Don't take our word for it
Our powerful impact hasn’t gone unnoticed. Galileo camps are regularly recognized with prestigious awards, glowing press coverage and rave reviews from local bloggers. We’ve also collected kudos for being the best place to work in the Bay Area, which makes it easy to understand why over 50% of our summer staffers return year after year.
But we’re most proud of what we hear from our campers and their families about how our camps build confidence, inspire big ideas and make their summers utterly fun and unforgettable.
Diablo Magazine Best of the East Bay - 2013 Best Summer Educational Camp
Bay Area Parent - 2013 Best of the Best - Family Favorite Award
Best Places to Work in the Bay Area
Oakland Magazine - 2013 Best Summer Camp ages 3-7
LaMorinda Moms - Best of Lamorinda 2013 Summer Camp
Galileo summer camps have been highlighted in local media many times, and perhaps best of all, we’ve received some wonderful, candid coverage on the blogs of many parents. Here are a few of our favorite links:
Camp Galileo: Media Outlets
Contra Costa Times "School Notes: Walnut Creek district gives out raises"
March 27, 2013
"The summer day camps 'foster the spirit of exploration and innovation in kids through the Galileo Innovation Approach,'"
Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch "Summer Camp Nurtures Young Innovators"
July 26, 2012
"At both Camp Galileo in Burlingame and Galileo Summer Quest in Hillsborough, campers are raising the bar on the bounds of creativity."
Cupertino Patch "Camp Galileo: A Camp for Science, Creativity, and Fun"
July 15, 2012
"At Camp Galileo mistakes and determination are encouraged as kids partake in creative and educational projects.
Illume.com "Bay Area Summer Camp Cultivates Next Generation of Thinkers, Innovators"
May 18, 2012
"[Glen Tripp] believes that innovation and creative confidence is crucial to both personal fulfillment and in changing the world."
Palo Alto Patch "A Camp for Science, Creativity, and Fun"
July 9, 2012
"Camp Galileo embodies its mission through an educational approach known as the Galileo Innovation Approach, which is meant to allow kids to think in new ways in order to create a better world."
Camp Galileo: From the Blogosphere
The Art Pantry “A Creative Summer”
March 18, 2013
“Camp Galileo is all about innovation. It aims to instill a ‘spirit of exploration’ in children so that they will feel confident in the innovative learning process. This includes designing, creating, testing, evaluating, redesigning and finally sharing those ideas with others.”
City Mama “Camp Galileo Rocks!”
August 10, 2011
“…you receive feedback about your child at the end of every day, almost like a mini-report card. Counselors who didn't really know my girls gushed about their friendliness and helpfulness.”
Marin Mommies “Science, Art and Fun at Camp Galileo”
July 27, 2011
“…the camp's projects were well thought-out, challenging, and motivating. With a small staff-to-camper ratio, I also felt that Camp Galileo offered an extremely safe and secure environment for the children.”
Galileo Summer Quest: Media Outlets
Almaden Times “Galileo Learning Launches New Galileo Summer Quest Site in Almaden”
April 5-18, 2013 edition
“Galileo Learning runs…imagination-sparking summer camps throughout the Bay Area that turn kids into innovators by drawing on the innovation process developed at the Stanford d.school.”
San Jose Mercury News via The San Mateo County Times “Galileo Learning to Open Camps in Five New Locations”
April 26, 2013
“Using the Galileo Innovation Approach, the summer programs teach kids to discover the world around them without fear of failing by building their creative confidence through unique, high quality curriculum that complements their school year academics ...and delivers all the fun of summer camp.”
Los Altos Patch "Science Camps: The Peninsula and South Bay"
March 24, 2013
"This camp, which utilizes a local parent advisory board in each location, encourages kids to brainstorm and think like innovators through a variety of hands-on projects and activities."
Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch “Galileo Summer Quest for Kids”
July 24, 2011
“The curriculum is fun, challenging, original and encourages the campers creativity and individuality. Campers come back year after year to build on what they have learned and because Galileo Learning Camps are so much fun.”
Galileo Summer Quest: From the Blogosphere
Silicon Valley Mamas “When You Think You Can’t Afford Summer Camp, You Can”
February 27, 2013
“Galileo Learning, the company behind Camp Galileo and Summer Quest, gives away over 1,500 weeks of camp every summer in their scholarship program… I’m so thrilled that a company like Galileo Learning believes in camp for everyone...Thanks to Galileo Learning, those 1,500 kids found out that just when you think you can’t afford summer camp, you can. And it will change your world.”
