Northern California (& a few beyond) – including family camps, internships & international programs

Updated April 12, 2016

by Tom Lent


 60+ camps … Have fun!

Age: When grades instead of age are listed it generally means the program is for kids entering those grades in the coming fall. (CIT indicates the camp has a Counselor In Training program. A number after CIT indicates the minimum age or entering grade for CIT participants. Check with other programs also. Ask. Many more than I know offer CIT programs. See end of listings for family camps.
Reviews: Two camps have reviews that were provided by Berkwood Hedge parents from their experiences during the summers of 1995 through 2001. The parenthetic numbers indicate the number of reviews and which year they apply to (2-99 means two reviews from the summer of 1999). I no longer have the time to collect and collate additional reviews. See http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/summer/ for continuing reviews of some of these camps.
Dates: Length of sessions and dates they are scheduled.
Ratio: Camper to counselor ratio
Cost: To make comparison easier, unless otherwise stated, all listed costs are per week, even if sessions are multi-week unless otherwise noted. Discounts & scholarships: Some organizations have reduced rates for early registration or for members. Many programs have scholarships for low income families. Be sure to ask before you assume you can't afford a program. Also check out the "campership" program of the East Bay Regional Parks (510) 544-2212

Deadline: FCFS means rolling admissions "first come, first served.
Info: All phone numbers are area code 510 unless otherwise indicated.

NOTE: I am no longer able to comprehensively update information for all camps each year but am keeping the date and cost information in here from past years as a rough guide to you. Please visit the camp web sites for up date information. Parenthetic numbers at the end (03) indicate the year in which the dates and prices were last updated.


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*** USA based camps *** (skip to the bottom of the page for Internships and International Programs)


Abbey Road Programs: EcoGreen environmental studies and community service program in Santa Barbara CA and the Channel islands and pre-college enrichment tours and SAT prep in Boston & NYC. Also offer immersion study abroad for high school students in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Canada.

Age: 14-18, Dates: 2&4 wk sessions, June - August, Ratio: 8:1, Cost: $1100-1200/wk,. Deadline: 1 week prior to trip

Info: 888-462-2239 www.goabbeyroad.com (09)  


Academic Study Associates (ASA): Academic enrichment summer programs for high school students. College prep programs at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, UMASS Amherst, and Tufts University.  Domestic pre-college programs at UC Berkeley and UMASS Amherst. Also study abroad programs (see international below). Not reviewed.

Age: 9th-12th grade, Dates 2-4 wk sessions June-August, Cost Varies by program – please see website, Scholarship opportunities, Ratio 10:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 212-796-8340 / 800-752-2250 www.asaprograms.com (07)


Acorn Soupe Camp Cabin based environmental education camp with nature hikes & creek exploration, arts, crafts, music & poetry, tide pooling, star gazing, nutrition & wellness, forest ecology, organic gardening, and campfires at Black Mountain preserve in Cazadero. Not reviewed.

Age: 8-12, Dates 5 day sessions, Sunday through Thursday 6/24-28, 7/8-12, 7/15-19, Cost $495/wk, scholarships, discounts for recommending a friend, Deadline FCFS

Info: 707-254-7284 www.acornsoupe.org (07)


Action Whitewater's Summer Adventure Camp: Campground based adventure program based in Lotus, California on the South Fork American River. Rafting, ropes course, hiking, swimming, flat water games in rafts and kayaks, digital photography, ecology & wildlife exploration and excursion trips to Desolation Wilderness or Yosemite, water parks, Gold Discovery site and professional basketball games, Emphasis on team building, safety empowerment and support. Camping with hot water showers and flushing toilets.. Free shuttle to and from Sacramento International Airport. Not reviewed.

Age 12-17, Dates 1 & 2 wk sessions: 7/19 -8/16, Cost $1125-1250/per week, Ratio 6:1 Deadline: FCFS

Info: 888-922-8466 http://www.actionwhitewater.com/camp-adventure.htm (09)


American Dance Training Camp: Resident dance camp for girls with jazz, funk and hip-hop dance in fully accredited Squaw Valley Academy in Squaw Valley, CA. Includes full range or traditional activities of a summer camp plus a mountain destination resort. All levels welcome – beginners through experienced performers. Not reviewed.

Age: 8-17, Dates: one week sessions: 7/16-8/5 Cost $725/wk (sliding scale), Scholarship and work grant opportunities, Ratio 7:1, Deadline FCFS

Info: 866-383-2382; www.AmericanDanceTrainingCamp.com (06)


AwesomeMath College campus based program for mathematically gifted students from around the globe held at the University of Texas at Dallas. Not reviewed.

Age: 7th-11th grade, Dates 3 wk sessions 7/6-7/27 &  7/31-8/21, Cost $1100-1200/wk, Ratio 4:1, Deadline online test in early April

Info: (972) 883-2437 or (214) 549-6146 www.awesomemath.org (09)


Berkeley Boosters P.A.L. Outdoor Adventures: Refer to the day camp listings for more information on this series of Berkeley day camps with 3 day cycling trip or 5 day and backpacking trips both with whitewater rafting.

Age: 11-17, Dates 3 week sessions in July & August, Cost $50-150/wk, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 845-7193 http://berkeleyboosters.org  (04)


Camp Breathe Easy: Overnight camp for low income children who have asthma and require daily medications. Held at Camp Arroyo, Livermore, CA and sponsored by Children’s Hospital and the American Lung Association. The goal is to promote self-confidence and teach self-management of a chronic disease through education, while at the same time offering traditional camp activities and programs. Not reviewed.
Age: 8-12, Dates 4 day session 7/29-8/1, Cost $25/wk, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 893-5474 X329 or 747-4555 X4181  bpagtakhan@alaebay.org www.alaebay.org  (07)


Cal Adventures: Specialty overnight adventure camps backpacking in Yosemite, rock climbing near Tahoe, sea kayaking Tomales Bay, or whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River. Not reviewed.

