Summer Camps for Learning Life Skills: Cooking and More

These camps cover the life skills they won’t learn in school. By fall, you’ll be taking a backseat and letting your little one lead dinner! Or, just get them started on their progress toward independence. Along with writing about the Bay Area’s other great summer camps, we’ve got a selection of Marin summer camps to learn life skills.

Cooking | Meditation


Corte Madera Camp

Corte Madera

Corte Madera summer camp creates a fun and positive experience with a variety of activities from indoor/outdoor games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, volunteer opportunities, and special guest visits. 

Ages 5–12, 415.927.5072

Marin Horizon Summer Camp

Mill Valley

Marin Horizons

Join us at Marin Horizon’s Summer Camp for a summer of friends, fun, and academics. We have a new and engaging theme each week including: Mighty Explorers (June 20-23), Rainbow Bonanza (June 26-30), Mad Scientists (July 5-7), Dots and Circles (July 10-14), Little Chefs (July 17-21), and Imagination Station (July 24-28). Regular hours are 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Extended care hours are 8:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. 

Ages 3–7, 415.388.8408

Pine Point Cooking School


At the Pine Point Kids Cooking Camp kids learn kitchen safety, cleanliness, how to use and care for kitchen equipment, planning balanced meals and nutrition, and basic culinary techniques. 

Ages 9–12, 415.332.4352

Sonoma Academy

Santa Rosa

From robotics, baking, storytelling, and basketball, the Sonoma Academy summer camp has activities for every kid. 

Ages 10–14, 707.545.1770

Sacred Heart Preparatory School

San Francisco

The summer program at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory includes a range of curricula for campers. Among their week-long workshops, kids going into grades 7–9 can take cooking classes and grades 5–9 can participate in public speaking or speech & debate workshops.

Ages 10–14, 415.775.6626

Slide Ranch

Muir Beach

Slide Ranch summer camps offer nature connection and safety with unique hands-dirty opportunities for experiential learning, growing and fun on a working ranch. 

Ages 5–18, 415.381.6155

Steve and Kate’s Camp

Corte Madera, Santa Rosa

At Steve and Kate’s Camp kids choose from a variety of activities including sewing, stop-motion animation, music, sports and recreation, makers crafts, bread making, and more.

Ages 4–12, 415.604.0078


Camp Funderblast 

Cascade Canyon School, Fairfax / HV Community Center, Scott Valley Club, Mill Valley

Camp Funderblast is a local day camp that focuses on fun and making sure each child feels loved, supported, and seen. 

Ages 4–12, 415.843.1730