Rave Reviews

From Parents:

“I’m happy to get the chance to send up some ‘Hurrah!’ for the summer camp my son has attended all summer long for four years in a row: Monkey Business! A chum told us about it during kindergarten. My son (7) went for the first two weeks provisionally, but by the third day we had signed him up through August. That was it: his summers were set every year. And they were set OUTDOORS. As my son told me that first summer, Monkey Business campers go indoors only to use the loo. Otherwise, the sky is their roof, whether they are making cool crafts, cooking, hiking the trails in search of the fearsome banana slug, rolling their eyes (the boys) as the less inhibited campers sing obscure soul songs, playing long-story board games, or whiffle ball jai alai, or baseball, or other sports some of which appear to be pretty much improvised. They build forts too. Three months outside, all day long, not an iPad within furlongs. The best feature of Monkey Business, however, is the quality of personal leadership, on the ground & in the background with the ideas. Actual adults are pretty much everywhere, adults with GAME. A smart scheme of supervisors, younger counselors, and former campers now training to be counselors works very well with enthusiasm & support at every level. Have I missed anything? Probably a lot. I imagine I sound like a paid booster, but I am just a happy parent grateful for all the good in Monkey Business, which is delivered directly to my kid, every Summer’s day.”

“We were a a little hesitant, since our three-year-old had never been to summer camp, and we did have a difficult separation the first day, but Liz, the head counselor, was a complete pro. She knew exactly how to detach our son, and by the end of day one, he reported to us that, ‘I was sad, but now I be happy!’ At the start of his second week, he could not stop saying how much he loved camp. Whenever we arrived for pick-up, the groups of 3-4 year-olds were always calm, orderly and contented. The counselors were warm and very impressive, and the setting was idyllic. Monkey Business clearly knows its business!”

“My 5 year old daughter had a wonderful time at Monkey Business Winter Camp. It was a life saver for us working parents, thank you so much!! She loved all the new songs she learned, especially ‘Shark Attack’, and all the arts and crafts activities. We look forward to sending her to Summer Camp!”

“This summer was our first taste of summer camps as my son just finished his first year of school- Kindergarten. To get a flavor or what camps were all about, I signed him up for a ton of camps – basically a different one every week. Toward the end of the summer, I needed to fill a few days and had heard through the mill that Monkey Business offered drop in days for the final two weeks. We live in Oakland, so it’s definitely a hike to get to Tilden, but let me just say that it could not have been more worth it. Of the probably 8 camps my son attended this summer, yours was by far his and my most favorite. Your camp just had this vibe that said, “this is what camp should be”. He LOVED it. He made friends, he met counselors, he explored the outdoors. I was so, so impressed with the quality of the counselors and with the kids and their attitudes. So easy going and fun.”

“Just a quick thank you for another great summer for Miles!  He especially enjoyed doing the play and I must say I was most impressed with the quality of the show.  Please pass on my compliments to the staff who wrote and directed the show.  We look forward to next summer!”

“Thank you for 2 wonderful weeks of camp for Sam this summer.  He had a fantastic time and came home singing new songs at dinner every night.  It seemed to me that Monkey Business was a great combination of organized and relaxed, fun and truly oriented around young people’s perspective. With appreciation…”

“Just wanted to send some feedback – this was our first time at MonkeyBusiness. Sako LOVED the drama camp in August. The before and after care options worked out really well for us. All the staff were wonderful and our family enjoyed the variety show at the end – what a beautiful place for it! We loved the family feeling and the controlled chaos. Sako is already asking if she can return next year. Thanks again for offering such a wonderful program!”

“Just a quick note that our daughter, Molly LOVED camp with you guys!  Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience for her.  We’re planning to budget such that we can send her longer next summer.”

“Once again, this was Josh’s favorite camp this year – it feels like a part of our family tradition now. Playing outside all day long in a beautiful setting with good friends (new and old), learning new things, making lanyards…it is what summer is all about and is the greatest. We will continue to tell our friends about it. Thanks!!!”

