As we say here at MomsLA: it’s never too early to start researching summer camps. Popular summer camps and sleep-away camps near Los Angeles tend to reach capacity far before the last day of school. To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up the 28 best Sleep Away Camps for Kids in California – and Beyond – updated for 2020!
We know that Sleep Away Camp has not always been popular with LA parents, but we think that’s starting to change. You’ll see lots of options in this list, both close by and far away.
Featured Sleep Away Camps
6580 CA-49, Lotus, CA 95651
Founded in 1989, Rock-N-Water is a group of Christians who want to impact young people with the joy of God’s Living Word, so they might come to know Jesus and pass on God’s love with excitement. We focus our sleepaway camp programs on biblical principles, and we use the help of nature, friendship, and outdoor challenges to develop character.
6450 Elwood Rd., Sanger, CA 93657
Located in the foothills of Sequoia National Park, River Way Ranch Camp offers children, ages 7-16, a summer of friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Campers may choose from 75 activities including waterskiing, horseback riding, ropes course, mini-bikes, go-karts, waverunners, gymnastics, overnights and more. With an emphasis on the first time campers, River Way provides exciting experiences, focusing on increasing self-confidence. Campers, ages 7-9, remain with their counselors throughout the day participating in a variety of activities, while 10-16-year-olds customize their schedules.
37976 Road 222, Wishon, CA 93669
Skylake is summer camp the way it is supposed to be. Over 75 years providing a lakeside camp in the Sierra National Forest. Co-ed camp for 210 campers with 75 counselors. Bus transportation provided for all two and four week sessions. 70%+ return rate of campers-because they love it. American Camp Association accredited and member of Western Association of Independent Camps.
Sleep Away Camps in Los Angeles (or Nearby)
Occidental College: 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90041
Come join the next generation of visual and performing artists at SOCAPA – The School of Creative & Performing Arts! SOCAPA offers 1-3 week Summer Program intensives in Filmmaking, Acting, Music, Dance, Photography and Screenwriting. Campers of all experience levels are challenged to advance their craft through hands-on learning with teachers who are leaders in their fields. With these Intensives comes the best of summer – a time for friendship and fun with activities every night and weekend. Los Angeles campers can enjoy trips to Venice Beach and the Walk of Fame, along with visits from guest artists, karaoke nights, and much more!
(Mailing address) 707 W Woodbury Road Unit F, Altadena, CA 91001
Phone: (626) 296-4040
Located on Catalina Island, this camp is a traditional coed sleepaway camp for campers entering 2nd grade through 10th grade. Campers attend camp for 1 week, 2 week or 4 week long sessions. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, tubing, high ropes course, archery & riflery, gardening & composting, outdoor cooking, and much more.
Oxbridge at UCLA Prep Program on the UCLA campus: Sproul Landing, 380 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Are you in 7th or 8th grade? Join us in Los Angeles this summer for the Oxbridge at UCLA Prep program! Oxbridge has been welcoming intellectually adventurous students for over 30 years on our academic summer programs. In Los Angeles, students reside on the campus of UCLA and select a Major and a Workshop course from Creative Writing, Photography, Design, & New Media, Speech & Debate, and Augmented Reality & Game Design. Each day, students take part in chaperoned activities on and off campus. All meals are provided and our team is on-site 24/7 to provide for the well-being of our students. To learn more about this program, and all of our programs for students in grades 7-12, please visit our website.
Multiple Locations throughout the LA area, including UCLA Campus
Kids will have the opportunity to develop real-world tech skills and experience firsthand how interests can turn into a college degree and future career. Led by hip, tech-savvy instructors, ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, and more. iD Tech also offers iD Programming Academy (for teens, held at UCLA), iD Game Design & Development Academy (for teens), Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program, held at Marymount High), and iD Tech Mini (half/full day for ages 6-9, held at Caltech).
New York Film Academy
3300 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505
The 2016 summer marks the 19th season the New York Film Academy will bring it’s high school summer film and acting camps to teens ages 13-17 years old. In the high school workshops, each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits, or acts in his or her own short films. Students reside at the Oakwood Corporate Housing complex. Oakwood offers two pools, tennis courts, basketball, and volleyball among its amenities. The entire property is gated and there is a 24-hour guard at the entrance to the property. A day camp for tweens (ages 10-13) is also offered.
