About Us

Our Mission: Edventure More creates equal access to high-quality enrichment programs that prepare children for a successful, fulfilled future.

At Edventure More, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we create high-quality, high-access STREAM* programs that foster intellectual, social, emotional, and physical intelligence in all children. By partnering with top Bay Area museums and educational thought leaders, our unique framework incorporates the latest and most scientifically proven methods of whole child development. Edventure More is a local force in the national movement to reduce Summer Learning Loss, build 21st Century Learning Skills, and save hands-on learning in schools. 5% of all of our summer camp proceeds and 100% of donations support camper scholarships and subsidize the cost of science & technology programs in schools.  *STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math.

More The Edventure More Edge

Edventure More’s Summer Camp and School Year Programs integrate proven scientific techniques and the best new ideas in education and development including:

  • The Makers Movement
    Our Makers campers use engineering to create crazy contraptions with a mix of everyday materials and technology.  Projects are centered around invention, prototyping and creative problem solving.  Makers campers will acquire a new tool kit of handy skills and push their imaginations to the limit.
  • The Next Generation Science Standards
    We’ve formatted our camp lessons to hit specific science and engineering practice topics, core content ideas and cross cutting relationships to other disciplines.  These Standards provide a link to real world applications of scientific knowledge and research methods.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    We offer inclusion activities, group challenges and Kimochi Time to help our campers develop empathy, build language for communicating feelings and promote positive group dynamics.
  • Integrated Literacy
    Integrated Literacy is another way we prepare our campers for success in the school year and beyond.  Campers get Literacy lessons throughout our camp day.  Whether it’s collaborative conversations with fellow campers in the Arts & Science classroom or a word spelling challenge during Recreation, our campers are exposed to the power of effective communication in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Environmental Responsibility
    Our programs show campers how to be environmentally responsible whether they are repurposing materials in Makers projects, birdwatching on a hike, or simply sorting refuse into the right bin.  Our campers are champions of the environment!
  • Design Thinking
    Design Thinking is all about unlocking creative potential to solve real world challenges.  Using the principles of Design Thinking our campers will create truly unique prototypes from open-ended design challenges and become world class problem solvers!
  • The Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening
    Our summer programs focus on strengthening our campers communication skills through Collaborative Conversation, the infusion of Academic Vocabulary and positive group interaction – things that all happen throughout the entire camp day!
  • Mindfulness Movement
    Mindfulness offers peaceful moments with quiet reflection time.  After a fun camp day we would like our campers to unwind, reflect, and feel connected to their bodies, minds, and feelings. It’s all part of Social and Emotional Learning.
  • 21st Century Life Skills
    The 21st Century requires that kids are fully prepared for all of life’s challenges. Kids in today’s quickly-changing world must learn more than just than reading, writing and arithmetic. The 21st Century Life Skills movement redefines the goals of education and transforms how learning is practiced and achievement measured.

We integrate these educational approaches into every aspect of our programs to create a ‘whole child’ framework that builds Intellectual, Social, Emotional, and Physical Intelligence to help children become their best selves and succeed in the 21st Century.

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More Summer Learning Loss

Most parents intuitively know that kids forget a lot of what they learned in school over the summer months. What parents may not realize is how far-reaching the effects of this loss can be.  Researchers note that children lose an average of over two months’ learning from the previous school year. Cumulatively, over the K-12th grades, this counts for three academic years lost!  This phenomenon is known as Summer Learning Loss.

Without summer learning opportunities, children are more likely to drop out, slip between the cracks, and lose the curiosity that is innate to every child. Programs that bridge the achievement gap through enriching summer learning opportunities are essential. The Public Agenda survey in 2009 discovered:

  • 87% of parents, who sent their children to summer programs that included academic and enrichment activities, agreed that the programs helped prepare their children for the school year.
  • Only a mere 9% of 48 million public school students attend summer school programs.

 

Summer provides a unique opportunity to cultivate all of the skills needed to become life long learners.

