Art, Cooking, Yoga, Mindfulness & Kitchen Science
Welcome to the world of possibilities, with a teacher student ratio of 1:7. in a class size of max. 30 campers.
June & July 2020
A Day At Our Camp
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
1:20 Art Activity & Cooking activity
2:30 Kitchen Science
3:00 Dismiss/After Camp Care
5:00 After Camp Pick up
Leadership & CIT program
Growing years are not easy in current times.
"The pre-teen and teenage years can be a tough and confusing time for children and parents alike. Right on the cusp of adulthood, yet not quite ready to handle the responsibilities that “real life” has in store for them.
Summer can be especially challenging as they are not quite at the age yet to take on a serious job, but need to begin exploring career path options.
“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. Sort of a stepping stone into adulthood, you might say.
- Activity Hero
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 project of their own if they desire to get a camper experience.
Our visual arts program highlights world cultures, individual artist, their work and significance. Using a variety of media, our students experience a robust, creative process. They strengthen observational skills and develop drawing, sculpture and painting techniques in contemporary and classical style.
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
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 will enjoy a bag lunch under the trees and break for snacks in the morning and afternoon to enjoy what we have cooked.
Families are invited to join the festivities on Friday at 2:20 for an opportunity to sample our cooking and view our art.
At 2:30, enjoy the camper written, produced and performed puppet shows.
Our culinary program, with ethnically diverse recipes, focuses on a variety of ingredients and techniques. We explore techniques such as; 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.
Most kids love to cook, it's hands on, it's messy and there's plenty of room for creativity, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end. We teach kids this life skill and try to set them up for life. Campers have fun developing culinary confidence in the kitchen by learning various cooking techniques. They also expand on science, math, reading, health and social skills while preparing healthy snacks and meals. A few of the foods from around the world, they design & create are:
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
English Tea Sandwiches and Mint Iced Tea
Cuban Beans & Rice
Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs
Thai Rice pudding
Making your own Tortillas, Naans & Pasta
And many other recipes that we love to try!
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.”
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.
Summer Camps 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 will begin at quarter past.
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
What to bring:
Refillable water bottles with names, Clothes that can get dirty
Bagged lunch for full day campers, we will eat what we cook as snackYoga mats with names & sunscreen