Bay Area Summer Camps

  • JULY & AUGUST CAMPS

    County and safety permitting, we will be running our in-person camps with extra safety precautions from July 13th to August 10th with potential programming the week of July 6th. All camp information will be confirmed soon after the Bay Area shelter-in-place is lifted.  Rather than our traditional camp model, we will be running restaurant apprenticeship weeks, where youth will spend the entire week with the same chef and restaurant, learning everything it takes to run a high-end restaurant, from cooking to service to marketing and budgets. Participating restaurants include Saison, 3rd Cousin, Mago, and The Dorian. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

    The safety of your aspiring chefs during these camp weeks is our first priority, and we will take the necessary precautions with masks, gloves, and hygiene measures to ensure their safety. In the event that COVID-19 related complications prohibit us from hosting these camps, all tuition will be refunded in full.

  • VIRTUAL DINNER CHEF SERIES

    Invite a celebrity chef into your home this summer to cook family dinner with your child! Sprouts is teaming up with award-winning Bay Area chefs to bring virtual dinner classes directly to your home. At the end of the class, your aspiring chef will be ready to proudly call out, “Dinner’s served!” to the family.

    – 7-15 year olds are welcome to participate!

    – Classes take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, via Zoom, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. PST.

    – All menus will have vegetarian and gluten free substitutes.

    – Ingredient and equipment lists will be issued 5 days before the class!

    – Students will interact live with Sprouts’ guest chef!

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

Sprouts is holding registrations for our July and August camps and our team is eager to welcome your child! All registrations made during the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place term will enjoy free cancellation and reduced tuition of $600. 

Safety, as always, is the number one priority for our students and team members; we will be following all distancing and hygiene guidelines outlined by the state and federal government in addition to enforcing our own standard kitchen safety and hygiene standards. 

Sprouts Camps are a Culinary Adventure!

Get ready to claim your spot before it’s too late; this summer is gonna be delightfully delicious!  Our week-long camps are an intensive, culinary experience chock-full of hands-on cooking classes in outdoor kitchens and restaurants, and farms.  

Kids ages 7-13 are welcome to join us in our culinary crusade! We also offer the option of Junior Counselor (older kids ages 14-15) who are given special privileges, higher-skill level cooking assignments, more leadership-oriented tasks and have more contact with the chefs. Limit of two Junior Counselors per camp week.

Locations

East Bay Camp Weeks:  Each week has a unique location, where campers cook and participate in culinary activities all day long. Drop off and pickup are directly on site. Locations include sites such as Mago restaurant and Sprouts Outdoor Garden Kitchen at Chapparal House.

SF Weeks: Each week has a unique location, where campers cook and participate in culinary activities all day long. Drop off and pickup are directly on site. Locations include Saison, 3rd Cousin, and Alemany Farms.

Camp Tuition (Per Week): $600*

*60% of your camp tuition fee can be applied towards a charitable deduction which helps sponsor underserved youth in the Bay Area train to become professional chefs. Receive a $100+ refund when you submit a company match for the charitable deduction part of your camp fee.  Thank you for your support!

Note: The class fee does not include transportation between culinary sites or personal market money.

*Any camp registration purchased after March 17th is viable for a full refund.

Because we cook with real chefs that have busy schedules, camp schedules are subject to change.

With summer camps serving as a fundraiser for our Chef-in-Training program, your participation in the camp helps empower young adults to train to become chefs and secure sustainable culinary jobs.

Summer Camp 2020 Dates

BAY AREA CAMP DATES

July 9th & 10th
July 13th – 17th
July 20th – 24th
July 27th – 31st
August 3rd – 7th
August 10th – 14th

Get 15% Off Camp Fee!

As a non-profit, the generosity of community members and local companies makes everything we do possible! Receive a 15% kick-back on your summer camp fee (full week or camp day) by submitting a Sprouts-issued receipt to your company matching program. Email us for a donation receipt and submit your match today.
Background

13 Years Of Cooking Camps!

“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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