I don’t worry about the students that are going to summer camps. I worry about the millions of students who don’t have the resources to go to summer camps.” …Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

More Equal Access

The impact of our programs is seen through our intelligence building Whole Child approach, as well as in the impact we have in Bay Area Communities.  It’s part of our mission to support the families and schools in your community year-round with high quality enrichment programs. Our Summer Camp proceeds and generous donations fund:

  • Sliding Scale (Financial Aid) Program: We help close the achievement gap between low-income and high-income families by providing hundreds of families financial aid each year so that their children can attend our camps.
  • Subsidized In Class Programs: We offer both public and private school teachers affordable In Class Science and Tech Programs featuring museum quality, hands-on projects that align with CA State Standards.
  • Fully Subsidized Camps: We host camps that are subsidized by public agencies for communities most at-risk for Summer Learning Loss. In 2015, The SF Department of Children will once again fund our SF Community Camp program hosted at the San Francisco School. The Fullerton Family Foundation will also be sponsoring camper scholarships from the Pickleweed Community Center at our Mill Valley location.
  • Year-round Fundraising: We apply for grants, lead fundraisers and accept donations year-round to create greater access to our award-winning School Year and Summer Programs.

Learn more about our approach and how it is infused in our Summer Camp Programs, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech.  Donate today to counter Summer Learning Loss for an underserved child and help us impact children and schools throughout the Bay Area.

More Life Skills Partners

Each of our life skills partners contributes to children’s development by teaching physical, emotional or social skills essential in helping children become successful adults. Our partners teach us so our staff can then bring what they’ve learned to camp.

Kimochis…Toys with Feelings Inside

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help families (even camp “families”): identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections.

To learn more about Kimochis, be sure to check them out on their website.

Let’s Go Chipper!™

Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st Century learning principals, the Let’s Go Chipper series is correlated with an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature, and building social and emotional skills.

Children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Meeting animals and visiting habitats, Chipper and Paisley excite, engage, and educate young children about the wonders of nature and the importance of taking care of the environment while living a healthy lifestyle. Music and humor are infused in stories featuring Bruce, a silly and slimy banana slug; Sally a feisty salmon leading Chipper and friends on an underwater adventure. Elroy, the wise Egret, and the entire cast join together to teach kids to participate in the home and community in the just released book, Helping Hands.

To learn more and earn a park badge go to letsgochipper.com

TinyTap

TinyTap___LogoTinyTap is a FREE, award-winning platform for teachers, families and kids to create and share thousands of educational games in a worldwide community. TinyTap can turn your child into a Tiny App maker in just seconds by turning any image into a fun, interactive activity.  TinyTap games can be played on any tablet or home computer.

To learn more about TinyTap, click here!

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Wonder Workshop makes learning code meaningful and fun for children. Dash & dot, a pair of robots, combine play and learning. Dash & Dot sense their environment and can be programmed wirelessly using a touch device. They are designed to be fun at your home and in a child’s play room. The combination of sensors on these robots, the child friendly programming tools on touch devices, and the design of the robots makes it fun and easy for kids (and grown ups!) to do several activities with robots that would have seemed impossible. When camper families purchase Dash & Dot, 10% of the proceeds from purchases made goes back to camp.

To learn more about Wonder Workshop, be sure to check them out on on their website.

More Museum Partners

They write the curriculum, we bring it to life! Our partners are the best Bay Area museums, and are dedicated to teaching children (and adults!). Thanks to our collaboration, we’ve created award-winning summer camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, as well as our School Year Programs. You probably know them, but in case you don’t, we’d love to introduce you to our amazing partners.

The California Academy of Sciences

The Academy’s mission – to explore, explain and protect the natural world – extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science week at Camp Edmo and trains all Edmo Science Instructors on how to lead the activities. Become a member of the Academy here.

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. The museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families.  The Children’s Creativity Museum transforms the way kids learn. They move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention, shifting the focus from media consumption to media production. This approach encourages kids to imagine, create and share.  They also offer programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and creativity.

The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions. Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.

MOCHA

Since 1988, MOCHA has encouraged hands-on learning in the arts and has promoted the arts as a way to help children of all backgrounds develop as healthy, resourceful and involved citizens. MOCHA promotes the arts as an integral part of strong, vibrant communities. They provide opportunities for children to explore their creativity, design, implement and advocate for hands-on arts education programs, and emphasize outreach to children and families from low-income communities. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.

