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2012 Silicon Valley Summer Camps Guide

Patch readers weighed in on their favorite local summer camps for kids. Have more to add?

2012 Silicon Valley Summer Camps Guide

From horseback riding to creating a short films, there are many choices for kids in Santa Clara County to stay busy -- and entertained -- this summer.

Last week, we asked you for your suggestions on local camps, and the following are what you wanted us to include in our guide. If you see a favorite camp that's not included, let us know! Email Associate Local Editor Rachel Stern at rachel.stern@patch.com, or leave us a comment, and we'll put it in the guide. 

Amazing Animals Summer Camp
(Milpitas) Set at the Humane Society Silicon Valley, this one-week camp teaches elementary school children about taking care of animals.

Community School of Music and Arts
(Mountain View) CSMA camps and workshops provide children with the opportunity to express, explore, create and enjoy the arts in a relaxing, safe and fun environment.

LosAltos Kidz Adventures
(Los Altos) From Beginning Spanish to pottery, this camp offers a variety of enrichment classes for kids.

(Mountain View) Hosted out of local schools, children entering grades 2 through 8 learn the ins-and-outs of fashion design, accessory design and interior design.

(Mountain View and Palo Alto) From advanced animation to digital studio production, this camp provides hands-on workshops on all things film-related.

Peninsula Youth Theater
(Mountain View) With age appropriate programs for kids ages 6 to 14, children prepare for the popular “Theater in the Park” program held throughout Mountain View and Los Altos.

Language Immersion
German-American School of Palo Alto
Children ages three to 12 participate in a variety of fun outdoor activities, all conducted in German.

International School of the Peninsula
(Palo Alto) This camp offers two-week sessions in Chinese, French, Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language).  

(Palo Alto) Children ages six to 17 can immerse themselves in Spanish, French, Hindi, Mandarin or German through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities at this language school in downtown Palo Alto.

Let’s Play in Spanish / Juguemos en Español (Campbell) Children three to eight years old are fully immersed in the Spanish language through a variety of activities.

Yew-Chung International School
(Mountain View) No prior Chinese is necessary for these Mandarin-immersion summer camps.

Los Gatos Music Boosters at Fischer Middle School
(Los Gatos) From the fiddle to the flute, kids hone their musical abilities with their chosen instrument in both day and overnight camps.

West Coast Music and Dance FX
(Hollister) From drums to the violin, kids learn to play a variety of instruments.

General Recreation
Steve and Kate’s Camp
With several camps across the Peninsula and South Bay, including Los Altos and Campbell, this camp boasts a variety of different fun-filled activities everyday from film-making to water-sliding.

JCC Summer Camp
(Palo Alto) From specialty camps like archery to teen leadership training, there’s a lot going on this summer at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Kwan Academy
(Cupertino) From building environmentally friendly robots to learning chess, children have a variety of activities they can sign up for.

(Cupertino) Kids learn fundamental construction and enginnering concepts using instructional toys.

Camp Galileo
With Silicon Valley locations in Palo Alto, Saratoga and Sunnyvale, this camp encourages kids to brainstorm and think like innovators through a variety of hands-on projects and activities.

iD Tech Camp
Set at Stanford, students can learn to create iPhone apps, video games, C++/Java Programs, 3D models, websites, movies, and more.

2012 World Cup Soccer Camp
Catalyst Soccer provides instructions on the sport to kids within a variety of outdoor settings, with sessions in various locations in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister.

Above and Beyond Basketball
(Los Altos) A summer camp for budding basketball players.

Bald Eagle Camps
(Mountain View) This camp offers several sessions focused on basketball and general leadership.

Soccer Camp
(Gilroy) A team of international experts coaches kids in international style soccer techniques.

Sugarlead Farm English Riding and Horsemanship Camp
(Gilroy) Daily riding lessons are conducted everyday on well-behaved horses and ponies.

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