Summer Camps: 2018

Summer Camp 2018 at San Francisco Day School

San Francisco Day School is excited to offer comprehensive summer programming to our community.  Listed below, you will find information on all of the summer camp programs available to our students.  If you have any questions after the registration process, please contact Rob Eifler at or (415) 568-3650.


Day camps at San Francisco Day School are offered exclusively to our current kindergarten through eighth-grade students.  When registering for camp, please select the applicable camp weeks below.  If you would like to sign up for multiple weeks of the same camp, please check the age restrictions and remember to click each individual week of camp.  Your registration will be confirmed by a Camp Director via email upon submission. Please note that due to our low student:camper ratio, there will be limited space in each camp.


Payment Information

For all camps, payment will be added to your monthly bill from SF Day upon registration.  In the event of a cancellation, this payment can be refunded/credited before our May 1, 2018 deadline.  

Financial assistance is available for all students based on the tuition discount amount that was awarded by SF Day for the 2017-18 school year.  Upon registration, you will receive your financial assistance award in your confirmation email from the Camp Director.  If you would like to know your financial assistance percentage for summer camp, you can also email Rob Eifler at before you register.

Summer Camps

Summer Camp FAQs
Is financial assistance available for Summer Camp?
Yes, our discount package for summer is a tiered discount system.  Your discounted tuition percentage awarded from SF Day will put you into one of three tiers.  If you would like to know your summer financial assistance package, please contact Robert Eifler ( directly.
What age group does my student fall into?
Our grade levels listed with our weekly camp offerings are for entering grade levels (if your student was in first grade this year, they would be eligible for any second-grade camp opportunities).  We tend to enforce this strictly as our curriculum is often based around what students have learned or help set them up for success next school year.
Who are our camp counselors?
Our camp counselors are all employees of San Francisco Day School.  The overwhelming majority of our counselors are classroom or specialty teachers.  If your student really wants to be with a specific counselor, we can often support those requests.
Do I need to bring a lunch to camp?
No need to bring a lunch this summer! Our cafeteria team will be working throughout the summer months and the cost of lunch is incorporated into our camp budget.  Our lunch system does work a little differently than during the school year, as the salad bar is limited and we do not have the opportunities for seconds, but your student will not go hungry!
When does camp begin and end?
All of our camps officially begin at 9:00 a.m.  We have time for students to play and get some energy out, have a morning snack and check in before we go off to our groups at 9:15 a.m.  Camp ends at 3:30 p.m. and students will be brought out to Golden Gate Avenue for pickup.
Is there extended care available?
Yes! We officially open in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.  If you need to arrive early or stay after camp ends, we bill hourly as we would for AEP during the school year and your tuition discount number applies directly to this time (as it would during the school year).
What is my weekly commitment to camp?
We do ask that students are signed up for a full day of camp.  If your student is signed up for a half day camp option (like soccer, basketball or volleyball), we can support additional camp opportunities to help offer full day childcare.  Please direct all individual scheduling questions to Robert Eifler.
Dolphin Camp - Grades 1-5; 9AM-4PM

SF Day Dolphin Camp is available to current first through fifth-grade students.  Students will be placed in a camp group based on their age level.  All counselors are current San Francisco Day School teachers or AEP staff that will be caring for our students and designing specific curriculum to keep students active and help prevent summer learning loss.  Each week has a specific theme that will have appropriate field trips.  

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 per week*
*Week 3 will be pro-rated to $320 due to the 4th of July holiday

Week 1 -  Zoology (June 18-22, 2018)
Campers will learn all about the animal kingdom in our wild Zoology Camp! Whether you’re a budding zoologist or just an animal lover, this camp will explore all types of furry, scaly, and feathered creatures. Through fun games and crafts, campers will learn about animal classification, nutrition, habitats, and more! This camp will culminate with a trip to the San Francisco Zoo, where campers will be able to see a variety of exotic animals up close!

Week 2 - Outer Space (June 25-29)
This camp is perfect for curious kids who want to learn more about the universe around them! This camp will focus on astronomy; including the solar system, modern space exploration, and even extraterrestrial life! The highlight of this week will be a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences, with a special stop at the spectacular Planetarium exhibit. Outer Space Camp is sure to be out of this world!

Week 3 - Silly Science (July 2-6; no camp on 7/4)
*Week 3 will be pro-rated to $320 due to the 4th of July holiday
If you like to investigate, innovate, and experiment, Silly Science is the camp for you! This camp is all about engaging campers with exciting hands-on STEM projects. We’ll be using simple, kid-friendly materials to learn about everything from the scientific method to crazy chemical reactions! Campers will visit the Exploratorium, where they will have more firsthand fun with exciting science exhibits.

