Bay Area Summer Camps

Sprouts’ Summer Cooking Camps

Get Ready For a Summer of Cooking, Food, & Fun!

Registration is Open!

Get ready to claim your spot before it’s too late; this summer is gonna be deliriously delicious! Our week-long camps are an intensive, culinary experience chock-full of hands-on cooking classes in outdoor kitchens and restaurants, farm harvests, market challenges, cook-offs, blindfolded palate play…and so much more! Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to join us in our culinary crusade!

Dates, Ages, Locations

East Bay Camp Weeks have a majority of drop-offs and pick-ups at Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen at 1309 Allston Way, Berkeley. During the day, we travel to local gardens, restaurants and markets!

SF Camps Weeks have alternating drop-offs and pick-ups at Macy’s in Union Square and at Alemany Farms. During the day, we travel to local gardens, restaurants and markets.

Camp Tuition (Per Week): $680*
*Receive a $102 refund with our company matching program 
*$405 of your tuition fee is a charitable deduction and sponsors underserved youth in the Bay Area train to become professional chefs. Thank you for your support!

Times for both camps are: 9:00AM- 5:00PM(PST)

East Bay Camp Dates: SF-Bay Camp Dates:
June 17-21: Ages 7-11 July 1-3, 5-6: Ages 7-12
June 24-28: Ages 10-13 July 22 -26: Ages 10-13
July 8-12: Ages 7-11 July 29 -August 2: Ages 7-12
July 15-19: Ages 7-12 August 5-9: Ages 7-11
  August 12-16: Ages 7-11

Sample Itinerary

Here’s an idea of what a typical East-Bay camp week looks like!

Welcome to camp! We’ll break the ice with a few culinary games, and then learn key knife skills as we whip up garden-fresh panzanella salad and bean burgers with a guest chef from Third Cousin. Next, we’ll bus to the farmer’s market for a scavenger hunt with our local farmer friends. Before we leave, we’ll pick up a few ingredients for our next activity – A “Chopped”-style cooking game at Chop Bar Commissary Kitchen! If we’re lucky, we might even get to whip up a sweet surprise at the end!

Drop-Off: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley
Pick-Up: Chop Bar Commissary Kitchen, Oakland

Lights! Camera! Action! We’ll be cooking Moroccan fare on camera with youth chef Cole. Tell all your friends- the class will be aired on Cole’s Kitchen Youtube Series! We’ll break down the set and head over to Jack London Square’s Lungomare where the head chef will teach us how to make handmade pasta and gelato. If we have time, we’ll get to stop by Baia Pasta and get to see professional, Italian pasta in the making (and grab a sample for our parents!)

Drop-Off: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley
Pick-up: Lungomare, Oakland

Today is gonna be sweeeeeeet. We’ll kick off the morning by flipping our very own sweet and savory crepes. We don’t cut corners here … which means whipping up our own homemade cream as well! Next stop is Gill Tract Farm for some gardening 101. Don’t forget to pick a handful of herbs because the next recipe is … pizza! Yep, you heard right. We’ll be making homemade flatbreads (with homemade ricotta!) right in our outdoor pizza oven.

Drop-Off: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley
Pick-Up: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley

Field trip! Today we’ll be getting our hands dirty at Alemany Farms in SF as we harvest and learn the basics of urban farming. But wait, it gets better. The head chef from Dorian Restaurant will come along to show us how to cook up a farm-fresh family meal! Before hitting the road back to Berkeley, we’ll stir up some homemade fruit sodas and call it a day.

Drop-Off: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley
Pick-Up: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley

Today’s the day! We’ll prepare for an epic cook-off with Guest Chef Adrian formerly of Michelin-star restaurant, Campton Place. We’ll bus to Sprouts Farmer’s Market where each team will get to pick out a special ingredient. While we’re there, the store manager will challenge us to an ingredient hunt and a blind-fold palate game. Back at our home base, we’ll culminate the week’s culinary frenzy in an epic cook-off. May the most delicious dish win!

Drop-Off: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley
Pick-Up: Sprouts’ Outdoor Garden Kitchen, Berkeley

*The class fee does not include transportation between culinary sites or personal market money.
*Because we cook with real chefs, our schedules are subject to change 

12 Years Of Summer Camps!


Our week-long camps are an intensive culinary experience chock-full of hands-on cooking classes in restaurants, farm harvests, field trips, camper cook-offs, blindfolded palate play…and so much more! Sprouts campers cook alongside and meet chefs from all over, including restaurants like Trick Dog, Chez Panisse, and Slanted Door. You’d be crazy not to join in our culinary frenzy this summer – it’s gonna be ridiculously delicious!

