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2022 Online Courses (which will run through Summer!)
Bay Area Chess, Spring and Summer Camps 2022
Warm Welcome to Bay Area Chess Camps, 2022. BAC will be hosting a variety of in-person Camp options!
Our Mission: To introduce children of all ages to everything that Chess has to offer, socially and academically, in the Bay Area and Beyond!
Online Camps: This season, we will have Online Terms available. Level 1 Bootcamps will be hosted every 2 weeks for new players!
New Players: Absolute Beginners are welcome at all In-Person Camps (below), or any Online Camp that posts for Level 1.
Levels: What are the 5 BAC Skill-Levels ?
Saturdays: We have Drop-in (single session) Clubs (Palo Alto or San Jose) or Saturday Online Teams!
In-Person Summer Camps, 2022
Regular Chess Camp:
Half-Day block options available every week (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 (teens welcome, ages grouped accordingly)
Prior chess knowledge is NOT required to attend a BAC camp.
In-Person camps are for players Level 1 - 4.5, (under 1400 USCF or u1700 chesskid).
Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant.
Sample Camp Schedule
Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm (afternoons follow a similar template)
*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.
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.
Menlo Park: Menlo College (map)
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027
Location Perks: Massive Outdoor Field, professional setting, Air-Conditioning
SUMMER CAMPS 2022 are open for Registration, 6/6 - 8/12 !
View them in our Camp Registration Menu
We value Safety!
Bay Area Chess is CDC compliant. Masks are still required at this time. 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
Online, Summer 2022
This year, the Online Term classes (1 class per week for a designated term) will continue through the Summer. We will also host Online BootCamps for Level 1 Players (absolute beginners) every 2 weeks.
If you are looking for Online options for Levels 2-5 (can already complete a game on their own) please check here: Online Online Classes 2022 | Bay Area Chess
"Mighty Pawns" Level-1 Boot-Camp Format: 5 Daily Lessons, Monday through Friday. Registration comes with a Gold Membership to Chesskid.com if the student does not already have one. Boot-Camps come with the expectation that students will play on their own time, so the 50 minute session can be dedicated to Lessons for 3 of the 5 days, with instructional play on the other 2 (coach discretion).
Times Available: Camps will be hosted at 10am-10:50, or 2:00-2:50pm (pacific standard time) on an alternating shcedule every two weeks See the whole Camp Menu here: All Camps
(Dates for Summer Level 1 BootCamps are TBA)
Maximum Coach/Student Ratio: 10:1
Weekly Tuition: $93 for Level 1 (5 classes, 1/day, + Gold Chesskid Membership)
New users: Information about your ChessKid Membership (for new players) will be emailed 0-3 days before Camp starts.
Zoom Links: The orientation for Boot-Camps (containing the Zoom Link) are emailed to you on SUNDAY Evenings before the Camp.
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"Pro-rates and Make-ups": The packaged sessions of Boot-Camps cannot be pro-rated, but if you know in advance that you will miss ONE session, you can let us know and join a make-up class by attending one of our online Drop-In club sessions (single-session classes). Those are at specific times of the week and are by Level: Drop-In Sessions.
We look forward to having your child in class with us! Please, spread the word!