Weekly Updates and Information throughout the Summer

The Finish Line and Family Night

Hello from the Solid Ground 7th grade camping trip!! We could not have asked for better weather to enjoy the great outdoors here at Anthony Chabot Regional Park. 8th grade had an eventful week giving back to the community with not one, not two, but THREE service field trips. And our 6th graders had the opportunity to go sailing in the bay around Treasure Island.


7th grade campers celebrating Rene’s birthday at Chabot Park 🙂

This coming week, Solid Ground will have its Family Night and our annual Summer Carnival. We hope to see campers, leaders, parents, friends, and family on Wednesday, July 27th for dinner and presentations of what we’ve been up to this summer. Please turn in your RSVP to your camper’s coordinator or let us know on the online Doodle if you can make it! See the details below for more information.

Who:  YOU!  (Anyone who is interested in knowing what our youth are up to this summer)

What:  Solid Ground Family Night

When:  Wednesday, July 27th, 6:00-8:00 PM

Cost:  $2 a person for 6:00pm dinner; free for 6:45pm show

Where:  Cameron House

Lastly, I want to say thank you to all of our campers, leaders, coordinators, and their families for such an incredible summer! I can truly say that I learned a lot about myself, made some new friends, and am grateful for everyone affiliated with Cameron House, and I hope you all can say the same! Please let me know if you need anything, and I look forward to seeing you next summer!

– Rene

Solid Ground Week 5

Hi Solid Ground Families!

I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through the summer! Summer is a wonderful opportunity for youth to try new things and Cameron House works hard to ensure that our campers and leaders have fun and learn new things about themselves and the world around them! Even though the past week was shorter than usual with the holiday weekend, it was still jam-packed with activities:

  • 6th grade went camping at the Presidio, going on nature hikes, building campfires, and playing outdoor games.
  • 7th grade went sailing in the San Francisco Bay with the Treasure Island Sailing Center.
  • Our 8th graders helped clean up Lands End and went row boating in Stow Lake.
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Solid Ground 6 pitching their tents!

This coming week, Solid Ground will all get the opportunity to visit the California Academy of Sciences. In line with our goal of giving back to the community, our 6th graders will be volunteering at Cameron House’s Food Pantry, which serves over 200 families in the Chinatown community, and 7th grade will be volunteering at the SF-Marin Food Bank, ensuring that many families all across the Bay Area get the food they need.

Please let me or your coordinators know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Feel free to contact me at rene@cameronhouse.org or (415) 781-0401 x227. Thank you!

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello Solid Ground Families!

We are nearly at the midway point of summer! Some highlights from week 3:

  • 6th grade volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank, doing valuable work for many of the Bay Area’s families and communities, including Cameron House.
  • 7th graders visited the Mix, the teen center at the Main Library, and went swimming at Sava Pool.
  • And our 8th graders got to experience the great outdoors while camping at Kirby Cove!
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The view from Kirby Cove!

This coming week, our 6th graders will be going camping at the Presidio from Wednesday to Friday. Please read more about the trip here, and make sure your youth turns in their permission form by Tuesday!

Our 7th graders will be sailing at Treasure Island, while our 8th graders will give back to our city’s public parks by hiking and cleaning up at Lands End.

Please let me or your coordinators know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Feel free to contact me at rene@cameronhouse.org or (415) 781-0401 x227. Thank you!

Don’t forget that there is NO CAMP on Monday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.

Solid Ground Week 3

Hello Solid Ground Participants and Families!

Another week is in the books! We hope your campers and leaders have been having a blast so far, and we are excited about the coming weeks. Some highlights from week 2:

  • Our 6th grade department went swimming at Sava Pool and spent time at the Mix, which is the teen center at the Main Library. The Mix has tons of awesome features such as 3D printers, a recording studio, button-makers, and manga collection. We encourage you to take your teens there when you get a chance!
  • As part of their service learning goals, 7th grade participated in a clean-up of Baker Beach.
  • 8th graders started their robotics unit with an introduction to simple machines. They also went hiking at Lands End.
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Solid Ground 7 at Baker Beach where they helped keep our public spaces clean and safe!

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Solid Ground 8 at the 7 Tepees Youth Center in the Mission

Special thanks to 7 Tepees for hosting our 7th and 8th grade departments this past week! They showed us their beautiful space and gave us a mural tour of the Mission before playing games and swimming at the local rec center. We can’t wait to see what our partnership and cross cultural exchange with 7 Tepees will bring!

This coming week, 6th grade will volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank and go hiking at Lands End. 7th grade will visit the Main Library and go swimming at Sava Pool (please remind your child(ren) to bring their swimsuits for Thursday!). And our 8th graders will go camping at Kirby Cove from Wednesday to Friday. Please read more about the trip here, and make sure your youth turns in their permission form for Kirby Cove by Monday!

Please let me or your coordinator know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! Feel free to contact me at rene@cameronhouse.org or (415) 781-0401 x227. Thank you!

Please keep in mind, we will be observing Independence Day on Monday, July 4th.

Solid Ground Week 2

Hello families!

