River Camp gets earthy this year! Partially inspired by Jules Vernes’ Journey to the Center of the Earth, young architects and storytellers will work individually and together to create a fantastic underground river landscape. Each child will invent a ''land'' along the descending water which may be inhabited by animal communities, exotic gardens, lost tribes of humanity, fairy houses, mythological figures or mysterious machines. Real cascading water will flow down through a series of grotto's culminating in a vast underground sea! Along the way campers will learn about architecture, design and a smidgen of biology and geology. The finished 35-foot river landscape will be the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends!
You can download the full Summer 2012 brochure (pdf) here.
Entering 3rd Grade to entering 6th Grade – limited to 18 kids per session
Session 1: July 9 to July 20
Session 2: July 23 to August 3 (one spot left in this session)
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $703 for two week session Financial Aid available
Location: The San Francisco School 300 Gaven St., SF,CA 94134 ( A five minute drive from Excelsior, near the 44 bus line)
Contact: Harald Frohlich at the San Francisco School: firstname.lastname@example.org 415 239-5065
Gregory Gavin, a visual artist, designs public art and educational projects for schools, museums and public places. He's been commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum and has piloted summer camps for the Bay Area Discovery Museum and MOCA.
Dolores Elkin has over 27 years of experience teaching (21 of them at The SF School). She has a CA teaching credential for art, along with a CA credential for grades pre-K-8.
What Parents Say About River Camp:
"River Camp is the most innovative, imaginative camp our son has ever attended." – Caroline K.
"The BEST! So much so we cancelled our 4th of July camping trip to Yosemite because we could not miss our last day of River Camp”. – Fay C
"Our son absolutely loved river camp! He loved building structures and planting the plants. He wishes it was a longer camp so he could have more time to build. Wonderful experience, creativity, fun, learning to work together, share, have independent ideas. I would highly recommend it to other families!” – Dale D.
"What is different about river camp is the conceptualization of a project/idea the sequencing of the steps and the final project product lots of skill use: planning, organizing, imagining, sequencing, concluding." – Connie C.
"Very fun and personal. Organized and super creative. We schedule our summer plans around it! It was such a positive experience, that we might be sending both children next year loved it!” – Jen P.
"I would like to extend our warmest thanks. Our son thoroughly enjoyed the River camp. It was a monumental experience for him, and for us. He has had such a wonderful time that we wonder if he even wants to come home to Japan. There is nothing greater for parents than to see our children grow happily. For this I would like to thank you and all of the people of SF school. Please extend our special thanks to Andy Schine and Gregory Gavin for all the work, care, support and love that they have shared." – Steven W. (from Japan)