Summer Camps and Programs

Time For Summer Camp 2015

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It's Time for Camp!

Make the most of summer! Summer camps provide kids with the opportunity to do something they love or try something new. You’re sure to find the perfect camp for your child with our guide. We’ve got it all—watersports, science, art, animals, cooking, sewing and outdoor fun!

Camp is certified to care for children with special needs Indicates camps certified to care for children with special needs. 

QUICKLINKS: Traditional Day Camp Experience  |  Speciality  |  Science & Discovery  |  Technology & Filmmaking  |  Language  |  Painting, Drawing Ceramics  |  Animal Encounters  |  Drama/Theater  |  Dance/Music  |  Watersports  |  Sports  |  Academic Focus  |  Play Based  |  Overnight/Resident Camps  |  Schools Offering Summer Programs

» Find more information in our camp extravaganza section! 


Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego
K-8th Grade; June 15-September 4
The ultimate summer starts here. Register today for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego’s Ultimate Summer Camps at 11 locations throughout San Diego. We offer 12 themed weeks of safe, fun and affordable summer camp with professionally trained & CPR Certified staff members.

Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito
Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach
Ages 5-15; June 15-August 20
School’s out for summer! The Club is in! We have 60+ camps to choose from including camps for teens and half-day camps for 5-7 year olds.

Camp Gulls
La Mesa
Pre K-8th grade; June 15-August 21
Camp Gulls’ action-packed program features a variety of activities: Lego engineering, cooking, volleyball, Math Madness, Jedi Martial Arts, golf, gardening, swimming, flag football, Super Science, hip hop, pedal boats, Improv, Photoshop, music production, bowling and more!

Girl Scout Camps
Balboa Park, Escondido, Julian
Ages 5-17; June 15-August 14       
Camp rules! Girl Scout camp is where your girl shines. She grows into a leader while experiencing the best parts of being a kid: playing (and learning) in groups where everyone belongs, trying tons of new things, and exploring the natural world, always in a safe fun setting.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Day Camp
College Area
The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s American Camp Association accredited summer day camps facilitate personal growth and safety, foster personal character development and respect for others, and help children develop skills in activity-specific areas. In addition to Kroc Adventures Camp, our unparalleled activities include spiritual discovery, sport and specialty camps.

SDC Youth Summer Camps
Santee - 619-201-8700
Ages 5-17; June 8-12, July 6-10
SDC Youth summer camp is an opportunity for students to attend engaging and enriching classes! Students will learn new skills, make new friends, and enjoy a summer camp experience. Classes include various elective and academic options, from LEGO engineering to chemistry experiments, all designed to foster a love of learning.

YMCA of San Diego County
Preschool and older; June-August
At YMCA, we’re here to make your kids feel welcome, try new things, make new friends, and be a part of something great. From Archery to arts, to canoeing and cannonballs, at the YMCA your kids will have an amazing experience all in a safe and nurturing environment. Register today and give them the best summer ever.


Camp Erin San Diego/Elizabeth Hospice
San Diego
Ages 6-17; June 5-7  
Overnight camp only  
This annual weekend summer camp is open to children and teens ages 6 to 17 who are grieving from the death of someone close to them. This free camp experience combines traditional, high-energy camp activities with grief support and education. See p. 54

Kickin’ It Up
Escondido - 760-781-2126
1st-12th grade; July 6-9
This high-energy creative and performing arts program has something for everyone, from singing, choreography and gymnastics to arts, percussions, guitar and photography. Camp is 8 am-4 pm July 6-8 with a parent program at 6 pm on July 9. $95 per student. Classes fill up quickly, so sign up soon! Deadline to register is June 21.

Kids Jr. Chef Cooking Summer Camp
Ages 8-16; July 13-August 14
Held in a professional commercial kitchen and taught by real chefs. Your child will never get closer to experiencing what being a chef is all about than in our Jr. Chef Camp. We stress safety, nutrition, creativity, and learning new skills. Jr Chefs will try new skills daily and have a great time making new friends and creating culinary masterpieces they can share at home.

