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Summer Camps for Teens

Updated for 2022

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, Before Care, Creative, Dance, Day Camp, Design, Film, Improv, Musical Theater, Performing Arts, Teen, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice

Description:

Lights… Camera… Act One! Welcome to a dynamic and interactive theatre experience where campers, ages 6-15, will spend each and every day acting, singing, dancing, and more! Join us in the Theater Department of the Glendale Community College as we rock out in our unique and exciting classrooms: from the stage to the movie-making lab, the make-up chair to the dance studio, and the music hall to the improv spotlight. Campers will create and star in their own theatrical adventures, and will showcase their amazing talents for the whole family to enjoy at our free end-of-camp Big Show. From the shy wallflower to the class clown: All levels of experience welcomed! Hurry… it’s almost time for Places!

Camp Hours 9am – 2pm, Before and After Care Hours: 8am-9am and 2pm-5pm.

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AR Coding, AI, STEM, Art and Design Camp by Integem

Type: Academic, Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Coding, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Film, Maker, Orange County Camp, Photography, Robotics, Science, Special Needs Camp, STEAM, STEM, Tech, Teen, Tinkering, Virtual Camps & Classes, Visual Arts

Description:

Take summer camp…make it magic. Camp Integem is a unique experience for K-12 students to learn Holographic AR coding, STEM, AI, 2D/3D game design, robotics engineering, digital art, 2D/3D animation, 3D modeling, Fashion, design, interactive storytelling, space/nature exploration and more. Teleport into your creation to experience the magic of your Holographic AR design and prepare you for future success, all while having a lot of fun!

No prior knowledge in computer or technology is needed. Students can learn from beginner to advanced levels. Great instructors, small classes!

Since 2018, thousands of students from 20 countries have joined our camps. Learn more at camp.integem.com. Enter code MOMSLA to save.

Multiple Locations in Los Angeles and Orange County:

• 2368 Pearl St., Santa Monica, CA  90405
• 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
• 2701 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108
• Burbank High, 902 N 3rd St, Burbank, CA 91502
• 5871 E. Los Arcos St., Long Beach, CA  90815
• 17816 Bushard St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
• 4321 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

 

 

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Art Around the World Camp with Heroes and Villains

Type: Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Maker, Mindfulness, Music, Nature, Paint Ball, Science, Teen, Traditional, Visual Arts

Description:

RAZ Summer Art Camps are simulated tours that explore new cultures through the lens of story. Each week, campers “visit” 1 of the 7 continents and discover the classic myths and stories, along with the heroes and villains, that make up each culture. Every continent opens up a world of stories, fashion, music, and dance and inspires the week’s projects, activities and field trips. Guided by degreed professional teachers, children paint, draw, sculpt and build up to 4 projects in a day. In a full week, kids make a gallery of up to 12 art projects!

Our 2023 summer program is designed to unite art and storytelling while teaching important life lessons. By encouraging story building capabilities, campers learn how to channel their own inner heroes and villains into healthy forms of expression. Campers also expand their world view with activities that incorporate fun facts about geography, history, and social studies.

RAZ Art Day Camps are some of the best in-person kids activities and events near Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles. Kids aged 5-16 get creative all day 9:30 am – 3 pm, M-F. Wednesdays are field trips.

Counselor in Training (CIT) program offers opportunities for Teens to gain skills and techniques for making art projects. Teens have fun in a positive environment while helping others.

 

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Atwater Photo Camp

Type: Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Mindfulness, Photography, Teen, Visual Arts

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. Between 9am and 3pm we go on field trips to galleries, museums and parks learning how other artists view their world. We build skills with camera, light and storytelling, through clever games and activities designed to challenge the way we see. At the end of the week we host a photo exhibit for the kids to show their work.

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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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Camp Wildfolk

Type: Adventure Camp, Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Creative, Dance, Day Camp, Fashion, Film, Improv, Maker, Nature, Outdoors, Performing Arts, Preschool Camp, Robotics, Science, STEAM, Teen, Theater, Tinkering

Description:

Camp Wildfolk is a child-centered day camp with two locations in Valley Village and West Hollywood. Wildfolk is project-based and truly unique- offering a balanced blend of structure and choice, with activities campers go wild for.

The spirit infused throughout camp feels “old school,” yet grounded in a mindful and intentional way of supporting and guiding children. Camp Wildfolk’s caring, silly, and wildly fun Guides are often cited as the #1 reason campers return year after year.

