Explorer Camp Oakland - K to 1st - Day Camp

Five- and six-year-olds are natural adventurers. Every day they’re breaking new ground and establishing their own identities.

Our Explorer Day Camp which has a comfortable camper to staff ratio of 5:1 is built for these young pioneers, from the most cautious to the most daring. It’s a place where K – 1st graders can feel comfortable taking on a host of exciting outdoor adventures—kayaking, biking, stand up paddleboarding—balanced by creative activities like yoga, art, and music. A highlight of the Explorer program is our two-day biking curriculum designed to increase kids’ skills and comfort with pedal biking starting with one day onsite. All other sports will take place at beautiful recreation areas nearby that your family can return to for years to come!

Through the guidance of our experienced instructors and a fun camp format, campers take on new challenges, discovering what they love to do and growing confidently into who they are.

There is a shuttle to/from Berkeley available. Details can be found here.


Camp Pricing Single 2-Fer 3-Peat 4-Pack
Number of Camps 1 2 3 4
Price Per Camp $574 $549 $541 $524
YOU SAVE! - $50 $100 $200

* Why your kid should do multiple weeks of Avid.

* Why we charge what we do.

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* Multi-week discount applies to individual camper only.

Early Drop Off $30
After Care $85
Lunch Option $25
Berkely - Oakland Shuttle $35





Stand Up Paddleboarding

Yoga, Art & Music

Places We Go: Berkeley Aquatic Park, Encinal Beach

Explorers venture out for carefully controlled flat-water instruction, getting familiar with their equipment and environment, practicing paddling techniques and water safety and gaining confidence stroke by stroke.

Places We Go: On-site, Joaquin Miller Park

Whether they’ve never been on a bike before or have plenty of experience on two wheels, we get kids comfortable with biking technique, safety, and equipment. The first day is spent on our on-site course and the second is out on the trail to put their skills to the test. Bring your own bike or use one from our fleet, which can accommodate kids of any size.

Places We Go: Joaquin Miller Park

Age appropriate and eye opening, our hikes teach campers about the flora and fauna around them and Leave-No-Trace principles as they start building awareness of their surroundings and respect for the natural world.

Places We Go: Berkeley Aquatic Park, Encinal Beach

Explorers take to local bodies of water to learn the basics of stand up paddleboarding, building core strength and balance and getting confident on the water.

For half of the day, to balance out their daily adventures, kids also explore more introspective activities. They will be learning about breathing and balance in storytime yoga, practicing self-expression and artistic techniques in art and engaging their bodies and voices through music.

Sample Schedule

We've put together a pretty awesome day camp schedule for your kids! Here's a sample:

AM: Kayaking
PM: Yoga
AM: Art
PM: Biking (on site)
AM: Biking
PM: Yoga
AM: Music
AM: Hiking
PM: Art


Al Wright

Al Wright grew up in Southwestern Michigan along the shores of the greatest Great Lake, and attended college nearby at Kalamazoo College where she studied English.  During the academic year, they work for an Outdoor Education company that facilitates field trips all around California, and spend as much time as they can exploring the desert spaces of Southern California.  A lifelong runner and bicyclist, Al competes in triathlons when they can, but has more recently come to appreciate competition-less sports like mountain biking and rock climbing.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Weeks?

Do you remember that old TV show Blues Clues? It was the most successful kids’ show of all time. Do you remember that book that your child insisted on reading over and over again? How could you forget it? Why was Blues Clues so successful and why did your child NEED to re-read that book? Because repetition promotes learning, growth, and empowerment.

Based on our experience (and a bunch of brain science), we know that multiple weeks of Avid camp will benefit your child – it will result in greater skill development, increased self-confidence, higher levels of risk assessment/environmental awareness, and an improved ability to connect socially with others.


While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.