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About Us

Edventure More is a year-round 501(c)(3) non-profit enrichment organization. Since 2004, we have created award-winning Summer Camp and School Year Programs in partnership with top Bay Area museums and talented professionals. We are a local force in the national movement to prevent Summer Learning Loss, build 21st Century Life Skills and save hands-on learning in schools. To ensure equal enrichment access, we commit 5% of camp proceeds and 100% of donations towards camp scholarships and subsidized hands-on science programs for schools.

Mission Statement

Edventure More exists to inspire the playful pursuit of enrichment in the next generation. Our programs provide a place for all kids to nurture their innate curiosity, confidence and kindness through hands-on science, art, technology and outdoor activities.

More Summer Learning Loss

I don’t worry about the students that are going to summer camps. I worry about the millions of students who don’t have the resources to go to summer camps.” …Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

Most parents intuitively know that kids forget a lot of what they learned in school over the summer months. What parents may not realize is how far-reaching the effects of this loss can be.  Researchers note that children lose an average of over two months’ learning from the previous school year. Cumulatively, over the K-12th grades, this counts for three academic years lost!  This phenomenon is known as Summer Learning Loss.

The Challenge

Without summer learning opportunities, children are more likely to drop out, slip between the cracks, and lose the curiosity that is innate to every child. Programs that bridge the achievement gap through enriching summer learning opportunities are essential. The Public Agenda survey in 2009 discovered:

  • 87% of parents, who sent their children to summer programs that included academic and enrichment activities, agreed that the programs helped prepare their children for the school year.
  • Only a mere 9% of 48 million public school students attend summer school programs.

Our Approach

We align our summer camp curriculum with California State Standards and the Framework for 21st Century Learning to ensure each child’s personal and academic enrichment. With over 1,000 parent surveys completed each summer, our results demonstrate we’re making a difference:

  • 9 out of 10 kids taught their families something they learned in our summer camps.
  • An average of 93% of children felt a sense of pride from their projects.
  • More than half of families surveyed felt confident that their child cultivated new 21st Century skills like curiosity, confidence, kindness, creativity, collaboration, awareness and/or leadership while at camp.

Summer provides a unique opportunity to cultivate all of the skills needed to become life long learners.

Donate today to counter Summer Learning Loss for an underserved child and to support science in schools.

More Hands-on Learning

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” …Benjamin Franklin

Simply put, hands-on learning is learning by doing. It involves the child in a total learning experience which enhances the child’s ability to think critically. They must plan a process to test a hypothesis, put the process into motion using various hands-on materials, see the process to completion, and then be able to explain the results.

The Challenge

Researchers across the nation are speaking out about California education and the need for hands-on enrichment activities, especially science, for children. Statistics show that:

  • “Half of Bay Area 5th graders are failing science proficiency tests. 8 out of 10 K-5th grade multiple-subject teachers reported spending 60 minutes or less per week on science. 16% spend no time at all on science.” – Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
  • “1 in 4 California students lives in poverty and is likely attending a school with reduced funding, larger classes, and fewer instructional materials.”- UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access 2010 Education Opportunity Report.
  • “The state’s schools used to be ranked among the nation’s top 10. California schools are now ranked in the low 40s in almost every academic category.” – John Rogers, Professor, UCLA

Our Approach

By leveraging all of our partnerships, curriculum development expertise, and talented staff, we serve the common enrichment goals to more Bay Area families, schools and communities by providing high quality, hands-on and playful learning through our:

  • Summer Camp Programs: Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech
  • School Year Programs: In Class, After School and School & Community Events
  • Giving Programs: Through which 5% of all summer camp proceeds and 100% of donations support camper scholarships and subsidize the cost of classroom science programs for schools


Donate
today to provide hands-on learning for an underserved child and to support science in schools.

More 21st Century Learning

The Challenge

The demands of the 21st Century require a more whole child approach to learning so that kids are fully prepared for all of life’s challenges. Kids in today’s quickly-changing world must learn more than just than reading, writing and arithmetic. The 21st Century Life Skills movement refers to a growing global movement to redefine the goals of education, transform how learning is practiced and expand the range of measures in student achievement; all in order to meet the new demands of the 21st Century.

To be productive contributors to society in our 21st century, you need to be able to quickly learn the core content of a field of knowledge while also mastering a broad portfolio of essentials in learning, innovation, technology, and careers skills needed for work and life” …Trilling & Fadel

Teachers need to move away from the traditional methods of teaching, bring new and innovative approaches into the classroom and prepare students for the jobs that have not yet been created.

The Approach

The latest research has shown that character skills like curiosity, generosity and grit are even more indicative of future success than their IQ*. The 21st Century requires kids to develop not just one, but four types of intelligence: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. That’s why we focus on things beyond our curriculum, as well as life skills like Curiosity, Confidence, Kindness, Creativity, Awareness, Collaboration, and Leadership. Our hands-on activities, role model staff, camp structure and Vibe Games prepare children for the challenges of the future—oh, and ensure they have the time of their lives doing it!

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The EdTech Vibe

*Tough, Paul (2012), How Children Succeed: Grit Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

 

Each of our life skills partners contributes to children’s development by teaching physical, emotional or social skills essential in helping children become successful adults. Our partners teach us so our staff can then bring what they’ve learned to camp.

More Life Skills Partners

Kimochis…Toys with Feelings Inside

Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social and emotional skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in academics and all aspects of life. Kimochis…Toys With Feelings Inside® are playful tools that can help families (even camp “families”): identify and express feelings; solve behavioral problems; communicate openly; resolve conflicts; and create closer connections.

To learn more about Kimochis, be sure to check them out on their website.

Let’s Go Chipper!™

Let’s Go Chipper!™ Into the Great Outdoors. Let’s Go Chipper is an eco-educational app, DVD, and book series that playfully teaches good character and a love for the environment. Based on 21st Century learning principals, the Let’s Go Chipper series is correlated with an emphasis on science and the environment, arts & literature, and building social and emotional skills.

