Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

Frequently Asked Questions - SF Camp

What are the Covid Regulations like? 

Please refer to our regulations on our "School and Camp Operations under Covid" on our website.

What are the GISSV Summer Camp 2021 policies? 

Please refer to our policies on our "School and Camp Operations under Covid" on our website. 

Who teaches camp?

Most of our summer camp is taught by GISSV instructors from the Kibili, Afternoon Club, or Saturday School programs. This means that our campers are in the hands of trained educators who either are German or speak German at the native speaker level.

German-speaking Counselors in Training (high school students) might assist instructors in Preschool, Vorschule Camp, and Elementary School Camp classrooms.

Our German-speaking camp managers are also there to help with check-in, student safety, lunch, and other camp logistics. They also organize games and sports activities for all campers during snack and lunch breaks. The camp managers are parents' first point of contact.

What do we need to bring?

Preschool
Participants must be potty-trained to enroll. In case of accidents, send some pull-ups, wipes, and extra pairs of pants. Campers participating in PM camp must bring a sheet, pillow, and blanket for nap time.
Bring a extra snack, a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. For My Green Lunch, see above.
We play outside and make crafts. Campers should wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring two complete changes every day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

Kindergarten/ Vorschule Camp
Bring a little extra for snack, a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. For My Green Lunch, see above.
We play outside and make crafts. Campers should wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring two complete changes every day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

Elementary and Middle School Camps
Bring a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. For My Green Lunch, see above.
For AM Camp, bring a pencil, sharpener, eraser, colored pencils, and a pen each day.
Campers participating in PM Camp should wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring an extra shirt and shorts/pants each day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

 

All students must wear a face mask at all times. Therefore it would be good to bring multiple masks to school.



How are ages and language abilities mixed?

In Preschool and KindergartenCamp, all levels of German, including total beginner are mixed in the classroom. The instructors speak only in German.

In Elementary School Camp, the language classes in AM Camp are mixed. Because classes are small, each student will receive individualized instruction and support within their level. In AM Camp, instructors speak only in German.

In Elementary School Camp in the PM Camp, groups stay in the same classroom setting in the Afternoon Activities. If an activity is taught by another instructor activities will be held outside. Please refer to our Covid regulations on our Camp operation site. To help all students understand context and directions, instructors will speak some English. However, the main camp language is German all day.

I have more questions.

We are happy to answer them! Please ask us at camp@gissv.org