Atherton | 07/10/2017-07/21/2017

Laurel Elementary

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$739 Tuition

Tuition includes all instruction, activities and materials. It also includes two camp t-shirts, which should be worn daily. Lunch is NOT included.


$40 – Morning Supervised Play (8am – 9am)
$80 – Afternoon Supervised Play (3pm – 6pm)
$6 – Extra camp t-shirt (2 shirts are included with your registration)
$6 – Extra camp CD (1 CD is included for each child registered)


Family Discount:

  • $20 off per camper for 2 members of the same family
  • $30 off per camper for 3 members of the same family
  • $40 off per camper for 4 members of the same family

95 Edge Road, Atherton, CA 94027

07/10/2017 – 07/21/2017 (M-F, 9am – 3pm)

Supervised play available 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm for an additional charge.

Adventures in Writing Camp is excited to return to Laurel Elementary with new curriculum this summer! This Menlo/Atherton location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs! Our team of credentialed teachers, musicians and college students is ready to help new campers build confidence and fall in love with writing, and help returning campers continue to develop as writers!

Space available in 1st grade!
Space available in 2nd grade!
Space available in 3rd grade!
Space available in 4th grade!
Space available in 5th grade!
Space available in 6th grade!
Only 4 spaces remaining in 7th grade!
Space available in 8th grade!

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Camp Staff
Staff to be announced soon!


Betsy Baum, Site Administrator

Betsy Baum is a lawyer turned educator who is credentialed in grades 6-12 Social Science. She has taught 6th English/Social Social Studies Core curriculum and believes that creative and individualized teaching are necessary components of making learning a fun and positive experience. Betsy has a strong philosophy that very child is unique and deserves recognition and support of one’s special attributes. Fostering self-esteem with both encouragement and guidance are two of the hallmarks of her philosophy on education.

Betsy obtained her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur, where she focused on English and Social Studies. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and received her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was a civil litigation attorney for over 15 years, but recently decided to pursue her true passion of working with kids as an educator. She’s always loved school herself, so she decided why not do something that you love?

Betsy loves to ride her bike (though she tends to crash as she is a total klutz). In her spare time she reads, reads, reads and her fantasy is to work at a book store one day. She has boy/girl twins who will soon be high school sophomores. She also journals silly and inspiring thoughts and stories, draws diagrams of her days and learns about memes, online gaming, and all kinds of goofy apps and websites from her twins and their friends!

Betsy looks forward to making this summer an exciting, fun and memorable experience for your child!
“Read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.” Holly Lisle

Helen Foley, Entertainment Ranger

We are very excited to welcome Helen Foley back for her second year with Adventures in Writing! There is nothing she loves more than sharing her love of writing with kids through music, dance, and oodles of fun activities.

In addition to being a full-time student majoring in Economics and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Helen loves reading (especially in hammocks) and exploring the outdoors. She is also a music fanatic. Since she was just five years old, she has being playing different instruments, singing, and writing music! Now she is a bluegrass music performer, as well as an active voice and music instructor. However, she is of a firm belief that there is nothing more fun than teaching kids how to rap battle!

Katie Lacek, eBook Ranger

We are so excited that Katie Lacek is returning to Adventures in Writing Camp for her second summer as a Writing Ranger! Katie is credentialed to teach elementary school and is currently working for the Palo Alto Unified School District as a long-term substitute teacher. She is looking to teach full time this coming school year. Katie is passionate about teaching students in a fun and engaging learning environment and is excited for all of the creative stories to come this summer. Katie has a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters degree in Education (Special Emphasis). She completed all of her schooling at the University of La Verne, located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and is happy to be back in the Bay Area where she grew up. Katie is looking forward to assisting children with their writing skills this summer and teaching them how to publish their own stories.