Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Major: Chefology

Decadent Desserts

This week, campers will bake up an irresistible batch of sweet treats. They’ll innovate on dessert classics, creating their own unique versions of ice cream, layered cookies, mini cupcakes and dessert toppings. They’ll find inventive ways to use kitchen tools, reimagine recipes and experiment with balancing flavors. They’ll tweak the ratios in their dishes to try out different textures and tastes. After developing signature dishes to serve at an end-of-session dessert showcase, they’ll take home recipe books of all the treats they created.

Project Spotlight

Collaborative Ice Cream

Campers will work in teams to create a collaborative sundae bar. They’ll study how the texture of ice cream changes as it freezes, and brainstorm a list of ideas to create a variety of toppings to share with the class.

BE COLLABORATIVE: I use my strengths to support the work of others

Weekly Breakdown


Campers will start their week with a tour of the kitchen, getting familiar with the materials and systems they’ll be using. They’ll form their first chef teams to make courageous cupcakes, experimenting with flavor profiles and creating three different cupcake and icing combinations that mix common flavors in a fresh, innovative way.


Campers will learn how the texture of a cookie is influenced by the ratio of wet to dry ingredients. They’ll work individually to dream up visionary cookies with unique textures and flavors, then share their ideas with their team. Each team will choose which visionary treat they’ll turn into reality, and dip and drizzle frosting over their cookies to create unique decorative designs.


Campers will practice being collaborative as they work with their fellow chefs to create an ice cream sundae bar. They’ll brainstorm toppings, then decide on their favorite five that will complement their ice cream flavors.

Ask your camper: What methods did you use to brainstorm lots of ideas? How did you finally decide what ice cream flavors and toppings to make?


Campers will need to be determined to envision and design the perfect candy bar, tackling the most complex recipe of the week. They’ll need to rely on their fellow teammates to successfully complete their challenge, then begin making preparations for creating their signature desserts tomorrow.

Ask your camper: What did you find challenging about today’s candy bar recipe? How did your team work together to create the crust?


Campers will bring everything together to create their final masterpieces. Chef teams will design a logo and visualize a store where they can serve their delicious signature dishes, showing off their desserts' colors, heights, and textures to family and friends.

Innovation At Home

  • Visit your nearest Williams Sonoma store for a Junior Chef class, covering topics from hors d’eouvres to dessert, available at most store locations.
  • Explore an existing passion – or try something new – at, an online community for kids to challenge their inner chef and so much more.
  • Invite friends over to put your Chefology skills to the test. Collaborate to further improve a Galileo recipe, challenge each other to a quickfire cooking contest, or generate ideas for a brand new dish.

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's mindset: how Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA