COVID-19 Information – Currently, all 2021 Stanford Athletics Summer camp programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When we receive approval from Santa Clara County and Stanford University we will be taking registrations for future events with $0 down and automatic payment scheduled closer to the date of the event as detailed during registration.

Camp Cardinal’s Virtual Horse Camp

Registration for Camp Cardinal’s first-ever Virtual Horse Camp opens March 8th! Campers will get to communicate with fellow campers on Zoom while getting to meet and learn about our horses in the Red Barn that live on Stanford’s main campus. We strongly encourage parents to get in on the fun! 

We are offering two sessions for Virtual Horse Camp:

Session 1 (K – 2nd grade): 3/16 & 3/18, 3:15 – 4:00 PM
Session 2 (3rd – 5th grade): 3/23 & 3/25, 3:15 – 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 8TH AT 9:00 AM. Mark your calendars – as spots are limited.

Due to recent communications from the University, in-person Camp Cardinal sessions have been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact

Due to the COVID-19 response from the University and the County of Santa Clara, we are in a hiring freeze for all positions. View our response to COVID-19 here.

Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT) NOT OFFERED THIS SUMMER

Below this line is the historical information we are saving for later. See above for the most up-to-date information during COVID-19.

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Summer 2020 In-Person Camps


Send your child to a Stanford summer camp this year. Our recreational programs take place over nine sessions on the beautiful Stanford campus in the Bay Area. There is no better place to be over the summer. Our premier facilities include updated gymnasiums, large swimming pool, climbing wall, and more.

Your child will have an unbeatable summer camp experience that they’ll be sure to remember for years to come. From our experienced team of counselors, innovative programming, specialty camps, or daily activities, there are so many reasons to choose Camp Cardinal. Check out our Stanford summer camp options below to learn more and register.


Typically we offer a 9-week session day camps throughout the summer. Due to COVID-19, all summer camps have been cancelled.

  • Session 1: June 15 – 19
    • (No longer accepting registrations for June)
  • Session 2: June 22 – 26
    • (No longer accepting registrations for June)
  • Session 3: June 29 – July 3
    • (No longer accepting registrations for June)
  • Session 4: July 6 – 10
  • Session 5: July 13 – 17
  • Session 6: July 20 – 24
  • Session 7: July 27 – 31
  • Session 8: August 3 – 7
  • Session 9: August 10 – 14

Summer 2020 Rates

Classic Cardinal (Available sessions 1 – 9)

$415 Stanford Affiliate // $470 Public

Specialty Camps (Various sessions available)

Tier 1: $465 Stanford Affiliate // $520 Public
Tier 2 (Star Wars and Stem & Go Cards Go!): $550 Stanford Affiliate // $605


Standard Camp Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Extended care options:
8:00 – 9:00 AM // $50/week
4:00 – 5:00 PM  // $50/week
4:00 – 6:00 PM // $100/week


Please enroll your camper based on the grade they will be entering in Fall 2020.

Our camps are for children entering Grades K-6.
Our Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program is for children entering Grades 7-10.

**If a camper is deemed too young by the staff, we reserve the right to cancel camp for that camper.

Classic Cardinal

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Sessions 1 – 9; June 15 – August 14, 2020 || $415 Stanford // $470 Public
Ages: Kindergarten – 6th

Our classic Stanford summer camp is back again! Don’t miss a week (or three!) of our Classic Cardinal. Your camper will learn valuable skills for at least 3 new sports, as well as the value of teamwork and positive coaching. And, don’t forget about our favorite weekly field trips to popular places around the Bay Area like the San Francisco Zoo and Lawrence Hall of Science!

Your camper will build skills and confidence that lead to a lifetime of physical activity and wellness, and in the afternoons have the option for arts-and-crafts, swimming, or even more sports – the choice is yours! Camp will be located at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (285 Santa Teresa, Stanford, CA 94305).

Specialty Stanford Summer Camps

Star Wars and STEM

Week 1 || June 15 - 19, 2020

$550 Stanford // $605 Public

Grades K - 6

For one half of the day, let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. The other half, channel your inner Jedi as you build X-Wings, droids, and palaces inspired by designs made a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized sand crawlers, drone assembly lines, and Battlecruisers and other imaginative themed projects.

Swim and Sports

Week 2 || June 22 - 26, 2020

$465 Stanford // $520 Public

Grades K – 6

You asked and we listened – kids want more water time! Register your camper for this week to get the best of both worlds – morning time in the water, afternoon on the field or in the craft room! In partnership with Stanford Aquatics we’ll use the pool and our imagination (and maybe a basketball hoop!) spending our first half of the day with all things water.

