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Academic Summer Camps
Camp Brainy Bunch–Learning should be hands on, focused, creative, and exciting. We approach each subject with passion and intensity. We attack it, laugh with it, act it out, jump all over it, bake it in a pie, launch it in a rocket …then do it again.
Join us for amazing staff, engaging academics, a supportive community, and an outstanding summer. As a bonus, we include healthy lunches everyday and an endless supply of high fives.
PHONE: (510) 548-4800
Camp BizSmart – Camp Bixsmart was recently named by CNN Monday as one of the five most unique camps in the U.S.
At Camp BizSmart you learn business skills you can’t get in the classroom and it inspires young entrepreneurs.
iD Tech Camps Held Nationwide – Code, game, create! At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies, and more. Kids meet new friends and gain a competitive edge for school and future STEM careers.
Weeklong day and overnight camps are held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and others. Also available are pre-college academies for teens ages 13-18.
iD Tech Mini Held Nationwide – It’s never too early to dream BIG! Kids ages 6-9 will have a blast at iD Tech Mini, where half day options let aspiring innovators discover a love for tech. Campers make new friends and learn hands-on STEM skills in fun courses centered around programming, Minecraft game design, robotics engineering, and Adobe® Photoshop® graphic design.
Weeklong half day and full day camps are held at select campuses nationwide, including Caltech, Berkeley Carroll School, and others.
Alexa Café: All-Girls Program Held Nationwide – At Alexa Café, girls ages 10-15 collaborate around café tables and learn to code apps, produce films, design websites, develop wearable electronics, and more. Discover a passion for technology in this unique environment that emphasizes leadership, philanthropy, innovation, and more.
Weeklong day and overnight camps are held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including Mills College, Bryn Mawr, Georgia Tech, and others.
Academic Outdoor Adventure Camps
Camp Voyager – Young techies, gamers and engineers test their creativity and problem solving skills at Camp Voyager, where technology meets outdoor adventure. The camp is held at YLI headquarters in Pickens, S.C., on a 33-acre property with views of Table Rock. Amenities include air-conditioned dorms, a full-service dining facility, a gymnasium, a computer lab, an outdoor team course, a water slide and a go-cart track. Campers will participate in activities that use technologies such as GPS navigation, Lego Mindstorms NXT® robotics, video and digital cameras, video games and Microsoft Office® software applications.
Falcon Camp — Falcon Camp is about fun for now and skills for life. It’s getting outside, trying new things and making new friends! From arts and crafts, drama and archery to outdoor activities such as horseback riding, sailing, canoeing, tennis, hiking and sports, Falcon Camp brings campers together for a fun and adventurous time. The best part? You choose your activities and there’s always something new to explore!
PHONE: (800) 837-CAMP
Camp Cody–Camp Cody is part of a camping heritage that goes back to 1926. Nestled on the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake Ossipee amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Cody offers a summer experience rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure. A traditional summer camp for both girls and boys, campers range in age from seven to fifteen and CITs beginning their leadership programs at sixteen.
PHONE: 603) 539-4997
Adventure Summer Camps
Long Lake Camp Adventures is where your summer adventure begins in New York’s Great Adirondack Park.
Every day is thrilling as you embark on your unique journey. At Long Lake Adventure Camp our campers have the unique opportunity to create their own schedule from a wide variety of options for each of our seven periods.
We go on many exciting trips exploring the Adirondack high peaks, white water rafting down unspoiled rivers, plus sea plane rides and theme parks with roller coasters and giant water slides!
Everyday you can go horseback riding, tubing, ATVing, play paintball, do our high ropes course and all land and water sports, you can start a rock band or get creative in our fine arts building.
Since 1969 our family has provided the most wonderful experiences in summer fun. Campers immediately feel at home enabling them to thrive and grow. Campers enjoy all the positive aspects of camp life while living in modern cabins, having great fun and learning skills that will last a lifetime.
Roaring Brook Camp –For 50 years, Roaring Brook Camp for boys has been devoted to teaching outdoor skills and adventure sports, Vermont crafts and conducting expeditions in Northern New England by backpack and canoe. We believe that confidence and satisfaction with life come through personal achievement. Our intent is to build self-reliance, resourcefulness, a will-to-achieve, and service to others primarily through a program of outdoor education.
