawks Track & Field combines technical development, fundamental techniques, and safety with a major focus on fun! Using special equipment, our staff teaches the fundamentals of body positioning, stride, proper stretching, and cool-down techniques. Participants put it all together for one fun-filled day at the Skyhawks track meet! All participants receive a t-shirt and merit award. - Weeks 1, 6
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UK International Indoor Soccer Camp
Instructor: UK International Soccer Camps
The UK International soccer camps offer a quality program that combines education with fun. The curriculum is age appropriate and implemented in a safe, player-friendly environment. The camp’s success and reputation is built upon the quality of the coaching staff with limited player to coach ratio. The camp is appropriate for all ability levels. - Week 8
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ENRICHMENT CAMPS

Academic Writing Camps
Instructor: Lekha Publishers
This camp will improve camper’s writing skills and develop confidence with a supportive instructor. Campers will use their imagination and ingenuity to create works using the lessons they learn.
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New! Early Reading
Reading is the process of decoding symbols in order to help comprehend a written language. The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement. $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 3
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The Fundamental Essay
Students will learn the art of writing essays. Younger students will write three paragraph essays while older students will write five paragraph essays. They will learn to use topic sentences, hooks, thesis statements, and transitional words in order to make their essays flow. They will also learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing. $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 3
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New! Early Writing
Learn the art of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar through interactive lessons. Composition will be introduced to older students through paragraph structure. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 9
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Narrative Essay
Students will learn to write the narrative essay, which focuses on developing an ability to write in the first person and to follow a linear narrative structure. Depending on their age students will write three or five paragraph essays, which is the structure favored by
school teachers. They also will learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing, as well as how to revise their essays. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 9
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New! Appreciating Writing
Students will learn proper grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph structure as they write original stories. Art will be used to enhance the joy of storytelling. Children will take home a portfolio of completed work at the end of the session. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 10
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Persuasive Essay Writing
Students will learn to write the persuasive essay, which focuses on developing a student’s ability to support a stated opinion. Students will write five paragraph essays, which is the structure favored by school teachers. They also will learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing, as well as how to revise their essays. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 10
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New! AnimatED Camp
Instructor: Tiny Techs Club Staff
Get your “Hour of Code” right here! Learn how to create simple animated storylines using SCRATCH - a popular, FREE software developed at MIT Labs! Exclusive curriculum by Tiny Techs Club lets your child experiment with digital art and technology simultaneously! Learn to write scripts, incorporate sounds, and create animations using ‘Sprites’. This camp is a great way to introduce simple programming and animation to your student. - Week 7
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Berkeley Chess Camp
Instructor: Berkeley Chess School
The camp includes chess instruction for all levels. Emphasis is on the joy of the game but with a serious eye to the student’s progress. The program includes daily instruction and play plus tournaments and prizes. New material will be presented during each week of camp. Berkeley Chess School has been teaching State Chess Champions since 1982. - Weeks 2, 5, 7, 9
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Creative Writing Camps
Instructor: Lekha Publishers
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New! Create-A-Book I
The art of bookmaking will be the focus of this week. They will also be introduced to simple binding techniques. Participants will learn how to make shape books, pop ups books, accordion books, and Flag books. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 3
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New! Create-A-Book II & III
The art of bookmaking will be the focus of this week. Students will create shape books, pop ups books, accordion books, and Flag books. They will write original stories and poems in the books that they create. Students will also be introduced to simple binding techniques. A $10 materials fee will be
included at registration. - Week 3
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New! The Art of Story Telling I
The gift of storytelling may be one of life’s most powerful and envied skills. A young storyteller learns to let go of inhibitions and gains confidence to talk in front of an audience while having fun. Participants will learn the art of narration using different storytelling techniques like Puppet Theater, shadow puppets, play acting, and mime. They will take home the story telling tools that they create during the week. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 9
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New! The Art of Story Telling II
The gift of storytelling may be one of life’s most powerful and envied skills. A young storyteller learns to let go of inhibitions and gains confidence to talk in front of an audience while having fun. Participants will learn the art of narration using different storytelling techniques like Puppet Theater, shadow puppets, play acting, and mime. Older children will learn how to write stories. They will take home
the story telling tools that they create during the week. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 10
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Creative Writing
Published writers will introduce campers to different creative writing techniques. They will learn time-tested methods to overcome writer’s block. As they do so, they will write short stories, poems and short skits. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 9
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Story Writing
The five elements of story writing will be the focus during this session. Published writers will introduce students to a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres. They will progress into genre writing and learn how each genre has its own set of particular rules that drives character creation, setting, and plot. They will choose one of their short stories and improve upon that. A $10 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 10
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Cook! Junior Chefs Cook!
