summer camp held at Walter Hays Elementary School, Palo Alto
Each day, please sign your camper in and out on the roster list, a counselor will be there to assist.
Don’t miss out on yoga! Please arrive at 9:00. Yoga starts at 9:15.
Our day ends promptly at 3:00 or 12:00 for half day campers and 5:00 for after camp care. You will be charged for late pick up
& kitchen science
Welcome to the world of possibilities, with a teacher student ratio of 1:7. in a class size of max. 30 campers.
a day at
art & soul
1:20 Art Activity & Cooking activity
2:30 Kitchen Science
3:00 Dismiss/After Camp Care
5:00 After Camp Pick up
8:30 CIT & Pre-camp care
9:00 Warm up, get to know your activities
9:15 Yoga practice outside on the deck,
beneath old oak tree
10:00 Art Activity
10:45 Cooking Activity begins by color group
11:15 Snack on cooking activity
12:00 Lunch & Half day pickup
Refillable water bottles (with names)
Clothes that can get dirty
Bagged lunch for full day campers
Yoga mats (with names)
Cooking at the camp provides snacks to share (not intended as a meal) and the tasting menu for our art show on Friday.Families and friends are invited to join the “Art Show” festivities on Friday for an opportunity to sample our cooking and view camper’s art. Friday afternoon session continues after the art show.
Each day there will be an art and cooking project.
Projects and recipes differ each session.
Some days the art project will be a multi-day affair.
Yoga and storytelling get us started each morning and mindfulness help to refocus after lunch.
Craft and tinkering projects will be offered as free choice activities throughout the day.
We eat our packed lunch under the trees, and have breaks for snacks in the morning and afternoon to taste what we cooked.
Families are invited to join the festivities on Friday at 2:20 for an opportunity to sample our cooking and view our art.
On Friday, enjoy the camper-written, produced and performed puppet shows!
Our culinary program is designed with ethnically diverse recipes.
We focus on a variety of ingredients and techniques including; sautéing, baking, poaching, and grilling, among other culinary techniques.
Students develop confidence and expand on science, math, reading, health and social skills while preparing healthy snacks and meals.
Hands-on, MESSY, and plenty of room for creativity, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end is very enriching for kids.
French Lemon Crepes
Belgian Waffles & fruit/Blueberry Cream Cheese Cakes
Chinese vegetable Stir Fried Rice
Old fashion healthy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies/Zucchini Bread
Indian Aloo Gobhi/ Poha/Naan
Italian Fresh made Pasta/Fresh Pesto Panini/Bruschetta
Mexican Taco with freshly made tortillas/Enchiladas/Salsa
Cuban Beans & Rice
Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs
Thai Rice pudding
Making your own Tortillas, Naans & Pasta
*While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination, we cannot guarantee that any of our products are safe to consume, for people with peanut, tree nut, soy, milk, egg or wheat allergies.*
leadership & CIT program
“Counselor in Training” and “Leader in Training” programs are designed for junior high and high school students who feel they’ve grown out of summer camps and are looking for something a little more challenging.
At Art & Soul, the CITs become a part of the staff structure of the group, usually with a counselor and a junior counselor.
The CIT Program helps develop leadership skills, time management, interpersonal skills and students earn community service hours as well as give participants real work experience.
Teens learn leadership skills, patience & behavior management while working with young children. Counselors are encouraged to participate in creating art or cooking projects of their own if they desire to get a camper experience.
Our visual arts program is built around exploring cultures around the world.
We use a variety of media, our students experience a robust, creative process.
Children spend time in the studio working on independent projects with artist quality materials.
Goals for campers are to improve their observational skills, develop their drawing, painting and sculptural techniques.
Campers engage in a design thinking approach to learning and ideation.
Some of our projects include:
Plaster sculpted animals
Puppets and puppet theater construction
Group Mural project
Silk dye painting
Clay sculpted food & human form
Landscape painting on canvas
Craft projects and more
yoga & mindfulness
We use yoga techniques to develop a sense
of themselves and the present in children.
They learn to breathe, focus, balance and relax.
In a world of infinite possibilities we teach them
to take one step at a time and enjoy the changing environment around them.
"Scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness interventions improve attention, self-control, emotional resilience, memory and immune response.”