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Our Upcoming Events
For decades, the Day Camps offered by the City of Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR) have been providing a safe environment for our children to learn, explore and just plain have fun. Activities include crafts, games, sports, science labs and field trips. If you’re looking for something interesting to do over the Spring Break, check out OPR’s awesome range of programs on our homepage. Sign your kids up for a week full of memory-making adventures and unforgettable good times!
OPR Day Camps take advantage of their beautiful natural settings to teach youth the wonders of and respect for the great outdoors while also learning to be better stewards of their own neighborhoods and parks. Camp activities encourage youngsters to make new friends, build their problem-solving skills, participate in a variety of sports, and develop self confidence and self reliance. OPR Day Camps also serve as affordable childcare; most have programs for preschool ages and older. We are also developing day camps specifically for teens. Contact your local recreation center for details.
OPR Summer Day Camps
It’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacation! OPR has hundreds of safe, supervised, play activities that keep your children active and engaged. Look through the programs listings with your kids to find something that fits their needs and interests. You might want to sign up for a few classes for yourself!
OPR Summer Day Camps are offered at over 24 recreation centers and program sites. Each program is community-based to give youngsters an opportunity to connect with and contribute to their own neighborhoods.
Gone are the days when summer day camp meant simply tying knots or making potholders. OPR summer day camp programs are as unique as the campers themselves. We still provide arts and crafts, but in addition, we offer kids exceptional opportunities to experience the attractions and resources in their communities, as well as visiting the many jewels that the Bay Area has to offer on weekly field trips.
OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMPS
In addition to our many day camps, we offer several Overnight Camps including the Children’s Arts Camp, Youth Jazz Camp, Inclusive Recreation Camps at Chabot Regional Park, and Tallship and Explore the Bay Boating Camps.
Tallship Sailing Overnight Camp
Monday, August 4 - Thursday, August 14, 2014
Campers will spend Monday through Wednesday at Lake Merritt sailing their own boats and preparing for their overnight sail. Thursday they board the Tallship Seaward for a full day and OVERNIGHT aboard the ship returning to Lake Merritt Friday afternoon to perfect their sea stories.
Contact the Lake Merritt Boating Center at 510-238-2196 for more information.
Lakeside Park Day Camp
Summer Camps at the Garden Center located inside Lakeside Park include the Summer Fun Club and Counselor In Training (CIT) Program.
Summer Fun Club is a traditional day camp for boys and girls ages 4 - 12 offering a wide variety of activities including crafts, sports, nature walks, swimming, boating, and field trips. Campers are encouraged to explore and appreciate all the wonders Lakeside Park offers. Campers develop friendships, as they learn independence and responsibilities.
Counselors In Training is designed for youth 13-15 years old. Campers have the opportunity to develop leadership and life skills while having fun working with our local day camps in the area. CIT's will receive a certificate for each week of completion and a letter reflecting the number of hours of community service.
Inclusion Overnight Camp
Youth and teens, ages 8-18, will enjoy tent camping, swimming, hiking, and naturalist-led educational experiences at Tilden Regional Park. We have specially trained staff who are able to provide a full inclusion experience for kids with special needs. For more information on how to register, please contact Erin Burton at (510) 615-5980 or email@example.com
Teen Eco-Action Week
Discover how YOU benefit from taking action to protect our environment.
- Meet other teens ages 13-17
- Earn community service credit required to graduate
- Participate in restoration projects
- Fun-filled outdoor recreational activities and career exploration
- Stipend received upon completion of service: $100
In collaboration with the East Bay Regional Park District, Teen Eco-Action Week is a week long summer program seeking to connect youth from Oakland to the natural environment through service learning opportunities in their community. Teens will be transported from the Ira Jinkins Recreation Center to a variety of park locations in and around Oakland for daily restoration projects and fun filled outdoor adventure activities. Each teen that completes the entire 5 day program will receive a $100 stipend. For more information and to register, please call 510-615-5959.