What a great first week to summer! Thank you so much to the campers and leaders for their positive outlooks, welcoming spirits, and fun-loving attitudes. I’ve had a great time meeting with old and new campers, and also had the chance to observe some of the activities and games our leaders planned.

Some highlights from week 1:

  • Our 6th grade department got a private behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park, where our champion Giants (even year!) play.
  • Our 7th graders volunteered at Cameron House’s food pantry, which serves over 200 Chinatown families.
  • And our 8th grade department went sailing in the San Francisco Bay with Treasure Island Sailing Center.
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Solid Ground 7th Grade volunteering at Cameron House Food Pantry

Looking forward to week 2, our campers will continue playing games and activities to develop teamwork and self-confidence, engaging in community service, and participating in healthy lifestyle choices! All our youth will go swimming this coming week (7th grade on Tuesday, 8th grade on Wednesday, and 6th grade on Thursday). Please remind your child(ren) to pack their swimsuits! 6th grade will join the Adopt-An-Alleyway program to keep Chinatown clean and safe, while 7th grade will spend an afternoon cleaning up Baker Beach.

Solid Ground leaders playing games with 7 Tepees youth program during training week

I’m most excited about our cross cultural exchange with 7 Tepees, a youth program based in the Mission district. We live in a diverse city, but too often, our communities are kept separate. Cameron House hosted 7 Tepees during training week and taught them about Chinatown’s history before playing games in our scenic upper yard. This week, 7 Tepees will host our 7th grade and 8th grade departments on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, giving us a mural tour of the Mission followed by games and swimming. We believe this will be a great opportunity to unify our youth, communities, and city!

Friday Night Club

All Solid Ground participants (and their friends!) are invited to join the Friday Night Club program. Friday Night Club is a youth program, open to middle school and high school youth. During the school year, we meet Friday evenings, 7-10pm, at Cameron House. During the summer, we will be holding Friday Night Club from 7-9:30pm with dinner at 6pm for Solid Ground participants and volunteer leaders staying for Club (we suggest a $1-$2 donation per person per meal).

If you’d like to have your middle schooler attend Friday Night Club, please download and sign the release form, and give it to your child(ren) to return to their coordinator. They must do this before the first time they plan on attending club. If you have any questions about Friday Night Club, contact Sherman Gee, Leadership Development Programs Director, at sherman@cameronhouse.org.

And if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at rene@cameronhouse.org or (415) 781-0401 x227.

Welcome to Solid Ground 2016!


Solid Ground Leaders hosting games with guests from 7 Tepees Youth Program

A Letter from the Director:

Hello Solid Ground Participants and Families!

Welcome to another exciting Cameron House Summer! My name is Rene Kamm and I am summer director for our middle school programs. The Cameron House staff and leaders would like to welcome you to our 2016 Summer Programs! We have been hard at work to create a memorable summer experience for our campers including field trips, enrichment activities, academic projects, community service, and camping trips. We hope to have every youth experience something new, develop their leadership skills, and experience being a part of a community. For the summer, we have three coordinators who are fun, energetic, knowledgeable, and experienced in youth work. Please check out the Meet the Staff section to learn a bit more about your camper’s coordinator, and feel free to contact us if you want to know more! If you’d like to contact your child’s coordinator directly, please refer to the email you received this link in for their information.

Meet the Coordinators

The Solid Ground Coordinators will be rotating pick up and drop off sites during the first week, so please stop in and meet them on the following days:

– 6th Grade Parents & Guardians: Meet Justin the first week during pick up and drop off times at: Covenant on Monday 6/13, and Cameron House on Tuesday 6/14.

– 7th Grade Parents & Guardians: Meet Tabi during the first week during pick up and drop off times at: Cameron House on Monday 6/13, and Covenant on Tuesday 6/14.

– 8th Grade Parents & Guardians: Meet Ray during the first week during pick up and drop off times at: Cameron House on Monday 6/13, and Covenant on Tuesday 6/14.

Learn more about Justin, Tabi, and Raymond on the Meet the Staff page.

Announcements and Reminders:

– Youth and Leaders need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily. Please pack some extra snacks if your child tends to be hungry!

– Dress in layers and bring sunscreen, youth will be out at Golden Gate Park most days and it can get chilly!

– Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Drop off is from 8:00am to 9:00am and pick up is from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Because departments are usually off site at Golden Gate Park or elsewhere for a field trip, it is important that they arrive by 9:00am and keep in mind they will not be at site for pick up until 5:00pm.

– If your child has a monthly Clipper Card pass, please have them bring it to camp. This will help Cameron House to save on transportation costs! To apply for a free Muni pass, check out the SFMTA Website for more details: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/free-muni-youth

– If you have not yet signed up for the entire 7 weeks of program and would like to add a week or more, please contact us by calling or emailing, there is no need to re-register through our online registration system.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns now or at any time throughout the summer, please do not hesitate to contact me at Rene@cameronhouse.org or (415) 781-0401 ext. 227. I am looking forward to working with you and your child this summer!
Thank you,
Rene Kamm
Solid Ground Director

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