WELCOME to the ChildrensWoodshopBus website. 

SDUSD is currently not allowing after school enrichment classes on their campuses so until further notice all classes will be held off site in the Clairemont area of San Diego.  Private, semi-private and learning pod groups of 2nd – 6th grades can be scheduled by emailing    sdawson@thechildrenswoodshopbus.com   with your specific request.  Maximum is 4 per group. Reservations for week long half-day camps during spring break 2021 can be taken now.  In April, we will post a schedule for summer camps June – August as in years past but until then all sessions can be individually scheduled by parents.

              Email  sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com to schedule a class.  4 children per group.

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 1st-5th grades September – May,  and half-day summer camps for 2nd – 6th grades July – August.  Once again, classes and camps are currently not allowed on San Diego Unified School campuses until in-person attendance has been fully restored.  

INSTRUCTORS NOTE:  There is structure, safety and size limits in this class.  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. Due to CoVid19 restrictions, scout leadership has suspended all in person scout badge work until further notice.

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.