Lower School camps are designed to offer a variety of enrichment, skill-building and play opportunities. Each week, a variety of full-day camps for different age groups are available from 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Session I: June 29 – July 3

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Hearken back to the good ol’ days, meeting up at the cul-de-sac for a day of no-frills fun! Through activities like cornhole, capture the flag, knock out, and flag football, students will learn the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship while having a blast!

Young Naturalists

Have you ever wondered what makes plants green, where fog comes from, or what a red-tailed hawk sounds like? During this week we’ll all be naturalists, turning the world around us into one big laboratory. Anything we see can be our next experiment!

Photography

Do you have a keen eye for photography? Come learn how to take digital photos and explore the world through the lens of a camera. We will focus on portraits and landscapes, and go on photo field trips in the city. At the end of the program, all campers will obtain their very own printed book of photos.

Jewelry Making with DragonFly Designs

Tap into your creativity in a camp filled with art and beading bliss! After an opening circle of friendship-building games, campers will jump into the artistic process and come away with a brand-new collection of gorgeous art and jewelry pieces and the skills to make each one of them! We teach a wide array of art and jewelry techniques not to be found elsewhere. Techniques working with clay, metal, etching, beading, patina, stamping and dapping, mosaics, candle & soap making, painting, tie-dye, and copper etching may be introduced.

Woodworking with Moira (Kids Carpentry)

Nobody’s too young to learn the basics of woodworking, and our week-long workshop will expose our campers to shop safety, simple hand tools, and the joy that comes from making something for yourself. Projects may include simple wooden looms, bird houses, or book boxes. For safety reasons this camp has a very low enrollment cap, so sign up fast!

(Note: This camp will be offered only in the morning for first and second graders and only in the afternoon for third through fifth graders. Please contact camp administrators for options during the other half of the day.)

Session II: July 6 – July 10

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join!

Model SF

Campers will strike out into the city, going on trips to locations that they select. They will create observational records through writing, drawing, and photography and then return to campus to create a project inspired by the city of San Francisco. Perhaps we’ll create a scale model of Dolores Park or be inspired to create our own murals like the one on the Women’s Building. The possibilities are endless!

Young Chefs

We’ll explore flavors that range from spicy to sweet to savory as we create our very own recipes. We will harvest fruit and vegetables from our garden and use math to measure, weigh, and sort our ingredients. We’ll conduct experiments with everyday items found in the kitchen and write our own cookbooks. During these two weeks, all the wonders and possibilities of cooking will be explored—don’t miss out on this culinary treat!

Magic Camp with Nexplore

Welcome to the world of magic, where every child is a star! In this unique summer camp, students build self-confidence, performance skills, and theatrical charm to wow their audience with tricks from their very own magic kits. New to the world of magic? This is the perfect place to start! This course offers an experienced instructor, a step-by-step guidebook, and access to tutorial videos so children can continue their practice at home!

Session III: July 13 – July 17

Basketball All Stars

During this week, li’l ballers will practice everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws. Grab your Powerade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun. Next stop, Warriors tryouts!

Young Engineers

M.M. O’Shaughnessy and Hannskarl Bandel both got their start somewhere – engineering camp! We’ll complete several design challenges that engage campers in the process of planning, considering constraints, executing, and testing creative design ideas. Each day will bring a new engineering feat for campers.

Carnival

During carnival camp, students will build and run their very own carnival, complete with games, concession stands, and attractions. Everybody loves a day at the carnival, so come join us for our very own CDS Summer Camp Carnival.

Farmers' Market

Celebrate locally-grown food by visiting some of the farmers’ markets that our city has to offer! Participants will be challenged to navigate the market, interview vendors, and collaborate in making a farmers’ market feast with all that we gather on our trips.

Movie Making with Rowan

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own movie? This week-long camp will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and movie making. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity while finishing the week with an original work.

Session IV: July 20 – July 24

Sports, Games, and Physical Activity

Hearken back to the good ol’ days, meeting up at the cul-de-sac for a day of no-frills fun! Through activities like cornhole, capture the flag, knock out, and flag football, students will learn the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship while having a blast!

The Outdoor Lab

Have you ever wondered what makes plants green, where fog comes from, or what a red-tailed hawk sounds like? During this week we’ll all be naturalists, turning the world around us into one big laboratory. Anything we see can be our next experiment!

Colors in Art

In this camp, our young artists will explore the different dimensions of color in art. We will make our own watercolors, tie-dye t-shirts, experiment with natural dyes, and examine the effects that changes in color have on our perception. Students will go home with colorful creations each day.

Movie Making with Rowan

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own movie? This week-long camp will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and movie making. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity while finishing the week with an original work.

Session V: July 27 – July 31

Soccer Superstars

Using age-appropriate and highly effective drills and curricula, children will master the soccer skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join!

Actors and Directors

Have you ever wanted to create and act in your own play? This week-long camp will teach students foundational acting, improvisation, and playwriting. We introduce consistent use of tools and habits that allow students to develop and explore self-expression and creativity while finishing the week with an original work.

Young Chefs

We’ll explore flavors that range from spicy to sweet to savory as we create our very own recipes. We will harvest fruit and vegetables from our garden and use math to measure, weigh, and sort our ingredients. We’ll conduct experiments with everyday items found in the kitchen and write our own cookbooks. During these two weeks, all the wonders and possibilities of cooking will be explored – don’t miss out on this culinary treat!

Session VI: August 3 – August 7

Basketball All Stars

During this week, li’l ballers will practice everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws. Grab your Powerade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun. Next stop, Warriors tryouts!

Young Engineers

M.M. O’Shaughnessy and Hannskarl Bandel both got their start somewhere – engineering camp! We’ll complete several design challenges that engage campers in the process of planning, considering constraints, executing, and testing creative design ideas. Each day will bring a new engineering feat for campers.

Photography

Do you have a keen eye for photography? Come learn how to take digital photos and explore the world through the lens of a camera. We will focus on portraits and landscapes, and go on photo field trips in the city. At the end of the program, all campers will obtain their very own printed book of photos.

Farmers' Market

Celebrate locally-grown food by visiting some of the farmers’ markets that our city has to offer! Participants will be challenged to navigate the market, interview vendors, and collaborate in making a farmers’ market feast with all that we gather on our trips.

Woodworking with Moira (Kids Carpentry)

Nobody’s too young to learn the basics of woodworking, and our week-long workshop will expose our campers to shop safety, simple hand tools, and the joy that comes from making something for yourself. Projects may include simple wooden looms, bird houses, or book boxes. For safety reasons this camp has a very low enrollment cap, so sign up fast!

(Note: This camp will be offered only in the morning for first and second graders and only in the afternoon for third through fifth graders. Please contact camp administrators for options during the other half of the day.)

Daily Schedule for Elementary Campers:

8:00–9:00 a.m.          Drop off/free play on the yard

9:00–10:00 a.m.         All group activity

10:00–11:00 a.m.        Camp activity time

11:00–11:10 p.m.         Snack time

11:10–12:00 a.m.         Camp activity time

12:00–12:30 p.m.        Lunch

12:30–2:30 p.m.         Camp activity time

2:30–2:40 p.m.           Snack time

2:40–3:30 p.m.           All group activity

3:30–6:00 p.m.           Aftercare

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!