California Summer Camps

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Idyllwild, CA

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.

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

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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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Santa Rosa, CA

Cloverleaf Ranch is a traditional, co-ed summer camp. 25 activities are offered in a wholesome, enjoyable environment. For over 61 years, Cloverleaf has provided children from around the world with a safe and fun summer to remember.

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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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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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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, 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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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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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!

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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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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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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Adventure Science Camp - Teaches 21st century skills.

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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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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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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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.