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Bay Area Chess, Camps 2024


General Info Below, or Go Directly to Camp Registration Menu


New Players: Absolute Beginners are welcome at all In-Person Camps (below), or any Online Course that posts for Level 1.
Levels: What are the 5 BAC Skill-Levels ?  
Weekends:  We have Drop-in (single session) Club Classes every week! (Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont, Cupertino, Santa Clara.)



In-Person Spring and Summer Camps, 2024

See Program details below, or view them in our Camp Registration Menu       

Regular Chess Camp:
     Half-Day block options available  (register for both half-days to have a full-day camp, at a discount!) 
     We welcome any child of 5 years or older in regular camps (lower teens welcome, ages grouped accordingly)
     Prior chess knowledge is NOT required to attend a BAC camp.
     In-Person camps are for players Level 1 - 4, (under 1100 USCF or u1500 chesskid). 
     Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant.
Master Chess Camp:
     Master Camps are generally taught by Titled Coaches.
     Master Camps are for campers 800+ USCF Rating (if you are not sure, Regular Camps are usually more appropriate).
     A Free Rated Game is played every Friday of Master Camps. USCF provided if needed.
     We provide Workbooks as well!  
Strategy-Games Camp:
     A unique Camp experience targeting a variety of games/concepts beyond Chess. Explore the Curriculum!


Sample Camp Schedule  (PM blocks will use a similar format, 1pm-5pm)

 Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm
       *8:30 - 9am :  Early-Drop options available at Registration.
       9:00 - 9:30 :  Arrival + Casual Free-play Games, Warm-ups.
       9:30 - 10:25 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations (based on observed skill levels).
       10:25 - 10:35 :  Recess / Snacks (see snack options / disclaimer below).
       10:35 - 11:40 :  Games, Organized Pairings, Puzzles, Analysis at Coach discretion. 
       11:40 - 12:10 :  Group Instruction/Demonstrations.
       12:10 - 12:40 :  Lunch Break / Outside time. Please pack a child's lunch.
        (Lunch is OUTSIDE with distancing. Snacks will be provided to children without one).
       12:40 - 1:00 :  Free-Play Puzzles and Gaming until Pick-up / merge into PM arrivals.

      (Afternoon Camps 1-5pm follow a similar template)


BAC CAMPS POLICIES:   See Camp Policies

In-Person Camp Locations

Palo Alto:   Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (map)
505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Location Perks: Increased Outdoor Time, Magical Bridges Playground, More Space

San Jose:   BAC Office (map)
2050 Concourse Dr #42, San Jose, CA 95131
Location Perks: Drop-off/Pick-up Convenience, Designated Outdoor Lunch Space,
Air-Conditioning, Cash in BAC-€oins on-site.

Fremont:   SpringHill Suites (map)
46333 Fremont Blvd, Fremont CA 94538
Comfortable parking/lobby, AC

Menlo Park:   Menlo College (map)
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027
Location Perks: Massive Outdoor Field, professional setting, Air-Conditioning

Redwood City:   Community Buildings
The address may vary.  Please note that all Redwood City Camps 
are registered through the Parks and Rec department, Here!


Register Here!

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We value Safety! 

Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant. Masks are still recommended at this time, though not required. All our Instructors and Staff are fully vaccinated.
Safe-Practice: Handwashing breaks, common-sense distancing and routine Sanitation of Camp Materials.
All Breaks and Lunches will be spent Outdoors.


Please note: there is a NO NUTS policy and NO FOOD Sharing  policy in all BAC Camps.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Please inform us immediately of any known allergies your child may have.
The Camp snacks options may include:

Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks, Kellogg's Organic Fruit Snacks, Kirkland Apple-Sauce, Doritos Brand Basic Chip Variety Pack, Doritos Brand Bold Chip Variety Pack, Individual Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats, Keebler Cookie/Cracker Variety Pack, Cheeze-Its cracker snacks, Nature-Bakery Fig Bars, Kirkland Soft+Chewy Granola Bars, Fruit by the Foot Roll-Ups, Nature-Valley Honey+Oats Granola Bars, Velvita Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits, All-Natural Otter-Pops (Apple-Juice popsicles), Individual Pringles Variety Pack, Capri Sun Juice Variety Pack, Kirkland bottled Water