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 our favorite 100% kid-designed project from our first 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.

2019 Registration Timeline

Patron Sale: January 5th at Noon - January 11th at Noon
We're offering limited early access to registration when you bundle your enrollment with a donation to our scholarship fund. The patron sale is open to alumni and newcomers alike.
Alumni Sale: January 12th at Noon - January 18th at Noon
We're reserving half our spots for alumni. Open to all alumni including scholarship applicants.
Open Registration: January 19th at Noon till Sold Out
First come, first served for newcomers, alumni, and scholarship applicants.

Bowling Ball Billiards

Synapse School, Menlo Park

When: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Extended care options available from 8:30 and until 5:30

Session A: June 24th - June 28th
Session B:
July 1st - July 5th (camp will be open on July 4th)
Session C:
July 8th - July 12th
Session D:
July 15th - July 19th
Session E:
July 22nd - July 26th
Session F:
July 29th - August 2nd

Who: Juniors: Rising 2nd - 3rd Graders
         Middles: Rising 4th - 8th Graders
(Teenagers are encouraged to apply to our overnight camp or to check out our junior collaborator opportunities!)
Patron Sale: $1000
(includes a $310 donation to our scholarship fund)
Standard Tuition: $690
$15/day for before care
$20/day for aftercare

Scholarships are available on a first come, first-served basis. Directions for how to submit an application are detailed on our scholarship page. Alumni families, please review the process as steps may have changed since the last time you submitted an application. 

If you'd like to make a contribution to our scholarship fund, you can make a (non tax- deductible) donation while registering for camp or at any time by clicking the button.

Project Ember is a safe space for all children, including those who identify along the gender spectrum. Should you have any concerns regarding your child's experience at camp, please give us a call.

close up of a drill

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