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Additional Camp Information


Online camp registration closes at noon the Friday before each individual camp begins.

COVID-19 & Camp

Our priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy. We will be following all of the guidance provided by Santa Clara County, including:

  • Conducting health screenings at the start of every morning for campers and staff
  • Keeping camps to stable groups of 12 or fewer students with a dedicated instructor—remember, stable groups mean that your child must wait two full weeks before attending any other summer camp program. For more information, read the SCC guidelines.
  • Practicing complete social distancing protocols
  • Requiring everyone to wear a mask or other face-covering (breaks from wearing the mask will be included)
  • Assigning private restrooms for all stable camp groups, cleaned every 30 minutes

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 protocols, please reach out to us at for assistance.

What To Bring To Camp

Each student can prepare for their day at camp by bringing the following items. Please clearly label all personal items with the owner’s name and age. In the class, students will have assigned bins to put their items in.

  • Snacks/Lunch: All students should bring a snack with them. Full-day students should bring two snacks and a simple sack lunch, which they will eat during their supervised lunch hour within their closed class location.
  • Water Bottle: Your student may be participating in workshops and/or aerobic activities throughout the week. Please make sure your student brings a water bottle to camp. We will provide extra water throughout the day.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Please make sure students wear comfortable clothing and accessories. This may include hats, sunscreen, and rain jackets.
  • Comfortable Clothes & Shoes: Students should wear comfortable shoes to camp each day. Also, please wear comfortable “messy” clothes.

Pick Up & Drop Off

In accordance with county guidelines, we will be conducting a health screening and check-in every morning in Parking Lot 1. A staff member will then direct you to the appropriate location to drop off your child. Check-in is at 8:45am. A staff member will also inform you at check-in where to pick your child up at the end of the day.

Pick-up starts promptly at 4pm. Students are not allowed to stay past the end of camp, as we are not offering extended aftercare. Please secure a drop-off/pick-up plan to ensure promptness. Only authorized adults whose names are on file will be allowed to retrieve your child from camp. There are no exceptions. Adults will be required to show proper ID to sign their child in and out each day.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds to our day camps must be submitted in writing to As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have updated our refund policy: Full refunds will be given up to 14 days prior to the start date if requested, or in the event Montalvo cancels a camp.

Anti-Bullying Policy

At Montalvo we have zero tolerance for bullying. Bullying of any kind will result in the immediate removal from camp. The physical and emotional safety of our students and staff are central to Montalvo’s camps and vital to its overall mission. As such, we take the issues of bullying, harassment, and violence very seriously. Bullying is generally defi ned as when one or more people maliciously exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another. Montalvo’s leadership investigates any and all allegations of bullying, and trains camp supervisors to promote positive communication, so that students can feel comfortable voicing their concerns to staff. By working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that everybody has a great experience here at Montalvo.


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Poison Oak

Montalvo consistently works to remove poison oak from the grounds; however there is always a chance of contact. Visitors should be aware of what poison oak looks like to help avoid accidental contact.

What does poison oak look like?

  • Each leaf has 3 small leaflets.
  • It most often grows as a shrub.
  • It may have yellow-white berries.

If contact does occur please follow these procedures:

  • Rinse the skin immediately with lukewarm, soapy water.
  • Wash all clothing and items that may have come in contact with the plant.
  • Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the area of contact.
  • Avoid scratching.

How to protect yourself from contact with poison oak:

  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves.
  • If you do not have boots, tuck the legs of your pants into your socks.

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Santa Clara County health guidelines are now allowing for small, socially-distanced summer camps to convene in person. We are excited about the opportunity to offer in-person instruction on our beautiful grounds, where kids can soak up the sunshine and enjoy plenty of fresh summer air.

Please note:

  • Camp attendance must have a gap of at least two weeks in between sessions. Please allow for this when registering your child (i.e., if you register for a camp from June 22-26, your child cannot return to camp until July 13). This applies not only to Montalvo camps, but to ANY camp your child may have attended in within the specified time.
  • In-person enrollment is capped at 12 students per camp.
  • Every camp will have a designated instructor and area complete with dedicated handwashing stations and restroom facilities.
  • Campers will also be asked to wear a mask throughout the day to help ensure the health and safety of all in attendance.

With these small sizes, focused instruction, and private camp locations, we believe Montalvo summer camps will be a safe and rewarding experience this year for kids of all ages—especially after so many weeks at home!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to our Education team at

Montalvo Arts Center's education programs offer camps for kids of all ages! Taught by top arts instructors from around the Bay Area, these activities encourage the creative process and give students an opportunity to learn, have fun, and meet new friends. Take a look at our Summer Camp offerings in arts, science, engineering, and more.

A note about age designations: Camps designated “6 & up” are open to ages 6–14, however curriculum is targeted toward a 6–8 year-old audience. Camps designated “all ages” feature a curriculum targeted toward ages 6–14.

Click here to see our full list of Summer Camps.