Summer Camp at the Center

DRAFT SUMMER CAMP 2019

Summer Camp at the Junior Center

CAMP at JCAS is a creative and experiential summer day-camp that supports a community of artists and innovators who want to creatively investigate their worlds. At JCAS Summer Camp, your child explores the possibilities in the arts and sciences. A variety of projects are designed around a weekly theme for each week of camp and are scaled to be developmentally appropriate and meet the needs of individual children. Each theme combines art, science and outdoor activities.

Our projects are led by professional teaching artists and science educators who inspire a warm, open, and creative environment where campers feel encouraged to takes risks, explore, and try their hand at a myriad of creative techniques. JCAS CAMP is located at beautiful Lake Merritt, Oakland.

Please click on class topics below for drop down of descriptions. 

A photo tells a thousand stories! The focus of this camp is photography and mixed media.  Campers will explore elements of mixed media, digital photography and design thinking.  Using inquiry-led discussion, students will learn about modern photographers and use them as inspiration to create original works of art.  Over the course of camp, they will document the creative process through photo and video.

Get started making your own toys by hacking old ones! This week campers will make their own toys from recycled materials, electronics, and other devices.  Students will imagine ways to create robots, cars, and their own board games.

A machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of force.  Join us for a week of wacky experiments that explore gravity, force, and simple machines.  During this week campers will deepen their knowledge of magnetism, electricity, and gravity.

Come paint with us! Learn about color and texture this week as you explore all different ways to paint. Explore ways artists make their own paints and build your own brushes out of found objects.  We’ll use our hands and sometimes even our feet to create paintings large and small.

Embark on an epic adventure exploring the creatures and critters all around us and in our imaginations. Artists will use their findings to invent fantastic beasts and mythical animals and tell their tales!. Using recycled materials, paper mache, puppetry and sewing inventors will sculpt their creatures and build their very own habitats.

If you can imagine it you can build it! Campers will learn to use a complement of hand tools in a course that stresses respect for others, respect for tools, safe tool use, practical problem-solving and creative development. Projects increase in difficulty as experience grows, beginning with toy boats and working up to full-sized furniture and functional skateboards.

No camp July 4.

Tap into the incredible practice of stop-motion film production and technique using play doh and clay. Animation camp contains everything students need to create their own, individual movies, including top-quality clay, fun-to-use software, adorable cameras and amazing curriculum that turns anyone into a filmmaker.

No class July 4.

Light it up and make it move! Explore the world of circuits, robots, and LED’s then relax while you make compost sing and your robots vibrate.

Calling all Junior naturalists, explorers, and artists. Put on your science hat and examine the flora, fauna, and birds at the Lake. Put on your artist’s hat and design original maps and mixed media art projects based upon who we meet and what we discover. Celebrate at the end of the week with a homemade local feast and and art show for the whole family.

In this fun filled camp we will try a myriad of different techniques and styles by making art with found objects, cardboard, paint and wire. Artists will explore unconventional materials and think “off the wall” as they make installations, sculptures, and other multi-media creations that can stand on their own.

If you can imagine it you can build it! Campers will learn to use a complement of hand tools in a course that stresses respect for others, respect for tools, safe tool use, practical problem-solving and creative development. Projects increase in difficulty as experience grows, beginning with toy boats and working up to full-sized furniture and functional skateboards.

Create your own comics! Tell your own tale! In this camp, we will explore the world of visual storytelling. Campers will be introduced to basic concepts of cartooning, inking, storyboards, and more.

Make, create, and innovate- this camp is an interactive hands-on makerspace camp where we will engage in small and large scale individual and collaborative projects while exploring science and engineering concepts such as chain reaction, electricity, and balance and motion.

If you can imagine it you can build it! Campers will learn to use a complement of hand tools in a course that stresses respect for others, respect for tools, safe tool use, practical problem-solving and creative development. Projects increase in difficulty as experience grows, beginning with toy boats and working up to full-sized furniture and functional skateboards.

Create your own video game! This week we will learn to code their own game or recreate  one of their favorites using visual blocks. Campers will learn fundamental programming concepts and put these into practice developing their very own game. All levels welcome.

General Camp Information

Daily Drop off/pick up:

9:00 – 9:15 am — Drop Off and Free Time

9:15 – 9:30 am — Opening Circle

9:30 – 10:45 am — Studio/Lab Time

10:45 – 11:15 am — Snack Time & Free Play Outdoors

11:15 – 12:00 pm — Studio/Lab Time

12:00pm – Pick up for Half-day campers

12:00 – 1:00 pm — Lunch & Free Play/Games Outdoors

1:00– 2:45 pm —  Studio/Lab Time

2:45 – 3:00pm – Closing Circle

3:00 – Pick up for Full-day campers

3:00 – 4:00 pm — After-care (additional $50/week)

 

Friday Afternoon Showcase:

Every Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm., we will highlight some of the creative work from the week with a gallery exhibit. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

 

What to Bring and Wear:

  • Children should bring a lunch and a snack.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a severe allergy on staff, absolutely NO STRAWBERRIES or strawberry flavored foods or snacks are permitted on the premises.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in keeping our staff healthy and safe.
  • Children should wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes or shoes that they can run in.
  • Apply sunscreen as we will be outdoors for part of the camp. 
  • Parents must sign in and sign out daily.
  • We will need to see ID for anyone such as a relative or child care provider who is designated to pick up your child.
  • Pick up on time. You will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute payable that day. 

Rates and Terms:

Camp at the Junior Center costs approximately
$410/week for Full Day Camp
$220/week for Half Day Camp

We aim to make our programs affordable to all families; summer camp is priced on a sliding scale fee of
$345 – $500/week for Full Day Camp
$195 – $250/week for Half Day Camp.

Families choose the amount they are able to pay.  We continue to fundraise to make our sliding scale available and know that families will be as generous as they can.

Financial Aid:

Need additional support? JCAS offers a limited amount of financial aid on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis. We will begin taking applications for Summer 2018 in early February. Email us for more information [email protected]

Financial Aid Form (Please fill out and return to Junior Center or email to [email protected]):

Terms and Conditions

Upon registration you will be emailed a confirmation of weeks enrolled and fees. This confirmation email will also include our Tax ID number again for your filing convenience.

Please note:
JCAS enrollment is non-transferable.  

In the event you need to cancel your child’s enrollment, we offer the following refunds:

  • Two (or more) weeks prior to the camp week you are canceling: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 weeks notice to camp week: no refund

Unfortunately, because spots are limited, no credit is given for partial attendance. No portion of the tuition will be refunded if the child is absent, withdrawn, or should otherwise fail to complete the activity.

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of Welte Construction Company, a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available for after school and summer class participants. Scholarship applicants must complete all the required forms by the publicized deadlines. Scholarship deadlines are well in advance of the start of each session. Please contact the Junior Center staff at 510.839.5777 for more information and to request the required forms.

Form (Please fill out and return to Junior Center or email to [email protected])