Call of the Wild Summer Camps

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Hike, read, and write camps for young trail blazers and  budding writers  in forests of the East Bay!

Click to register now for camps still available!

Does your child love animals and learning on outdoor adventures, not just from home on screens? After a year of online school, we hear the call of the wild! In East Bay outdoor camps, children hike in the forests of Berkeley, Oakland, and Castro Valley. For COVID-19 health and safety, we accept up to six children in stable weekly East Bay camp groups. Kids take a breath of fresh air away from screens, spark a love of nature, hike, explore, develop literacy across genres, read and write wilderness adventure stories and exciting true accounts of animals and people in the great outdoors, make new friends, and more!

At Inspire, we believe in learning by doing, so lessons are relevant to the learner's environment, engaging the whole child - head, heart, and body. In our summer East Bay nature camps, we combine:

 

  • Biology and language arts enrichment

  • Kindness for campers and animals

  • Enjoyable exercise! 

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Activities

East Bay academic summer camps for K-6 combine hiking camps, reading camps, and writing camps in one! On hikes for kids in East Bay parks with many breaks, campers navigate trails, learn amazing animal facts, play entertaining perspective-taking games, read and craft their own stories with wilderness themes, illustrate their stories, write and perform skits, do scavenger hunts and nature journaling, conduct mini science experiments, practice storytelling across genres, deepen their sense of wonder, eat healthy food, become eco-conscious, develop executive functioning skills to become hike leaders, strengthen stamina, make friendships, and more!

Miles and Breaks: a general rule of thumb is that your child's age corresponds to a comfortable number of miles to hike (age 5 => 5 miles). Many variables may result in your child enjoying shorter or longer hikes, such as previous experience, quality of sleep the previous night, snacks, hydration, and breaks. Campers will enjoy flexible and abundant breaks during and after daily hikes for play and exploration, snacks and rest, and lessons both planned and spontaneous! Distance starts shorter and may flexibly increase over the week, based on the unique individuals in a group, tailored to their physical conditioning and interests for maximum enjoyment!

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Turtle Campers

  • Ages: 5-6 (rising K-1st graders)

  • Easy hikes - relatively flat terrain, up to approximately 4-5 miles per day, with no prior hiking experience needed. (For all groups, as many breaks as campers need will be provided for maximum enjoyment!)

  • Activities on hikes and breaks include: emergent literacy and early reader activites, such as storytime with colorful and engaging nature theme books, singalongs, and movement; creating simple wilderness adventure stories with an introduction to story elements (characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution); simple skits; playing animal fact versions of hide and seek and chase; writing, drawing and coloring original picture books based on the senses (what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch on your hike); crafting and playing animal "Guess Who?" and forest "I Spy" games, scavenger hunts with pictures and decodable words, and more!

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Owl Campers

  • Ages: 7-8 (rising 2nd-3rd graders)

  • Easy and moderate hikes - relatively flat to somewhat hilly, rocky, or varied terrain, and up to approximately 5-6 miles per day. Previous hiking experience is recommended, but not required. (For all groups, as many breaks as campers need will be provided for maximum enjoyment!)

  • Activities on hikes and rest breaks include: wilderness theme reading, writing, and skits with story elements following the "story mountain"; an introduction to writing choose your own adventure stories; simple nature journaling; crafting nature poems based on the senses; teambuilding wilderness games; wildlife hike and seek, "Guess Who?" and "I Spy" games; creating their own scavenger hunts; and more!

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Mountain Lion Campers

  • Ages: 9-11 (rising 4th-6th graders)

  • Easy and moderate hikes - ranging from relatively flat to hilly, rocky, or varied terrain, and up to approximately 6-8 miles per day. Previous hiking experience is recommended. (For all groups, as many breaks as campers need will be provided for maximum enjoyment!)

  • Activities on hikes and rest breaks include: language arts activities with nature and wilderness themes, such as stages of the writing process from prewriting to publishing; writing and performing their own skits; nature journaling; mapmaking for the trails; creative writing for wilderness theme stories and poems; teamwork by coauthoring stories; illustrating their writing; personal journaling; creating multimedia bios of brave and inspiring naturalists, activists, and wildlife artists; making their own scavenger hunts with riddles; and more!

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Diversity

At Inspire, we believe in diversity and inclusion. We welcome children from diverse linguistic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as children in general education and special education programs. Contact us if your child has a disability for accomodations we may be able to provide in our Berkeley nature camps, Oakland nature camps, and Castro Valley nature camps. Our camps are not specifically designed as special needs camps but are open to all and are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Camp Counselors experienced in creating a safe and respectful environment for diverse children to learn and enjoy! 

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What to Wear and Bring

  • A mask, in accordance with local and state COVID-19 health and safety requirements

  • Layers - short sleeve shirt and light jacket or long-sleeved shirt

  • Sun protection: sunscreen/sunblock, sunglasses and/or sun hat

  • Hiking backpack - if your child doesn't have one, a school backpack may suffice

  • Healthy snack

  • Healthy packed lunch

  • One journaling notebook (8.5 x 11 inches) containing ruled paper (your child will receive additional, eye-catching ones at camp!)

  • Water in a water bladder inside your child's backpack or water bottle

  • Hiking shoes or hiking sandals already broken in 

  • A sense of adventure and curiosity!

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Camp Dates, Hours, Prices

East Bay forest camp hours and regular prices are the same for all three age groups.

  • Camp hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 

  • Weekly camp price: $465.00

  • Contact us for inquiries about half days and attendance fewer than five days

Camp Weeks:

June 28-July 2     $465.00

July 6-9                 $372.00 (closed July 5)

July 12-16             $465.00

July 19-23             $465.00

July 26-30             $465.00

Aug 2-6                 $465.00

Aug 9-13               $465.00

Discounts:

Sibling Discount: $50 off for sibling enrollment, applied towards one camp per child per season.

First-Time Enrollment: $25 off for first-time enrollment with Inspire's camps, applied towards one camp per child.

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Locations

Parks of the East Bay!

  • Hikes for kids in Berkeley camps

  • Hikes for kids in Oakland camps

  • Hikes for kids in Castro Valley camps

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Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley

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Redwood Regional Park in Oakland

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Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland

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Claremont Canyon in Berkeley

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Lake Chabot in Castro Valley

Your requests are always welcome! East Bay outdoor camp locations and specific trail requests are considered by popular demand for Berkeley outdoor camps, Oakland outdoor camps, Castro Valley outdoor camps, and other cities in the Bay Area! For requests or inquiries, feel free to reach out with an email for the quickest reply.

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Register today and let the journeys begin!

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Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780

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Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

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