Programs offered for Pre-Kinder through 6th grade, as well as a Guides-in-Training (GIT) leadership program for tweens & teens. The schedule is balanced with outdoor time and classroom (with a/c)

Two Locations:
12020 Burbank Blvd. Valley Village, CA 91607 and
1265 N. Fairfax Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90046

Valley Contact: hello818@campwildfolk.com
WeHo Contact: helloweho@campwildfolk.com

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Designer Camp

Type: Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Maker, Orange County Camp, Photography, Teen, Visual Arts

Description:

Designer Camp is Southern Californian’s most comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young creatives (ages 11 – 17). Offering five unique camps in Los Angeles & Orange County. Designer Camp partners with nationally-recognized designers and brands.

LOS ANGELES:
Design Camp 101: July 10 – 14, 2023
Fashion & Styling Camp: July 17 – 21, 2023
Interior Design Camp: July 24– 28, 2023
Photography Camp x Leica Akademie: July 31 – August 4, 2023
Beauty Camp: July 31 – August 4, 2023

ORANGE COUNTY:
Design Camp 101: July 10 – 14, 2023
Interior Design Camp: July 17 – 21, 2023
Fashion Design Camp: July 24 – 28, 2023

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.

LOCATIONS:
Los Angeles: Pacific Design Center 750 N San Vicente Blvd,West Hollywood Design District, CA 90069

Orange County: Lido Marina Village 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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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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Let’s Get Dramatic: An Introduction to Playwriting

Type: Arts Education, Creative, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Performing Arts, Teen, Theater

Description:

Do you have a story to tell? Boston Court Pasadena wants to help you tell it through theatre! Over the course of three weeks you will learn the building blocks of theatrical storytelling, how to write a play, and what it is like to have a career in the performing arts. This class is taught by working theatre artists and is an interactive, hands-on experience. By the end of the program you will have completed a 10-minute play that will be performed on the Boston Court Main Stage by professional actors and directed by a professional director.

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Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp

Type: Animal Camp, Art & Nature, Arts & Crafts, Backpacking, Basketball, Creative, Equestrian, Mindfulness, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Sleep Away, Teen, Tennis, Theater, Traditional, Water Sports

Description:

A co-ed, traditional sleepaway camp for ages 7 to 16, uniquely located on a 900-acre ranch in the Sierras north of Lake Tahoe and a 1.5 hours drive northwest of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Family-owned and operated since 1956, our limited enrollment and our tech-free policy allow for a more personal camp experience and family-like feel that bring all of the camp together. At MMR, campers experience more than the fun and activities that are a given of the camp experience, but also personal growth in self-confidence and character, fostering new friendships and memorable experiences that last a lifetime. Our entire program is centered around the principles of servant leadership and our guiding values that weave throughout the camp experience: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness.

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Ocean Explorers Liveaboard Camp

Type: Adventure Camp, Art & Nature, Beach, Nature, Outdoors, Science, Sleep Away, Teen, Travel, Water Sports

Description:

Ocean Explorers Liveaboard Camp offers coed campers ages 11-17 the opportunity to explore the islands of Channel Islands National Park, both above and below water. Our ecology-based program is fluid and follows the weather, allowing the group to kayak through sea caves, snorkel through kelp forests, surf, and hike across the islands. Taking place on a custom-built expedition vessel, this micro version of a semester at sea is the perfect ratio of adventure to learning, resulting in a respect and adoration for the marine environment that lasts a lifetime. Campers return with knowledge about island ecology, marine biology, geography, astronomy, resource conservation, and seamanship, all gained from their time aboard.

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Reach Academy for Young Men

Type: Academic, Camps for Boys, Creative, Creative Writing, Day Camp, Film, Global Ethics, Mindfulness, Music, Photography, Science, Sports, Stand Up and Storytelling, STEAM, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Reach Academy for Young Men is a Leadership and Learning Institute for boys entering grades 7 – 10 in the Los Angeles Area. We are an inclusive and positive-growth oriented community of mentors, teachers, and learners. Located in Beverly Hills, CA, our full-day, three-week institute serves to honor and develop positive masculinity in all our participants. Our teachers are two types: In-person (with 5+ years experience teaching boys in top schools in LA) and Remote (through Curious Cardinals, a mentor-based cadre of undergraduate and graduate-level college students from top universities around the US). The aim is aspirational and inspirational, and we serve a full day, with academic classes, physical wellness, leadership and speakers aimed at conveying hope in their futures. Founded by two deeply-skilled independent school educators, RAFYM is entering its third summer, and we’d welcome any interested young man to attend for all three weeks. Financial Assistance available.

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River Way Ranch Camp

Type: Adventure Camp, Animal Camp, Art & Nature, Cooking, Creative, Dance, Equestrian, Film, Gymnastics, Improv, Martial Arts, Nature, Outdoors, Paint Ball, Sleep Away, Sports, Teen, Visual Arts, Water Sports

Description:

55 years of Memories and Friendships! 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 wide variety of activities, while 10-16-year-olds are guided to customize their schedule according to their interests.

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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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