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.

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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.

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Cazadero Music Camp
Cazadero, CA

Cazadero Music Camp is a co-ed, residential summer camp, ages 10-18. Established in 1957, Cazadero is located in a spectacular redwood grove just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California.

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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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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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Glennville, CA

Looking for a summer camp that gets kids immersed in nature, living simply, and tech free? JRC offers a community of positive individuals enjoying the simpler things in life, ranch living, and the satisfaction of learning and growing.

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Kennolyn has been offering the very best in camp experiences since 1946. Our privately owned 440 acre site in Santa Cruz County is bordered by a 10,000 acre state park.

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New York City, NY
Other

MODELING CAMP invites all girls to 'discover the model you' this summer! Explore the world of modeling and fashion at this empowering summer camp for girls. Each day, campers learn about the industry from leading industry professionals, top models and top agencies! This Summer we are also introducing our new virtual camp program, MODELING CAMP ONLINE!

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Laytonville, CA

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.

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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.

Tamwood International Camps in Canada and USA provide your child with the chance to learn English (ESL), develop character, learn life skills, make new friends, train with professional instructors, discover new interests and learn about the world.

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Inspire your artistic and creative spirit in the pines of scenic Idyllwild, CA. Day and residential summer workshops for teens ages 12-18, July 3-24, 2021. Offerings include dance, film, music (classical, jazz, songwriting), theatre, and visual arts.

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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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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.

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!

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

Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Haven, Atlanta, Cambridge, NYC, and more, CA
Other

Take your coding skills to the next level and experience the thrill of startup culture – all within a prestigious university setting. After two weeks of elite instruction, Industry Insights, and peer networking, you’ll leave with a polished portfolio and the skills needed to succeed in school, college, and the ever-evolving field of computer science.

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Idyllwild, CA

Celebrating 30 years of Excellence in Science and Adventure! Launch your own custom-made rocket at AstroCamp! 60+ activities - Experiential Science and Adventure Camp!

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Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and more, CA
Other

This summer, explore a top campus, make friends as you master new tech skills, and join a community of more than 275,000 alumni. At iD Tech summer camps, students ages 6-18 can learn to code, build websites, design video games, experience virtual reality, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, and more!

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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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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.