Finish Line

I cannot believe that summer is coming to an end! It has been an amazing summer for me here at Cameron House. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of campers! I have met a lot of new friends this year and hope everyone comes back next year. I wanted to say thank you again to everyone that came out to Family Night. It truly meant a lot to us and the campers. Even though it is our last week, we have a lot of fun activities planned. We have our Summer Carnival on Thursday, July 28th for our campers to celebrate the end of the year.

Summer Carnival is our mini carnival that we throw for all our campers and their departments. We’ll have a bounce house, concession games, and good food!

Thank you again everyone for such an amazing summer! If you ever have any questions, feel free to email me!




BYP Family Night!

Week 5 is over and Week 6 is right around the corner! I cannot believe how fast these past five weeks have gone by. Summer has truly been an amazing experience for me and I have learned a lot. This coming week is extra special because of Family Night where we celebrate what the campers have learned, so please come join us!

What is Family Night?

At the end of every summer, we invite the families of our participants to come down to Cameron House for dinner and a showcase of what we’ve been learning all summer! We’ll have a few performances, some presentations, and a whole lot of our projects and artwork on display! We would really love it if you would consider joining us for this fun, end-of-summer event. Please turn in RSVP’s to your child’s coordinator or you can fill out the online doodle here!

Who:  YOU!  (Anyone who is interested in knowing what our youth are up to this summer)

What:  BYP Family Night

When:  Monday, July 18th, 6:00-8:30pm

Cost: $2 a person for 6:00pm dinner; free for 6:45pm show

Where:  Cameron House


We Are More Than Half Way There!


Laurene working with one of our young campers Zhi Yuan

Hi BYP Families,

Whoa! Is week 4 over already and week 5 coming? We are more than halfway through with our summer now and it has been truly amazing. I have seen a lot of campers making new friends and a lot of friendships taking off from where they left off last summer. This has been a really great learning experience for me and I have enjoyed every part of it.

We have had a great week getting our youth outdoors and experiencing new things! This This week, our BYP students went to the California Academy of Sciences and different parks around the city for recreational activities. They also made chicken quesadillas!

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for youth to try new things and Cameron House works hard to ensure that our campers not only have fun but are able to learn new things. If you haven’t already, ask your campers what new things they’ve tried this summer. We are looking forward to creating even more new experiences for them before summer ends!

This coming week, our 5th grade campers will be going camping overnight at the Presidio from Wednesday to Thursday. Please read more about the trip here, and make sure your youth turns in their permission form by Monday!


Our BYP Coordinators! (John, Freddie, Andrea)

415-781-0401 ext.112

Happy Fourth of July!

Hi Everyone!

This is Kelcie. I’m the Out of School Time Programs Director, and I’m lucky enough to work closely with Wilson and Rene on our afterschool and summer programs! This week, Wilson is camping at Kirby Cove with our Solid Ground 8th graders in the Marin headlands. While he enjoys the sound of fog horns up close, I’ll be bringing you your Week 4 newsletter. I hope you all are having a blast this summer! I know I go home exhausted every night from all the fun here, and I hope your campers are doing the same.

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BYP5 made glow-in-the-dark night skies of their Zodiac constellations

This past week, our BYP students had an aquatic theme! They went pedal boating at Stow Lake, kayaking in Mission Bay, and spent time at the Aquarium of the Bay. More importantly, they continued building relationships and community. Next week, we are looking forward to visiting the California Academy of Sciences!

Don’t forget that there is NO CAMP on Monday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.

Kelcie Wong
OST Programs Director
(415) 781-0401 x104

Powering Through Week 3!

Hi everyone! It has been a great week 2 and I am looking forward to week 3!  Over this past week, we continued our summer theme learning along with fun enrichment and recreational activities. Our students went to the Janet Pomeroy Center for a musical. Our 1st/2nd graders went to the Creativity Museum (special thanks to BART for sponsoring this exciting field trip!). And best of all, we got to make HAMBURGERS!
This coming week will be another fun-filled week with our 5th graders going kayaking in Mission Bay, our 3rd/4th graders visiting the Aquarium of the Bay, and our 1st/2nd graders pedal boating at Stow Lake! Sounds fun right?!?!?
Please remember that we will not have camp on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
(415) 781-0401 x112

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for Week 2!

Hello families!

We’re wrapping up the first week of summer programming here, and I have had a great time meeting new campers, seeing some old faces, and making new friends! I’d like to give you all an update and highlight some of the activities that we’ve done this week! We explored different countries (North America and China) and learned about different cultures. Our 1st/2nd graders started learning about plants and planted sunflower seeds! Our 3rd/4th graders made fried rice. Our 5th graders learned about mindfulness and made mood jars. They also started to investigate their family roots and cultural identity.

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1st and 2nd graders discovering chemical reactions and primary color combinations

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for Week 2!
This past week, we started our first S.T.E.A.M. unit (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), with a lesson on chemical reactions. The youth had a wonderful time playing with baking soda and colored vinegar, exploring different chemical and color combinations while learning about one of the most important parts of the scientific method: observation! This coming week, students will be focusing on engineering, with lessons like the egg drop challenge and paper structures. We hope that our campers are having fun while also learning new things because we have just gotten started and there is so much more to come!

Wilson Tan


  • Drop off time is 9:00 AM. Please be on time because groups leave for field trips right at 9!
  •  Please remember to arrange early pick up with your child’s coordinator.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at or call me at 415-781-0401 x112.

Welcome to Branches 2016!


A Letter from the Director

Hi Everyone,

If you don’t know me, my name is Wilson, and I’m summer director for our elementary school programs. After smooth sailing during the school year, I’m excited for the high energy and lively times of summer programming! This is my first year as the director for the Ventures program, but as a kid I was involved in Cameron House’s summer and after school programs (BYP and BAP). This summer we have two coordinators who are fun, energetic, knowledgeable, and just a joy to be around. Your kids will have a lot of fun going on field trips, while learning through  academic, recreational, and STEAM activities!  Please check out the Meet the Staff section to learn a bit more about your camper’s coordinator, and feel free to contact us if you want to know more! If you’d like to contact your child’s coordinator directly, please refer to the email you received this link in for their information.

Wilson Tan


  • Please remember to bring a lunch!  Groups will have at least one cookout per week, but even on cookout days, we still encourage campers to bring at least a small lunch and drink.  This is just in case the cookout runs into trouble (definitely possible), or kids just don’t like what we’re making (almost never!).
  • Dress in layers, San Francisco weather can be unpredictable.  Wear sunscreen, even if it seems cold!
  • If you decide to add weeks of enrollment for your child, contact me and I will help you to enroll, without having to start the registration process over from scratch.
  • If your child has a monthly Clipper Card pass, please have them bring it to camp.  This will help Cameron House to save on transportation costs!  To apply for a free Muni pass, check out the SFMTA Website for more details:
  • NOTE: The 5th Grade class will be at the Presbyterian Church around the corner at 925 Stockton.  Drop-off and pick-up will still be at Cameron House, at 920 Sacramento.