Model Railroad Engineer Camp
Balboa Park
1st-8th grade; April 1-5; June 16-August 15
This Spring & Summer your children can enjoy an entire week of constructing a Model Railroad Diorama! Campers will create the scenery, buildings and their own freight cars. They will also learn weathering, electrics, trackwork, wiring, and get to go behind the scenes of our museum exhibits!

Sew Inspired
Ages 7-12: June 9-August 27

Southwestern College Summer Arts Program  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Chula Vista
Ages 12-18; June 8-July 30     
Sign up for workshops in the ARTS! Includes dance, filmmaking, voice, orchestra, mariachi, digital photography, animation, Photoshop, debate, improv theatre, and Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies!

Wellspring Camps
La Jolla
Ages 10-26
Wellspring Camps is gearing up for another life-changing summer, helping campers learn to become long-term weight controllers! Our evidence-based program offers lasting results—that’s why we’re the leader in weight loss camps. With locations nationwide, campers can experience exciting activities like kayaking, beach sports, hiking & white water rafting.

Woodshop Wizards
La Mesa
Ages 6-13; June 22-August 7
A hands-on woodworking program using age-appropriate hand and power tools to construct unique projects that are painted, personalized and taken home to treasure! New Go Kart Camp! We also do birthday parties.


Air & Space Museum Aerosummer Camps  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Balboa Park
1st-12 grade; July 13-August 14    
The San Diego Air & Space Museum offers a variety of half-day, week-long summer programs. These classes teach air and space history and science through hands-on activities such as designing and building model airplanes, launching model rockets, and flying simulators.

Elementary Institute of Science Summer STEM Program
San Diego
Ages 7-13; June-August
At EIS, children are able to explore, experiment and understand the world of science, technology, engineering and math. Most importantly, they have fun! Camp 9-3; cost $150 per week.

San Diego Museum of Man
Balboa Park
Ages 5-13; June 22-August 7
Fun mix of hands-on learning in one of the city’s best places! Archaeology, monsters, and more. They won’t be bored!

San Diego Natural History Museum  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Balboa Park
Pre K-8th Grade; June 22-August 14     
Summer camp at theNAT is where it’s at. Join us for a summer of science, fun, and friendship! Our summer camps will inspire and encourage children to have fun while learning about nature and science. Half-day camps for pre-K and kindergarten, and full-day camps for first through eighth grades. Plus Exhibit Explorers for students in sixth through eighth grades.

Science Camps at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
619-238-1233 /summer-camps
Pre K-8th grade; June 15-August 21
The Fleet runs weekly, half-day and full-day summer camps. The camps are designed to be fun, educational and hands-on and to incorporate the Fleet’s exhibit galleries. Camp descriptions can be found online.

Summer Learning Adventure Camp at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
La Jolla 
Ages 4-15; June 22-August 21  
From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.


Camp Invention
San Diego
1st-6th Grade; June 15-July 17
Camp Invention has been spreading an innovative spirit to 1st-6th graders for 25 years! This one-of-a-kind weeklong experience connects science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. The program allows students to learn about creative problem solving (and so much more!) in teams grouped by age.

Digital Media Academy
San Diego - 866-656-3342
Ages 6-17; June 29-August 14

ID Tech Camps
San Diego - 888-709-8324
Ages 6-18; June 22-July 31 

Mobile Technology Camp
San Diego
Ages 9-12; July 13-August 7
Computer camp is reinvented in this exciting program geared at teaching kids the fundamentals of mobile computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc.)! Campers will have a blast using their creative “kid power” to build technology – not just use it! Lab sessions include coding, app design, circuits and typing proficiency.