Children follow Chipper, an overly curious city squirrel and his sidekick, Paisley, on adventures into the great outdoors. Meeting animals and visiting habitats, Chipper and Paisley excite, engage, and educate young children about the wonders of nature and the importance of taking care of the environment while living a healthy lifestyle. Music and humor are infused in stories featuring Bruce, a silly and slimy banana slug; Sally a feisty salmon leading Chipper and friends on an underwater adventure. Elroy, the wise Egret, and the entire cast join together to teach kids to participate in the home and community in the just released book, Helping Hands. To learn more, and earn a park badge go to letsgochipper.com

 

More Museum Partners

They write the curriculum, we bring it to life! Our partners are the best Bay Area museums, and are dedicated to teaching children (and adults!). Thanks to our collaboration, we’ve created award-winning summer camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, as well as our School Year Programs. You probably know them, but in case you don’t, we’d love to introduce you to our amazing partners.

The California Academy of Sciences

The Academy’s mission – to explore, explain and protect the natural world – extends to all corners of the institution; from a research expedition in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, to a teacher training program in a California classroom, to an interactive game on the museum exhibit floor.

The California Academy of Sciences designs the hands-on activities for the natural science week at Camp Edmo and trains all Edmo Science Instructors on how to lead the activities. Become a member of the Academy here.

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. The museum’s mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families.  The Children’s Creativity Museum transforms the way kids learn. They move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention, shifting the focus from media consumption to media production. This approach encourages kids to imagine, create and share.  They also offer programs for educators and parents who play a critical role in building a solid foundation for lifelong learning and creativity.

The Children’s Creativity Museum aids in the design and Instructor training of our weekly Animation camp sessions. Become a member of the Children’s Creativity Museum here.

MOCHA

Since 1988, MOCHA has encouraged hands-on learning in the arts and has promoted the arts as a way to help children of all backgrounds develop as healthy, resourceful and involved citizens. MOCHA promotes the arts as an integral part of strong, vibrant communities. They provide opportunities for children to explore their creativity, design, implement and advocate for hands-on arts education programs, and emphasize outreach to children and families from low-income communities. The mission of MOCHA is to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.

From 2005 – 2013, MOCHA has provided art activities to compliment the science projects for all of Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes, as well as led training for our Camp Edmo Art Instructors on how to lead the projects with kids.  Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership with MOCHA in our programs today.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception founded in 1969. The Exploratorium’s mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them.

From 2004-2011 the Exploratorium was involved in the design of hands-on science activities for Camp Edmo’s Arts & Science themes and led professional development training for Edmo Science Instructors on how to most effectively teach kids through hands-on activities. Edventure More continues to employ the curriculum and methodology developed over the eight year partnership in our programs today.

 

More Foundation Partners

Their generosity is the cornerstone of everything Edventure More. From grants for our In Class Programs and After School Programs  (School Year Programs) to scholarship support for local families and more, our donors are the bridge between “kids need it” and “kids get it!” If you don’t already know the transformative contributions of our partners, we invite you to be inspired by learning more.


fundingcrediticonCalifornia Coastal Commission

Supports: After School Program (2014)

The California Coastal Commission’s Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities. The commission offers a variety of conservation, education and community involvement programs.  Funding for the California Coastal Commission’s  grants program is made entirely possible by sales of the WHALE TAIL® License Plate.  The WHALE TAIL® License Plate gives drivers a way to help protect and restore the priceless resources of California’s coast and ocean.

The WHALE TAIL® Program’s Grant will fund a 4 week After School Watershed Conservation Program for 160 Oakland Unified School District students from underserved communities. Schools include REACH Academy,  Korematsu Academy and Esperanza Academy.

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The Oakland Literacy Coalition

The Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) launched in 2008 as a collaboration of literacy service providers, foundations, businesses, public agencies, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and other community partners committed to the goal of equipping all Oakland children with the life skills of reading, writing, and communication by the end of third grade. The mission of the OLC is to increase the capacity of literacy providers to improve early learning outcomes in order to ensure that all Oakland children are reading at a proficient level by the end of third grade. We fulfill this mission through collaboration, promotion of effective practices, resource development and policy work.

 

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The Children’s Fund of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families

Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2013-2015)

The mission of the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is to ensure that families with children are a prominent and valued segment of San Francisco’s social fabric by supporting programs and activities in every San Francisco neighborhood.

DCYF allocates over $60 million to a wide range of grants and initiatives that serve children, youth, and their families. DCYF’s funding strategy is based on an extensive two year process that includes a Community Needs Assessment and the creation of a Children’s Services Allocation Plan, both of which are created with input from stakeholders throughout the city.

The primary areas of DCYF funding are Early Care and Education, Out of School Time, Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Development, Family Support, and Violence Prevention and Intervention

DCYF awarded Edventure More with our first multi-year government grant allowing us to provide a completely subsidized Camp Edmo for 6 weeks each summer for 50 k-4th grade students in San Francisco. We were honored to be reviewed by a DCYF grant reader as, “the most innovative, well-thought, planned, and evaluated programming.”

 

Tyler Rigg Foundation

Supports: Summer Scholarship Program (2010-2013)

Tyler Rigg Foundation was founded in 1996 when Tyler Linfert Rigg was killed tragically in an automobile accident. Tyler was a free spirit and a generous young man who touched many through his kindness, love and loyalty. The Tyler Rigg Foundation is dedicated to honoring Tyler by celebrating his values of kindness, joy and adventure as well as his love of nature. To this end, the foundation supports the charitable interests of the people whose lives Tyler touched and supports organizations that work in the areas of social welfare, alternative education and environmental stewardship.

Tyler Rigg Foundation generously supported scholarships for Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech in Summer 2011 and Summer 2013.

 

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Growing Up for Good (in partnership with Into the Great Outdoors)

Supports: Camp Edmo Scholarships (2010 & 2011)

Growing Up for Good connects Bay Area children with opportunities to play in the great outdoors, learn through hands-on approaches, and thrive in the modern world. By partnering with sustainable, family-supportive organizations, Growing Up for Good ensures its programs leave a legacy that is “all good.”

Growing Up for Good has sponsored many in-need families through our Summer Scholarship Program in 2010 and 2011, and donated 100 “Into the Great Outdoors” activity kits to K-1st graders in Camp Edmo in Summer 2010.

 

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Fullerton Family Foundation (in partnership with Marin Community Foundation)

Supports: Camp Edmo Marin Scholarships (2010 & 2011)

Fullerton Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Marin Community Foundation, supports new or entrepreneurial approaches and private school scholarships in locations where there are insufficient public school opportunities for low-income students with high achiever skills, special talents, or potential. It also supports vocational education and Bilingualism, especially teaching English-speaking children a second language so they can communicate with other children in their community.

