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When I start looking for camp experiences for my kids, I always look for ones that provide lifelong memories and skills. While it can be tough to find camps geared specifically toward toddlers and pre-schoolers, I found some that welcome wee ones and cater to every type of budding personality.
I have been on the hunt specifically for my 5-year-old, Roman. He is all boy, all energy and all over the place. I wanted to find a half day camp that is super structured and really keeps him busy learning and trying new things. I run the gamut with age groups, having a ten, nine, five and a one year old this year! Looks like The Bay Club has something for all the Schaffer kids this summer.
Putting parents’ minds at ease, all Bay Club Camp Counselors are First Aid, AED and CPR certified. Their main focus is ensuring that Bay Club Campers are having fun, being safe at all times, and creating memorable summer camp experiences.
This summer marks 15 years of interactive camps at The Bay Club. With their summer line up filled with a variety of programs, lessons, and events, this year the Schaffer kids will have plenty to choose from, with full and half day options. A Perk? I, too, can hang around and get a work out in, find a quiet place to work, enjoy a spa service or simply relax. The Bay Club is the one place where I can surrender my role of CEO of my home. I can actually connect with others in person and top off my workout with a smoothie. I love that I can bring my baby and know he’s in exceptionally good hands while my other children are enjoying camp activities. Learning new games like Pickleball and putting that the pickleball paddle we got for Christmas to good use. I have found everything I could possibly need, and look forward to enrolling my kids in some summer fun at The Bay Club. Is it summer yet?!
WHATS NEW THIS SUMMER?
Looks like The Bay Club is rolling all the fun of Theme Camp and Sports Camp into one! This year, campers will be divided up by age-group* and will rotate through a variety of weekly changing age-appropriate sports, art projects, and activities. They are confident that this new format will provide campers and their families an even better and more memorable experience. Scroll down to see what a “typical” day at Camp is all about. One great thing to note as well, is that there will be an option for the kids to have lunch so you don’t have to pack a daily lunch if time doesn’t permit.
Age-groups are subject to change based on enrollment levels, but as a general rule will be: 2.5 – 4 yrs, 5 – 6 yrs, 7 – 8 years, and 9 – 12 years. Every week will include lessons in swim, hip-hop, yoga & tennis. Art projects and group games will change weekly.
Many of the camps include “water play” and or “pool time.” You can be confident that each instructor is CPR/First Aid Certified Camp Team, and is at a ratio of 1:5.
CAMPS AT A GLANCE
Little Explorers | Ages 2.5 – 4 yrs | Weekly, Monday through Friday | 9:00 am–1:00 pm
A great introduction to summer camp for your little ones, Little Explorers Camp provides campers with a variety of developmentally appropriate themed activities. Our caring and qualified counselors will make each weekly session safe and secure from the moment your Little Explorer arrives with plenty of smiles, games, and fun!
Artventure: Ocean Commotion | Ages 3 – 6 yrs | Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Discover octopi, turtles, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and starfish in this art camp devoted to the underwater world! Join us as we paint, print, collage, stamp, stick, and sculpt creating artwork inspired by our ocean environment! Along the way, we’ll read stories, play games, and have a whale of a time!
Bay Club Summer Camp | Ages 5 – 12 | June 19 through August 25 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is a well-rounded camp that includes a variety of sports, games, crafts, and endless fun! Each week will have a new theme with games, lessons, and art projects. In addition to the activities detailed below, campers will master their swimming skills through a 30-minute group lesson Monday through Thursday.
Counselor In Training | Ages 13–15 | June 19–August 25
Sadly, all campers must grow up, but taking the Counselor in Training (CIT) program can be a great way to transition from camper to counselor. Plus CITs will learn job related skills for the future, demonstrate leadership ability, act as a mentor, share responsibility and strengthen communication skills. CIT’s lead by example, they engage, participate and assure all campers are having a great experience. CITs will spend time with campers, ages 3 – 12 yrs, supporting games and activities organized by camp staff. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, active participation in sports, arts & crafts, team-building, group games, food service, and supporting the day-to-day operations of the Camps. Choose from full-day or half-day options.
Artventure: Artastic Fantastic | Ages 6 – 10 yrs | Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Create with clay, print with inks, paint on canvas, design and draw! Explore all kinds of art materials in this super creative camp for kids who love making fantastic and super fun art.
Ballet Camp AM Session | AGES 3 – 6 yrs | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Mackenzie Quinn, our experienced and certified ballet teacher, will help your little ballerina or ballarino learn the etiquette and art of dance. There will be a different theme each week, and students will learn basic technique, tutu making and choreography in each camp.
Mad Science: Adventures in the Wild | Ages 5 – 10 yrs | Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Take a walk on the wild side with Mad Science as we explore animals, birds, bugs, and beasts! Have some creepy, crawly fun building a bughouse and fill it with new friends to take home. Explore the amazing ways animals adapt in the wilderness as you hunt down their tracks and make an animal track of your own. Discover what a night-hunting owl found for dinner by taking part in an owl pellet dissection. Take home projects include a bughouse, animal track, sundial, solar cooker and more!
