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Join us for our 2023 Summer Camps!

All camps are FREE!!

THRIVE OUTSIDE CAMPS

North County (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido) Oceanside residents are welcomed!

Focus: Outdoor Experiences 

FIRST 

The first day of this camp falls on Tuesday.

BSF will observe the commemoration of Juneteenth on Monday, June 19th

June 20 - June 30th (2-week camp)

Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: Palomar Community College

1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
Ages: 10-14

REGISTRATION & WAITLIST FULL

Explorers will experience fun and engaging field trips led by educators to community farms, outdoor education centers, and nature retreats. Learn about nature through art, play games, and other exciting activities.

Valencia Park : END Thrive Outside* 

Focus: Outdoor Experiences 

June 20 - July 21st (5-week camp)

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Location: Valencia Park Elementary

5880 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA

1st & 2nd grade 

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In our Outdoor Nature Experiences program, 1st and 2nd grade students will play, explore, investigate, and connect with nature. During the 5-week program based at Valencia Park Elementary School, 1st and 2nd grade students will do nature arts and crafts, build forts, sing songs, dig in the dirt, explore bug homes, and undertake scavenger hunts. Students will learn important behavioral health tools using mindfulness practices. Fun and engaging field trips led by educators to community farms, outdoor education centers, and nature retreats will aid students in learning about our local environment and so much more!

 San Diego (2-week camp)

Focus: Outdoor Experiences 

July 10 - July 21st

Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: City Heights/Weingart Library

3795 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105

Ages: 10-14

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Explorers will experience fun and engaging field trips led by educators to community farms, outdoor education centers, and nature retreats. Learn about nature through art, play games, and other exciting activities.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Focus: Performance Arts/Career Pathways

July 24 - July 28th

Time: 8am - 5pm (11am to 3pm at New Village Arts)

Location: Valencia Park Elementary

5880 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114

Grades: 4th & 5th

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In partnership with local theater company New Village Arts, this week-long summer camp teaches 4th and 5th graders about the many exciting opportunities in theater, with a focus on careers, communication, stress management, and teamwork. Teachers are industry professionals who will provide a fun introduction into technical and practical theater work, sharing how these skills translate to other careers. In the mornings, students will be tutored in math, English, and science, then will experience a rewarding lineup of hands-on experiences and classes that include carpentry, acting, audio, electrics, costume design, and self-management.

It's Lit!

Focus: Reading & writing Experiences (with FUN Activities)

July 31st  - August 4th

Time: 8am - 5pm

Location: Valencia Park Elementary

5880 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA  92114

Grades: 2nd & 3rd

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Our Explore Next Door: It’s Lit! program encourages 2nd and 3rd grade students to explore and translate the depths of their imagination through literature. Via the creation of short stories, poetry, and spoken word material, participants will learn to harness the potential of language for creative self-expression. Diverse local children’s authors and lyrical artists will illustrate the range of rewarding careers associated with literature. Engaging academic learning will be paired with art, cultural exploration, word games, and other enriching activities throughout the week-long program—enabling students to learn and play through literacy.

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STEAM Experiences (2-week camp) (2-

Focus: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

August 7th - August 18th

Time: 8am - 5pm

Location: City Heights/Weingart Library

3795 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105

Grades: 4th, 5th & 6th

Join us for two weeks of immersive science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 3-D printing, digital art, DNA extraction, and the science of cooking are only some of the fun activities and experiments planned for this Explore Next Door Summer Camp! 4th to 6th grade students will learn about the incredible contributions to science from marginalized voices such as BIPOC and Indigenous Peoples, and how those contributions have shaped our present day technology.

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The summer programs are made possible thanks to grant support from The San Diego Foundation. the Harris Foundation, Nordson foundation and San Marcos Community Foundation.

ABOUT OUR AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

BSF’s Explore Next Door Youth Enrichment Program offers summer programming that provides youth ages 8-16 of San Diego County with multicultural experiences, academic assistance, socio-emotional/self regulation tools, personal development, mentoring and community engagement. BSF currently offers these high quality and innovative educational programs for students in traditionally excluded, under-resourced communities.

Our Explore Next Door Youth Enrichment Program serves to bridge the cultural and financial differences of disadvantaged San Diego County youth, provides tools for long-term successes, and support for low income families during the after school and summer hours when parents are still at work.

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on low-income youth and families. Our program is intended to treat the whole child. E.N.D.'s curriculum develops children’s connection with their community, which fosters deeper relationships and raises the likelihood of children remaining in school and successfully beginning a career. This inclusion decreases feelings of societal isolation for students from low-income households. By increasing awareness of diverse cultures and the contributions they bring to our community, we encourage our youth to become more compassionate community members. In addition, we provide academic assistance to bolster youth in or programs math and literacy skills.  END staff uses a trauma-informed Care approach.

 

The curriculum is designed to encourage hands-on experiential learning, in-depth multicultural understanding, opportunities for mindful self-reflection and growth. In each of our programs we ensure a diversity of teaching participants at all levels of outreach and education, enabling students to see themselves represented in a wide variety of careers. 

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TESTIMONIALS

"You can tell the staff members wanted to be at the program and help make an impact on the kids by sharing the knowledge they have with their Specialty. My son really loved all the arts and crafts that he made and was always excited to come home to share with us."
"The staff were great leaders and amazing role models."
"They have helped with my son on how to help him share his feelings without getting frustrated."
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