It's not just the kids who love Adventure Camps. Parents tell us all the time how satisfying it is to know that their children are getting the special attention they deserve. Here is what people are saying about us. You may find it helpful to talk to other parents about their children's participation in Adventure Camps. Just let us know and we'll put you in touch with someone who has generously offered to serve as a contact.
"I can't tell you how much Connor has enjoyed going to Adventure Camps during the past 5 years. When making plans for his summer vacation each year, all Connor wants is to sign up for Adventure Camps. He loves going to different places everyday, being in the sunshine and how counselors make every day fun and exciting."
- Rachel Kilshaw,
Adventure Camps parent 1998-2004,
"...Adventure Camps gives children plenty of unhurried time, physical space, and the kind of open-ended activities which support their individuality, their confidence, and their enthusiasm for living. My two kids came to Adventure Camp all summer every summer for years. One graduated into a counselor, his best summer job ever. Now my 7-year-old visiting grandson is getting his turn. Like my kids, like me, he loves it. In his own words, 'Rory ROCKS'. We're trying to get him back for some of the summer. I am so so glad you're on it!!
- Linda Davenport, Ph.D.
"As Chief Park Ranger of Marin County Parks, I am responsible for overseeing and issuing hundreds of permits and booking special events and reservations for our 30 County facilities yearly. I first met Adventure Camp Director Rory Judge over 35 years ago at McNears Beach in San Rafael. His staff has always impressed me with their professionalism and offering first class treatment to their kids. The McNears swimming pool can be a pretty hectic place on hot summer days ,and our lifeguards appreciate the extra care Adventure Camps gives to make sure their kids stay safe.
I highly recommend Adventure Camps as a great alternative to get your kids outside to enjoy a healthy lifestyle!"
-Rob Ruiz, Chief Park Ranger, Marin County Parks
"I have known Rory for 48 years. Each week Adventure Camps provides...our students with fun, stimulating and educational experiences,,, I recommend Adventure Camps to our parents without hesitation."-Jacque Grillo, Executive Director, Lone Mountain Children's Center
"My sons came to Adventure Camps at a most fragile time in their lives. My husband had passed away only weeks before and we had just endured three memorial services. I really didn't have much hope that they would even agree to separate form me. I remember calling Rory and telling him that my eldest son probably wouldnt last an hour let alone the entire day. He assured me that he would call if there was any sign of unhappiness he never needed to. From the first day he and his staff made them feel safe and gave them so much attention that by the second day they were running to the van excited to see where they would be going next. Each day, the would tell me what they did, what new friends they made and how much fun they had it was great to hear, especially at this time. It is clear that Rory and his staff truly care about all of the children and know how to create a fun, nurturing environment. I will always be grateful for the kindness they all extended to our family at a time when we really needed it. I tell everyone what a great experience it was and how my boys definitely look forward to many more memorable times with Adventure Camps."- Gina Ghorbani, Adventure Camps Mom
"My three boys have all done stints at Adventure Camp and it is a great program. Rory loves kids, and he knows how to have fun. What could be better than digging foxholes on the beach or finding salamanders under rocks? The kids get out and see the Bay Area, especially in the summer, and Rory's helpers are always great: upbeat, responsible and good with all kinds of kids. Even riding around in the van seems to be a hit with the campers. I highly recommend it."
YELP.com Review by, Katherine B.
"Some of my favorite memories from childhood were of the after-school adventures with Rory and friends exploring the city. The adventures were always fun as they were kid driven, and we were always discovering something new. Now, as a parent, it is great to see my kids get to experience Adventure Camps with Rory, and come home with the same wide grin, sense of wonder, and fun memories that I did!"
-Lucas Heldfond, Adventure Camper 1979-81
"It was always a joy to take my four children to Rory's. It truly is an "adventure" camp in the best sense of the world. I think today the experience of being outdoors and carefree would be even more valuable. Congratulations to Rory for many successful years!"
-Patti Heldfond, Adventure Camps Parent,
Late 1970's-early 80's
"Looking back at the time I spent at Adventure Camps when I was a little girl, I am very fond of the memories I have. Every day was a new and exciting experience. Whether it was a day at the beach, a trip to the Exploratorium or a picnic at the park I always looked forward to each day and what new adventures we would have. It brings me such joy to have my son now attend Adventure Camps. I know he will have wonderful memories of his time with Rory and the gang and looks forward to coming back each summer!"
-Francesca, Adventure camper 1978-83
Adventure Camps mom 2008-present
" So I was running around the polo fields just now, hating life because I have let myself eat way too much, which I totally blame all of it on Yelp, when I had to quickly run out of the way of a mob of smiling, giggling, sneaking children as they came out of the bushes. They were led by a young guy, probably 18-20 or so. They snuck down the stairs alongside the north bleachers and crept around to the tunnel face and suddenly they went berserk! Screaming and shouting and laughing and running and then, all of a sudden, ANOTHER group of these little monsters were running and screaming and giggling alongside them. This group, of course, was led by none other than Rory Judge, perhaps the coolest, hippest camp counselor ever to grace San Francisco.
Immediately I recognized him. Not much had changed over the 20 years since I had been a part of his camp. He had the big grayish hair, the same enthusiasm for each child. I was thrown for a loop during that instant when I remembered back to discovering San Francisco as a child with Adventure Camps. I remembered instantly the bunkers in the Presidio and at Fort Miley, the various beaches we went to, the picnics we had, the trips to swimming pools.
I don't know how many parents of 4-14 year olds read my reviews, but if anyone out there is looking to send their kid or a kid they know to an awesome place where they get the most attention, respect, and love they need mixed in with fun all the time, Adventure Camps is the place to be."
-YELP.com REVIEW by, Charley B.
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