Age: 13-17, Dates 5 & 12 day sessions, check web site for dates,  Ratio 4:1, Cost $440-590/wk, ask about scholarships and member discounts, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 843-6157, www.oski.org (03)


Cal Adventure Camps High Adventure Sierra Overnight Camp: Backcountry backpacking and wilderness camping in Yosemite National Park, exploring caves, rappelling, plus a 2 day white water rafting trip down the South and Middle Forks of the American River

Age: 8-18 Dates 12 day session 7/20–8/1, Ratio 6:1 Cost $2195 for entire session, Deadline FCFS

Info: 925-952-4450, www.caladventurecamps.org  (08)


California Global Youth Peace Summit: Uniting 60 youth representing youth from all walks of life and many countries for a week devoted to leadership development, healing, personal growth, cultural exchange and community building in Foresthill, California. Transportation provided to/from Oakland International High School.  

Age: 14-18. Dates 6/15-20 Cost $600/week. Partial and full scholarships are available. Approximately 85% of participants are scholarship recipients. Deadline in March.

Info: 512.476.8884  www.amalafoundation.org/youth-programs/california-youth-peace-summit. 


Call of the Sea Voyage Camp Hands-on voyages exploring the San Francisco Bay aboard the educational schooner “Seaward” based at the Bay Model in Sausalito. Increased responsibility each day to grow skills and develop confidence, teamwork and leadership abilities.  

Age: 13-16, Dates: 3-Day, 2-Night sessions 4/12-14 & 7/26-28, 2010, Cost $350, need-based scholarships available,

Info: 415-331-3214 www.CalloftheSea.org/voyage-camp.php (10)


Cazadero Music Camp: Resident music program at cabin camp the heart of a redwood grove at Cazadero in western Sonoma County 2 hours north of San Francisco. Sessions are arranged progressively by age and ability. Musical instruction includes Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Piano, and Guitar.  Campers also have a choice of musical and non-musical electives that may include jazz improvisation, chamber music, arts & crafts, nature, or sport. Not reviewed.

Age: 9-18, Dates 6/17-8/3, Cost $715 - 810/wk, financial aid is available, Ratio 4:1, Deadline FCFS early enrollment discount due 12/31

Info: 510-527-7500 www.cazadero.org  (13)


Camp Chrysalis: Camping and backpacking programs in Big Sur, Mendocino and Sierra state parks and forests. Environmental education, hiking, swimming, singing, whittling, games. Reviews (1-97, 2-98, 3-99, 1-00) Well organized, great locations, experienced staff. Loved it. Fine for first time overnight campers as well as experienced ones. Good way to gain sense of independence.
Age: 8-14 (CIT), Dates 7 to 11 day sessions Big Sur 6/19-25 (8.5-12), Mendocino 6/29-7/8 (10-15 yr olds), Sierra 7/12-22(11-15), Backpacking (often in Sierras but destinations vary each year) 7/26-8/2 (14-17), Ratio 6:1 max, Cost ~$750/wk ($750-$1150 for entire session) multi-session and sibling discounts, ask about scholarships, Deadline FCFS, some sessions fill up in March

Info: 843-6157, www.campchrysalis.com (10)


Camp Concord:  Cabin camp in the Sierras between the shores of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake.  Youth, teen and family camps with traditional outdoor activities and adventures.  Rafting, archery, canoeing, arts & crafts, swimming, horseback riding, camp fires, s'mores, volleyball, soccer, and more 

Age: 8-15 plus family camp for all ages (CIT); Dates: 1 week sessions 6/24 – 8/5,Cost $350-$465 (Concord resident discounts) Ratio 5 or 6:1 Deadline: FCFS

Info: (925) 671-3273, www.cityofconcord.org/recreation/camp/index.htm (06)


COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) College campus program of astronomy, aerospace engineering, biomedical sciences, computer science, wetlands ecology, ocean science, robotics, game theory, and more at UC Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz with field trips. For students must have achieved academic excellence in science and/or mathematics.

Age: 9th grade+,  Dates: 7/9-8/5.  Cost: $500/wk, full scholarships available, Deadline 3/16 

Info: www.ucop.edu/cosmos (05)


Deer Crossing Camp: Off-the-grid, no-road-access, wilderness camp in Sierras. Platform tents, bathrooms in lodge. Focus on skill building, wilderness safety, leadership to build grit, self-confidence, teamwork. Activities: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, rock-climbing, technical tree climbing, orienteering, arts and crafts, archery, guitar, whitewater rafting, improv comedy. 3-day backpacking and canoe camping trips. Located off Highway 50 at end of Ice House Road on Loon Lake. Bus transport from Bay Area. Electronics free. Campers must know how to swim. ACA accredited.

Age: 8-17, 14-17 CIT, 15-17 leadership. Dates: 1, 2, 4-wks 6/19-8/13. Cost: $1250-1600/wk; early bird, multi-session, sibling discounts. FCFS. Ratio: 3:1.

Info: 650-369-4382, www.deercrossingcamp.com. (16)


Digital Media Academy: College campus program of creative technology camps at Stanford University and other locations around country (University of Texas, Austin, San Diego, CA and Burlington, VT). Learn video game design, music video production, extreme sports filmmaking, 3D animation & more. Stanford accredited camp – which means student have the option of earning Continuing Studies credit. Not reviewed.

