School Break Camps

If you want your child to have recreational time with other kids in a safe, creative space, while you have solid time on your own, for work, play, rest, please have your child join us.

*A camp for kids to get swept up in the joy of playing, on their own, and with other kids, and with well structured times with specific games and projects led by creative, dynamic staff. We create the space, you send your kids, and magic truly happens.
*unplugged all day, with primarily outdoor classrooms with covered roofing
* Rely on us-we have 24 years of experience
*Covid specific experience:  we’ve worked with over 300 families since 2020, with 6 months of “in person” camps, and use knowledge garnered from these successful experiences.  Policies are adjusted based on current details at our camp and in the community. It is important to have some flexibility about your child masking, as we have sometimes required and other times let it be optional.  For Thanksgiving 2022, it was optional.
*locally started and run, woman and LGBTQIA+ owned, family business.

“Monkey Business Camp put kids and staff first. They center their values and set families’ expectations accordingly. Put it all together and our kid had great fun in a safe space. ”

DATES

  • Winter Camp 2022: (10 day camp): December 19-23 and 26-30
    • Single week sessions or two-week session available (for two week session camper enrollments, not youth leaders, if you need to miss one or two days, tell us a week in advance and we will transfer $125/day credit to a future camp)
  • February Camp 2023 (4 day camp): February 21-24
  • Spring Camp (5 day camp): April 3-7

We do not have daily options.

Already completed:

  • Thanksgiving Week Camp 2022 (3 day camp): November 21-23

HOURS

Campers: 8:30-4:30 (see youth leader details below) 

  • Camper Drop-off window: 8:30-9:00
  • Camper Pick-up window: 4:10- 4:30
  • Additional alternate times that can be used for either drop-off or pick-up: 10:15, 1:30, or 3:30. This can be on a regular basis or just one or a few times.  It is not possible to drop off or pick up at any time, due to our schedule. Contact our office if you need more details or to inquire about an exception.

Youth Leaders: 8:25-4:35

  • drop-off on time each day, as youth leaders help greet campers as they arrive.
  • they stay through entire day, helping until all campers go home.  At times, they will be ready to go at 4:30pm.
  • they have a half hour break mid-day, where they take time away from campers.
  • If you have one child who is a youth leader and one who is a camper, they can both do youth leader hours.
  • Find application at the end of this page.

“Both my kids absolutely love Monkey Business! They’ve done the summer camp before but this was our first time trying a school break camp and it was a huge hit. They’re very excited to return next month!”

AVAILABILITY

  • Winter Camp
    • CAMPERS-Open: Week 1 is filling fast, so if you find it full, consider signing up for both weeks with our option to get credit for missing 1-2 days (more below in Fees section)
    • YOUTH LEADERS-Week 1-FULL; Week 2 – two spaces; Both Weeks – two spaces
  • February Camp
    • CAMPERS-Open
    • YOUTH LEADERS-3 of 6 spaces filled
  • Spring Camp – open for campers and youth leaders

Past camps: Thanksgiving week 2022 filled in advance. All of our camps last year filled a few weeks to a month in advance.

LOCATION

Berkwood Hedge School: 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

We have been hosting camps at this wonderful school since 2004, and its location in Downtown Berkeley makes it accessible from many local cities.  There are many outdoor spaces for play and projects. Adding to our usual curriculum, we may take neighborhood walks and visit parks some mornings.

“Monkey Business is a rare find, especially in these days of ”early specialization’ type camps. Relaxed and fun, creative and innovative while still harkening back to simpler times. The emphasis on knowing and appreciating each child was felt.”

GROUP SIZE & AGES

Group Size: There will be maximum of about 25 in each group, including campers, youth leaders and staff.

How many Groups: 1-3, depending on staffing

Ages: Campers, Ages 5.75-10, with Youth Leaders, Ages 11+ (for exception to minimum age, fill out this survey for those as young as 5.25, or 5 years 3 months).

Notes about Groups:

  • Campers will have to follow directions well, so consider your child and proceed with registration if you can agree.
  • Friends and siblings- during registration, name friends you’d like to be in the same group and preference for siblings to be in same group or not.

ACTIVITIES

We have been offering camps for kids successfully for over 20 years, and will offer similar programming, with daily art (we have special guests come into share with us), nature exploration, field games and ball play, board games, community building, and weekly specials.  We might even be able to add in some baking this year. The school developed outdoor spaces with overhangs, for many types of weather, so we aim to spend most time outside.

