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Galileo Camps: Igniting the Innovator in Every Kid

At Galileo, their mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. While this may seem like a lofty goal for a summer camp, they take their mission very seriously. Galileo campers are excited about and proud of the projects they create. And the physical things they make at camp are super cool. Even though the projects are tangible, they aren’t the real takeaway from Galileo. The lasting thing that campers take home is their growing innovator’s mindset, their deepening creative confidence and their strengthening ability to turn their ideas into reality. After experiencing just one week at camp, we hear many stories from families that recognize positive shifts in their campers’ behavior. This may include increased interest in the contents of the recycling bin to make new creations, or a new confidence in their own ideas. Galileo encourages kids to envision a better world and imagine things that don’t yet exist, to freely share their creativity, and to embrace challenges and courageously try new things. As this Stanford study details, campers internalize the skills they learn at Galileo—collaboration, persistence, resilience—and apply them to other aspects of their lives. Whether big or small, the impact of innovation skill-building has staying power.

Here are a few things parents have said about their kids’ transformative experiences at Galileo:

With the support of Galileo’s excellent staff, campers begin to believe that the ability to innovate is within their grasp—with practice, everyone can become an innovator. Galileo staff are trained to use inclusive and supportive language and guiding questions that recognize campers for practicing the innovator’s mindset and process. Instead of telling campers that their work is “awesome” or “creative,” they ask campers to reflect on what they did well or what they think they can improve; how their project meets their vision; or what challenge they had to push through to create it. Whether big or small, the impact of innovation skill-building has staying power.

PROGRAM DETAILS

At Camp Galileo, pre-K – 5th graders explore art and engineering through a whimsical weekly theme. Campers get just the right mix of playing and creating each day—learning camp songs, engaging in imagination-sparking design challenges, and splashing their way through Water Day.

At Galileo Summer Quest, 5th – 8th graders create tasty recipes, build go-karts, engineer their own escape room, or design their own virtual world, all while building lasting friendships and playing all-camp games outdoors.

LOCATIONS NEAR YOU

Newport Beach: Camp Galileo will be hosted at Andersen Elementary School from July 8 – August 16. Weekly themes include Deep Ocean Explorers, Makers Workshop, Renaissance Adventure and Expedition to Everest.

Costa Mesa: Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest will be hosted at Renascence School from July 8 – August 16. Weekly themes include Deep Ocean Explorers, Makers Workshop, Renaissance Adventure and Expedition to Everest. Weekly majors include Drone Innovators, Go-Kart Builders, Chefology, Mystery Room and Virtual Reality.

Galileo has multiple sites throughout Southern California, the Bay Area, and Chicago.  You can see all locations at www.galileo-camps.com.

$200 GIVEAWAY

Comment on the corresponding Instagram or Facebook post with your name and you’ll be entered to win a $200 gift certificate towards Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest!  Tag a friend (up to 5) for extra entries.  Contest ends at midnight on May 15th.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Social Media the evening of May 16th.

This post is sponsored by Galileo.

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