With some reformating due to current events, Vikings is proud to announce that our long running summer camp of over 40 years will be returning this Summer to the beautiful fields of Beach Chalet!
Scroll below to see how we'll be handling things differently to help ensure everyone's safety according to guidelines set forth by the Public Health Department and Parks & Rec.
We specialize in coaching players aged four through twelve, however older players are welcome to come join the fun too. The youngest players will enjoy unique playing opportunities and continuous attention from our coaches, while the oldest players will polish their skill sets in preparation for school and club play.
• Morning Snack & if staying for all day a Lunch (Kids are active and eat more than usual- pack a big lunch!)
• Snack for AfterCare (if your child attends )
• Water bottle
• Cleats and/or athletic shoes (cleats are not required. Some kids do not want to wear cleats all day)
• Shorts and Sweatpants
All items must be labeled with camper's name.
When they register, all parents must agree to this language from the City of SF :
The collective effort and sacrifice of San Francisco residents staying at home limited the spread of COVID-19. But community transmission of COVID-19 within San Francisco continues, including transmission by individuals who are infected and contagious, but have no symptoms. Infected persons are contagious 48 hours before developing symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”), and many are contagious without ever developing symptoms (“asymptomatic”). Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people are likely unaware that they have COVID-19. The availability of childcare and summer camp is an important step in the resumption of activities. However, the decision by the Health Officer to allow childcare and summer camps for all families at facilities that follow required safety rules, does not mean that attending childcare or summer camp is free of risk. Enrolling a child in childcare or summer camp could increase the risk of the child becoming infected with COVID-19. While the majority of children that become infected do well, there is still much more to learn about coronavirus in children, including from recent reports of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Each parent or guardian must determine for themselves if they are willing to take the risk of enrolling their child in childcare/summer camp, including whether they need to take additional precautions to protect the health of their child and others in the household. They should particularly consider the risks to household members who are adults 60 years or older, or anyone who has an underlying medical condition. Parents and guardians may want to discuss these risks and their concerns with their pediatrician or other health care provider. More information about COVID-19, MIS-C, and those at higher risk for serious illness is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/. I understand the risks associated with enrolling my child in childcare/summer camp, and agree to assume the risks to my child and my household. I also agree to follow all safety requirements that the childcare program/summer camp imposes as a condition of enrolling my child.
SFVSC has grown soccer players through fun-filled days of soccer skill-building and free play for over 40 years at our annual summer camp.
Nationally licensed coaches, former professionals, and college players lead our camp with a special focus on child-and-player development through small-sided games. Camp-wide tournaments and innovative competitions build excitement for our young players each and every week. A goalkeeper trainer is at the camp for every session – all day – in case your child wants to try goalkeeping or improve goalkeeping skills.
We specialize in coaching players aged 4 through 12, and the youngest players will enjoy unique playing opportunities and continuous attention from our coaches, while the oldest players will polish their skill sets in preparation for school and club play.
Our coaches ensure that players of every age and ability level will have fun learning the game of soccer. The low player-to-coach ratio enables the coaches to provide continuous attention and individual skills training. The camp also provides a variety of group exercises, small-sided games, and full field matches.
Each player leaves camp with a shirt, soccer ball, and – we believe – a better appreciation of the "beautiful game" of soccer.
All profits from the San Francisco Vikings Summer Camp support our scholarship fund.
If you need financial aid for Summer Camp, the form can be found below.
Vikings Summer Camp will be upholding the Dept of Public Health guidelines that are being implemented by SFRPD for all Summer Camps.
Camps must take place in sessions that are 3 weeks in duration.
Session 1 (July 6-24) IS CLOSED - sorry we are at capacity
Session 2 (July 27-Aug 14) IS CLOSED - sorry we are at capacity
Extended care is available from 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm for a small additional fee.
Campers must be grouped in "pods" of no more than 12. The "pods" will have the same two instructors the entire three weeks. The limit is 12 pods for the camp session (no more than 144 kids)
New campers may not join after the first week of either session. If a camper comes to week one, and doesn't attend week two, they may not return for week three.
