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This may sound odd, but my daughter LOVED the Lego STEM camp at the Downtown Oakland YMCA. I'm uncertain the leaders have extra skills to support differences, but they are definitely capable of engaging a wide range of learners. My daughter has attention and sensory challenges, yet she was engaged and included with zero reports of issues during the day. It was the one camp she wanted to ensure she could do again this summer, so I planned the whole summer around it. She also went to several of their regular day camps and did well. When there were issues, the counselors communicated with us at drop-off/pick-up to understand how they could better support her to be successful during the day.
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We've had our 6 year old taking lessons at the Berkeley Y for two years. I'd love to see if there are any camps that have swimming once or even twice a day to really get him swimming and breathing on his own. Any feedback is welcome. Thanks!
The Oakland YMCA has Splash camp. My daughter did it last year. They have a daily swimming lesson and a free swim, along with other typical day camp activities. Carrie
Does anyone have any experience with the downtown Oakland YMCA camp programs? They sound great, but I don't know anyone who has used them. Are the staff kind to the children? Any input appreciated. Thanks! Anonymous
My daughter attended the Oakland YMCA camps in the Summer of 2009 and really liked them. The activities were very varied; often I wished I could take off work and go to camp with her. The staff was extremely kind. I heard no complaints from her about yelling or anything (and I would have if they had) and, within a day or two, at sign-in they welcomed her by name and smiling.
Other ''pluses'' of the camp: (1) the kids and staff are very diverse, (2) the drop off and pick up times are great for working parents, (3) the activities changed from week to week, and (4) the kids were treated well by the counselors and CITs.
My daughter would have been happy to go back the next year, but I changed jobs and it was no longer convenient. Mom of happy camper