Camp Skyhook Grads


Students so far

Recent Photos

The most recent photos of Camp Skyhook, taken February 6-9, 2018.

“The collaboration with Skyhook Foundation is a game changer. Taking action to help fund programs that support real world-based STEM education will have a profound and lasting effect for students and educators.”

—Alvaro Cortés, Executive Director Beyond the Bell Branch

What is Camp Skyhook?

Our flagship program Camp Skyhook, is an immersive, hands-on experience that brings together learning in outdoor environments for fourth and fifth graders to inspire them in a future of STEM education (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). The program is sponsored by the Skyhook Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the curriculum was developed by UCLA and NASA.

Children go on a five-day adventure in the Angeles National Forest where nature itself becomes a multidimensional, multisensory experience.

Who Can Attend Camp Skyhook?

Children are selected by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

  • 72% are English language learners
  • 82% are in free or reduced lunch programs
  • Most have never left their urban environment

Though the camp is located in the beautiful Angeles National Forest less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, the large majority of these children have never been in nature. Many of these kids have been taught to mistrust ‘outsiders’ — which includes children from other schools. The camp’s clean, well-maintained facilities foster a sense of safety and togetherness that these kids desperately need. At Camp Skyhook, children learn not only to get along but to depend on one another. And though the camp provides time-honored activities kids love — hiking, swimming, skits and stories by the fire — our goal is to create more than a happy memory. It’s to initiate and encourage a child’s interest in STEM.

What Makes Camp Skyhook Different?

Experts tell us that first-hand experience with a subject sparks neurons in a child’s brain that affect how long that child will retain a particular memory. Camp Skyhook can impact and even alter a child’s future by using STEM-based, hands-on learning to engage each child with nature.

At Camp Skyhook:

  • Children are inspired to think beyond ‘rap star, reality star, sports star’ dreams and embrace positive life goals with achievable rewards.
  • Children gain a sense of their own worth as they see, hear, taste and touch a bigger, more fascinating world than the one they’ve grown accustomed to.
  • Children use iPads to solve botanical puzzles and biological challenges. They learn what’s safe to eat and to drink in the wilderness — even how to gauge their whereabouts by starlight.

At Camp Skyhook, we believe that when a child’s brain is stimulated at the right age and in the right way, curiosity will lead that child to seek out more information about science, technology, engineering and math. When children have fun and are engaged, the world opens up to them!

The Facts:

  • If we don’t engage students by the 5th grade in STEM, 92% of boys and 97% of girls will lose interest. (Dr. Kenneth Wesson)
  • By 2018, STEM jobs will grow by 45%. Out of the 20 fastest-growing occupations, 15 require significant mathematics or science preparation. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • College STEM majors out-earn other college grads: a petroleum engineering major makes about $120,000 per year, compared with $29,000 annually for counseling psychology majors. (Georgetown University)
  • People in STEM fields can expect to earn 26% more money on average and be less likely to experience job loss. (U.S. Commerce Department)
  • And of course top earners in technology and science earn millions per year — certainly as much as most celebrities. Even so…the U.S. is not graduating nearly enough majors in these fields to supply the enormous demand.
  • Currently only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM.
  • Out of 65 countries, American students score 17th in science and 25th in math ability. The U.S. no longer dominates science and research as it once did. (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development)


Previously known as Beyond the Bell’s Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center, a division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the camp is a well-tested program that is so popular with teachers and students alike, there’s a four-year waiting list to get in.

It’s time to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t Be Blocked!”

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**Skyhook Foundation is a 501(c) 3 Charitable Foundation.