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By Emily Birkett

When it comes to summer camp, there is no one-size-fits-all.  Every youngster has different interests and aspirations.  Check out this list of awesome summer camps.  Surely your young camper will find something that strikes his fancy!

Have a summer camp you love? Please tell us about it in the comment section. 

Outdoor Adventure Camps

Camp Mondamin (Boys) and Camp Green Cove (Girls)

These gender-specific camps provide summer programs for youngsters age 6 to 17.  Situated in the mountains along the western side of North Carolina, campers will enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.  Both camps endorse a non-competitive and non-regimented program.

Appalachian Mountain Club Teen Wilderness Adventure

Discover more about the great outdoors in the company of trained professionals.  Programs are available for both seasoned outdoor adventurers and nature newbies.  Check out the possibilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine.

Poulter Camps

Explore the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Colorado.  With both residential and adventure travel programs, campers age 9-17 will surely find an adventure experience that suits their preferences.

Dude Ranches and Horse Camps

Double E Ranch Cowgirl Camp

Women of all ages can enjoy five days of wide open spaces in New Mexico’s Cowgirl Camp classroom.  Cowgirls can learn everything from basic horsemanship techniques and being comfortable in the saddle to barrel racing and cattle herding.

Rockin’ R Ranch

The Rockin’ R Ranch is a real working Utah dude ranch.  Guests experience one of the last remaining strongholds of the American West.  Come for a few days or stay for a week.

Sanborn Western Camps

Both Big Spring Ranch for Boys and High Trails Ranch for Girls can be found on 6,000 acres of beautiful Colorado countryside.  Perfect for youngsters age 7 to 16, Sanborn Western Camps provide year-round accommodations.

Orme School Summer Camp

In addition to daily horseback rides, campers age 9 to 16 enjoy activities like archery, paintball, target sports, basic mountaineering, hiking and more.  Situated outside Mayer, Arizona, the camp offers two-week programs for horse enthusiasts.

Health-Related Camps

Wellspring Camp La Jolla

Spend your summer at the country’s most prestigious weight loss and fitness camp.  In addition to learning about a healthier lifestyle, campers will enjoy plenty of time on the beach.  Perfect for individuals age 10 to 24, campers will enjoy beach volleyball, boogie boarding, snorkeling, and evening bonfires.

Children’s Cancer Connection

Cancer touches the lives of so many.  Campers at Iowa’s Children’s Cancer Connection experience a program that is specially designed with their needs in mind; camps are available for survivors, family members, siblings and oncology patients.

Educational Camps

Mad Science

Campers will discover cool chemical reactions, build and launch rockets, experiment with spy equipment and build their own robot.  With sites all over the country, you’re bound to find a location that is perfect for your age range.

Stony Brook University Math Camp

For two week, campers will live in the Stony Brook New York campus dorms.  This program is designed for students who will be entering their junior or senior year in high school and who have an interest in enriching their mathematics education.

Arts Education Camps

The Collective Sound – Summer Music Academy

This non-profit organization provides youth age 12 to 18 with an authentic musical experience.  Campers learn about writing, recording and performing music in a three or six-week program.  This touring summer music academy might be in a city near you!

Young Musicians’ Camp

Summer programs are available to campers in grades 4 to 12.  Musicians who sing, play strings, brass, or woodwind instruments are welcome to attend.  Programs are also available for those who play the piano, drums, or guitar.  As part of the University of Miami, this summer program is bound to please aspiring musicians.

New York Film Academy Summer Camps

Based in New York, Los Angeles, Harvard University, and Disney Studios, youngsters will surely find a camp close to home.  Programs include filmmaking, acting for film, musical theater, screenwriting, digital photography, music video, 3D animation, video game design and broadcast journalism.

School of Creative and Performing Arts Photography Camp

Designed for youngsters ages 13 to 18, programs are available in New York City, Los Angeles, and Vermont.  In a two or three week program, campers will learn about all the aspects associated with both traditional 35mm and digital photography.

Culinary Camps

Blue Ribbon Cooking Camp

This Seattle, Washington camp provides cooking and culinary education for campers age 7 to 18.  Some programs even allow mom and dad to tag along!  Campers can attend the Classic Culinary Camp, Baking, and Pastry Camp, or the Advanced French Culinary Workshop.

Kitchen Kids

In Santa Monica, California, campers can hone their cooking skills all summer long.  Camps include Bakery and Café, Taste of TV, Restaurant Camp, Critic’s Choice, Ultimate Eats, and more.


Kids’ Culinary Academy of Vermont

This residential summer cooking camp is located in rural Vermont and offers one and two week sessions.  Kids ages 10 and up are taught a variety of cooking skills in a fun atmosphere.

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