What we’re all about at CAMP 510

At CAMP 510, we believe in cultivating a community of makers who have the creative agency and confidence to help shape a better world. CAMPers explore the innovative and magical in studio art, tinkering, public art, food and cooking, electronics, building, soldering and welding, sewing, crafts, video, music, and more. Unique projects are carefully chosen for each week of CAMP and are scaled to be developmentally appropriate for each age group of CAMPers. Equipped with the right tools in a participatory community environment, these projects are led by professional artists and makers in the spirit of D-I-T (do it together). CAMP 510 is located on the Park Day School campus in Temescal, Oakland.

*Campers must be 6 years old and entering 1st grade to attend CAMP


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Studio Trio Art Camp — STart CAMP — offers three projects each week and is designed to engage CAMPers entering grades 1-5. In this program, CAMPers rotate in small groups to each of the three projects every day, all five days of the CAMP week. This is a structured environment that offers developmentally appropriate challenges and levels of materials usage for young makers and artists, and is well-suited to the creative needs of these ages. With a 1:4 staff to CAMPer ratio, your child will have plenty of support to complete projects. Each project of the day is hyphenated with a recess time (see our Typical Day schedule below).

XP CAMPs are week-long, intensive and process-oriented projects for older CAMPers (Xtra Process). In XP CAMP, older children focus on one project all day, all week. This format meets their needs to learn more and do more, and allows these artists and makers to delve into the material full steam ahead. XP projects encourage this age group to be ambitious, take risks, explore their tools & skills, work together and independently, and to dive deep.

XP projects have up to 15 spaces available and are for CAMPers entering grades 5-8. Some projects, due to their nature, vary in spaces available or ages they are offered to. Each XP project page will specify its details. Spaces are limited, and fill up quickly. We do offer waitlists.

Is your child interested in something enough to have the stick-with-it-ness needed to focus on it all day, all week long?? And do they want to deepen their maker curiousity and skills? Are they able to accept and set personal challenges? Are they willing to fail and try again? Can they work independently and collaboratively in a community of peers? If yes to all of this, then XP is likely a good fit!


CAMP 510 is an active verb environment where CAMPers create, make, grow, play and share.

In this diverse urban day camp community, unique projects are combined weekly for an immersive exploration of thematic artistic processes. Each day begins with morning circle time, a space where we shape our community, and create as a group, the atmosphere and guidelines by which we extend respect to those around us. Structured creative project times of the day are punctuated with free play time, quiet time and choice activity time.

The CAMP day is from 9am-3:00pm. Extended Day (Club Time) hours are available from 8:00- 9:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm.


8:00 – 9:00 am – Extended Morning. Registration suggested.

9:00 – 9:15 am – Supervised Free Time

9:15 – 9:30 am – Circle Time – All Campers

9:30 – 10:45 am - Project A

10:45 – 11:30 am - Snack Time & Free Play

11:30 – 12:45 pm – Project B

12:45 - 1:45 pm – Lunch & Free Play/Choice Time & 15 minute Quiet Time (reading, finger knitting, drawing, resting, etc…)

1:45 – 3:00 pm – Project C

3:00 – 3:15 pm - Pick-up for campers not in extended day club time

3:15 – 3:45 pm – Extended Day Afternoon Begins with Snack Time & Afternoon Circle

3:45 – 6:00 pm – Club Time (Elective Activities)

Our main entrance is located at 360 42nd Street (where 42nd and Opal Street meet) This is the main entrance to Park Day School. Please park mindfully in the neighborhood and walk your CAMPer into CAMP. Alternately, bike parking is available on campus.

Not familiar with Park Day School? Look for CAMP 510′s colorful flags, banners, and posters as you enter through the 42nd Street gate.

The XP projects also last from 9am to 3pm, so the day length is the same as for the other CAMPers, with the exception of our Week 3 (July 3-7), when our XPs run until 4pm. If you have further questions about any XP project, please do not hesitate to contact us at youandme@camp510.com


Every Friday afternoon at 3:00pm, we will highlight the creative work of the week with a gallery exhibit and refreshments (usually made by campers in their cooking projects).


Team sports • origami • water play • board games • drawing • scavenger hunts • cooking • building marble runs that fill a room • rockets • reading • blogging • friendship bracelets • camera building • baking • gardening • fort building • sewing • large bubble blowing • music making • hula hooping • puppets • dance party…


• A nutritious lunch

• Refillable water bottle (out of regard for our planet, disposable cups are not available)

• Wearing comfortable clothes appropriate for a variety of creative projects

• Sunscreen applied at home before camp

• An apron or smock, if desired, for cooking, printmaking, etc.

• A clean (worn!) t-shirt to silkscreen (just once a week)


• Morning and Afternoon snacks, homemade in our CAMP kitchen using local, seasonal and organic ingredients like Blossom Bluff peaches and Dirty Girl Farm tomatoes.

As always if questions arise, please contact us! 510.610.7450

CAMP 2019 Rates And Terms

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Weeks 1,2 & 4-8
$450 per week

Week 3 (July 1-5, no camp on July 4)
$400 for the week

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All Weeks (Weeks 1-8)
$450 - $490

XP Camp rates are variable, depending on cost of project materials


Extended Care

  • $120/week for both AM/PM

  • $45/week Full extended morning

  • $100/week Full extended afternoon

  • $14/hour Drop-in extended care

  • $13.50/day Drop-in extended morning

  • $35/day Drop-in extended afternoon

  • $65/five hour extended care punch card


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Financial Aid

CAMP 510 offers a limited amount of financial aid both in the form of work-trade and also on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis. We will begin taking applications for Summer 2019 in early February. Email us for more information at youandme@camp510.com.

Terms and Conditions

Our Tax ID number is 84-2591619

Upon registration you will be emailed a confirmation of weeks enrolled and fees. This confirmation email will also include our Tax ID number again for your filing convenience, as well as a welcome packet overflowing with important information to help you and your CAMPer be prepared for their week at CAMP 510.

Please note:

CAMP 510 enrollment is non-transferable. That said, we do understand that sometimes your family schedule changes! We offer a one time enrollment transfer for your child to another week of CAMP that has spaces available for $25. Any increase in project fees will be applied.

In the event you need to cancel your child’s enrollment, we offer the following refunds:

• Two (or more) weeks prior to the camp week you are canceling: 50% refund

• Less than 2 weeks notice to camp week: no refund


Counselors and Counselors-in-Training (which we also refer to as Junior Counselors or JCs at CAMP 510) make camp a terrific experience for CAMPers, all while developing skills and work experience and discovering new interests. Counselors and JCs are always by the sides of their CAMPers, making sure they’re safe and accounted for, and sharing in the laughter and joy of camp.

Counselor and Counselor-in-Training/Junior Counselor applications are now closed. Be sure to revisit to apply for next year’s program.


Camp 510 is currently a project by Thingamajigs! This change will ensure the continuation of arts programming throughout Oakland and the Bay Area.

CAMP 510 takes place at the beautiful Park Day School in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood from June 15-August 7, 2020.