Camp Gateway is a full-day summer camp geared for grades K-6. Our flexible sessions allow campers to sign up for individual weeks or the entire four-week program. Every week, campers choose from four Specialty Camps, ranging from Discovery Camps for littles to Ranch Builders, Puppet Shakers, Movie Makers and everything in between. All children in Santa Cruz are welcome — many campers don’t attend Gateway during the year!

This summer Camp Gateway will be at our brand new Natural Bridges campus, located at 255 Swift St. in Santa Cruz!

Our enthusiastic Camp Gateway staff are deeply committed to nurturing an atmosphere that encourages fun, creativity, and community while developing amazing new skills.

For more information, please contact Camp Director Megan Eldredge.

Camp Schedule

Week 1: July 15-19, 9am-4pm Register Now

Chess Camp; 2nd & Up
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7

Do you love the game of Chess? Are you new to the game but excited to learn more? Or perhaps you are ready to sharpen your skills and develop deeper strategies! Chess Camp if is full day of Chess for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.

At the beginning level, students will be introduced to the three phases of chess—the opening, middle and endgame. Basic objectives, tactics and strategies will be covered, in a fun, social setting. Beginner level players will focus on fun while they are challenged to develop a more complete understanding of the game. At the intermediate level, students will learn to analyze their games, problem-solve, apply a three-step thinking process, use algebraic chess-notation and play match games with chess clocks.

Instructor Gjon Feinstein is a National Master and lifelong chess player, teaching chess in Santa Cruz county schools since 1994.

Creatures and Features; 3rd & Up
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5
6

Imagine – Envision – Create – Make!

This class is for the day-dreamers and make-believers who are ready to explore their creativity. Campers will spend their mornings with Haley and she leads students in creating and making their own creatures with a variety of materials and support. The afternoons will be spent behind the lens filming and editing their creature’s hobbies, special powers, habitats and wherever the imagination may lead.

Discovery Camp – Party Like a Pirate; K-2
K
1
2

What type of socks do pirates wear?

Arrrrgyle!!

Come join us for a week of Pirate Partying Fun at Discovery Camp. Discovery Camp is designed to integrate art, science, creative writing, non-competitive games, and imaginative design all in a fun and encouraging environment. Each morning will begin with a collaborative art project followed by individual craft time. As the week continues campers will be lead in creative writing and imaginative design as they build out props and develop characters to follow along with the weekly theme. Science experiments and game play will be sprinkled throughout the week to make this camp class an all around Arrrrmazing experience!

Español y Música; 2nd & Up
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3
4

Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? What they eat, how they live, dance, love, create, sing, play? Join us for a week full of the rich culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. Campers will play games, learn Spanish songs, enjoy puppetry, dramatize skits, tell stories, and cook yummy Spanish treats such as hot Mexican chocolate. Campers will learn about traditional music that shaped Spanish culture and experiment with Castanets, Maracas and more! This class is designed for campers who are new to Spanish, as well as those who might want a refresher! No prior Spanish classes needed.

Move’n’Groove; 4th & Up
4
5
6

Are you ready to play hard and jam hard with Coach Z and Brandt? Move’n’Groove is a combination of outside activity and inside creativity where campers will spend their mornings developing fundamental skills as they explore a range of engaging sports and games. Coach Z will lead campers in soft competitions with sportsmanship and fun being the core focus. In the afternoons campers will find themselves marching to the beat of Brandt’s drum as he helps students explore and create music with both digital and physical instruments. The end goal will be a rocking soundtrack campers can listen to while playing their sports!

Week 2: July 22-26, 9am-4pm Register Now

Chess Camp; 2nd & Up
2
3
4
5
6
7

Do you love the game of Chess? Are you new to the game but excited to learn more? Or perhaps you are ready to sharpen your skills and develop deeper strategies! Chess Camp if is full day of Chess for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.

