A traditional, co-ed, third generation owned and operated summer camp for ages 7 to 16, uniquely located on a 900 acre ranch north of Lake Tahoe in the California Sierra Nevadas.

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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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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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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!

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.

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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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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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

Cazadero Music Camp
Cazadero, CA

Cazadero Music Camp is a co-ed, residential summer camp, ages 9-18. Established in 1957, Cazadero is located in a spectacular redwood grove just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California.

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The leader in teen adventure summer camps! Committed to providing safe, fun, substantive, and community-focused outdoor adventure trips. Highest return rate in the industry!

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New York City, NY
Other

MODELING CAMP invites all new models to come 'discover the model you' this summer! Explore the world of modeling and fashion at this empowering camp. Each day, campers learn about the business from leading industry professionals, top models and top agencies!

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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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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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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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New York, NY
Other

Girls Rise Up is STEM From Dance’s FREE three-week summer program designed for girls to explore the exciting world of STEM - through the power of dance.

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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.

Join the #1 AI & AR STEM & Art K-12 Camp: Transform their dreams into tangible, hands-on creations in AI, Robotics, Holographic AR, coding, art, 2D/3D animation, 2D/3D game design, Space/nature exploration, tech leadership.

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Soquel, CA

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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Farm Camp
Cazadero, CA

Farm Camp is a welcoming place where kids grow, and people make friendships that last a lifetime. Most importantly, it's FUN!

Redwood Music Teen Camp
Aptos, CA

Learn and perform the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and more. Students practice and perform in both small groups and with the entire ensemble. Other activities include dancing, singing, and crafts.





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.