TechKnowHow LEGO & Technology Summer Camps
Encinitas, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe

Ages 5-11; June 15-August 7 
Award-winning LEGO-building and technology camps, ages 5-11. Our program includes LEGO projects with gears and motors, NXT MINDSTORMS robotics and game design. Early-bird tuition starts at $185/wk. for a half-day, and $350/wk. for an all-day. Students receive a LEGO mini-build and camp t-shirt at the end of camp.

Youth Media & Tech Camp
San Diego - 619-230-1938
Ages 6-13; June 15-August 28
Join the Media Arts Center for our 2015 Summer Youth Media & Tech Camps! Students explore character, composition, and sound as they create exciting hands-on video projects. This camp provides many possibilities of creative media making.


Around the World/Le Tour du Monde  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
La Jolla
Ages 3 & up;  June 22- July 31     
The SDFAS camp, “Around the World,” promotes language skills during the summer. Children do fun activities while getting an immersion experience in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese or English.

All About Mandarin Academy
Multiple locations
Ages 3 & up; June 8-August 31  
Take a break from school and come join our Mandarin camp and enjoy the fun and enrichment this Summer. Meet new friends and be part of a great Mandarin experience!

Bilingual Kids
San Diego - 619-366-3098
Ages 2-12 ; June 22-August 14
Full immersion Spanish camp designed to optimize foreign language acquisition. Camp lead by qualified native Spanish speaking teachers in a fun and engaging approach through the use of music, games, cultural activities, arts and crafts, literature, outdoor activities and field trips.

Super Spanish
San Marcos - 760-510-9639
Ages 18 mos.-7; July 6-August 26
Super Spanish is a year round Spanish immersion preschool which also offers half-day Spanish immersion summer camps for children, 8:30 am-1:30 pm.

Yak Academy
San Diego
Ages 3-8; June 16-August 14
Full immersion Spanish & Mandarin Chinese Camps. 5-Day or 2-Half-Day Mini Camps are action-packed filled with games, arts & crafts, songs and more. Working with our native speaking instructors during this intense immersion experience is a great way to learn all about the different cultures this world has to offer. Prior language experience is not required.


Carlsbad Art Farm
Carlsbad - 760-688-6147
2nd-8th grade; June 15-August 14
Exceptional all outdoors visual arts and animal camp twice voted “Most Awesome Camp for Kids in Socal.” Located on 10-acres of private woodland habitat open to the public summers only. Art Farm offers small classes taught by local artists. Curriculum is by grade-level. Older students enjoy seclusion from younger students.

The Hot Spot Pottery & Candlemaking
Liberty Station
Ages 6-16; June 15-August 15
Grab 4 or more friends and come get those creative juices flowing! You choose the time! Monday-Friday. Learn painting techniques like etching, masking and stenciling on pottery, and/or learn how to build a super cool chunky candle complete with your choice of fragrance like bubble gum, ocean, or monkey farts (our most popular one).

Little Artists
UTC/Clairemont - 858-268-2255
Poway - 858-486-1555
Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055
San Carlos - 619-462-1955
Tierrasanta - 858-740-6055
Ages 4-18; June-August
Little Artists morning classes start mid-June, offering the same great program with convenient morning classes for all ages! We will have drawing, painting and ceramics available in the morning hours as well as our usual afternoon hours.

Little Fish Comic Book Studio
Ocean Beach
Ages 8-18; June-August
Little Fish Comic Book Studio offers exciting summer comic art classes for teens and pre-teens where cooperation, creativity and each student’s unique vision will help them to create an individual comic project and see it to completion! No advanced experience is needed and all materials are provided.

Lux Art Institute
K-11th Grades ; July 6-August 14   
Lux Art Institute offers six unique weeks of summer art camp for Grades 1-6 and 7-11 from M - F 9 am - 2 pm, with $5/hour extended care (until 5 pm) for members and $20/hour for nonmembers. Camp includes projects in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, collage and photography with an art show at the end.

