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Looking for summer enrichment activities can be a daunting task especially if you are on a tight budget. SFkids.org has compiled a list of FREE and inexpensive camps, most of which are right here at home in the City. *Note that we are continuously updating our information as it is released, please let us know if we have something wrong. apron_strings2 


FREE Camps:

826 Valencia
Aim High
Bayview Commons Apartments Summer Program
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology (BAYCAT)
Breakthrough San Francisco at San Francisco Day School
Economic Opportunity Council Of San Francisco Summer Camp
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
Handful Players
Health and Environment Resource Center (Asthma Camp)
Hispanic National Bar Foundation's Future Latino Leaders Law Camp
Kara's Camp Erin
Mission Learning Center
Native American Health Center
Operation Purple
San Francisco Police Youth Fishing Program
Summerbridge San Francisco, a Breakthrough Collaborative Program
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
West Sunset Playground Rec Connect
Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley  (by audition only) 


Low Cost Camps:

Your first stop should be the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department's SFRecOnline. Camps are offered at many parks and recreation centers throughout the City, including an interesting variety offered at Golden Gate Park. Day camps at neighborhood recreation centers have an average resident weekly cost of $130 plus a little bit for extended care. That's a bargain!

4Cats Arts Studio ($255 per week)
ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco Brazilian Arts Center ($250 per week)

Acrosports  ($235 per week)
African American Art & Culture Complex  ($150 for the whole summer plus $50 registration fee)
Agape Community Center ($730 for 8 weeks)
Asian Arts Studio (AAS) ($170–$210 per week)
Bay Area Shakespeare Camps  ($444 per two weeks, $295 for Sprites)
Bay Area Writing Project  ($450 for 3 weeks)
Bayview/Hunters Point YMCA (some are free up to $200 per week)
Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation Department  (varies but some under $200)
Bite Me: Shark Fishing 101 with The Sole Man ($244 per week for residents)
Booker T. Washington Community Service Center ($300 per child)
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco ($10 annual membership)
Buchanan YMCA  ($189-$199 per week for grades K–5, $149 per week for grades 6–8 (Junior Leadership Program)
California Shakespeare Theater ($550 per two-week session)
Camp Alumni Membership Program (C.A.M.P.) ($50–$70 per campers per session)
Chinatown YMCA ($900–$945 (plus $100 deposit and $35 program registration))
City College of San Francisco College for Teens and College for Kids ($300–$375 per two-week session or longer)
Coastal Camp at Headlands Institute ($145–$557 per week)
College for Kids  ($399-$415 for three weeks)
Community Youth Center (CYC) ($600 per child for six weeks, $30 for high school students)
DancEsteem at MoBu Dance Studio ($185 per week)
Dance Mission Theater  ($275 per week, $475 per two weeks)
Destination Art ($250 per week; days only option might be available)
Diabetes Society Camp Programs (some camps are low cost)
Donaldina Cameron House ($500-$550 for 6 weeks)
Embarcadero YMCA  ($220–$240 per week)
Eureka Tutoring Center ($500 per five-week session)
Everyday Magic ($250 per week)
Full Life Christian Center Explorers Summer Day Camp ($150–$175 per week)
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (up to $200 sliding scale)
Glad Tidings Church ($100 per session includes food and lodging)
Growth and Learning Opportunities (GLO)  ($260 per session)
Heroix 4 Kids ($199 per week; $299 per two weeks; $399 per three weeks; $499 per four weeks)
Hispanic National Bar Foundation's Future Latino Leaders Law Camp (FREE; $50 registration fee and cost of travel to DC)
Hunters Point Community Youth Park Foundation ($5 per day; no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Japanese Community Youth Council ($150 per week)
Kids' Carpentry  ($98 per week)
Lake Merritt Boating Center ($156–$187 per week)
Loco Bloco
Marsh Youth Theater  (sliding scale $65 - $650 per two-week session)
Mission YMCA  ($195 per week)
OMI/Excelsior Neighborhood Beacon Center  ($25 donation)
Our Kids First  ($500 for the whole session)
Portola Family Connections  ($175 per two-week session)
Potrero Hill Neighborhood House ($200 for the whole session)
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center ($225 per week)
Presidio Community YMCA ($55–$390 per session)
Providence Foundation of San Francisco  ($150 per child for four weeks)
Richmond District Neighborhood Center ($900 for six weeks; $850 per sibling)
Richmond District YMCA ($195 and up)
Rotary Nature Center (Oakland)  ($211 per non-resident)
Russian-American International School ($280 per week)
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory ($150 and up per week)
Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club  ($175 per week, $150 per sibling)
Salvation Army Golden State Division  (Community Service Sleepaway $25 per camper)
San Francisco Arts Education Project  ($525 per two week session)
San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education ($275 per week)
San Francisco Opera ($850 for three weeks)
SF Police Activities League (SF PAL) ($100 per session)
San Francisco Seals ($275 per week)
San Francisco State College of Extended Learning ($239–$299 per session)
San Francisco State Community Youth Sailing and Kayaking Program ($125 per week half day)
San Francisco State University Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp  ($175 per week; $800 for 6 six weeks)
SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts) ($125 for the whole week (half day))
Stonestown Family YMCA  ($180–$250 per week)
Sugar 'n Spice ($200-$225 per week)
Summer Strength and Conditioning Camp at Lincoln High School ($100 for the summer for SFUSD students; $50 per week for all others)
Synergy School Summer Program  ($250 per week)
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center ($125 per week; fees are based on a sliding scale)
The First Tee of San Francisco ($125 per week)
The Hypnodrome Creepshow Camp ($425 per two-week session)
The Learning Place ($200-$250 per week (full day); $125 per week (half day))
TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) ($825 for 3 weeks)
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation ($200 per week)
USF Dept. of Computer Science Summer Enrichment Program  ($40)
YWCA San Francisco and Marin ($300 for four-week session or $75 per week)
Young Performers Theatre  ($225 per week)

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