At the beginning level, students will be introduced to the three phases of chess—the opening, middle and endgame. Basic objectives, tactics and strategies will be covered, in a fun, social setting. Beginner level players will focus on fun while they are challenged to develop a more complete understanding of the game. At the intermediate level, students will learn to analyze their games, problem-solve, apply a three-step thinking process, use algebraic chess-notation and play match games with chess clocks.

Instructor Gjon Feinstein is a National Master and lifelong chess player, teaching chess in Santa Cruz county schools since 1994.

Discovery Camp – Out of This World; K-2
K
1
2

How do you know when the moon has had enough to eat?

When it’s FULL!!

Come join us for a week of Space Exploration at Discovery Camp. Discovery Camp is designed to integrate art, science, creative writing, non-competitive games, and imaginative design all in a fun and encouraging environment. Each morning will begin with a collaborative art project followed by individual craft time. As the week continues campers will be lead in creative writing and imaginative design as they build out props and develop characters to follow along with the weekly theme. Science experiments and game play will be sprinkled throughout the week to make this camp class an all around Out of This World experience!

Move’n’Groove; 4th & Up
4
5
6

Are you ready to play hard and jam hard with Coach Z and Brandt? Move’n’Groove is a combination of outside activity and inside creativity where campers will spend their mornings developing fundamental skills as they explore a range of engaging sports and games. Coach Z will lead campers in soft competitions with sportsmanship and fun being the core focus. In the afternoons campers will find themselves marching to the beat of Brandt’s drum as he helps students explore and create music with both digital and physical instruments. The end goal will be a rocking soundtrack campers can listen to while playing their sports!

Ranch Builders; 5th and Up
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6
7
8

One of Camp Gateway’s outstanding summer programs is BACK for another summer! Experience life on a working ranch! This class gives kids a chance to roll up their sleeves and work at Jade’s Ranch. The Ranch Builders team will learn to use a wide array of tools, build fences and stalls, feed animals and pick produce from summer gardens. Campers will be dropped off around 9:30 and back on campus by 3:45pm, this is a long day at the Ranch so make sure to pack a big lunch and a refillable water bottle. Jade’s Ranch is located on 75 pristine acres adjacent to Wilder Ranch, just north of Santa Cruz.

Spanish and Art for the Explorer’s Heart; 2nd & Up
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3
4

Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? What they eat, how they live, dance, love, create, sing, play? Join us for a week full of the rich culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. Campers will play games, learn Spanish songs, enjoy puppetry, dramatize skits, tell stories, and cook yummy Spanish treats such as hot Mexican chocolate. Campers will learn about famous artist and explore art styles such as – amate paintings and calavera skulls. This class is designed for campers who are new to Spanish, as well as those who might want a refresher!

 

Week 3: July 29-August 2, 9am-4pm Register Now

Art with Emily; 2nd & Up
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5

Do you have a heart for art? Are you ready for a week full of artistic growth? Come join Gateway’s own Art teacher Emily as she guides campers in becoming great and confident artists. Campers will learn how to look at art, talk about art, and definitely create art! This week she will focus on creating with clay, up-cycling statues  and cartooning! And of course, time for Art Studio where campers get to work on their own creative art project.

 

 

Chess Camp; 2nd & Up
2
3
4
5
6
7

Do you love the game of Chess? Are you new to the game but excited to learn more? Or perhaps you are ready to sharpen your skills and develop deeper strategies! Chess Camp if is full day of Chess for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.

At the beginning level, students will be introduced to the three phases of chess—the opening, middle and endgame. Basic objectives, tactics and strategies will be covered, in a fun, social setting. Beginner level players will focus on fun while they are challenged to develop a more complete understanding of the game. At the intermediate level, students will learn to analyze their games, problem-solve, apply a three-step thinking process, use algebraic chess-notation and play match games with chess clocks.

Instructor Gjon Feinstein is a National Master and lifelong chess player, teaching chess in Santa Cruz county schools since 1994.

Discovery Camp – Wild West Wackiness; K-2

How did the cowboy become so rich?

