A Small Camp That Dares to Dream Big
The magic of Project Ember lives at the intersection of audacious creativity and inclusive collaboration. Kids are challenged to take big creative risks without guaranteed success and to work together to accomplish something bigger than they could imagine doing on their own. Vulnerability is an essential piece of meaningful creative output, personal growth, and teamwork, so we work tirelessly to create an environment where all campers feel a sense of belonging. With our industry leading staff ratios (almost 1:3 at overnight camp) your child will be known and supported as the individual they are.
At Project Ember Overnight, your kids will unplug, focus and connect.
When was the last time your child had a chance to spend a full week focused on a single project? Kids today are growing up with unprecedented competition for their attention and few opportunities to be at rest. Study after study shows children benefit as much from uninterrupted focus as they do from actual downtime. At Project Ember, they’ll get both. Our camp structure is simple: build sessions in the morning and afternoon followed by small group meetings and relaxed community time in the evening. With a spacious routine, kids can take on complex projects right at the edge of their abilities, step away when they get stuck, and learn and recover from their mistakes. And the time we spend hiking, swimming at the river, playing games or simply taking in the sunset is all a vital part of creative renewal.
Healthy Risk Exposure and an Unwavering Commitment to Safety
“Risk perception is a muscle that needs to be developed and flexed.” Project Ember is founded on the idea that doing something extraordinary requires taking risks and learning to effectively manage risk is a crucial life skill. Every session of camp begins with safety. At Project Ember, this means setting our camp culture with co-created group agreements for both emotional and physical safety, followed by comprehensive tool training and practice. Throughout the program, kids will learn strategies for assessing and managing the risk of any given situation, from tool use to their first test of a rapidly built prototype.
Safety is an ongoing, ever improving commitment at Project Ember. If you have concerns about any aspect of the program, from tool use to our hiring practices, we’re here to answer your questions. Schedule a call to speak with one of our camp directors today.
When: Session 1: Sun. July 15 - Sat. July 21
Session 2: Sun. July 22 - Sat. July 28
Session 3: Sun. July 29 - Sat. Aug 4
Session 4: Sun. August 5 - Sat. Aug 11
Where: A Private Farm Site (Details Below), Sebastopol, CA
Who: Middles: Rising 5th - 8th Graders
Seniors: Rising 9th - 12th Graders
Tuition: $1750 (includes room, board and (if needed) transportation from SFO to our site)
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 at the end of the registration process.
Head on over to our Overnight Logistics page for everything you need to know to prepare for camp.
A beautiful Private Farm Site
Green Valley Road, Sebastopol CA
We have a new home! Just a stone's throw from our old home in the Redwoods, we'll spend this summer nestled in a private home site on a working farm. Our bunks will be inside a gorgeous farmhouse, we'll build out our shop in the rustic barn, and of course enjoy our free time petting the adorable Jersey cows and dipping our toes in the stream.
early bird - $50
Your early commitment to camp helps us kick off projects sooner in the year. As a thanks for your support, the first 30 families to register for overnight camp will save $50.
Sibling - $50 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 $50 off overnight (and $30 off day-camp) tuition for each additional sibling registering for one of our camps.
multi-week - $100 Off Overnight
We love when kids come for multiple weeks. Lessons sink in a little deeper, kids become stewards of our camp culture, and natural opportunities for peer-to-peer leadership emerge. Sign up for more than one week of overnight camp and receive $100 off each additional week.
If you are in need of more financial assistance to make camp possible, please apply for a scholarship.