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Ranked one of the world’s ten best summer camps by Worth.com, DMA offers computer and digital arts summer camps for kids ages 6 to 12 and teens 12 to 17. Learn key STEM skills through hands-on project work: Programming in Java™ and C++; video game design and advanced Minecraft™ modding; app and game development for iOS and Android™; digital filmmaking, robotics and more. Create the future at DMA!


California (Santa Clara Univ., Stanford Univ., UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD), Colorado (Aspen Schools, Regis Univ., Denver), Connecticut (Yale Univ.), Illinois (Univ. of Chicago), Massachusetts (Harvard Univ.), Michigan (Univ. of Michigan – Ann Arbor), New York (Concordia College, Marymount Manhattan College, New York Univ.), Pennsylvania (Bryn Mawr College, Drexel Univ.), Texas (UT Austin), Washington (Univ. of Washington – Seattle), Washington, D.C. (George Washington Univ.), Canada (UBC, McGill University, Univ. of Toronto).


Founded in 2002 by technology educators from Stanford University, and led by former Stanford educators and interactive education and entertainment creators from Apple and Walt Disney Studios, Digital Media Academy delivers a world-class digital learning experience.

Our students learn video game design, iPhone and iPad app development, Google Android app development, robotics, computer programming using Java or C++, digital filmmaking, digital photography, website design, 3D modeling, animation and so much more.

Beginning-to-advanced student campers age 6-17 learn by doing with hands-on instruction from industry professionals who share real-world experience. Many of DMA’s instructors have literally written the book on the subject that they teach. DMA alumni include television and music producers, filmmakers and professional photographers, as well as game and app developers.

At DMA, students experience life on the campus of a prestigious American university like Stanford, Harvard or UCLA (just to name a few) while making friends and learning with others who share the same interests. Small class sizes (8:1 max) guarantee a personalized experience. Students work on their own personal project in every class.*

*DMA Studios is a group-based, project-learning experience. 

- Stanford University accreditation - Get Stanford continuing studies credits to enhance a college portfolio or resume
- Separate teaching and activity staffs
- The lowest student-to-staff ratio – ranging from 3:1 or 8:1, depending on classroom needs
- The latest software and hardware – Apple computers
- A balanced experience for kids, including great outdoor activities
- Optional residential program includes organized evening and weekend activities – video game competitions, movie premieres and more
- Family owned and operated. (We're parents, too!)

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.

iD Tech Camps is for ages 7-17. Develop an iPhone or Android app, code a program in C++ or Java, create a video game, mod with Minecraft, build a robot, construct a website, produce a movie, or design a digital photo portfolio.

At iD Tech Camps, imaginations soar as kids and teens unlock their internalDrive and use 21st century skills to transform interests into projects of their own—and have fun doing it. For both the beginning computer novice and advanced tech whiz, students collaborate, make new friends and develop new skills, gaining confidence and a competitive advantage for college and future careers. High-energy, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs presented in a fun camp setting held on the Stanford campus.

•Weeklong day and overnight summer tech programs for ages 7-17 in a fun, yet challenging techie environment.
•Flex Hours – no extra cost. A great convenience for working parents.
•Voted a Top Workplace 4 years in a row, and recently ranked #1 in Silicon Valley for small businesses. This enables recruitment of the finest talent in the country.
•Over 80 prestigious university locations in 28 states nationwide. Held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, SFSU, Santa Clara, St. Mary's College of CA, Sac State, the University of Denver, CSU-Fort Collins, University of Miami, Rollins College, the University of South Florida, Emory, Princeton, Yale, and others.
•8:1. Ratios of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed. Personalized instruction is at the core of all iD Tech programs.
•Tech-savvy staff recruited, trained, and evaluated by iD Tech Camps.
•A well-balanced summer camp where students engage both in STEM learning and fun camp activities.
•Innovative curriculum with Minecraft, Autodesk Maya, iOS, Android, C++, Java, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Muse, and Adobe Lightroom, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Scratch, VEX, RPG Maker, Unity, ShootMania, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Torchlight II, and more.
•Project-based courses for every skill, gender, and background with an emphasis on experiential learning, building 21st century skills.
•Students take home their own project portfolio at the end of each session.
•Year-round learning opportunities with free monthly online workshops and iD Tech 365, a comprehensive online learning platform.
•Accredited Continuing Education Units available from Stanford or Villanova to enhance college applications (available at all locations).

iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy.
Intensive, 2-week, pre-college summer programs for teens ages 13-18. Gain a competitive advantage for college and future careers by getting immersed in programming, robotics engineering, video game design and development, and film and photography. Held at select prestigious universities including Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and more.