*NOTE: no swim instruction is included with this program. A swim test will be administered on the first day of camp.

EV3 Robotics with LEGO®

Week 2 || June 22 – 26, 2020 (Grades 3-6)

Week 4 || July 6 – 10, 2020 (Grades 3-6)

$465 Stanford // $520 Public


The first half of the day your camper will build and program robots using the new LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. We will control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Spend the second half of the day, in the pool or choose an afternoon adventure such as art or sports.

Harry Potter Magical Engineering

Week 3 || June 29 - July 3, 2020

$465 Stanford // $520 Public

Grades K - 2

Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Find Platform 9 ¾, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and soar on the wings of a Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon. Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your camper magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts.

WeDo Robotics with LEGO®

Week 5 || July 13 – 17, 2020

$465 Stanford // $520 Public

Grades K - 2

The first half of the day your camper will build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components. Your camper will work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors. For the second half of your camper day, join us in the pool as we swim or choose-our-own-afternoon-adventure. Arts and crafts? Soccer scrimmage? Your camper get to choose from the options our stellar counselors offer each day.

Go Cards Go!

Week 6 || July 20 – 24, 2020
$550 Stanford // $605 Public

Grades K - 6

Let’s GO Cards GO! It’s a field trip all day, every day at this camp. Join us as we load up the buses and explore our local Bay Area as we visit popular field trip spots including the Tech Museum, San Francisco Zoo, Lawrence Hall of Science, and more!

Ninjaneering with LEGO®

Week 7 || July 27 – 31, 2020

$465 Stanford Affiliate // $520 Public

Grades K-2

Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, ride your Elemental Dragon, and face the Great Devourer! Imagine and build unique and fun projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

Harry Potter Master Engineering

Week 8 || August 3 – 7, 2020

$465 Stanford // $520 Public

Grades 3 - 6

Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your camper trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hop on your camper Broomstick and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort, and hone your camper magical skills while learning about advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts.

*programs subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions


Registering for Camp

How do I register for Camps?

Follow the link on our most current Camp page here. When space is full, campers will be placed on a waitlist in the order applications were received.

How do I pay for Camp? Can I cancel my registration?

Full payment for all programs as well as extended care and any additional financial options is due upon enrollment. $75 per camp week is considered a non-refundable deposit.

Changes to and/or withdrawals from camp sessions, including extended care, are subject to a $15 administrative fee per change.

Program changes are dependent upon space availability.

Can you group my child with his friend?

Yes, usually. Please email us at after you register to request the grouping.

Please note, on the interest of keeping things fun (it is CAMP after all!), we like to accommodate such requests. Sometimes, however, for personnel or behavioral reasons, we may choose to separate a pack of friends. Please note that campers are grouped by grade in the morning sessions and offered free choice in the afternoon.

I am only available for one day of Camp. Can I pay for just one day at a time?

When we allow for a camper to enroll for one day of camp, we’re taking away a spot from a camper that may have come for the whole week. Because of this, staffing requirements, and other factors we do not pro-rate our Camp weeks.

Other things to note:

  • There are no refunds after Friday, May 22, 2020.
  • There will be no reduction or refund of fees for camp programs or extended care because of absence, illness, suspension/expulsion or withdrawal due to changes in family circumstances during camp sessions.
  • No partial enrollment or proration is available.
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for refunds to be processed.
  • All requests for refunds must be received in writing to the camp office by 6:00 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020.


Unless otherwise specified in writing, the undersigned give permission for photos and video to be taken for future brochures, or published anonymously on Stanford Recreation website, or other online sites without compensation.

Additional Camp Policies

Programs are subject to cancellation based on camper enrollment. Programs may be changed.

Late Pick Up

If your child is not picked up at the pick-up time you registered for, a late fee will be assessed. Campers that are not picked up after the 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm pick up periods will be placed in Extended Care and charged according to the equivalent of one day in that program. If a child is not picked up at 6:00 pm they will be charged according to the following scale:

1-15 Minutes…$15

16-25 minutes…$25

26-35 minutes…$35

Campers that are continually picked up late may be withdrawn from the camp program.

The Week of Camp

What is the policy regarding early drop off or late pick up?

For staffing and planning purposes, it is important that you arrive at the appropriate times for drop off and pick up.