Griffith Park Boys Camp
4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 664-0571
Believe it or not Griffith Park Boys’ Camp has been part of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks Camping Section since 1924. Griffith Park Boys Camp has more than 87 years of history helping give boys, through the transformative experiences of nature, a foundation for future greatness. This great place is not just somewhere; it is right here in your own back yard.
Camp Hollywoodland (for Girls)
3200 Canyon Dr., Hollywood, CA 90068
Camp Hollywoodland, a residential camp for girls, has been around for over 90 years. That is over 90 years’ worth of campfires, songs, skits, swim time, dances, field trips, archery, challenge zones, and amazing themed meals. Camp Hollywoodland pays homage to our tradition of turning girls into leaders. Leaders that have exceptional character, exemplify kindness, show compassion and keen spirit to overcome their obstacles. This is one reason why our Camp Hollywoodland family continues to grow. There is nothing more satisfying than making new friends, creating lasting memories, and being a part of a sisterhood that encourages and enriches your life. This summer we are eager to welcome new campers and recognize former ones!
Sleep Away Camps in California
Ojai Valley School Upper Campus
10820 Reeves Road, Ojai, CA 93023
Amplify Sleep Away Rock Camp is a one-week overnight program offered to girls ages 11-17 years old and is held at Ojai Valley Boarding High School in Ojai. At Camp Amplify, girls of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keys or other instruments. Girls will also form a band, write an original song, and perform at the Final Showcase for their family and friends.
AstroCamp – The Space and Summer Adventures
26800 Saunders Meadow Road, Idyllwild , CA 92549
Phone: (909) 625-6194
AstroCamp is a mountain adventure, physical science, and traditional camp program located in Idyllwild, California. Boys and girls ages 8-17 make memories and have fun while participating in a variety of activities like space exploration, rock climbing, mountain biking, rocketry, astronomy, craftsmanship, and summer camp fun.
Bar 717 Ranch / Camp Trinity
17197 Hyampom Rd., Hayfork, CA 96041
Founded in 1930, the Bar 717 Ranch is the oldest accredited co-educational summer camp in California. For 89 years the Bar 717 Ranch has offered children ages 8-16 an opportunity to spend the summer on a beautiful mountain ranch. The camp property consists of mountains and meadows, rivers and ponds for swimming, creeks for exploring and miles of trails to discover. Through ranch activities, the camp program emphasizes taking responsibility for oneself and others in a non-competitive, supportive environment. Campers choose freely from activities: horsemanship, backpacking, gardening, animal care, river swimming, arts/crafts, photography, riflery, music, archery, blacksmithing, ceramics and more.
52500 Temecula Rd., Idyllwild, CA 92549
At Idyllwild Arts, summer is serious fun! Since 1950, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has offered intensive workshops in dance, film, music, songwriting, theatre, visual arts and writing to students of all ages and abilities, including Family Week. Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California. Art Workshops are available for Kids and Teens (ages 5-18), Adults, and Families.
704-950 Wingfield Road, Susanville, CA 96130
Give your kids the experience of a lifetime this summer on a spacious, 900 acre working ranch in the Sierras of Northern California. Mountain Meadow is a unique, classic traditional, co-ed summer camp offering many activities campers can choose from daily. Enrollment is limited to 120 campers to ensure a more personalized camp experience for each child and a family-like environment. Friendships flourish and life-skills are acquired as campers take on challenges and new experiences with the encouragement of our college-age staff. Two and four week sessions are offered, and kids ages 7 to 16 are welcome to enroll.
Camp Ocean Pines
1473 Randall Drive, Cambria, CA 93428
Give your child a life-changing experience at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California. We’re a small nature-based resident camp, in a pine forest on the Pacific Ocean. Your camper will build friendships, experience amazing nature, and just get to be a kid! Our Teen Programs will let you older kids travel with new friends and explore some beautiful and fun places! We know you’ll agree, there is no place like Camp Ocean Pines.
4650 Jenks Lake Road, East Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
Outdoor Journeys is a non-profit youth development organization, which operates a residential camp program, Camp Nawakwa, near Angelus Oaks, California and a day camp program, Camp Blue Sky, near Upland, California. It is our mission to inspire individuals to connect with the natural world. Camp Nawakwa is open to everyone! We embrace the uniqueness of all young people and their families. We ensure that every child has a place, no matter his or her background or age.
