Summer of Service

Looking for something to do in the summer?

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose invites you to join this innovative community service program.

  • Make new friends
  • Meet fun challenges
  • Make a difference

Summer of Service

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SOS Handbook

Children’s Discovery Museum offers a nationally-recognized Summer Day Camp for youth entering grades 7–10.

Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) offers a unique and innovative summer program where youth can have fun, make new friends, meet new challenges, and make a difference in the community. Summer of Service (SOS) responds to the needs of young teens too old for the traditional day camp, but too young for full-time employment. SOS has been changing lives for twelve years, and is a recipient of the prestigious Promising Practices Award as an outstanding opportunity for youth.

The SOS program is an ongoing part of many young lives. Museum floor staff, volunteer staff, and SOS facilitators include a number of SOS graduates who have developed a bond with the Museum and wish to continue working to benefit their community.

Summer of Service

The program offers a variety of opportunities addressing different interests. Participants attend one- or more two-week sessions serving on the team of their choosing. For example, Purple Team members prepare and facilitate activities for Museum visitors, and contribute to an SOS ‘zine and documentary video in the Orange Team participants help out at local preschools – reading, playing games, and leading activities. Green Team members become Environmental Guardians by conducting water quality tests and cleaning the river, planting trees, and helping in CDM’s Kids’ Garden. The Striped Team is comprised exclusively of youth entering 10th grade. Striped Team members take on more in-depth service projects – designing and leading activities for younger SOS participants. Many entering 10th graders take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Striped Team to get a head start on their high school community service requirements.

Check out the video made by our 2012 SOS participants!

What are your interests?

Purple Team

Purple Team: Get behind-the-scenes in the Museum. Prepare and facilitate activities for Museum visitors! Contribute to an SOS 'zine and documentary video in the CDMedia.Studio.

Orange Team

Orange Team: Be a mentor and friend to a little one at a local pre-school. Share a lunch, read a book, play
games and lead activities in the classroom.

Green Team

Green Team: Become an Environmental Guardian! Conduct water quality tests and river clean-up, plant a tree or harvest locally grown produce.

Red Team

Red Team: Show your multiple talents on this community outreach team. Serve food to the hungry, volunteer at a senior center, and make a difference in the lives of others in the community.

Striped Team

Just for 10th Graders!

The Striped Team: Join our veteran SOSers for this exciting leadership experience. Complete special projects at a different service site each session, and design and lead activities for younger SOS participants.

When are you available?

Session Number


Session 1

June 16th - June 27th

Session 2

June 30th - July 11th

Session 3

July 14th -July 25th

Session 4

July 28th - August 8th

Come for one session or stay for all four! We travel to different Friday field trip destinations each session.

Registration Materials & Sign Up

Sign up now!

Contact Jennifer Gamurot, Youth Educator, at (408) 298-5437 ext. 2833, or

To receive registration materials, leave your name, phone number and mailing address, or download the forms here.

Please mail the completed forms to

Jennifer Gamurot
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

or fax the forms to (408) 298-6826.

Summer of Service

Basic Information


Youth entering grades 7,8,9 in Fall 2014. Youth entering 10th grade are eligible for our Striped Team.


We'll meet at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose each day before traveling to service sites in our community . . . or to Bay Area field trip destinations on Fridays!


Session 1: June 16th - June 27th

Session 2: June 30th- July 11th

Session 3: July 14th -July 25th

Session 4: July 28th - August 8th


8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fridays only

Extended Care Hours available 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Cost per 2-week session?

$450 per participant
$25.00 multiple session discount
Extended Care: $75.00 AM, $75 PM, or $150.00 for both
Deposit: $100.00

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Youth Educator for more information.

A $100.00 per session, non-refundable registration deposit is required to reserve your place on a team. Remaining balance is due two weeks prior to session start date. A multiple session discount applies. Inquire about scholarship options and availability.

2005 Evaluation Report - Summer of Service

Evaluator: John Nash

Executive Summary

Full Evaluation Report

For information, contact:

Jennifer Gamurot
Youth Educator
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
1- (408) 298-5437 ext. 2833
1- (408) 298-6826 (Fax)
1- (408) 673-2866 (VM)

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Her leadership skills are improving under the guidance/mentorship of outstanding team leaders. Her involvement with different community agencies helps her see the needs of the community and instills compassion for others that she may not have been aware of without SOS. –SOS Parent

SOS is a wonderful idea. This is my daughter's second year. The benefits of my daughter's involvement in SOS is being with kids her age and working together to improve and give back to the community. It gives her an idea of what's out there while under supervision. And, she's seeing what the community is like on her own terms without the input of her parents. In additions, she's getting community service credit. –SOS Parent

SOS made a huge and positive difference with me. I discovered my capabilities and learned to be social here, more so than I would ever learn at school. SOS gave me confidence I probably would never have gotten without it.-SOS participant

SOS has taught me how to care for others in need of help. Also, it has helped me care more for my community and my family. Being in the SOS program has helped me realize how important it is to give back to your community.-SOS participant