“Social interaction, and warm, loving fun.”

 

FEES (No Fee Payment Plans & Scholarships Available)

Three tiers offered and you choose where on the sliding scale during registration, based on your family’s financial resources at this time. We care about equity and inclusion, and thank you for stepping up if you can pay more, and choose the lower tiers if you cannot.  We will not be tracking individual choices. Please feel good with the level you choose.

Winter Camp Both Weeks (10 days – December 19-23 and 26-30):

  • Camper/CIT: third tier $1270, second tier $1470, first tier $1650
  • JC: third tier $200, second tier $350, first tier $510
  • If you need to miss any of the two-week Winter Camp session, due to travel or other reasons, you can receive $125 TOTAL or $250 for two days or more credit for use for another time. This offer is for campers only, not youth leaders. How to get the CREDIT: Contact office by noon Tuesday, December 13th.  You must let us know in advance.

Winter Camp Single Week (5 days – Dec 19-23 OR 26-30):

  • Camper/CIT: third tier $635, second tier $735, first tier $825
  • JC: third tier $100, second tier $175, first tier $255

February (4 days – February 21-24)

  • Camper/CIT: third tier $504, second tier $579, first tier $654
  • JC: third tier $80, second tier $140, first tier $204

Spring (5 days – April 3-7)

  • Camper/CIT: third tier $630, second tier $725, first tier $820
  • JC: third tier $100, second tier $175, first tier $255

Note about Cost: Camp is 8 hours a day, longer than some other camps. We are committed to an amazing, safe experience for your children, and to honoring the work that our wonderful counseling staff give.  Our staff salaries are higher than industry standards, as we support a mixed age staff, some who are high school and college age, and others who have been in the field for decades. We put a lot of love, planning and care into all that we do, using our 24 years of experience. All of these things make camp cost a bit more, AND a very cost effective investment, if doable. We are stretching and know many of you are too, and have scholarships and payment plans to support reducing or spreading out the cost.

Payment Plans, Scholarships and E-check Discount: At checkout, you can choose to pay for camp over a period of months, for no extra fee.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please visit this page.  When you pay with E-check, instead of credit card, you can receive a 1% discount with the code eCheck.

 

“Camp enabled us to work for the entire time our son was there. Plus, he is so very social, and he desperately needed company from kids his own age.”

LOGISTICS

  • Campers bring their own lunch, two snacks and water bottle.
  • Nut policy: This depends on attendees. If the groups end up not having anyone with allergies or sensitivities, we will allow nuts and nut butters. If anyone does have allergy where they cannot be around anyone else eating nuts or nut butters, we will not.

STAFF

Our staff from diverse backgrounds are nurturing, creative and enthusiastic. They are hired to guide and enrich our programs and foster friendship among campers. All children, returning and new campers alike, are actively welcomed.

Once our team is more clear, Click here to see bios and photos of some of the staff you can expect to see and when. We often have multi-lingual staff!

“Thank you for offering such a high quality camp and for the very personal feeling of Monkey Business.”

 

YOUTH LEADERS: Ages 11-17

We are looking for fun loving, caring and kind youth who enjoy interacting with young children.  Youth Leaders help make camp a more fun, safe place. We have found it is important for youth to want to do this, not it only be something parents want for their kids. Please share more about why your child wants to join:

New Youth Leader Application

Return Youth Leader Application

  • CITs (age 11 or older)- looking for 2-3/group to support. Cost the same as camper fees, this is a chance to gain training
  • Junior Counselor (age 14 or older and former youth leaders) – looking for 1-2 for each group each session to support group. Cost is greatly reduced. We will prioritize those who received a lot of positive feedback about being able to mentor other youth leaders.
  • If new to our camp, and even if age 14 or older, youth leaders start off as CITs. Older CITs may be offered JC pricing, especially if they have a lot of experience at other camps.
  • Requirement: Covid Vaccination and Booster if 5 months since 2nd vaccine (or medical or religious exemption letter and weekly testing required)

Pre-Camp Orientation: There will be a handbook to read (and a survey to submit for those who have not attended Summer 2022).

YOUTH LEADERSHIP OVERVIEW

Note about availability- see above, after the “Hours” section.

 

“Being a youth leader helps me put my leadership qualities to good use, and I have a great time hanging out with the campers.”