There are 50 pages of camp activities waiting for you, and while we love giving you an incredible amount of options, we also realize that this is a lot to sift through. Many of us here are fellow parents, and we get it, planning can be overwhelming. So, we have dissected the guide to help alleviate the stress of the summer camp scavenger hunt, and have once again, created some cheat sheets. This is where we *fist bump!*
Below you will find links to our valuable planning tools that we hope will provide some guidance and quick reference for you.
This 3-page document shows all activities happening each week, plus references the page numbers they can be found on in the Activity Guide.
Use this guide to see which morning and afternoon camps can be paired up each week to create a customized full-day camp experience for your child. We only offer Bridge Care for 8 weeks each summer so check camp descriptions carefully as some of our other providers offer options to stay for lunch in between camps on off weeks as well as host their own aftercare (this especially applies to you, Sandpiper parents!). All camps listed here qualify for Pre & After Care as well! Learn more about Bridge Care here.
Download this guide to help you figure out which programs run all-day and which of them are attached to pre-care and after-care. This document is more comprehensive than the Bridge Care one and shows correlating page numbers, ages, and class codes to make registration a breeze!
It’s Day Seven of our A Camp-A-Day Series, and this is one I think you will be EXTREMELY excited about if you have kids in the 4-6 year range! It’s Camp High-5, and there are oodles of options!
What is High – 5? High 5 Camp offers a traditional Summer Camp with a twist! Designed by our Preschool Director, Edna English, High-5 Camp will provide an enriching theme each week to activate your child’s imagination and engage them in summer-long learning in a fun and playful way! Topics include: the Universe, Engineering/Building Concepts, Castles and Dragons, Theater, Science, the Animal Kingdom, cooking and of course, DINOSAURS! We’ll provide snack each day, ample supplies, and don’t worry, each theme will have different activities each week in the AM and PM modules. Yes, I said it… “PM!”
NEW THIS SUMMER! Camp High-5 in the Afternoon, PLUS Bridge Care!
Camp High-5 will now be running a morning option, an afternoon option and an ALL DAY option! What does this mean? It means FLEXIBILITY for an age group that usually has few choices! By adding “Bridge Care” as mentioned in one of our previous posts, we are allowing young campers to stay a full day! Let us give you some ideas. (Please note, “Bridge Care” is globally available for ages 4-14)
Options galore for Ages 4-6…
Select Camp High 5 all day from 9am to 4pm
Take High 5 in the morning (9am-12pm), sign up for “Bridge Care” from 12-1pm, and then experience a completely different camp from 1-4pm that our staff will walk your child to.
Take an enrichment or sports camp in the morning from 9am-12pm and then have our Bridge Care staff pick up your child for a supervised lunch and an afternoon of Camp High-5 until 4pm.
Take an enrichment or sports camp in the morning, sign up for Bridge Care, and then take another specialty camp in the afternoon!
It’s important to note that only camps marked with a “Bridge” will qualify for Bridge Care.
High -5 Camp Ages 4-6 with Recreation Staff Weekly from 6/23-8/15 9am-12pm, 1-4pm or 9am – 4pm Half Day: $168/$148 Resident Discount
Full Day: $335/ $315 Resident Discount
Bridge Care 12-1pm: $48 / $40 Resident Discount or $10 lunchtime drop-in in a pinch!
Our activity guide will be posted online, TOMORROW!! See you then!
Preschool Teacher Edna and Staff are crazy about crafts. Preschool projects have become even more creative and awesome since the introduction of Pinterest, the social online tool for collecting and organizing your items of interest. Staff perused the pages of Pinterest only to find this incredibly innovative use for plastic milk jugs! With the help of a local Peet’s Coffee, they were able to commandeer the 400 or so jugs needed to create this project, while alleviating the coffee shop of some major recycling.
Armed with milk jugs, hot glue guns and plenty of kidpower, our crew went to work on constructing the igloo. The staff handled the hot glue guns and the children helped to wash and deliver jugs, screw on tops and place jugs, all while learning a little bit about construction, physics and math.
Check out their awesome upcycled playhouse!
Click here for instructions to make one of your own.
“Edna English” sounds like some sort of Superhero Teacher. If you knew Edna, you would agree that this name fits her perfectly! We were so fortunate that Edna answered our cry when we set out to find a new preschool teacher for our Lil’ Learners Preschool Program. Since she began 3 ½ years ago, our preschool has evolved into a very successful morning & afternoon program. She has also introduced an afternoon Spanish Immersion Preschool program, then, last summer, she launched Camp High-5!
High -5 is a recreation/enrichment camp for kids between the ages of 5 1/2 – 7. She wanted to do something special for this age group. Her goals were simple: to give the “big kids” a designated space to have an enrichment camp infused with the recreation camp experience; for them to have a ton of FUN; and of course, an excuse for her to spend some quality time with some of her recent Lil’ Learners graduates whom she had been missing.
