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Camp Shoreline

Camp Shoreline allows 5-11 year-olds to flex their innate curiosity, as well as take part in outdoor activities, that aid their discovery and enjoyment of the science underpinning the nature preserve, within the heart of Silicon Valley, that is Shoreline Lake.

Camp Shoreline’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) based curriculum, combined with a range of watersports and other outdoor activities that build scientific, as well as creative, aptitude and skills, provides a weekly curriculum diverse enough to engage the mind of even the most energetic child!

Education & Fun in Nature

Designed to meet State of California STEM Education standards, and implemented by experienced, credentialed educators, campers learn about the practical applications of physics-oriented principles, the scientific method, collecting observations, evaluation of data, and more, all while enjoying a variety of fun activities, in and out of the water, that also include creative/art-related crafts and projects.

In addition to being fun, local and safe, as well as educational, kids also get the chance to burn off all that summer energy and keep their minds engaged with watersports – without the risk of the actual Bay. The variety of land activities, next to the water’s edge of this serene, 50-acre Lake, combined with a range of watersport options, makes Camp Shoreline a must for kids with a technical bent, as well as those who want to enjoy all aspects of nature.

Under the supervision of skilled camp counselors (many of whom are credentialed teachers, and have hefty experience with a variety of watersports), campers can take advantage of nature walks and other fun elementary age-appropriate learning activities – to turn the Lake and surrounding Baylands area into their own personal field-study laboratory.

A Full Week of Engaging Activities

Regardless of activity, Shoreline’s experienced, multi-talented, and enthusiastic, camp counselors have no trouble getting young campers to explore their active, creative, and technical sides. While day-to-day programming may change based on weather-related camp activities, campers can, typically, expect the following daily schedule during their week of this classic day camp experience:

  • • Mornings spent on science-based observation and STEAM activities, in concert with physically engaging recreation that helps boost children's natural interest in acquiring knowledge. To that end this "outdoor schooling" also encompasses learning to kayak, canoe, row or cycle the pedalboats, plus taking a sailboat ride, individually or with siblings (as allowed by current COVID-19 restrictions).
  • • Afternoons playing games, participating in artistic/craft/educational activities, hiking in the natural surroundings, learning about Shoreline Park (its history, how it was built, et al.), birdwatching in its wildlife sanctuary, or even dropping by historic sites in the near vicinity for a visit.

By using their senses (smelling, listening, seeing, tasting and feeling – with proper social distancing of course), and engaging in science-related, creative and physical activities that rely on water (the planet’s most important resource), campers learn how math applies to the real world: E.g., how to check the salinity vs. fresh water content in the sloughs using ratios, calculating density by designing a lava lamp, understanding the connection between tides and centrifugal force, how sail angle influences sailboat course due to wind direction, designing kites that can fly based on calculated wind speeds over specific bodies of water, etc.

Need More Challenge?

And, finally, for campers, minimum 9 years of age, interested in a dedicated windsurf/sail program, Shoreline also offers Windsurfing/Sailing Level I and II camps during the summer as well.

Extras Included: A lunch catered by the American Bistro is included with Camp Shoreline registration. Lunch selections vary by day and include a vegetarian option each day. Also, to avoid surprising parents with previously undisclosed fees at registration, the individual set of materials, as well as surcharges for additional required COVID-19 related precautionary measures, for each camper, are also included with the camp registration price.

To Keep in Mind: The summary of COVID-19 Social Distancing and precautionary measures for Camps is available in a print-friendly format on the Parent FAQ page. Please make sure to read this document, and explain the requirements to your child(ren), so they understand what is expected of them while they attend a Shoreline Lake camp.

Also, campers should be comfortable in the water (ability to swim is not required, life vests are worn at all times while on the water), be able to submerge their heads under water, behave prudently if a capsize occurs, and be in adequate physical shape to engage in the Camp’s activities. If in doubt, please contact your doctor. In addition Campers and/or parents must notify a staff member regarding any medical condition of which the instructor should be made aware. Although you may provide your own, Shoreline does provide PFDs (life vests) and wetsuits.

What To Bring

Every day Campers should bring a towel, bathing suit and two sets of dry, comfortable clothes (They will get WET – in the morning and again in the afternoon.). In addition, they should also bring a jacket or fleece, lots of sun protection, a bottle of water, and non-skid/non-marking shoes to wear while on the boats (Tennis shoes, aqua socks, or Teva sandals work great!). No flip-flops allowed.

Hats and sunglasses are recommended but not required. If wearing glasses, Campers should bring a lanyard to secure glasses around their head. It is also a good idea to send along some additional money or a snack with your Camper to carry him/her throughout the day, as well as for locker tokens – cost $2 and are recommended for securing valuables.

Important: On the first day of camp, please arrive 15-20 minutes before the start time to register and sign-in

Please Note: Also, parents, no pets, including dogs, may enter the park, even if they are inside a vehicle when dropping off and picking up campers.

Week-long summer sessions

Times Ages Price
10:00am-3:00pm 5-11 $715
2024 Dates: 1 Week (Monday-Friday)
  • June 3-7
  • June 10-14
  • June 17-21
  • June 24-28
  • July 1-5
  • July 8-12
  • July 15-19
  • July 22-26
  • July 29-August 2
  • August 5-9
  • August 12-16
Programs Times Daily Weekly
Extra Camp Supervision 8:00 - 5:30pm $95 $375

Shoreline Lake will be open July 4th and all camps will meet according to their regular schedule.

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Want to purchase as a gift? Or, to have a pre-paid option available? Shoreline offers gift cards that can be used any time. Just contact the Boathouse (at or 650.965.7474), and we’ll get you set up