Read our camp guidelines below to get started on your Camp Galileo adventure!
For location-specific info (check-in/check-out instructions, contact info, etc.) visit your camp’s specific webpage.
For camp-specific Check-In and Check-Out information, visit your camp’s location page. Check-In and Check-Out will be staggered on Monday. Families will check in/out during their assigned window, according to their last name. We ask that families adhere as much as possible to their Check-In window. *If you are responsible for multiple campers in different windows, please use the earlier window to drop off and pick up all campers if possible.
Check-in (based on last name)
Check-out (based on last name)
To keep campers safe, we require a photo ID from an adult on your camper’s authorized pick-up list every day at check-out.
Check-in is from 8:45-9:00 am. There are no Check-in windows, and families may arrive at any time during the 15 minute Check-in period. Families arriving before 8:45 am on Tuesday – Friday can choose to wait with their campers until check-in.
We require a parent or guardian to Check-In with campers on Monday. Shortly after Monday morning check-in, you will receive an email detailing what to expect in the week ahead. Tuesday-Friday, check-in will be from 8:45-9 and we will offer curbside drop off at all camps. If there are specific instructions about what check-in looks like at your camp on Monday, they will be posted on your camp homepage. Please make an effort to be punctual as once our Camp Day starts, our staff are in action and we want to keep distractions at bay! If you need to arrive late, please notify your Camp Director and they can advise you on the best drop-off procedure. If it was unplanned, call the camp line when you arrive and someone will come meet you.
If your child is enrolled in morning Extended Care, you may Check-in anytime after 8:00 am.
If you would like to add someone to your camper’s authorized pick-up list, please make the change directly in your account. Updates you make to your online account after Friday after 9AM will not be reflected in our rosters. Changes made after that time should be both made online and also confirmed with camp staff upon check-in.
We charge a $1 per minute late fee for families picking up after 3:30 pm . Campers will wait near the camp Extended Care Check-Out area or in extended care, space permitting.
If your camper is signed up for our afternoon extended care, you can pick up your camper anytime between 3:30 and 6pm. We charge a $1 per minute late fee after 6pm.
Please avoid late drop-off and early pick-ups. Campers are often engaging deeply in activities and projects throughout the day, so mid-day pickups and drop-offs can be disruptive for your camper and the others. If you need to pick up your camper during the camp day or organize a late drop-off, please call your Camp Director to discuss.
Quick reference: what to bring each day (labeled with your camper’s name on it)
*We are a Nut-Free Camp. No food with peanuts, tree nuts or products containing traces of nuts to be consumed on the camp premises. Examples of tree nuts include: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.
Sunflower Seed Butter “Sun-nut butter” is OK! Here is a list of examples of nut-free snacks:
Campers should wear casual clothing that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for indoor and outdoor activities. Campers will frequently use art supplies & paint and while all of our paints are rated washable, we recommend clothes you won’t mind getting stained. Campers may be outside in the sun for extended periods and in some of our camps outdoor activities are the majority of the day. At our Bay Area camps, it can be cold and or foggy, especially in the morning. Please bring layers and dress accordingly!
Due to their curriculum, we recommend that campers going into 5th – 8th grade wear closed toed shoes to camp each day.
Wednesday – Team Color Day: Campers dress in their team color.
Thursday – Water Day (for select locations): Wear your swimsuit to camp under your clothes, and prepare to have a blast getting soaked playing water games! Please note that some camps (San Francisco Twin Peaks), will not offer Water Day due to inclement weather.
Friday – Camp Choice Day: Friday’s theme will change weekly. Look out for information from your camp to learn what the costume theme is for this week. Please no fake weapons at camp.
*Some camp schedules may differ from what is listed above. Please check in with your Camp Director or another camp staff member on the Monday of camp to see what your camp’s Theme Day schedule is.
We recommend all campers come to camp each day with a water bottle.
Please pack your camper a snack, lunch and a water bottle. If your camper’s day includes afternoon extended care, please pack an afternoon snack as well. Please note that campers may not share food due to health and safety restrictions and only nut-free food items are allowed; food will not be refrigerated and may be outside, so ice packs are recommended if there are concerns about perishables.
Campers should arrive with sunscreen already applied and may want to bring a hat and additional sunscreen. Campers will be reminded to and have the opportunity to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day. Galileo will also have sunscreen available for campers.
We will give your camper a lanyard & nametag on their first day of camp. Please send them back wearing it each day!
On water day (Thursday), please bring a labeled towel for your camper.
Campers’ belongings will stay with them throughout the day, and they’ll be bringing their projects home with them, so send them with their backpack to store their water bottle, lunch, and creations.
If your child requires an EpiPen, please label it with their name and bring it to camp on Monday morning. All of our staff members are trained on how to administer an EpiPen in the event of an emergency. You’re also welcome to call your Camp Director the week before camp to talk through any concerns or specific instructions you may have. Staff will carry EpiPens in the backpack designed for a camper’s group unless previously arranged with the parents.