His horse gave him a couple of bucks every day!

Come join us for a week of Wild West Wackiness at Discovery Camp. Discovery Camp is designed to integrate art, science, creative writing, non-competitive games, and imaginative design all in a fun and encouraging environment. Each morning will begin with a collaborative art project followed by individual craft time. As the week continues campers will be lead in creative writing and imaginative design as they build out props and develop characters to follow along with the weekly theme. Science experiments and game play will be sprinkled throughout the week to make this camp class an all around Yeehawsome experience!

Move’n’Groove; 4th & Up
4
5
6

Are you ready to play hard and jam hard with Coach Z and Brandt? Move’n’Groove is a combination of outside activity and inside creativity where campers will spend their mornings developing fundamental skills as they explore a range of engaging sports and games. Coach Z will lead campers in soft competitions with sportsmanship and fun being the core focus. In the afternoons campers will find themselves marching to the beat of Brandt’s drum as he helps students explore and create music with both digital and physical instruments. The end goal will be a rocking soundtrack campers can listen to while playing their sports!

Puppet Shakers & Movie Makers; 3rd & Up
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4
5
6

Are you ready for a week filled with fleece, feathers, and fun?! Campers will start their mornings out dreaming up their own magical puppets and then bringing them to life! Each carefully crafted puppet will have a name, a story, and perhaps a special power to share – and where better to share it, then on tv! The afternoons will be spent improving with their puppets, scripting out scenes, filming and editing. At the end of the week bring some popcorn and get to know our puppets on the big screen!

Week 4: August 5-9, 9am-4pm Register Now

Crafts & Arts for Tiny Hearts; 1st & Up
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Do you have a heart for art? Are you ready for a week full of artistic growth and clever craftiness? Come join Gateway’s own Art teacher Emily as she guides campers in becoming great and confident artists and crafters. Campers will learn how to look at art, talk about art, and replicate their favorite art styles with their own special twist! This week she will focus on pop art, decoupage, finger crocheting, and yard decor! And of course, time for Art Studio where campers get to work on their own creative art project.

Kindy Camp
K

This is a great introduction to the Gateway School campus and a chance for you and your child to meet other kindergarten families. This camp, taught by Becky Murrow,  is specifically designed for children entering kindergarten this fall.

Please note that Kindy Camp is a specialty class that runs from 9:00am – 12:00pm

*Priority will first be given to kindergarteners entering Gateway School in the Fall – open registration will be July 1st.

Must Register through megan.eldredge@gatewaysc.org to be signed up for this class.

Monster Jam Jam Band; 4th & Up
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6

This action packed class fuses remote control cars with garage band jams! Each camper will be in charge of cleaning and maintaining their own vehicle so it can perform its best as the class collaborates each day to build out courses and tracks for speed, maneuverability, tricks, and off roading!! Campers will then take their talents to the music room to create some monster band jams to help set the tone for the big remote control showcase at the end of the week.

Each camper will leave the week with their remote control car!

Move’n’Groove; 4th & Up
4
5
6

Are you ready to play hard and jam hard with Coach Z and Brandt? Move’n’Groove is a combination of outside activity and inside creativity where campers will spend their mornings developing fundamental skills as they explore a range of engaging sports and games. Coach Z will lead campers in soft competitions with sportsmanship and fun being the core focus. In the afternoons campers will find themselves marching to the beat of Brandt’s drum as he helps students explore and create music with both digital and physical instruments. The end goal will be a rocking soundtrack campers can listen to while playing their sports!

Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling/Registration/2019 Updates

Does we have to attend Gateway School to be eligible for Camp Gateway?
Camp gateway is entirely open to the public during the summer. In general, the majority of campers in any week attend schools other than Gateway. The only exception to our open registration is for Kindy Camp, where we give priority enrollment to Gateway students before opening registration to the public.

What if we only need Camp on certain days of the week?
Unfortunately we do not offer partial week contracts.

