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'Strategy Games' Camps + Clubs (not chess)

Daily and Weekly Camps
Summer - Fall - Winter - Spring - Special Holidays

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 to enrich@bayarechess.com


What is "Strategy-Games", exactly?
BAC's Strategy-Games is an innovative and fun way to teach children the logic and strategy behind a variety of games in a way that incorporates many STEM concepts while having fun learning games both new and old!  We use a variety of games (some with deep historical impact from cultures around the world and some home-brew games available only at BAC) to introduce the student to concepts in probability, game theory, pattern recognition, deductive reasoning, cooperation and creative thinking that leads to optimal decision-making in not only games of all types, but in life itself!   We enjoy analyzing rules, dissecting the math behind certain game mechanics, solving (and creating) puzzles, discussing the history and impact of certain games or theories.. all while practicing sportsmanship, resource management, risk assessment, and cognitive 'advantage-based' reasoning.  We also favor creative-thinking and design our own abstract or thematic board games, either from provided templates or purely from scratch!  
Strategy games
Coaches James Bethany and Jason Uerkvitz lead the ever-growing curriculum with a team of qualified and enthusiastic coaches and volunteers, bringing their vast experience in both teaching and Strategy Games to create a unique and fun filled experience in learning and gaming!  No Strategy Games experience is ever the same, as the coaches incorporate and provide a variety of different concepts and the selection varies tremendously!
We also have a special series of unique trophies designed specifically for the Strategy-Games branch of Enrichment, with it's own point system (stars), achievement badges and an emblem/logo designed by the regulars of the popular weekend clubs!
Strategy Games logo
When is it offered?!
CLUBS: Strategy Games is available every Saturday in 2 locations.  We are in San Jose from 9am - noon as a combo club (Chess+Strategy-Games) and as a stand-alone club in Palo Alto from 1pm - 3pm.  As with All BAC Clubs, we use drop-in scheduling and there is no registration necessary.
CAMPS: We also offer Strategy-Games as a Fall, Winter and Summer Camp (often in San Jose and in Palo Alto)!  Much like Chess, it is available in half day blocks (9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm) or full day options (9 to 5!).  Camp registration Page Here
What is the age range?
The targeted age range is 6 to 14.  Younger or older kids are certainly welcome, particularly in camps, but with a disclaimer that the material is best suited for kids within the suggested range.  We also must emphasize that the physical materials in Strategy-Games can be fragile, therefore destructive acts or tendencies cannot be tolerated. 
If you have any questions at all, please let us know at enrich@bayareachess.com
Happy Gaming,

Strategy Coaches: 
Coach James Bethany  --  Coach Jason Uerkvitz -- Coach Jasmine

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

If you are interested in our CHESS Camps, please click here to get general information about it.

BayAreaChess has a weekly Strategy Games Club every Saturday 1-3PM in Palo Alto.
Check out the page of the club to get more information.

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.

Santa Clara: St. Justin School (map)
2655 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Click here to see all camps at Santa Clara

San Jose: BAC Office (map)
2050 Concourse Drive #42, San Jose, CA 95131
Click here to see all camps at San Jose

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


Sample Daily Schedule

Morning Schedule: 9am - 1pm

9:00-9:30      Arriving, Casual Games (We usually warm up with Chess as a default game for transitional periods)
9:30-10:20    Instruction, Demonstration, Often learning a Historical Game
10:20-10:40  Break / Recess & Snacks
10:40-12:20  Application and Practice, putting the lessons to use, Creation, Analysis
12:20-12:55  Lunch / Outside time


Afternoon Schedule: 1pm - 5pm

1:00-1:30   Arriving, Casual Games (Free-play boardgames)
1:30-2:00   Instruction, Game-Theory Lesson
2:00-2:20   Break / Recess & Snacks (sometimes delayed or skipped depending on flow!)
2:20-3:30   Board-Game Stations, New-Game Demonstrations, Analysis
3:30-3:50   Break / Recess & Snacks 
3:50-5:00   Alternating Stations, Creation Period, Daily Challenges, Competitions, Analysis, Review.

We do provide snacks during the camp day. The snacks options may include:
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
Velvita Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits
All-Natural Otter-Pops (Apple-Juice popsicles)
Annies Organic Fruit Snacks

Kelloggs Organic Fruit Snacks
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

Camp registration saves your space. So, cancellations are discouraged. 
Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to camp start date will receive 75% refund. 
Cancellations request received with less than 7 days prior to the camp will receive a 50% credit of paid fees towards future camps, after-school programs or tournaments (only credits, no refunds). 
Cancellation request done on or after the first camp date is not entitled to any refund or credit.

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 in case of 4 or less registered campers. 


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.