A Spectrum of Reviews "Back to Camp G"
February 13, 2013
“…Galileo Summer Quest has been a big part of my boys' summer adventure…We were so excited when we discovered Summer Quest has a video game design major! [My son] conquered his fears of new situations in order to study a subject he adores. He uses the tools he acquired at Summer Quest every day.”
Lamorinda Weekly "Hands on Learning 'New Normal' for Summer Camps Galileo Summer Quest Opens in Lafayette"
April 11, 2012
"Kids are benefiting from focused curricula in today's summer camps, whether they are building advanced robotics, or cooking gourmet meals, there is something exciting to learn for kids of every age."
Xiaolin Mama “Galileo Summer Quest - A tween mom's review”
August 15, 2011
“[My son] was a little uneasy about not knowing anyone attending camp. The staff made him feel comfortable. They encouraged him to try new things and get out of his comfort zone. They helped him feel accomplished…”
Bonggamom “Fun and Learning at Galileo Summer Quest”
August 2, 2011
“…given Galileo's great reputation, I wasn't surprised that she has been enjoying herself so much, what with all of Galileo's theme days, their cool activities, and their great staff. What surprises me is how much she is learning amidst all the fun.”
Cookies and Clogs “Galileo Summer Quest”
July 27, 2011
“By day three [my daughter would] jump in the car and immediately begin rattling off about what went on and the things she did. Sometimes, she couldn’t even contain herself until we reached the car…”
Testimonials about our staff
“The Camp Galileo staff exudes contagious enthusiasm and fun!” - Elizabeth Sparks
“It is obvious that the staff at Galileo love what they do! They are energetic, enthusiastic and really engage with the kids.” - Beth
“The best staff I have seen in the area camps” - Anonymous
"Camp G features the most enthusiastic, experienced and engaged counselors in the Bay Area. Their sole goal is to ensure that kids have a positive, fascinating and FUN time at camp." - Grace Limaye
"The counselors were positive, enthusiastic and high energy all week long, they created an excellent experience for my kids." - Katie Terry
“Great enthusiasm from the time we drop off until pick up on the last day. They really seem to care about the kids and take their jobs seriously (but fun).” - Anonymous
Camp Galileo Testimonials
“At the end of the camp, my son told me it was the best week of his life.” - M. Bussmann
“Camp Galileo is a place where children feel empowered and challenged. My children never need an alarm to wake up to Camp G!” - Vivian Sam
“The Galileo staff and curriculum inspired our children and encouraged their curiosity, confidence, courage and sense of silliness...a winning combination in our book.” - Claire Petitt
“My son's storytelling skills and introductory, kid-sized knowledge of advanced concepts (perspective, engineering, geometry, etc.) are impressive after 4 weeks with Camp G.” – Joanne
“Camp Galileo is what summer camp should be -- a perfect mix of serious learning and zany fun.” - Gwyn Gordon
“My 5-year old came home from camp using words like "collaborate" and "innovate." She'll be sure to impress her kindergarten teachers this Fall.” - Sheri
“One of the best first-time camp experiences I can imagine for any 5 year old.” - Stephanie Hanger
“Thank you, Camp Galileo, for giving my child curiosity and courage to create science and art projects!” - Stella Pronko
“Our son came home happy, dusty, sweaty and tired - a wonderful way to spend the summer!” - Anonymous
“My 7 year old son got to build, experiment, make mistakes, think creatively, and have fun! We love Camp Galileo!” - Genevieve Bennett
“Camp G consistently provides uniquely themed summer camp weeks for my kids -- great fun, but also fantastic learning!” - Anonymous
Galileo Summer Quest Testimonials
“Galileo has the magic -- project based learning with outrageously fun and thought provoking counselors with Ivy League backgrounds! Now, if only GL would create a school!” - Garritt Garcia
“My daughter LOVED her experience at GSQ! She had fun, learned new skills and was empowered to express her creativity. The staff was warm, friendly, enthusiastic and motivated the kids to achieve excellence. “ - Kathy Gregory
“(Galileo Summer) Quest is the perfect balance of imagination, collaboration and education for my middle-schoolers. My kids left camp feeling like anything was possible!” - Anonymous
"Galileo Summer Quest does an excellent job in both entertaining and educating their campers, in addition to providing valuable feedback to parents about the camper's experience, interactions, and strengths." - Stephane Martin-Young
