Through the Acorn app we’re able to support businesses that make our communities thrive. Everyday we learn more about different activities and how they enrich the wellbeing of children and families. Today, hear about summer camps from Camp EDMO, CA, and how they help kids to become curious, courageous and kind.
At Camp EDMO we believe our speciality is making sure that kids have a summer full of learning, fun, creative activities. The first camp was started in 2004, but our story starts long before that. When Ed Caballero and Sharon Mor met back in 1999 at SCORE! Educational Centers in Santa Clarita, they had no idea that they would one day found their own enrichment company serving over 20,000 kids annually. Sharon, a UCLA graduate, was actually Ed’s first boss out of college. Ed, a Cornell University graduate, was her Assistant Director. It was at SCORE! that Ed shared his dream with Sharon of one day opening his own summer camp.
Four years later, while Ed was backpacking through South America, Sharon reached back out to him. Together, they decided to start their own summer camp, but make it a non-profit and focus on building the traits of Curiosity, Courage and Kindness through hands-on arts and science programs. In 2004, the first Camp Edventure More was opened in Mill Valley with curriculum ghost written by staff from Bay Area museums. (The “EDMO” nickname hadn’t been coined yet).
The camp was small, with only 60 kids over 4 weeks, but a huge hit with kids and parents. Following this first summer, Ed and Sharon approached some local museums to officially partner in the curriculum design. The California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium and the YMCA of Marin liked EDMO’s mission and agreed to join the cause and the first partnerships were born! The following summer they opened a second site in San Francisco, serving 800 kids across the two sites, and the rest as they say, is history. We now have locations in San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and Sacramento, and we are growing more and more each year.
As an organization our mission statement is to help raise Curious, Courageous and Kind kids. Not only does the world intuitively need more curious, courageous and kind people, but research shows these character traits are vital to our health and highly predictive of high achievement and life satisfaction…i.e. Happy Grown Ups.
When our curiosity is peaked, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine that makes us feel good. Our hippocampus is also activated, which helps us form memories. That means curious kids remember more and want to learn more. At its core, courage is the willingness to act in the face of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. It is a cognitive ability that can be trained. Our campers practice staying emotionally present and mindful, especially during challenging situations. That way their actions reflect positive character traits rather than negative instincts, and they build grit at the same time. Speaking of positive character traits, our favorite is kindness. Did you know that like most anti-depressants, acts of kindness stimulate serotonin and endorphins and reduce cortisol levels? That means while you’re doing good for others or the environment, you’re less stressed and happier. You’re also connecting deeply with others. No wonder you’re more fulfilled!
Here at Camp EDMO we take pride in our amazing team members. When asked what is your favorite teaching moment here’s what Joe Allington, Tech Curriculum Writer had to say.
“I’m not sure I can pick a single favorite moment in teaching, but all the best memories that come to mind share a common theme: the student is leading the learning. When a student decides they want to add some totally original feature to their game, tackling a coding challenge that was never on my official curriculum, it doesn’t matter how ambitious the task is, or that we even succeed in completing it. The initiative, the sense of agency, and the pure excitement demonstrated by the students in those moments is, in my opinion, the best possible outcome in teaching.”
When you choose EDMO, you choose great for your child and good for the world. Our non-profit status, community partnerships and high-quality programs allow us to create equity opportunities like no other organization in our field. Our summer camp and school year programs set kids up to succeed in school and life. That’s why we have social responsibility to make our programs accessible to ALL kids. Through our EDMO Equity Program efforts, we subsidized $1,303,698 worth of services in the 2016-17 school year and 2017 summer to underserved kids, schools, and families. We allocate 5% of camp proceeds and 100% of donations to fund School Year Programs, as well as our Sliding Scale (Financial Aid) Program that provides assistance to those who may not otherwise be able to afford our camps.
In 2017 we provided 1,085 subsidized weeks to families across all Bay Area and Greater Sacramento Area locations through our Sliding Scale Program. Aside from the Camp EDMO programs we ran this summer, we are just getting ready to kick off our School Year Programs as well. We offer maker-infused science, tech and nature After School Programs, Weekend & Break Camps, Custom Events and even Professional Development. Also, we can't let the cat out of the bag but we've been brainstorming on new themes for next summer already too.
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