WELCOME to the ChildrensWoodshopBus website. 

BIG CHANGE FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE;   The WOODSHOP BUS is no longer allowed to offer summer camps or classes inside the bus classroom on public school grounds due to COVID19  restrictions.  With no proper place to park the woodshop, we are suspending the scheduling of classes until San Diego schools are open to in-person teaching.  In the interim, we can schedule 90 minute classes in the Clairemont area for 1st – 5th graders in groups of 2 – 4 children.                                                   Please  Email  sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com for more information.

GENERAL INFORMATION: This mobile “woodshop” is a converted transit bus with individual, adjustable workbenches.  The program is designed to teach children how to use hand tools safely and effectively. The woodshop bus locates at several San Diego public and private schools. Weekly classes for K-5th grades September – May,  and half-day summer camps for 2nd – 6th grades July – August.   

INSTRUCTORS NOTE:  There is structure, safety and size limits in this camp.  I am confident I can teach a motivated, physically capable child how to saw wood clamped into a miter box, shape and sand it, drill holes, drive nails, turn screws and make wooden toys and useful desktop projects using only basic hand tools and premium sugar pine. There are kid-tested examples (see Project Photos page)  to jump-start the building process and once the construction techniques are established, children progress at their own pace to build confidence and skills as they build  their projects.   Sheila D., instructor. Email me direct sdawson@thechildrenswoodshopbus.com if you have questions.

SCOUT BADGES:  As a community partner for both Boys and Girls Scouts TheChildrensWoodshopBus provides a place to earn achievement  badges in woodworking in small groups.   Interested leaders should Email sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com direct for more information and to schedule a session for their troop. See Scout Woodworking page for more details.

You can download the current information flyer by clicking hereYou may copy and distribute.

ABOUT:  The Children’s Woodshop Bus has been traveling to San Diego schools and neighborhoods teaching basic hand tools skills to young children since 1974.  The after school classes are one hour long, and most projects are completed in one session. A series of classes, scout badge work, and birthday parties can be scheduled by emailing sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com. The cost varies with how many students attend and the location.

You can see a video of children working in the bus on the Media page.

Use the scroll arrow to see the  Woodshop Bus exterior, interior, and a well-used work station.