The part of the University of San Fransico
's campus that has the most relevance for local families is the state-of-the-art Koret Health & Recreation Center
(415.422.6821). (Non-neighborhood families can drop in, but only local families can join as members.) Facilities include a swimming pool (with certified lifeguards), racquetball courts, dance and exercise room, volleyball courts, and badminton. The school is also a good source for finding babysitters
. The Career Center (415.422.6216) will fax or mail you a current list of students interested in babysitting or in part-time nanny positions. Requests are free and generally processed within an hour or so. The students are usually in their early 20's with varying degrees of child care experience. They are not screened in any way by the Career Center. Be prepared to be flexible with class schedules and transportation. The USF School of Nursing also maintains a bulletin board on the 1st floor of Cowell Hall (near Fulton @ Cole Street). There, you'll find slightly more mature students advertising their availability on a board called Students with Cars Looking for Work
. You must go there in person to get listings or to post an ad. The University of San Francisco offers a variety of Soccer Camps
for children ranging in age from six to 18. Camps run in June and July for players of every level, as well as position-specific camps for strikers and goalkeepers. Half-day, whole-day, and overnight camps are available. Camp fees range from $175 to $600. The camps take place at Negoesco Stadium on the USF Campus in the Haight/Cole Valley/Hayes Valley area. To learn more about the camps go to www.eteamz.com
or call 415.519.2520. A summer enrichment program for Girls in Computer Science
emphasizes hands-on activities, including programming robots, talks by prominent women in the field of computer science, and a field trip to a local tech company. Participants must be rising juniors or seniors (ages 16 to 18). Call 415.422.2024 for more information.