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Summer Camps for Teens

Updated for 2021

Summer camps aren’t just for the younger members of the family. There are several summer camps for teens that offer a range of programs that teens will enjoy. Whether they prefer to spend summer inside or outdoors (or both), we think you’ll find a camp that will make everyone happy.

Act One Theatre Camp

Type: Acting, After Care, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Dance, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Film, Improv, Musical Theater, Performing Arts, Teen, Theater, Virtual Camps & Classes, Voice

Description:

A new online summer camp which brings the exciting world of theatre straight to your living room! Log in Monday-Friday to take part in a dynamic and interactive theatre experience where our campers get the opportunity to enjoy the fun, creativity, and hilarity of the theatre world. Each and every day they’ll participate in acting, singing, dancing, improv, movie-making, and stage design. All of it leading up to a professionally produced Big Show for the whole family to watch online! From the shy wallflower to the class clown: All levels of experience welcomed!

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All Girls Empowerment Summer Camp

Type: Beach, Camps for Girls, Day Camp, Martial Arts, Outdoors, Sports, Teen, Water Sports

Description:

Your daughter will LOVE our Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls. Activities include: self-defense training, character development workshops, yoga, dance, meditation, water sports, core workout, fun outdoor sports and games. Each day, we introduce one extraordinary woman from the past or the present, and discuss her leadership and achievements with the campers. While we have a blast in various fun activities, we focus on a specific topic that will be incorporated in the games, class discussions, workshops, and mat chat.

Week 1: ACCEPTANCE – Acceptance of our selves and others.
Week 2: FEAR – Overcoming fear and dealing with anxiety.
Week 3: RESPONSIBILITY – It takes work to be someone that others can rely on and trust.
Week 4: PERSEVERANCE – Eliminating “I quit!” attitude. Learning what commitment means.
Week 5: CONFIDENCE – Building self-confidence by getting to know oneself.
Week 6: FOCUS & SELF CONTROL – The martial arts way.
Week 7: ANTI BULLYING – Recognizing bully’s behaviors and learning to stand up for oneself.
Week 8: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Being more peaceful with oneself.
Week 9: KINDNESS & RESPECT – Respect for oneself and others. And being kind to oneself and others.
Week 10: VISION & PURPOSE – Finding something we LOVE to do and matching it to what the world needs.

Spots are limited. Please register early. Drop off and pick up location: 177 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA 90293

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Archer Summer

Type: Academic, Acting, Arts Education, Camps for Girls, Coding, Creative, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Musical Theater, Performing Arts, Science, STEM, Tech, Teen, Theater, Virtual Camps & Classes, Voice

Description:

Join us for a summer of imagination and enrichment led by an expert faculty.
Archer’s summer program ignites possibility, inspires creative risk-taking, and builds valuable leadership skills. Engage in real world challenges, make new friends, and experience Archer’s joyful culture, which celebrates the possibility of every girl. Summer 2021 will offer both in-person and online options for rising 4th-12th graders.
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Atwater Photo Camp

Type: After Care, Art & Nature, Arts Education, Before and/or After Care, Before Care, Creative, Day Camp, Photography, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Atwater Photo Camp is a super fun and exciting 5 day photo adventure that inspires kids to explore their world in a deeper way. It helps them recognize, develop and celebrate their own unique voice. We build skills with camera, light and storytelling, through clever games and activities, designed to challenge the way we see.

Together we review images each day, and on Friday we host an exhibit where campers showcase their work for friends & family. Everyone receives a gallery of images.

Camp counselors are professional photographers, who understand how to ignite passion and curiosity in a virtual setting. We use a unique schedule which minimizes screen time and maximizes camper engagement throughout the day.

Virtual Camp runs all year, in-person camp begins as early as June (TBD).

Hope you can join us!

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California Institute of the Arts – Portfolio Development Workshop

Type: Academic, Arts Education, Film, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

This pre-college workshop is designed to help film and video artists explore unconventional methods for filmmaking while enhancing their application portfolio for college film/video programs. This eight-week portfolio development workshop is led by a CalArts admissions counselor and artist and is offered online this summer by CalArts Extended Studies.

