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Summer Camps for Teens

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.


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Featured Summer Camps for Teens


CalArts Summer Art Intensive for High School Students
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Students 14-17 years old participate in a series of workshops and critiques led by CalArts faculty and alumni, attend artist talks and screenings, explore methods and spend time in the studio developing skills and making art. Residential students will live in Chouinard Hall, CalArts’ BFA dorms, and both residential and commuter students will be able to participate in daily activities such as film screenings, games in the recreation hall or open swim in the CalArts pool. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to Disneyland for an additional fee. All levels welcome to apply.


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. Application & audition video are due by April 15, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.


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.


Summer Camps for Teens – Alphabetical List

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!

AQUA SURF Camps
two locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach

At AQUA SURF School, campers (ages 5-17) learn surfing and water safety skills as well as social skills, respect for our ocean, and more. Instructors tailor the camp experience to meet the needs of each participant. All are welcome to participate, from beginners to teens learning to surf at a pro-level. AQUA SURF has a 3 to 1 ratio of students to teachers. Teens also have the “opportunity to take on responsibilities and learn leadership skills” through the Counselor in Training (CIT) program. Students can attend by the day (individual half/full days) or by the week (one or more weeks at a time).

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp/Wilshire Blvd Temple Camps
CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012

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 Kids Klub
1515 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030

Above all, Camp Kids Klub is all about friendships, new and old! Whether you have been coming to camp for five years or it is your first day, you can count on making friends right away. To that end, we do team building first thing every Monday morning so that campers get to know one another and their counselors. Moreover, throughout the week we continue to play wacky games during group time to solidify these bonds. We believe that camp friendships are some of the strongest friendships you can have. We love seeing those friendships grow year after year!

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!

Global Leadership Adventures
Destinations around the world

Volunteer and travel experiences for teens featuring leadership, community service, immersive learning & adventure.

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.

Outdoor Journeys/Camp Nawakwa
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. It is our mission to inspire individuals, through education and engagement, to connect with the natural world. For kids ages 8-17.

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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