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For in person summer camps 2023 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 5 - 9 - Off to the Movies
June 12 - 16 - Peace &Love
June 19 - 23 - Around the World
June 26 - 30 - Seasons
July 17 - 21 - Silly Pop Songs
July 24 - 28 - Songs of the Sea
July 30 - August 4 - Cool 80's
Camps run 9:00am - 3:30pm PST
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.
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!) :)
Masks are optional at camp, except for when campers are singing indoors. 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 email@example.com and we would be happy to connect with you.
20223 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
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We love everything there is about Mr. D's Music Club! Of any camp we have experienced so far, Mr. D, Hailey, and all the instructors are the best example of positivity, creativity, and meeting the kids where they are. It is such a special program. And the fact that they pull off an actual performance for families - featuring the singing, dancing, acting, and art-making they've focused on all week - is incredible.
~ Laura B., Oakland, CA - October 2022
In Person Camp Themes
2023 Summer Camp Themes*
Off to the Movies (June 5 - 9)
We are kicking off Summer 2023 with our favorite camp theme - "Off to the Movies." This is the only theme we repeat each year, but it's only because it's SO MUCH FUN!! And who doesn't love a great movie? Each year we have new pop songs to sing, plays to act, choreography to learn, and art projects to create. It's a great way to kick off the summer camp season!
Peace & Love (June 12 - 16)
You may think this week is about the '60s, but we always enjoy loosely interpreting the themes. This week we'll explore pop songs about peace, love, friendships, family, and all the good things in life. There will be tons of singing, lots of dancing, hours of creativity, and endless laughter.
Around the World (June 19 - 23)
So many places, so little time! We'll be beboppin' around the globe singing awesome pop songs from the big cities, regions, and destinations we dream about. Each camp has a playlist that families get before the week kicks off so kids get familiar with the music and can enjoy it in the evenings after camp (yes, they practice at home!). With hilarious, original plays, creative dance choreography, and artwork decorating the stage, the kids are a part of the entire production. Mr. D's Music Club is a high-energy, fun-filled week where each child leaves with newfound confidence.
Seasons (June 26 - 30)
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, here we come!! There are endless pop songs about the seasons that we'll be exploring. Not to mention pulling a play together, learning new dance routines, and creating art for our end-of-camp performance for friends & family. The performance is when kids get to shine and show what they've created together.
Silly Pop Songs (July 17 - 21)
We never take ourselves too seriously at Mr. D's Music Club. We embrace and encourage kids to be goofy, silly, and free to be themselves. So it goes without saying that we have no problem embracing the pop songs we all can't help but sing along to in the car, in front of the mirror, or with good friends at camp. Our number one rule is that nothing we do should ever feel like school, so it's through fun activities and gentle encouragement kids learn to sing, act and dance without even realizing it.
Songs of the Sea (July 24 - 28)
We had slated this theme for the summer of 2020, but we all know how that year went. We are excited to introduce it to campers of 2023 and have no doubt it will be a blast. Imagine kids creating an undersea world with their original art for the Friday performance as they sing, act, and dance with gusto!
Cool 80's (July 30 - August 4)
Alright, parents, this week is for you. Lot’s hidden gems in this one! You’ll think you know the music, but this decade is Mr. D’s specialty, and the 80s was an excellent time for indie music. You'll be amazed at how well your kids sing them! Sing-a-longs are allowed. Except when kiddos are taking solos. It takes a lot of courage to get up there and sing in front of an audience! Solos are optional for campers. We always encourage the kids to try new things in each art form, face their fears and know that nothing has to be perfect. It's incredible to watch their confidence build throughout the week and summer!
*All themes subject to change as needed
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