2017 Guide to San Diego Summer Camps

Summer 2017 is almost upon us! This year, there plenty of different summer camp programs in San Diego for kids of all ages to enjoy and experience!

General Camps/Programs

YMCA Overnight Camps

Since 1921, the YMCA of San Diego’s overnight camps have been providing positive, life-changing experiences in the outdoors. YMCA Camp Marston has been a San Diego favorite for thousands of children and families! More information here.


Outpost Summer Camp 

The Outpost experience has three pillars that parents have loved for over 15 summers: door-to-door transportation, traditional camp activities , and exceptional, well-trained staff that ensure a quality experience for each child! More information here.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) is committed to helping kids of all backgrounds and interests develop into well-rounded, successful young adults. More information here.


Challenge Island

Challenge Island camps are the perfect destination for your child during summer and other school breaks. Built around pop culture themes kids love, Challenge Island camps feel like action-packed vacations in their own right! More info can be found here.



Academic Camps 

All-Star Academy

All-Star Academy provides elementary students with a well-rounded summer camp experience that implements educational, athletic, and imaginative activities for campers! More information here.


Huntington Learning Center

This summer offers the perfect opportunity for students to get back on track with academics at Huntington Learning Center. Since 1977, Huntington has helped students in kindergarten through 12th grade to improve their grades, test scores, and confidence through proven programs! More information here.


County Montessori School 

This summer, parents who want to give their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons need look no further than a local school. Country Montessori School, situated on a three-acre campus with extensive playground areas, will offer seven individually themed camp weeks with half-day and full-day options for ages 2.5 to 10 years! More information here.


Animal Camps

Sea World Resident Camps

Experience SeaWorld up-close and behind-the-scenes and learn how we care for dolphins, penguins, sharks, and more. Explore San Diego’s beaches when you surf and snorkel! More information here.


 San Diego Safari Park Summer Camps 

Discover an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers interacting with rhinos and giraffes, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! More information here.


Summer Horse Riding Camp

Week long camps in Rancho Santa Fe to learn about horses and have fun! Activities include lessons, horse safety and care, trail rides, stable management, games, and more! Call Lena at 760-822-7483 for details!


Art Camps

Drawn2Art San Diego

Join Drawn2Art this summer for a variety of camps that are designed to spark a desire for future investigation and learning for young artists ages four to 17! Click here for more information.


Sew Inspired 

Have your kids learn about the intrinsic joy of sewing and design! Sewing is a noble, character building skill that kids love engaging in! Join in on one of America’s favorite past-times! More information here.


Music Camps 

Studio West Music Production Camps

Musical teens can hone their skills and have a blast in San Diego’s largest professional recording studio, which has hosted the likes of blink-182 and the Arctic Monkeys. Musicians and non-musicians of all skill levels are welcome – there are plenty of roles for everyone, from singer to musician to producer to engineer! More information here.


Mini Theatre Troupe 

Musical theater professionals teach week-long classes that focus on singing, acting, and dancing, all while having a great time with theater games, improvisation, and lots more. Each week creates a unique show which showcases the songs and scenes campers worked on during the week! More information here.


Scripps Performing Arts Academy 

Throughout their time in the program, dance and musical theatre campers will improve their technical dance and theatre skills, choreography, singing, and acting. They’ll also make arts and crafts, help design sets, and participate in a costumed performance with fellow campers! More information here.


Sports Camps

San Diego Force FC

San Diego Force Futbol Club (SD Force FC) Camps offer the exciting opportunity to experience specialized, intensive soccer training focusing on the technical, tactical, and physical demands of the game! More information here.


Del Norte Hoops Camp 

Del Norte Hoops Camp is one of the largest attended camps in North County and has a ratio of no more than 10 players to one experienced coach. The team is excited to host multiple camps for both Biddy Ball and Youth Camps! More information here.


Del Mar Junior Lifeguards 

If your child’s idea of the perfect summer day includes heading to the ocean, consider Del Mar Junior Lifeguard’s camp programs for a summer of improved self-esteem, physical fitness, and fun. More information here.


Science Camps

RobotCity Workshop West

Programming has become a modern-day language to express ideas, inspiring originality while developing logical thinking. Unlike courses with heavy screen time, RobotCity students will spend much time building, rebuilding, and testing the renowned Makeblock mBot robot in the field. This allows your child to bring together STEM concepts in a way only they can dream and design. More information here.


Tech Know How

TechKnowHow’s week-long summer camps offer a variety of fun and enriching hands-on projects which teach students how to use technology creatively! More information here.





2016 San Diego Summer Camp Guide

Summer of 2016 is almost upon us! There are plenty of different summer camp options in San Diego for kids of all ages.


General Camps/Programs


Camp Stevens

Camp Stevens provides a summer camp program that includes all sorts of activities for kids and teenagers from 8-18.  Visit their page for more information.