Visit www.iDTechCamps.com for more information and to register online (check up-to-the-minute-availability). Or, call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) to speak to a Program Advisor. Flexible enrollment—enroll now and make changes up until 3 weeks before your session without any change fees.

3. Global Leadership Adventures
San Diego, California

Global Leadership Adventures is like Peace Corps for Teens. We offer life-changing volunteer abroad programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Global Leadership Adventures presents a fresh, new approach to service-learning for intellectually curious and socially-oriented teenagers. Programs are offered in 11 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites in different countries while they learn the local language and history, and serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts. GLA’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in students that will ultimately inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers who will seek positive change in their own communities.

4. Acting and Audition On-Camera Summer Camp
San Diego, California

Acting Professionally's Acting and Audition Summer Camp is a fast-paced week designed to introduce the young actor to all aspects of the auditioning process for film and television.

Classes are taught by industry professionals who share their own experience and tips for successful auditions and how to pursue a career in the acting fields. The week ends with an industry showcase consisting of agents, casting directors and managers.

KIDS CAMP (ages 7- 12) JUNE 17 - 21, 2013
TEEN CAMP (Ages 13 - 17) JUNE 24 - 28, 2013
Camp meets from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5. ModelStyle Magazine Summer Modeling Camp
San Diego, California

ModelStyle Magazine's Summer Modeling Camp, located in beautiful San Diego, California is a 5 day Summer Camp from 10am-3pm daily (M-F) open to all girls ages 12-17 years old.

ModelStyle Magazine's Summer Modeling Camp, located in beautiful San Diego, California is a 5 day Summer Camp from 10am-3pm daily (M-F) open to all girls ages 12-17 years old. Our intensive 5 Day Summer Camp is a comprehensive fun filled camp that includes *Runway Model Training, *Hair & Makeup Workshops, *Public Speaking, *Guest Industry Professional Day, *A Fashion Photoshoot (Which will be published in the digital issue of ModelStyle Magazine) & *Fashion Show. When girls leave ModelStyle's Summer Modeling Camp they will not only learn about the fashion industry but build confidence and make new friends.

Pre-Registration Cost is $250.00 per week(non-refundable)
$300.00 same day registration(if space is available). Limit is 20 students per camp

6. UC San Diego Tennis Camps
San Diego, California

Individual and team tennis camps for players aged 7-18 at UC San Diego. Coached by Men's Tennis Team Coach, Eric Steidlmayer

Camp Focus: Tennis technique, strategy, tactics, and match play. Daily schedule includes stretching, games, strength training, lunch and snacks/breaks. UCSD Men's Tennis Coach completes a 2-page evaluation on strokes, level of play, and potential to play in college for all high school aged campers. USTA Quickstart Tennis Program available for campers of age 10 and under. This is either a day camp or a resident camp where the athletes stay in UCSD dorms with meals provided.

Ages: Boys & Girls 7-18

June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, August 5-9
Cost: $375/week

June 23-28, July 7-12, July 14-19, July 21-26, July 28-August 2, August 4-9
Cost: $795/week

7. SEACAMP San Diego
San Diego, California

SEACAMP San Deigo is a Marine Science camp for students 7th grade through 12th grade. We specialize in hands-on education through a combination of lab and water activities.

SEACAMP San Diego's mission is to provide exciting, innovative, hands-on, and interactive marine education opportunities, to students across the country and around the world. SEACAMP San Diego offers three unique camp opportunities: SEACAMP I, SEACAMP II, and SEACAMP III. Each camp immerses students in the fascinating world of marine biology through interactive marine science classes and field experiences. SEACAMP instructors utilize on-site aquarium facilities to teach hands-on labs. The topics of SEACAMP I labs include intertidal invertebrates, fish adaptations, night adaptations, marine mammal, and shark ecology. Labs are then all followed with field activities including several snorkel excursions, kayaking, and boogie boarding.