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Camp Summertime

Type: Adventure Camp, After Care, Animal Camp, Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Before Care, Day Camp, Nature, Outdoors, Performing Arts, Rock Climbing Camp, Sports, Surfing, Teen

Description:

Traditional day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 on 120 private acres in the Malibu / Agoura Hills area.

Established in 1965 as one of the best traditional day camps in Southern California. Now located on 120 private acres in the Malibu / Agoura Hills area at Calamigos Ranch.  Calamigos Ranch was home for one of the earliest camps in California dating back to the 1940’s. This strong tradition continues with Camp Summertime. Camp Summertime is dedicated to providing a safe, loving, and enriching environment. We promote each child’s social, emotional, creative and physical development through individual and team activities. Campers build self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect within this supportive environment.

Bus transportation is available each day from most areas. Pick up locations may include Malibu, Pacific Palisades, the San Fernando Valley,  Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and the Conejo Valley.

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Creative Summer Camp

Type: Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Robotics, STEM, Teen

Description:

Looking for art classes for your kids and teens in the Los Angeles, CA area? Or maybe you are an adult who wants to have some “me” time and explore your creativity. We have something for everyone!

We are offering great class options for fall 2021 in our Los Angeles, CA space!  Young Artists Class, Pokemon Art Academy, Creative Art, Animation/Cartooning, Mixed Media, Fine Art and more!

 

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Designer Camp

Type: Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Photography, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

Designer Camp is Southern Californian’s only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). Offering 3 weeks of unique IN-PERSON & DIGITAL camps in partnership with nationally-recognized designers and brands.

Interior Design Camp: July 12 – 16
Designer Camp 101: July 18 – 23
Photography Camp x Leica Akademie: July 26 – 30

Designer Camp’s mission is to give students a community that helps them cultivate their unique creativity and discover the many career opportunities for their future.

Each day students will receive hands-on instruction from design industry professionals, visit showrooms, retail stores, design houses and businesses that are shaping the design industry. Our design industry professionals and staff are dedicated to mentoring our students on their creative paths, supporting them throughout camp and beyond. Throughout each week of camp, students will work on creating their own personal design portfolio that they can continue to update even after camp.

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Digital Dragon

Type: Academic, Arts Education, Coding, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Film, Maker, Music, Robotics, Science, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

Digital Dragon is back this summer, better than ever, offering both online and in-person sessions! Our Summer tech camps have something for everyone from coding games and cartoons to digital art and altered reality, robotics to Roblox, and producing of videos to music – we offer the perfect mix of learning and fun. We will have separate dedicated online and in-person teachers. This way we tailor the curriculum and activities to the type of session your child is in – no confusing hybrid. We are celebrating the Olympics this summer with our exclusive themes in Minecraft, Roblox, and Robotics. Speaking of Minecraft – we have a big slate of themes – SkyWorld, Build a Factory, Co-Op Survival, and more – so campers will always be learning something new. Come join the fun this summer!

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Groundlings Teen Improv Classes

Type: Acting, Creative, Day Camp, Improv, Musical Theater, Performing Arts, Teen, Theater, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Lively five-day TEEN IMPROV CAMPS, or one-day TEEN DROP-INS, get teens on their feet working on characters, improvisation, and acting through a variety of fun games and improv exercises. On the last day of a TEEN IMPROV CAMP, parents and friends are invited to join the class online and observe the final 30 minutes in an “open class” format.

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iD Tech

Type: Academic, Coding, Day Camp, Photography, Robotics, Sleep Away, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect way for kids and teens to sharpen STEM skills and bond with new friends, all online from the comfort of home. With the highest quality remote instruction on the planet, your child can unlock tech brilliance and create an exciting project. Structured, weeklong sessions available now in multiple time zones (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with the hottest curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more.

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KidzToPros Sports, STEM & Art Camps

Type: Academic, After Care, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Before and/or After Care, Before Care, Coding, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Design, Film, Maker, Music, Outdoors, Performing Arts, Robotics, Soccer, South Bay Camp, Sports, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

Explore, learn and thrive at KidzToPros on-site STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps for kids ages 4 to 14! From coding and robotics to digital arts, film studio, tennis, basketball and more, KidzToPros will help ignite your child’s creativity and passions.

Before Care: 8am to 9am; After Care: 3pm to 6pm.