Crime Museum CSI Camp — Step into the shoes of a Crime Scene Investigator at theCrime Museum’s CSI Camps in DC! Campers will learn to process a crime scene by working hands-on to gather evidence in the murder of Fred Lawe. Working together as a Crime Scene Unit, they’ll take crime scene photographs and search for evidence. They’ll also start a case file to keep track of the evidence throughout the week.
Alternative Summer Camps for Troubled Teens
Teen Boarding Schools— Alternative summer camps that emphasize experiential therapy can profoundly affect teens with issues such as ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, obesity, learning differences, or behavioral problems. Troubled teens and kids with special needs often don’t fit into traditional summer camps. Parents who have teens heading down the “wrong path” will often see dramatic changes in their teen’s attitude, behavior, and motivation after a therapeutic wilderness camp or other alternative summer camps.
PHONE: 866 323-5608
Archaeology Summer Camps
Join a 90 year tradition in teaching your children, independence, friendship, and group living, all while being nestled into the Mount Washington Valley of magnificent Western Maine. Enjoy top quality facilities for all major sports and private lessons in tennis and swimming. Your gift of camp to your children will last a lifetime for them and provide many benefits.
PHONE: 207-935-2300 OR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service Camps
CAMP KESUM — Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children touched by a parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem’s programs help create a life-long community of support, to help address their unique needs.
eMagination Computer Camps – Emagination’s core Computer Camp program blends technology learning with fun summer camp activities to create a well-rounded summer camp experience. Sessions are two weeks long so campers have time to become part of a community while learning new tech skills. Several locations.
PHONE: 877 248 0206
Cooking/Culinary Summer Camps
Forest Acres Camp for Girls – Join a 90 year tradition and one of the most prestigious equestrian programs in camping. Led by riding director Mrs. Carol Law of Mt. Holyoke College, the program is second to none. For non-riders Forest Acres offers a tremendous tennis program, as well as adventure opportunities, drama, and a full arts and crafts program–all in the comfort of the Mt. Washington Valley in Western Maine.
PHONE: 207-935-2300 EMAIL: email@example.com
Healthy Lifestyle Camps
Horse Lovers/Equestrian Summer Camps
Bryn Mawr Riding Camp — Bryn Mawr Horseback Riding Camp offers one 10 day session, two or three-week sessions that can be combined for a total of 5 weeks for girls ages 10 to 15 at our premier all-girls sleep away camp. Beginning to advanced riders receive quality instruction in hunt seat equitation. Hunter/Jumper riding, and dressage, while still participating in traditional summer camp activities like swimming, adventure and arts and crafts.
PHONE: 570 253-2488
International Horse Riding Camp –The International Riding Camp was established in 1978 for girls 7-17, who love horse and riding.
PHONE: 845 647-3240
Envision Experience The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) is now part of the Envision family of leadership, career and scholarship development programs that provide today’s students with the experiences and applied skills they must have for success in the 21st century.
In today’s complex world, out-of-classroom experiences are no longer a nice to have, they are a must have. Envision’s experiential educational programs are designed to provide the extra edge you need to get into college, graduate on time and successfully transition into a chosen career or life path.
PHONE: (703) 584-9513
Marine Biology Summer Camps
Sail Caribbean — Two weeks of hands-on research and instruction in tropical marine science topics such as tropical coastal ecology, oceanography, and coral reef biodiversity. This summer camp is for colloege students
• Live on board a 44-ft catamaran and learn to sail while you earn scuba certifications and get up close and personal with the organisms and habitats you’re studying.
Math Summer Camps
Music Summer Camps
Mountain Meadow Ranch. We are a traditional family owned-and-operated California summer camp located north of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Uniquely located on a spacious 900 acre ranch, our summer camp is co-ed and for kids ages 7 to 16.
For 59 summers we have had an outstanding reputation of providing fun activities while building personal growth and self-confidence in a family-like setting.
PHONE: (530) 257-4419
Performing Arts and Fine Arts Summer Camps
Long Lake Camp for the Arts is the best sleepaway summer Performing and Fine Arts camp in America.
We specialize in Theater, Music, Fine Arts, Dance, Rock Bands, Circus, Film, Magic and Comedy, plus we have fun sports and a stunning waterfront.
Our campers ages 10 to 16 from all around the world, 100% get to create their own custom made schedules. With only 250 campers and 160 spectacular staff we are the perfect size. Long Lake Camp is located in the heart of the beautiful Adirondack Park on our own lake front private estate with mountains and lush forests surrounding us.