8. Steve and Kate's Camp
19 sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, 4 in Los Angeles County, and 5 in Orange County/San Diego., California (5 Washington State locations, and 5 Illinois locations.)

Steve & Kate's Camp conforms to kids. Not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, we give our campers choice. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, we give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts. The difference is subtle–and it’s profound.

Founded in 1980, Steve & Kate's Camp is now in 36 locations across the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Greater Seattle Area and Chicagoland

Steve & Kate's Camp conforms to kids. Not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, we give our campers choice. Instead of teaching kids the typical way, we give them tools and gentle guidance to help them become autodidacts. The difference is subtle–and it’s profound. At Steve & Kate’s, campers step into a world packed with possibilities: for experiencing new sensations, for expressing themselves, for exploring their passions and potential. The results are unexpected and they’re unexpectedly rich. One camper dives deep into stop-motion animation. Another discovers a passion for dance. Or chess. A camper becomes engrossed in making the ultimate spaghetti sauce. Or developing Leo Messi-like touch on the soccer pitch. These discoveries are all the more exhilarating because campers make them for themselves. This is a world liberated from adult judgments and expectations, and campers flourish in it.

Liberate yourself from weekly sessions. With both of our Day-Pass and Membership plan you're free to attend any number of days, anytime from 7:30 am to 6 pm, at any location. And—drumroll please—unused Day Passes are refunded automatically and Memberships are down-convertible. How’s that for peace of mind? Namaste.

9. San Diego Surf School
San Diego, California

SD Surf School offers week-long summer surfing camps for children ages 5-17. Children can learn to surf with their friends and learn the basic fundamentals of surfing and water safety.

San Diego Surf School can help teach your child the fun and safety of surfing in our week-long summer surf camps. Children from age 5-17 can enroll and learn how to surf the warm, beautiful beaches of San Diego, California.

San Diego Surf School le puede ensenar a su hijo la diversion y le seguridad de surfear en nuestra sesion de surf por una semana. Los ninos desde 5 a 17 anos de edad se pueden inscribir y aprender como surfear en las playas hermosas y calientede San Diego, California.

10. San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego, California

San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theater in the United States. We offer multiple day camps throughout the summer at Balboa Park, as well as in La Jolla and Chula Vista.

San Diego Junior Theatre's summer day camps are age-specific and run Monday through Friday.

One- week sessions with half-day activities are open to pre-schoolers and kindergartners.

Two week sessions, which run from 9 a.m. through 3 or 3:30 p.m., are open to students in elementary, middle and high school.

All camps feature acting, singing and dancing; and each one is led by a teaching artist. Additionally, SDJT camps are available throughout June, July and August. Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to enroll their children sooner than later.

11. Outpost Summer Camps
San Diego, California

OSC is an ACA-accredited day camp adventure program for children ages 5-14, including door-to-door transportation to surrounding areas.

Outpost Summer Camps provides unique and high quality day camp adventure programs for children ages 5-14 which includes door-to-door transportation to many areas in North County San Diego.

The camp day includes your child being picked up and dropped off at your home and a blend of group activities that explore the wilderness. Campers participate in a variety of hiking adventures, group games, daily swimming, special events and enjoy opportunities to build self-confidence and create lasting friendships. Staff to camper ratios are at least 1:6.

Located in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, OSC offers flexible enrollment options to parents seeking a quality summer camp experience for their children. Our highly skilled directors bring years of recreation and child development expertise to our program while training and supervising the highest quality staff members.

A Senior Outpost program is offered for campers entering 6-9th grade. Senior Outpost is a unique day camp program specifically designed for middle-school campers who are ready for the excitement and exploration of a daily travel adventure program. The program is designed to offer positive risk taking experiences and opportunities to try new activities and learn advanced skills. Each Senior Outpost session includes three high adventure programs: rockclimbing, sailing, and snorkeling. In addition to these programs, beach trips, teambuilding activities, swimming, and old-fashioned adventure round out the three week session. Because of the many exciting activities, Senior Outpost is a 5-day per week program only. Senior Outpost campers experience opportunities to learn healthy risk-taking and create lifelong friendships.