Week 4 - Drama (July 9-13)
If your camper is interested in theatre, or just looking for some exciting new challenges, drama week is sure to deliver! We will use group theatre games to get students involved and exploring dramatic play and acting. Campers will create their own tales of adventure to transport audiences to a world where anything is possible! Our activities will encourage storytelling, cooperation, spontaneity and physical activity in a fast-paced format. The week will culminate with a performance for parents/guardians and friends to enjoy.

Week 5 - All-Stars (July 16-20)
Get out and play this week with our multi-sport camp for all ages! This camp will focus on developing teamwork, coordination, and good sportsmanship in a wide variety of sports. Campers will work hard and play hard in daily games and activities to build skills and confidence in sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and more! This week’s field trip will be to tour the home of San Francisco Giants' at AT&T Park!

Week 6 - Outdoor Explorers (July 23-27)
For campers who like to explore the outdoors, this week is sure to be lots of fun! Activities will include geocaching, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, water activities, and even some daytime "camping" experience. We will also take a day trip to Golden Gate Park and the Conservatory of Flowers to give campers the opportunity to learn about plant and animal species that thrive in our own backyard.

Week 7 - Art Adventures (July 30-August 3)
This camp is all about imagination and creation! In this fun and messy art camp, campers will experiment with a range of materials while practicing different techniques. Projects will include painting, drawing, repurposing materials, clay sculpting, and much more! Campers will visit the Children's Creativity Museum, where they will be inspired to create and share in the various studios that make up this unique multimedia experience.

Innovate & Create Camp - 9AM-4PM

The SF Day Innovate & Create Space will be home to a broad range of rich learning opportunities throughout the summer.  These camps will be taught by SF Day teachers.  Please note there is limited space.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $550 per week

Week 1 - 3D Print & Code with Ms. Srikar; Grades 3-5 (June 18-22)
Want to learn more about 3D printing? Ms. Srikar is offering a week of learning based in 3D printing technology. Our Innovation Lab at SF Day has a wide range of equipment to help print, carve, and create. This camp is specifically designed for third-fifth grade students and does have limited space.

Week 2 - Robotics with Ms. Costello; Grades 4-8 (June 25-29) --THIS CAMP IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THANK YOU!
Like robots? Ms. Costello will be all ready to help us build, code, and play with all sorts of different robots. We will also be able to experiment with new tools that we do not usually get access to during the school year. This class has limited space for third-fifth graders.

Week 4 - Build It Camp; Grades 2-4 (July 9-13)
Like to build and create? Use materials in the Innovation Lab to build cars, planes, boats and more! Marble runs and car races are only the beginning. We will have chances to build with our hands and create with technology all while having fun over the summer!

Week 5 - Junior Robotics; Grades 1-3 (July 16-20) -- THIS CAMP IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU!
This class is designed for our younger students that have an interest in learning more about the world of Robotics. Ms. Vera will be running a week-long camp that teaches our students all about building and coding different robots!

Week 5 - Adventures in Math with Mr. Turner; Grades 5-8 (July 16-20)
Keep your math skills fresh exploring topics not covered during the school year. This camp is open to all levels of mathematicians. Stay engaged with the world around you and see how math holds it all together! We will spend time drawing fractals and exploring the Golden Ratio and the Sierpinski triangle, discovering fractals in our world, learning how the Golden Ratio was used in art and architecture, and building the Platonic solids and explore proportion and symmetry using Zomes. Can you inscribe a Zome cube inside a dodecahedron so that every vertex of the cube is a vertex of the dodecahedron? Build a dodecahedron with an inscribed tetrahedron. Can you write a ratio comparing the volume of the tetrahedron to the volume of the dodecahedron?

Week 6 - Tinkering Camp; Grades 1-3 (July 23-27) -- THIS CAMP IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THANK YOU!
Like building and creating? Curious about how things in the world around you work? This camp is a great fit for you! Our students will be spending time in our Innovate & Create spaces discovering how things work. This camp will be almost entirely without screens and will help students learn about how the forces of nature impact our world.

Week 6 - Intro to Coding; Grades 1-2 (July 23-27)
Love science and creating? Our wonderful team at SF Day will be using some innovative new tools to help our younger students increase their interest in knowledge in the science field. Cubetto and our Osmo coding tools are just a couple of examples of some of the fun new tech toys we will get to use. Many of these tools give us the opportunity to learn coding and experience the world of science without a screen!

Week 7 - Engineering & Design with Ms. T; Grades 2-4 (July 30-August 3)
Our week-long engineering camp will focus on having fun building rockets, bridges, boats, and planes. The Innovate & Create space will serve as our hub but camp will allow us the opportunity test out our creations all over campus. This will be the last chance for students to be involved in Innovate & Create camps at SF Day before returning in August.

