I wanted to share some info about an awesome bay area summer day camp. Avid4 Adventure summer camp programs were started in Colorado years ago. Last year they introduced one in Corte Madera. My son went and he LOVED it. My son is 10, but the camp is open to kids pre-school aged all the way to 12 years old. This year there are 2 new locations - one is in Berkeley and one in Oakland. We live in the east bay so we are happy they are coming over to the east bay this year!
This was an AMAZING day camp with different outdoor activities each day including kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, etc. My son is NOT a super sporty, outdoorsy kid. He is much more of a legos and reading boy. So I really wasn't sure how this experience would be for him. I was able to talk in depth with the instructors prior to the start of camp about my concerns and they were great in explaining to me that the camp is focused on building self-confidence, not being an expert. I was very impressed with how they were able to help all kids realize their 'adventures' at a variety of paces. They worked with all the kids at their own levels.
My son is also not usually overly expressive about things he enjoys. He's a pretty grounded, sensitive little guy, but he came back every day gushing with excitement about how awesome this camp was and he cannot wait to go back this year. I would urge any curious parent to check out the website. You can see the high level of experience and expertise they offer with their staff. As I mentioned, they will make themselves totally available if you have questions or concerns about your own child before you sign up. I received a call from the counselor for our session prior to the start of the camp and all kids received a booklet at the end of the week. And they post pictures online every day of the kids doing the day's activities! They were really fun to see. It was an absolutely superb quality camp and an over-the-top fun and learning experience for my shy boy. I highly recommend it for any type of kid of any age!
You can find information about them and their summer camps at www.Avid4.com Heidi
Hi all, I'm interested in experiences with avid4adventure camp in Berkeley. I can't seem to find any reviews. Did your kid go there? How was it? I'm thinking of sending my 4.5 yr old daughter for a week this summer. They are one of the few camps I have found that take 4 yr olds and have a session June 16-20. Other ideas welcome too! Am also thinking about monkey business, but don't want to drive up to Tilden every day... Thanks! Loa
I sent my nephew last year and can not say enough about how great this camp is. They really deliver on everything they promise and kids get to climb, bike and paddle and hike -- something different each day. The camp is for 3-12 year olds (grouped by age) and it is more than worth the cost. We are sending our son for two weeks this summer, and we have our niece and nephew staying with us for a week so that they can go as well. kelli