“My son had a great experience. Along with learning a skill he was able to express his creativity in way I've never seen!!” - Anonymous
“Galileo continues to be the most innovative, creative and fun summer learning experience!” - Bekki Gilbert
“Galileo Summer Quest sparked a whole new side of my daughter. She now has confidence to try new things and create some of her own.” - TerriAnn
“To be or not to be.. that is the question... come to Galileo camp and learn to be an explorer, a designer, or a maker, let your mind go free, explore and reach for the stars.. and beyond” - Sandra Szeto
“GSQ was the perfect combination of mature intellectual pursuit and goofy fun. My son thrived. We both agreed that the counselors were awesome, too. Thank you!” - Eden Bruner
"This is the kind of camp environment where your kids will be so excited to get into camp that you might miss your good-bye hug! That says a lot about the quality of the counselors at this organization." - Lisa Whitfield
“Galileo Summer Quest is amazing. My 5th grader got to do what he loves, design & build cool things in a fun, safe environment that had all the tools he needed to innovate to his heart's content. Can't wait to enroll next summer too!!" - Elizabeth Montgomery
“GSQ - Camp G grown up - A place to send your Middle Schoolers to learn those extra activities that schools have been eliminating.” - John of San Francisco
"Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest are the best organized summer camps, most enthusiastic staff with super fun activities and highly creative curriculum that will inspire your child for years to come! A huge thank you from my son." - Christina Noyes
“GSQ offers opportunities for learning that kids just don't have time for during the school year, and it's learning the kids are excited and passionate about. What a gift!” - Anonymous
“Great fun for my camper, low stress for me. What could be better?” - Eve Cohen
“My daughter was thrilled with the class, the staff and the activities. Thanks Galileo for creating a great experience!” - Riccardo
Chabot Space & Science Center Testimonials
“Great learning experience and fun in a fantastic location.” - Helen
“Chabot Space and Science Camp takes the Camp Galileo principles and applies them to fun science-based classes, while being in an amazing "space" for exploration!” - Anonymous
"engaging subjects and engaging staff, awaken and motivate my child's interest in science" - Anonymous
“I look forward to having my child learn about the sciences each summer in this excellent, fun and educational summer camp!” - Sara Canepa
“I've seen our son continue to grow and thrive while at Camp and I believe it's not only due to the outstanding curriculum, but, likewise, the outstanding committment and passion I've seen from all the instructors and others associated with Camp.” - Anonymous
“Great environment, fabulous counselors and exciting content. This camp knows how to mix fun with education.” - Anonymous
“Project-based learning at it's best--teamwork, social skills and problem-solving. Great staff.” - Stella's mom.
“Having this amazing space museum as the site of the camp was enormously helpful in motivating and inspiring my child.” - Linda
“Chabot Space and Science Center's summer camp has an amazing staff who've captivated my son's interest in science and helped him to explore different areas of space and science curriculum.” - Anonymous
The Tech Summer Camps Testimonials
“The Tech Summer Camps offer such a rich variety of topics and teaching styles - we got something new out of every day!” - Mary Ludwick
“Empowers the imagination of kids in a fun loving way.” - Neel Chaudhar
“Galileo camps are the perfect blend of fun and learning. My son is excited and energized by what he learns in camp year after year.” - Alys Milner
“The Tech Summer Camp is now our go-to summer activity.” - Gail Ishimatsu
“Education and fun coupled with counselors that are well-versed in their subjects. I highly recommend this program.” - Anonymous
“Our grandson, 9, learned serious physics and excellent problem solving skills.” - Anonymous
“I would recommend the Tech summer camps to EVERYONE! This was our first experience and I couldn't praise the great organisation, exceptional staff, amazing educational content or inspiring atmosphere enough. My son had a wonderful time, learned so much, had fun with the staff and has been inspired to continue both of his courses as hobbies. Thank you!" -Anonymous
“My son is all about Technology and this camp exceeded all of his expectations. Great staff and great experience all the way around.” - Katie Z