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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Intensive workshops in the visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities including families.

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Adventure Science Camp - Teaches 21st century skills.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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.