Creative Writing Camp; Grades 5-8; 9AM-4PM

Our Creative Writing camps will be taught by SF Day teachers. 

Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee:  $550 per week

Week 1 - Creative Writing with Ms. Piersol (June 18-22)
Join Ms. Piersol for some creative writing! You will also “accidentally” improve your proofreading and editing skills; learn how to write clear, correctly punctuated sentences; practice tried-and-true methods for organizing paragraphs; put “show, not tell” into action as a creative writer; and much more. Join in for some creative summer fun that will pay off in the fall!

Week 2 - Creative Writing with Ms. Landis (June 25-29)
Do you love being outside? Do you love to write? Or, are you ready to fall in love with writing? Want to stretch your writing muscles and explore the city? Join Ms. Landis for a week-long adventure in writing. You will get outside the four walls of a classroom to observe the world around us and gather inspiration from this beautiful city. Collaborate with peers on an investigative journalism piece. Make your own guide to a part of this city. Which part of the city do you know like the back of your hand? Where would you like to explore more? Students will practice every part of the writing process: collecting ideas, rehearsing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing...all while enjoying the great outdoors. Join in for some creative summer adventures that will make you a more confident writer in the fall!

CIT Camp - Grades 6-8

CIT, or Counselor in Training Camp, is an outstanding opportunity for current sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to take on a leadership role during the summer. This camp will partner each CIT with a lead counselor who will help them better understand how to work with students in a professional setting. All CITs will also meet with our camp staff each week to go through professional development workshops in addition to their responsibilities supporting our campers throughout the week.

CIT Camp is a full day program from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Week 1 - $300 (June 18-22)
Week 2 - $300 (June 25-29)
Week 3 - $240 (July 2-6; no camp on July 4) - Week 3 will be pro-rated to $240 due to the 4th of July holiday
Week 4 - $300 (July 9-13)
Week 5 - $300 (July 16-20)
Week 6 - $300 (July 23-27)
Week 7 - $300 (July 30-August 3)

Volleyball Camp - June 18-22, Girls 9-14, 1-4 PM

June 18-22, 2018
Girls 9-14
1:00-4:00 p.m.
$200 per session 

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Coach: Mary O'Brien (

Dolphin Volleyball Camp is a place where families can be confident that their daughter actively receives sound instruction from experienced volleyball coaches and student athletes. This camp is intended for individuals who wish to improve their skills and understand the game of volleyball. The camp will focus on skill development and teamwork, as well as offensive play, defensive play, and strategies. The philosophy of the camp is one that mirrors the San Francisco Day School athletic program, where children are challenged to improve their individual skills, build confidence, and better understand the game. 

Basketball Camp - June 18-22; July 9-13 (2 Sessions)

Dolphin Basketball Camp is where parents can be sure their child is getting sound instruction from familiar faces of the San Francisco Day School faculty. This camp is for individuals who want to improve their skill and understanding of the game of basketball. The camp will focus on skill development, teamwork, and offensive and defensive positions. The philosophy of the camp is one that mirrors the San Francisco Day School athletic program. Every child will be challenged to improve their individual skill level by a staff of committed coaches who want to help young athletes strive to improve.

Upper School Basketball Camp: June 18-22, 2018
Boys & Girls Grades 4-8 (CURRENT 4th-8th graders)
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
$200 per session
Coach: Damian Crosby (

Lower School Basketball: July 9-13
Boys & Girls Grades 1-3 (CURRENT 1st-3rd graders)
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
$200 per session
Coach: Damian Crosby (


Soccer Camp - August 13-17, Grades Pre-K-7, 9AM-Noon

August 13-17 - Grades Pre-K - 7th
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
$240 per session at USF

Coach: Steve Roberts (

The Soccer Camp will focus on the fundamental skills of the game, teamwork, rules of the game, and some relevant tactics. Each day will include small-sided, COPA-style games (5-on-5, 6-on-6), where the participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate newly acquired skills in game situations. The philosophy of the camp is one that mirrors the San Francisco Day School sports program, where each child is challenged to improve his or her individual skill level while enjoying all that the game has to offer.

Art Forts - June 18-22, 9AM-3PM

June 18-22, 2018
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$550 per session
Contact: Karen Richards (

Art Forts is returning! From June 18-22, we will have another great opportunity to build some amazing works of art.  Click here for more information or contact Karen Richards to sign up today!

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Extended Care

Extended care is available for all camps located at San Francisco Day School.  For camps taking place offsite, we can provide childcare both before and after but are unable to provide transportation to or from camp locations. Extended care is offered as an additional cost at our drop-in AEP rate of $14/hour.  If you have specific questions about extended care, please contact Rob Eifler (

Before-Care Hours:
8:00-9:00 a.m.

After-Care Hours:
3:30-6:00 p.m.