Day 1 Check-in and Drop-off
By Akemi Bourgeois
This morning, I dropped off my two 8-year-old boys for their first day of The Tech Summer Camps. In the past, we've reviewed and loved Camp Galileo but this year, we headed for The Tech, which is a sister camp of Galileo Learning.
We just returned last night from a road trip to Big Sur and Gold Country so it was a little exhausting to have to be up bright and early for camp this morning. Thankfully, I did order hot lunch all week though Choice Lunch, like we did last year at Camp Galileo, so I didn't have to make any lunches. Whew!
When I told other local South Bay moms we'd be heading to downtown San Jose for summer camp, they were all intimidated by the drive. But although parents were required to check in their children in person on the first day of camp, the rest of the drop offs and pick ups are curbside.
We parked in the nearby Convention Center Parking garage (the camp validates $5) and walked over to the Tech Museum. The camp entrance is on the Park Avenue side of the museum, near the ball machine outside.
We walked in and were immediately greeted by smiling, helpful Tech summer camp staff, which to me, is always a hallmark of the Galileo style - helpful staff. I think kids need to feel immediately included and recognized at drop off in order to feel at ease.
We were directed to a check-in room to the left. Each camper takes either one half day class (9-noon) or two classes for a full day (1-4pm). My boys are there for a full day.
We checked in under our morning class, Kitchen Chemistry. Each class had a bin for campers to dump their belongings (sweatshirts, water bottles, lunch boxes etc.) and then we stood in line for their camp tshirts and just like that, off they went with a camp leader to their first class. My boys are taking computer programming as their afternoon class.
So that was it, a super easy check in. I can't wait to greet my boys at the end of the day to see how it all went!This is an original post to Chalk and Cheese Chronicles.
Disclosure: Each of my children will receive a complementary week of The Tech summer camp in exchange for my honest reviews on this blog. The opinions in this post are my own.