Summer camps aren’t just for the younger members of the family. There are several summer camps for teensthat offer a range of programs that teens will enjoy. Whether they prefer to spend summer inside or outdoors (or both), you’ll find a camp that will make everyone happy.

Written by Wendy Kennar -

UCLA Sports Camps UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, CA

“UCLA Athletics hosts hands-on summer camps for kids focusing on detailed fundamental instruction, lectures on proper offensive and defensive techniques, as well as individual and team competition.” Camps are offered in a large variety of sports including basketball, golf, gymnastics, diving, tennis, volleyball, and more.

Girls Rock Santa Barbara Ojai Valley School – Upper Campus 723 El Paseo Rd., Ojai, CA 93023

Girls Rock Santa Barbara “empowers girls and women through music education, creative expression, and performance; promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity, and teamwork.” They offer “Amplify,” a week-long summer sleep away camp program for girls ages 10-16. You can register for one week, several weeks, or all six weeks of camp. (The Camp site is safe and was not affected by the recent wildfires).

AQUA SURF Camps two locations: Santa Monica and Redondo Beach

At AQUA SURF School, campers (ages 5-17) learn surfing and water safety skills as well as social skills, respect for our ocean, and more. Instructors tailor the camp experience to meet the needs of each participant. All are welcome to participate, from beginners to teens learning to surf at a pro-level. AQUA SURF has a 3 to 1 ratio of students to teachers. Teens also have the “opportunity to take on responsibilities and learn leadership skills” through the Counselor in Training (CIT) program. Students can attend by the day (individual half/full days) or by the week (one or more weeks at a time).

The Groundlings Teen Improv Camp 7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Groundlings, the famous improv theatre and school, offers special classes for teens. Participants learn the fundamentals of improv through this workshop series. They are offered in two age groups: ages 11-14 and ages 15-18. The camp culminates with an improv performance on The Groundlings student stage.

Girls Who Code Loyola Marymount University campus, Los Angeles, CA

Girls Who Code “was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.” They offer a two-week summer program (for beginners and advanced participants) for middle and high school girls. Participants may study “wearable tech and fashion design,” “website design,” and more.

Tumbleweed Day Camp 1024 Hanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tumbleweed Day Camp has been providing campers with special experiences for over 60 years. Campers learn, explore, and participate in many different activities (they offer over 100!) on 100 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. Campers are organized by grade level in co-ed groups, with up to 16 campers in each group. Transportation is included as well.

iD Tech several locations in southern California

iD Tech camps are held at several southern California locations including at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and California Institute of Technology. Participants “discover coding, game development, robotics, and design.” Average class size is 8 students per instructor. Campers can attend for just one week or return for multiple weeks. In addition, the Alexa Café Experience is designed for girls ages 10-15 and “blends tech, entrepreneurship, and social activism.”

W.A.T.E.R. Youth Sailing Camp Burton Chace Park 13640 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Teens can participate in the Department of Beaches and Harbors’ W.A.T.E.R. Youth Program (Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation). Participants are 11-17 years of age, and class size is 6-12 students. Both beginning sailing and advanced sailing sessions are offered. Campers must pass a swim test beforehand. Check the website for details.

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