Age: 13-19, Dates: one week sessions 6/26-8/25, Cost: $945/wk ($50 discount before 3/31 additional fees may apply for some camps), Deadline: FCFS,

Info: 866-656-3342 www.digitalmediaacademy.org  (06)


Echo Lake Youth Camp: Tent cabin overnight program near South Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness run by City of Berkeley. Canoeing, fishing, photography, swim, arts, crafts, basketball, volleyball, campfires, talent shows, ropes course, dancing, lodge, nature center, dining hall. Not reviewed.

Age: 7-13 (CIT 14-15), Dates 1 wk sessions 7/6-8/21, Cost $457/five days ($462 non resident), Deadline FCFS,
Info: 981-5150 http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=35510 (
1947 Center St. 7 AM - 6 PM) (11)


GirlVentures Summer Outdoor Adventures:  Wilderness/expedition trips for girls include backpacking, rock climbing and kayaking programs in Point Reyes and the Sierra Nevada. Emphasis on creative self-expression curriculum, conflict resolution, trust-building, and more. GirlVentures' mission is to empower adolescent girls to discover their strengths, experience success, celebrate diverse identity and explore self, community, culture, and the environment through outdoor adventure, creative arts, and group experiences. 

Age: 7th-9th grade, Dates 2 week trips, 5 total throughout the summer, Cost $1000-$1100/wk (substantial financial aid available -1/3 girls receive full financial aid; 1/3 receive partial), Ratio 4:1, Deadline 3/15/09

Info: www.girlventures.org, 415-864-0780 x 304 (09)


Hayward La-Honda Music Camp: Resident music program in cabin camp at the San Francisco YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in San Mateo County near La Honda. Orchestral, band, ensemble and chorus programs both classical and jazz, plus arts & crafts, swimming, softball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, hiking on miles of trails, canoeing, climbing tower, archery, ping-pong, dances, social recreation and horseback riding. Not reviewed.

Age: 6th -12th grade, Dates 1 wk session 7/27-8/4, Cost $475/wk ($485 after 6/14) ask about scholarships, Deadline 7/15/02

Info: 537-4871 www.lahondamusiccamp.com (02)


Hidden Villa Farm & Wilderness Camps: Cabin, tent and backpacking camps featuring hiking, arts & crafts, sports, environmental projects organic gardening and ranch/farming projects at the Hidden Villa environmental center near Los Altos. Not reviewed.

Age: 9-18, Dates 5 & 12 day sessions vary by age and focus, Cost $550 (5 day) $1005 (12 day)l, ask about scholarships, Deadline FCFS

Info: 650-949-8650 www.hiddenvilla.org (09)


High Adventure Sierra Overnight Camp: Camp and backpack in th4e Sierra. Hiking Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point in Yosemite, Sequoia trees, whitewater rafting the American River and spelunking deep caves in the Sierra Gold Country, Not reviewed.

Age: 8-18, Dates 12 day sessions, 7/21 – 8/1, $2195 Deadline FCFS

Info: 925-952-4450 http://caladventurecamps.org (08)


iD Tech Camps Technology & computer programs held at UC Berkeley, SFSU, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Stanford  and other college campuses around California and the country. Students create video games, cellphone apps, C++ and Java programs, robots, websites and more.   2-week, pre-college academies for ages 13-18 in Programming, Game Design & Development and Film.

Also day camp and weekend options. Not reviewed.

Age: 10-18, Dates 2 wk sessions all summer, Ratio 8:1, Cost: $1338-1950, early registration discounts & scholarships available, Deadline: FCFS
Info: 1-888-709-TECH (8324) https://www.idtech.com/ (14)


Innerspark - California State Summer School for the Arts: Arts College campus training program in animation, visual arts, dance, music, film/video, theatre and creative writing for talented artists at California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, California. 

Age: Dates: One month program 7/8-8/5, Cost $546/wk, scholarships available. Deadline: 2/28 Info: www.innerspark.us (06)


Jam Camp West: Cabin camp for hip contemporary trends in music and dance including beatbox, turntables, instrumental ensembles taught by ear, dance, vocals, percussion, steeldrum, and body percussion, plus outdoor recreational activities in Loma Mar among redwoods, about 1.5 hours from the Bay Area, produced by the makers of Jazz Camp West. Swimming, volleyball, basketball, hiking, ping-pong and tetherball round out each afternoon. An inclusive, supportive program offering fun non-competitive workshops, taught by professional artists. Musical styles include jazz/funk, blues, hip-hop and gospel. Jam Camp West is committed to insuring our programs, staff and camp population celebrate our rich cultural diversity, serving children from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Age: 10-15 Dates: 6 day session 7/25-7/30, Ratio: limited to 100 campers, Cost $725/wk, scholarships available. Ratio 6:1, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 510-287-8880 www.jamcampwest.com (10)


Camp Kesem Berkeley: Cabin camp for children with a parent who has cancer or has died from cancer. Located in La Honda, CA. Arts and drama activities, sports and games, rock-climbing, archery, canoeing and much more. Nightly cabin chats and an all-camp empowerment service allow campers to speak about their experience in a supportive environment, if they choose to. Plus two-to three-night camping trip for teens to develop self-confidence through physical challenge, cooperation and teamwork.Pick-up and drop-off on the UC Berkeley campus.

Age: 6-16 Dates August 13-18, 2012, Cost FREE, Ratio 2:1 Deadline June 1 priority then FSFS

Info: call 495-6542, www.campkesemberkeley.org (12)


Camp Krem: cabin camp for children and adults with disabilities to develop independence and self-esteem while experiencing fun, creative and challenging activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek CA, 12 miles from Santa Cruz,  Daily swimming (in pool), creating with many types of arts and crafts, dance, cheerleading, sports/games and drama/skits, music, singing, rhythm band, campfires, theme parties and dances, mini-concerts, costume parades, nature programs, hiking on nature trails and overnight outdoor camping.. Program options include Traditional, Main Camp programs, Outdoor Adventure Camps or Travel Camping. Specially trained counselors, directors and specialists live-in with the campers in small cabin groups of 6-7 with 3-4 counselors.  To  supervise and assist campers with daily living skills as needed.