For four years, Fullerton Family Foundation has provided comprehensive support for 20-40 disadvantaged children from the Canal District of San Rafael to experience hands-on arts, science and recreation enrichment at Camp Edmo.

 

Amgen Foundation

Supports: In Class Programs (2010-2011)

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Launched in 1991, the Foundation is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives. To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $140 million to non-profit organizations across the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe.

In the 2010 – 2011 school year, Amgen Foundation supported ICP science presentations in 300 under served K – 5th grade classrooms. The In Class Program improves teacher, student, and parent access to resources, raises science literacy, and inspires the scientists of the next generation.

 

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Union Bank Foundation

Supports: Camp Edmo Scholarships (2010)

As part of its 10-year community commitment, Union Bank has pledged 2 percent of its net profit annually to charitable contributions. In 2009, the bank’s charitable investment in our communities totaled $11 million, including $9.8 million in grants, contributions, and sponsorships to help finance the efforts of non-profit organizations within the bank’s marketplace.

In Summer 2010, support from Union Bank Foundation gave camperships to in-need youth in our Marin Camperships program, including providing needed transportation to and from Camp Edmo.

 

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Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

Supports: In Class Programs  (2010 – 2011)

Established in 1992 by Lisa and Douglas Goldman, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is a private foundation committed to providing support for charitable organizations that enhance our society. As natives of San Francisco, the Goldmans place a high priority on projects that have a positive impact on the San Francisco community.

In the 2010 – 2011 school year, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supported multiple ICP science presentations in 120 under served K-5th grade classrooms, inspiring science engagement in over 300 children.

 

Cisco Foundation

Supports: In Class Programs  (2009 – 2010)

The Cisco Foundation supports Cisco’s efforts to team with NPO/NGO organizations around the world to develop public investment programs focused on critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. They focus this work on under served communities and look for solutions that harness the power of the Internet and communications technology.

The Cisco Foundation brought hands-on science presentations to over 200 classrooms at reduced/no cost during the 2009 – 2010 school year.

 

Institute for Family Development International

Supports: Edmobile Winter Camp (2009) and After School Programs (2013)

The Institute for Family Development International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families through education, training, care for family dependents, and qualitative analysis of social programs.

In Winter 2009, IFDI gave 26 low-income children direct access to the Bay Area’s leading natural science educators – all on a traveling eco-bus! In Fall 2013, IFDI provided support to purchase 5 laptops to enable us to bring After School Programs to schools without technology equipment.

 

More Community Partners

Collaboration lies at the foundation of success. We are proud to call these community leaders our partners in inspiring the playful pursuit of enrichment for all children. Whether donating countless hours giving one-on-one support to our campership families or highlighting art as stewardship, our partners put their best into our shared goals. Remember these names, because they are each doing good for your families and our neighborhoods.

 

Blue Orange Games

Back in 2000, two French natives had the novel idea to launch a game company that sells educational, back-to-basic board games using earth-friendly materials. Blue Orange Games believe the simple pleasure that comes from sharing good times with friends and family around a great game is precious. Creating, publishing and promoting quality games is their way of sharing and furthering that belief.

With every game, Blue Orange strives to achieve a balance between challenge and simplicity. Their award-winning games are easy to learn, mentally stimulating and often provoke peals of laughter. At Blue Orange, games need to be fun to play, as well as ensure visual taste and quality. The result are games that delight the senses, spark the imagination, and reinforce critical cognitive processes.

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Folkmanis

Folkmanis Puppets believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood; encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award – many repeatedly. Puppets encourage imaginative, open-ended play, endearing hugs, and snuggly companionship. You’re sure to see your kids and our staff bringing these new friends to life at camp.

 

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Sports Basement

Edventure More is very excited about our partnership with Sports Basement that began in 2010.  If you don’t know them, they are a sporting-goods retailer with five locations in the San Francisco Bay Area; in San Francisco at Bryant Street, Old Mason and Union Square, as well as in Walnut Creek and Sunnyvale. Although their stores are huge, they see themselves as a partner in the community too; offering yoga classes, dance lessons, and even snacks and space for our staff trainings!

The best part about our partnership is that Sports Basement has given us 10% off coupons for each time our Camper Families visit their stores – with 10% of purchase proceeds going directly to our Camp Scholarship Program, making sure under served kids get the quality summer enrichment they need and deserve.

Canal Family Support Program

The Canal Family Support Program provides educational assistance and enrichment activities that support the cultural, physical and social development of youth in San Rafael’s Canal District. The after-school program provides safe, supervised and appropriate activities including homework help, individual tutoring and enrichment classes.

Parent Services Project

Parent Services Project engages and strengthens families, working in partnership with educators and service providers to take leadership in assuring the well-being of all children, families and communities.

 

Sea Turtle Restoration Project

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures. With offices in California, Texas, and Costa Rica, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide.

CNN Fit Nation

Camp Edmo families are special guests at the mini-marathon as part of the CNN Fit Nation events. In our second year, we had 50 Edmo campers running in this 1.2 mile mini-race and participating in the exclusive CNN post-race events.

MacWorld

Young campers turned filmmakers experienced the chance of lifetime as they saw their movies, created at Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, on screens at Macworld 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Campers were interviewed by NBC, MacWorld Magazine, and KNTV.

 

More Board of Directors

Thanks to the diverse skills sets of our Board members, Edventure More is at the forefront of national causes such as reversing Summer Learning Loss and saving Hands-on Learning in budget-strained K-9 classrooms. Our Board’s energy, expertise and passion for enriching the lives of Bay Area children is incomparable.

Eduardo Caballero – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Edventure More

Eduardo knows inspired childhood enrichment from the inside out. From the time he began grade school he has been involved in youth programs, from camping at Stern Grove as a boy, to creating Edventure More’s summer programs, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, in 2004 with his business partner, Sharon Mor. After completing his BA from Cornell is Psychology with a minor in Business, Ed flew back to the West Coast to be Assistant Director of a Score! Educational Center. There, he met Sharon and the two formed a fortuitous friendship centered on their love of children and commitment to curiosity-based learning. A dream of creating their own hands-on youth program lived in the background for several years, during which Ed visited family in Columbia and volunteered at an orphanage in Peru. It was here that an email from Sharon acted as the catalyst to forming Edventure More. Ed’s passion for enrichment lives through his work with Edventure More, service on the board of directors of Institute for Family Development International, and volunteering with Charity Focus. He can also wax poetic about his home teams, the Giants and 49ers.