PHONE: 914 693 7111
Hale Centre Theatre — offers three sessions of summer camps each summer for students ages 6-18. Two-week sessions are offered in June, July and August. Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A half-day option is available from 9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classes include Acting, Singing, Theatre Dance, Voice, Theatre Art, Stage Combat, Magic and Audition Techniques.
PHONE: (801) 415-2304
Camp Lantern Creek Located in the beautiful Texas Piney Woods, Camp Lantern Creek is one of the best Texas summer camps for girls aged 7 to 17. Our creative arts summer camp program is the perfect vehicle for fostering self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership.
Twin Lakes Camp – Since 1970, Twin Lakes has provided families with a summer camp program nestled in the rolling hills and piney woods of central Mississippi. With day camps for ages 5-10, overnight camps for ages 6-12, the LIT program for teens age 13-15, summer staff opportunities for ages 16 and up, and a full-service conference center for churches, schools and businesses – there is truly an opportunity for every member of the family at Twin Lakes.
Science Summer Camps
Camp Invention — With the invaluable guidance of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, Camp Invention has enriched the lives of nearly 2 million children. This one-of-a-kind, nationally recognized program introduces critical STEM concepts through hands-on, creative problem-solving activities that encourage children to explore, analyze and invent.
Camp Invention’s curricula are inspired by NIHF Inductees and taught by local certified educators. Students in grades one through six collaborate in real-world challenges intended to encourage curiosity, creativity and scientific thinking. Children develop questions, collect data, draw conclusions and apply new knowledge at the only summer camp supported by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The critical thinking and communication skills that children gain through STEM enrichment at Camp Invention will serve them for a lifetime. These are the 21st-century skills that are essential for personal and professional success, now and in the future.
Space Summer Camps
Special Needs Summer Camps
Brehm Summer Scenarios — If your adventurer is 12-18 years old and has a learning disability, then start them on their quest to join Summer Scenarios today!
Adventurers enrolled at Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Scenarios come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success including, but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Asperger’s Disorder, Communication Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Processing and Memory Deficits, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, and Specific Learning Disability; defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
PHONE:618.457.0371 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Summer Camps
IMG Sports Camps Why do many of the world’s top athletes choose IMG Academy as their training home? For the same reasons why you should choose an IMG Academy sports camp or program if you want to reach your full potential this year!
IMG Academy offers sports camps in soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, developmental sports, track and field, plus bolletteri and more…
PHONE: 800 872-6425
Brown University Pre-College Sports Camps — The Department of Athletics in conjunction with The School of Professional Studies is offering summer sports camps for young athletes. Camps are led by Brown’s varsity coaches, their staff and current Brown athletes. Many camps also feature guest coaches from other universities. This summer, we’ll welcome more than 2,000 athletes from across the country and around the world! Brown University Sports Camps are open to any and all that meet the listed age requirements for each camp.
Brown strongly believes that its athletic camps should represent the same level of excellence and diversity found throughout the University, thereby providing the opportunity and encouragement for each athlete to reach his/her fullest potential. We use competitive spirit and sportsmanship to develop as teammates to do our best to become the very best.
Soccer Camps International–Learn from the Best Clubs in England, Spain, Italy and France! Elite Official Soccer Camps for 7 – 18 years old players from all over the World! Exclusive Access! ENGLAND: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal. SPAIN: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Spanish Soccer Federation. ITALY: AC Milan, Juventus. FRANCE: Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux.
Traditional Summer Camps
Camp Birch Hill – YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME! Camp Birch Hill is a family owned, traditional, over-night summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Campers choose from 50 activities throughout their 2, 4, or 6 week stay. Birch Hill is nestled on over 100 private acres in the “Lakes Region” of NH. Celebrating our 20th summer of Friendships and Memories of a Lifetime this summer 2012!
Camp Towanda – Premier coed residential summer camp; celebrating 90 years of developing lifeskills, land & water sports as well as the arts, drama and outdoor adventure in a warm, personable, safe, fun and nurturing environment. Life the way it use to be! The directors are the owners; hands-on involved in all aspects.
Travel Abroad Summer Camps
Western Style/Dude Ranch Summer Camps
Wilderness Adventure Summer Camps
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