Age: 5-adult, Dates: 6-12 day programs 6/13 – 8/6 Ratio: 1:2 and 1:1 as needed, Cost:  $726 (6 day), $847 (7 day), $1452 (12 day) for the 1:2 supervision ratio. some financial aid available, need based. Deadline: FSFC,

Info: 510 222-6662  www.campingunlimited.com. (10)

Lawrence Hall of Science Camps: Backpacking science trips and wildlife biology and marine biology research stations camps around California with interactive science explorations and recreation. Not reviewed.
Age:  8-12 (residential science) 10-16 (backpack) grade 9-12 (research station), Dates 6 day sessions
Residential 7/22-26 Backpack 7/7-12 (10-16), Wildlife Biology 8/3-8/8 (grades 9-12), Marine Biology 6/13-18 (grades 9-12) Cost $680-990/six days, ask about partial scholarships, $40 discount for members, Deadline FCFS research camps fill in March or April, backpack trips can fill in May or June, sometimes there is room up to the trip
Info: 510-642-1334 www.lhs.berkeley.edu (09)

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: Residential college dormitory camp offering Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish, sponsored by Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies held at Menlo College, Atherton, CA and St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT. All levels from beginner to advanced with round the clock language and cultural immersion. More language exposure hours in four weeks than in an entire year of high school language study.

Age: 7-12 grade, Dates 4 wk session, 6/28-7/26, 2008. Cost $1000 wk, Financial aid available and discounts for 2+ children from same family, Ratio 3:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 802-296-2459 www.mmla.middlebury.edu (08)


Mountain Camp: Cabin camp with wide range of outdoor and lodge activities including ropes course, mountain biking, backpacking, sailing, arts and crafts, wind surfing, drama, dance, archery, kayaking, wakeboarding & waterskiing, tubing, gymnastics, fencing and guitar. Located 75 miles east of Sacramento, CA on Ice House Lake in the Sierras. Not reviewed.

Age: 7-15, Dates 1,2,3 & 4 wk sessions 6/15-8/23, Cost $1100/wk, early bird rates, sibling discount, Ratio 3:1,

Info: 415-351-2267  www.mountaincamp.com (08)


Oxbow Summer Art Camp: Residential dormitory campus camp exploring drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. (“no busy work crafts, no lanyards made here”). Learn fundamentals in each media then design large project in medium of choice. Staffed by professional artists, teachers and graduates from fine art schools around the country. Self paced learning and exploration of mediums in non competitive environment. Culture promotes self-discovery, self-confidence, and creative expression, where respect of self, others, and the environment are highly valued. No prior experience, talent or portfolio needed. Just a desire to jump in, try new things and see what happens.

Ages: 14-16 Dates: 2 wk sessions 7/2-8/9 Ratio: 4:1 Cost: $1600/wk Deadline: FCFS,

Info: 707-255-6000, www.oxbowsummercamp.org (11)


Plantation Farm Camp: Cabin camp at sustainable farm on the Sonoma Coast near the Russian River . Riding, arts & crafts, swimming, drama, kayaking, frisbee, soccer, hiking, singing, barn dance, cookouts, tidepooling, beachcombing, fishing, boating, sheep shearing and other farm chores and with homemade food fresh from the farm. Member of Co-op America Green Business Network.  Review (1-00) Well organized, good staff and facility. Enjoyed it.
Age: 7-16 (also have a family camp), Dates 3-1/2 wk sessions 6/22-7/16 & 7/20-8/15, Cost $1100/wk ask about scholarships, Deadline FCFS,
Info: 707-847-3494 www.plantationcamp.com (09)


Pt. Reyes Science Camp: Group cabin camp at Pt Reyes National Seashore in Marin. Environmental education, hiking, beach exploring, crafts, science projects & 1 night backpack trip (4 nights for 13-16). Review: (1-98) Wonderful facility and environment. Nice counselors. Don't need to be a science buff.
Age: 7-16, Dates 4-6 day sessions vary by age, Cost $350/wk (7-9) $599 ($20 discount with $40 annual membership, ask for scholarship info, Ratio 3.5:1, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 415-663-1200, www.ptreyes.org (09)


Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring Camp. Cabin camp for teens to make a difference over their summer vacation working hands on with homeless children ages 3-7. Teens will help guide their camp buddies through various educational and recreational activities over the 4 week program. Participants learn the Hawaiian Culture by creating their own Authentic Lu'au graduation where they will show off their newfound skills of learning the art of hula, making their own ti' leaf skirts and even making the lau lau the way ancient Hawaiian did. Community service hours can be used towards their current or future educational requirements while building lifelong friendships with other teens from all over the world.

Age: 14-17, Dates 2 week or 4 week program, 6/27-7/26 Cost $1076/wk tax deductible, Ratio 3.5:1, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 808-987-6018, www.ProjectHawaii.org (12)


Camp Quest West: Cabin camp in the Sierras. Freethought for the children of atheists, humanists, skeptics and others with a naturalistic worldview.  Swimming, boating, campfires, hiking, crafts, skits along with critical thinking, science and respect.  Held at Camp Ross Relles near Nevada City. Also a Southern CA location near Wrightwood 1 hr from LA.  Not reviewed.

