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Summer Camp 2022
Covid Approach

For in person summer camps 2022 we are following COVID recommended procedures as set by the CDC, EPA, State of California, County of Alameda and City of Oakland.

This is our second year of offering summer camp during Covid. We had policies in place last summer that made for a safe, fun, and memorable summer camp season, to say the least. In 2022 we will maintain similar policies but also hope that the status of Covid will be stable allowing us some flexibility. However, we are first and foremost committed to creating a safe experience for everyone involved. It should be expected that our approach will change as we near the summer months, but for now, here is how we will approach camp this summer: 

7 Weeks of Camp

June 6 - 10 - Off to the Movies

June 13 - 17 - Feels like Summer

June 20 - 24 - Cities

July 11 - 15 - Space Camp

July 18 - 22 - We are One

July 25 - 29 - Color, Color, Color!

August 1 - 5 - Decades: The 70's

Camps run 9:00am - 3:30pm PST

Flexible aftercare is available from 3:30 - 5:30 pm each day and can be purchased by the day, weekly or as a drop-in service.

Read more about our camp philosophy

and fun camp themes!


  • Campers will be in a group of 15 - 20 kids based on age. We try to accommodate all friend requests, but we do reserve the right to create the groups that best fit the dynamics of the camp. We currently do not plan on using covid cohorts, however, this may change based on the status of covid at the time of camp.

  • The groups will participate in singing, dancing, acting, and art throughout the camp day with different teaching artists. There is also the opportunity to connect with kids outside in other groups during breaks and lunch.

  • A typical camp day includes the groups taking turns doing two art forms in the morning, with plenty of time for transitions and a snack. Lunch will be outside with groups alternating days to a nearby park. The afternoon will be the two remaining art forms for the groups as well as transition and snack time.

The Arts

  • Campers will participate in singing,

      dancing, acting, and art each day.


  • Professional Teaching Artists will

      share their art form through fun,

      creative activities and inspire the kids

      to try new things during the camp.

  • Some of the arts will be outside in shaded areas.

  • Arts taking place inside are in a 3000 sf room (400 person capacity), with doors open and ventilation. The kids will practice social distancing to the best of their ability.

  • Mr. D's Music Club is a full participation camp. This means campers do not have the option to opt-out of an art form. We understand some of this can feel scary to the kids, but they become comfortable very quickly as they participate with their peers.

  • We plan on hosting a Friday afternoon in-person performance inside each week. This will include singing, dancing, and acting, plus an art gallery. We reserve the right to adjust as necessary based on the status of covid. If that happens, we will then have a morning and afternoon performance on Friday. This worked surprisingly well in 2021, however, it is our preference to do one big show (it's so much fun!) :)



  • Per the June 3, 2022 Alameda County Health Ordinance and to align with updated OUSD policies, masks will be required at camp. Masks will be optional for outdoor breaks, snack and lunch. Campers are always welcome to take mask breaks outside at any point during camp. We will update our mask policy in accordance with changes to Alameda County Public Health Mandates.

  • Regular hand washing throughout the day, but always before snack/lunch, after the restroom, and at the end of the camp day.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the camp.

  • Social distancing recommendations will be followed.

  • All staff and teaching artists will be fully vaccinated prior to the first week of camp.

  • Drive through drop-off & pick-up will be implemented.

  • There are lots more details of course. If you have questions, please email and we would be happy to connect with you.


2022 Oakland Camp Location: 

In the Rockridge District

6013 Lawton Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

(where we've been for several years)

My child loves Mr D's Camp and came home from Week 1 requesting that I cancel all his other summer camps so that he can do more Mr D's! It is a joy to hear him singing the songs he has learned at camp (non-stop!) and be so excited to perform. Thank you Mr D for bringing this out in him!

Judy l., Piedmont, CA - June 2021

My daughter came home from Mr. D’s camp every day glowing with happiness. Our home became filled with the sound of music and her singing, and she eagerly anticipated going each morning to work on her show.

Highly recommended!

Alex g., Oakland, CA - June 2021


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Wow, what can I say about Mr. D's Music Club that hasn't already been said? It's FANTASTIC!


My somewhat shy-but-yearning-to-unleash-her-inner-star 8-year-old daughter has enjoyed this camp so much. She has really blossomed in her self-confidence and desire to do more singing and dancing. Mr. D gets kids to dive right in, shed their shyness, and engage in the art, dancing, singing, games, silliness, and fun from the get-go. She has, and she's loooooved it.

~ Becky W., Berkeley, CA, Summer 2016


2022 Summer Camp Themes*

Off to the Movies (June 6 - 10)
We just can’t escape this theme, but only because there are so many amazing songs in movies. We all know the importance of a soundtrack, but do we ever truly appreciate how music pushes the emotions as the images flash by? Well, this week we do! Picking from new releases to oldies but goodies, we bring in a whole new song list each year celebrating the power of music in the cinema.

Feels like Summer (June 13 - 17)

School's out and summer is IN! Let's kick off the summer season in style by singing great pop songs, dancing our hearts out, creating summer-inspired art, and jumping into acting with abandon. It's the summer camp week of ALL summer camp weeks as we ease into the summer months of fun, friends, and adventures.

Cities (June 20 - 24)

The world tour begins here at Mr. D's Music Club! We'll be departing our amazing and eclectic Oakland to imagine and wonder what other cities in the world are like. Who knows where we'll end up, but it's sure to be an adventure of singing, dancing, creating, and acting all week long.

Space Camp (July 11 - 15)
Don't worry parents. Your kids won't accidentally blast off into space like the classic 1986 movie. BUT, they will blast off on a personal voyage of challenging their own boundaries and fears around taking a singing solo, acting in front of an audience, creating dance moves with their peers, and diving deep into creativity. Not quite the same as space exploration, but artistic exploration has its own rewarding experiences based on each participant's comfort level.

We are One (July 18 - 22)
This week we are celebrating Planet Earth and our connection to the natural world. We'll show our appreciation for our home planet through stellar art, graceful movements, nature-themed plays, and awesome pop songs that remind us of the natural places we each connect to in our own way. Mr. D's Music Club approaches each week with sustainability and environmentally friendly policies. This week those efforts will mean a little bit more to all of us as we connect as one to Planet Earth and all of its amazing beauty.

Color, Color, Color! (July 25 - 29)

Our world is vibrant! Color is often used to depict emotion, rhythm, thought, melody, movement, and voice. Imagine a week of pop songs that celebrate color, art that expresses shades, dancing that embodies expression, and acting that hones in on the topics that mean most to our youth. The week of Color, Color, Color! is all about the vibrancy that makes us different and the blending that keeps us connected.

Decades: The 70's (August 1- 5)

This week we'll explore pop music from the 1970s! There will be tunes we all know and adore, but some not-so-familiar ones as well. We'll dive deep into the 70's art scene, culture, and fashion as we create, dance, and act throughout the week. Get ready to boogie!

 *All themes subject to change as needed