From 2005 – 2013, MOCHA has provided art activities to compliment the science projects for all of Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes, as well as led training for our Camp Edmo Art Instructors on how to lead the projects with kids.  Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership with MOCHA in our programs today.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception founded in 1969. The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

From 2004-2011 the Exploratorium was involved in the design of hands-on science activities for Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes and led professional development training for Edmo Science Instructors on how to most effectively teach kids through hands-on activities. Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership in our programs today.

 

More Foundation Partners

Their generosity is the cornerstone of everything Edventure More. From grants for our In Class Programs and After School Programs  (School Year Programs) to scholarship support for local families and more, our donors are the bridge between “kids need it” and “kids get it!” If you don’t already know the transformative contributions of our partners, we invite you to be inspired by learning more.


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Supports: After School Program (2014)

The California Coastal Commission’s Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities. The commission offers a variety of conservation, education and community involvement programs.  Funding for the California Coastal Commission’s  grants program is made entirely possible by sales of the WHALE TAIL® License Plate.  The WHALE TAIL® License Plate gives drivers a way to help protect and restore the priceless resources of California’s coast and ocean.

The WHALE TAIL® Program’s Grant will fund a 4 week After School Watershed Conservation Program for 160 Oakland Unified School District students from underserved communities. Schools include REACH Academy,  Korematsu Academy and Esperanza Academy.

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The Oakland Literacy Coalition

The Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) launched in 2008 as a collaboration of literacy service providers, foundations, businesses, public agencies, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and other community partners committed to the goal of equipping all Oakland children with the life skills of reading, writing, and communication by the end of third grade. The mission of the OLC is to increase the capacity of literacy providers to improve early learning outcomes in order to ensure that all Oakland children are reading at a proficient level by the end of third grade. We fulfill this mission through collaboration, promotion of effective practices, resource development and policy work.

 

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The Children’s Fund of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families

Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2013-2015)

The mission of the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is to ensure that families with children are a prominent and valued segment of San Francisco’s social fabric by supporting programs and activities in every San Francisco neighborhood.

DCYF allocates over $60 million to a wide range of grants and initiatives that serve children, youth, and their families. DCYF’s funding strategy is based on an extensive two year process that includes a Community Needs Assessment and the creation of a Children’s Services Allocation Plan, both of which are created with input from stakeholders throughout the city.

The primary areas of DCYF funding are Early Care and Education, Out of School Time, Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Development, Family Support, and Violence Prevention and Intervention

DCYF awarded Edventure More with our first multi-year government grant allowing us to provide a completely subsidized Camp Edmo for 6 weeks each summer for 50 k-4th grade students in San Francisco. We were honored to be reviewed by a DCYF grant reader as, “the most innovative, well-thought, planned, and evaluated programming.”

 

Tyler Rigg Foundation

Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2010-2013)

Tyler Rigg Foundation was founded in 1996 when Tyler Linfert Rigg was killed tragically in an automobile accident. Tyler was a free spirit and a generous young man who touched many through his kindness, love and loyalty. The Tyler Rigg Foundation is dedicated to honoring Tyler by celebrating his values of kindness, joy and adventure as well as his love of nature. To this end, the foundation supports the charitable interests of the people whose lives Tyler touched and supports organizations that work in the areas of social welfare, alternative education and environmental stewardship.

Tyler Rigg Foundation generously supported scholarships for Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech in Summer 2011 and Summer 2013.

 

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Growing Up for Good (in partnership with Into the Great Outdoors)

Supports: Camp Edmo Scholarships (2010 & 2011)

Growing Up for Good connects Bay Area children with opportunities to play in the great outdoors, learn through hands-on approaches, and thrive in the modern world. By partnering with sustainable, family-supportive organizations, Growing Up for Good ensures its programs leave a legacy that is “all good.”

Growing Up for Good has sponsored many in-need families through our Summer Scholarship Program in 2010 and 2011, and donated 100 “Into the Great Outdoors” activity kits to K-1st graders in Camp Edmo in Summer 2010.

 

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Fullerton Family Foundation (in partnership with Marin Community Foundation)

Supports: Camp Edmo Marin Scholarships (2010 & 2011)

Fullerton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Marin Community Foundation, supports new or entrepreneurial approaches and private school scholarships in locations where there are insufficient public school opportunities for low-income students with high achiever skills, special talents, or potential. It also supports vocational education and Bilingualism, especially teaching English-speaking children a second language so they can communicate with other children in their community.

