Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Chefology: Supreme Sweets

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Visionary Cupcakes & Determined Eclairs

Campers will have their cake (and tart, and meringue) and eat it too as they create an array of gourmet confections. They’ll embrace their inner pastry chef, baking enticing eclairs with homemade custards and creams, and elevate ordinary cupcakes with custom flavors, inventive pudding fillings and infused buttercream frosting.

BE VISIONARY: I believe it's my place to turn ideas into reality

Daily Breakdown


Campers will get into their first chef teams of the week to create custard filled fruit tarts. They’ll learn pastry dough making basics and design custard recipes that include at least one courageous ingredient. Campers will finish the day by learning basic cutting techniques and topping their custard filled tart shells with eye-catching and delicious fruit.

Ask your camper: What unusual ingredient did you choose for your custard? How did it turn out?


Campers will work in new teams to brainstorm visionary cupcake flavor pairings for a pudding-filled cupcake. They’ll create all the components for their dish—including cupcake batter, pudding filling and custom buttercream frosting. Campers will learn how to pipe frosting to create decorations that are just as inventive as their cupcake flavors.

Ask your camper: What was your vision for your frosting design? What piping techinques did you use to achieve that vision?


Campers will choose their final teams for the week, and practice collaboration by building on each other’s ideas to design chocolate-dipped meringue recipes. They’ll also create gourmet popsicles in another collaborative activity where they include ingredient choices from each person on their team. The result: fancy double layered popsicles with flavors like strawberry mint and blueberry lime.

Ask your camper: How did you build on other campers’ ideas today? Did other campers support you in return?


Campers will take on the most complicated recipe of the week: homemade eclairs. They’ll need to stay determined as they make a pate de choux dough, pipe and fill the eclairs with custom whipped cream, and finally add a glaze. The day will conclude with signature dish planning, where teams will decide which two dishes from the week they’ll recreate and how they’ll innovate on their existing recipes.

Ask your camper: How did being determined help you face any challenges you encountered today?


Campers will divide and conquer to bring everything together for their final culinary creations. They’ll need to be reflective throughout the day to achieve their goals and to adjust their plan of action if necessary. Each group will add the names of their team’s dishes to the class menu. The dessert cafe will open for business at the end of the day, and everyone will have an opportunity to show off their delicious and beautifully plated creations.

Ask your camper: What was your favorite recipe of the week? The most delicious? The most challenging?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences

  • Visit your nearest Williams Sonoma store for a Junior Chef class, covering topics from hors d'oeuvres 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 chefs and so much more.

  • Draw inspiration for future kitchen innovation with a copy of Make: Edible Inventions.

  • Invite friends over to put your Chefology skills to the test. Collaborate to further improve a GSQ recipe, 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