Camp Elmwood

Community Subscriber
Operated By: 
St. John's Presbyterian Church
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens
40 participants
CampElmwood [at]
510 845 6830
Church affiliation
Editors' Notes: 

Camp Elmwood is a community service program of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, emphasizing creativity, values, and concern for the environment and others, since 1993

July 26 - July 30, 2021

For ages 6 to 13, our 2021 theme is “Better Together”: Under the Redwoods, you'll find a place of peace and acceptance, where we value the abilities and interests of each camper and all are welcome.   

 Mon. thru Thurs., July 26 through 29, from 9am to 2pm; & Fri., July 30 9am to 7pm. 


Art, basketball, volleyball, four-square, ping pong, lawn games, music, drama, dance, science, cooking, swim-hike, talent show, community service and opportunities for leadership.


$80, 1st camper ; $75/addlt campers. Full Scholarships avail.


Teen Leadership Camp  (ages 14-18), July 19 thru July 30, 2021

More information on website.

Now taking applications

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

June 1996

Here is a local 1 week day camp in Berkeley in August that my kids have gone to for the past two summers. It is a very fun experience. It would have been great if it was for a longer time but the man who runs it, takes off a week of vacation from his other job in order to provide this camp for the kids.


My kids attended Camp Elmwood this summer and I recommend it highly. They really do mean it when they say "Each camper will have the opportunity to be a leader and to learn from others." The kids plan and prepare a BBQ on the last day for parents and community members, and then put on a show after dinner to display what they've done for the week. My 13-year-old son was a counselor, for which he was paid $50 for the week! He organized and taught hockey classes and helped to put on a demo game at the parents' BBQ, guiding the little kids through their paces. But the remarkable feat was my 11-year-old, a known troublemaker in some circles, who taught some younger kids at camp a few magic tricks and then put on a show with them for the parents. This is the kind of thing that really gets a mom excited about a summer camp! This camp is just one week in the summer, put together almost entirely by a Berkeley lawyer, Fred Harvey, in collaboration with his church, St. John's Presbyterian (though the camp is non-religious in nature.)