Age: 8-14 (CIT 15-16) Dates 1 wk session July 8-14 (North) 7/22-28 (South). Cost $485-585, ask about financial aid, Ratio 2:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 650-949-3192 http://campquestwest.org  (12)

Redwood Adventure Camp: Tent camp along the wild and scenic river corridor of the Eel river near Leggett in Mendocino County. Provides leadership development, an opportunity for spiritual growth, fun and excitement through a traditional camping program. Program focuses on the fundamentals of outdoor living and includes activities such as crafts, nature education, ropes course, swimming, archery, backpacking overnight and outdoor living skills. Not reviewed.

Age: 10-17 (also have family camp options), Dates 1 & 2 week sessions 7/12-8/1, Ratio 4:1, Cost $395 - $495/wk, scholarships available, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 707-703-9171 www.redwoodadventure.org  (13)


Rotary Nature Center Adventure Camp Backpack, rock climb and boating. Day camp two days at Lake Merritt then 3 days/2 nights backpack in Point Reyes. Not reviewed.
Age: 6-14, Dates 1 wk sessions 6/26-7/21, Time 9-3 Monday & Tuesday then 9- Wednesday to 3 Friday, Cost $240/wk scholarships available, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 238-3739 www.lakemerritt.org  (00)


Sierra Friends Camp & Teen Leadership Camp: Cabin camp in the Sierras. Experience rooted in Quaker values of compassion for oneself, others, and the natural world.  Arts and drama activities, non-competitive sports and games, fun and physical daily chores, sharing music, stories and reflection around campfires, swimming in the pond and the nearby Yuba River. Plus two- to three-night age appropriate hiking and camping trips to develop self-confidence through physical challenge, appreciation of nature and spirit, skills in camping and sustainable living, cooperation and teamwork. 

Age: 9-14,15-16 for TLC, Dates 2 wk sessions 7/2-30, Cost $6-700/wk, Discounts, scholarships and work grant opportunities, Ratio 4:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 530-273-3183 http://camp.woolman.org (11)

Snow Mountain Camp: Closed in 07.

Space Camp: No longer being held at Moffitt field. Only the Alabama and Florida space camps are still open.
Info: 800-533-7281 www.spacecamp.com (02)

Camp Saint Andrews: Cabin camp in Dardenelles in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Traditional camp experience designed to encourage a sense of having a closer relationship with nature in children and of their own sense of spirituality. Founded by the St Andrews Parish in San Bruno and now managed by Diocese of California. Archery range, ropes course, swimming pool, arts and crafts, and of course outrageous skits at campfire every night. Not reviewed.

Age: 8-17 (CIT 14+, Dates 1wk session 7/26/09-8/1/09, Cost (camper 8-13 $350)(Program Aid 14+ $265)(Counselor in Training 16+ $195) plus $40-80 registration fee, Financial Aid available. Ratio 6:1. (prior to 3/1=$40, prior to 5/1=$60, after 5/1=$80)

Info: www.campsaintandrews.org (09)


Camp St. Michael: Changed to Redwood Adventure Camp


Camp Star Bound: Cabin camp on Lake Tahoe. Performing arts oriented camp experience with professional dance instructors, choreographers, theater teachers, professional actors and vocal coaches, plus kayaking, canoeing and other traditional camp fun. End week with "Glee Style" Camp Showcase, where parents and family are invited to attend. Not reviewed.

Age: 5th-12th grade, Dates: 1 wk session 8/5-11, Cost: $600-675, Ratio 1:10, Deadline: July 1, 2012

Info: 800-288-9197 www.campstarbound.com (12)


Camp Tawonga: Cabin camp. Jewish with sports, arts and crafts, ropes course, Shabbat, backpacking, teen travel camps, swimming, boating, and drama just outside of Yosemite. Also offer programs for families in bereavement, single parent families, gay and lesbian families, interracial families and just adults. Not reviewed.
Age: 2nd - 12th grade (CIT 11th), Dates 1 to 3 week sessions 6/14-8/14 , Cost $1035-1180/wk, ask about scholarships and family discounts, Deadline FCFS

Info: (415) 543-2267, www.tawonga.org (09)


Tech Trek: College campus math/science program for girls to develop self confidence at Universities around California. Hands-on activities and labs in classes such as Biology, Geology, Engineering (bridge building), Marine Biology, Orienteering (math), Solar Energy, Physics (roller coasters, hot air balloons), Forensics, Chemistry (manufacturing make-up!), Math and Geometry, Computers (film editing) and Space Science, plus field trips and visits from professional women in different fields. Not reviewed

Age: 8th grade, Dates 1 week sessions varies by location 6/19-8/13, Cost scholarship supported by AAUW girls selected from recommendations for the program by middle school science or math teacher, Deadline 4/4

Info: 916-448-7795, http://www.aauw-ca.org/index.cfm?go=pages.view&pagesid=338&parent=197&coparent=338 (11)


Teen Treks: Bike trips along the CA coast and all over the USA, Canada & Europe. Started as an American Youth Hostel program. Self contained trips ride on roads and bike paths and stay at hostels, campgrounds & hotels. Trip options range from easy to moderate to challenging.

Age: 12-18, Dates 1-8 wk trips all summer, Cost $650-1000/wk, Deadline FCFS

Info: 716-566-7098 www.teentreks.com  (12)

Trackers Earth Summer Camps: Nature camps with wilderness survival and adventure skills, and emphasis teamwork, outdoor skill-building, bonding, getting dirty, environmental respect and deep appreciation for the natural world in Marin, Oregon and Hawaii. Participate in one of fours Guilds: the Rangers, Wilders, Mariners and Artisans.

