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 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 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.

Camp is Outdoors:

Camp Smart Start programs are mostly located outdoors. In the event of rain, smoke, or any other unsafe conditions, camp enrollment numbers allow for program movement to a secure, indoor location that adheres to current Alameda county guidelines. In event of a program closure, parents will be notified as soon as possible. 

Camp Smart Start & 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.


Play Pods Information

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

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 in the social play they need, and get parents a few extra hours for themselves.

Pods consist of stable groups, with staff and children adhering to all state, county, and local guidelines for COVID safe programming.

Registration available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Camp Smart Start and Play Pods Registration:

Registration for Camp Smart Start is via Piedmont Recreation's Community Pass webpage.  Want to be the first to know when openings occur?  Subscribe to PRD's eNews

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Click HERE for instructions to set up a new account, add payment information and review Frequently Asked Questions about the Community Pass site. 


Camp Smart Start is currently AT CAPACITY and we cannot enroll new families at this time.

CAMP SMART START

Session 10: MondayFriday, April 19–May 14 (4-week session) from 8:15 am2:30 pm
Camp Fee: 
$979.00/session
Location: Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 

Session 11: MondayFriday, May 17–June 4 (3-week session*) from 8:15 am2:30 pm
Camp Fee: 
$685.00/session
Location: Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 
* program not in session Monday, May 31

Online Registration information available via Community Pass.

PLAY PODS

Session 10: MondayFriday, April 19–May 14 (4-week session) from 2:305:30 pm

Program Fee: $550.00/session
Location: Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 

Session 11: MondayFriday, May 17–June 4 (3-week session) from 2:305:30 pm
Program Fee: 
$385.00/session
Location: 
Outdoors at Beach, Havens, and Wildwood 
* program not in session Monday, May 31


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