Summer Tilden Outdoor Camp for Ages 4.5-6

Give your kids a summer outside up at Tilden Park this year. Just minutes away… but feels like a whole other place and pace.

Each week varies and campers attend from 1-11 weeks of camp with enthusiasm and continued engagement with the variety offered. No two weeks are the same, and yet, there is a regular schedule..

All campers meet up at the Meadows site for the start of the day with Free Play. The younger campers, the Strawberry Bananas, ages 4.5-6, and older campers, the Mango-Coconuts, ages 7-10, often separate, so activities can match age group interests, energy levels, and intensity. We play circle games to get to know each other, build trust, work together and plant seeds of long-lasting friendships. We sing songs and do art, cooking, science, and nature activities for fun, release and to learn new skills..

Each week Free Play is a daily highlight where staff and youth leaders engage with campers and get to know the wide array of camper talents and interests. Campers participate in organized field games, open ball and sports play, books and board games including checkers, chess and Apples to Apples, and legos and blocks. Our camp is mixed age and a space where siblings can spend time together during the day.

We do our best to plan to meet our campers’ needs and know when to adjust our plans and expectations so it works better for all. Our goal is to make an inclusive space that sparks curiosity, encourages problem solving and active listening, where working together benefits children and adults alike.

Camp is only fun if you feel safe, nurtured and understood…especially when trying brand new activities with brand new friends!

drop off and pick up information
Drop off and pick up Tilden Park, Berkeley: Meadows Picnic Area
How to prepare

Campers should be 4.5 years old by the start of camp

Campers bring their own lunch and morning snack. We provide afternoon snack for extended care PM campers. We are a nut and nut butter free camp, to help keep our campers safe.

Campers need to be able to handle themselves well in our group of up to 51 campers and with staff: camper ratio of 1:9.

Additional Notes
Monkey Business Camp will be in touch with you via e-mail to ask for follow-up information.
  • Camper weeks or days are not transferable to other campers, except between siblings.
  • To transfer to another week of Summer Camp: $25/week transfer fee until one month before the camp session start. No transfers available after that time.
  • You cannot transfer between programs, for example transferring from February Camp to Spring Camp or Summer Camp. You may transfer between different programs during the summer, for example from our Monkey Business Tilden Outdoor to Boys on the Go program.
  • If we need to cancel a program due to low enrollment, you will receive option to transfer to another program or get full refund. In the case of a natural disaster that affects ability to hold camp at the specific locations noted in communications, we’ll find alternate meeting place to hold camp and will be unable to offer any refunds. If no alternate sites can be found, we will issue refunds.

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