An engaging, hands-on summer day camp in Oakland, California for curious and creative kids ages 6*-13.

Your child explores the innovative and magical in studio art, tinkering, public art, food and cooking, movement, building, soldering and welding, sewing, crafts, music, and more. Unique projects are carefully chosen for each week of CAMP and are scaled to be developmentally appropriate for each age group of CAMPers. Equipped with the right tools in a participatory community environment, these projects are led by professional artists, makers, performers, gardeners, teachers, and chefs in the spirit of D-I-T (do it together). CAMP 510 is located on the Park Day School campus in Temescal, Oakland. (*Campers must be 6 years old by or before their first day at CAMP)

To XP, or Not to XP?

This is the million dollar question! XP options are week-long, inventive and process-oriented projects for older campers. In an XP CAMP, we focus on one project all day, all week. This format allows young makers to delve deeper into material they are interested in, and encourages them to reach towards mastery. CAMPers may choose to enroll in the XP, or the multiple project program for the week.

The multiple project program offers three projects each week and is for CAMPers ages 6-11. In this program, CAMPers rotate in small groups to each of the three projects every day, all five days of the CAMP week. This too is a structured environment that offers developmentally appropriate challenges and levels of materials usage for young makers and artists, and is well-suited to the needs of these ages. Each project of the day is hyphenated with a recess with time for snack or lunch and free play.

Still unsure if XP is right for your child? Consider their age. XPs are generally for 11-13 year olds. A few are available for mature 9 and or 10 year olds, as well. Age check aside, is your child interested in something enough to focus on it all week long, and would also like to deepen their mastery level (or stick with it to satisfy their curiosity)? If yes to all of this, then XP is likely a good fit!



  1. Week One, June 16-20: Party On!

    Summer is here, and the party is On! Join us for a week of culinary, paper and sound exploration and fun, that will culminate with a community party, of course! Construct a sound-garden from trash and hardware with David Samas. Working together, CAMPers will install a sculptural orchestra with pot...
  2. Week One XP1: D-I-T Kinetic Mini-Golf

    In week one’s special focus project, CAMPers will get to imagine, design, and build a mini-golf course that will then become part of CAMP 510 for the rest of the summer for all to play and enjoy! CAMPers begin the process by brainstorming ideas and drawing plans… then, as a...
  3. Week Two, June 23-27: Ewe Felt It!

    Create your own world in wool with the ancient art of felting. CAMPers color and transform raw wool into magical landscapes populated by our own imaginary characters using three techniques: wet felting, needle felting and cut flat felting. Pet rocks and twig gnomes dance in the fleecy wonderland of each...
  4. Week Two XP1: Cooking

    Experience a week of hands-on (and taste buds-on) seasonal cooking, baking, and time at the table with Nicole Thomas. CAMPers will learn how to read, follow, and alter recipes, and how to improvise and create new recipes. During the week we will make a wide variety of food from around...
  5. Week Two XP2: Action:Reaction

    In this XP, CAMPers will over-design, over-engineer and likely over-build a Rube Goldberg-esque chain reaction of machines. Designer and Architect Ari Kardasis will work with campers to design and build numerous machines out of found objects, recycled materials, legos and other toys. This will be a chance for CAMPers to...
  6. Week Three, June 30-July 3: Rocket Science

    Rocket Project TBA We are in the process of curating a bomb-tastic rocket project for this week. More soon…. Movement With Mestre Pincel, CAMPers will learn and/or deepen their Capoeira repertoire. Capoeira is a rich African-Brazilian hybrid martial art form with dance-like moves, ritual, music, and culture. It is often...
  7. Week Three XP1: Knights of Leather

    Leather Armor with Sam Waller Learn how to craft fantasy medieval armor from leather! In this intense week-long activity campers will learn how to pattern and craft their own leather armor as they learn about the different pieces and methods of articulating traditional armor from shoulder to wrist. CAMPers will...
  8. Week Four, July 7-11: Process is Everything

    SOLD OUT! A week for pattern-, language- and kinetics-driven learning! Insect Welding! CAMPers explore and think about sculpture, design and metal fabrication in this project led by Oakland-based master-metal designer and fabricator, Doug Hellikson. CAMPers will study the structure of insects; create and prototype their own sculptures; and then fabricate...
  9. Week Four XP2: Making Material, Making Meaning

    Fibre Arts Sculpture with Angie Wilson Build unexpected artwork from everyday objects as you explore structural integrity and visual metaphor in the material world. We examine weight, space, scale, transparency and texture as we peel away and pile up layers of meaning. This class will incorporate traditional and experimental textile...
  10. Weeks Four & Five XP1: River CAMP

    River CAMP is Sold Out! If you are interested, please add your name to the wait-list in the registration cart. Young architects, community builders and dreamers will create an exhibit or “land” for the Curious County Fair & Theme Park! Creations in this whimsical universe may include wild amusement park rides,...
  11. Week Five, July 14-18: FUN-damental

    Printmaking with Arielle Coupe CAMPers explore a variety of printmaking processes and techniques to make a layered, mixed media, full-length self-portrait. Hands-on techniques allow for full creative fun while young artists learn about pattern, texture, mark-making and using the CAMP 510 printing press. Each technique creates a different component of the portrait. CAMPers...
  12. Week Five, XP2: Girls Weld!