Outpost Summer Camps

Offering a variety of programs for kids aging from 3-14 with sessions lasting three weeks from June to August.  For more information click here.


Pali Adventures

Based near Los Angeles, Pali Adventures is an overnight summer camp for kids aged 8-16 and have a choice of activities to design a personalized adventure.  Visit their webpage for more information.



Boys and Girls Club Summer Programs

The Boys and Girls Club is offering summer camps for children 6-18.  Visit their webpage for more information.



Animal Camps


Seaworld Summer Camp

Kids of all ages can have a lot of fun while interacting with the animals at SeaWorld and seeing how they are cared for and trained.  For more information visit their page.



San Diego Zoo Summer Camp

The San Diego Zoo will have various types of camps based on kids’ age where some will have the chance to interact with giraffes, rhinos, and even cheetahs.  Visit their page for more information.



Living Coast Summer Camp

The Living Coast wildlife camps offer animal encounters and outdoor exploration for kids from pre-k to teenagers.  For more information visit their website.



Summer Critter Camp

Children will experience a full week of amazing animal interactions and summer camp activities including animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more!   Visit their website for more info.



The Riding Club

A fun and educational camp where kids can learn the basics of equine safety and handling with riding lessons paired with high caliber instruction. The Riding Club also has a variety of mounted and unmounted games.  For more information contact Sarah at (858)-863-3545 or MySpoiledPony@hotmail.com


Art Camps:



Abrakadoodle offers Summer Art Camps for kids, as well as special Holiday Art Camps during school breaks.  Visit their webpage for all their information.




Coastal Music Studios

The Coastal Music Studios have a variety of artistic camps sure to bring out the creative side of every kid.  Their website holds more information.



San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Camp

Students are introduced to the basics of ballet in small classes taught by professional instructors.  Their webpage has more information about their summer opportunities.



Museum Of Photographic Arts

Learn about photography, video, animation, and much more with creative professional artists at MOPA!  Camps are great for all levels of experience and explore storytelling, image-making, and idea sharing.  Visit their webpage for all the information.



San Diego Danceworks

Offering a variety of programs for both boys and girls from 4 years old all the way to teens.  From Tap to Hip Hop and Superheroes to Princesses, kids of all ages will learn the basics of dance.  Visit their website for more information.



Jibe Studios

Don’t want your child to get bored during Summer Break?  Our camp is packed full of dancing, tumbling, games, crafts and more!!!  Interested in a full day camp?   Visit our website for all the information you’d need.

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Science Camps:


Mad Science Summer Camp

Keep your kids mentally active this summer with fun and interactive science camps by giving them the chance to be junior scientists.  Click here for more information.



Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The science center is running half day summer camps every week that are designed to be educational, fun and hands-on.  Many different camps coordinate in the park so kids can spend a whole day with different experiences.  Visit their page for more information.


San Diego Air & Space Museum

Have a blast this summer at the San Diego Air & Space Museum with fun hands-on activities. Build rockets, launch hot air balloons, and fly aircraft simulators.  Visit their webpage for more information.



Aztec Science Camp For Kids

Enhance your child’s exposure to the wonders of science with 5 days of science discovery and exploration.  All the information is on their website.




Sport Camps:


USD Football Camp

The University of San Diego is offering a football camp for kids aged 14-18 at their beautiful campus.  Visit their website for more information.


Fulcrum Surf Summer Camps

Enjoy the sandy beaches and glistening water of Del Mar as your kids learn to ride waves at the Fulcrum Summer Camps.  Visit their webpage for more information.



Bay Club Summer Camps

Offering various fun and engaging camps for kids from 2-15 years old. Visit their page for more information.



Nike Aztec Soccer Academy & Camps SDSU

Sessions are taken directly from Aztec practice regimens incorporating technical and tactical competitive exercises to fully develop each player’s potential.  For more information click here.



Nike Rugby Camp

Join some of the most dedicated rugby coaches and players this country has to offer at Nike youth rugby camp.  Visit their page for more info.



Nike Tennis Camp at University of San Diego

USD Nike Tennis Camp boasts superior tennis lessons for kids at their beautiful facilities.  Visit their website for more information.




Surf Camps USA

Surf Camps USA provides a great beginning for the new surfer and the guidance for the more experienced.  See all the information on their website.



2015 Guide to Summer Camps in San Diego

Summer of 2015 is just a few months away! It’s time to start thinking about getting those kids out of the house and off to a summer camp or programs. Summer camps are perfect for 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 Camps/Programs:


Camp-A-Little- Ages 5 and up. A traditional residential summer camp for kids with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Activities cater to all abilities and include a talent show, campfire programs, nature appreciation and sports. Low staff to camper ratio and limited spaces available for 1:1 needs. For more information click here.


