FAQ for first time Galileo families

Camp for Littles

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.

Nebulas must be entering kindergarten in the fall or turning 5 by December 1, 2019.

Do you have part-day options?

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. You can select that option during the enrollment process.

Friends at Camp

Can my camper be in the same group as a friend?

Definitely. 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. At Galileo Summer Quest and Summer Camps @ The Tech, simply coordinate your camper’s dates and major or class with the friends in question.

What if my camper doesn't know anyone at camp?

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.

Camp Logistics

Can you tell me about lunch?

In California we partner with Choicelunch and in Chicago we partner with Gourmet Gorilla. Our partners provide kid-friendly (and approved) meals with tons of options. Both partners let you customize.

Lunch prices range based on where you live and your customized order (in Chicago). Learn more about menus, how to order, how to customize, details about pricing, and more on our Lunch details page.

Please note that if you purchase lunch, drinks are not included, so please pack your camper a drink and/or water bottle.

If you do not plan to purchase lunch, please pack your camper a snack, lunch and a water bottle.

If your camper’s day includes afternoon extended care, please include a snack as well.

What should my camper wear to camp?

Campers should wear casual clothing that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for indoor and outdoor activities.

What should I do between enrolling and camp starting?

Log in to your account and review your registration details. Check your camper’s emergency contacts and t-shirt size, and confirm that you’ve signed up for lunch or extended care if you need it. If you see discrepancies or have questions, give our customer service team a call at 800-854-3684. If you’ve purchased lunch and would like to customize your camper’s menu, you’ll need to do so by 8 am the day before camp.

Do you offer a part-day option?

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. You can select that option during the enrollment process.

Safety & Supervision

How do you supervise campers?

We maintain one of the lowest camper to staff ratios in California. During class time, it’s a maximum of 8:1 for entering Kindergarteners, and 10:1 for all other grades. During lunch and camp hours, we keep our ratio at 10:1 or smaller. During activity time, campers are organized into smaller groups or teams so that our staff can effectively maintain a watchful eye. Camp Galileo campers are never alone—even trips to the restroom happen with a buddy or group—and our staff is trained to take attendance every 15 minutes and during every transition.

What if my camper doesn't know anyone at camp?

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.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Contact us today! Or check out our general FAQ page.