Morning Care (8:00 – 9:00) Drop-Off: If you are enrolled in Morning Care, you may drop off your camper as early as 8:00 am.

Core Program (9:00 – 4:00): Core Program drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Please respect our other campers by dropping off by 9:30 a.m. So that we can start our program on time without interruptions. It can be very disruptive and challenging to get campers to various program locations when campers repeatedly arrive late.

Pick-Up for the end of the day runs from 3:45 –4:10 p.m. If you do not pick-up your child by 4:15 P.M they will be put in Afternoon care for the day and charged accordingly.

Afternoon Care (4:00 - 6:00) Pick-Up: If you are late for registered pick up time (i.e. after 4:10 PM without registering for post-camp supervision), you will be charged for the post-camp supervision. If you arrive after 5: 00 or 6:00 p.m. for pick up, additional charges will apply as reviewed in the ‘Additional Camp Policies’ section above. Please respect our counselors and their personal time by arriving on time for pick up and allowing them to leave work on time just as they arrive on time ready to work and play with your children each day!

Repeated incidents of drop off after 9:30a.m. and/or pick up after 6:00 p.m. may result in dismissal from future camp participation during current or future sessions.

Can my camper arrive late or leave early for a doctor’s or other appointment?

If you need to schedule an appointment for your camper, we recommend doing so early or late in the day for easier drop off and pick up. If you have to miss at all, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing. Let your camper’s group leader know about the appointment at check in the day before the appointment so they can give you the location of the camper’s group at your expected arrival or departure time or the contact information to reach them.

When will I receive a Packet with all of the relevant information about Camp?

The Wednesday prior to your program starting you will receive a parent packet via email with additional program information and camp policies.

Can my child bring a phone or other portable electronic devices?

We strongly discourage campers from bringing electronic games, music players, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Not only are they vulnerable to being taken, forgotten and broken, they discourage personal interaction and participation. Campers that bring electronic devices and accessories, do so at their own risk. If campers do bring these items, counselors will ask that they keep these devices in their bags and out of sight throughout the camp day. We want campers to interact with each other and the counselors while being active for the best camp experience possible!

What should my child bring to camp?

Please label everything so we can more easily return it to you if it is left behind:

  • A bag or backpack
  • SUNBLOCK! Please apply sunblock in morning before drop off and we will remind campers to reapply throughout the day.
  • Hat
  • Book, comic book, coloring book or other item for down time after lunch (please no cell phones or electronic games – we don’t want them to be lost or taken!)
  • Lunch every day. We will provide a pizza lunch on Fridays, but recommend that snacks are still packed in case children decide not to eat pizza that day, or have allergies etc that prevent them from doing so.

What is the changing setup (*only applies if child is enrolled in a program that swims)?

Children will change in the men’s/women’s restrooms on the main floor of the AOERC building. We close these down to the public as the campers change for roughly 30 minutes both before and after using the pool.

Upon request, arrangements can also be made for your child to change in AOERC’s all-gender locker room. If your child would prefer to use this space to change rather than the men’s/women’s restrooms, please send an email as soon as possible to so we can discuss the appropriate arrangements.

Additional Questions?

If you have a question that is not answer by our FAQ’s, please email us at

Stanford Summer Camp Employment

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Have you ever wanted to work at a Stanford summer camp? We hire multiple positions every summer! If you are over 17 and interested in working for Camp Cardinal, we have positions for camp counselors, camp leads, sports specialists, and more.

These full-time seasonal positions are perfect summer jobs. For job descriptions and to submit your application, visit our employment page.

Refund Policy

Full payment (or 50%) for all programs as well as extended care and any additional financial options is due upon enrollment. $75 per camp week is considered a non-refundable deposit. Any amount not paid upon enrollment will be automatically charged prior to the beginning of camp.

Changes to and/or withdrawals from camp sessions, including extended care, are subject to a $15 administrative fee per change.

All campers are expected to follow all camp rules and procedures. These rules and procedures are designated to ensure that the camp is fun, safe, and provides a successful learning environmentIf a camper is not willing or able to follow these rules, procedures, and comply with requests from camp personnel intended to encourage order and adherence to expected behaviors, the camper may be dismissed from the remainder of the session(s) without refund.   

If dismissed from camp, the camper may be denied future registration unless it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Camp that the camper is willing and able to follow rules, procedures and requests from camp personnel.

If you have questions, please contact our team at