12. Youth Media & Tech Camp
San Diego, California

Our media camps offer filmmaking, stop motion animation, blogging, and digital media making.

The Youth Media & Tech Camps are weeklong sessions that happen in Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. The camps focus on film making, stop motion and blogging!

Our camps teach campers how to collaborate with each other using media and technology arts, while engaging with others in an increasingly connected world. Learning these basic media tools in a fun and collective environment provides our campers with skills to utilize the newest media technologies in a positive and productive way. In turn, it will put them on a path for success in their future careers.

Geared for grades 1st-8th, they learn about various multi-media practices and software including stop motion animation, movie making, music recording, blogging, and more! These fun-filled camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. At the end of the week, parents and family members are invited to a private screening of the work created by campers. They also receive a DVD of their work.

"We found the Media Arts Center on a lucky fluke. Wow, what a find! My two kids, ages 11 and 15 participated in the camp where they learned more about video production and the Internet than I have learned in my entire life. The facility has great equipment, computers, etc. and the instructors made the experience exceptional. The kids loved their time at the Center and learned valuable skills. They produced stop motion animation films, created a web page, and posted videos on You Tube. All in all, an awesome experience," says camp parent, William Ortiz.

Cost is $225 or $195 for members. Discounts are available for multi-camp registrations and siblings. Become a member today and receive an additional discount.

13. 2012 Sports International Football Camps - Chargers
San Diego, California

Over 91,000 athletes have graduated from our camps, many currently playing at the college level. This will be our 29th successful year of football instruction.

Antoine Cason Football Camp - June 29-July 2 - Ages 7-18 - Join San Diego Charger Cornerback Antoine Cason and members of the San Diego Chargers for one of the best football weeks of your life. This will be the 19th amazing year for this camp. Performance Magazine rated Sports International's football camps among the top ten summer camps in the nation! This summer will be the 29th successful year for Sports International’s football camps having graduated over 91,000 athletes with many going on to play in the NFL and at the highest college level. San Diego Chargers that have attended this camp include Eric Parker, Quentin Jammer, Jyles Tucker, Ryan Mathews, J.R. Redman, Darren Sproles, Junior Seau, Michael Goff, Scott Mruczkowski, Keenan McCardell, Marlon McCree, Brandon McKinney, Greg Camarillo, Cletis Gordon, Jaremy Sheffey, Tyronne Gross, Lorenzo Neal, and many more. You will not find a better football camp - period!

Sports International Passing & Receiving Academy - July 7-9 at San Diego State University - Outstanding staff as instructors at camp including Jason Reyes, Quarterbacks Coach, Chapman University, David Roberts, Wide Receiver, University of Arizona, Jerome Pathon, Former NFL Wide Receiver and Current Wide Receivers Coach, University of San Diego, and Erik Monson, Wide Receivers Coach, California Lutheran University.

High school players aged 15-18 are eligible for the exclusive “Gridiron Club”. A detailed information packet on each member of the "Gridiron Club" will be sent to over 1,500 college football coaches to help each player receive recognition at the college level. Limited Enrollment in both camps!

Sports International Kicking, Punting, and Long Snapping Camp - June 28-29 - Ages 8-18 - Why is this the best football camp in the USA? My son learned more about kicking and punting from the kickers and punters at this camp than he did from his high school football coach in one year. Sports International will have an outstanding university level kicking, punting, and long snapping staff including: Tom Malone, Former Punter, USC, Joe Houston, Former Kicker, USC, David Green, Kicker and Punter, Stanford, Greg Woidneck, Former Punter, USC, Brandon Bogotay, Kicker, Georgia, and Eric Morris, Long Snapper, Syracuse. This is an amazing staff!

High school players aged 15-18 are eligible for the exclusive “Gridiron Club”. A detailed information packet on each member of the "Gridiron Club" will be sent to over 1,500 college football coaches to help each player receive recognition at the college level. Limited Enrollment in both camps!

For information email us below or call 301-575-9400.

U.S. States: California: San Diego