For four years, Fullerton Family Foundation has provided comprehensive support for 20-40 disadvantaged children from the Canal District of San Rafael to experience hands-on arts, science and recreation enrichment at Camp Edmo.

 

Amgen Foundation

Supports: In Class Programs (2010-2011)

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Launched in 1991, the Foundation is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives. To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $140 million to non-profit organizations across the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe.

In the 2010 – 2011 school year, Amgen Foundation supported ICP science presentations in 300 under served K – 5th grade classrooms. The In Class Program improves teacher, student, and parent access to resources, raises science literacy, and inspires the scientists of the next generation.

 

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Union Bank Foundation

Supports: Camp Edmo Scholarships (2010)

As part of its 10-year community commitment, Union Bank has pledged 2 percent of its net profit annually to charitable contributions. In 2009, the bank’s charitable investment in our communities totaled $11 million, including $9.8 million in grants, contributions, and sponsorships to help finance the efforts of non-profit organizations within the bank’s marketplace.

In Summer 2010, support from Union Bank Foundation gave camperships to in-need youth in our Marin Camperships program, including providing needed transportation to and from Camp Edmo.

 

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Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

Supports: In Class Programs  (2010 – 2011)

Established in 1992 by Lisa and Douglas Goldman, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is a private foundation committed to providing support for charitable organizations that enhance our society. As natives of San Francisco, the Goldmans place a high priority on projects that have a positive impact on the San Francisco community.

In the 2010 – 2011 school year, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supported multiple ICP science presentations in 120 under served K-5th grade classrooms, inspiring science engagement in over 300 children.

 

Cisco Foundation

Supports: In Class Programs  (2009 – 2010)

The Cisco Foundation supports Cisco’s efforts to team with NPO/NGO organizations around the world to develop public investment programs focused on critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. They focus this work on under served communities and look for solutions that harness the power of the Internet and communications technology.

The Cisco Foundation brought hands-on science presentations to over 200 classrooms at reduced/no cost during the 2009 – 2010 school year.

 

Institute for Family Development International

Supports: Edmobile Winter Camp (2009) and After School Programs (2013)

The Institute for Family Development International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families through education, training, care for family dependents, and qualitative analysis of social programs.

In Winter 2009, IFDI gave 26 low-income children direct access to the Bay Area’s leading natural science educators – all on a traveling eco-bus! In Fall 2013, IFDI provided support to purchase 5 laptops to enable us to bring After School Programs to schools without technology equipment.

 

More Community Partners

Collaboration lies at the foundation of success. We are proud to call these community leaders our partners in inspiring the playful pursuit of enrichment for all children. Whether donating countless hours giving one-on-one support to our campership families or highlighting art as stewardship, our partners put their best into our shared goals. Remember these names, because they are each doing good for your families and our neighborhoods.

 

Blue Orange Games

Back in 2000, two French natives had the novel idea to launch a game company that sells educational, back-to-basic board games using earth-friendly materials. Blue Orange Games believe the simple pleasure that comes from sharing good times with friends and family around a great game is precious. Creating, publishing and promoting quality games is their way of sharing and furthering that belief.

With every game, Blue Orange strives to achieve a balance between challenge and simplicity. Their award-winning games are easy to learn, mentally stimulating and often provoke peals of laughter. At Blue Orange, games need to be fun to play, as well as ensure visual taste and quality. The result are games that delight the senses, spark the imagination, and reinforce critical cognitive processes.

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Folkmanis

Folkmanis Puppets believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood; encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award – many repeatedly. Puppets encourage imaginative, open-ended play, endearing hugs, and snuggly companionship. You’re sure to see your kids and our staff bringing these new friends to life at camp.

 

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Sports Basement

Edventure More is very excited about our partnership with Sports Basement that began in 2010.  If you don’t know them, they are a sporting-goods retailer with six locations in the San Francisco Bay Area; in San Francisco at Bryant Street, Old Mason and Union Square, as well as in Walnut Creek, Sunnyvale and Berkeley. Although their stores are huge, they see themselves as a partner in the community too; offering yoga classes, dance lessons, and even snacks and space for our staff trainings!

