California Summer Camps

Mountain Camp
Pollock Pines, CA

Located 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe on the shore of beautiful Ice House Lake in the El Dorado National Forest. Established in 1966, our minimal technology, non-competitive program centers on self-created, self-propelled, and wind propelled activities with a back-to-basics approach to outdoor recreation and community development.

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Between Pollock Pines & S. Lake Tahoe, CA

An exciting, challenging, High Sierra experience on beautiful Loon Lake in California. Real wilderness living—no road access, off-the-grid. Skill development emphasis in structured/free choice activities, from beginning to advanced levels. Outstanding leadership programs. Lodge and platform tents. ACA accredited.

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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.

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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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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Clover , CA

Motorsport Specialty camp. Learn to drive paved and dirt track go-karts and dirt buggies on our 400 acre site.

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Located in one of America's favorite national parks, Lasting Adventures, Inc. offers one and two week programs throughout the Yosemite backcountry for youth ages 11-18 (and beyond).

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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Cazadero Performing Arts 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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Loma Mar, CA

Jam Camp West is an inclusive, supportive program that exposes kids to contemporary musical trends along with the cultural underpinnings of jazz. In addition, fun outdoor activities are held in a stunning natural environment.

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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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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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Bonsall, CA

A Southern California tradition since 1964. Features ranch activities, daily western riding lessons, animal & horse science classes, animal care time, vaulting lessons. Ideal for beginning/intermediate riders. CCCA & CHA accredited. WAIC member camp.

Los Angeles, CA

We're proud to partner with the University of Southern California (USC) to give career-driven high school students an opportunity to explore a career in fashion.

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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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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.


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