Summer Camp

Want nature, unplugged time, and public travel to play a role in your child’s development and experience? Desire a balance of enriching activities and open ended, fun playtime with caring, creative staff for your tween/teen? Curious for your older child to help support such a program as a youth leader? If so, join us for our 4th year of supporting boys in the Bay Area!

PICTORIAL PREVIEW

“Every day started with a gratitude circle and every day ended with appreciations for everyone in the group. In between there was…fun, fun, fun. This is such a cool camp, not really a camp. I don’t know what it is but it’s cool getting to hang with other boys like this.” -11 year old

photo 82018 DATES AND HOURS
One Month of Camp Offered in One-Week Sessions:
July 9-13, July 16-20,                       July 23-27 and July 30-August 3

Additional Shorter Week Option-New for Summer 2018:
3 day week: Sign up for this if you need fewer days each week.  Limited spaces available.

Basic Hours: 8:30-3:30
Drop off usually flexible until 9:00 on most days.

PM Extended Care Fun at Tilden Park Program:
Extended Care from 3:30-6pm at Special Advance Sign Up Pricing- only $120/week for 12.5 hours of care, including transportation to our Tilden Park site and PM snack. Dara Ackerman is our leader there. Parents choosing this option need to pick up camper from Tilden site.

DESCRIPTION
At Boys on the Go Camp, boys and gender diverse kids explore, engage, and connect with one another and the incredibly diverse Bay Area, all while traveling by public transit. Our program is designed to inspire boys’ innate curiosity about what’s going on for themselves and in the world around them. We are dedicated to empowering these soon to be young men to be curious, competent and compassionate people.  Boys on the Go Camp is a program of Monkey Business Camp.

Campers range in age from 9-13, and some come with friends, some come solo.  Our size, maximum 16 campers and 2 staff keeps the atmosphere engaging and calm. There will be lots of games and moving, though, too. Days begin at the drop-off location and then trips take off from there.  Read on and come join us!

LOCATION
Base Camp: King School Park, 1700 Hopkins Street, Berkeley. There may be one day in the week that parents are asked to drop off at North Berkeley BART, if we need to get somewhere in timely fashion. A large climbing structure, field, and picnic tables await us! The site is an easy stop on way or from our Girls on the Go Berkeley, Tilden, and Pre-K camps if your child has siblings.

PM Care Location: Meadows Picnic Area, Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA: Pick-Up there by 6pm.

photo 12AGES AND WEEKLY SCHEDULES
Campers are ages 9-13 and  Junior Counselors 14-16.
Some of our daily destinations include: Lake Merritt for boating, Baseball games with the A’s and Giants, Bowling, Ice- Skating, Mini-Golf, Arcades, Movies and much more! Monday’s are Creating Community Day where we engage and connect with each other, do team building activities, learn how to travel safely together, and treats about town. Sometimes we cook together, play board & field games, make wooden planes, build Estes Rockets. Other times we chill in the park, laying in the grass, swinging, and playing capture the flag, or walk to the library.

Here’s a sample week from last year

Once we have more details, usually in February, when we can book trips, we will post more specific Summer 2018 details.  You can always register and get early rate, then transfer for $25 to another week and it is often less expensive than waiting.

“I really had no real idea of how this group would actually work. I didn’t understand what empowering boys would look like and I imagined something vague. Now, a summer later, ​I ​am in awe and so grateful that my sons had this opportunity.”

FEES, DISCOUNTS AND FINANCIAL AID INFO

Camper Fees

 Camper Fees
Sign Up by Feb 1st
Camper Fees
Sign Up by March 1st
Camper Fees
Sign up After March 1st
Last Minute
After 2pm Friday before camp
Basic Week (M-F, 8:30-3:30, 35 hours)$385$410$460$475
With Multi-Week Special 3 weeks or more (Save $20/child-can be shared by siblings) $365$390$440$455
Shorter Week -New Option! (3 day week, 21 hours-you choose days) Limited spaces available$250$270$305$320
PM extended care fun Tilden Park 3:30-6:00 (12.5 hours of care, plus free transport to Tilden. Parents pick up there)$120$120$135Not Available

PM weekly extended care only available by pre-sign up: Do that by 2pm the Friday before camp, otherwise it will NOT be available.

If you are unsure of dates, you can always register and get early rate, then transfer for $25 to another week and it is often less expensive than waiting.

If you want advance extended care on shorter week option, contact office to register.

• We want our high quality, award winning camp to be accessible to all families, as it makes our camp a better place. We have created various options for folks including flexible “no fee” payment plan options at the online payment page, and financial aid and work exchange available by application. Please apply and refer those in your networks who might not realize about these options.

• It takes a village, so if you have something extra to give to our scholarship fund, round up your tuition on the online registration portal, from $2-$20 and we will match all of them to double the impact. Even these small to larger gifts made it so 10 days of camp were available last year to kids who otherwise could not have afforded it. We screen applications for lower incomes to insure your money going to those who need it.

“I didn’t really want to go to a camp but this was all boys and we were like a team. It was soooo much fun and Devin and the staff were really chill.” -13 year old

photo 7LOGISTICS, FAQs AND POLICIES
• Campers bring their own lunch and morning snack. We are a nut and nut butter free camp, to help keep our campers safe.
• Campers need to be able to handle themselves well in our group of 16 boys and with staff: camper ratio of 1:8
• Click on the FAQs and Policies links above to find out more about the program.
the camp daily schedule, age groupings and sizes, food program and allergies, the staff:camper ratio, carpools, etc.

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. For the upcoming summer, we will post staff photos and bios HERE once finalized.

“Boys on the Go is the one thing my son is very clear he must do this summer. He had a great time playing at the park, walking and Barting around the area, and visiting the fun spots with a great group of guys. The counselors were that perfect mix of firm and sensitive, and the youth leaders/teenagers were present and up for any game the boys wanted to play. So great to know my son was with playful, creative, and grounded people!”

photo 25YOUTH LEADERS
We will be recruiting 1-2 Junior Counselors, age 14-17, for two-week periods: July 9-20 and July 23-Aug 3. Junior Counselors support the staff in a variety of ways, including leading games, helping the campers get on and off transport safely, and helping welcome all kids. There will be required reading to prepare for the position and JCs will receive mentoring while on site. Some of our former JCs are now on our staff.  Being a JC does not guarantee that transition, but helps make it more possible.

Junior Counselor (JC) Fees

 JC Fees
Sign Up by March 1st
JC Fees
Sign up After March 1st (if spaces still available)
Basic Session (Two weeks, 8:30-3:30, 70 hours)$400$440
PM Extended Care in Tilden Park (Two Weeks, 3:30-6:00, 25 hours, plus transport to Tilden)$220$240

Tuition includes a sweatshirt, 2 T-shirts, and cap/visor as JCs are required to wear as part of the position.

There are no multi-week discounts since fees already steeply discounted (JCs pay less than half as much as campers).

Age Details: 14-15 year old JCs need to have been a Monkey Business or Boys on the Go camper in the past, but 16-17 year old JCs can be new to our program.Parents before registering: Please contact office@boysonthegocamp.com regarding interest and why you think your child would be a great match (or they can be in touch directly too!)