California Summer Camps

Currently we have openings in a number of our sessions for the Summer of 2019. 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 continuous operation since 1926 and is currently under the leadership of fourth generation owners and directors.

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Carlsbad, CA

ANA Summer Programs offers several camps whether you are interested in a traditional recreation experience, would like to take some enriching classes, or are looking to enhance your leadership skills.

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Running Springs, CA

Pali is an all-inclusive overnight summer camp in Southern California offering over 25 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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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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Soquel, CA

Kennolyn has been offering the very best in camp experiences since 1946. Our privately owned 300 acre site in Santa Cruz County is bordered by a 10,000 acre state park.

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Malibu, CA

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!

Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, GWU, UT Austin, NYU, Chicago and more!, CA
Other

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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Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Inland Empire, CA

Week long summer programs for students with learning disabilities and related difficulties such as dyslexia, auditory processing, visual processing, ADHD, autism, and other learning differences. Specializing in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire.

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The longest running weight loss camp in the world - traditional summer fun with the benefits of weight loss!

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Idyllwild, CA
Other

Explore the wonders of the universe with qualified instructors of the physical and earth sciences. Summer enrichment with lots of fun traditional summer camp activities in a caring environment.

Agoura Hills, CA
Other

Summer arts camps for children 5-15. Inspirational teachers and fun camp counselors! 2,3 or 5 day options. Extended hours. Art Camp campuses in Valley Village & Agoura Hills.

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Tysons Corner, VA
Other

Modeling Camp invites you to explore the world of modeling and fashion! If you want to 'discover the model' in you - this is the place to get started! Featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, we offer modeling camps in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington DC. From fashion shows, to photo shoots, making TV commercials and meeting top agencies...this camp is for ALL fashionistas!

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Stanford, CA
Other

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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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

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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Global Leadership Adventures
San Diego, CA

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

Multiple Cities, AZ

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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Palo Alto, Irvine, Atlanta, Seattle, and more, CA
Other

Our intensive two-week, overnight pre-college program for teens ages 13–18 will immerse you in the creative world of video game production. All graduates leave the Academy with a gaming portfolio and the tools to excel in the rapidly expanding field of game development.

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Santa Rosa, CA

Cloverleaf Ranch is a traditional, co-ed summer camp that offers over 25 activities in a wholesome, enjoyable environment. For over 70 years, Cloverleaf has provided children from around the world with a safe and fun summer to remember.

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Balsam, NC
Other

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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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.