Age 9-18, Dates 1 wk sessions 7/5-9/2, Cost Average $595/wk, early bird discount,

Info 866-374-0651 http://trackersbay.com/youth/summer-camps.php (11)


UC Berkeley Business Academy: introduction to entrepreneurship and the business world at the UC Berkeley campus Haas School of Business. Students interact with Haas professors to learn about fundamental business subjects (marketing, accounting, case studies, etc.) and work in teams to create their own business model or critically analyze a current business issue.  Students get a tour of the UC Berkeley Campus, sample on campus living and partake in fun off-campus and leadership building activities.

Age: 7-9th grades, Dates: one 2 wk session 6/22-7/2, Time 9-3:30 (extended care available upon request) Ratio 5:1, Cost $750/wk commuter ($2000/wk for living on campus option) Deadline June 10, 2015.

Age: 10-12th grades, Dates:  two 2 wk sessions 7/6-7/17 (Entrepreneurship) & 7/27-8/7 (Case Study/Critical Thinking), Cost $2600 (residential only) Deadline June 20, 2015

Info: 510-643-0923 http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/businessacademy (15)


Camp Unalayee: Backpacking camp in the Trinity Alps of Northern California. Archery, dance, arts and crafts, cooking, nature study, orienteering, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, day hikes, sweat lodge, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swim races and capture the flag, climbing wall, stargazing, plus backpacking trips. Bus service from bay area included.

Age: 10-17 (CIT 16 & 17), Dates 9 & 15 day sessions 6/30-7/8, 7/15-29, & 8/1-8.15 Ratio 4:1, Cost, $888/wk scholarships available. Committed to making camp affordable for all children, Deadline FCFS

Info: (866) 805-6901 www.gocampu.org (12)


Via West Campus (formerly Camp Costanoan): Year-round day and residential programs for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs on campus located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco. Emphasize “Living Healthy” themes that include nutrition, physical activity, health awareness and self-management. The facility has six modern and accessible sleeping lodges equipped with bathrooms, showers and heaters, a main lodge where dining and large group programs take place, two pools (one of which is fully accessible), a health center, fire circle, creative arts and performing arts buildings, a sports court, nature pavilion, horse corral, platform tent site and hiking and nature trails.

Age: 5 yrs old and above; CIT program (16) Dates: 3 day sessions in fall and spring (September-May); 3,5, and 7 day programs during summer (June-August); Cost: dependent upon counselor to participant ratios and length of session: fall and spring $533-$639; Summer $579-$1761; Day sessions $125-$200; Ratios: 3:1, 2:1, 1:1: Private pay, scholarship and limited regional center spaces available. Deadline FCFS, regional center spots fill quickly suggest register early

Info: 408-243-7860 www.viaservices.org. (13)


Wellspring Adventure Lake Tahoe: Weight loss residential camp in Incline Village, north Tahoe.  Based at Sierra Nevada College, just blocks from the Lake, Wellspring Lake Tahoe combines comfortable dorm accommodations with daily adventure and sports activities.  Through exercise, nutrition and culinary lessons, healthy low-fat meals, weekly meetings with a trained behavior coach and lots of fun, campers learn how to lose weight and how to keep it off in the future.  Perfect camp for families looking to combine a summer of adventure with valuable life lessons and health improvements.

Age: 11-18, Dates 3, 6 or 9 weeks starting on 6/10, 7/1 and 7/22 Cost $1380/wk, Discounts available, Ratio 3:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 559 356 4382 http://www.wellspringcamps.com/laketahoe (12)


W.I.L.D. (Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development: Backpacking camp in the Sierras. Emphasis on fun, deep nature connection, and transformative personal growth. WILD supports young men to achieve their next level of maturity and express their authentic selves, while learning risk management and real world leadership skills. Daily practices of gratitude and mindfulness combine with hard skills training, expressive arts, and rites of passage to help young men to explore their edges and abilities, while learning to care for themselves. 

Age: 15-19 (flexible)Dates 10-day sessions 7/1-24, Cost $1000/wk, Discounts, scholarships and work grant opportunities, Ratio 4:1 Deadline FCFS

Info: 684-3497 www.backtoearth.org/wild (16)

Camp Winnarainbow: Circus cabin camp. Circus and performing arts, swimming (incl. 350' water slide), arts & crafts in Laytonville 3 hrs N of SF in Mendocino. Run by Wavy Gravy. Reviews (1-98,1-99) well organized, good facility and staff. Loved it.
Age: 7-14 (Adult camp also in June!). Dates 1 & 2 wk sessions 6/22-8/22, Ratio 5:1, Cost $775/wk, Deadline FCFS

Info: 510-525-4304 www.campwinnarainbow.org (09)

Youth Empowered Action Camp (YEA Camp) Cabin camp in youth leadership and activist training with tools to initiate social change located at the Venture Retreat Center in Pescadero, CA. Campers choose an issue of importance to them - such as climate change, homophobia, or racism - and build knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to impact that issue when they get home. Workshops and lots of games to help them think strategically about their issues, plan campaigns, effectively communicate, use Theater of the Oppressed, and more, plus arts activities, poetry, hiking, dance parties, and lots of fun. After YEA, past campers have started school clubs, made a documentary music video, held fundraisers, organized call-ins to Congress, gotten better food in their school cafeteria, and more. Organic vegan food. In 2016 YEA is also operating camps outside of Boston and New York City (NY is geared for animal advocates).

