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.

 

Awards

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

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Press

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

Youngsters Reach for the Stars at Camp Galileo -Saratoga News, July 29, 2013
“The campers use the Galileo Innovation Approach, a process that is similar to the scientific method and includes "redesigning" as the last step after "test" and "evaluate."

Camp Galileo art instructor show Sunnyvale kids how to fulfill dreams -San Jose Mercury News, July 17, 2013
“ . . .the Galileo approach challenges kids to hold up a past failure and create from it something bigger, better and beautiful.”

Class Notes -The Daily Journal, June 29, 2013
“Established in 2002, Camp Galileo . . . offers one of the lowest camper-to-staff ratios of any Bay Area camp.”

School Notes -Contra Costa Times, March 27, 2013
"The summer day camps 'foster the spirit of exploration and innovation in kids through the Galileo Innovation Approach,'"

Summer Camp Nurtures Young Innovators -Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, 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."

Camp Galileo: A Camp for Science, Creativity, and Fun -Cupertino Patch, July 13, 2012
"At Camp Galileo mistakes and determination are encouraged as kids partake in creative and educational projects.”

Bay Area Summer Camp Cultivates Next Generation of Thinkers, Innovators -Illume.com, May 18, 2012
"[Glen Tripp] believes that innovation and creative confidence is crucial to both personal fulfillment and in changing the world."

 

Camp Galileo: From the Blogosphere

Our Top 5 Moments From Galileo Innovation Camp -Memetales, July 18, 2013
“I love that they want to build in a fearless innovator mindset in every child, which they do amazingly well with their very well defined ‘innovator’s process’. I am an engineer and I value problem solver mindset and frameworks because they DO work and they work well!”

A Summer of Innovation, Collaboration, Exploration, and FUN! -Toddler Approved, June 29, 2013
“We are so grateful to the wonderful staff members at our particular Camp Galileo location for making camp such a great learning experience while also being so much fun. What a great way to kick off our summer and get my son prepared for kindergarten next year!”

A' Camp Galileo-ing They Will Go -Using our Words, April 8, 2013
“ . . .when I read Galileo’s Mission Page on their site, I loved the philosophy of letting kids fail — in the best possible way — in order ‘…to nurture and inspire a daring new generation of fearless innovators.’ “

 

Galileo Summer Quest: Media Outlets

Camp Galileo expands local offerings -Los Altos Online, August 7, 2013
“Using the Galileo Innovation Approach, . . .the programs teach children to innovate without fear of failing, building their creative confidence through a curriculum that complements school-year academics and “delivers all the fun” of summer camp.”

Whisk-y Business -Oakland Tribune, July 27, 2013
“The camp for fifth- through eighth-graders encourages an innovator’s mindset through cooking, go-kart building, filmmaking, fashion design and an inventors’ workshop and video game design.”

Galileo Learning Launches New Galileo Summer Quest Site in Almaden -Almaden Times, 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.”

Galileo Learning to Open Camps in Five New Locations -San Jose Mercury News via The San Mateo County Times, 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.”

Science Camps: The Peninsula and South Bay -Los Altos Patch, 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."

Fremont camp encourage innovations -Fremont Bulletin, July 13, 2012
“Students get to engage in art, science and outdoor summer courses via college-style “majors” in week-long sessions.

Become a Tech Ninja this Summer! -San Francisco Summer Camp, April 16, 2012
“. . . this day camp provides students with plenty of chances to learn computer-based skills. These include video game design, web design, and Lego robotics—all subjects kids will enjoy as they learn essential skills”

 

Galileo Summer Quest: From the Blogosphere

Summer is Coming! -The Karianna Spectrum, April 15, 2013
“Learning Photoshop is going to help him tremendously in what will likely be his future career. But in true Galileo style, this form of education won't be tedious in the least. He'll be learning a LOT while having tons of fun.”