“Our eldest daughter went to Monkey Business for several years, and our younger daughters’ greatest wish came true when they were old enough to go, too. Monkey Business combines a wonderful mix of creativity, relaxation, and physically challenging hikes (walks WE could never get our children to do and on which they now lead us…) Although the camp has expanded to several sites, the warmth and enthusiasm of the staff have never lagged. We look forward to several more summers in Tilden Park.”

“I think this camp is one of the best in the nation. Gosh I really wish there was a Monkey Business Camp in the San Jose area. Keep up the great work!”

“We love Monkey Business. The staff is terrific. Not only are they warm, supportive, and experienced with young kids, but they obviously enjoy working with children (which — bizarrely — is not true of the staff at some of the summer camps around here). The folks who run Monkey Business have obviously thought out the program thoroughly in advance, so that nothing falls through the cracks. I love it that there is a time on the schedule every day for sun screening — no more sunburned kids because an overworked counselor forgot to suggest sun-screen and the kids were too busy playing to stop and request some! This is the kind of camp every kid should go to during the summer: they play games, they do crafts, they go swimming, they sing songs, they have a great time. What more could you ask for?”

“Anna had SUCH a fantastic time at Monkey Business this summer. Each day she’d come home glowing from all the activities and play. We were at both locations–Tilden and Roberts, and they were equally amazing. I’ve never seen Anna adjust to a new situation with such ease and (even) enthusiasm! The counselors and directors really took their time to connect with Anna, and she clearly felt a part of the Monkey Business community. Both Taylor and Lindsay (and all the counselors) are inspiring. We are planning to come back next summer (but for more sessions!).”

“Our family has grown up with Monkey Business Summer Camp. Both children started in kindergarten or first grade, romping through the woods and at the lake in Tilden Park. When the older child reached 3rd grade, she moved on to Girls on the Go. She is now considering the CIT program, and the younger one has Girls at the top of her list of summer camps this year. Heather and Stacy are wonderful role models, and they are the reason we continue to go back year after year.”

“My sons have participated in the CIT and Jr. CIT programs with Monkey Business Camp. In addition, to having as much fun as they did when they were monkey business campers, they were wonderfully mentored in assuming their new levels of responsibilities. They want to be a part of Monkey Business Camp as long as they can.”

“Really and truly the list of good things about Monkey Business Camp could go on and on. We have flown in from Illinois , of all places, so that Renner could be a counselor in training for two summers in a row. All year long he talks about his friends from Oakland. Each summer he has grown more sure of himself as he helped younger children in skits, singing and games. Monkey Business is transformative! Stacy and Heather model a way of interacting with children that help them be the leaders in their own learning, and the campers’ enthusiasm shows in the way they relate to each other.”

“Wanting to thank you for the excellent time my son Evan had at camp this past summer. It was a really positive experience for him and for me having some place he was so excited about was a great relief. I have seen a lot of emotional and social development in Evan these past few months and I believe your program helped bring about that growth and helped increase his self confidence. We definitely will see you next summer.”


From Staff:

“MBC is amazing on so many levels–fun, professional growth, and building lasting relationships. I will never forget what I experienced this summer; everyone is a huge family–campers and workers are invested in this camp!”

“By and large I greatly enjoyed working with the staff at MBC. Most every experience was positive and I felt connected to the rest of the team, which really made the summer much more fun. Also, the kids really love coming to MBC so you’ll get to have a ton of fun playing with some really awesome kids. I really valued my interactions with both staff and campers.”

“My experience at MBC was amazing, in great part due to the incredibly high quality of the Staff, YL’s and Admin staff. The campers and parents were wonderful too, but Heather has built a model that so many other places could aspire to emulate.”

“The Pre-K camp site is a wonderful place to be. The behind the scenes support makes the camp easy to create with a sense of fun at every turn. Even the most non- creative person can make this camp fun and exciting with just the protocol offered. But, obviously it is more fun to engage one’s creativity. And, you can’t help but fall in love with all the cuteness of the Pre-K.”

“Working at Monkey Business Camp was such a wonderful experience. Being hired to play and have fun and show love to these amazing kids and work with such a supportive and fun staff was a remarkably fulfilling experience!”