Age 12-17, Dates 1 week sessions, 8/6-13 for CA check website for other locations, Cost $1400 (scholarships available), Ratio 2.5:1 limited to 32 participants/week, Deadline FCFS,
Info (415) 710-7351 www.yeacamp.org (16)

YI Wild: Yosemite: Environmental education cabin camp and backpacking. Work with wilderness professionals and park scientists in Yosemite National Park, including backpacking, whitewater rafting, wilderness leadership, rock climbing, and scientific field research. Also have field research programs for 16-20 year olds.. Not reviewed.
Age: 13-18, Dates 9 -14 day sessions, dates vary by age Ratio: from 4:1 to 7:1 Cost $1175-1550 for 8-11 days, special almost full scholarship program for young woman age 15-18, Deadline FCFS

Info: 209-379-9511, www.yni.org (07)

YMCA Camp Campbell: Cabin Camp in the Coastal Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Swimming, climbing, high ropes, archery, sports, arts and crafts, hiking, gardening, photography, radio station, music, campfire, games, skits, songs, teen leadership camp, Adventure Camp, CITs, mini camp, 1 week, 2 week sessions. Focus on values, lifelong friends, independence, confidence, acceptance, gratitude and teamwork. Family Camps & Parent-Child Weekends year-round. ACA Accredited.

Age: 2nd-12th grade, Dates: 4 day, 1 wk & 2 wk sessions 6/16-8/9, Cost:$225-540/wk, financial aid available, Deadline: FCFS

Info: 831-338-2128, hwww.ymcacampcampbell.org (13)

YMCA Camp Gualala: No longer operated by the Y


YMCA Camp Jones Gulch: Cabin camp. Canoeing, swimming, archery, horse back riding, climbing tower, zip line, field sports, disc golf, two sports fields, basketball, music shell, environmental center with straw bale classroom and alternative energy models, organic garden, ropes course in the Redwoods south of San Francisco between La Honda and Pescadero. Focus on building independence, self esteem and friendship building skills in safe environment. Travel camp trips kayaking on Lake Tahoe, rock climbing, backpacking in Yosemite, surfing and horse camp available for teens (11-16). Jones also hosts a family camp on Labor Day weekend and in October plus Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, Not reviewed.

Age: 6-16 (LIT/CIT 15), Dates: 1 wk sessions 6/28-7/31 for regular camps, specialty teen camps in august   Rratio: 5:1 Cost: $505-695 scholarships available, Deadline FCFS,

Info: (650) 747-1200 www.campjonesgulch.org  (09)


YMCA Camp Loma Mar: Cabin camp in the redwoods on the northern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County near the ocean. Swimming, nature hikes, zip line, a climbing wall, archery, arts and crafts, camp games, basketball, and exploration in and along Pescadero Creek. Rookie Camp is a four-day, three-night camp, perfect for the first-timer second or third grader who is "iffy" about going to a sleep-away camp. Family Camp is offered at the end of the summer, and conference and retreat facilities are available all year.

Age: 7-17, Dates 1 week sessions (some 2 week sessions and some 3 night 4 day options for first time campers ), 7/1 -8/11 (varies for age groups), Cost $252-588/wk, sliding tiered scale with scholarships available, Deadline FCFS,

Info: 650-879-0223, www.camplomamar.org  (10)


YMCA Camp Ravencliff: Cabin camp. Archery, swimming, songs, games, arts and crafts, wilderness hikes, canoeing and spending a night in the back woods cooking their food over a campfire and sleeping under the stars in Southern Humboldt on the Eel River. Not reviewed.
Age: 7-18 (CIT high school), Dates 1 week sessions, 7/11–8/7, Cost $400-550/wk, scholarships available, Deadline FCFS

Info: 925-371-8401, www.campravencliff.org (09)


Young Actor’s Theatre Camp: Cabin camp for drama at YMCA Camp Loma Mar in the redwoods on the northern edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains.. Not reviewed. Daily classes in acting, voice, dance and musical theatre.  Master Classes with actors and casting directors who work in television and film in Hollywood and on Broadway.  Instructors in 08 include Lucas Grabeel, Ryan from "High School Musical", Valerie Azlynn, from CBS's "Welcome to the Captain", Woody Schultz from "Beowulf" and NBC Casting Director Josh Einsohn. All levels are encouraged. 
Age: 8-18 (CIT), Dates 1 week session, 6/22–7/2, Ratio: 3:1, Cost $695-895/wk, scholarships & family multi child discounts available, Deadline FCFS

Info: 925-858-3548, www.YoungActorsTheatreCamp.org (08)


***Family camps***


Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp: Family program at cabin camp the heart of a redwood grove at Cazadero in western Sonoma County 2 hours north of San Francisco. Incorporates music, drama, writing, art, swimming, fresh food, nightly performances, jam sessions and dancing.

Age:1-100 Dates 1 wk sessions 8/5-18, Cost $450-760/wk + $60-120/family fee, discounts for cabin sharing or tenting, financial aid is available, Deadline FCFS. early enrollment discount 4/1

Info: 510-290-9349 http://www.cazfamilycamp.org (13)


Plantation Family Camp: Cabin camp at sustainable farm on the Sonoma Coast near the Russian River. Riding, arts & crafts, swimming, drama, kayaking, frisbee, soccer, hiking, singing, barn dance, cookouts, tidepooling, beachcombing, fishing, boating, sheep shearing and other farm chores and with gourmet food fresh from the farm. Member of Co-op America Green Business Network.  Not reviewed (though youth camp is, see above)
Age: all, (also have a youth camp), Dates weekend sessions 6-18-21 & 8-20-23 & full week session 8/16-23, Cost $250-1000/wk varies by age, Deadline FCFS,
Info: 707-847-3494 www.plantationcamp.com (09)


Redwood Adventure Camp: Tent camp along the Eel River near Leggett, CA in Mendocino County. Activities include crafts, nature, ropes course, horses, swimming, and archery. All meals are included.  Not reviewed.

