Solid Ground Program

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June 12th – July 28th, 2017

Cameron House’s Solid Ground program is designed to help middle school youth build a strong foundation upon which they can learn and grow into healthy teenagers. Solid Ground seeks to provide an unforgettable and transforming experience that challenges youth to grow mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially.

The Solid Ground curriculum balances and integrates education and recreation, culture and community, and learning and leadership, giving participants the opportunity to thrive in different settings. Participants will be challenged to grow holistically through overnight camping trips, service learning projects, STEM/tinkering, field trips, cooking, and other enrichment activities.

8th Grade Youth-Powered

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New this year, Cameron House introduces Youth-Powered, a brand new component of the Solid Ground Program for 8th graders!

Service learning is a major component of both the Solid Ground experience and Cameron House’s values and mission. Solid Ground campers entering 8th grade in the fall will participate in Youth-Powered, a program aimed at educating and empowering Bay Area youth around issues affecting their communities. Cameron House Youth-Powered participants will attend workshops and unique service projects. By the end of summer, as they enter their final year of middle school, Youth-Powered students will have had an unforgettable experience and gained skills to become advocates in their communities and beyond.

Youth-Powered workshops and service projects will take place in addition to the typical Solid Ground camp experience of field trips, camping, cooking, and educational and recreational activities.


Read all about our experiences at Solid Ground!

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Supervision, Accountability, and Care

The Solid Ground program is overseen by the Out of School Time Programs Director in coordination with the Solid Ground Program Manager.  We hire experienced and passionate youth staff as our Summer Department Coordinators, who oversee the daily operations of each department grade. Each Department Coordinator also manages a group of 10 – 15 high school volunteer leaders, who are trained to work with our youth so that they can implement programming throughout the summer. These high school leaders are amazing young people who are dedicated to providing quality experiences for our youth participants while developing their own leadership and youth work skills!

Program Hours & Fee

The Solid Ground program runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with free extended care from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Our 2017 program fee for the Solid Ground program is $930 for the full seven-weeks, or $155 per week. Financial Assistance is available to those in need. Please see below for more information.

**There will be no camp on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.  The cost for Week 4 is prorated to $125.

Calendar of Activities

Drop-off and Pick-up Locations

Donaldina Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)


Covenant Presbyterian Church, 321 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116 (Sunset)

Youth may be dropped off between 8:00 am – 9:00 am, and picked up between 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  If you need to pick-up your child before program ends at 5:00pm, please plan on making special arrangements with your child’s Department Coordinator at least the day before.  From the drop-off sites, youth will travel by public transportation to their destination for that day.  Actual daily programming may occur at different sites.

Registration Information


If you prefer, click to view and print the PDF registration form (English) or PDF registration form (Chinese) for Solid Ground 2017, which includes the program registration as well as the 2017-2018 YM General Information Form.

Once you’ve submitted your application and payment, we will notify you of your acceptance into the program via email within two weeks.  If you have not heard from us or would like to inquire about the status of your application, please contact Kelcie Wong at (415) 781-0401 x104 or

Financial Assistance

At Cameron House, our goal is to provide any child or youth with the opportunity to benefit from our programs.  Through generous donations from our alumni, underwriting support and grants, we are able to offer need-based financial assistance to participants of our summer programs.

Individuals who qualify for Medi-CAL, Section 8 housing, or free lunch program at SFUSD, will automatically qualify for our highest level of financial aid.  Under the highest level of financial aid, the full 7 week program is $280.

To apply for financial assistance, please complete and submit the following forms:

Financial Assistance Form (Chinese Version)
Solid Ground Registration Form (Chinese Version)

If you are applying for financial aid, you will need to submit the financial aid document along with relevant documentation. We will notify you of your financial aid eligibility and amount owed once we’ve received these documents. After receiving payment, we will send you a confirmation to let you know that your registration is complete.

For more information, please contact Kelcie Wong at (415) 781-0401 x104 or

Contact Information

Rene Kamm – Solid Ground Program Manager
(415) 781-0401 x227

Kelcie Wong – OST Programs Director
(415) 781-0401 x104

Sunday, November 19th at 2pm

Light the Night!

We’d love to have you join us for Light the Night; find out more here! Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Or, if you’d like to help by donating, please type “Light the Night” in the “Additional Notes” section.