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Camp Kinneret Summer Day Camp
No two campers are alike, and no two camp programs are exactly alike. Campers' experiences are built first and foremost on their interaction with the camp staff. Camp Kinneret's programs and reputation are built on this foundation.
Agoura Hills, California
Nonprofit camp offers affordable rates for a priceless experience of outdoor adventure, community building, art, music, games and friendship in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Nevada City, California
We bring creativity and imagination to life through stop motion and live action movie making.
Orange County, California
Summer Art Academy
Summer arts camps for children 5-16. Small class size. Inspirational teachers. 2,3 or 5 day options. Extended hours. Campuses in North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills and Valley Village
Valley Village, California
CA: Woodland Hills
CA: La Canada
CA: Agoura Hills
CA: North Hollywood
CA: Los Angeles
Circle V Ranch Camp
Circle V provides youth ages 7-13 with and outdoor camp experience. Activities include hiking, sports, theme days and much more. Come join the fun!
Santa Barbara, California
iD Tech Summer Computer Camps for Kids and Teens
Welcome to the world’s #1 summer tech camp. Over 170,000 students ages 7-17 have created iPhone apps, C++ and Java programs, video games, websites, movies, 3D models, robots & more. Weeklong, day & overnight programs held at 80 universities nationwide. This includes Stanford, Princeton, Yale, MIT, UCLA, NYU, Northwestern, Emory, and others.
CA: Sacramento, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Jose, Moraga, Berkeley, Stanford, Palo Alto, San Francisco
CA: Thousand Oaks, Orange County, Irvine, Los Angeles, LA, La Jolla, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Pomona, S
Advantage Basketball Camps
Advantage Basketball Camps are nationally recognized as one of the Top ball handling camps in the world. Advantage was named by sports illustrated as one of the top two camps in the country
Multiple Cities, Arizona (CA | GA | IA | LA | MO | NV | OK | OR | SC | TN | TX | UT | WA | NY | KS | AL | IL | ID | NM)
iD Game Design & Development Academy: Summer Gaming Program for Teens
GAME ON! What could be better than 2 weeks with other Teens who also love gaming! Apply interests to creating a video game, talking to industry professionals, and building a portfolio. Guaranteed small classes (max 8:1), with courses taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field and impressive backgrounds. Get ready for late-night gaming tournaments. Students can earn Accredited Continuing Education Units.
Summer Teen Programs in Palo Alto, Denver, Chicago, Fort Worth, and more, California
CA: Palo Alto, San Francisco, Bay Area, Santa Clara, San Jose, Stanford, Sunnyvale
Aloha Beach Camp
Sponsored by Billabong, Aloha Beach Camp is L.A.'s most comprehensive aquatic sports camp with surfing, boogie boarding, jet skiing, wakeboarding, ocean safety lessons and more for kids and teens 5 - 15. Flexible day by day enrollment, too!
Los Angeles, California
Deer Crossing Camp
An exciting, challenging, High Sierra wilderness experience on beautiful Loon Lake in California. Lodge and platform tents. Structured/free choice activities from beginning to advanced levels. Outstanding leadership. ACA accredited.
Near Pollock Pines, California
Digital Media Academy
DMA is critically acclaimed and has been featured in the New York Times, Nintendo Power and ranked by Worth.com as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.
U of Chicago, Drexel, Swarthmore, U of British Columbia, California (TX, PA, IL, MA, DC, BC, NY, ON, GA, CT)
CA: Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley, Irvine
Catalina Island Camps
Catalina Island Camps is located 26 miles from mainland Southern California on Catalina Island. Situated on the ocean our campers have the unique opportunity to live and play in a pristine marine environment.
CAMP WINNARAINBOW is a Circus and Performing Arts overnight camp in Mendocino County, CA. Drama, trapeze, juggling, unicycle, stilts, gymnastics, dance, music, magic, martial arts and art. Lake with 350 ft waterslide. Boys and girls 7-14.
Performing Arts Workshops
Voted BEST camp in LA Parent. Spend your summer in PAW’s MUSICAL THEATER Camp, GUITAR Camp, PHOTOGRAPHY Camp, LITTLE STARS or SPORTS Camp! Ages 3-15. Shows include: Phantom, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell & the Lost Boys. Every camp ends with a special activity or performance.
West LA, South Bay, San Fernando Valley, California
CA: Manhattan Beach
CA: Redondo Beach
CA: El Segundo
CA: Studio City
Jam Camp West
A 7 day coed overnight music and dance camp ages 10-15. Beautiful redwood setting. Great alternative to traditional band camps. Non-competitive, instrumental ensembles taught by ear, vocals, turntables, hip-hop & jazz dance, swimming, plus much more.
Loma Mar, California
Located 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe on the shore of beautiful Ice House Lake in the El Dorado National Forest. Established in 1966, our minimal technology, non-competitive program centers on self-created, self-propelled, and wind propelled activities with a back-to-basics approach to outdoor recreation and community development.
Pollock Pines, California
iD Film Academy: Summer Photography and Filmmaking Programs for Teens
Love taking photos or making movies? Spend 2 weeks engaged in creative expression with Teens who share your photography and filmmaking interests. Beginners to advanced students use Photoshop, After Effects, or Final Cut Pro to create projects and portfolios. Guaranteed small classes (max 8:1), with courses are taught by top-tier instructors who have degrees in the field and impressive backgrounds.
Summer Teen Programs in Palo Alto and New york City, California (NY)
CA: Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Jose, San Mateo
SuperCamp is the best academic, life, college prep and career skills camp for ages 11-18. We help students increase grades, confidence and motivation. Held at prestigious college campuses nationwide. Students experience a shift in learning through academic enrichment classes, exciting outdoor challenges, personal growth and character building exercises.
CA: Los Angeles, Berkeley
Lasting Adventures, Inc.
Located in one of America's favorite national parks, Lasting Adventures, Inc. offers one and two week programs throughout the Yosemite backcountry for youth ages 11-18 (and beyond).
CA: Yosemite National Park
Global Leadership Adventures
Global Leadership Adventures is like Peace Corps for Teens. We offer life-changing volunteer abroad programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
San Diego, California
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General Notes About Summer Camps in the State of California
The State of California has the largest population in the US and is third largest by area. Given the sheer size of the state and number of people, there are several regions which reflect a clustering of summer camps. The two largest metropolitan areas in the state - Los Angeles and San Francisco - contain a significant number of day camps which are embedded directly within their municipal boundaries as well as within outlying communities. The predominantly remote and rugged nature of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and it's respective forests lends itself well as an ideal setting for residential sleepaway camps and other summer programs. The Sierra's are relatively close to the state's major population center's vs. the Cascade Range which extends further north to the Oregon border. The vast expanse of the Central Valley and foothills may lend itself well to ranch or farm camps. Likewise, the enormous coastline provides an excellent location for specialized camp activities such as a surf camp, sailing, kayaking, marine biology / sea camp, etc. At the other extreme, California also contains a large expanse of desert terrain such as the Mojave desert and Death Valley in Southern California which are not as hospitable or forgiving as other regions and thus reflect a very minimal frequency of camps.
While much of the state experiences a temperate climate -- providing generally favorable conditions for camps to operate in the summer -- the climate in California varies tremendously from extremely hot desert temperatures in Death Valley to the much colder mountainous peaks of Yosemite National Park.
Summer programs which focus on or encounter wildlife will have a wide array of animals and plant life to observe: bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, ancient redwoods, douglas fir, wild mountain flowers, Joshua trees, cacti and other desert species to name a few.
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