Age: all, (also have a youth camp), Dates weekend session 8/2-4 Cost $130-$435/weekend varies by age, Deadline FCFS, 
Info: 707-703-9171 www.redwoodadventure.org  (13)


Shady Creek Family Camp: Cabin camp in the Sierra foothills near Nevada City, CA. Week and mini week family camp program. Arts/crafts, archery, high and low ropes course, sports, pool games, talent show, Luau Night, s'mores around the campfire, boating (inner-tubing, waterskiing), hiking, offsite trips to historic gold mine, tie-dyed t-shirts, tournaments. Plus Kids Corner for children and Parent's Night Out.

Age: Infant to 80. Dates: 1 wk or 4 day/3 night, 6/17-8/25. Cost:~ $2400/wk for family of 4 (sliding scale & early bird discount deadline 1/30/07).

Info: 800-826-7310, http://shadycreekcamp.com/familycamp.html (05)


WestCoast Connection: Wide range of dorm, hotel, and camping adventure tour programs and sports programs around the USA (and connected with international 360 program below). Also family programs.

Age: 7th -12th grade (plus family) Dates 2-4 wk programs all summer Cost: $1400-2500/wk

Info: 800-767-0227 www.westcoastconnection.com


*** Local Internships***


Stanford University Center for Clinical Immunology: Summer Intern Program for biology research. consisting of lab research, lecture and some clinical exposure.  For current junior or senior who will have completed a biology class by the end of this school year. Housing is not provided.

Age: 12th grade or graduating, Dates: 8 weeks, Cost program provides a $1,500 stipend, Deadline: January 16, 2007. 

Info: http://ccis.stanford.edu  pjutz@stanford.edu or mgrantz@stanford.edu.


CHORI (Children's Hospital Research Oakland Research Institute) Summer Student Research Program. Summer intern program for biomedical research at CHORI in Northern Oakland. The program is open to juniors and seniors with an interest in science who have taken at least one science course (biology, chemistry or physics). Students will be paired with a mentor who will guide them through a research project, will attend weekly seminars and meetings and present their research findings at a one-day research symposium.  Dates:  June 12- August 15.

Age: 12th grade or graduating Dates: 6/12-8/15, Cost inquire, Deadline: 2/1/08. 

Info: http://www.chori.org/Education/Introduction/education_training.html


*** International ***

Prices do not include airfare

3600 Student Travel: Wide range of language immersion, community service and global adventure tours in USA, Canada, Europe, Costa Rica, Peru, Australia, Africa, Israel and China. Also family programs.

Age: 8th -12th grade (plus family) Dates 1-4 wk programs all summer Cost: $1450-2800/wk

Info: 800.767.0227 www.360studenttravel.com (09)


Abbey Road Programs: Immersion study abroad for high school students in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Canada. Plus EcoGreen environmental studies and community service program in Santa Barbara CA and the Channel Islands and pre-college enrichment tours and SAT prep in Boston & NYC

Age: 14-18, Dates: 2&4 wk sessions, June - August, Ratio: 8:1, Cost:  $1650-2250/wk foreign, $1100-1200/wk domestic. Deadline: 1 week prior to trip

Info: 888-462-2239 www.goabbeyroad.com (09)  


Academic Study Associates (ASA): Academic enrichment summer programs for high school students. Study abroad programs in England (Oxford and Cambridge Universities) and Italy (Florence). Study abroad language immersion programs in Spain (Andalusia and Barcelona), France (Nice and Royan), and Costa Rica (Heredia). Also domestic college prep programs at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, UMASS Amherst, and Tufts University. Not reviewed.

Age: 9th-12th grade, Dates 2-4 wk sessions June-August, Cost Varies by program – please see website, Scholarship opportunities, Ratio 10:1 Deadline FCFS,

Info: 212-796-8340 / 800-752-2250 www.asaprograms.com (07)


AFS: Summer homestay language and/or community service programs plus semester and whole year academic exchange programs all around the world

Age: 15 and up, Dates: range from 4 wk to 1 year programs, Cost $4500-6100 for summer program. Not reviewed.

Info: www.usa.afs.org (07)


Amigos: Service project work in Mexico & Central America. Usually live with a family.

Age: 16 and up, Dates: 3-1/2 to 8 wk programs, Cost $3850 for 6 wk program, including airfare from gateway city. Not reviewed.

Info: www.amigoslink.org (07)


Oxbridge Academic Programs Summer college campus sessions in Oxford, Cambridge and Paris with a wide range of courses. 

Age: 8th – 12th grade, Deadline (2/28 for scholarships). 

Info: www.oxbridgeprograms.com (07)


Oxford Summer Academy Summer college campus sessions at Oxford and Cambridge University. English Lit, Visual Arts, Classical Studies & European Languages, and European History and International Relations, Creative Writing, Drawing Painting and Jewelry Design, Debate and Theatre. Live on campus.

Age: 16 and up. Dates: 2 & 4 wk programs in July, Cost: GBP1200-1250/wk, Deadline: FCFS, early bird fee discount 12/1, scholarships 2/1

Info: www.oxintstudycentre.com (10)


Visions: Cross-cultural summer service programs in the Caribbean West Indies, North, Central, and South America blend hands-on hard work, intercultural living and learning, and exploration

Age: 14-18, Dates: 3-4 wk programs, Cost $4600-5150 for 4 wk program

Info: www.visionsserviceadventures.com  (09)


Where There Be Dragons: Service, travel and learning in many developing world countries led by returned Peace Corps volunteers and teachers. Not reviewed.

Age: 15-17, Dates: 4-6 wk programs, Cost $5700-6850+ airfare for 4 wk program, $5950-7400 for 6 wk

Info: www.wheretherebedragons.com  (10)


Windsor Mountain Camp: wide range of programs around the world 

Age: 9th – 12th grade

Info: www.windsormountain.org (07)


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