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

Middle School Camp Age 10 - 14

Please Note: Registration is now closed. No new registrations are possible.


Our camp for kids age 10-14 blends classroom study of the German language in the morning with engaging activities in the afternoon. In the classroom, our instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.

Afternoon activities are more active and social, and instructors will involve everyone by speaking primarily German, but also some English. New this year is that all Afternoon Activities are unique to this age group, so instructors can focus even more on age-appropriate instruction and student engagement.

Our camp is a week-long or multi-week intensive immersive German environment that brings students closer to the language and culture, and to their peers who share a connection with or interest in German.



Registration opens on Friday, March 1st at midnight.

Enrollment for Summer Camp is on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on June 1st.
Once capacities for sessions are reached, we cannot guarantee desired schedules or camp availability.
Enrollment from waitlists when possible.

Schedule

Sign up for any weeks for full-day (AM Camp + PM Camp) or half-day (AM Camp or PM Camp).
Supervised lunch included for everyone.
Add on Extended Care week by week as needed for an earlier drop-off, later pick-up, or both.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

Registration is first come, first served, with caps on all programs. Register early to secure your desired schedule.

Extended Care

Add on AM or PM extended care for a longer day. Organized by our instructional team, Extended Care means crafts, helping to get ready for the day or to clean up, and lots of outdoor games.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am / PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

AM Camp: German Language Classes

For the age group 10-14, we offer three language classrooms in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There will be at least one teacher for every 10 students. All materials are provided.

Camp managers will serve a snack halfway though AM Camp.

AM Camp: 9am - 12pm / snack break 10:30am - 11am


Beginner

Lessons include:

  • basic communication: introduction, asking questions
  • writing words and very short sentences
  • basic vocabulary, incl. articles
  • conjugation of verbs sein, haben, and other common verbs
  • prepositions

This class is for students who:

  • are total newcomers to the German language
  • may have had some German exposure, but are not confident

Intermediate

Lessons include:

  • more complex, context-aware communication
  • writing short sentences & stories
  • conjugation of common verbs
  • present, perfect, past tense
  • review of prepositions and pronouns

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German much better than they can read or write German
  • may have have attended 2-4 years at GISSV Saturday School or similar after-school program

Advanced

Lessons include:

  • role-play, complex narratives
  • writing longer stories, analyzing sentence structure
  • present, perfect, past, future tense
  • cases and declination
  • conjunctive

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
  • have attended 3-6 years at GISSV Saturday School, or similar after-school program

Supervised Lunch

Supervised by all instructors and our camp managers, students from Vorschule Camp, Elementary School Camp, and Middle School Camp enjoy and outdoor lunch and games together.

Please pack a hearty lunch or sign up for My Green Lunch to get lunch delivered every day.

Students joining us for AM Camp or PM Camp only are picked up or dropped off any time during lunch.

Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm

PM Camp: Afternoon Activities

German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon program that introduces students to sports, music, art and other activities in mostly German and some English.

Different activities are offered in each week, and students can choose two new options each week of camp. New this year is that Afternoon Activities are no longer mixed age with the Elementary School Camp, and groups are capped at 10 students each. This way, we can offer even more engaging, age-appropriate projects, and give students lots of attention.

Camp managers will serve a snack between the two Afternoon Activities.

PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm / first activity: 1pm - 2:20pm / second activity: 2:40pm - 4pm

Language Expert Week 1, 3
Did you ever wonder where words come from? Have fun with your multilingualism while exploring all major languages, funny false friends, special expressions, translation tricks, and phonetic peculiarities.

European Travelers Week 2
Europe is a diverse continent. Our adventure goes through Italy, France, Germany and Austria and we will explore the geography, history and culture of each country along the way. We will travel with handmade maps and passports and will have hands-on fun with country-specific crafts.

Yoga Practice Week 2, 4
Learn the different yoga styles Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative, and find out what works best for your body to relax and build strength.Students will receive guidance in creating their own yoga sequence for continued practice at home.

International Cooking Class
Week 3
Cooking and eating with friends and family is a rewarding bonding activity that will form some of your most cherished memories. In this class, we will be cooking recipes from all over the world—join us on an exciting culinary journey!

Textile Design Week 1
Experiment with textile materials such as fabric, wool and yarn, and learn how to crochet, felt, knit, sew, weave and braid! Projects include sewing stuffed animals, working with the sewing machine, and making different kids of bags.

Filmmaking Week 2, 4
Students write, direct, produce and market the next German classic! A great way for creative, problem-solving kids to collaborate on a fun project, while learning about basic video editing tools, as well as narrative and story-telling (and advertising!) in German. The film will be screened during Friday lunches.

Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking Week 1, 2, 4
Explore a lot of new art materials and techniques, and create portraits, still-life paintings, pointillist landscapes, linocuts, and drypoint prints. Students will emerge with a lot of new art vocabulary in German and English, as well as some great artworks they can be truly proud of.

Fashion and Jewelry Design
Week 1, 3
We will work with all kinds of materials to make hats, basic clothes, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anything else you design! Students will learn to sketch and problem-solve their ideas before making them into something they can wear and show off.

Dance! Week 2, 3
Collaborate on fun choreographies to the greatest German hits, and learn the basics of salsa and cha-cha-cha. Even with ballroom dance, the emphasis is always on enjoying the movement and fun exercise.

Mindfulness Week 3
Life can be hectic for a Middle Schooler! Take a break and learn meditation and relaxation techniques that include breathing, chanting, mandala drawing, and mindful exercises. The emphasis is for students to be confident in their body, and to build a positive self-image.

Sculpture Week 3
We learn about the difference between building, carving, and casting a three-dimensional object. We will look at images from art history, do some basic woodworking, make clay portrait busts, and pour and carve plaster. Wear clothes that can get very dirty!

Creative Stories Week 1, 4
What makes a good story, in any language? Learn the basics of plot and narrative, and bring your heroes and villains to life. Students able to write in German will develop, write and share stories in German; students who are German language beginners may write in English or create comics, but incorporating German elements of language and culture.

Mad Scientist Week 1
Science plays an important role in helping kids explore and understand the world around them. In this hands-on class, we will be learning about biology, chemistry and physics by conducting experiments, observing our environment and recording our results.

Montagsmaler Week 2
Riffing on the famous German guessing game, students will play in teams to guess each others´ categories. Other game show challenges will get students to talk about themselves, learn German vocabulary, and to build their concentration and team spirit.