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Summer Camps

UC Berkeley Youth Recreation Summer Camps (formerly Cal Youth Camps)

Customize a summer of adventure, fun and new experiences with our epic summer camps! We’ve been making summers fun for campers and easy for families for more than 60 years.

Our new name, UC Berkeley Youth Recreation, better describes what we do best. Our summer camps provide a wide variety of experiences, sports, leadership opportunities and outdoor activities for all ages, led by high-caliber instructors and staff.

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Summer Camps 2023

Build an entire summer’s worth of adventures, from multi-activity day camps to specialized sport and activity camps. Pick camps and times that work for your family, whether it’s half-day camps or two-week sessions. Our extended care options, payment plans, easy re-enrollment and financial assistance program help families stress less and enjoy summer more.

Multi-Activity Day Camps

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With our comprehensive recreational day camps, campers get to sample an array of activities appropriate for their age and interests, with lots of time for fun, silliness and time with friends.

Name Ages    About
Explorer Camp 4.5-6 Combines developmental sports, outdoor learning, exploratory science, arts and crafts, exploratory martial arts, and exploratory gymnastics.
Afternoon Adventures 8-10 Includes activities such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding on the Bay, designing and flying your own kite, building and testing your own cardboard sailboat, and much more all packed into a half-day of adventure.
Blue Camp 7-12 Combines developmental sports, outdoor learning, science, and the arts to create a fun, well-rounded, diverse camp experience.
Paddle Adventures 9-11 Split the day exploring the water and land! Play, craft and learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding and sit-on-top kayaking on the South Sailing Basin.
Discovery Camp 10-12 Paddle, observe, examine, and analyze a variety of Bay Area ecosystems – both on the water and on terra firma.
Eco Adventures 12-14 Gives campers the opportunity to observe, examine, and analyze a variety of Bay Area ecosystems – both on the water and on terra firma.

Specialized Sports and Activity Camps

From screen time to hangtime, campers can try a new experience or advance from beginner to expert in our specialized camps.

Name Ages   About
Esports Camp 12-14 Gain new skills and learn about teamwork, leadership, and strategy in a high-tech, supportive, and inclusive environment centered around Esports: competitive, organized video gaming.
Media Production Camp 12-14 Explore the leading edge of digital media and video production, using professional equipment such as cameras and camcorders, computer editing software, audio recording software, lights, and more. 
Skateboarding Camp 8-16 A nationally recognized program giving campers an opportunity to learn in a one-of-a-kind environment, with a variety of ramps and street obstacles.
Gymnastics Camp 4-14 Develop new gymnastics skills, play games, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
Martial Arts Camp 6-16 Quality instruction in martial arts, promoting fitness of mind and body.

Cal Adventures Outdoor Camps

Cal Adventures Outdoor Camps

For campers who describe their summers with action verbs…Play. Climb. Sail. Explore. These camps are all about new adventures, getting outside, moving, and exploring the Bay Area’s natural wonders.

Name Ages   About
Afternoon Adventures 8-10 Includes activities such as kayaking and stand up paddleboarding on the Bay, designing and flying your own kite, building and testing your own cardboard sailboat, and much more all packed into a half-day of adventure.
Discovery Camp 10-12 Paddle, observe, examine, and analyze a variety of Bay Area ecosystems – both on the water and on terra firma.
Paddle Adventures 9-11 Split the day exploring the water and land! Play, craft and learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding and sit-on-top kayaking on the South Sailing Basin.
Rock Climbing Camp 8-17 Gain confidence in an exhilarating activity: rock climbing. Learn belay skills, knot-tying, top-rope climbing, and equipment care.
Sailing Camp 10-17 Learn and review the essentials of sailing on the beautiful San Francisco Bay, Campers are assigned to groups based on their skill level.
Eco Adventures 12-14 Gives campers the opportunity to observe, examine, and analyze a variety of Bay Area ecosystems – both on the water and on terra firma.
Sea Kayaking Camp 11-17 Learn the basics of sea kayaking, including: paddling technique, equipment, safety procedures, and rescue skills.
Windsurfing Camp 10-17 Provides campers with an introduction to the sport of windsurfing.

Teen Leadership Programs

Through our Teen Leadership Programs, middle school and high school students (ages 13-18) find experiential opportunities to learn outstanding leadership skills that can be applied to all aspects of life.

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