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The ultimate experience in music education. We offer courses for all levels, ages, and styles in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals. Professional faculty and world-class guest artists teach and perform.

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Balsam, NC (WY, FL, CA, NY)
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SOAR offers high adventure summer camps designed specifically for youth and young adults between the ages of 8 and 25 diagnosed with ADHD and LD. Each of our summer camp programs promotes friendships, increase self-confidence, and develop life skills.

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Avalon, CA

Explore the wonders of Catalina Island with qualified staff of marine science, snorkeling, scuba, sailing, kayaking and more. Facilities include dormitories, dinning hall, science labs and private beach

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Multiple Cities, AZ (CA | GA | IA | LA | MO | NV | OK | OR | SC | TN | TX | UT | WA | NY | KS | AL | IL | ID | NM)

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

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YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
La Honda, CA

YMCA Camp Jones Gulch's traditional resident camp provides an opportunity for youth, ages 8-17, to experience the wonders of camp, nature and friendships in a beautiful Redwood forest. We also offer High Adventure Camp trips for teens.

SuperCamp is a unique summer program that builds self-motivation and confidence in middle school, high school and college students. Held at prestigious college campuses nationwide, SuperCamp teaches students enhanced learning skills and imparts valuable leadership, communication, goal-setting and life skills.

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Circle V Ranch Camp
Santa Barbara, CA

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!

Loma Mar, CA

Jam Camp West is an inclusive, supportive program that exposes kids to contemporary musical trends along with the cultural underpinnings of jazz. In addition, fun outdoor activities are held in a stunning natural environment.

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Nonprofit camp offers affordable rates for a priceless experience of outdoor adventure, community building, art, music, games and friendship in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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Running Springs, CA

Pali is an all-inclusive overnight summer camp in Southern California offering 21 specialties, including Secret Agent Camp, Flying Trapeze, Wacky Science, DJ, Acting, Broadcast, Extreme Action, Water Sports, Hollywood Stunts, Culinary, Fashion, Rock Star, Film, Girl Power, Dance and Leadership, Magic, Fine Arts and LARP Programs!

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Currently we have openings in a number of our sessions. Please check our website for updated availability. Walton's Grizzly Lodge is a traditional, residential summer camp located one hour north of Lake Tahoe. Grizzly Lodge has been in operation since 1926 and is currently under the leadership of fourth generation owners and directors.

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The Game Experience is an all-inclusive game camp designed for today's students. Students will learn what it takes to create a game from start to finish and see firsthand what it takes to have a career in the industry!

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Santa Ysabel, CA

Join us at our San Diego sleep-away camp for 50+ electives including laser tag, archery, movie making, swimming, and so much more!

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Mountain Camp
Pollock Pines, CA

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.

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Seattle, WA (AK - OR - CA - CO - BC - NC)
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Committed to providing safe, fun, & growth-oriented outdoor adventures for teens for more than 23 years.

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Valley Trails offers a traditional summer camp with age-appropriate programming. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow and create long-lasting memories

We bring creativity and imagination to life through stop motion and live action movie making.

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Julian, CA

Part adventure. Part self-discovery. All fun! Campers leave Camp Stevens full of stories about delicious food, new friends, caring staff and the new activities they tried, from archery and the climbing wall to campfires and sunset hikes.

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Bonsall, CA

A Southern California tradition since 1964. Features ranch activities, daily western riding lessons, animal & horse science classes, animal care time, vaulting lessons. Ideal for beginning/intermediate riders. CCCA & CHA accredited. WAIC member camp.

Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, GWU, UT Austin, NYU, Chicago and more!, CA (BC, CA, DC, IL, MA, NY, ON, PA, TX, WA, NC, QC)
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At Digital Media Academy, we encourage and inspire kids and teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers! Our tech camps feature hands-on, project-based learning using the latest in virtual reality, wearable technology, robotics, 3D printing and more!

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General Notes About 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.