Project Ember is an artistic maker/engineering camp where kids come together to tackle outrageous challenges and create their own larger-than-life designs. Under the guidance of professional educators and craftspeople, kids will learn safe use of professional power tools, a design/build process, and the art of iteration.
A SMALL CAMP THAT DARES TO DREAM BIG
The magic of Project Ember lives at the intersection of audacious creativity and inclusive collaboration. Kids are challenged to take big creative risks without guaranteed success and to work together to accomplish something bigger than they could imagine doing on their own. Vulnerability is an essential piece of meaningful creative output, personal growth, and teamwork, so we work tirelessly to create an environment where all campers feel a sense of belonging. With our industry leading staff ratios (almost 1:3 at overnight camp) your child will be known and supported as the individual they are.
AT PROJECT EMBER OVERNIGHT, YOUR KIDS WILL UNPLUG, FOCUS AND CONNECT.
When was the last time your child had a chance to spend a full week focused on a single project? Kids today are growing up with unprecedented competition for their attention and few opportunities to be at rest. Study after study shows children benefit as much from uninterrupted focus as they do from actual downtime. At Project Ember, they’ll get both. Our camp structure is simple: build sessions in the morning and afternoon followed by small group meetings and relaxed community time in the evening. With a spacious routine, kids can take on complex projects right at the edge of their abilities, step away when they get stuck, and learn and recover from their mistakes. And the time we spend hiking, swimming at the river, playing games or simply taking in the sunset is all a vital part of creative renewal.
HEALTHY RISK EXPOSURE AND AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
“Risk perception is a muscle that needs to be developed and flexed.” Project Ember is founded on the idea that doing something extraordinary requires taking risks and learning to effectively manage risk is a crucial life skill. Every session of camp begins with safety. At Project Ember, this means setting our camp culture with co-created group agreements for both emotional and physical safety, followed by comprehensive tool training and practice. Throughout the program, kids will learn strategies for assessing and managing the risk of any given situation, from tool use to their first test of a rapidly built prototype.
Minimum Age 10
Maximum Age 18
Camp Dates Session 1: Sun, July 7th - Sat, July 13th Session 2: Sun, July 14th - Sat, July 20th Session 3: Sun, July 21st - Sat, July 27th Session 4: Sun, July 28th - Sat, August 3rd Session 5: Sun, August 4th - Sat, August 10th
Camp Cities Overnight Location in Sebastopol (Carpools available from the East Bay, SF, and the Peninsula) Day Camp Location in Menlo Park
Year Established 2016
Camp Capacity 30 (18 Middles, 12 Uppers)
Camp Length 7 Days
Cost Per Week 1850
Financial Aid Offered Yes