The best part about our partnership is that Sports Basement has given us 10% off coupons for each time our Camper Families visit their stores – with 10% of purchase proceeds going directly to our Camp Scholarship Program, making sure under served kids get the quality summer enrichment they need and deserve.

Canal Family Support Program

The Canal Family Support Program provides educational assistance and enrichment activities that support the cultural, physical and social development of youth in San Rafael’s Canal District. The after-school program provides safe, supervised and appropriate activities including homework help, individual tutoring and enrichment classes.

Parent Services Project

Parent Services Project engages and strengthens families, working in partnership with educators and service providers to take leadership in assuring the well-being of all children, families and communities.

 

Sea Turtle Restoration Project

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures. With offices in California, Texas, and Costa Rica, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide.

CNN Fit Nation

Camp Edmo families are special guests at the mini-marathon as part of the CNN Fit Nation events. In our second year, we had 50 Edmo campers running in this 1.2 mile mini-race and participating in the exclusive CNN post-race events.

MacWorld

Young campers turned filmmakers experienced the chance of lifetime as they saw their movies, created at Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, on screens at Macworld 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Campers were interviewed by NBC, MacWorld Magazine, and KNTV.

 

It takes many great minds to make one great camp. Our talented team of Curriculum Advisory Board members is comprised of Bay Area professionals who are leaders in their respective fields. Each member consults with us on different aspects of our curriculum and camp day based on their area of expertise. The result is the most well thought out summer program you will find anywhere. Read below about the diverse professional experience and personal passion each board member brings to helping us create a momentous camp experience for your child this summer.

Jessalyn Aaland, Art Curriculum Consultant

Jessalyn Aaland is an artist, writer and teacher based in West Oakland, California. As an artist, she works primarily in collage, using stickers and found paper materials to create landscapes of human and other communities. In addition to her works on paper, Jessalyn designs posters, album artwork and installations. She also publishes zines and dyes textiles using shibori methods. Jessalyn spent five years teaching English at a San Francisco public high school and has recently accepted a position as Program Associate of Teacher Engagement and Resources at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Stephanie Chang, Maker Curriculum Expert

Stephanie Chang currently works as Maker Ed’s Director of Youth Engagement, responsible for the design and implementation of program models. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Developer and School Liaison at Maker Media, where she worked closely with fifteen Bay Area teachers to define and develop maker spaces and making programs in schools. Prior to joining Maker Media, she worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum in San Jose, and taught environmental and marine science. She is interested in technology’s affordances for learning, how to best bridge formal and informal education and better connect tangible and digital technology. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

David & Annie Fox, Social Emotional Learning & Tech Specialists

David and Annie Fox co-founded the world’s first public-access microcomputer center in 1977.  The Marin Computer Center was a prototype for bringing new technology to the public.

David is one of the founding members of the Game Division of Lucasfilm ltd. (now LucasArts), and has spent his career working with various gaming companies.  David most recently designed and produced Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention game, a game based on Rube Goldberg’s Machine cartoons (the first official Rube Goldberg game).

When Annie Fox’s first book People Are Like Lollipops (1971, Holiday House, 2013 Electric Eggplant) was published, she wasn’t old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21 though, she decided that helping kids was going to be her life’s work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, then completing her Master’s in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland, Annie set off on a teaching career. After a few years in the classroom, computers changed her life as she began to explore ways in which technology could be used to empower kids.

Charles Higgins, MSW, Mindfulness Expert

Charles Higgins is the Executive Director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center in San Francisco.  He was in the same role at Slide Ranch, Enterprise for High School Students, Youth Tennis Advantage, and the Bicycle Community Project in the years before joining RDNC.  A native of San Francisco, Charles graduated from Galileo High School, U.C. Davis and the School of Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. Charles has been practicing Hatha yoga since 2002 and refining his approach to Mindfulness since then. In the last few years, he started a daily meditation practice using a mantra given by a teacher in the tradition of the ancient Vedas. Charles believes that the application of Mindfulness practice for children helps them to be:

  • Good listeners – able to be patient and aware of thoughts while listening (regulate the impulse to prepare a response while listening)
  • Good observers – alert and aware of what’s going on around them
  • Feel good about themselves – comfortable in expressing their own thoughts and not being threatened by those of others
  • Patient and supportive rather than reactive, using good self control, especially when feeling angry or fearful

Charles leads workshops and retreats for teachers, counselors and others working with children.

