Summer Camp at the Center


Full-Day (9:00am – 3:30pm) and Half-Day (9:00am – 12:00pm)
For ages 5-14 years old
CAMP at JCAS is a creative and experiential summer day-camp that supports a community of artists and innovators who want to investigate their worlds.  At JCAS Summer Camp, your child explores the possibilities through 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 learners.  Each theme combines art, science, and outdoor play right at Lakeside Park!

Our projects are led by professional teaching artists and science educators who inspire a warm, open and creative environment where campers feel encouraged to take risks, explore and try their hand at a myriad of techniques.  

JCAS CAMP is located on beautiful Lake Merritt!

*Campers must be 5 years old by the start date of the chosen camp.


SUMMER CAMP DATES AND DESCRIPTIONS

WEEKTHEMEDESCRIPTIONAGES
June 8-12Creative CodingCreate 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. 11-13
June 15-19Digital ArtsA 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 the program, they will document the in-class creative process through photo and video.5-7
June 15-19Crazy Chemistry  “MmmmMmm Molecules” Join us for a week of molecular exploration – Campers will tempt their taste buds with some food exploration, from homemade ice cream to solar cooking. Campers will also learn about synthetic compounds – like industrial slime and snow. 8-10
(2 weeks)
June 22 -26
June 29- Jul 3
Carpentry 1If 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.6-13
June 22 – 26Creative CreaturesEmbark 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. 5-7
June 29-July 3Comics/ZinesCreate your own comics! Tell your own tale! In this camp, we will explore the world of visual storytelling. Students will be introduced to fundamental principles of visual storytelling, layout and cover design, while also getting creative with printmaking techniques, paper folding, and book making.7-10
July 6-10Circuits! Can I get a Watt Watt…Light it up and make it move! Explore the world of Electricity with LEDs, paper circuits, motors and solar powered robots.8-10
July 6-10Mix it upLet’s mix it up with wild patterns, crazy concoctions, and loads of art supplies! In this 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. Celebrate at the end of the week with a homemade local feast and and art show for the whole family.5-7
July 13-17
July 20-24
Carpentry 2If 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.
July 13-17
Art AdventurersIn this fun filled camp young artists will take part in an adventure. From observational drawing to creating sculptures with natural materials, this Art Adventure will focus on showcasing the rich history and cultural aspects of Lake Merritt while providing ample opportunities to create art. Students will be encouraged to stretch their minds, bodies, and imaginations in this sensory-rich art exploration!
5-7
(2 weeks)
July 20-24
July 27-31
Carpentry 2If 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.
July 20-24Stop Motion AnimationTap 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.  8-10
(2 weeks)July 27-31
Aug 3-7
MakerSpace Make, create, and innovate- this 2 week camp is an interactive hands-on makerspace camp where campers will engage in small and large scale individual and collaborative projects while exploring science and engineering concepts. Spend your days Using design software like scratch and Tinkercad develop cardboard prototypes, play music on a banana and explore 3D printers. Mornings are devoted to digital design & fabrication. Afternoons you’ll get down and dirty with assembly: soldering circuit & parts, drilling, gluing and whatever else it takes to build your model. 8-11
(2 weeks)July 27-31
Aug 3-7

Carpentry 3If 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.6-14

CAMP 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
$195 – $250/week for Half Day

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

GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION

DAILY DROP OFF/PICK UP:
9:00 — Drop off 
9:05 — Opening Circle/Morning meeting – All Campers
9:15 – 10:45am — Studio/Lab Time
10:45 – 11:15am — Snack Time & Free Play Outdoors
11:15 – 12:00pm — Studio/Lab Time
12:00 — Pick up for Half-day campers
12:00 – 1:00pm — Lunch & Free Play Outdoors
1:00 – 2:45pm — Studio/Lab Time
2:45 – 3:00pm — Closing Circle
3:00pm — Outdoor play
3:30pm — Pick up for Full-day campers
3:30 – 5:00pm — Extended Day/After-care (separate fee)

Friday Afternoon Showcase:
At the close of each camp week at 3:30pm we will highlight some of the creative work from the week with an exhibit.  Parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR

  • Campers should bring a lunch, a snack, and a water bottle 
  • Children should wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes or shoes that they can run in.
  • Apply sunscreen (especially carpentry campers) as we will be outdoors for parts of the camp day.
  • 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.
  • Please pick your camper up on time.  You will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute payable that day.


Financial Aid:

Need additional support? 

Thanks to the generosity of the Welte Construction Company JCAS offers a limited amount of financial aid on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis.  We will begin taking applications for Summer 2020 in early February.  
Please complete the form below to submit an application for consideration.


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 two weeks notice to camp week: no refund

Unfortunately, due to a limit in camp spots, no credit is given for partial attendance.  No portion of tuition will be refunded if the child is absent, withdrawn, or should otherwise fail to complete the activity.