Galileo Learning

Summer Camp

Oakland, California

United States

About Galileo Learning

Before Stanford grad Glen Tripp established the first Galileo camp in Palo Alto in 2002, he wasn’t hearing much talk in the education world about design thinking, creative problem solving or innovation strategies. Educators were a lot more focused on academic subjects such as math and literacy.

Glen and his co-conspirators saw things a little differently. They saw a world that needed innovators and problem-solvers. They also saw a window of opportunity to complement what kids learn during the school year with a new and powerful experience—that of approaching learning fearlessly and creatively as innovators. They also envisioned a window through which educators could build the leadership skills and extensive “toolbox” necessary to become education industry powerhouses. The window was summer. And so Galileo was born.

Today, Galileo operates over 70 camp programs through California and Chicago, and hires over 2,000 summer staff annually. . Everything that happens for campers is informed by the Galileo Innovation Approach (affectionately known as the “GIA”). Inspired by the innovation process developed at the Stanford, the GIA is a distillation of everything kids need to learn to envision and create a better world–the mindset, the knowledge and the process. Parents of Galileo campers say their kids exude a newfound confidence. They no longer fear mistakes—they embrace them as a natural part of refining their cool idea. And they continue to create works of art and invent problem-solving contraptions out of household recyclables long after summer camp is over.

We became a B Corp because we wholeheartedly believe that at the intersection of talented people and good intentions, amazing things can happen!

The Change We Seek®

It’s been over 15 years and thousands of campers and staff since Galileo’s inception. While successfully igniting a new generation of fearless innovators, and we think kids with these skills are more likely to change our world and be the masters of their own.

We’ve been named one of Forbes’ 2017 Best Small Companies, and one of the SF Business Times’ Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for nine consecutive years. 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

February 2012

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Disclose all financial information at least quarterly; Create yearly external report with reporting on mission and goals; >40% of Board consists of individuals from underrepresented populations

Workers: 83% of workers participated in company's bonus plan; Cover >80% of workers' health insurance premiums; 25% of workers have participated in external professional development and lifelong learning programming

Community: Facilities have been used for events or training by community organizations; Give >1% of profits to charity

Environment: All facilities located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; Energy efficient office equipment, lighting, and heating systems


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