Dr. Kathleen Martinez, Literacy Integration Specialist

Dr. Kathleen Martinez started her educational career teaching middle and high school remedial reading in northern New Mexico. She went on to get her doctorate in educational leadership at Florida State University and returned to New Mexico as a Professor of Education at New Mexico Highlands University.  She then became Director of Community-based Resources for severely emotional and neurobiological different children in Taos, New Mexico. After her two children were safely raised, she moved to Berkeley, CA in order to pursue a master’s in theology at the Graduate Theological Union just for the fun of it. Since then she has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area providing training and support to out-of-school programs through her own consulting firm, Creative Out-of-School Learning. She enjoys gardening and ballroom dancing.

Along with her colleague, Sue Edwards, Dr. Martinez has written two books, Books and Beyond: Fun Literacy Activities for Afterschool and Colossal Clubs: Integrated Curriculum for After-School.

Megan Schufreider, Science Expert

Megan Schufreider is Assistant Director of Teacher and Student Engagement at the California Academy of Sciences, where she supervises a team focusing on the development, delivery and evaluation of Pre-K-12 educational programs. The Teacher and Student Engagement portfolio includes a teacher professional development institute, teacher workshops and resources, onsite classroom programs for schools, field trips for school and youth groups, homeschool events, family nights, virtual programs, online learning resources, and community outreach.  Since joining the Academy in 2007, Megan has also overseen web development, asset management and e-marketing for the department. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution & Japanese from UCLA and an M.A. in Museum Studies from SFSU.  She has previous experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher, as well as an educator in various informal science settings.

Thanks to the diverse skills sets of our Board members, Edventure More is at the forefront of national causes such as reversing Summer Learning Loss and saving Hands-on Learning in budget-strained K-8 classrooms. Our Board’s energy, expertise and passion for enriching the lives of Bay Area children is incomparable.

Eduardo Caballero – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Edventure More

Eduardo knows inspired childhood enrichment from the inside out. From the time he began grade school he has been involved in youth programs, from camping at Stern Grove as a boy, to creating Edventure More’s summer programs, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, in 2004 with his business partner, Sharon Mor. After completing his BA from Cornell is Psychology with a minor in Business, Ed flew back to the West Coast to be Assistant Director of a Score! Educational Center. There, he met Sharon and the two formed a fortuitous friendship centered on their love of children and commitment to curiosity-based learning. A dream of creating their own hands-on youth program lived in the background for several years, during which Ed visited family in Columbia and volunteered at an orphanage in Peru. It was here that an email from Sharon acted as the catalyst to forming Edventure More. Ed’s passion for enrichment lives through his work with Edventure More, service on the board of directors of Institute for Family Development International, and volunteering with Charity Focus. He can also wax poetic about his home teams, the Giants and 49ers.

Sharon Mor – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Edventure More

Born and raised in Northern California, Sharon has always looked for ways to combine her love of collaboration with her natural leadership skills. Starting with Tzofim, a Bay Area Israeli youth leadership group in high school, Sharon led youth development, education and mentoring programs for 15 years before co-founding Edventure More with Eduardo Caballero in 2004. Sharon graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology. She led mentoring and educational programs as Senior Director of the Santa Clarita branch of Score! Educational Centers, Region Manager at Revolution Prep, and Lead Counselor at Camp Planet Hope. Sharon and Ed’s friendship was born out of a shared love of education and innovation, as well as a dedication to helping kids develop as both students and individuals. Under their guidance, Edventure More has grown from a small summer camp in 2004 to serve 10,000 youth, teachers and emerging educators year-round.

Sharon continues her devotion to personal growth through her practice as a life coach. Through a comprehensive training program, she supports her clients to walk their path with peaceful integrity. In her spare time, Sharon loves to spend her time discovering (and rediscovering) her love for San Francisco. While she’s out hiking, dancing or traveling, you’ll find her laughing, connecting with people, inspiring and being inspired, and most importantly, enjoying the small but meaningful parts of life.

