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Summer should be a time to make new friends, pursue interests, and play in the great outdoors.  In fact, having time to play is essential to a child’s healthy growth.  That’s why Crestmont incorporates plenty of free-play alongside organized, teacher-led activities in our summer camp.  When not on exciting field trips, campers will spend their days on our beautiful, 1+ acre campus with plenty of green space, trees, comfortable classrooms, and tinkering space.

In 2016 we will offer six different week-long summer camps starting on June 27th.  Crestmont Summer Camp is open to all children, not just those who attend the school. Questions? Contact us at


Our Mission

To create an unforgettable summer experience for every child.  Every day at Crestmont Summer Camp combines organized activities along a theme as well as free play.  Our goal is for every child to learn, grow, and have lots of fun, while building strong connections with the other campers and staff.

Who Can Attend?

Crestmont Summer Camp is for kids entering kindergarten up to those who will be entering sixth grade next  year.  The camp is open to the whole community — your child does not need to attend Crestmont School in order to attend Crestmont Summer Camp.


The camp will be held on the Crestmont School campus, located in the wooded hills above Richmond (6226 Arlington Boulevard).  There will be a field trip every week; transportation by bus is provided.  Close to I-80 with ample parking, the camp is convenient for families that live in Richmond (including Point Richmond and Richmond Annex), El Cerrito, Pinole, El Sobrante, Hercules, and Albany.


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Pricing – Discounts for Early Registration, Siblings, Referrals, Multiple Weeks

Camp costs $320 for a one week session.  If signing up for two weeks, the second week is $310.  The third, fourth, fifth and sixth weeks cost $300 each.  The week of camp starting July 4th costs $260 because the camp will be closed on the Monday holiday.

Early Bird Discount:  $20 discount on total fees if registration received by March 1st.

Sibling Discount:  Sibling discount of $15 off of each additional child’s weekly fees.

Referral Discount:  If you refer a new family to the camp, both families will receive a $20 discount on total fees.

Start and End Times – Extended Care Available

The regular session runs from 9 am to 3 pm each day.

We offer two options for extended care.  Morning care from 8 to 9 am can be added for $35 per week, and afternoon care from 3 pm to 6 pm costs $75 per week.  Extended care is offered on a weekly basis only, not by the day.

Weekly Themes

Each week of camp has a different theme — see the descriptions below for details.  Keeping with each week’s theme, guest teachers will offer specialty classes every day, except for our field trip days. Experienced counselors will offer a range of other activities each day, including games, sports activities, and arts and crafts. The staff, lead by Camp Director Marisa Palomares, will strive to maintain a healthy balance between structured and unstructured time each day — giving enough time for free play as well as in-depth activities.

Every week we’ll have one special day — either a field trip or an on campus special event. We’ll use school buses for transporting the campers on field trips. Every day campers will need to bring a snack for mid-morning, and a lunch. We’ll provide a simple snack in the afternoon. Examples include fruit, cheese sticks, and crackers.

June 27-July 1   Exploring the Arts

This week campers will explore a variety of art media, under the guidance of an outstanding art and long-time Crestmont teacher, Camille Zulpo. Possible media have included pastel, paper mache, clay, and watercolor. Crafts projects will include stained glass and tile painting. Our field trip on Wednesday will be to the Oakland Museum.
Guest Teacher – Camille Zulpo, who taught 2nd and 3rd grade for many years at Crestmont, and who is an exceptional art teacher

July 5-8 Everything Under the Sun

Let’s have fun in the great outdoors! This week campers will spend lots of time outside, playing games, and creating hands-on crafts. Campers will be making bird feeders and bird houses, garden trinkets, sun-catchers, corn husk dolls, paper flowers, and kites. Derinna, beloved Crestmont teacher, will lead fun Zumba classes as well as cutting and creating special Zumba shirts. Our field trip will be to the El Cerrito Swim Center on Wednesday.
Guest Teacher – Derinna Vehikite, Crestmont’s own Spanish teacher and a certified Zumba instructor

July 11-15   Where the Wild Things Are

If you’re interested in animals, then come join us this week! We’ll paint life- sized cardboard animals to adorn the campus. Campers will create handmade jug animal masks, pipe cleaner animals, and pet rocks. We’ll also collect and observe insects in our handmade bug jars. There’s more: campers will be able to create their own ‘wild things’ videos. We will create creatures out of clay, and then create stop motion animation videos with them. Our field trip will be to the Oakland Zoo on Thursday.
Guest Teacher – My Tong, freelance cinematographer and movie editor

July 18-22   Makers’ Festival

Campers will be involved with lots of creating this week, with the materials focused on recycled and found objects. For our main project, we will build our own recycled box town using a variety of materials. Other projects will include: funky jug masks, mixed media sculptures, duct tape flowers and wallets, button bowls, and robots. Our field trip this week will be to Lake Anza in Berkeley.
Guest Teacher – Amy Kubes,  a beloved art teacher at Crestmont School

July 25-29  Underwater

Dive into the summer with us as we explore a world of water. Campers will be treated to all things aquatic as we study marine life with paper mache sea creatures, create a life-size kelp forest, glow in the dark jellyfish, goldfish ornaments, sand art in a bottle, and tie dye. We’ll also have lots of fun water games with Crestmont’s PE Teacher, Michael Simpson. Our special event this session will be our very own camp water slide on Thursday.
Guest Teacher – Michael Lewis Simpson, Crestmont’s own PE teacher

August 1-5   What’s on the Menu?

During our final week campers will discover their inner chef. Activities will include cooking, making food from different cultures, and creating our own recipes. Some projects will include avocado and mango salad, fruit popsicles, pancake art, take-home cake mix, mini pizzas, and more. Campers will also make homemade lemonade and tasty snacks to sell at our end of the summer carnival. The carnival will have a jumpy house and snow cone machine with fun games campers have crafted and created throughout the summer. Our end of camp carnival will be on Friday.
Guest Teacher – Arianna Vinion

Cancellation Policy

Before May 1, we will issue a refund in full if you provide written documentation of desire to cancel. After May 1, we will issue a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee for each session dropped; however, please note that there will be no refunds for cancellations made fewer than seven days before a session begins. There are no refunds for late arrivals, early withdrawals, or camp dismissals due to misconduct.