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Client Testimonials

What Parents Say About Camp

"My daughter attended Camp Brainy Bunch for the first time last summer (2017, Creative Writing, Ocean View Elementary in Albany) and absolutely loved it! She started off in the group within her age range but since she's a relatively strong writer she asked if she could join the older kids, which the instructors/counselors had no issues with and esp. as the original instructor agreed that she should give it a try. She absolutely thrived in that group and excitedly gave me daily updates on the topics, progress, exercises and games. It was a warm and caring environment, encouraging kids to stand in front of the others to read what they wrote. Also worth mentioning is the fact that she didn't have any friends joining her at that camp but she made new ones in no time and felt comfortable since the first day. 

I signed her up again for this summer to participate in one of their Public Speaking weeks and we both can't wait. It is the perfect balance of academic/intellectual/creative challenges and pure fun that Camp Brainy Bunch stands for and makes us want to come back every year." - Hadley K., Albany

“The staffers were very welcoming to my daughter, who was having some sudden onset shyness/clinginess issues this summer -- but after one day she LOVED the camp, loved the content of the camp, loved the staff... awesome. She is still performing (and refining) her story, asking us for 'helpful comments' to make her story better, and creating new stories.

In addition to being great fun, this camp had an academic component that I think will be super valuable going forward. My Daughter is paying attention to elements of stories in new ways and also understands that things sometimes need work and improvement before it's 'done'. Also loved the snacks and variety of lunch provided -- that made my camp week easier! Fabulous! The perfect amount of fun and quality educational experience. Thank you! I can't wait to sign her up for one or more Brainy Bunch camps next summer!” – Stephanie, Piedmont

“My daughter loved her teachers; they were very engaging. Our daughter's imagination was so quickly captured by the teachers - and her final story was fantastic!" – Susan, Piedmont

"This is the first time my 9 years old twin girls went to Camp Brainy Bunch.  They signed up for Leadership, Mock Trial, and Creating Characters.  After the first day at the Leadership camp, they told me the camp was awesome.  The instructors made the classes fun so they were really focused in learning the topic and participated in all the discussions.  I was very impressed that they recorded each kid's presentation and shared the video with the parents.  It is funny now that they learned how to debate we carry it to home and would debate on what to do during the weekends.  We will go back again next summer." - Joyce W., San Francisco

"Both my children attended Camp Brainy Bunch this summer. They went to Story and Engineer camp. They loves the staff, the learning time and of course the games! During the engineer week they made so many cool inventions and learned about how airflight works along with gravity. I loved the writing they did in story camp. The Danville site was also very close to my home." - Janet, Danville

"My two girls are loving Camp Brainy Bunch this summer!  Lots of fun activities, collaboration & leadership skills.  The counselors are responsible and good role models for the kids.  We're impressed." - Corine, Danville

"My son went to the "Public Speaking - Take the Stage" camp at the Palo Alto location. He enjoyed it and I loved hearing what he had to say about myths throughout the week after he came home in the afternoon.  In addition to learning about myths from many cultures, the campers learned techniques for speaking well in front of an audience.  I (and all the other parents in our camp) loved watching the presentation for families at the end of the camp. It was great to see the kids present their own creative myth and their retelling of an original myth. My son's group picked a Lakota Sioux Nation myth but other campers presented myths from all over the world." -Michal, Palo Alto

“My son have met his goal, he truly became a storyteller.” – Cathy, Piedmont

"My son attended two weeks of Camp Brainy Bunch in the Los Gatos location: Creating Characters and Engineering.  Both weeks he reported that he had an "awesome" time and when I asked him how each week compared to similar camps, he reported that Camp Brainy Bunch was better than the ones he's attended.  That's saying something because we attended three different camps where my son has done writing and three different science-based camps, and one of these science camps he's asked to repeat over two different summers.  As for my experience, I found that there's been good communication.  I've gotten email and phone reminders and any email that I send gets responded to the same day." - Nancy H., San Jose

“The Staff were so friendly, they really seemed to care about my child. I LOVED! Lunch being included and the kids had so much fun with the activities” – Sarah, Piedmont

“The Staff are very enthusiastic, caring and making the camp really, really fun for the children. It's probably the most memorable summer camp she has ever been to and could not stop talking about how much she misses the teachers. She's already requesting for the same camp next year, and is inspired to be a lawyer one day. Thank you for making her first mock trial class an unforgettable experience!

I Appreciated the staff, critical reading, writing & speaking, the stories chosen was well thought out, understanding the court system, healthy snacks and lunch provided really takes the burden off the parents. Most of all, the kids had fun!” – Jacqueline, Belmont

"My daughter really enjoyed her summer camp 'Creative Writing' with Camp Brainy Bunch at the Orinda Academy. She liked her counselors, the variety of activities and she found new friends :) She feels her story writing really improved. We'll be back next year." - Katarina K, Orinda

“The staff were attentive, fun, and great with kids. The camp helped my daughter build confidence in speaking before a group and help her camp-mates who were more shy.”  – Katrina, Palo Alto

“The Staff were thoughtful, intelligent, caring. I was impressed with the group. I am glad my son enjoyed the program. Additionally, I appreciated that it encouraged him to learn to read texts critically, to reason about them, and to present his ideas in a group.” - Phil, Palo Alto

What Our Campers Are Saying

“I liked that we learned about neutral buoyancy, making planes with foam and paint. I also liked meeting my new friends Jasmine and Rex. The Staff were funny and fun to be with. They liked my jokes and the names my friends and I gave them.” – Caroline, Danville

“I love getting to meet new people, playing games, and building and doing fun experiments. The instructors were funny and taught us fun things. Next year make it last longer!” – Nicola, Danville

“I liked that I learned a lot about speaking, more than at school.” – Chris, Atherton

“My teachers did games and made group storyboards. I liked the board best. I would invite more friends next year.” – 1st grader, Atherton

“The teachers were really, really, really super duper nice. I liked writing in this camp. It was really fun, and I liked mafia, bipiddy-bippidy-bop." – 5th grader, Atherton

“I liked best that I got to read in front of my dad. The teachers were encouraging and fun.” – True, Piedmont

“The teachers weren’t strict and gave us plenty of support. I liked the writing exercises they had us do.” – Zoe, Piedmont

“It was fun to learn new ways of writing. I liked the instructors because they taught me different things.” – Piedmont

“The teachers and camper are totally awesome. They were creative and funny. Camp is perfect.” – Mina, Piedmont

“I think Public Speaking class is helping me be a louder and confident person. (My instructor) is super fun and plays super fun games, but also adds things to the games to help us with public speaking, like in Mafia, the accused made a speech about why they are not Mafia. I can’t wait to do more fun things in public speaking class.” – Natalie

“I like this class because it is fun and improves my speaking!” – Kaitly

“I love this class because it is a fun, AWESOME speaking class!” – Zita,

“What I like best about Public Speaking is all the fun games and activities.” – Mitch

 “I like that the teachers are nice and they teach us well.” – Maxwell

 “What I like best is learning how to speak and the body of a speech.” – Gabby