Edna is amazingly passionate about her job, her kids… and some of her personal interests ( to which I lovingly refer to, as her ‘geeking out’, in a good way). I had interviewed her this week and had her answer some basic personal questions. She answered them in a very matter-of-fact way, somehow thinking that she had to “tone it down” for professionalism’s sake. I told her that our audience would likely prefer her overflowing enthusiasm, as we sell ourselves as purveyors of experience and fun! You see, Edna LOVES her job. I mean…she REALLY LOVES her job. Hopefully this is apparent in her response.
How many years have you been teaching preschool?
You mean, how many years have I been doing exactly what I want to do and have had the best job on earth? 13.
What is the best part about teaching preschool?
The best part about teaching preschool is being around amazing kids. I love how preschoolers get excited when they try something for the first time. I love watching them build confidence as they master a new skill. I have the best conversations with preschoolers. Also, this is my happy place. No matter what is going on in my life, I will ALWAYS come to work. This is where I feel normal, and honestly, how could you be anything but HAPPY in this classroom!
Now onto camp. You decided to depart from Preschool Camp, What inspired you to create High-5?
High-5 is way for older children to experience the preschool technique of “learning through play” & hands-on activities. Children don’t realize they are learning when they are having fun and creating awesome things. Also, I wanted to create an environment where we were really theme-rich and gave kids more time to explore a concept, expand their imaginations and finish a project. Sometimes in Recreation Camps things move quickly, so you don’t get a chance to really delve into a topic. We give them time to not only work on their creations, but expand on it as the days move forward.
It’s Clear you LOVE Camp, so what is your favorite camp memory?
One of my favorite camp memories is having a huge water fight with all the campers, staff and LITs where not ONE person was left dry.
Camp Nick Name
Campers have been calling me “Turtle” for over 10 years… you’ll have to sign up for camp to find out why!
Favorite Camp Song
Yo’ mama don’t wear no socks.
Fun Fact About Edna
I collect Lego Mini-Figures*. When buying the series mini-figures, I can even feel through the packaging to find specific figures.
*Important to note, Edna more than collects “Mini-Figs,” she is obsessed. Words cannot describe…. but a picture on the other hand…
Find our more about Camp High-5 for 5½ – 7 year-olds here.
Meet Edna and the rest of our camp directors at our Camp Fair this Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm at Red Morton Community Center! Bring your questions and your KIDS! There will be fun, hands-on activities and our inflatable playland!
Parents! Does the word “Summer” ignite feelings of panic about how you are going to entertain your child all season long? Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services is again offering a variety of fun and enriching camps for preschoolers this summer. Our camps are built to be inviting, caring and chock full of age appropriate activities for your little one, to help to ensure a positive first camp experience.
Camp is a great opportunity to try something new. Because our camps are usually half-day and one week long, it gives parents flexibility to pick and choose from a variety of themes and topics so kids can have varying experiences. It can also provide some “drop-off” practice for the first day of preschool.
Here are some tips to help get you over the hurdle of deciding if your young child is ready for camp, as well as tips for making the transition much easier:
Your child may be ready for camp if …
Shows signs of independence, goes to school, is accustomed to being separated from you for extended periods and or has older brothers or sister they look up to.
Enjoys making new friends and doing hands on activities.
Enjoys playdates with other children.
Which camp to pick?
Is your child crazy about the outdoors, dinosaurs, soccer, dance, art, bugs, fairytales, cooking etc? Pick a camp that will keep your child’s interest. Many camps will have a theme listed when you sign up. Consider your child’s interests when making a selection.
Ask neighbors and friends about camp suggestions, they can be some of the greatest resources.
Consider if your child would do better in a full day or half day camp setting. If a full day would be too long, consider sending them to a half day camp. Many times a half day is a perfect amount of time for a new camper.
Tips for a better transition
A short and sweet goodbye works best for all. After you sign your child into camp, give them a hug and kiss, introduce them to their leader, and tell them to have a great day.
Make sure your camper has what they need to go to camp. All their clothes and lunch box are labeled with their name since many times campers may have the same items.
If you have specific parent questions about camp or the activities call before the camp starts that way you have your answers before dropping off your child on the first day.
If your camp is held at a local park or community center it may be a good idea to visit the location with your child beforehand.
Before the first day of camp you may want to talk to your child about going to camp and the exciting things they will be doing.
On average, 8 year olds are ready for “sleepover” camp. To ease the transition, kids should experience sleeping over at a relative’s or friend’s house at least one night before going to an overnight camp.
Camps start June 20th. It’s not too late to sign up. Visit our Redwood City Camp Website for more information atRedwoodCityCamps.org. This list can also be found on our Camp Website.