Summer Programs in or near San Francisco

Camp Galileo - Menlo Park

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State and County:
CA, Santa Clara Co.

City / Town:
Menlo Park

Oak Knoll School, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane, Menlo Park CA, 94025

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Type of Camp / Gender:
Arts, Science, & Adventure Camp

Age Range:
Pre-K - 5 grades

Duration - Dates / Time:
6/18 - 8/3/2012 (dependent on the year); Weekly: M - F, 9 am - 3 pm; Extended Care Available: 8:00 am - 9:00 am & 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$319 - 399 per week

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Camp Galileo is the only Bay Area summer day camp for pre-K to rising 5th graders that encourages kids to brainstorm, create and think like innovators through the Galileo Innovation Approach. Each week-long summer camp session centers around an imaginative story or theme, which inspires art, science and outdoor projects for campers to explore.

Field Trips:

Yes, extra fee of $30/week


White alone - 19,841 (62.0%); Hispanic - 5,902 (18.4%); Asian alone - 3,132 (9.8%)

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application and health/immunization form

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Yelp -

5/5 stars on Yelp; first review is for Menlo Park camp;

Review from Hillary E.

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Hillary E.
Menlo Park, CA

My child actually attended Camp Galileo in Menlo Park last year, but there's no yelp page for that site, so I'll post here!

We LOVED Galileo, and here's why...

My son, who was an incoming kindergartener last year, is very inquisitive, creative and energetic. The enthusiasm of the camp staff (who are all thoroughly vetted before being hired) was contagious. I worried that my child would be nervous about going alone to a full-day camp without knowing any of the other kids; on the contrary, he couldn't wait to get up and go to camp every morning, and he had a huge smile on his face every afternoon when I picked him up. Isn't that what "camp" is supposed to be all about?

From what I understand, this year Camp Galileo is going to offer before- and after-camp care (until 6 PM) to accommodate working parents. They're also going to offer ChoiceLunch hot lunches (like those in the public schools -- relatively healthy). I think that's one of the things that most impressed me about this camp: They really listen to parents' feedback and seem eager to make changes that will improve campers' and families' experiences.

I am surprised by one parent's previous post about poor communication. I felt like the Galileo staff communicated better and more consistently than many teachers! We received a weekly newsletter with a calendar of the week's activities, along with daily notes about the next day's special events. My child loved the theme days and really got into the spirit. He learned about teamwork, and embraced learning while having so much fun.

We will definitely sign up again this year -- for both of my kids this summer, and for more weeks!


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