Summer Camp at The New Children’s Museum
Ages 4-15; June 15-August 28
There’s no better way to spend your summer than thinking, playing and creating in a day camp at The New Children’s Museum! Whether you’re cooking up a tasty treat or learning how to dance, sculpt or paint, you’re sure to have a fun and engaging experience with us.


Circle T Ranch
Ages 6-12; June-August
The Ranch experience teaches respect for animals and safety on the Ranch. Care, feeding, tacking, grooming and riding skills are all taught on a daily basis  in a shady secure environment. We also offer daily lessons, horse riding & private cabin with sheltered picnic  area for birthdays.

Helen Woodward Animal Center 
Critter Camp
Rancho Santa Fe
Ages 4-13; June 15-August 21       
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! Choose from two possible themed weeks, Animal Heroes or Be a Hero to Animals.

Mega Arte Riding Camp
San Elijo Hills
Ages 4-18; June-August     
Learn how to ride horses one-on-one with our certified instructors. Daily activities include riding, feeding, grooming, tacking-up, farm animal care & horse-related art projects. Also interact with tame farm animals, including our llama, bunnies, ducks & chicks. Limited to only 8 campers to accommodate each child’s individual needs.

Nature Day Camps at Living Coast Discovery Center
Chula Vista
Ages 4-18; June 8-July 17    
Kids and teens ages 4-18 will enjoy hands-on nature fun and discovery with up-close animal encounters, nature hikes, scientific and career exploration, arts/crafts, games and outdoor fun on San Diego Bay and the National Wildlife Refuge. Meet endangered sea turtles, sharks, rays, reptiles, invertebrates, hawks, owls and more. Perfect for animal lovers!

Safari Park Summer Camps
Ages 2-18; June 22-August 14      
Discover an adventure like no other during the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Summer Camp! Safari Park camp is hands-on, join-in, be-a-part-of-it fun where your kids will participate in nature play, discover the wonders of wildlife, and have an amazingly wild week!

San Diego Zoo Summer Camps
Balboa Park
K-12th grade; June 29-August 28    
Kids explore the wonderful world of animals through adventures that include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes visits, bus rides, games, and edible food crafts! Choose one or two weeks of fun per grade level. We also offer summer art classes for grades 1-12 and 1/2-day “Cub Camp” for kids ages 4-5.

Sweetwater Horse Camp
Ages 5-12; June 8-August 28   
Teaching San Diego’s Kids to Ride since 1985. Through the magic of horses memories are created! Day Camp 9am-4pm, Mon.- Fri., ages  5-12, who want to ride and campers ride and handle horses every day. Pony Time Camp 10am-2pm, Tues.- Fri., ages 5 & 6. Spring Dates: March 30–April 3, April 6–10, April 13–17, April 20–24. Summer Dates: June 8–August 21. Fall: September 28–October 2.


California Youth Conservatory
San Diego

Children’s Creative Performing Arts Academy
San Diego
Pre-K-8th grade; June 15-August 28
Our camp is a balance of academics, sports and visual and performing arts. In addition to fun reading and math, areas of importance include: science, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, drama and drama production, sport games, music and dance.

CYT Summer Camp Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Ages 5-18; June-August    
In the morning, campers rotate with their team to a variety of theater classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, summer campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. All campers perform in the musical theater showcase for family and friends at the end of the week.

Drama Kids Summer Program
San Diego
Ages 6-11; July-August
Children are involved with interactive theater games and activities that focus on self-expression, collaboration, and confidence building. Students sample script writing, set/prop creations, acting out characters and a small performance of the students’ creation. It is full of imagination and fun!

North Coast Rep Summer Theatre Camp

Solana Beach
Ages 4-19; July 6-July 31
Children and teens have a safe place to grow and explore. Our camps are designed to foster creativity, instill confidence, build self-esteem, and provide a basis for communication, leading to life long team building skills. Each week is packed with a full line-up of creative activities taught by theatre professionals with a showcase each Friday for parents and friends!