Gillian Cervero – Grants Manager, California HealthCare Foundation

Gillian is currently the Grants Manager at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she has worked since 2007. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where she first began her commitment to working in the nonprofit sector.

Gillian is a Bay Area native, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She is community service oriented and passionate about children, women and health issues. Gillian has volunteer experience as an elementary school tutor and mentor to juvenile delinquentsand has been actively involved in the Avon SF Breast Cancer Walk as both a volunteer and a walker. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Grants Managers Network and is a member of the Young Filipino Professional Association and Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Gillian enjoys reading, hiking, running, traveling, and rooting for her Bay Area sports teams.

Conor Madigan – CEO, Kateeva

Conor is President and co-founder of Kateeva, a leading developer of inkjet-based manufacturing equipment for the flat panel display industry.  Before KateevaConor was a post-doctoral research scientist at MIT, where he studied organic electronic device technology.  He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering.  In 2010, he was honored as one of the TR35, the list of top young innovators in technology named annually by Technology Review magazine.  Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT. Both degrees are in electrical engineering.  Conor also serves on the Board of Governors of StartOut, a non-profit supporting the LGBT entrepreneur community, and is the Co-Chair of the Princeton University Department of Electrical Engineering Alumni Advisory Council.

Stephanie Rach – Founder, It’s All Good Media, Inc.

Stephanie Rach turns inspiration into action, motivating entrepreneurs, innovators, and idea-generators to do good while doing well. Ms. Rach brings has 20+ years of consumer marketing and technology experience working with companies like MasterCard, Keep America Beautiful/Phoenix, Starbucks, SMART Technology, UC Davis, PerfectFitness, Hyatt Corporation and others. Additionally, she is the creator of the nature-inspired, play-powered program Let’s Go Chipper. A lifelong 4-­H member, outdoor enthusiast and active volunteer for children’s services, Stephanie consults with the Turner Syndrome Society and is the founder the non‑profit Growing Up For Good receiving the Blue Shield award for contribution to children. 

Kristin Rothballer – Strategic Consultant

Kristin Rothballer is a social change leader, with a focus on where care for the planet meets advocacy for equality and justice. She consults on strategy, programs and organizational development for nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises.

For three years, Kristin was the Program Director at Tunitas Creek Ranch/New Priorities Foundation, a foundation and working farm that hosted educational programs and retreats. She previously served as the  Managing Director of Green for All, an organization she helped to found, which is working to build an inclusive green economy. For many years, Kristin worked as the Director of Programs at Bioneers where she led efforts to widen participation in ecological and community restoration, particularly among underserved youth. Her background includes non-profit management, teaching, community organizing, and marketing strategy. In addition to Edventure More, Kristin serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tyler Rigg Foundation and also on the Board of Directors for Windcall.

Sharad Rastogi – VP Marketing, Cisco

Sharad is an experienced strategic leader with a strong track record of delivering results. He is currently VP of Marketing at Cisco and in the past was SVP of Corporate Development at JDSU and Avid, GM at Pinnacle and a Partner at Bain. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a M.S. from Boston University, and a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi. In addition to Edventure More, he also serves as an advisor to the College of Engineering at Boston University.

Sharad is passionate about holistic learning, development and education. He enjoys playing squash and traveling across the world.

Edventure More!

In 2004 Sharon Mor and Ed Caballero co-founded Edventure More out of a shared passion for inquiry-based learning and personal growth. Sharon and Ed wanted to create a space where learning felt like an adventure for both kids and staff. They also wanted participants in their programs to learn about the world around them; but more importantly learn about themselves in the process.

