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German Summer Camps 2018 – Deutsche Sommerferien in California

Summer Camps 2018 –

A Little Preview of Some of the Most Popular German Summer Camps in California

“Seriously…!?”, you might say. “We are talking summer camps already?”

Yes, you’ve read correctly! It’s early February and we are giving you the first preview of some of the most popular German summer camps, up and down the California Coast.

Many camps have already started with registration. So get your foot in the door, put your name down and claim your space at your favorite one.

German American School Association (GASA) – 

Our 2018 camp is inviting all 7 to 16-year-olds to our exciting sleep-away camp from June 23 -28. Spend 6 days, 5 nights at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, CA.

This year’s highlight will be the literary work of famous German author Cornelia Funke!  Students will get acquainted with Cornelia Funke’s writings, especially the book “Die wilden Hühner” and write and perform their own play/musical. They will also visit a mine and learn about rocks, minerals, earthquakes, tectonic plates and mining in a fun, hands-on fashion.  Special activities such as zip lining, swimming, 136 ft. water slide and wall climbing will be available during leisure time, and we will have fun activities planned such as nature hikes, dancing, singing, crafting, campfire, baking, sports, games, fishing, etc.  All activities will be conducted in German.  Join us for an adventurous week at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center from June 23rd – June 28th, 2018.  You can find more about the German Immersion Camp on our website www.germanschool4kids.org

German School Campus – Newport Beach

Attention all scientists! GermanSchool Campus in Newport Beach is offering its German immersion STEM Science Camp again.  A week of exploring the oceans, learning about sustainability, recycling, clean air solutions, wind power, and much more starts Monday, July 2nd – Saturday, July 7th (Wednesday 4th of July is off) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

We have exciting excursions planned on a pontoon boat to a local Science center in the Newport Bay, and again will enjoy sailing or kayaking on the bay. Campers will build a solar-powered hydro car with us and will learn about the various environments. Children ages 6-17 years old get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to a new culture and language (German). All levels are welcome!  Find out more about the camp on our website www.germanschoolcampus.com

German Pacific School San Diego – San Diego

Ready for 4 weeks of fantastic summer camps? German Pacific School San Diego is in the middle of planning some spectacular weeks for young German learners. Every week with another theme will keep the summer vacation exciting. Mark your calendar: Camp time will be from 25. Juni bis 20. Juli. Please check the school for more detailed information regarding program and location.

More info at www.gpssd.org

WANDERKIND Preschool & Kindergarten – Glendale

WanderKind School in Glendale/Burbank will offer another German Immersion Camp for the youngest German learners. Mark your calendar for four weeks packed with outdoor fun and adventure in June for kids 4-8 years old.  If you have attended last year, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun this year. Reserve your spot today!

More information at  www.wanderkindschool.org/

BAKS – Bay Area Kinderstube Summer Camp –  Berkeley, Northern California

“Wir packen unsere Koffer” is the theme of our 2018 German Immersion Summer Camp for ages 5-13, and one for ages 3-4.  Join us this summer from, July 16 – August 10, as we explore the diversity of the many cities and towns of German-speaking countries. Our camp location will be on the beautiful Berkwood Hedge Campus.

Sign up by April 1st and lock in our Early- Bird Special. For more information check our flyer here or www.kinderstube.org

GASPA Summer Camp in Palo Alto, Northern California

Get ready, get set, Summer! Back by popular demand and new and improved! The German-American School of Palo Alto is pleased to once again a full immersion German language summer camp program from June 25th through July 20th in Menlo Park for ages 3-10.

New this year, you can sign up for individual weeks. Sign up before March 31st to take advantage of early bird pricing. Full program details and pricing and can be found on our website.

More information at www.gaspa-ca.org

GISSV -German International School Silicon Valley

This summer we have 2 different camps going on at two locations.
German language classes are paired with art, music, science, sports, cooking and more!
Mountain View: June 18th -July 13th (Kindergarten to middle school)
San Francisco: June 18th-22nd ( Kindergarten to 3rd grade)
You can sign up for a full-day or half-day camp. Extended care is also offered. More information at www.gissv.org

Innerweaving Immersion Camp – Fairfax (NorCal)

Begining July, Silvia Schroeder will hold another Innerweaving camp. The camp offers a combination of indoor/outdoor creative fun. “Throughout the camp we will talk German and introduce language based on nature and craft activities.” Family members are invited to celebrate their children’s powerful Nature-Earthcraft accomplishments on the final day.

