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Warm Welcome to BayAreaChess' Camp Website!
We hope that you'll find all the information you are looking for on these pages. Should you have any other questions, or need additional information, we are always here to help and answer: email us at enrich@bayarechess.com

We have three main goals with our chess camps:
1. Have fun with chess 
2. Improve chess skills 
3. Provide other stimulating activities to maintain interest

We apply a novel approach, where we combine and blend Academia, Chess, and Games
Each 4 hour instructional block consists of: 
1. Chess puzzles & creative exercises to sharpen the brain. 
2. Group instruction & Personalized coaching to improve chess skills. 
3. Casual play to practice and enjoy Chess. 
4. Hourly breaks for (free) snacks and recess.

Camp Descriptions

Regular Chess Camp: we welcome any child of 5 years or older to our Regular Chess Camps. Prior chess knowledge is NOT required to attend the camp, we regurarly get absolute beginners, beginner and intermediate players at these camps. All camp Leads are veteran, experienced coaches.

Master (advanced) Chess Camp: This chess camp is for our advanced players who are rated 1000 or above, or with special coach recommendation. These camps are taught by titled instructors (Grandmasters, International Masters, or Fide or National Masters.) The level of puzzles and games covered in our Master Camps are for advanced players who already have extensive prior tournament experience. 
Master Camp Instructors: GM Enrico Sevillano, GM Zviad Izoria, GM Atanas Kolev, IM Kostya Kavutskiy and IM Faik Aleskerov.

Should you have any questions, please email us at enrich@bayareachess.com and we'll get back to you very soon.


Regular Camp Hours and Camp Locations


Morning Camp from 9AM to 1PM, 
Afternoon Camp from 1PM to 5PM
Full Day Camps from 9AM to 5PM. 

Early drop off (8:30-9AM) or Late pick up (5-5:30PM) is available.

San Jose: BAC Office (map)
2050 Concourse Drive #42, San Jose, CA 95131

San Jose: St. Leo the Great School (map)
1051 W San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95126 

Palo Alto: Uniterian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (map)
505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 
Click HERE to see all camps at Palo Alto


Redwood City: Sandpiper Elementary School (map)
 801 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065
2018 Summer Camp registrations are coming soon via the Redwood City Park & Recreation Center's website.


 Atherton: Menlo College (map)
 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027
Click HERE to see all camps at Atherton - Menlo College

Burlingame: Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department (map)
850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010 
2018 Summer Camp registrations are coming soon via the Park&Recreation Department Website.


Sample Daily Schedule

Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm

9-9:15 Arriving, Casual Games, Warm-up
9:30-10:15 Instruction
10:15-10:30 Recess & Snacks
10:30-12 Practice Games, Training, Puzzles, Review 
10:15-10:30 Recess & Snacks
10:30-12:15 Practice Games, Training, Puzzles, Review 
12:15-1pm Announcements, Free/Practice Play, Lunch, Outside Play and Transitional Pickup

Afternoon Schedule: 1pm - 5pm

1-1:15 Arriving, Casual Games, Warm-up
1:15-2 Instruction
2-2:45 Practice Games, Training, Puzzles, Review 
2:45-3:20 Break, Snacks, Outdoor time
3:10-4 Practice Games and Instruction, Often a Tournament game.
4-4:10 Short Break or Free-play
4:10-4:50 Review, Discussion, Games
4:50-5 Free-play and Pickup


We do provide snacks during the camp day. The snacks options may include:
Annies Organic Fruit Snacks
Kelloggs Organic Fruit Snacks
Kirkland Apple-Sauce
Doritos Brand Basic Chip Variety Pack
Doritos Brand Bold Chip Variety Pack
Individual Kelloggs 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
elvita Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits
All-Natural Otter-Pops (Apple-Juice popsicles)
Individual Pringles Variety Pack
Capri Sun Juice Variety Pack
Kirkland bottled Water

However we do NOT provide lunches. Please pack a lunch for your child, especially if your child is a full day camper.

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


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made within 24 hours of booking is free of charge.
Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to camp start date will receive 75% refund. 
Cancellation request received with less than 48 hours prior to the camp will receive a 50% refund (no credits!). 
Cancellation request done on or after the first camp date is not entitled to any refund or credit. No exceptions.
Any change request made prior to the first day of scheduled camp will incur a $25 administrative change fee.

Camp schedule change requests made no less than 7 days prior to the camp start date will be accommodated, if availability permits. 
Those who wish to reduce from full day to half-day or reduce the number of weeks will need to refer to the cancellation policy listed above. 

Change request made less than 7 days prior to the first day of scheduled camp will incur a $25 administrative change fee.

In case BAC needs to cancel the camps, we'll process a 100% refund to you immediately. We reserve the right to cancel camps 3 days prior to the starting date, so by Friday 8AM.


Late Pick-up Policy
In the past we had a few parents who picked up their child late at the end of the camp. 
Per our policy, we can not just leave the children at the camp sites by themselves. Coaches need to supervise them at all times. The late pick up has really caused an inconvenience to the teachers last year. 
This year a policy has been put in place that everyone who gets picked up 10 minutes after the camp is over (or, if paid for, the late pick-up time is over), will be charged $1 for each minute.
We hope that this policy will not have to be enforced, so please, make your and our life easier by being on time.