Why We Love Galileo Learning Summer Camps -Bonggamom Finds, February 26, 2013
“. . .Galileo Summer Quest (for 5th to 8th grade) have the best themes I've ever seen in any day camp!  The curriculum development staff know exactly what interests and inspires kids.”

Happy Campers at Camp Galileo -Mad About Multiples, April 10, 2012
“At Galileo Summer Quest, rising 5th- through 8th- graders try their hand at the things they love, diving into one exciting major during each weeklong session, with options like Go-Kart Makers, Fashion Design, Video Game Design and Chefology.”

Camp Galileo: Inspiring Creativity -Zakka Life, February 8, 2012
“When I visited the Galileo Learning website, I was impressed with the classes: Digital Photography, Fashion Design, Inventors, Go Kart Makers, Video Game Design, and Lego Robotics just to name a few. My inner child was screaming ‘I want to take these classes! Oh-My-Gosh, is she making an orange leather dress? Where were these classes when I was a child?!’”

 

Testimonials about our staff

“The staff, the camp leaders, the interns, etc; are all wonderful.  The enthusiasm from check-in all the way to check-out by everyone, all day, everyday, is very motivating.  Aside from the educational content (which was very strong and productive) the bond that my son built with the camp leaders, was amazing to see and experience.  Thank you for a wonderful first summer camp experience!”- Manu Bedi

“It is obvious that the staff at Galileo love what they do! They are energetic, enthusiastic and really engage with the kids.” - Beth

“Wow!  I have never experienced such sophisticated, well trained, happy camp staff.  The moment the kids arrive to the moment they leave the staff give positive reinforcement to the kids: "I like how you helped your sister out of the car!" or "I like that you're supporting their ideas!" My son said it's the only place he's ever felt appreciated for him and his uniqueness.  Wow, if only school were like this!”- Jen Hute

“Galileo is a very well-run camp and my child has always been pleased with her experience there. The staff are very attentive and enthusiastic and they manage to engage the children, educate, and ensure everyone is safe and has fun. We look forward to returning next summer”- Karen Patou

“The Camp Galileo staff exudes contagious enthusiasm and fun!” - Elizabeth Sparks

"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

 

Camp Galileo Testimonials

“My kid is thriving and full of very interesting questions he came up with after the many interesting projects he worked at Camp Galileo. I love the way he now dares to do new things and tries to find new ways of doing other things he already knew. I strongly recommend Camp Galileo to any parent who wants their kids to have an amazing summer time.” - Eva Chapa

“Camp Galileo is a well-organized day camp and the quality of leadership and curriculum really shows.  From beginning to end the attention to detail shows and I feel like my child is really cared for. Most importantly, she is excited to talk about all that she learned. The fact that she is engaged is evident.” – Adrienne

“Camp Galileo was really fun for my kids, it was creative, engaging, it gave them confidence and they were excited to go every morning!”  -  Yolanda Hiller

“Incredible camp, amazing and enthusiastic staff...such a joy for my child to attend! Thank you!” -  Sarah Burke

“In Danville, this is the best camp around. On a 1-10 scale, Galileo is a 15.” -  Erin Lee

“If you are looking for an innovative and creative camp experience look no more!  This camp sparks young minds to problem solve through team collaboration and encourages them to think outside the box so they can build master pieces with imagination and creativity! Don't miss out on the opportunity for your little Galileo to shine!” - Sonya

“It was great hearing my 6 and 8 year old kids discussing the various and best ways to engineer a catapult on the way home from camp.  Thank you for engaging my children's imaginations and minds, while also running an amazingly well organized and fun camp!”  -Rachel Ruffalo

“We signed my daughter up for two weeks but she ended up staying for a total of four weeks because she loved it so much.  I think Galileo is unlike any camp she's ever attended, and I have never seen her so engaged.” - J.L.

