Beyond Thundercamp: DIY & Maker Culture Bay Area, CA

The Rinella family around the table
Mad Maude & her instructor crew
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Post-Bayeria for Kids

Reuse, Recyle and Repurpose is the name of the game as bands of campers wander an adventurous post-industrial Berkeley and Oakland. Gone are the lattes and condos. Backyard chickens and goats have taken over the streets, home gardens feed the city and people have remembered what its like to be a village and a tribe again.

But all is not perfect, hordes of fixie-bicycle gangs roam the city, packs of mutant jackalopes are on the loose and the Soapbox and Roller Derby Overlords plan on capturing Trackers instructors and making them battle in a giant Thunderdome.

There's only one hope for the former city of the Bay. She's been a loner. She's survived on her own in this crazy world because she was even more crazy. But now Trackers Camp needs her. All the Trackers Kids tell the "tell" where one day, soon, Mad Maude will return to save us all.

Preparing for Battle

DIY takes on a whole new level as campers learn to remake scrap into functional tools, armor and even transportation. While the complexity of projects are dependent on age, this is the ultimate mad science and junkyard genius experience. We put together awesome soapbox go-carts, refit the buses to survive the post-apocalyptic landscape, sow our own patchwork clothing, make safe foam arrows and much more.

Two Instructors Enter, One Instructor Leaves

Finally the week ends with a giant the Post-Apocalyptic Field Games for kids on Friday. Each Trackers instructor finds their way to the Thunderdome where they battle each other with foam weapons as their campers cheer them on.

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  • Berkeley & Oakland
  • Marin County

Berkeley/Oakland - Summer Camp Beyond Thundercamp

Location

Our camps meet in central urban locations. From there, we transport to wonderful wild spaces for activities.

Berkeley & Oakland Drop-Off Location 3049 Adeline St. Berkeley, CA

Grades and Ages

Register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

Daily Schedule

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Free and flexible morning check-in
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Bus programs board at 8:30 AM and students travel to green spaces around the Bay for outdoor instruction
3:30 PM - 4 PM Free and flexible afternoon check-out
4 PM - 6:00 PM Pre-registered after camp


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Grade 2-3 August 11-15, 2014 Tuition $395

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Grade 4-5 August 11-15, 2014 Tuition $395

Marin County - Summer Camp Beyond Thundercamp

Location

Our camps meet in central urban locations. From there, we transport to wonderful wild spaces for activities.

Marin County Drop-Off Location Piper Park, 250 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, a beautiful park with views of Mt. Tam, just off Hwy 101

Grades and Ages

Register for the grade your camper is entering the following fall.

Daily Schedule

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Free and flexible morning check-in
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Bus programs board at 8:30 AM and students travel to green spaces around the Bay for outdoor instruction
3:30 PM - 4 PM Free and flexible afternoon check-out
4 PM - 6:00 PM Pre-registered after camp


Get After Camp Add After Camp and extend to 4 PM - 6 PM

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Payment Plans

Payment plans for our 2014 Summer Camps will be available through April 30th, 2014. Contact Us to learn more.

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Scholarship Information We have limited scholarships available for cases of financial hardship. Learn more about our Scholarship Application process

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A Smile

We help children to feel like that group of kids wandering country backyards 50 years ago: independent, tired, muddy, wet and happy from the woods and wild. We are acutely aware of full and real hazards of the out of doors after years of working in environmental education. We try to move away from the highly structured and limiting tolerances of conventional environmental education while keeping kids truly safe but not encapsulated from, or phobic of nature. We are deep patriots to the value of offering guided yet very free and transparent experiences for kids. We believe it is okay to be thirsty at times, cold at times, and wet at times. It builds empathy and care for the gifts of life. It fosters adventure and sincere accomplishment. We also believe it is critical to feel supported and cared for as they truly explore their passion and responsibility. And through a healthy life immersed in nature, they test the limits and great potential of the often untapped physical and emotional resiliency they possess.