Day Camps in Berkeley With Heart

Thanks parents, for voting us Best Camp in the East Bay

A child holds up an art project with a monkey painted on wood, with Tilden Park in background. Taken at Monkey Business Camp Summer 2022

Summer Camp 2023  —95% of our summer spaces are filled as of 5.4.23.  Sign up soon.

  • June 5-9-one week camp
  • June 12-30-three week session
  • July 3-21 (no camp July 4)-three week session, with options for only first week (July 3-7) or only final two weeks (July 10-21)
  • July 24-Aug 11-three week session, with options for only first two weeks (July 24-Aug 4) or only final week (Aug 7-11)

I just wanted to let you both know what a great time the kids had at camp the last few weeks.  The staff and youth leaders were fun and kind.  They loved all the games and being outdoors all day. They always want to come back to this camp year after year!


We love teaming up with families to provide safe and enriching day camp programs when school’s out, in support of the motto “it takes a village to raise a child.”

*Unplugged & outdoors 95-100% of the time
*For kids ages 5.75-10, and youth leadership program ages 11-17.  We give some exceptions for 5 year olds between 5.25-5.75.
* Professional, caring, creative and enthusiastic staff from diverse backgrounds
*A community to both root and expand: over 80% of current staff and youth leaders were former campers.
*Engaging activities and open time for play to emerge
*Gives back: certified green business, abundant financial aid and payment plans, higher than average staff salaries and benefits, donations to tree planting around the world and local organizations Ecology Center and Sogorea Te Land Trust.
*Experienced: Join us in celebrating our 25th year in the East Bay, with over 8,000 kids and 6,000 families having graced our programs over the years, and 3 years experience of in person camps during Covid pandemic.
*locally started and run, woman and LGBTQIA+ owned

“Thanks again. I can see why your camp is so beloved by many parents I met this summer, including those with kids even from many years ago.”

Why choose Monkey Business Camp over another camp-letter from Founding Director Heather Mitchell

A message that inspires our Director from one of her mentors: An Invocation for the Children of the Future by Angeles Arrien

“We have been coming to Monkey Business camps for three years now. I love the way the camp activities grow with her while maintaining a familiar environment and routine she immediately recognizes. The staff and counselors are consistently amazing.”