Blog: Bright Ideas


This year’s Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest t-shirt design is inspired by the tools and skills of Galileo innovators.

Ask anyone: our staff is amazing. Galileo staffers are highly skilled at working with campers, and the buck doesn’t stop there. With passions and talents from robotics to improv to cooking and so much more, our stellar staff never ceases to astound us. For example, when we put out the call for designs for this year’s camp t-shirt, we were floored by all the fantastic submissions. From those designs, we’re excited to share the winner of this year’s t-shirt contest.

Jessica Wong, Galileo Pasadena

This year’s t-shirt designer is Jessica Wong, who’s returning to camp in Pasadena this summer as the assistant camp director. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind Jessica’s design, her take on what makes camp at Galileo such a special experience, and what she’s most looking forward to this summer.


What's your favorite thing about Galileo camps?

I love the positive energy of Galileo camps. From the silly, welcoming nature of the staff to the costumes and skits. But most of all, I love Galileo's approach towards  "marvelous mistakes" or "fantastic failures".  Developing a positive mindset towards making mistakes is vital in nurturing innovators!

What do you think makes Galileo unique compared to other summer programs?

From my experience, Galileo has been the only camp to focus on the innovator's process as opposed to finessing a skill in a subject area; I feel that what makes our camp unique is the focus on HOW to learn rather than WHAT is learned. By practicing the Innovator’s Mindset (to be visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective), we are directly teaching our campers skills to succeed in any scenario.

What was the inspiration behind your t-shirt design?

The light bulb is an iconic symbol for an idea. As Galileo innovators, our goal is to create or modify ideas to suit the task at hand. To make a truly great idea, collaboration is often necessary—thus, the assortment of items that make up the bulb. Each item within this bulb is something our friends at Galileo should be very familiar with: rubber chicken, cameras, tape, and, of course, Pirate’s Booty! To make this design special to me, I included the T-rex because I’m often spotted around camp in a dinosaur costume.

If you were a Galileo camper, what themes or majors would top your list?

At Camp Galileo, the idea of using materials in new ways in the Galileo Makers theme excites me. It seems like it will challenge campers and staff to think outside the box. Space Explorers also has a special place in my heart because it was the theme of my very first week at Camp G.

At Galileo Summer Quest, I’d choose Mystery Room, Chefology or Mobile Game Design. I remember seeing the amazing rooms that campers made last year in Mystery Room and would love to see the kind of puzzles I could come up with. Mobile Game Design interests me because I was an art major in college, and this speaks to my artistic side. It’s also brand new to GSQ and I can’t wait to check it out this summer. And Chefology would be an easy choice—I love to cook!

What are you most excited about for this summer at Galileo?

I'll be the assistant camp director at Galileo Pasadena this summer, which is a new position for me! Although I'm a bit nervous, I am very excited to take on this new challenge to help create a wonderful experience for our campers and staff.

Welcome Innovators

Want more camp? Pre-K - 5th graders can tackle four exciting themes at Camp Galileo, and 5th - 8th graders can take their pick of the Galileo Summer Quest roster of immersive majors. We can’t wait to see you this summer!