Sharon Mor – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Edventure More

Born and raised in Northern California, Sharon has always looked for ways to combine her love of collaboration with her natural leadership skills. Starting with Tzofim, a Bay Area Israeli youth leadership group in high school, Sharon led youth development, education and mentoring programs for 15 years before co-founding Edventure More with Eduardo Caballero in 2004. Sharon graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology. She led mentoring and educational programs as Senior Director of the Santa Clarita branch of Score! Educational Centers, Region Manager at Revolution Prep, and Lead Counselor at Camp Planet Hope. Sharon and Ed’s friendship was born out of a shared love of education and innovation, as well as a dedication to helping kids develop as both students and individuals. Under their guidance, Edventure More has grown from a small summer camp in 2004 to serve 10,000 youth, teachers and emerging educators year-round.

Sharon continues her devotion to personal growth through her practice as a life coach. Through a comprehensive training program, she supports her clients to walk their path with peaceful integrity. In her spare time, Sharon loves to spend her time discovering (and rediscovering) her love for San Francisco. While she’s out hiking, dancing or traveling, you’ll find her laughing, connecting with people, inspiring and being inspired, and most importantly, enjoying the small but meaningful parts of life.

Gillian Cervero – Grants Manager, California HealthCare Foundation

Gillian is a graduate from Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, she returned to the SF Bay Area and demonstrated her commitment to working in the non-profit sector and passion for children by working for 7 years as the primary fundraiser for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Stanford University Medical School Pediatric Program. She later held the position of National Grants Administrator in the Accounting Department for The Trust for Public Land, a renown land conservation non-profit in San Francisco. Currently, she is working at the California Healthcare Foundation in Oakland as the Grants Manager.

Gillian is very community service oriented and passionate about children, women, and health issues. She was active in the LMU Community with her participation in one of the community service organizations as a volunteer elementary school tutor, a children’s speech and language learning center aide, mentor to juvenile delinquents, and volunteer at an AIDS hospice and Rehabilitation Home. She was a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital volunteer and a former Northern California Grantmakers Summer Youth Project Committee member. She has been involved in the Avon San Francisco Breast Cancer 2-Day Walk, as both a Volunteer and a Walker (and a Top 10 SF Fundraiser for the 2010 Walk). She is an avid runner and has participated in several half-marathons, with a goal of running a full marathon. She also enjoys reading, traveling, musical theater, and dining out.

Conor Madigan – CEO, Kateeva

Conor is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Kateeva, a Silicon Valley start-up developing revolutionary manufacturing equipment for the flat panel television industry.  Conor brings to Edventure More a passion for science education fueled by his own positive experiences as a scientist and technology business executive.

Conor started Kateeva following a one-year appointment as a post-doctoral research scientist at MIT in the department of Electrical Engineering. Conor earned a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT, and is the author of numerous publications and patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering.  In 2010, he was honored as one of the “TR35”, the list of top young innovators in technology named annually by Technology Review magazine.  In his spare time, Conor is an avid rock climber, martial artist, and culinary experimentalist.

Stephanie Rach-Wilson – Founder and Creative Director IAG Media, Inc.

Stephanie brings 20+ years of marketing experience to IAG Media with expertise in all areas of product strategy including product development and positioning, branding and advertising, public relations and vendor management. Her clients will tell you, having Stephanie on board is like having 7-employees rolled into one power-packed package!

Stephanie was born into a media family; working on the community paper her mother started then graduating into a career that included working with companies like KingWorld productions KNBC, Ortho, Black Star Bear, Starbucks, and Brodia. Working with children is a lifelong love for Stephanie; writing and creating community-based programs that positively influence the physical and emotional well-being of young children is in her DNA. In 2007, Stephanie launched the Let’s Go Chipper series, an eco-educational program that playfully teaches good character and respect for the environment through books, music, movies, apps and outreach events. With a focus on play-based learning, the series has won numerous awards and helped revitalize playgrounds in under served communities. Additionally, her non-profit organization, Growing Up For Good, directly focuses on building positive connections between parent and child with an emphasis on art, music, and connections with nature.

 

Kristin Rothballer – Program Director, Tunitas Creek Ranch

Kristin is a social change leader, with a focus on where care for the planet meets advocacy for equality and justice. She is currently serving as Program Director at Tunitas Creek Ranch, a working farm that hosts educational programs and retreats. She was previously the Managing Director of Green for All, an organization she helped to found, which is working to build an inclusive green economy. Kristin worked for many years as the Director of Programs at Bioneers, where she led efforts to widen participation in ecological and community restoration, particularly among underserved youth. Her background includes non-profit management, teaching, community organizing and marketing strategy, and she consults on organizational development and strategy with non-profits, foundations and social enterprises. Kristin serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tyler Rigg Foundation and is a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Alemany Farmer’s Market. She lives in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, CA with her wife Bess, and their cat and dog.

We’d like to thank our generous Giving Circle Members for their tremendous support!

 

More 2014 Donors

list as of 4/18/14

Founders Circle ($1000 and above)
 
Kindness Circle ( $350-$999) 
 
Confidence Circle ($100- $349)
  • Nicole Armstrong
  • Carol Bulgatti
  • Laurel Fain
  • Leela Gill
  • Michael Hall
  • Isabel Heredia
  • Alison Hills
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Ann Kishore
  • Kristin Negulescu
  • Carla Ramos
  • Peter Rosberg
  • Maria Shim
  • Hanna Sicker
Curiosity Circle ($1-$99)
  • Susan Allison
  • Mikhal Bouganim
  • Elisabeth Brown
  • Anya Bruno
  • Rosemarie buckley
  • Jon Corbett
  • Joshua Danson
  • Sarah Beth Dempsey
  • Nicola Finnerty
  • Teresa Fitzgerald
  • Letty Fong
  • Diane Free
  • Laura Geduldig
  • Piu Ghosh
  • Eve Gilbert
  • Stacy Glick
  • Margaret Greanias
  • Laura Hall
  • Xingmei Han
  • Aaron  Hardisty
  • Bernadette Humphrey
  • Heidi Johnson
  • Cathy Karlak
  • Katherine Karriker-Jaffe
  • Katy Kennedy
  • Leslie Kernisan
  • Jinsook Kim
  • Jennifer Kirk
  • Lauren Kowal
  • Steve LaFollette
  • Jennette Leal
  • Emilyn Lee
  • Linda Leong
  • David Longinotti
  • Michelle Magat
  • Tatia Markland
  • Richard Mendius
  • Milana Ostroy
  • Gregory Peters
  • Laura Quigley
  • Anne Rabkin
  • Edie Rindal
  • Julie Rinkenberger
  • Lisa Roberts
  • Elizabeth Robertson
  • Kristin Ruff
  • Steve Russell
  • Tom Scott
  • Dyuti Sengupta
  • Suzanne Shade
  • Caroline Smith
  • Mika Sovak
  • Monic Stuart
  • Ellen Szeto
  • Caroline Tran
  • Sharon Vaknin
  • Carolyn Watson
  • Stacey Webb
  • Loren Weltsch
  • Paula Wilton
  • Amy Wu
  • Marianne Wu
  • Weiyuan Xu
  • Ganna Zaks
More 2013 Donors