Instructor: Tess Reyes
Come one and all and enjoy the love and joy of cooking. Learn measurements, how to read recipes,
organization and cleanliness and most of all some sumptuous recipes. So get your aprons ready and join us. See you soon in the kitchen! Students should bring an apron.
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Cooking Hands Across the World
Let’s talk about cooking! It’s easy! It’s inexpensive! It’s healthier! You’ll learn recipes inspired by different countries like wonton lasagna, sweet banana egg rolls, Mexican casserole and more. You’ll also learn about meal planning and food preparation. Cooking is an important skill one can learn. It can also be a way of life. Let’s get our engines going and explore the world of cooking. Ready, set get your aprons on! - Week 8
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Baking Galore
Do you love baking? It’s messy! It’s chaotic...but fun! You’ll create worthwhile baking memories. You’ll learn delicious treats like cookies, sugar brownies, pies and cakes for the whole family. Lots of yummy goodness! So what are you waiting for...get your aprons ready and let’s learn the art of baking together! - Week 8
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New! Engineering 4 Kids Camps
Instructor: Engineering for Kids
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Electronic Game Design: Platform Games
During the Electronic Game Design: Platform Games Camp, students will create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a wodimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the class, students take home a copy of the game they create. A $20 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 1
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Electronic Game Design: Invader Defense Games
During the Electronic Game Design: Invader Defense camp, students will create their own video game. Whether students wish to fire marshmallows or missiles, they build a complete video game from start to finish. They program characters to survive a wave of enemy attacks in order to reach the next level.
At the end of the class, students take home a copy of the game they create. A $20 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 4
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The Engineering of Travel
Through engaging activities in a small group setting, campers will learn problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Campers will develop confidence to experiment and think creatively. Join us on an amazing adventure as we design and build planes, cars, boats, and rockets to travel the globe...and beyond! Students create a rolling car that can travel by land and take them all around the United States. They learn about air and space travel as well as basics of how a boat works while creating vessels that can fly and float. $50 materials fee will be included at registration - Week 1
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The Engineering of Medieval Times
In this camp, students design and build their very own castle and work to defend it by engineering simple machines like catapults and cannons. Students will be challenged to use the Engineering Design Process to create a boat fit for a knight, bridges to cross enemy territory and more exciting projects! A $50 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 4
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The Engineering of Cities
In this Civil Engineering camp, students apply their knowledge of construction and build their very own city from the ground up. From roads and tunnels to buildings and skyscrapers, students discover and overcome challenges while designing and building their very own cities. A $50 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 6
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The Engineering of Power& Energy
Join us as we look at ways to get things moving…no batteries required. In this camp, students explore the foundational concepts of potential and kinetic energy by building their very own toys. Additionally, students will explore natural power and energy sources, such as falling water and the shining sun. Get ready for this energetic and engaging engineering experience! A $50 materials fee will be included at registration. - Week 8
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I.Q. Boosters
Instructor: Brainwave Inc.
Challenge, compete, and stretch the brain in mentally stimulating activities. Benefit from a challenging new theme and technique in every class. Push your memory, knowledge, logic, reasoning, and problem solving abilities to the limit. Let the neuron play begin! All materials included at no additional charge.
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Mighty Mind Camp
Mighty Minds team up to add more treasures to their Brain Basket! Challenge, compete, and stretch the
brain in mentally stimulating activities. Through well designed games, quizzes, puzzles, and other techniques, campers will push their knowledge, memory, and problem solving abilities to the limit. Let the Mind Battle begin! - Week 9
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Naughty Neuron Camp
Naughty Neurons get charged and go for the Gold Rush! It is Tuff Stuff when teams gain more Brain Power. Challenge, compete, and stretch the brain in mentally stimulating activities. Through carefully designed games, quizzes, puzzles, and much more, campers have fun while pushing their knowledge, focus, and problem solving abilities to the limit. Let the Power Play begin! - Week 10
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Kids CAN Cook!
