We connect city youth with golden opportunities for outdoor recreation in San Francisco. We’ll be hittin’ the dusty (or paved!) trail on daily field trips around Golden Gate Park, Land’s End, the Presidio, and and all throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Our goal is to empower our kids to embrace their identity as City Kids through group games, sports, and city exploration, all while staying 100% outdoors and away from screens.
Safe for 2023, beneficial for life
A healthy lifestyle means an active lifestyle, and we’ll be exploring and playing outside together every day, rain or shine. There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing!
Freedom builds integrity
Our staff have backgrounds in facilitation of recreation, outdoor ed, and sports; but youth choice is paramount. Supervised and safe free play is a core element as it allows kids to grow and explore in their own unique way
Recreating in the City can be safe, too!
San Francisco presents some awesome opportunities for outdoor exploration and fun. The Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Stern Grove, Ocean Beach, and more are all within walking or bus distance of one another. However, learning to navigate our home with awareness and street-smarts takes time and guidance. Our staff brings this experience and combine it with socio-emotional learning and restorative practices to make sure your kids are not only safe, but also learning how to develop their own sense of caution and boundaries.
Empowerment through Learning
Know history, know self; no history, no self!
Understanding the ground we stand on helps develop a strong sense of identity as city kids. Our exploration of our 7x7 playground comes with inherent lessons of humans interacting with one another and their environment. We’ll explore these Avenues to glean the lessons of awareness, responsibility, and respect for animals, the environment, and each other.
8:30am-9am: Drop Off, Supervised playground play, board games, arts and crafts
9am: Community Builder Activity
Example: Captain's Orders
9:30am: Group expectations + Field trip/day activity overview
Example: Stow Lake guidelines around water, interacting w/ public etiquette
9:45am: On the move to field trip location
10:30am: Arrival at location; Group Game/Daily Download
Example: Stow Lake bird identification bingo (egret, mallard, etc.)
11:00am: Youth Choice activity: Group Movement Game OR Interactive Exploration
Example: Wall ball dodgeball by log cabin OR Duck feeding
12:00pm: Supervised explore
Example: Strawberry Hill, Japanese Pagoda, Waterfall
12:45pm: On the Move back
1:30pm: Counselor-led/Group/Partner/Solo Reflection
1:45pm: Youth choice: Group Movement Games OR Craft activity
Example: Freeze tag, Sharks 'n' Minnows, Zombies OR Lanyards, dream catchers, journaling
2:30pm: Group Movement game and Supervised playground play during pick-up
Field Trip Locations
All Locations accessible by walking or MUNI
Field Trip Location (Activity Examples)
Fort Miley (capture the flag)
Ocean Beach (snowy plover spotting, sand castles, giant soccer)
Beach Chalet soccer fields (four goal soccer, European handball, long base kickball)
Stow Lake (Scavenger hunt, bird watch Bingo, Pagoda tea party)
EARLY DEPARTURE: Fort Funston (silent hike, driftwood fort building)
Botanical Gardens (Worldwide plant hunt, Redwood Grove mediation)
Park Concourse (stage performances, Academy of Sciences, De Young Tower)
Mountain Lake Park
EARLY DEPARTURE: Fort Point (Thursday free tours, Crissy Field)
Julius Kahn Playground
and much more!
Daily Field Trip Schedule finalized and sent out two weeks prior to first day of camp.