How do you group kids together at camp?
At Camp Galileo, we group campers by grade in three groups—pre-K – entering K (Nebulas), entering 1st and 2nd (Stars) and entering 3rd through 5th (Supernovas)—and carefully customize our curriculum for each group. At Galileo Summer Quest, 5th – 8th graders will spend the week with the like-minded visionaries in their major.
At Summer Camps @ The Tech, campers spend most of their week with the other campers in their chosen class or classes, which are organized by grade—entering 4th – 6th and 6th – 8th.
Can my Camp Galileo camper join his/her sibling/friend in an older/younger age group?
As our curriculum and activities are designed specifically for each age level, we strongly discourage grade group hopping. If your camper is concerned about seeing friends who are in a different grade group, remember that campers eat lunch together and participate in all-camp activities and games throughout the week.
Can my camper be grouped with friends at camp?
Definitely. At Galileo Summer Quest and Summer Camps @ The Tech, simply coordinate your camper’s dates and major or class with the friends in question. At Camp Galileo, you can submit friend requests if campers are in the same age group as part of the sign-up process. While we’ll try to group your camper with as many friends as possible, we can only guarantee one request.
If you don’t do any social planning in advance, don’t worry. Our group structure and stellar staff work all week to facilitate new friendships and make every camper feel safe and included.
Should I send my preschooler to camp?
Camp Galileo is a great place for your tiny innovator in training. We design activities specifically suited for pre-K and kindergarten-aged campers (we call them Nebulas), surround them with staff who are experienced with this age group and work with them to develop teamwork skills, a great preparation for kindergarten. Campers are grouped exclusively with other kids their own age and enjoy a maximum of 8:1 camper-to-staff ratio. While most Nebulas attend our full day program, we do offer a part-day option from 9 am – 1 pm for campers who aren’t ready for a full day.
Nebulas must be entering kindergarten in the fall or turning 5 by December 1, 2019.
My camper is going into 5th grade—what camp should we sign up for?
It depends on the kid. Camp Galileo is for the 5th grader who loves the mix of art, science and outdoors and wants to be on the top of the heap in a group with 3rd and 4th graders. We give our 5th grade campers at Camp Galileo the honorary title of Red Supergiant and let them develop their leadership skills by mentoring younger innovators. Galileo Summer Quest is for the emerging visionary interested in an older environment (being grouped with 6th, 7th and 8th graders), ready to pick a passion—from majors like Mobile Game Design, Chefology or 3-D Modeling & Printing—and go deep exploring it.
Innovators with an interest in science and technology might want to spend part of the summer at Summer Camps @ The Tech for 4th – 8th graders in San Jose.
Can my camper sign up for the same Camp Galileo theme more than once during the summer?
Sure, it’s actually pretty common. While the curriculum is the same each time, our instructors are prepared with more challenging next steps for returning campers so they can build on what they learned the first time through. Our returning campers often emerge from round two with more sophisticated projects and a deeper understanding of the concepts they learned.
Should my camper take the same Galileo Summer Quest major as last year?
Yes. While returning campers will find the curriculum familiar and the basics more or less the same, another week in the same major affords campers the opportunity to delve even deeper into what they’re passionate about. Through additional weeks, campers can gain mastery in techniques introduced in the major, taking their projects to the next level and continuing to practice the Innovator’s Process and Mindset, which is the core of our curriculum.
How do you deal with serious allergies at camp?
We take allergies very seriously. As part of the sign-up process, you’ll complete a detailed health history form with any information we should know about your camper’s allergies. We send this information to the staff at your camp location. Before camp begins, we welcome you to contact your Camp Director (we’ll send you contact information in early June) to talk through any concerns or specific instructions you may have.
We designate nut-free tables at all of our camps during snack times and lunch and enforce a strict hand-washing policy. All staff members are trained on how to administer an EpiPen in the event of an emergency.
Do Galileo camps serve children with special needs?
While our camps aren’t specifically designed to accommodate special needs, a wide range of kids with special needs have had great experiences with us over the years. To help decide if our camps are right for you, please give our customer service team a call at 1-800-854-3684. We also welcome camper aides, but require all aides who attend camp to complete a background check before camp begins.
What level of medical care for my camper are you able to accommodate?
Chronic medical conditions like diabetes are typically able to be supported at camp. For more serious or specialized conditions, please give us a call at 1-800-854-3684.