Camp Gateway has got you covered! We have been offering a comprehensive summer program for almost 30 years and this year promises to be our best yet.

Our program is anchored by our DAY CAMP, where campers entering grades K-6 are supported, challenged and encouraged in a fun-centered environment. Alongside our Day Camp we also offer a selection of Morning, Afternoon, and Full Day Specialty CLASSES. Each class is an opportunity to explore a subject in a small, supportive environment.

Families can choose to pair camp and classes to add variety to a camper’s day. Mini-Makers was a best seller last summer and we’re bringing it back this summer. Our Mini-Maker program is a series of intensive specialty classes held in Gateway’s state of the art Discovery Center. Students interested in coding, programming, engineering, design and fabrication can explore these overlapping disciplines as they see projects through from sketch to completion.

In an effort to serve working families we offer EXTENDED CARE options as well as GUARDS PICKUP and DROPOFF at Cowell Beach.

Camp Gateway truly is a one stop shop for summer fun!

Day Camp

We keep our camper-to-counselor ratios low, grouping campers by the grades they are entering in the fall. Campers spend the majority of their days in these small groups but we provide frequent opportunities for the whole camp to come together in projects and activities. Children’s days are filled with games, sports, cooking projects and arts and crafts. Each week is built around an exciting themes!   Wk 1: Arctic Chill’n   Wk 2: A galaxy far far away….   Wk 3: Under the Sea   Wk 4:Creepy Crawlers   Wk 5: Mini Makers    Wk 6: Planet Earth    Wk 7: Fairytales & Fables


Full Day Camp (9am to 4pm) $280/week
Morning Camp
(9am to 12:00pm) $140/week
Afternoon Camp
(1pm to 4pm) $140/week

Class and Camp

Many families choose to combine our wide selection of Specialty Classes with half days of camp.

Kindy Camp

Kindy Camp is a special introductory program designed for children entering Gateway School’s Kindergarten!

This two week camp is purposely designed to provide an easy transition for your entering kindergartner into a classroom-like setting while also presenting a chance for you and your child to meet other kindergarten families.

Please note that Kindy Camp is a specialty class that runs simultaneously yet separately from our Day Camp program which also includes kindergartners. Priority enrollment will be given to children enrolled in Gateway’s 2017-18 Kindergarten school year.

Extended Care Options

We also offer early and extended care:
Early Morning Care
(8am to 9am) FREE!
Extended Care (4pm to 5:30pm) $35/week

Cowell Beach Little Guards and Junior Guards Pickup/Dropoff

If your child is a morning guard, we’ll meet them at Cowell Beach at noon and escort them to Gateway. If your child is an afternoon guard, we’ll drop them off at 1pm after Gateway morning camp. You MUST sign up for guards separately through the Santa Cruz Department of Parks and Recreation.
Pick-Up (12pm) $35/week
Drop-Off (1pm) $35/week