    Complexity in Nature: Rain Forest Flora & Fauna, Sea Shells, and Sea Creatures Calling all 9-13 year old GIRLS! to learn and think about sculpture, design and metal fabrication. In Girls Weld!, CAMPers will explore and learn about how nature creates incredibly complex geometric forms, be it as a seashell,...
  13. Week Six, July 21-25: Masters of the Universe

    Illustrate with Nick Francis CAMPers learn the language of visual storytelling by creating and narrating their own illustrated comic. Invent characters, and learn how to create and tell original stories with a traditional illustrated comic format.  Campers will be introduced to concepts such as brainstorming, creative thinking, constructing a plot, drawing/sketching, and...
  14. Week Six XP1: Welding

    Robots, Rocket Ships, Transformers and Flying Saucers In this week-long intensive for 10-13 year olds with Oakland-based master metal designer and fabricator, Doug Hellikson, CAMPers will learn and think about sculpture, design and metal fabrication through exploration of the structure of robots and transformers. CAMPers will create and prototype their...
  15. Week 7, July 28-August 1: Re-Sourceful

    The Dinner Party If you can invite anyone to dinner, who would it be? What would you eat? These are the central questions of The Dinner Party. Using design challenges, CAMPers will define their ultimate dinner guest, dinner menu and place setting. Using primarily recycled cardboard, paint, tape and other...
  16. Week Seven XP1: DIY Fashion & Gear

    CAMPers will design and manufacture a new wardrobe with fabulous fibre artist, Angie Wilson! Join us to make your own hoodie sweatshirt, messenger bag, and hat. We will learn design techniques, explore how to use and alter a commercial pattern, and how to creatively construct clothing that reflects your unique...
  17. Week Seven XP2: Glassworks

    Glass! Molten metal! Colored light! In this Glassworks XP with instructor Dave Dawson, campers will be working with solder, patina, glass and copper to create free-hanging stained-glass windows of their own design. We will be doing the entire process – from drawing a pattern and choosing colors through cutting, taping,...
  18. Week Eight, August 4-8: Golden Mean

    Leatherworking with Sam Waller Learn how to make your own stiff leather case! In this activity campers will be crafting their own leather box-case that can be worn through a belt or hung from the wrist or shoulder. These closing cases are perfect for securely storing toys, snacks, and other...
  19. Week Eight XP1: Multiples and Singulars

    Printing and Casting with Dave Dawson Explore a variety of printing and casting techniques, finding ways to reproduce and revise images using such methods as block cutting, blot printing, etching, spray stencil, silkscreen, moldmaking and watercolor monoprinting. We’ll be using everything from original drawings to photographs and advertising as source...
  20. Week Eight XP2: Noodlin’ & Doodlin’

    Observational Drawing (and More!) with Jessica Jenkins This week, campers will create and fill their own sketchbooks with the ideas and images they find most inspiring. Often, the sketchbook is seen as the springboard for a final piece, but what if these collections of drawings, ideas, and even “mistakes” functioned...
  21. Week Nine, August 11-15: Mythology & Geometry

    Landscapes in Motion CAMPers combine printmaking and craft making to create a large-scale, mixed-media landscape with Arielle Coupe. Each day movable components of the landscape are constructed, which are then photographed, filmed, and animated. CAMPers will learn printmaking techniques to create textures and objects used in the backdrop. They will...
  22. Week Nine XP1: New Your City

    Project NEW YOUR CITY offers CAMPers an opportunity to conceptualize and build the city of their dreams. During the week we will take over a room and construct a city entirely out of recycled cardboard and other found objects, CAMPers will form various coalitions to democratically decide who/what lives in...
  23. Week Nine XP2: Stained Glass

    Join us for a fast paced workshop as we take you through the basic steps of creating stained glass art, incorporating some recycled and sandblasted glass. Students will have the opportunity to design and build an unique stained glass box and an illuminating glass panel using the copper foil technique;...

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CAMP 510 is located on the grounds of Park Day School in Temescal, Oakland.
Mailing Address: PO Box 22836 Oakland, CA 94609-2836

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Extended Day Rates

• $100/week for both AM/PM
• $30/week for extended morning
• $80/week for extended afternoon
• $10/day Drop-in extended morning
• $30/day Drop-in extended afternoon

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Financial Aid

CAMP 510 offers a limited amount of financial aid both in the form of work-trade and also on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis. Please inquire at youandme@camp510.com

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