Summer is right around the corner which means the search for an interesting and fun summer camp is well underway. If you think all that’s available involves dodging mosquitos and making macaroni art, you’ve got another thing coming. These days there is a wealth of specialized and unique summer camp programs, covering most any topic and geared for younger children, tweens and teens alike. Here are 8 that kids might just write home about.
1. Mosaic Journalism Summer Camp
For teenagers who write, the Mosaic Journalism Summer Camp may be a great option. Students learn how to research, utilize visuals and write journalistically, then create their own content. This two-week course takes place at San Jose State University and attendees stay overnight in supervised dorms. Best of all, it is completely free including room and board. You do have to apply for one of twenty coveted spots but an opportunity like this doesn’t come around often.
“We strive to inspire future journalists who grew up in disadvantaged communities as well as those from more privileged backgrounds to widen their world views and smash stereotypes. Mosaic students cover real stories and subject matter that is of interest to youth and bring a new perspective to the media.”
2. Circus Summer Camp
How about running away to join the circus? Your 6-15-year-old can do just that for a short time at least at the Circus Summer Camp. Held in Sarasota, Florida at the Circus Arts Conservatory, adolescents and teens attend week-long day camp sessions to learn new and classic moves under the big tent, get physically active and boost their self-confidence. This one will really let their inner performance artist shine.
“Join us for a truly unique experience where campers learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance. Practice tuple and single trapeze, globes, spanish web, silks, roll boll, lyra, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling and more.”
3. Canoe Island French Camp
“The camp’s innovative, low-pressure approach to French language instruction engages beginners and fluent Francophones alike. Counselors, many of whom are from France, share their culture, food, and history with up to 46 campers. A technology-free environment allows campers to connect with nature, as well as the people around them. Camp includes French activities like, baking baguettes with bilingual direction”
4. Spy Camp
“The campers learn martial arts, code breaking, surveillance techniques and the key to undercover missions, as well as training in jet skiing, rock climbing, and riding over rough terrain in 4-wheeler vehicles.Spy Camp helps teach physical skills, teamwork and critical thinking in the excitement of learning to be a secret agent. “
5. App Camp for Girls
“App Camp For Girls is a place where girls can put their creative power to work, concepting and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by women who are professional software developers. We think that when girls see how fun and creative app development can be, they’ll be more likely to pursue a career in software development and technology.”
6. Cook Camp
“Your children will have a great time learning the tricks of the trade during this week-long cooking camp. From food preparation to nutrition, our esteemed chefs will make your campers a star in the kitchen”
7. Pali Adventures Summer Camp
Campers, ages 8 to 16, can choose from an array of custom-designed camp experiences for a one-of a-kind two week summer experience. This year, Pali is offering more unique and extreme camps than ever before: Acting Camp, Broadcast Camp, Leadership, Culinary, Dance, Club DJ, Extreme Action, Fashion, Film, Flying Trapeze, Girl Power, Hollywood Stunt, Motorsports, Movie-Make-Up, Rock Star, Secret Agent & Watersports.