Multiple locations – Santa Cruz and Huntington Lake, CA
Since 1946, Kennolyn Camps has provided a haven for boys and girls ages 6-16 to be their best selves, unplug from technology, and make lifelong friends. Join us at one of our two overnight camp locations: in the Santa Cruz Mountains at our hidden village in the redwood forest just a short drive to the beach. Or on Huntington Lake just south of Yosemite at our cozy lodge nestled in the Sierras. This summer we’re celebrating 75 years of changed lives!
42121 Seven Oaks Rd., Angelus Oaks, Ca 92305
Located along the Santa Ana River, nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, we offers many opportunities for excitement and adventures at our traditional overnight summer camp! Campers will go on hikes, learn about archery, fencing, riflery & paintball, and get to play/swim in the water during their stay. Campers will also get to challenge themselves on our high ropes course. To create an experience unique to each camper, they will get to choose their own exciting field trip to go on which include stand-up paddle board, horse ride trail, alpine waterslide, alpine zoo, roller-skating, Biking around Big Bear Lake. Come spend the summer with us to create lasting memories and friendships!
Dunn Summer Academy
2555 W. Highway 154, Los Olivos, CA 93441
4 Week residential camp in Santa Barbara County at Dunn School focused on academic improvement and STEM. STEM Academy will focus on robotics, rocketry, genetics and space with special guest speakers and field trips. Morning classes and afternoon enrichments, evening activities and weekend trips.
Sierra Sleep-Away Camp
Bass Lake, CA
Phone: (310) 541-3664
At the 47th annual Sierra sleep-away camp located at Bass Lake, campers ages 7-17 will have the experience of a lifetime while enjoying a true camping experience with tent living while still utilizing some modern day conveniences. Fun and adventure are woven into each day along with the opportunity to develop new skills or improve old ones.
30778 CA-18, Running Springs, CA 92382
Pali is a fun one-of-a-kind summer camp experience, where campers design their own unique adventure. 21 morning specialty camps offer the chance to learn something new and amazing from Hollywood Stunts to Flying Trapeze, Pali Adventures promises that your child will have the best summer camp experience ever.
Endless Summer Surf Camp
Old Hwy 101, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone: (949) 498-7862
The Endless Summer Surf Camp has a beautiful campsite overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the San Onofre State Park campground, which is just south of the city of San Clemente. All 5-day surf camp packages start Monday morning at 8am and finish Friday at 4pm. The overnight camp includes accommodations, all meals, drinks and snacks, 24 hour supervision, and all your surfing equipment as well as surf instruction.
Sleep Away Camps on the East Coast
23 Brownfield Road, Eaton Center, New Hampshire 03832
We believe that during their summers at Waukeela, Girls become the best version of themselves. Beyond all of the amazing activities we offer, we believe that camp truly prepares our campers for life as independent, thoughtful and self-confident young women.
932 Washington Street, Norwood, MA 02062
For more than 40 years, EXPLO has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people from around the globe. EXPLO provides a range of one-, two-, and three-week summer programs for students ages 7 to 17 on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College (MA). Featuring more courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program, EXPLO is a unique, safe, and supportive learning environment. Our students make friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun at every turn.
Sleep Away Camps Worldwide
Volunteer and travel experiences for teens featuring leadership, community service, immersive learning & adventure. At Global Leadership Adventures, we believe meaningful teen travel can be life-changing. Enroll in a GLA program and travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe. Summer and spring break sessions are open for enrollment.
Travel for Teens
900 West Valley Road, Wayne, CA 19087
1 888 457 4534
TFT has revolutionized teen travel by creating fun and authentic programs that combine experiential learning with cultural immersion. Teens love our programs because we focus on “doing” and not just seeing. Every program uses a hands-on approach to discover what it means to live like a local in each place that we visit. 2019 Program Guide – https://www.travelforteens.com/2019-program-guide/
PO Box 429, Chardon, OH 44024
Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three- week spring break and summer experiences, Gap Year programs, and custom group trips in 18 different countries. Each program is carefully designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals. Across the globe, we employ local staff and foster lasting relationships with the communities in which we work, enabling our students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences. Locations include: Australia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, The Fiji Islands, Laos, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, United States, Vietnam.
Sleep Away Camps Near Me
(clockwise from the top) Catalina Island Camp, Amplify Sleep Away Camp, iD Tech, Pali Adventures, Mountain Meadows