I cannot recommend Camp Galileo Oakland enough. I have been sending my kids here for 7 years, starting as kindergartners. I have two boys and a girl, all of whom have very different interests and one thing I love about this camp is that they all enjoy it.
There are so many exceptional things about Camp Galileo. The top of the list is the quality of the staff. They are, without exception, dedicated, hard working and above all FUN. Every year my kids look forward to seeing their counselors from previous years and always ask for their favorites. This was especially important to me for the first year, when it was hard for me to leave them in any camp for the first time. My daughter had a hard time her first day and was crying and feeling homesick. The camp director took her by her hand and walked her around camp for much of the day. By Friday of that week my daughter was crying because she did not want to leave camp!
The other aspect of Camp Galileo that I value very much, and I think puts them head and shoulders above other camps, is their philosophy of teaching kids to be confident, creative innovators. I see a huge difference in my kids after a few weeks of Galileo every summer. They are much more confident, braver and less afraid to try new things. I see Camp Galileo as a vital part of my kids education, teaching them to understand the importance of making mistakes and to be confident about and proud of everything they make and every idea they have. Attending this camp has contributed to my kids attitude and really helped them to tackle any issue or challenge in their lives with a creative, inquisitive approach and most importantly to never give up.