 

Founders Circle ($1000 and above)
  • Bill & Mary Ann Statler
Kindness Circle ( $350-$999) 
  • Deborah Hong
  • Tony Grant
Confidence Circle ($100- $349)
  • Becky &DeAnn Neiman Cobb
  • Alberto Caballero
  • John Cale
  • Elad Cohen
  • Andreea Francu
  • Eve Gilbert
  • Leela Gill
  • Jim Greer
  • Isabel  Heredia
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Ann Kishore
  • Carla Ramos
  • Karl Reed
  • Peter Rosberg
  • Kirstin Sego
  • Adam  Sicker
  • Bryan  Simmons
  • Sherri Stewart
  • Jack Wei
Curiosity Circle ($1-$99)
  • Lisa Bernard-Pearl
  • Jennifer Berry
  • Gautam Biswas
  • Kira Bronston
  • Rosemarie Buckley
  • Amy Busch
  • Jacqueline Cao
  • Charles Chen
  • Ernest Chow
  • Jon Corbett
  • Kellie Couch
  • JoAnn Covington
  • Nanette Cua
  • Anne Deredita
  • Eva Vander Giessen
  • Eve Gilbert
  • Juliette Goldman
  • Jim Greer
  • Aaron Hardisty
  • Lynn Horstmeyer
  • Tomoko Iwasaki
  • Katy Kennedy
  • Leslie Kernisan
  • Lauren Kowal
  • Valerie Leung
  • Shelley Lindgren
  • Yin Ling Leung
  • Jean Liu
  • Michelle Lynch
  • Morgan McDowell
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Edventure More!

In 2004 Sharon Mor and Ed Caballero co-founded Edventure More out of a shared passion for inquiry-based learning and personal growth. Sharon and Ed wanted to create a space where learning feltlike an adventure for both kids and staff. They also wanted participants in their programs to learn about the world around them; but more importantly learn about themselves in the process. As a way to add to their own 20+ years of combined experience in the field of summer camps, enrichment programming, motivational tutoring, and mentoring, Sharon and Ed  sought partnership with the top Bay Area museums and children’s organizations. These organizations were key in building Edventure More’s curriculum, designing their programs, training staff, and helping Edventure More achieve its mission.

From 2005-present, the California Academy of Sciences has designed and trained the natural sciences themes offered at camp. From 2005-2011, the Exploratorium helped in the creation and methodology development of Edventure More’s physical science themes; most of which is still used today. From 2005- 2010, the YMCA aided in the design and training of the camp recreation curriculum and staffing.

Edventure More currently partners with Playworks to continue building life skills through outdoor play. From 2006-present, The Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly named Zeum”) has collaborated on several digital media curriculum including the ever-popular Animation programs offered at Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. From 2005-2013, the Museum of Children’s Art has designed and trained art curriculum that compliments both the physical and natural science themes at camp. Since Summer 2012, Edventure More has partnered with Kimochi’s to help campers build their emotional intelligence and Let’s Go Chipper to build campers’ critical thinking skills and an appreciation for nature.

Edventure More currently has three main divisions:

  1. Summer Camp Programs:  What began as one tiny camp in 2004, has grown into the award-winning camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, with over 17 locations in the Bay Area serving over 5,000 kids every summer. The proceeds raised through the camps support not only the high-quality programs offered, but also help subsidize the cost of the other two divisions serving the community.
  2. School Year Programs: Edventure More’s In Class Programs also began in 2004 when Sharon and Ed’s teacher friends asked them to design hands-on science presentations for their classrooms. The In Class programs have been funded partially by grants and most recently by proceeds from Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech. In 2011, after many requests, After School Programs were also added to the list of school year offerings.
  3. Giving Programs: In the wake of budget cuts in Bay Area schools over the past 10 years and the staggering increase of the effects of Summer Learning Loss in low income families, Ed and Sharon made a commitment to the communities they served by establishing the Give Camp to Kids Program, granting over $360,000 in scholarships since 2004. In 2012, they expanded their fundraising efforts to also subsidize the cost of classroom science programs for schools; allocating 5% of all summer program proceeds and 100% of donations to support both of these important areas.

Since 2009, Edventure More’s camps have been voted “Best Summer Day Camp” and “Best Enrichment Support Program” four times by BayAreaParent Magazine. Ed and Sharon have also led dozens of parent seminars on maximizing the potential of summer. The pair have also led professional development workshops on The Power of Developing & Quantifying Life Skills at the National Conference for Summer Learning as well as dozens of parent workshops in local schools on how to maximize a child’s development during the summer.

Despite the growth of the organization, both Ed and Sharon remain involved in core aspects of programming. Ed still personally oversees the museum partnerships and development of the curricula used in camp. Sharon still spearheads staff training and development programs. Edventure More continues to partner with leaders in the field of childhood enrichment to inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, educators and adventurers.

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We are extremely grateful to each and every one of Edventure More staff members. It takes an incredible team of talented individuals to bring families and schools the highest quality enrichment activities. With less than 10% of our summer camp applicants making it through our recruiting, hiring and training process, you know that only the best of the best wear the word “STAFF” on the back of their camp shirt.  An even smaller percentage make it into the ranks of our School Year Presenter or Home Office staff. Most of our staff come from our museum partners, top universities from around the country, specialty graduate school programs, like-minded educational organizations and even from our camper families. Take a look at some of the folks that make the magic happen. We couldn’t rock the vibe without them.