Instructor: Josephine Evonc
Students will learn how to create some deliciously wonderful finger foods and as-easy-as-pie dishes that they will enjoy not only making, but EATING! Students will need to provide an apron in order to catch spills that may happen during food preparation. Put on your apron, roll up your sleeves, pick up your spoon and fork, and get ready for a GREAT summer of excitement in the kitchen because, Kids CAN Cook! - Week 4
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LEGO® Engineering Camps
Instructor: Play-Well TEKnologies
Students take on real-life engineering challenges that explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering with over 100,000 pieces of LEGO® material. Designed by engineers, the curriculum challenges both new and returning students to reach the next level of engineering comprehension, all while having fun.
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Pre-Engineering
Build engineer designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals. - Weeks 2, 8
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Engineering FUNdamentals
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. - Week 2
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Jedi Engineering
Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO® X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets. - Week 4
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Jedi Master Engineering
The Force is strong in this class. Build complex machines and structures based on the best designs from a galaxy far, far away. Projects include LEGO® X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, settlements, and fortresses. Play- Well’s Jedi instructors reinforce key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, eccentric motion and more as students
tap into the powerful forces of imagination and engineering. - Week 4
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Ninjaneering with LEGO®
Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO® projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO®. - Week 7
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Ninjaneering Master Engineering
Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced LEGO® camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. - Week 7

New! Mine, Craft, Build using LEGO®
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO®. - Week 8
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New! Construction Vehicles and Machines
Dig into engineering with big trucks, construction vehicles and super machines. Explore the engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large scale building machines. Build and learn about steamrollers, bulldozers, wrecking balls, tower cranes, and more while building with your favorite building system, LEGO®. - Week 10
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Green Engineering with LEGO®
Design and build LEGO® machines powered by alternative energy sources. Race solar cars, build a windpowered electrical generation facility, and invent a machine powered by stored elastic strain energy. Learn about sustainability and understand the human world while exploring concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture. - Week 10
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Mad Science
Instructor: Mad Science of Mt. Diablo
Create a spark of imagination and curiosity through fun, hands-on science programs! Students will learn how to explore, question, and test their theories. Through unique experiments and dazzling demonstrations we hope to inspire young people to explore the world around them. All camps include a daily take home project.
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Incredible Human Machine
Children will have fun while learning about the scientific equipment they already own - the human body! Explore the science behind cells, organs, muscles and bones through fun, hands-on activities. Fun experiments will help campers understand more about their senses, brains, breathing, circulation and digestion. Children will create model cells, make Mad Mucus, a simulated stomach, assemble a model skeleton and much more! - Week 1
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World Scientists
Spend time in the lab learning the tools and techniques that scientists use. Conduct solar experiments, explore predator and prey relationships and investigate food webs. Discover systems in nature, even make your own paper! Learn about animal adaptations, create an insect habitat, and dissect an owl pellet! - Weeks 1, 9
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Chemistry Lab
Campers will explore and create exciting chemical reactions, make colorful concoctions and bubbling brews. Amaze yourself with magical temperature changing baggie science or growing ghost crystals. Study the chemistry involved in not-so-simple things like chalk and soap, and even experiment with the chemistry used by artists, spies and detectives! Chemists bring home a project each day. - Week 5
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NASA: Journey Into Space
Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight and the challenges of space travel. Camp includes a take home every day. - Week 6
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Flight Academy
Explore the fundamentals of flight. Learn characteristics of the planets and discover the wonders of the Milky Way. See how air and wind affect kites, hot air balloons and parachutes. Discover the fundamentals of rocketry, and experiment with huge water rocket launches. Build your own launchable rockets to take home. Takehomes include the new Mad Science Skyblazer rocket, a rubber bandpowered airplane, a kite, a boomerang, a mini flying disc, and more! - Week 5
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Inventors Academy
Each day campers are given a series of challenges they must overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all - their minds. The camp involves a teambased approach to solving problems but will also include projects like building your own Light Saber, Rocket Launcher and more. Discover and Create! - Week 6
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Secret Agent Lab
Campers enjoy a fun journey into the world of detection, spy science, and forensics. Examine the science behind the spy tools made famous by the world’s greatest spies. Reconstruct activities using scientific methods and use the science of cryptology to send and decode secret messages. Follow in Sherlock’s steps to learn what tracks can tell us! Join the Mad Science Bureau of Investigations to help foil a burglary using state-of-the art security techniques! - Week 9
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Public Speaking & Presentation Camps
Instructor: Bay Area Debate Club
Fun public speaking games and activities make this camp a great opportunity to get over your biggest fear! Campers will gain confidence and build self-esteem in this supportive environment. These camps focus on delivery and presentation skills. Learn how to manage anxiety, present with confidence, and connect to an audience with effective and clear speech.
