Camp Smart Start & Play Pods

Camp Smart StartTo support working families and keep kids on track, PRD offers Camp Smart Start, a program that offers support for students with their distance learning, while providing safe, fun childcare for working parents.

What Camp Smart Start IS:

Led by trained PRD and Schoolmates Staff, Camp Smart Start will help kids stay on track to start the school year by offering distance learning support, as well as providing opportunities for socialization and play with games and activities throughout the day.

Following the PUSD Distance Learning Bell Schedule, staff will assist students in logging into their various synchronous and asynchronous classes, assist with technical difficulties, and support their learning where possible.

When not “in-class”, staff will lead kids in the fun games and activities you’ve come to expect from PRD and Schoolmates. Camp Smart Start will feature weekly themes, sports, games, and more, featuring stable Pods of no more than 14 children, with staff and children adhering to all state, county, and local guidelines for COVID-safe programming.  

All children attending Camp Smart Start will be required to wear a mask while at camp, except when eating.

What Camp Smart Start is NOT:

Camp Smart Start is not school. While staff will do all they can to support teachers and students in their distance learning, we may not be able to answer every question or solve every “new” math problem. While Camp Smart Start staff are not teachers or tutors, they will communicate and work closely with parents to support students in their distance learning.

Camp Smart Start Information:

Camp Smart Start is for students grades TK-5th grades. The locations will be at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood Elementary Schools and are all outdoors! You will register for the lottery based upon your child’s school assignment. The sessions are 3/4-weeks long and if you are selected to attend, you will be paying the full amount for the 3/4-week session. No adjustments to the fee will be made for missed days or time. Additional sessions may be added.

Please note: there will be a processing fee added to the total cost of the camp at check out.


Registration is NOW available on our Community Pass website! 

Session 6: Monday - Friday, January 4-22 (3-week session) from 8:15 am–3:00 pm
Camp Fee: 
$825/session
Location: Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 


Play Pods Information:

 It's time to put away screens, get outside, and play!

That's why Schoolmates and PRD are introducing Play Pods, an afternoon outdoor recreation program focused on fun, socialization and screen-free playtime. Each afternoon trained Schoolmates and Recreation Staff lead and supervise their Play Pod while leading COVID-safe games, sports, crafts, and more.

Play Pods are a great way to keep kids active, get them the social play they need, and get parents a few extra hours for themselves.

Stable Pods consist of groups of no more than 14 children, with staff and children adhering to all state, county, and local guidelines for COVID-safe programming. 

Registration available on a first come first served basis. Play Pod groups are formed based on school and grade level, no friend requests accepted at this time. 

Please note: there will be a processing fee added to the total cost of the camp at check out.

Registration is NOW available on our Community Pass website! 

Session 6Monday - Friday, January 4-22 (3-week session) from 2:30-5:30 pm
Program Fee: $412.50 
Location: Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 

Camp is Outdoors:

All Camp Smart Start programs will be outdoors. In the event of rain, smoke, or any other unsafe conditions camp may be cancelled. Parents will be notified as soon as possible regarding any closures. 

Camp Smart Start / Play Pods & Inclusion:

PRD is committed to inclusion and supporting all PUSD students as much as possible. Please email jstearns@piedmont.ca.gov for more information. 

Pod Formation:

All pods will match PUSD cohorts to the best of our ability and your child(ren) may not be in a pod with their classmates. PRD will group all classmates together wherever possible, otherwise pods will be formed by grade. 

Refunds, Cancellations & Transfers:

Camp Smart Start programs may be cancelled or modified for any reason. Once Camp Smart Start begins, cancellations or transfers will not be permitted, and no refunds will be provided for missed days at camp, except for medical reasons. Transfers are not permitted between PRD Pods or Camp Programs. Campers must attend the entire session.

Camp Smart Start & Play Pods Registration:

NEW! Registration is NOW available for the January Session of Camp Smart Start and Play Pods via Piedmont Recreation's Community Pass webpage. 

Click HERE to learn how to set up a new account, add your credit card and FAQ about our new Community Pass site. 


Additional Questions, please contact:
Jackson Stearns, Recreation Supervisor: jstearns@piedmont.ca.gov
Katrina Morris, Recreation Coordinator: kmorris@piedmont.ca.gov