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Ed Caballero – Co-Founder & Executive Director

Ed has spent much of his life working in the field of summer camps and educational enrichment. Throughout his years at St. Cecilia School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory and Cornell University; Ed worked as a tutor and an employee of SF Recreation & Parks department working his way from Junior Counselor up to Assistant Camp Director. After graduating Cornell with a degree in Psychology and minor in Business, Ed rose through the ranks of SCORE! Educational Centers, a subsidiary of Kaplan, to become a Senior Director of the company’s after school learning centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  Later on, Ed spent three months in South America developing educational and occupational programs in an orphanage in Peru. Upon his return, Ed teamed up with his former manager and friend at SCORE!, Sharon Mor, to found Edventure More. Ed and Sharon have also led workshops for the National Conference for Summer Learning and at local schools, teaching parents how to maximize a child’s development during the summer.

I oversee the development and operation of Camp Edmo, Camp EdTech, our School Year Programs and our Giving Programs. I also cultivate our museum partnerships, guide curriculum development, serve as creative director for all marketing collateral, spearhead the development of our life skills program, and foster business and community partnerships.  I also take my roles as camp song inventor, weekly theme name creator and Edmo Button Contest judge very seriously.”

My favorite Edmo memory is…visiting all the camp sites during the summer and leading a round of a-boom-chick-a-boom with campers.

When I’m not working at Edventure More…I am dancing, hiking, traveling, cheering on our Bay Area teams, spending quality time with my parents and friends.

 

Sharon Mor – Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sharon has worked in education, administration and executive leadership for over 15 years. Starting from her days as an academic and peer counselor at UCLA, Sharon knew she would devote her career to education and leadership. Sharon has been perfecting her executive and entrepreneurial skills since the late 90′s when she turned an under-performing  SCORE Educational Center to one of the most profitable in the region.  Later she joined the founders of Revolution Prep and opened the Bay Area Region for the organization, managing all operations, relationships and personnel.  Sharon graduated from UCLA and continues to be a life long student of authentic leadership.

My role here at Edventure More is to provide space for people to shine and be their absolute best! From creating reliable and effective systems to pushing the staff to become more expressive and whole versions of themselves, my job is fulfilling in a deep and profound way. It is an honor to lead an organization such as ours.  I am in awe of the people who make up our team!”

My favorite Edmo memory is… debriefing with our first ever staff of Camp Directors and hearing our staff say, “Wow! I accomplished things this summer that I didn’t know I could! I walk away from here knowing so much more about myself and can feel the spring in my step!”

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I am life coaching, taking a yoga class, dancing, and spending time with family.

 

Lacey Montgomery – School Year Programs & Curriculum Manager

Lacey joins us from the banks of the Ohio River and brings with her a diverse set of skills from her travels around the world.  For the past several years, she has managed dynamic youth programs both nationally and internationally, working with youth in the juvenile justice system, immigrant and refugees, as well as summer campers!   Lacey earned a M.A. in Integrated Studies (with a study abroad in Canada) and a B.A. in Theatre Arts (with a study abroad in South Africa) from Northern Kentucky University.  With zip-lock baggies of ice cream and Alka-seltzer rockets on the horizon, Edventure More is the perfect place to keep her spirit of adventure alive!

I started as a School Year Presenter, and now I manage the operations of both of our In Class Programs, as well as the After School Science and Technology Programs.  I really enjoy the variety of responsibilities that come with this position.  Basically, I act as a liaison between the schools and our programs.   There are a lot of logistical details that keep me behind a computer, but I also get to train new presenters by modeling hands-on presentations in the classroom and get messy with supplies in the warehouse!”

My favorite Edmo memory is… Our recent effort making a staff Christmas card was pretty entertaining!  The Thanksgiving potluck was great too.  I like the bonding times with staffers and the goofy times with kids!  Mouse ears anyone?

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I am probably getting funky with the Kairos Youth Choir in Berkeley, at the gym or meeting with friends, baking something sweet, reading, humming a tune on the sunny side of the street, or hiking with my beagle, Ace!

 

Alice Murnen – System Coordinator

Alice is a proud New Jersey native, a youngest sibling, and a dog lover.  She graduated in 2010 with a degree in biology and philosophy, and decided to pursue her dream of living in the Bay Area. After initially working as a lab technician at UCSF, Alice decided molecular biology was not the place for her, and spent three months road-tripping across the country. Upon her return, she dove into the nonprofit world. Having volunteered with various science and education organizations over the years, Edventure More was a natural fit.

Starting as a development intern working with our Development Director Joy, I discovered that what I enjoyed most were the detailed tasks and problem-solving inherent in working with databases.  This is what led me to my current role in systems management, and I’m excited to be diving in!”

My favorite Edmo Memory…Working in the home office is almost like being at camp. It’s a fun, silly, hardworking group of people, and I get to work helping put something positive and awesome out into the world!

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring new parts of San Francisco, reading, crafting, and just generally being zany with friends and family.

 

Courtney Hann – Marketing Coordinator

Courtney has been working to educate children in a variety of settings for 10+ years.  Starting out working with children as the manager of a kid’s martial arts program, she then found her passion for summer camp when she began directing a Humane Education camp while working towards her Animal Science degree.  After graduating from Calpoly San Luis Obispo and spending many years in the shelter industry, including working for two years as a surgery technician for veterinary medicine, she decided to make the exciting switch to a full time emphasis on summer camp with her move to the Bay Area to join Edventure More a year and a half ago.  At Edventure More, she has the exciting role of Marketing Coordinator during the year and a Camp Director during the summer.

As the Marketing Coordinator, I have the exciting role of getting our information out to schools and communities so that everyone gets to experience the amazing programs that make up Edventure More. I started out directing one of our summer camp locations, and I cannot be happier that I also get to experience, and help spread, the Edventure More magic all year long.  I love working for a company that is so focused on doing good and providing it’s employees and it’s customers with priceless experiences.”

My favorite Edmo memory is… singing all the Edmo songs and having amazing dance parties with my campers during the summer!

When I’m not working at Edventure More…I’m reading, going to yoga, catching dinner with friends, watching tv, and playing with my best friend – my dog Lorelai.

