2014 Guide to Summer Camps in San Diego

With summer just a few months away, it’s time to start thinking about summer camps and summer programs for your kids…big and little! Whatever their passions or needs, there’s sure to be something on our list that will be the perfect fit.

General:

 

YMCA Summer Camps: For those desiring that traditional summer camp experience! All ages.

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Outpost San Diego Summer Camps: Ages 3-middle school, with a junior counselor program for 10th-12th graders. Traditional camp experience.

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Kid Ventures San Diego: Kids take part in a variety of fun activities like singing, dancing, acting, water fun, enrichment activities, and more! Camps are designed all of a child’s senses and improve their gross motor skills, social interactions, and encourage creative play.

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 The Boys and Girls Club Summer Program: There are a number of Boys and Girls Club locations across San Diego. Choose the location and program that best fits your child’s needs and interests.

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Renaissance Village Academy Summer Programs: Summer camps for gifted and profoundly gifted kids, Kindergarten through 12th grade. Small class sizes mean students get plenty of attention while being challenged to push beyond what they already know.

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UCSD Summer Camps and Programs: UC-San Diego sponsors and hosts a number of summer programs, everything from sports to performing arts to writing to dance to science, math, and more!

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 USD Summer Programs: The University of San Diego offers a number of programs encompassing a variety of topics, skills, and age levels.

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SDSU Summer Reading Program: 4 years and up. Designed to help students learn, improve, and succeed at reading by mastering necessary skills.

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Animals:

 

San Diego Zoo Summer Camp: Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Kids will have fun learning and meeting the unique animals that live at the SD Zoo. Some programs for older also cover careers at the zoo, game craft using GPS, and applying problem solving skills to real-world zoo care issues. Call 619-718-3000

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SeaWorld San Diego Summer Programs: From kindergarten through grade 12. Kids will learn about the sea creatures that live at SeaWorld. Older kids will learn about marine conservation efforts, go snorkeling, analyze skeletal remains, and even explore careers at SeaWorld.

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Fairbanks Riding Club Summer Horse Camp: Located at the Fairbanks Equestrian Center inside the gated community of Fairbanks, this horse camp is open to riders of all levels, ages 6-13, and is open to both residents of Fairbanks and non-residents. Call 760-822-7483.

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Helen Woodward Critter Camp: Preschool through grade 8. Kids will get up close and personal with animals, while participating in other fun camp activities. Two weekly themes for the summer: “Animals, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and “Animal Mysteries and Discoveries”. Call 858-756-4117 ext. 318.

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Art:

 

Monart Art School Summer Programs: Located in Solana Beach, drawing classes are geared for ages 4-14. Call 858-259-7154.

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Museum of Photographic Arts Camp: School-aged children from 4-17. Kids will engage with activities designed to promote skills and learning with photography.

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Dance and Gymnastics:

 

Flip Force San Diego: Offering instruction in dance, cheer, parkour, cirque, tumbling, and trampoline.

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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Summer Camps: For ages 4-10. Daily activities include ballet class instruction, arts and crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, fields trips, and more. Each camp culminates with a performance for family and friends.

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Language:

 

Mandarin Language Summer Camp: Children 3 and up. Classes at a variety of locations are geared to helping children learn or improve upon their Mandarin language skills while having fun.

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Spanish Language Summer Camp: Full Spanish language immersion program. Choose from half day or full day sessions. Kids use music, games, crafts, literature, field trips, outdoor activities, and more to learn Spanish.

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French Language Summer Camp: Kids 3 and up. Separated into three, age-appropriate groups. Kids will learn French and improve on what they already know.

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Music:

 

Villa Music Camps: Music adventure camps for ages 5-8, vocal camps for 13-17, glee camp for ages 8-12, strings and flute camps, and rock band for drummers, guitarists, bassists, and singers.

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Performing Arts:

 

La Jolla Playhouse Summer Workshops: Programs for grades 2-12. Students will study acting, improv, musical theatre, and stage movement at the esteemed La Jolla Playhouse.

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Mini Theatre Troupe Summer Camp: Grades 1-6. Kids will learn singing, dancing, and acting from professionals in their fields all while having fun and making friends. They will also create and rehearse their own show.

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San Diego Junior Theatre Summer Programs: Students will learn singing, dancing, acting, and more about performing in professional theatre programs. Multiple classes and locations offered.

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Scripps Performing Arts Academy Summer Camps: For all ages. Musical theatre day camps, ballet, acting, vocal, and more!

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Science:

 

Ruben H. Fleet Science Center Summer Camps: Programs for pre-kindergarten though eighth grade. Kids will explore a variety of topics in science, learn hands-on, and make new friends! Weekly, half-day summer camps. Call 619-238-1233 ext. 806.

call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806

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San Diego Air and Space Museum Summer Programs: A variety of programs are available for kids from grades 1-8. Students will explore the mechanics of flight and learn the science behind what makes planes and even spaceships fly, while getting in some hands-on fun with friends.

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San Diego Natural History Museum Summer Camps: Offerings for pre-k through grade 8. Students will go behind the scenes at the museum and learn more about the current exhibits. Campers in grades 6-8 will work with museum staff to learn about museum exhibits and even create an exhibit of their own. Call 619-255-0210.

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Sports:

 

Soccer Shots Camps: Children 2-8 years old with locations across San Diego. Designed to improve not only their soccer skills, but balance, coordination, and agility while having fun with friends and learning the value of teamwork.

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Fulcrum Surf Summer Camps: Located in Del Mar, at 26th St. Two students to one instructor ensures that your student will receive plenty of attention as they learn to surf and get more comfortable in the water. Call 858-397-4491

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Future Champions Golf Camps: For ages 6 and up, split into age appropriate and if possible, skill level groups. Half day and full day programs. Call 858-212-1547.

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UTC Ice Summer Camps: Ice hockey and figure skating. Fun for all levels and ages!

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Southwestern Yacht Club Sailing Camps: For kids 5 and up, all levels. Kids will learn to sail, fish, and navigate depending upon the program and their skill level. Call 619-222-0428 ext. 121 or 132

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Technology:

 

 ThoughtSTEM: Programs are offered for a variety of ages at different locations. Attendees typically cover such topics as game-making, app development, animation, digital art, website building, and more.

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ID Tech Camps: For ages 7-12 and 13-18. Focused on STEM skill development, kids will explore coding, building websites, designing mobile phone apps, game design, robotics, and more! Call 1-888-709-TECH

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