THE WORLD NEEDS INNOVATORS
Here’s a quick overview of our wild-eyed vision—and SIX other things that distinguish Galileo from other camps.
We think the world needs innovators. We also think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. They don’t always get this incredible boost in other settings, but thousands of them have been getting it at Galileo since 2002.
Drawing heavily from the innovation process inspired by the Stanford d.school, we design and run a constantly-evolving series of programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade. For kids pre-K through 5th grade, there’s Camp Galileo. For kids from 5th grade through 8th, there’s Galileo Summer Quest. We also design and run camps for The Tech Museum of Innovation—4th-8th grade.
The demand for our camps grows every summer, so there’s likely to be a location near you. That means you don’t have to choose between the demands of work and life and treating your kids to a thrilling and potentially life-altering experience. To add to the convenience, we offer extended care from 8 am to 6 pm, and an optional healthy lunch program.
A camp is only as good as the people who nurture and inspire your kids every day. Our screening process is meticulous. Only the sharpest and most talented instructors, counselors and interns make the cut. Many are professional teachers and educators. Many have also been with us for many years. Each camp location bears their unique stamp, and pulsates with their infectious energy.
We group kids pre-K through 5th grade into three age levels. Then we welcome our budding innovators into a world constructed around a weekly theme bursting with creative possibilities. Each day, campers participate in a carefully integrated mix of art, science and outdoor activities, calibrated for their age group and presented via a whimsical week-long narrative arc. They learn game-changing lessons, like the innovator’s mindset, the power of collaboration and how to embrace rather than fear mistakes. Learn more here.
Older innovators choose from over a dozen majors, then spend an entire week at a time focused on realizing their own personal vision—whether they’re designing a fashion line or video game, creating their signature recipe, or building a high-performance go-kart. We surround our campers with expert instructors, professional tools and materials, and eager collaborators. The rest is pure innovation. Learn more and see the complete list of majors here.
When Stanford grad Glen Tripp established our first camp in Palo Alto in 2002, he named it after 16th-century wildman Galileo Galilei. He wasn’t trying to create a generation of heretics. He wanted to instill in kids the same spirit of fearlessness and creative action embodied by Galileo. That gene was inherited by visionaries like Frida Kahlo, Miles Davis and Steve Jobs. Now we’re passing it on to the next generation of fearless innovators to create a bright new world.
WHY WORK HERE
We’re not just inspiring a new generation of innovators—we’re providing a platform for a new generation of innovative industry professionals.
Working for Galileo gives you the chance to be part of something meaningful and ground-breaking. Whether joining our Summer Staff, Camp Director, or Headquarters team, people who come to work here find the energy so addicting that they stick around for a long time. That tells us we’re doing something right.
Through the consistent application of our values, our high-functioning teams take every opportunity to grow and improve. Our teams believe that the way we work together is just as important as the work itself, which is why we infuse our days with the same joy and wonder that our campers experience.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN – AND WHERE IT’S GOING
Before Stanford grad Glen Tripp established the first Galileo camp in Palo Alto in 2002, he wasn’t hearing much talk in the education world about design thinking, creative problem solving or innovation strategies. Educators were a lot more focused on academic subjects such as math and literacy.
BUT GLEN AND HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS SAW THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. They saw a world that needed innovators and problem-solvers. They also saw a window of opportunity to complement what kids learn during the school year with a new and powerful experience—that of approaching learning fearlessly and creatively as innovators. The window was summer. And so Galileo was born.
TODAY, GALILEO OPERATES +45 INNOVATION CAMPS AROUND THE BAY AREA AND IN THE LA AREA. Everything that happens at them is informed by our Galileo Innovation Approach (affectionately known as the “GIA”). Inspired by the innovation process developed at the Stanford d.school, the GIA is a distillation of everything kids need to learn to envision and create a better world–the mindset, the knowledge and the process.
KIDS ABSORB THE GIA NOT BY LISTENING TO BORING LECTURES, BUT BY ACTING. They internalize it through an endless series of art projects, science experiments and outdoor activities. Apparently, it’s infectious. Parents of our campers tell us their kids exude a newfound confidence. They no longer fear mistakes–they embrace them as a natural part of refining their cool idea. And they continue to create works of art and invent problem-solving contraptions out of household recyclables long after summer camp is over.
IT’S BEEN MORE THAN TEN YEARS and thousands of campers since our inception. We’re successfully igniting a new generation of fearless innovators. We hope we’re preparing each one of them to live a freer, happier life, and to make their own contribution to a brighter world we all can enjoy.
PATRON SAINT OF INNOVATION
A lot of people think of Galileo Galilei as a brilliant 16th century physicist, astronomer and philosopher. And he was. But that’s not why we named our camps after him.
We did it because Galileo was a radical innovator. He had the courage to challenge the status quo and the vision to blaze new trails. He was an outside-the-box thinker in a time when you could be persecuted and put in prison for being an outside-the-box thinker.
Galileo’s spirit is alive and kicking in our time. We experience it everywhere, in innovations in art, technology, music, medicine, engineering and communication. His is the innovator gene we’re focused on activating in every one of our campers.
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I applied online. I interviewed at Galileo Learning (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.
After submitting a written application, I was asked to prepare a brief personal statement (~30 seconds) and short sample lesson (~3 minutes). A group interview was held, maybe 30 other interviewees in attendance, we all gave our introductions and were then split up into small groups. In these small groups each interviewee gave their brief lesson while the others in the group pretended to be students. Galileo staff made a strong effort to make the interview fun and free of unnecessary stress by providing optional costume items and stressing the fact that we weren't competing against each other for jobs.
- In the written interview I was asked to describe an appropriate activity for campers who are tired and agitated at the end of the day. 1 Answer
Founded in 2002, Galileo has grown to over 40 awe-inspiring summer camp programs throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles, for which we hire close to 1,500 summer staff each year. Our mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We’re simultaneously providing a platform for a new generation of innovative industry professionals. Working for Galileo ...
Mission: Our mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We think the world NEEDS innovators and that kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. They don’t always get this incredible boost in other settings, but thousands of them have been getting it at Galileo since 2002.