As a way to add to their own 20+ years of combined experience in the field of summer camps, enrichment programming, motivational tutoring, and mentoring, Sharon and Ed sought partnership with the top Bay Area museums and children’s organizations. These enrichment partners were key in building Edventure More’s curriculum, designing their programs, training staff, and helping Edventure More achieve its mission and create its three main divisions:

  1. Summer Camp Programs:  Award-winning camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, have over 17 locations in the Bay Area and serve over 5,000 kids every summer. The proceeds raised through the camps support not only the high-quality programs offered, but also help subsidize the cost of the other two divisions serving the community.
  2. School Year Programs: Edventure More’s In Class Programs began when Ed and Sharon were asked to design hands-on science presentations for their Teacher friends’ classrooms. These program were funded partially by grants and most recently by proceeds from Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. After School Programs, School and Community Events and Mini-Camps are also now offered.
  3. Giving Programs: In the wake of budget cuts in Bay Area schools and increase in the effects of Summer Learning Loss in low income families, Ed and Sharon made a commitment to the communities served by establishing a Scholarship Program. Fundraising efforts were later expanded to subsidize the cost of classroom science and tech programs for schools; allocating 5% of all summer program proceeds and 100% of donations to support both of these important areas.

Edventure More’s camps have been voted “Best Summer Day Camp” and “Best Educational Support Program” every year since 2009 by BayAreaParent Magazine. Ed and Sharon have also led dozens of parent seminars on maximizing the potential of summer. The pair have also led professional development workshops on The Power of Developing & Quantifying Life Skills at the National Conference for Summer Learning. They also remain involved in core aspects of programming. Ed still personally oversees the museum partnerships and development of the curricula used in camp. Sharon still spearheads staff training and development programs. Edventure More continues to partner with leaders in the field of childhood enrichment to inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, educators, and adventurers.

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More Founders Letter

The following letter is being sent to Alumni Families in January, 2015…

Dear Edventure More Families,

We at Edventure More remain firmly committed to two guiding principles for our summer programs: Quality and Equality.

Even though we’ve been voted “Best Summer Day Camp” for the past six summers by BayAreaParent Magazine, we continue our quest to develop the greatest whole child summer program ever designed. For this upcoming Summer 2015, we’ve done something special…very special. We have consolidated all of the latest, most proven educational approaches into one seamless experience that begins at the moment you drop off your child, and doesn’t end until the last day of camp.

To help us in the design of our program upgrade, we assembled a talented team of thought leaders in the Makers and Mindfulness Movements, as well as Social/Emotional Learning, Design Thinking, Literacy, Natural Science, Recreation, and Early Childhood Education.  With their help, we’ve intentionally integrated key elements of each approach into corresponding areas of the camp day. Your kids will still get “The Vibe” they love…it’s just that the fun has gotten even smarter!

While we encourage you to learn more about each ingeniously fun educational approach when our website launches on January 7th, 2015, now merits a moment to highlight one of our favorites…the new Makers sessions in both Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. We’re particularly excited about these sessions, as they represent the forefront of developing the curious, confident problem-solvers of the future. The more informal learning style featured in these sessions emphasize collaborative learning, design thinking and experimental play motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. The Maker culture encourages novel applications of technology and the exploration of intersections between the traditionally separate domains of science, art, engineering, and math.  We strongly recommend trying at least one of these sessions this summer as they are available to ALL children Pre-K – 8th grade.

Now on to our second guiding principle, equality. We know the first principle, quality, comes with a price.  Not only is the curriculum expensive to develop, so are the hundreds of hours of staff training, thousands of supplies, small staff:camper ratios, etc. However if there is a family who wants a high quality camp this summer, we’re committed to serving them, regardless of their budget. Why? We feel an obligation to make our camps accessible to as many kids as possible. It’s the right thing to do. We must create access to high quality summer enrichment because in the end, the whole society wins when more kids graduate high school, pursue their passions, and become kinder, more curious, more successful human beings.

If you ever hear a family say “Oh yeah, that’s a great camp, but it’s too expensive for us.” We’ve got two words for them, “Sliding Scale”. If a family can’t afford our regular rates (even after those great Early Bird and multi-week discounts) they should apply for our Sliding Scale Program. Applicants to this program will be notified within 10-14 working days if they’ve been accepted. Applicants don’t have to be the poorest of the poor to qualify either. Our Sliding Scale Program is designed to meet the needs of all families, from those who need just a little help to those who need a lot. When we say EVERY child has the right to a high quality summer camp, we mean it.

Thank you so much for taking the time read all this. We hope to make a difference in your child’s life and those of thousands more this summer!

See you in the New Year and online on January 7th when enrollment for Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech begins!

Ed Caballero & Sharon Mor
Edventure More, Executive Director & Co-Founders

 

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