Mad Science: All Stars | Ages 5 – 10 yrs | Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
You have been selected to participate on the Mad Science All-Star team! Learn about famous scientists and inventors who were all-stars in their field of expertise. Follow in their footsteps as we equip you with the science skills needed to rise to the top. Together with your teammates, you will build super structures, create a volcanic eruption, and examine rocks formed from volcanic magma. Soar high above as you build a kite and experiment with lift, aerodynamics and air pressure. Discover the secret behind the stars and make a star chart. Take home projects include magnetic soccer game, rocket racer, star locater, kite, animal track, crystal garden and more!
Intro to STEM with LEGO® Materials | AGES 5 – 7 yrs | Monday, , July 3 through Friday, July 7 | 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, and merry-go-rounds. Then, use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Live Action Flix | Ages 7 – 13 yrs | Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Do you want to have a blast making a movie? Let The Bay Club take you from “Action!” to “That’s a wrap!” brainstorming, location scouting, adding props and costumes, acting, and directing in a collaborative movie that is fun for the entire audience.
LEGO Flix | Ages 7 – 13 yrs | Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We know you love LEGOS and can create incredible LEGO worlds. Now it’s time to bring those worlds to life in Lego stop-motion animated flix! We provide the LEGO, and you provide your imagination. Students will create a LEGO set with LEGO characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot and voice-over in age-appropriate groups.
Live Action and Lego Flix | Ages 7 – 13 yrs | Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11 | 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Are you the next star director? Actor? Writer? Cameraman? You get to do it all in these live action flix! Make visions come true in these movies where campers act, write, direct, and more. We know you love LEGOS and can create incredible LEGO worlds. Now it’s time to bring those worlds to life in Lego stop-motion animated flix! The Bay Club will provide the LEGO, and you provide your imagination. Students will create a LEGO set with LEGO characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot and voice-over in age-appropriate groups.
Water Polo Camp | Monday to Friday | 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Water polo provides an excellent learning and social environment for children of all ages and ability levels. Whether your child has dreams of being a member of our PAC Water Polo club, wishes to learn new skills, or loves swimming with friends, water polo will provide an avenue for them to meet and exceed these goals.
Mighty Mites Summer Tennis Camps | Ages 4 – 6 yrs | Monday through Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
These camps are designed to help juniors learn and improve their tennis skills so they can enjoy the game of tennis for a lifetime. Your child will develop his or her eye and hand coordination, movement, and balance, as well as fundamental strokes. We use USTA’s new QuickStart format employing slower balls and smaller courts so that your child will be playing tennis in no time!
Smashers Summer Tennis Camps | Ages 7 – 10 yrs | Monday through Friday | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Smashers Tennis Camp emphasizes strategy, stroke execution, competitive drills, matches, and mini-tournaments. Using the USTA’s new QuickStart tennis—which includes slower ball speeds and smaller courts—this slightly more competitive camp will greatly improve your child’s game. The program is based on Coach John Wooden’s children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. Our qualified and caring instructors not only teach children how to achieve their own success as tennis players, they emphasize the positive life lessons that sports can teach. Camp will be held on the outdoor courts.
Strokers Summer Tennis Camps | Ages 9 – 13 | Monday through Friday | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
These camps are designed to help juniors learn and improve their tennis skills, so they can enjoy the game of tennis for a lifetime. Instructors emphasize strategy, stroke production, competitive drills, in matches and mini tournaments using the USTA’s new QuickStart tennis, using slower balls and smaller courts. The program is based on Coach John Wooden’s children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. Our qualified and caring instructors not only teach children how to achieve their own success as tennis players, but more importantly, they emphasize the positive life lessons that sports can teach. Camp will be held on the outdoor courts.
Full Day Smashers/Strokers Summer Tennis Camps | Ages 7 – 14 yrs | Monday through Friday | 9:00 pm–4:30 pm
Join us for a full day of tennis camp starting with skills practice and drills. After the morning of tennis, we’ll serve up a nutritious lunch, then it’s back out on the courts for more drills, games, and match play. At the end of the afternoon, we’ll all cool off swimming and playing in the splash zone. These camps are designed to help juniors learn and improve their tennis skills so they can enjoy the game of tennis for a lifetime. Instructors emphasize strategy, stroke production, competitive drills, playing matches and mini tournaments. The program is based on Coach John Wooden’s children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. Our qualified and caring instructors not only teach children how to achieve their own success as tennis players, but emphasize the positive life lessons that sports can teach. This camp will be held on the outdoor courts.
You do NOT have to be a member of The Bay Club for your kids to join their camps. However, if you are a member there are always NEW Summer Complimentary Youth classes each day. I am such a fan of these classes because it exposes the kids to being fit while mom can get some exercise in. The summer lineup for children’s fitness includes JV Fitness, JV Yoga, Zumba Kids, Hip Hop, JV Futsal, and more! You can go on a tour at The Bay Club at any time. Good news is, if you do, three day passes are available! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. The Bay Club is not only fun and well rounded for the kids, it gives mom the opportunity to work, work out, refresh and relax. And at the end of the day, we’re all the best versions of ourselves!
General Camp Information: Please register online at www.bayclubscamps.com to reserve your child’s space in camp.
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