UPDATED: 2012 Silicon Valley Summer Camps Guide

Patch readers weighed in on their favorite local summer camps for kids. Have more to add?

Updated on June 11, 2012 with the volleyball, KMVT and Imagineeerz camp information.

From the soccer to short films, options abound for kids in Northern Santa Clara County to stay busy—and entertained—this summer.

Recently, we asked you for your suggestions on local camp and you sent us the following to include in our guide. If you see a favorite camp that's not included, let us know! Email Associate Local Editor Rachel Stern at rachel.stern@patch.com, or leave us a comment, and we'll put it in the guide. 


  • Amazing Animals Summer Camp (Milpitas) Set at the Humane Society Silicon Valley, this one-week camp teaches elementary school children about taking care of animals.


  • Community School of Music and Arts (Mountain View) CSMA camps and workshops provide children with the opportunity to express, explore, create and enjoy the arts in a relaxing, safe and fun environment.
  • Los Altos Kidz Adventures (Los Altos) From Beginning Spanish to pottery, this camp offers a variety of enrichment classes for kids.
  • DesignKidz (Mountain View) Hosted out of local schools, children entering grades 2 through 8 learn the ins-and-outs of fashion design, accessory design and interior design.
  • DigiQuest (Mountain View and Palo Alto) From advanced animation to digital studio production, this camp provides hands-on workshops on all things film-related.  For the Love of Dance (Mountain View) Classes available for kids of all ages and with different levels in ballet, jazz, modern, tap or hip hop. Fun and a great source of exercise.
  • Peninsula Youth Theater (Mountain View) With age appropriate programs for kids ages 6 to 14, children prepare for the popular “Theater in the Park” program held throughout Mountain View and Los Altos.
  •  is a summer day camp for in first to fourth grades held in Mountain View and Los Altos. The goal is to teach problem-solving strategies through creative interactive activities. Check their website for more information.
  • KMVT Channel 15 still has opening for its youth summer workshops, where kids, ages 10 to 14, can learn the ins and outs of television producing and even take a class in claymation!

Language Immersion

  • LanguageArts (Palo Alto) Children ages six to 17 can immerse themselves in Spanish, French, Hindi, Mandarin or German through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities at this language school in downtown Palo Alto.

General Recreation

  • Steve and Kate’s Camp With several camps across the Peninsula and South Bay, including Los Altos and Campbell, this camp boasts a variety of different fun-filled activities everyday from film-making to water-sliding.
  • JCC Summer Camp (Palo Alto) From specialty camps like archery to teen leadership training, there’s a lot going on this summer at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.
  • Kwan Academy (Cupertino) From building environmentally friendly robots to learning chess, children have a variety of activities they can sign up for.


  • AwesomEngineering (Cupertino) Kids learn fundamental construction and enginnering concepts using instructional toys.
  • iD Tech Camp Set at Stanford, students can learn to create iPhone apps, video games, C++/Java Programs, 3D models, websites, movies, and more.


  • Bald Eagle Camps (Mountain View) This camp offers several sessions focused on basketball and general leadership.
  • Kick Lead Dream (Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale) Organized by Mountain View-Los Altos soccer players and backed by the Mountain View Police Department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, KLD soccer camp expects more than 400 campers and 100 coaches. Will be held this year from  June 18 until the at the Cherry Chase School in Sunnyvale from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
  • United States Youth Volleyball League will host a summer Camp in Mountain View that runs from Monday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at . The deadline to register is Monday, July 9.

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Spartans Sports Camp April 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hi, my name is Ricky Appler, I'm the assistant director for Spartans Sports Camp. We offer expert coaching from the Mountain View High School athletic staff and student athletes. Week-long sessions run from June 11th through July 27th. Register today at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com !
Claudia Cruz (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thanks for adding this on Ricky!
John Sen June 07, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Thanks for sharing this informative post. It is a complete summer camp guide to get more information on various types of summer camps and the services offered by the camps. As there are numbers of camps offering summer camp related services, it is helpful to review more information before choosing a camp for kids or teenagers. http://www.summerscamps.net/
Jimmy Hybrid June 29, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I am really Thankful to Silicon Valley Summer Camps Guide, as after reading your information I come know about what types of camps and summer programs are present for kids. I like the concept of JCC Summer Camp as here teen leadership training programs are given to the teenage girls and boys. Get to know more about teens summer camps and programs offered in the Christian camps visit this site. http://www.teenscamps.com/
jeff lorenz May 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
What a great list of camps. Yet my child loves going to Swift Nature Camp. He really loves the independence and making new friends http://www.swiftnaturecamp.com


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