 

Margot Segal – Marketing Director

Margot has worked in marketing for most of her career. She is a 20+ year veteran of the business with experience in advertising sales, direct response marketing and media planning. Her expertise extends from strategic research and planning through creative development and project implementation to program back-end analyses. A graduate of Syracuse University, Margot began her career in Chicago. The following years included management positions with agencies in Chicago and Los Angeles, including divisions of Rapp Collins, DDB, and Grey. Since arriving in the Bay Area, Margot has been a freelance account planner, working directly with clients, as well as through marketing firms.

As Marketing Director, I help guide and craft the communications that tell everyone about Edventure More, our School Year Programs and Summer Camps. Whether it’s our partners, teachers or parents, there’s a great story to share and I’m excited to let everyone know about what we offer.  I love being a part of such a great team and an organization who really contributes so much to children and to Bay Area communities.”

My favorite Edmo memory is… taking my twins to camp each summer. I love hearing  them reminisce about previous camp experiences. I also love the look of pure excitement when we drive up and they first spot returning staff.

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I’m having fun with my children, hiking with my friends, cooking up something new in the kitchen or curling up with my cat or dog to watch a movie or read a good book.

 

Sara Statler – Summer Programs and Recruiting Manager

Sara studied Acting and Habitat Restoration and found her passion for hands-on enrichment education through her theater arts background and environmental education experience. Sara spent much of her youth in theater productions, which helped guide her to a niche in leadership. Once Sara found Edventure More, it was a true match; combining leadership, life skills, science and art. Sara has been at Edventure More for 6 years, wearing many hats both in School Year and Summer Camp Programs.

I oversee all areas of the Summer Camp programming. I assure all locations are in order and ready to go for the summer. I hand pick each Camp Director, lead them through a four month training process and mange them during the summer months. I recruit for all summertime staff and oversee all staff training. In addition to recruiting I source for office interns and home office staff throughout the year. I take my job very seriously and want to make sure that camp ROCKS your world!”

My favorite Edmo memory is… Visiting my Noe Valley site and seeing my old campers get so excited!!!! Priceless Sweetness.

When I’m not at Edventure More… I like to sing, ride my bike, dive into clear pools, travel to new places, wear costumes, make people laugh, get out there ‘n dance, listen to NPR, hang with my family, explore the Bay Area, make granola and day dream.

 

Elaine Celestan – Office Manager

Elaine is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a degree in Accounting. After graduation she moved to San Francisco and worked for several small organizations as an Accountant.  When Elaine realized her passion was more with people than numbers, she changed gears and started working in roles that were more suitable.  She has worked for large organizations, like Deloitte Consulting, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.  Elaine got involved in working with smaller companies as an Office Manager during the dot-com boom!   This is Elaine’s first position for a non-profit and she loves the passion behind the work.

As Office Manager, I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I am focused on making the office run smoothly with limited chaos! I like to pitch in and help out in all areas of the business and getting the opportunity to personally speak with all of our Edventure More families on the phone and via email.”

Why I chose to work at Edventure More… I was looking for a company with a “heart”; a place where everyone works hard, but goes home knowing that their efforts are appreciated. I love making a difference in an organization that loves making a difference in our community!

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I like to be called Mommy, wifey, auntie and friend! I LOVE being with my family, cooking new recipes, reading, shopping and my favorite… just relaxing!

 

Sarah Wells – CIT Program Coordinator

Sarah has been working for Edventure More since her life’s journey took her to the San Francisco Bay from the east coast back in 2009. As a lover of nature, justice, and creativity, Sarah majored in Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of South Florida in Tampa and completed her Master’s in 2012 with a specialization in Creative Expression. She believes, above all things, in interconnectedness, play, the pursuit of learning, and the freedom to be our most authentic selves. Among the many hats she has worn within the organization, Sarah has been the Art Instructor and Camp Director for the Noe Valley location and the Presidio Park Program since 2009, Curriculum Writer, and most recently, the Program Coordinator for our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) leadership program.

My favorite Edmo memory is… the haunted house our EdTechers put on back in 2011; particularly when a long-time camper took on the role of Madam Moonbeam with another camper serving as his fortune-telling crystal ball.

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I can be found chasing the sunshine, going on roadtrips, hiking, reading a good book, writing blog articles for The Pachamama Alliance, or getting creative and wacky with the ladies of CuddleFish Productions.

Cory Murrell – Office Assistant

Cory, originally from sunny San Diego, played baseball throughout most of his life and is a self proclaimed sports guru. As his love for playing sports dwindled, his burning passion for film making was kindled. A recent grad of San Francisco State with a degree in Cinema, Cory has taught Film Making at Camp EdTech at the San Francisco Noe Valley site for the past two summers and now has moved on to a year-round position in the home office. Cory serves many roles around the office from the first voice you hear when you call into the office, to the creative force behind our videos. With Cory’s unique combination of  youthful spirit and real world skills, Edventure More is the perfect place for him to flourish.
My role here at Edventure More is to lend a helping hand whenever possible. I love chatting with parents on the phone and helping them plan their children’s summers. I can’t wait to grow with Edventure More and take our creative “edventures” to the next level!”
My favorite Edmo memory is… coming back to camp for the second year and having so many campers remember me from the year before. Totally made all those early mornings worth it.

When I’m not working at Edventure More… I’m living life in the Sunset. Disc golfing at Golden Gate Park, hanging at the beach, and daily N rides occupy most of my time.

Mo The Monkey – Mascot

As Head Monkey, I have a lot of responsibility. I make sure the vibe is alive in the office and that all of the monkeys at camp set the bar on curiosity, confidence and kindness. As mascots at each of our camp locations, we are all role models, ready with a hug or high five. At times it may look like we’re just hanging out or being mischievous but we need to keep our campers and staff on their toes and make sure that every day is fun. I have a big job but I love the challenge.

I love being a part of the Edventure More team and bringing smiles to students in the classroom and at summer camp. I’m thrilled that Edventure More has now built a treehouse especially for me online where kids can get a little bit more of me and see cool videos and do fun activities at home.”

Why I chose to work at Edventure More…I was looking for a company where the people are a little bit bananas, and like to monkey around…Edventure More is a great fit.

When I’m not working at Edventure More…I’m making sure my fur is groomed, swinging from trees and dreaming up new science experiments and activities for all of the kids at both our Summer and School Year Programs.

