Last summer our Sports Camp was voted "Best Sports Camp in Contra Costa County" by Parents' Press readers. 

                   Thank you!!!

Some new photos, depicting some activities from previous summers have just been uploaded.  Check out the happy faces!

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Program Overview

We specialize in non-competitive, co-ed activities. Safety, fun, and learning are our priorities, as the emphasis is squarely on participation in a recreational setting, rather than on competition. 

Since we started a quarter of a century ago, about 8,000 boys and girls have participated in at least one of our programs.  No less than half of these attended their first program before age six!  Obviously then, we have had a lot of experience with beginners, and this experience has helped shape our teaching method


Norm Friedman, program founder, grew up playing and competing in baseball (first love) and other team sports.  At fifteen, he won a physical fitness contest. 

Later on, Norm played competitive softball in the Air Force, then again back in Brooklyn.   Participation in numerous chess and backgammon tournaments followed. 

Leaving competition behind, and shifting gears about a quarter century ago, Norm began creating and conducting programs that have been exclusively

non-competitive and co-ed. 

In 2000, Norm ran for Albany City Council on the strength of his community involvement. 

He is an accomplished blues harmonica player, and played professionally in a previous incarnation.

Assistant Director 

Joel Gildersleeve, who has been on board since 1999, became our Assistant Director in 2001. 

A credentialed teacher in the Albany Unified School District with a natural flair for working with young children, Joel often supervises our 4-5 year olds on Sunday.

When the Summer Camp is in session, Joel serves as our main morning activities coordinator and supervisor.

When not off on a short summer vacation with his wife and daughter, he will be there to greet you and your children when you arrive each morning at 9:00 am.

Joel is also a fine singer and songwriter.


Note to parents: For child care reimbursement purposes, our Tax I.D. # is 94 - 33 66 846 . 


If you have any questions about the
City of El Cerrito Summer Sports Camp,
please feel free to call: 

Norm Friedman

El Cerrito Sports Camp Director

Ph: (510) 559-8208

Fax: (510) 559-8409

email: 214njf@gmail.com



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