KIDZTOPROS 2021 SUMMER CAMP LOCATIONS

CENTRAL LOS ANGELES

Shalhevet High School
910 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Oaks School
6817 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Bishop Alemany High School
11111 N Alemany Dr, Mission Hills, CA 91345

deToledo High School
22622 Vanowen St, West Hills, CA 91307

Highland Hall Waldorf School
17100 Superior St, Los Angeles, CA 91325

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

Armenian Sisters Academy
2361 Florencita Dr W, Montrose, CA 91020

Glendale Adventist Academy
700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206

New Horizon School
651 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

SOUTH BAY

Valor Christian Academy
525 Earle Ln, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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Reach Academy for Boys Summer Session 2021

Type: Academic, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Leadership, Physical Conditioning, Science, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Re-spark your son’s love of learning and leadership after this remote school year with inspiring teachers from Ivy League schools across the US! June 14-25, 2021. On campus in Beverly Hills. Remote academic option as well. Grades 7-10. In partnership with Stanford University’s Curious Cardinals!

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Write the World Virtual Writing Camp

Type: Academic, Arts Education, Camps for Girls, Creative, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Film, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Founded at Harvard University in 2012, Write the World—the leading online platform for 30K young writers from over 100 countries—hosts 9 Virtual Writing Camp sessions across genres this summer. Taught by acclaimed authors, editors, and educators, teens ages 13-19 are invited to take part in sessions exploring: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Poetry Basics, Writing Poetry for Social Justice, Flash Fiction, Writing to Change the World, Humor Writing, Writing for Publication, and Micro Memoirs!

Participants in their poetry offerings are eligible for a chance to perform their work at the Smith College Poetry Center. Registration is open. Space is limited. Join today and spend a week—or an entire summer—connecting & writing with peers worldwide!

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Summer Camps for Teens

8 Count Dance Academy
10662 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

8 Count Dance Academy offers Dance Camps for teens from June through August.  Dance Camps Include:  Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Broadway, Acro (Acrobatics), Fun Mock Auditions, & Improv!  Camps conclude with a dancer showcase on the final day.

Act One Theatre Camp
216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203

A dynamic and hands-on theatre camp for children and teens where students will use their creativity and performance skills as they spend each and every day acting, singing, dancing, and more at the historic Alex Theatre!

All Girls Empowerment Summer Camp
Two locations – Culver City and Torrance

Parents like you LOVE our Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls! Open for girls ages 6 to 17. We offer 2 locations: Culver City and Torrance! Our Camp Offers Amazing Programs: Women’s Self Defense Training, Water sports lessons (kayaking, sailing, stand up paddle boarding), Healthy Relationship / Safe Dating Workshops (Teens), Character Development Workshop, Self Confidence Workshop, Bully Prevention Workshop, Dance Classes, Meditation Classes, Nutrition Classes, Core Strengthening Workout, Assertiveness Training, Outdoor Sports, and More Fun activities!

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp/Wilshire Blvd Temple Camps
Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp! For almost 70 years, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps have been providing a dynamic and fun environment where campers and staff become part of a community. We strive to build a place where everyone is equal and included, supported and cared for, connected and challenged. At Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps children develop a better understanding of their Jewish background while giving them a summer they will never forget.

Camp Tech Revolution at UCLA
UCLA Student Union Building ~ 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Our 35+ summer STEM camps offer the latest in technology, giving campers the opportunity to take their creativity to new heights, turn their ideas into reality, and gain the tools to achieve and exceed their goals. Our campers can learn how to Design Websites, Build and Code Robots, Work with Artificial Intelligence, Create Custom Converse & Vans Sneakers, Produce Digital Music, Join a Digital Rock Band, Mod in Minecraft, Design Games in Roblox, Compete in National Minecraft, Roblox, and Fortnite Tournaments, Code in Java and Python, Become YouTube Casters, Use Green Screens, Build Games and Apps, Train in Esports, Learn Digital Citizenship, and so much more!

Camp Wasewagan on the River
42121 Seven Oaks Road, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Over night summer camp located in beautiful Angelus Oaks, just south of Big Bear. We offer 1- and 2- week options for boys & girls, age 5-16. With a traditional setting and activities, such as archery, paintball, high ropes & swimming, kids will also get to pick their own exciting field trip to attend. Come and create unforgettable memories and lasting friendships with us this summer!

