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All of our Backyard Explorers sessions offer an extended care option. Hours of extended care are 7:00am-6:00pm.
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What to Wear:
Please dress your child in clothes that are comfortable and you don't mind getting messy. We are an outdoor camp and will be spending a lot of time playing games and doing arts & crafts. Athletic shorts and shirts are ideal.
Closed-toed shoes are required and athletic shoes are preferred.
SUNSCREEN! Again we are an outdoor camp so packing sunscreen is an absolute MUST!
Optional: hats, sunglasses, jacket for the morning.
What to Bring:
A healthy lunch and two snacks (morning and afternoon). The program will not provide food for your child so make sure to pack enough for the whole day! We highly encourage growing food and want to ensure your camper has enough energy for activities.
We have mosquitoes! So be sure to apply and pack bug spray.
SUNSCREEN! Please apply some before arriving at camp. Counselors take frequent sunscreen breaks, but it is important to come to camp protected already.
A backpack to hold all of your child's belongings. Put your child's name on ALL personal belongings.
Please do not bring personal electronics or toys. We have tons of materials and activities to keep your campers active and entertained the entire day.
All field trips take place on Thursdays and leave promptly at 9am. Please note that field trips are subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances. We will notify camp families as soon as possible if there is a change.
Session 1: Clayton Valley Bowl
Session 2: Oakland Zoo
Session 3: Crown Beach
Session 4: The Wave
Session 5: Academy of Sciences
Session 6: Scandia Family Fun Center
Session 7: Brenden Theatres
Session 8: Prewett Water Park
Session 9: Cull Canyon
We have many campers join us that are not strong swimmers. All campers are required to take a swim test if they want to swim in the deep end of the pool, go off of the diving board, or use the inflatable obstacle course – this is optional. Swim tests are administered by the lifeguards. If campers do not pass the swim test or do not wish to take the swim test, they receive a red colored wristband to wear at the pool so staff can ensure they stay in the shallow end. If campers do not wish to swim, we also have staff stationed in the grass area where campers can relax in the shade.
We highly encourage all campers to come to camp wearing their swimsuit under their day clothes on pool days. If your camper needs to change into their suit at camp, staff provide the opportunity to change in the restroom or clubhouse prior to walking to the pool. During this time, we also have campers reapply sunscreen.
All of our summer camp sessions will open on February 22nd. There is typically a high influx of enrollment during the first few days of registration. We recommend enrolling as soon as possible to ensure your camper gets a spot in your preferred sessions. If a session is full, we highly encourage joining the waitlist - If a space opens up you will be contacted and provided the opportunity to enroll.
If you wish to drop or transfer to another session, please let us know at least five business days in advance.
Our program does not provide any lunch or snack to campers. Please send your camper packed with a lunch, two snacks, and water bottle. We have time set aside for lunch each day and campers may eat their snack at any time throughout the day if they are hungry. We encourage growing food and want to ensure campers have enough energy for activities.
Counselors will do their best to collect and return any items that are left behind during the camp day. If your camper loses something, please ask staff during pick up or drop off time. Any items that are not collected by August 11th will be donated.
All individuals authorized to pick up your camper must be listed on the emergency card. If you need to add to or change your authorized pickup list, please let a staff member know during drop off or pickup time. You can also reach the camp phone at (925) 250-9778.
We highly encourage campers to attend camp each day to experience all of the activities we offer. If your camper will be missing a day, please let the staff know during drop off or pick up time. We do not offer partial refunds for missing days.
Our program is designed to provide age-appropriate activities for campers. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special requests outside of our age limitations.
If a session is full, we highly encourage joining the waitlist. If a space opens up in a session, we will contact you based on waitlist position.
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