art, science and outdoor activities
for budding innovators
Kids are naturally curious and creative. They’re into everything. But with time, some of that natural spirit of exploration can get sucked out of them. Gradually, a fear of mistakes and their consequences can start to grow.
Camp Galileo is a place where fear goes on holiday. In its place grows a spirit of exploration and innovation. Every year, we see the experience fire campers’ imaginations and literally change their way of relating to learning.
This is no accident. Our award-winning curriculum, designed by Stanford grad Pamela Briskman and her team, is the product of thousands of hours of development. Taking inspiration from the innovation process developed at the Stanford d. school, we use imaginative themes and whimsical narratives to draw campers into a week full of hands-on art, science and outdoor activities. The themes are adapted to be irresistibly engaging for three age groups:
- Nebulas: pre-K to K
- Stars: 1st and 2nd graders
- Supernovas: 3rd to 5th graders
One curriculum that
grows with our campers
We designed Camp Galileo to evolve with our campers. The older they get, the more freedom we give them. They delve deeper into art and science concepts, use more advanced materials and tackle more complex team-building challenges.
Pre-K (or turning 5 by December 1) to K
Nebulas, our youngest innovators in training, enjoy a cozy camper-to-staff ratio of 6:1. We shower them with guidance and attention, and draw them out with enticing projects and activities. We also introduce them to structured collaboration, an underappreciated facet of learning and an essential element of innovation.
We also offer a part-day Nebula program from 9am to 1pm for campers who aren't quite ready for a full day at camp.
Entering 1st and 2nd grade
We maintain a snug 8:1 camper-to-staff ratio, even as Stars begin to think and act more independently. We leave them to pursue projects longer—sometimes developing a single idea over several days. We encourage Stars to take greater risks and stretch their understanding of artistic and scientific concepts as they design, test and redesign their work.
Entering 3rd through 5th grade
The leaders of our camp communities, Supernovas experience every phase of the innovator’s process. They immerse themselves in complex multi-day projects that stretch their creativity and powers of deduction. They use sophisticated tools with increasing independence and come together fluidly to tackle challenges as a team. Red Supergiants—the honorary title given to Supernovas entering 5th grade—get the chance to develop their leadership skills by mentoring younger innovators.
Our curriculum is only as excellent as our Camp Staff. That’s why we go to ridiculous lengths to attract and retain the brightest and most professional educators to guide your kids on their journey. And since they’re champions of innovation, we naturally give them room to innovate. They stamp each class, lesson and activity with their own unique DNA.
Visit five different Camp Galileo locations—you’ll see the same philosophy and curriculum brought to life in five different ways. Camp Galileo becomes less like an obviously structured camp and more like a living, evolving community where kids feed on the freedom and thrill of creative action.
It’s a summer camp with a deep and lasting impact.
video: inside camp galileo
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We’re on a mission to develop innovators who envision and create a
better world. We do it by teaching campers to understand and apply
the Galileo Innovation Approach—or the “G.I.A.,” as we sometimes
like to call it.
The GIA is inspired by the innovation process developed at the Stanford d.school.
We took some of their fundamental ideas, added our own, then adapted it for kids
from pre-K through 8th grade, when they’re especially open to absorbing new
ways to think, explore and create.
These are the three components of the Galileo Innovation Approach:
1. The Innovator’s Mindset:
How Galileo innovators approach the world
I am Visionary
- I envision a better world
- I imagine things that don’t exist yet
- I believe it’s my place to turn ideas into reality
I am Courageous
- I freely share my creative thoughts
- I stretch myself to try new things
- I embrace challenges
I am Collaborative
- I value the unique perspectives of others
- I build on the ideas of others
- I use my strengths to support the work of others
I am Determined
- I persevere until I achieve my goal
- I recognize setbacks as opportunities to learn
- I know that innovation and mastery require effort
I am Reflective
- I take time to think about what is and isn’t working in my design
- I think about how my work impacts other people and the world
- I seek feedback to improve myself and my work
2. Innovator’s Knowledge:
What Galileo innovators need to understand
Concepts and Facts:
- The big ideas, principles and facts relevant to their work
- The contributions of relevant movements, artists, scientists, designers and other experts who came before them
Skills and Techniques:
- How to use materials, tools and technology that allow them to effectively create, test and share their ideas
Audience and Environment:
- The needs and circumstances of their users and the physical context in which their work will be received
The Innovator’s Process:
How Galileo innovators innovate