The Best Neighborhood Summer Camp

Camper Will Robins catches a water balloon during a wild water balloon fight at Camp Iris Way. photo: Aaron Selverson


Camp Iris Way in Palo Alto, CA, which just completed its second year, is the best neighborhood summer camp in many ways. It’s the biggest and the most organized I know of, by far. Its organizers, Jennifer Antonow and Diana Nemet, read about my camp, Camp Yale, a couple of years ago and decided to give it a try. They’ve totally outdone me!

Amazingly, it had 72 kids, including 41 participants (from age 4 to 3rd grade), 11 counselors in training (4th and 5th graders), and 20 counselors (6th grade through 12th grade). That’s over 90% of all kids between age 4 and 12th grade in the neighborhood!

I’ve devoted a whole chapter to Camp Iris Way in my upcoming book (!?!). If you’re *really* interested in learning about how to run a neighborhood summer camp, email me to get that chapter.

In addition, check out the following articles on Camp Iris Way from Palo Alto Patch:

In Duveneck, a Neighborhood Dominated by Free-Range Kids
Camp Iris Way Deals Blow to Paranoid Parenting

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