Bay Area Summer Camps

Sprouts Camps are a Culinary Adventure!

Our summer camps are 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! Sprouts campers cook alongside all types of chefs, including restaurants like Bon Voyage, In Situ, and Chop Bar. Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to join us in our culinary crusade!

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

Summer Camp 2020 Dates

June 15th – 19th June 29th – July 3rd July 27th – 31st
June 22nd – 26th July 6th – 10th  
July 13th – 17th July 27th – 31st  
July 20th – 24th August 10th – 14th  
August 3rd – 7th    

More Camp Info

Camps run from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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.

San Jose Camp Weeks drop-off and pick-up location will be at Grateful Gardens at 990 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95126. During the day, we travel to local gardens, restaurants and markets.

Camp Tuition (Per Week): $680-$700* 

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. That’s up to $420! 

With our Company Matching Program, you can also receive a $100+* refund!

Thank you for your support!

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

Sample Day Schedule


Stage at The Dorian Restaurant 

We’ll start off the week with a half-day stage at The Dorian right alongside the head chef himself! We’ll master the art of Independence Day cooking as we learn how to make Dorian’s signature burger on the grill along with seasonal sides. We’ll round out the stage by whipping up Chef’s favorite dessert and then recap what we learned at Great Meadow Park. Next, well head to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market to meet our local food heroes- the farmers- and play a scavenger hunt where we learn about seasonal produce. 

Drop-Off/ Pick-Up: Macy’s at Union Square

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.


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!

12 Years Of Summer 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.”


“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”


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


“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!”


“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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