What if my child only needs Camp in the mornings or the afternoons?
This summer we are offering full day week-long camp programming from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

What if my child needs to leave early on a few days, or to come after lunch for part of the week?
A: Appointments, lunch with Grandma, perhaps a good swell – we understand that summers can be busy! If your child needs to leave early from camp or will be dropped off later in the day, please email Camp Director Megan Eldredge prior to the beginning of day.

Can I just sign up for one week of Camp or do I need to sign up for all four weeks?
You can sign up for one week of camp, two weeks, or all four! But not three weeks…just kidding, you can absolutely sign up for three weeks of camp too.

What about Little Guards and Junior Guards?
Sadly, we will not be offering transportation to and from Cowells Beach this summer largely, in part to our new campus location.

New Campus?
Yes! Gateway School will be moving to the Natural Bridges Campus at 255 Swift Street in Santa Cruz. Camp Gateway will be taking place at this newly updated super cool campus!

Are all camps guaranteed to run?
Minimum and maximum attendance requirements exist for all camps. Camp Gateway reserves the right to cancel or change any scheduled activities due to lack of enrollment. If a camp gets cancelled due to low enrollment (less than five kids), all camp registrants will be notified in advance, and full refunds will be issued.

What time can I drop my camper off?
Camp begins at 9:00am and check-in opens at 8:45am. Camp ends at 4:00pm and all campers must be picked up by 4:15pm. Prior to the start of camp, an email will be sent out with information about check-in, drop off and pick up locations.

Payments /Cancellation Fees
Do you accept Credit Cards? Checks?
We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. If you are registering online, you must check out with a credit card. If you would like to make other payment arrangements contact Camp Director Megan Eldredge.

We changed our mind about something we signed up for. Do you offer refunds?
We understand that plans can change. If you registered online and are simply switching a week or adding a week, please contact Camp Director Megan Eldredge to make a change. Full refund requests must be made in writing. There is a cancellation fee of $50 for requests received after May 1st. Requests received after June 1st are subject to a cancellation fee of $100. Request received after July 1st are subject to a cancellation fee of $150.00. Refunds will not be available for cancellations within two weeks of the start date of your camp week.

**Refunds will not be given to students who have been asked to not participate due to disruptive behavior during camp. We aspire to impart good “kidizenship” in all of our campers. However, Camp Gateway reserves the right to ask any camper to not continue, if the camper is deemed to be compromising the safety and quality of experience of other campers.

Allergies/Medical Concerns
If my child has allergies, has a special medical condition or takes medication, how should I let Camp Gateway know?
Make sure you include any allergies (and procedures), medications and special medical conditions in the appropriate online registration fields. If the allergy or condition is of particularly serious concern, please contact Camp Director Megan Eldredge at least one week prior to your child’s first day, so we can go over procedures.
Food
Do we need to bring a lunch? Do you provide snacks?
Please send your child to camp with a hefty lunch and a reusable water bottle. We have a morning snack time around 10:15, lunch time around noon, and another snack time around 2:15. We make sure to give our campers multiple breaks to re-energize with food and to stay hydrated.
What to Bring
What should we bring to Camp?
Please remember to send an appropriate amount of food with your child (snacks and a lunch). Please apply sunscreen in the morning. We will reapply as needed during the day. If you have a special sunscreen you’d like to bring, we can hold it for your camper in our office. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

I have a younger camper, should I bring a change of clothes?
We think it’s a great idea to bring a spare set of clothes! Remember to write your camper’s name inside clothing.

What should we leave at home?
Cell phones can be brought to camp, but must remain turned off and in backpacks. Please leave all video games, music players and other personal electronic devices at home. Of course we ask you to leave anything that could be considered dangerous at home as well.

Older Campers
My child is entering 7th or 8th grade and we would like them to attend Camp Gateway. What are our options?
Our day camp is designed for children entering grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. We do offer some specialty classes that will accommodate older campers. We also have a few spots open for older students who are interested in assisting in a C.I.L.T. (Camper In Leadership Training) role.