Check out the various camp programs below!

Get $102 off your camp tuition!

Sprouts Company Matching Program!

As a non-profit, the generosity of community members and local companies makes everything we do possible! Receive a 15% refund on camp registration and benefit tickets by submitting your registration fee to your company matching program. Receive a 10% refund for birthday parties and after school class company matches.
Email us for a donation receipt and submit your company matching request today! Thank you! Your match makes our work in the community possible!

Day-by-Day

A typical day includes cooking with guest chefs, reinforcing knife and safety skills through hands-on cooking, whipping up lunch and tasting our creations throughout the day. We will learn how to taste and smell our way through improvisational cooking as well as learn favorite recipes from our culinary friends. We’ll also get to meet and cook with farmers and artisans all over the Bay Area!
Children 7-12 are welcome to attend the week that corresponds with their age range. Each week-long camp session will have 10-15 campers with a camper/adult ratio of 4:1. Classes are led by guest chefs, and assisted by food and nutrition-loving counselors, from UC Berkeley, Paris, and across the US!
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TESTIMONIALS

“I signed my 12 year old daughter for a week long sprouts summer camp and she loved it! She got to experience what  a real restaurant kitchen is like. She basically went restaurant hopping to some of the finest eateries in SF, met with chefs who love what they do and who are interested in teaching kids about food and cooking. She fixed dishes I would never make!”

– Martha R

“Ava had such a positive experience with Sprouts. It’s the first camp ever that she was willing to do on her own, she was THAT excited about cooking with you! She loved all the fun locations and I was impressed with the breath of experiences, the mix of gardens and kitchens and how sophisticated some of the recipes were that she made. She couldn’t wait to share every afternoon when I picked her up.”

-Erin

“Our daughter Madeline really enjoyed the whole experience.  She started the camp as a kid who didn’t like eating her veggies.  This weekend, she asked for vegetables to be added to our grocery list (previously unheard of!), and wanted to start cooking vegetable dishes. As a parent, this was way beyond my expectations!  Our whole family was really impressed with the whole program – from the caliber of restaurants that participated, the dishes the kids made, the emphasis on healthy eating/cooking, and the techniques the kids learned.  It was evident a lot of hard work, planning, and care went into the design of the program.”

-Tsin-Ming Goldsmith

“I really liked the Sprouts cooking class because I was able to cook with my friends and we made some really great dishes. My favorite was a salad with pomegranate dressing and kale. After we made flatbreads in class, I started making them at home”

-Esme

“I am loving camp! I am learning so many new techniques and have tasted so many things I have never tried before.”

-Felicity

“I learned THREE WAYS to hold a knife today! Hide your fingertips, make a tunnel, and I forget the third one. I am learning so many new recipes, like Bibingka! I am going to make that for my birthday cake dessert!”

-Hannah

“Amelia absolutely loved the Sprouts Cooking Camp. She came home every day talking about what she had learned that day and has taken upon herself to create at least one dish a day for us to share since then – usually dessert! She came home with such confidence and enthusiasm for cooking that I think she will be an inspired cook for years to come! Thank you to Karen, and to the entire Sprouts team!”

-Kristen Halle

“When I was 9, I started a baking business because I loved to bake, but I was by myself in the kitchen trying to learn on my own. Slowly, I reached out to others who shared my passion. Today, three years later, I am surrounded by people who inspire, support and help me follow my dreams. Sprouts helped me find these people and I am so thankful.”

-Payton Pelaez
Chez Pay, 2016

“My son has been attending Sprouts classes since he was about 8 years old, and now he is 12. Sprouts has been a really important part of his life. He’s had so many amazing experiences cooking with the chefs of some of the area’s most fabulous restaurants.
But most important is the relationship he has developed with the people of Sprouts. He loves the people, forms relationships with the chefs, brings home amazing food, recipes, and everyone makes a point of getting to know him and us. He’s developed great culinary skills that he can use at home and in other settings, his skills have contributed to overall self-confidence; we give Sprouts a lot of credit for this. Nothing has come close to the real-world culinary experience provided by the entire Sprouts organization.”

– Mary A
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 3 weeks or more before any Sprouts class, event or camp: 50% refund
Cancellations made 3 weeks or less before any Sprouts class, event or camp: Not eligible for refund
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390 40th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

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