Camp Stevens- Summer programs are for 8-18 year olds, on-site in Julian, or on wilderness adventures throughout southern California. For more information click here.

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. For more information click here. 

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

Pali Adventures-Pali Adventures is a traditional yet unique camp experience for kids and teens ages 8-16. At Pali, campers design their own summer camp adventure. Call 909-867-5743 for more info. Website

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

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. For information click here.


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! Click here for information.

YMCA Summer Camps- For those desiring that traditional summer camp experience! All ages. For more information click here.


Animal Camps:


Circle T Ranch Summer Camp- Our summer camp has become one of the top camps in the San Diego Area. We offer week long camps from the middle of June to the middle of August from 9am to 4pm  Monday to Friday which includes two rides every day , a trail ride and BBQ on Fridays. For more information click here. 

Critter Camp- Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids Preschool through 8th grade! Children will experience a full week of amazing animal interactions and summer camp activities including animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more! To learn more click here. 

The Living Coast Day Camp- The Living Coast Discovery Center offers fun and educational Day Camps programs year-round during school breaks for kids ages 4-18. Through animal encounters, games, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, role play and career exploration, the world of our amazing native wildlife comes to life! Click here for information.

The Riding Club-For ages 5-13. Week-long horseback riding camps in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe. Kids will learn horse safety, horse care, nutrition, first aid as well as receive quality riding instruction and more. For more information click here.


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. For more information click here.

Sea World Summer Camp- 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 Sea World. For more information click here. 


Art Camps:


California Music Studios Summer Camp- Since 1987, our unique approach to private music lessons for kids, teens, and adults has helped thousands of students from all walks of life realize their dreams of becoming musicians or singers. Click here for information.

Drawn2Art Camp- Fun summer camps offering various classes weekly in 5-Day Sessions. For information click here.

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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. Click here for information.

Culinary Summer Camp:


Kids Jr. Chef Culinary Summer Camps- An exciting energy filled program where kids learn hands on about the culinary arts. Kids learn teamwork and other fun cooking skills. For more information click here.


Performing Arts Camps:


Children’s Creative & Performing Arts Academy Summer Camps- Summer camp includes: reading, math, science experiments,cooking, arts and crafts, sports, music, drama production, and dance. For more information click here.

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. For more information click here.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Summer Camp- 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. Click here for more information.


Science Camps:


Legos & Technology Summer Camp- Teaching tech for 20+ years! Fun & enriching LEGO® & technology camps for kids, ages 5-11. Award-winning camps include LEGO® projects with motors & gears, MINDSTORMS® robotics & game design! For information click here.

Mad Science Summer Camp-Mad Science Camps balance learning and fun with interactive and hands-on science activities. Children have the opportunity to become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures. Click here for information.

Robolink Robotics Camp- Learn how robots sense their environment. Build robots that move and respond to your actions. Explore the possibilities for robot intelligence and flex your “maker” muscles! Click here for info.


Sports Camps:


Contact Football Camp at USD- This Contact Football Camp, located on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, is just minutes from downtown San Diego. Great weather, coaching and excellent facilities make this camp a favorite for many young athletes. For more information click here.


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. Click here for website.




Ice Area Summer Ice Skating Camp- Beginners will learn to love skating in our fun filled YMCA Ice Skating Camps. Our more advanced skaters are sure to love pushing to their skills to the next level in our Figure Skating Camp. For more information click here.

Little Rascalz Soccer Summer Camp-All the fun our usual year round classes, plus lots of other super duper camp activities, including: t-shirt decorating, water balloons, and our now famous bear hunt and pirate day! Ages 3-6ish. For information click here. 

Mission Bay Sportscenter Summer Camp- If family fun in the sun is what you are looking for in San Diego, Mission Bay Sportcenter has it all. With a 7,000 square foot facility, we are recognized as having the finest location in San Diego for water sport and beach activities. Click here for more information.

NIKE Baseball/Softball Summer Camp at UC San Diego- NIKE Baseball Camps is excited to host a new camp in San Diego at UC San Diego. Each day will be filled with baseball drills that cover hitting, fielding, base running, and team play to help each camper take their game to the next level! For more information click here.

San Diego Junior Golf Camps- JC Golf’s San Diego Junior Golf Lessons and Golf Programs provide the foundation for players to enjoy golfing for year’s to come. JC Golf takes great pride in educating today’s youth in all aspects of the game through our kid’s golf lessons in San Diego. Click here for more information.

Western Athletics Clubs Summer Tennis Camp- Recognized as the “Best Tennis Club in San Diego” by the USPTA, Bay Club Carmel Valley is dedicated to providing exemplary programs for players of all ages and levels. For more information click here.

YMCA Surf Camp- Forty Five Acres right on the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, CA. YMCA Camp Surf is one of a kind. Enjoy summer camp at the beach year round. Click here for information.


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