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New! Pre-Public Speaking: Building Public Speaking Confidence
The participants learn how to stand tall and speak confidently in front of a large group. The students play many public speaking games; do story presentations, making it a fun learning environment. - Week 2
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Public Speaking: Speaking with Confidence
Is your child shy or do they always want to be on stage? Students learn how to manage public speaking anxiety, present themselves with confidence, and connect with their audience. - Week 2
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Public Speaking (Advanced): Speech Writing and Speaking
Participants will learn to structure their thoughts and create an effective speech. Students study different styles of speech writing including: Descriptive, Expository, and Narrative. This course is suitable for both new and returning students. - Week 5
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Essentials of Debating
Learn how to make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence. This course not only improves the students’ public speaking skills but it also expands their overall general knowledge on various topics. They debate on a variety of age appropriate topics. - Week 8
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Robotics Camps
Instructor: Tiny Techs Club Staff
Through engaging activities in a small group setting, campers will learn problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Campers will develop confidence to experiment and think creatively. Learn the basics of Robotics! Using the popular LEGO WeDO® and Mindstorm NXT® kits and software along with our exclusive, structured curriculum, you will learn a different mechanism daily: gears, levers, pulleys and simple programming to build a basic foundation in mechanics, engineering, logic and sequencing! Challenges scale the curriculum to suit all skill levels. Encourage creativity through science and technology in your child today to invest in a better tomorrow!
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LEGO Mindstorm NXT®
Learn how to build and program Robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT®. This camp introduces children ages 9-11 to the fundamentals of Robotics - from building to programming. Build a CRANE, FORKLIFT and BARCODE SCANNER! Small team size, individual attention. No prior experience is needed. This is a great opportunity to get your student interested in engineering technology and spark their creativity! - Week 6
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Robotics 101: Galaxy Bots
Zoom into space with Robotics 101! Build a SAND BUG with a GEAR BOX. Launch a ROCKET using RACK-and PINION. How about some MARTIANS using CAMS?? All this and more in our fantastic camp - a great blend of creativity, technology and science! Students work in pairs - each team is provided with a kit and computer. Skill cards show the robots built and concepts covered. Give your children the opportunity to learn how things work! - Week 1
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Robotics 101: Construction Bots
Hammer away with Robotics 101! Build different robots that are used in construction zones - Hammers, Cranes, Bulldozers and more! This camp is a great blend of creativity, technology and science! Students work in pairs - each team is provided with a kit and computer. Skill cards show the robots built and concepts covered. Give your children the opportunity to learn how things work! - Week 6
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Robotics 101: Battlebots
Go onto the Battlefield with Robotics 101! Build a NINJA STAR to learn GEAR RATIOS. Construct a BATTERING RAM and a CATAPULT! Fly the BOMBER PLANE to see a TILT SENSOR and FENCE with a MINIFIG to watch how a CRANK works! All this and more in our fantastic camp - a great blend of creativity, technology and science! Students work in pairs - each team is provided with a kit and computer. Skill cards show the robots built and concepts covered. Give your children the opportunity to learn how things work! - Week 9
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Scooter Extreme Camp
Instructor: 4141 Skateboard Staff
Kids will be working on their balance, riding style and various tricks that are fun and easy to learn. Campers will learn from some of the top scooter riders in the Bay! Campers must bring their own scooter, pads and helmet. - Week 2, 7, 9
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Skateboarding Camps
Instructor: 4141 Skateboard Staff
Skateboarding is a fun and exciting sport that is easy to learn and a great way to be active. This camp will strengthen your balance and improve your skills. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or advanced. We’ve got something for everyone! Students must bring their own skateboard, pads and helmet. - Weeks 1, 6, 8, 10
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General Questions: Contact Adam Chow at achow@sanramon.ca.gov or (925) 973-3209.