Day Camp: A week long adventure in art, engineering + problem solving

Girls Drilling

We pick the challenge. 
kids design and build the solution.

At Project Ember, we build big. We teach kids how to safely use professional power tools, announce a surprise design challenge, and unleash our imaginations in our design sessions. Then we build it, test it, improve it, play with it, ride on it, and show it off. Though every week is unique, one thing is guaranteed: kids will always be able to get in, climb on or operate creations of their very own design.

Want to know more? Check out this blog entry from our favorite 100% kid-designed project from last summer - The Car Wash.  You can also read our guiding principles and what we do to create an unforgettable summer experience.  

"I would whole-heartedly recommend this camp for any kiddos, girls or boys, builders or not. It was clear to me all week that the instructors were incredibly thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring about child development, community-building, and safety...My son is doing many camps this summer but he keeps asking if he can just go back to Project Ember." - Susan D.

Bowling Ball Billiards


Where: Menlo Park, CA + Berkeley, CA
When: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Extended care options available from 8:30 and until 5:30
Who: Rising 2nd - 5th and 5th - 8th Graders
(Teenagers are encouraged to apply to our overnight camp or to check our junior collaborator opportunities!)

Project Ember is a safe space for all children, including those who identify along the gender spectrum. We apologize that our current registration software does not provide an option for gender non-conforming youth. Should you have any concerns regarding your child's experience at camp, please give us a call.

Tuition: $535 (Available discounts outlined below)
$10/day for before care
$17/day for aftercare

Scholarships are available on a first come, first-served basis.  For details on our application process, please read our scholarship page. 

If you'd like to make a contribution to our scholarship fund, you can make a (non tax- deductible) donation through PayPal.

close up of a drill

Our Locations and Dates

Synapse School
3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park

Session A: June 12th - 16th
Session B: June 19th - 23rd
Session C: June 26th - 30th

Black Pine Circle 
2027 7th Street, Berkeley

Session D: July 3rd - 7th* (holiday schedule, details below)
Session E: July 10th - 14th
Session F: July 17th - 21st
Session G: July 24th - 28th

Each week is a different challenge, so feel free to sign up for multiple weeks. We love returning campers and the exponential growth they experience during multiple weeks of camp, so we offer a multi-week discount.

*Due to the holiday on the week of the 3rd, camp will formally begin on Wednesday, July 5th at a reduced rate of $385. Families who would like to attend camp all week are welcome to register for the 3rd and the 4th as well for $75/day. Monday and Tuesday will function more like one-day workshops, featuring smaller (but thematic) projects. Once the entire group gathers on Wednesday, we will introduce the week's big design challenge. Questions? Contact us at


The first 100 campers to sign up and pay in full (at the time of registration) by February 28th, 2017 will receive $50 off tuition. Our thanks for your early commitment!

referrals - $50 account credit

Nothing compares to an enthusiastic recommendation from one family to another. We'd be honored if you shared Project Ember with anyone you think would enjoy our program. For each new family you refer, we'll issue a $50 credit to your account. There's no limit on how many credits you can receive, so spread the word! Your referral must mention your name upon registration in order for us to process the credit. (Please note: you may only receive one referral credit per new family).


We love when kids come for multiple weeks. Lessons sink in a little deeper, they co-create and deepen our camp culture, and natural opportunities for peer-to-peer leadership emerge. Each additional week of camp after the first is $30 off.


We get it. Shuttling kids around from camp to camp or hiring a babysitter for one while sending another to camp can be really tricky. To ease the burden of getting your kids access to an incredible summer, we offer parents $30 off tuition for each additional sibling registering for one of our day or overnight camps.

If you are in need of more financial assistance to make camp possible, please apply for a scholarship.   

For maps, schedule overview, and a daily packing list visit our day camp logistics page.