 

Galileo Summer Quest Testimonials

“Galileo Summer Quest is the best summer camp program my son has attended.  The philosophy of the program keeps the kids learning and growing during the summer break from school -- and creates a foundation of innovation into their adulthood.  And it is accomplished because this program and the staff promote this concept in every subject and with every camper.  This starts with the fantastic and wonderful camp director, Olivia, all the way to the summer interns.  What a blessing to have this program in our county.”- Gail Tustin

“Galileo Summer Quest has provided excellent experiences for my kids. The counselors are extremely enthusiastic and supportive. My kids love GSQ!” -Promila Rastogi

“My daughter thrives at GSQ. It is the only place where I've seen her feel completely comfortable being herself. I attribute that to the amazing staff. She loves the focus of week-long majors, of having something to show for all that she's worked on and learned during the week at the end during the Friday presentations. GSQ has completely transformed my kid and I can't recommend it highly enough.” -Nysa Kline

“I love the creative environment that Summer Quest provides.  My daughter felt empowered and supported in the pursuit of her design goals.”-Debbie Lew

“Galileo Summer Quest is a fun, well-run camp which offers so much to the young people who attend. I love the continuous effort to improve--we find that each year the camps do get better and better.”-  Dana Granoski

“Galileo is so much more than a summer camp! My son worked with Lego Robotics, but he learned to be a true visionary!”- Posey Miller

“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

 

Chabot Space & Science Camp Testimonials

“This is a positive environment where creativity and true inquiry are encouraged and applauded. My son flourished here in ways he has never done at school. I will definitely send him again next year.”- Amy Wilkinson

“My son came home from Chabot more proud than I have ever seen him. He was positively beaming. This camp tapped into his creativity, talent and innovative spirit in a way that no other place has ever done.”- Alexis White

“Chabot Space and Science Center is a wonderful venue to enhance learning subjects such as Greengineering and Rocket Lab. The enthusiasm of the teachers is unparalleled! Our child will definitely return next summer.” -Rey Castro

"Chabot is a great program for kids to learn how to work together on science projects. And that's how people achieve great things in the real working world."-Alex Sato

"We love the framework of the Galileo camps.  The ability to for the kids to practice learning, designing, testing and redesigning is a great hands on way for them to problem solve in a creative and iterative way that makes the camps more exciting for them.  My son liked coming every day to see what the next part of building the Lego Robot would be" -Kauser Razvi

“Chabot Space and Science Camp offered our child the very best of the Galileo experience.”  - Cheryl Davis

“Every day was a 10 on my fun scale.  Lego Robotics was the best thing ever. I really, really loved it all!”- Sam, age 8

“Having this amazing space museum as the site of the camp was enormously helpful in motivating and inspiring my child.” - Linda

 

The Tech Summer Camps Testimonials

“I feel like Tech Camps help them tap into their passions which may help them identify future "career options" for them...pretty exciting to watch.”  - Nancy Smithline

“Fun mixed with cutting edge learning!  My child has thoroughly enjoyed camps at the Tech and returns every year!” -Melissa Haugh

“This is our kids’ third year attending Galileo, 2nd year attending the Tech Summer Camp. Our kids fell in love with the classes at the Tech and definitely wanted to come back this year. They couldn't stop talking about their experience and what they learned. They couldn't stop smiling either!  They baked pizza and cookies in Kitchen Chemistry and built robots and programmed them to do awesome things. The staff is genuinely caring and dedicated to the kids and they make sure each kid has an experience of a life time!” - Dana Testa

“The staff is wonderful at the Tech Museum camp and the subject matters and topics chosen are quite thrilling for young campers!” - Sharmeen

"Wearable tech was a completely unexpected, unique enjoyment.  I loved the catwalk!" -Sophia Alloggiamento

“The variety of programs is terrific with interesting and engaging content and the instructors are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  And what a great venue!  Wish I had discovered Tech Summer Camps years ago.” -Michelle Denman

“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

“The Tech Summer Camps offer such a rich variety of topics and teaching styles - we got something new out of every day!” - Mary Ludwick