"Pods" may not scrimmage each other; the "pods" have to only scrimmage themselves and must have their own canopy and area. Campers in each pod must be signed up for the same amount of time. This means we will not make a "pod" of a mix of full-day, morning, and afternoon campers.
Parents must wear a mask when they drop off their camper.
Per the Department of Public Health guidelines, attendance at all 3 weeks of each session is mandatory. Participants may not skip any week or they will be withdrawn and there will be no refund.
Full day camp 9:00 am-4:00 pm: $375/week BUT must sign up for 3 weeks for a total of $1,125 ($10.71/hr)
Half day camp 9:00 am-12:00 pm: $225/week BUT must sign up for 3 weeks for a total of $675 ($15/hr)
Extended care: 8:00am - 9:00am - $60/week BUT must sign up for 3 weeks for a total of $180 ($12/hr)
Extended care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm - $100/week BUT must sign up for 3 weeks for a total of $300 ($10/hr)
Sibling discount is 10% off for second and any additional children and you enter the code SIBLING in the registration code box
***PLEASE NOTE THAT DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE COMBINED SO YOU CANNOT USE EARLY REGISTRATION AND SIBLING DISCOUNT FOR THE SAME REGISTRATION.***
Late pick-up fee: $10 per 10 minute intervals per family.
We have a limited budget for Summer Camp financial aid, and the sessions have a cap on the number of children who receive scholarships each session.
Please complete the following form to see if you qualify.
I understand that due to the health restriction of not allowing any new participants to join the group to replace a child that leaves the group, and the requirement that the same 2 staff members stay with the group all 3 weeks, the refund policy for removing your child due to illness or injury will be that any refund request will not be a prorated cash refund as in previous years, but a credit voucher for the 2021 camp.
Photo by Thor Swift
"The great players come from the street because the ball becomes part of their lives. You have to give kids the same street conditions, which are to play, to practice, to try new things without stress. Three versus three is just like playing in the street: no coach's expectations, no stress."
- Jose Mourinho
"Play is, first and foremost, an expression of freedom. It is what one wants to do as opposed to what one is obliged to do. The joy of play is the ecstatic feeling of liberty. "
- Peter Gray, Ph. D
I have been playing, coaching and dreaming soccer all my life. My goal is to inspire this same passion in the next generation's players. Where I differ from other coaches and trainers is in my idea of how we develop that passion.
Did the greatest players in the game develop their love of the sport through micromanaged technical sessions and uninspired cone drills? I don't believe they did.
What I have noticed in four decades of soccer coaching and travel is that we in the United States take a different approach to the teaching of the game than the rest of the world. In the streets of Rio, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, children kick the ball around, invent soccer games, stop and start at will. They "own" their play and log thousands of hours of it — gaining touch skills, stamina, and game sense — before entering the kind of professionally coached atmospheres where specific tactics and techniques are actually "taught."
At San Francisco Vikings Summer Camp, players are introduced to the spirit of the sport with a wide variety of soccer games, soccer-like games, and free-form play. As the director of the camp, I hire a staff that is great at coaching children and adolescents, from A-licensed coaches to those with meaningful experience in child development. With their help, we develop a curriculum that plays off the energy of the players.
Our focus is on the "small-sided game," with sets of rules that change, field dimensions that vary and goals to attack and defend that can be altered to enhance the learning of particular sets of soccer skills. It's a situational and efficient game-learning-based approach that we use in order to frequently recreate the use of a skill in a game that may occur infrequently under standard game conditions.
In the morning sessions, when energy and attention spans are at their greatest, full concentration is on the game of soccer for all age groups for the full three hours. Lunchtime offers a full hour of unstructured but supervised play with all varieties of physical education equipment. In the afternoons, we engage the players in a variety of large and small competitions and games, including soccer, with new and variously weighted balls as well as tag games, obstacle courses and even gymnastics that, through novelty, re-spark their engines. The older age groups, who have more confidence, energy and attention, do continue to play the game of soccer for the most part throughout the day, advancing to games and scrimmages in the afternoon after technical work in the morning.
What we excel at in this camp is inspiring the desire to play soccer while developing both skills on the ball and the kinds of strength and agility that will help keep players injury-proof for life.
We hope you will join us this summer.
-Toby Rappolt, Camp Director