Summer Camps 2020

Join us for a Summer Camp this year!


New! Podcasting | Digital Photography and Editing  |
TV Studio Production Camps |
Sports Broadcasting Camps | Filmmaking Camp

Photography, Filmmaking, Podcasting, and TV Studio camps run from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Sports Broadcasting camps run from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

For registration information, call (650) 494-8686, or contact Jesse Norfleet at Use the links below to register online.  

For Sports Broadcasting Camps, contact Sara Bennett at


 Filmmaking Camp


Learn how to make your own movie!

Grades: 6 – 12

Cost:  $475

Do you think Hollywood is calling your name? Do you dream of lights, camera, action? If so, this camp is for you! The filmmaking camp is a weeklong 25 hour intensive video workshop that provides the student with the skills and knowledge to tell a story through video.  You will learn techniques to shoot and edit digital video. Students will develop and pitch ideas, write scripts, and work as a production team to shoot and edit their short films.  By the end of this class, each student will have worked as part of a group to produce two or three videos.  The class includes access to and basic instruction on all necessary equipment.   

Instructor: Pedro Arenas

2020 Filmmaking Camp Sessions:

Summer Session 1 (grades 6 -12)Monday, August 3rd through Friday August 7th


Digital Photography and Editing Camp

Learn how to take professional photos!

Grades: 6 – 10

Cost:  $475

This class will introduce you to the wonderful world of digital still photography.  You will learn to transform ordinary photos into images you will be proud to show.

In this class, we will familiarize you with the most important features of your camera, smart phone or other device so that you can get your best photos. You will learn how deal with a variety of lighting situations and recognize when the lighting is right for general people photos, formal portraits, architecture, small objects, and landscapes.

Students will learn compositional techniques, and will be taught how to edit photos using Adobe Lightroom®.

The camp will involve two (2) off- site photo shoots during the week. At the end of the week, students will have their best photos featured in a photo exhibit at the Midpen Media Center.

Students are encouraged use their own cameras (or smart phones, devices) if they wish. The Media Center will also supply still cameras for class sessions.

Instructor: Doug Kreitz


2020 Digital Photography Camp Session:

Summer Session 1 (grades 6 -10)Monday, July 20th through Friday July 24th


TV Studio Production Camps

Television Studio Production -aka, “How To Become A TV Star In One Week”


Grades: 6-12

Cost:  $475

Students learn all the skills they need to produce, direct, and star in their own TV shows in our professional studio. From concept to completed show, students design sets, run cameras, operate sound, create graphics, and star bringing their big ideas to the big screen! Previous classes have produced game shows, sit-coms, talent shows and discussions about local youth related issues.

Instructors: Sally Rayn, Sara Bennett

2020 TV Studio Camp Sessions:

Summer Session 1 (grades 6 -12): Monday, June 22nd through Friday June 26th

Summer Session 2 (grades 6 -12): Monday, July 27th through Friday July 31st

Sports Broadcasting Camps

Sports Broadcasting

Grades: 6 -12

Cost:  $560

Students learn all the elements of LIVE Sports Broadcasting in a unique one-of-a-kind hands-on training experience. Using our mobile TV production truck, each student has a chance to learn every crew position, from Director and Camera Operator to Graphics Engineer, Audio Engineer and Play-by-Play Commentators. At the end of the week long session, the team films a live local sporting event, which will be shown on local TV!

Graduates of this camp are eligible to join the MC Sports Broadcasting Team, to cover local school sporting events during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons annually. Games are broadcast on local TV and on the web. Crew members receive Community Service hours, a free meal each game and the chance to work with industry professionals. To learn more about MC Sports, contact Sara Bennett:

Instructor:  Sara Bennett

Summer Session 1 (grades 6 -12): Monday June 15th through Friday June 19th

Summer Session 2 (grades 6 -12): Monday July 6th through Friday July 10th


New! Podcasting Summer Camp

Make your own Podcast!

Grades: 6 – 12

Cost:  $475

This fast-paced and high energy podcasting camp will take students from start to finish through the process of creating a podcast of their own design. With the help of an experienced podcasting instructor and high quality audio recording equipment, students will write, record, edit, and release the podcasts they have always wanted to make. By the end of this course, students will have both a finished product and the knowledge they need to keep on making more. 

Instructor: Emily Parent


2020 Podcasting Camp Session:

Summer Session 1 (grades 6 -12)Monday, June 15th through Friday June 19th





SCHOLARSHIPS: To apply, go to Scholarship Application

Or contact Camp Coordinator, Jesse Norfleet: 650-494-8686 x28

LOCATION & WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP: All Camps are held at the Media Center: 900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto. Students should pack a lunch and a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. Morning snacks will be provided. Sports Campers should also bring a hat, sunglasses, water bottle, & sun screen.


Summer Camp Cancellation & Refund Policy:  No refund will be given for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the camp session’s start date.  Cancellations between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the camp session’s start date will result in a 50% refund.  Cancellations made earlier than 4 weeks prior to the camp’s start date will result in an 85% refund.

  • The Media Center reserves the right to cancel a session if enrollment is insufficient.  In such an instance, fees paid will be refunded in full.
  • The Media Center is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen personal belongings.