Dates are not finalized yet. For more information please contact:  Silvia Schroeder at coaching@innerweaving.com  

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German Immersion Outdoor Science Camp from June 29-July 4, 2014


It might seem a bit early to think of summer just yet. But hey, we are already at the end of February and I remember 2014 just having started!!

For everyone planning for summer 2014, and especially looking into summer activities for their children, here is a great camp for kids. Organized by The German American School Association of SoCal  this year’s camp will be at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange.  Having taken place in Big Bear last year, this camp has become very popular since its inception three years ago. For 6 days and 5 nights the children will be immersed in a complete German language environment. They will visit a geode, gold and coal mine under the guidance of a geologist; can experience special activities such as zip lining and archery, or just swim and slide down a 136 ft. water slide!

Activities such as crafting, baking, fishing and nature hikes will all be conducted in German. So if you don’t plan on going to visit family in Germany, Austria or Switzerland this year, have your children participate in a German Immersion Camp instead, and let them make German friends over cosy campfires right here in California.

The GASA German Immersion Outdoor Science Camp is for ages 7-16 and will take place at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, CA, from June 29-July4, 2014.

Cost for the Camp is $575.00. Sign up by March 15, to receive an early bird discount!

To sign up or find out more about it please call the GASA office at (562) 693-0223 or email at office@GASAschool.org


Photo: GASA German American School Association


Related Articles:

German Camp in Big Bear: https://californiagermans.com/2013/09/24/memories-of-a-fun-german-summer-camp-at-big-bear-lake/

German Summer Camps in 2013: https://californiagermans.com/2013/05/27/german-immersion-summer-camps-in-california-for-summer-2013/

Memories of a Fun German Summer Camp at Big Bear Lake


Though Summer is officially over we wanted to take a last glance back at it and share a short review of one of Southern California’s successful German summer camps.

Organized by GASA, the German American School Association the German Summer Camp at Big Bear Lake is now in its second year. The camp site is close to Los Angeles and has made itself a name: Fun, adventure and camaraderie is what comes to mind for many when remembering their fun six days at Big Bear Lake.

The motto of this year’s camp was: “Die alten Germanen” – “The Teutons”, explaining the life of our Germanic Ancestors. To give the children a better understanding of what to expect of the week’s  camp, everyone was introduced to the topic with a movie : „Hermann, der Cherusker – die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald.“

54 students from seven to fifteen years of age and from all over California, some kletterwandeven from Arizona and Minnesota, arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and were excitedly looking forward to the variety of activities awaiting them.  The camp’s mornings were dedicated to sports activities like fishing, soccer, golf, rock climbing and much more, after which the students had the choice of participating in baking, dancing or crafts classes.

Every class covered not only the fun factor but included also teaching the children about life in the Germanic ages, while even acquiring special skills of those times. By the end of the camp for example, every child had either built a sword or learned how to weave a basket, and all of them knew how to write their name in runes. Teaching of the runes alphabet was part of the curriculum in the afternoon, when the children concentrated on the history of their Germanic ancestors.

The day before last at summer camp all students and teachers went on a 1,5 milegermanen nature hike together before returning to a cozy evening around the fire.

And then the last day of camp was suddenly here, and all the week’s learning culminated in a final celebration, the exciting highlight of the camp: A fantastic interpretation of the “Die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald” presented at the open-air theatre stage and every child had an active part in it.

An exciting summer camp had now come to an end, and everyone settled down for a last get together watching the sunset over Big Bear lake. While singing songs, roasting marshmallows and making smor’s, phone numbers were exchanged, and plans were made for next year’s adventure at Big Bear’s German Camp.

Source: GASA German American School Association
Photo: GASA German American School Association