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California Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

California Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

When it comes to program options, activities, and incredible settings, California summer camps offer unparalleled diversity. Whether you're catching waves at a surf camp on the beaches of Southern California or spending some time hiking in the mountains of Northern California, there's a summer camp for every type of camper. Boys, girls, and teens looking for a general summer camp experience should consider one of California's hundreds of traditional camps. For campers looking to develop their athletic skills, California has a wide variety of sports summer camps. Or, for a budding artist or actor, performing and creative arts camps may be a great choice. For campers looking to catch up or get ahead, academic camps are also available. Regardless of the program you choose, California summer camps let kids and teens make new friends, learn self-reliance, and acquire valuable skills they will use for the rest of their lives!

Ages, Tuition, and Session Length at California Summer Camps

Overnight California summer camps typically accommodate campers between the ages of 7 and 17. For teen campers (13 to 18 years of age), many trip opportunities are available throughout California and the western United States.

California summer camps typically offer sessions of 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 7 weeks in length. In addition, many Cali camps offer shorter introductory sessions of 1 to 2 weeks for first-time campers.

The average weekly tuition at California summer camps typically falls between $400 and $1,200 per week. The price varies based on the camp's facilities, instructors, and affiliations.

Travelling to California Summer Camps

With so many major cities scattered throughout the state, there's no shortage of ways to get to summer camps in California. Almost all camps offer charter buses from major nearby cities, and most offer transportation directly from the state's several major airports. All California summer camps will work with families to determine the most convenient and safest transportation options for campers.

Choosing the Right California Summer Camp

With endless summer camp possibilities in California (and throughout the west and pacific), it can be difficult to find the perfect program for your child. To help match families with the ideal summer camp for their children, Choice Camps offers free consultations with our summer camp experts by phone or online chat. Call our office at 617-264-0939 to speak to an expert who can help your family find the perfect California summer camp!

Recommended California Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

Camp Ocean Pines - Cambria, CA

  • Camp Type: Traditional, Academic, Sports
  • Camp Specialty: Environmental Science, Surfing, Swimming and Diving
  • Camper Ages: 8 - 15
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,200
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Camp Trinity at Bar 717 Ranch - Hayfork, CA

  • Camp Type: Traditional, Family, Sports
  • Camp Specialty: Horseback Riding, Outdoor Exploration
  • Camper Ages: 2 - 99
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,200
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Wellspring La Jolla - La Jolla, CA

  • Camp Type: Special Needs
  • Camp Specialty: Weight Loss
  • Camper Ages: 10 - 24
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $2,100
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Wellspring Family Camp - La Jolla, CA

  • Camp Type: Special Needs
  • Camp Specialty: Weight Loss
  • Camper Ages: 5 - 11
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $5,000
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Giant Campus: UC Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Computer
  • Camper Ages: 10 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $2,000
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Giant Campus: UCSD - La Jolla, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Computer
  • Camper Ages: 10 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,800
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Giant Campus: UCLA - Westwood, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Computer
  • Camper Ages: 10 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $2,000
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Oxbow Summer Art Camp - Napa, CA

  • Camp Type: Arts
  • Camp Specialty: Fine Arts, Photography, General Arts
  • Camper Ages: 14 - 16
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,400
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iD Tech Computer Camp: St. Mary's College - Moraga, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Computer, Robotics, Science
  • Camper Ages: 7 - 14
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $None
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JCC Maccabi Sports Camp - Atherton, CA

  • Camp Type: Sports
  • Camp Specialty: General Sports
  • Camper Ages: 10 - 15
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,600
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Camp Shane California - Thousand Oaks, CA

  • Camp Type: Traditional, Sports, Cycling
  • Camp Specialty: Weight Loss
  • Camper Ages: 7 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,200
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Wellspring Women's Program - La Jolla, CA

  • Camp Type: Special Needs
  • Camp Specialty: Weight Loss
  • Camper Ages: 25 - 65
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $2,400
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Stanford Youth Orchestra - Stanford, CA

  • Camp Type: Arts
  • Camp Specialty: Music
  • Camper Ages: 13 - 18
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,500
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Stanford Summer College - Stanford, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: General Academics
  • Camper Ages: 16 - 19
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $900
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Stanford Summer Humanities Institute - Stanford, CA

  • Camp Type: Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Humanities
  • Camper Ages: 15 - 18
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $2,000
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