 

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Kendra Watkins

I am excited to be a part of the wonderful School Year Programs team and look forward to bringing hands-on Science into the classroom! I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  I have been involved in camp programs for the past four years, directing a Humane Education camp in San Luis Obispo and working with Edventure More this past summer as an Arts and Science Instructor at Camp Edmo Palo Alto and Edmo in the Park in San Mateo. I am thrilled to bring the excitement and fun of camp into our School Year Programs curriculum.  I am please to be working with a great company and look forward to bringing the vibe of Edventure More into classrooms around the Bay Area.

When I am not working at Edventure More…I love to spend my time reading, eating Sushi, and spending time with my big, lovable Pit Bull, Preston, my little mutt, Dakota, and my cat, Mr. Bar!

Cicely Barker

I am very excited to be an Edventure More ASP Instructor! I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been a HUGE Stonestown Family YMCA camper/counselor/after school teacher my entire life. Therefore, I have an extensive camp and teaching background and enjoy seeing kids grasp multiple concepts while having fun. I am currently studying for a Bachelors degree in Cinema with an Animation Emphasis at San Francisco State University. I love teaching kids and showing them the ins and outs of animation, storytelling, imagination, science, sports, arts and crafts, and creativity, as well as how to energetically express themselves. It’ll also be great to introduce my new students to the extensive list of awesome songs, games, and activities I know!

When I’m not working at Edventure More…I rarely have free time, but if I do, I play with my puppy, try anything new, make 3D and 2D animations, hang with friends, and make duct tape wallets.

Mary Yeh

I am thrilled to be part of Edventure More’s School Year Program Team!  Before joining Edventure More, I was a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in rural Louisiana with Teach for America.  While attending UCLA, I tutored K-8 youth and worked at a day camp, and before I was a counselor, I was a die hard summer camp camper.  I love talking about science, and bringing a camp-inspired, energetic vibe to the classroom.  I feel so lucky to be a part of the School Year Program team; visiting schools around the Bay Area and bringing them scientific discovery and the Edmo spirit!

When I’m not working at Edventure More…You can find me knitting, crocheting, swimming, reading, walking and running with my dog, Gericault, cooking recipes I find online, playing word games, and doing the NY Times crossword puzzle!

Stefan Gonzalez

In the summer of 2011, I joined the Camp EdTech staff as a Movie Making and Animation Instructor. This is my third year with Edventure More and it just keeps getting better and better. You might have seen me come to your classroom to do a fun science experiment like Stomp Rockets or Periscopes. Or we might have made a stop-motion animation cartoon together during our After School Animation Program. I’ve also been spotted at several different  camp locations like Noe Valley or Lafayette. Either way, no matter what activity we are doing, I look forward to meeting you.

When I’m not working at Edventure More…  I’m taking my dogs, Buster and Scooter, to the dog park or the beach. I also like hiking through trails, dancing at parties and making my own movies with friends!

More Camp Staff

We had some great Camp Directors in 2013! Come back later this year to see who’s coming back and to check out any new faces on our Summer 2014 staff!

Edventure More is a year-round enrichment company which means there is always something going on! The best way to keep up with us is to “like” us on our Edventure More Facebook page AND sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll get breaking organizational news, information on local family events, ideas for at-home arts & science activities, hear the latest in educational news or see what our co-founders, Ed Caballero and Sharon Mor have to say!

Would you like to feature Edventure More, Camp Edmo or Camp EdTech in an article? Please contact Margot Segal, Marketing Director at 415.282.MORE (6673) or margot@edventuremore.org.

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The following letter is being sent to Bay Area teachers in January, 2014…

 

Dear Teachers,

Have you ever done something because it intuitively felt right, then later been validated by science? Eating a healthy breakfast, having a glass of red wine with dinner, walking rather than driving, hugging.…well, that keeps happening to us.

When Sharon and I founded Edventure More in 2004, we knew that summer was a magical time. We knew that creating a camp where kids could relate positively to learning and each other in a fun-filled environment was good for them. How good? How magical? We had no idea.

Then in 2008, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell was published.  Gladwell examined the “achievement gap” in school between poor kids and rich kids. Study after study showed that the rate of learning during the school year between the two groups was about the same. Where one group moved significantly ahead of the other was during the summer! While the group with less means fell behind 2-3 months during the summer, the affluent group participated in activities that enabled them to plateau or even excel. With every summer that passed between a child’s K-8 experience, the gap widened. Now there were light bulbs…wait, no, fireworks!…going off in our heads. We had scientific validation that we were doing something powerful to increase a child’s academic potential.

However, there was something more going on at camp than just building academic skills. Stories kept coming back from parents and staff, that kids were becoming better people. They were being nicer to their siblings and other campers. They were excited to learn more at home. They wanted to teach others. They were more confident and articulate. What was truly amazing or better yet, “magical”, was that these effects didn’t stop at summer.  Parents were witnessing these skills being carried through to their children’s friendships, studies and hobbies during the school year too!

We decided it was time to be more intentional about what was being learned at camp and distilled the character traits down to three words: Curiosity, Confidence and Kindness. These were traits that we would concentrate on building through all of our projects, games and activities.  As a result of this focus, we launched the first iteration of The Edmo Vibe Game in 2009, which has became our unique, kid-friendly way of identifying, measuring and encouraging these life skills.

Then in 2012, studies outlined in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, demonstrated that a child’s EQ (Emotional Quotient) or score on a “grit scale” was more indicative of their future success than their IQ. One study even paired down the set of seven strengths that were likely to predict life satisfaction. Imagine the fireworks that went off in our brains as we read these words off the page:

Grit
Self-control
Zest
Social Intelligence
Gratitude
Optimism
Curiosity

We tell you this now, not as scientific validation of Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, but as validation of your decision to support Edventure More programs. By supporting Edventure More programs, you are actively supporting a cause to bring equal access to high quality summer programming to kids across the Bay Area. By supporting Edventure More programs, you are helping develop your students not just intellectually, but socially, emotional and physically as well during the summer. By supporting Edventure More programs, you are setting up your students to build the skills that will help them succeed in any life path they choose…and isn’t that what we all intuitively want for our kids?

In gratitude and service,

Ed Caballero & Sharon Mor
Edventure More, Co-Founders

P.S. Our 2013-2014 school year slots for In Class Programs are now 80% full. If you or your teacher friends haven’t booked one of our engaging hands-on science presentations, then call us at 415.282.6673 or fill out this online reservation form today!