We ask your campers to leave their pets, toys, games, cards, video games, other technology items or any other personal valuables at home—Galileo cannot be responsible for these items at camp. We do not allow weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other banned substances at camp. Campers who ride bicycles or scooters to camp are responsible for locking and securing them on their own. Campers who bring cell phones to contact parents will be instructed to keep cell phones in backpacks and turned off for the entire day. If campers need repeated reminders to keep technology put away, they may be asked to leave their cell phone in the camp office until the end of day.
Meteors (5th – 8th graders) only: In some cases, Meteors may be permitted to use their cell phones or tablets to access curriculum videos in class. Instructors will provide more information about this on your campers first day.
Our goal is to prevent illness transmission at camp. If your camper is showing signs of illness, please remain home and notify your Camp Director of their absence.
If your camper is showing symptoms of Covid-19, please test your camper and receive a negative result before returning to camp. If a camper becomes sick while at camp, we will call a parent to come pick them up. Campers who test positive for Covid-19 should follow DPH guidance (as of 4/21/23 isolation for 5 days, may return on Day 6 if symptoms are resolving and camper feels well.)
In the case of potential severe weather or poor air quality, we want to reassure you that safety is our top priority. Should such situations arise, we are prepared to relocate all regular outdoor activities to our indoor facilities, ensuring a continuous, safe, and engaging camp experience for your children. In cases where indoor options are unavailable, our Camp Directors will reach out directly with more information about specific camp plans. Unfortunately, wildfire smoke is becoming a more regular weather challenge. Galileo follows the EPA’s Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools which can be found here. In short, when the AQI reaches over 150, we have and will modify our camp schedule and activities to spend as much time indoors as possible.
Before 9am the Friday before camp begins:
If you’d like to add Extended Care, please talk to your Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director, who can determine whether there is space available. We offer extended care from 3 pm – 6 pm. Cohorts will be based on extended care enrollment, so make sure to add extended care before 7AM the Friday before camp begins to secure your spot. Please note that extended care can fill up quickly, so if you know you need it, we suggest booking your spot in advance.
Visit your camp location page for up-to-the minute availability at your site. Space permitting, you can sign up for additional weeks by 7AM on the Friday before the week you want to attend.
You will have the opportunity to request one friend be grouped with your camper when filling out your child’s health history information. All grouping requests must be submitted by Friday at 9AM the week before camp begins. We will group siblings together if they’re in the same age group. We try our best to honor grouping requests and make sure campers are grouped with at least one friend. If we missed your request, please ask your Camp Director and we will do our best to accommodate.
Help us keep track of your campers’ belongings by labeling all personal items (backpack, water bottle, lunchbox, jacket, hat, etc.) with their first and last names. Check the lost and found or ask camp office staff about any lost items. Unfortunately, we are unable to store lost and found items once camp is over, so don’t wait to start your search—we will donate any unclaimed items on the final day of camp at each location.
We may ask campers who require 1×1 supervision, disrupt the camp experience, or threaten the safety of themselves or others to leave camp. Behaviors meriting explusion include, but are not limited to: a cause or threat of violence, putting themselves or others in danger, possession of a weapon, possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, drugs or illegal substance, robbery, damage to property, sexual assault, harassment, hazing, or intimidation. In those cases, we will contact a parent to pick up the child immediately. We do not issue refunds to campers who are asked to leave camp.
Supernovas & Meteors
Supernova and Meteor campers use glue guns during some portions of camp. We believe using these materials is an important step for campers in developing their independence and ability to build more advanced creations in an age-appropriate manner.
While we review safe and responsible glue gun usage with campers before they use them, we also ask parents to speak with your camper(s) about using glue guns and to review the following safety procedures together at home.
Meteors use additional tools to create their projects, including tape measures, screw drivers, clamps, drills and hand saws. Please also review the following safety guidelines and procedures with your camper.
Respect the tools- When used properly, these tools can be used very safely. Be respectful of the tools and your fellow campers. Never use these tools outside of their designed purpose.
Camper aides are welcome at camp, but must be approved by Galileo at least 14 days prior to the start of camp and complete a Live Scan background check before camp begins. If you select Camp Aid in your Health History, you will be sent a welcome letter of how to complete the process and what to expect at camp.
Other than for the purposes of dropping off and picking up campers during check-in and check-out, visitors, including camper family members, are not permitted on campus outside of the camp office.
Given the nature of our programs, Galileo incurs substantial non-recoverable costs and expenses in planning, preparing and pre-paying for camps.
From April 1 until 46 days prior to your first camp date, you may cancel for a refund of all monies paid toward camp and extended care fees to your original payment method, less a cancellation fee of 50% of your total purchase price.
Within 45 days of your first camp date, no refunds or credits will be given.
For purposes of this cancellation policy, “first camp date” refers to the first day of the earliest session in which you originally enrolled, regardless of any subsequent transfers.
You may transfer to a different session or location at any time, up until fourteen (14) days before the start of the registered camp session at no charge, subject to availability.
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