GRAMMY Museum Summer Session
800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90015

The GRAMMY Museum’s Summer Session is a five-day, non-residential program for students who are currently enrolled in High School in Southern California (grades 9-12). Summer Session provides Young songwriters the resources necessary to build a solid foundation in songwriting. The skills focused on are also beneficial in workforce development across many careers in, and out of music. It is completely FREE to attend, but Students must apply to be part of the Summer Session camp.

Groundlings Teen Improv Camp
7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Groundlings, the famous improv theatre and school, offers special classes for teens. Participants learn the fundamentals of improv through this workshop series. They are offered in two age groups: ages 11-14 and ages 15-18. The camp culminates with an improv performance on The Groundlings student stage.

iD Tech
several locations in southern California

iD Tech camps are held at several southern California locations including at UCLA,  Loyola Marymount University, and California Institute of Technology. Participants “discover coding, game development, robotics, and design.” Average class size is 8 students per instructor. Campers can attend for just one week or return for multiple weeks. In addition, the Alexa Café Experience is designed for girls ages 10-15 and “blends tech, entrepreneurship, and social activism.”

Kennolyn Camps
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!

Modeling Camp
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 92608

Modeling Camp invites all girls to come explore the world of fashion and modeling this summer! Featured on Good Morning America and NBC News, this unique camp offers girls ages 11-17 a one of a kind experience! Have your own professional photo shoot, participate in a live fashion show, learn the ins and outs of the industry from leading professionals! Come discover the model YOU!

On the Edge Dance Studio Summer Camps
5563 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

At On The Edge Dance Studio we offer a variety of full-day summers camps for ages 4 -18 through June and July. During our week-long and 3-day camps, dancers will explore their individual talents, build creative confidence, and cultivate community through dance and movement, technical practice, student-generated choreography and art activities (for our youngest dancers). Camp classes will include but not limited to Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Breakdancing, Acro4Dance, X-treme Stretch, Musical Theater and other specialty classes. Dancers will perform in a FREE showcase for parents and friends on the last day of camp.

Rock-N-Water Christian Camps
6580 CA-49, Lotus, CA 95651

Our week long youth camps get teens moving outside with full day adventures including Whitewater Rafting, outdoor Rock Climbing, and explorative Canyoneering hikes through beautiful river canyons. Biblical teachings are integrated throughout the week in a loving and non-forceful manner.

SOCAPA – School of Creative and Performing Arts
Occidental College: 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA, 90041

SOCAPA offers one to six-week summer intensives in Filmmaking, Acting, Music, Dance, Photography and Screenwriting in LA, NYC and VT.  Our students travel from around the world to participate in our programs. Campers of all experience levels are challenged to advance their skills through hands-on learning with teachers who are leaders in their fields. 

STAR Camps
14 Locations around Los Angeles

This year, we have over 40 wonderful options such as STAR EcoStation, Art Studio: Art for the Digital Age, Chess: Strategy of the Future, Coding: Kano Computer Science, Dance: Pose, Camera, Action!, Magic: Junior Magician’s Academy & Magic Castle, Sports: STAR Summer Games 2020, and Virtual Reality: Future Frontiers (to name a few)! Moreover, we are at 14 locations this summer and have multiple discounts available. 

Summer at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM)
300 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

Summer at LACM is a 3 Week Program with focuses in Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Production, Composing for Visual Media and Music Entrepreneurship. The Xperience is offered to all skill levels and includes master classes, private lessons, recitals and large ensembles taught by LACM faculty and top music industry members. For kids ages 12 and up.

UCLA Recreation Summer Camps
UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Athletics hosts hands-on summer camps for kids focusing on detailed fundamental instruction, lectures on proper offensive and defensive techniques, as well as individual and team competition. Camps are offered in a large variety of sports including basketball, golf, gymnastics, diving, tennis, volleyball, and more.

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech West Camps
Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

At 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy-West, scientific inquiry meets fun! Campers entering grades 3-10 spend 12 days exploring robotics, video game design, environmental science, digital media, and a host of other fun activities in a warm, supportive environment with campers who share similar interests. Throughout their experience, campers explore what Judaism means to them—and how this complements their interests in science and technology.

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