San Diego Junior Theatre 
Balboa Park, La Jolla 
PreK-12th Grades; June 8- September 4
Experience the magic of theatre arts! Each day, campers attend classes in acting, voice, dance and specialty, taught by teachers who hold degrees in the arts and education. There is an informal performance on the last afternoon of camp.

Young Actors’ Theatre
Spring Valley
Our camps are designed for the theater enthusiast. Whether your student is new or experienced, we have the right camp for you! Students will learn fundamentals of musical theatre including singing, acting, dancing and about working in the theater environment. Each week an entertaining showcase performance will be held.

Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
La Jolla
Ages 7-18; June 22-August 7   
Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse (YP@LJP) offers fun, interactive theatre programs with Teaching Artists who inspire young actors to reach for the stars and build theatre skills.


California Ballet School
San Diego - 858-560-5676
Ages 6-10; June 22-August 7
Summer Dance Camps are ideal for children ages 6-10 with little to no dance training. Camps are 9 am-3 pm on June 22-26, July 6-10, July 20-24 and Aug 3-7. Creative expression is encouraged through daily dance classes and theme-related arts and crafts.

California Music Studios
All ages; Summer lessons
We provide instruction in all instruments and styles of music, in your home or in a teacher’s studio. Our highly trained, friendly staff specializes in personally matching each student and teacher for the best experience, and is available to assist you seven days a week.

City Ballet's Dance Camps
Pacific Beach
Ages 4-18; June 29-July 24
City Ballet offers two 2-week sessions of fun-filled activities that include ballet technique, dance related crafts and mini-performances. Camps are open to beginners through pre-professional students and offer seven different levels of instruction.

San Diego
Ages 3-5; June/July
Danceology’s dance camps for girls provide variety for your busy summer schedule. Students will learn ballet, jazz and pom dances. On each camp’s Thursday, Danceology invites families and friends to watch an in-studio showcase. Dancers must wear a leotard, tights, and bring ballet shoes. Please pack a healthy snack and water or juice each day.

Guitar Workshop Plus

San Marcos


Week-long workshops in a musical environment at great facilities. Guitar, Bass, Drum, Keyboard and Vocal courses for all levels, ages, and styles including rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical, and songwriting. Professional faculty and world-class guest artists teach and perform. Participants learn, jam, play in bands, and take away a DVD of their live performances!

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Camps & Intensives
Balboa Park
Ages 4-18; June 29-August 21   
We offer ballet camps and intensives for children of all ages and experience levels right in the heart of Balboa Park. Please visit our website for more detailed information.

Scripps Performing Arts Academy
Scripps Ranch, Torrey Hills
Ages 4-14; June-August   
Join us for an exciting summer with weekly ballet, musical theatre and create-your-own music video camps. Musical theatre themes: Disney Princesses & Pirates, Pop Stars Rock and Best of Broadway. Each program culminates in a costume performance in our Black Box Theatre or outdoor performance space!

Villa Musica
San Diego
Ages 5-13; June 22-August 21 
Villa Musica is offering full day camps for young musicians. Each camp is one week long and will be held at our Sorrento Valley facility. Camp begins at 9am and ends at 3:30pm. Early drop off and late pick up may be arranged (8:30-5:30pm) at an extra charge.


Aquaplex Swim Lessons
College Area - 619-594-7946
Ages 6 mos-16; May 27-August 20   
Have fun while learning aquatic skills at SDSU. Small group swim lessons. Day and evening sessions. For kids ready to learn aquatics sports, classes are available in diving, water polo and competitive swim. The Aquaplex is a solar-heated outdoor aquatic facility with an Olympic pool and a beach entry recreation pool heated to 82 degrees.

Aqua Pros Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Clairemont or Your Home
Infants-Adults; Summer lessons    
We are dedicated to provide a professional year-round learn-to-swim program for all ages. We strive for each individual to reach their full aquatic potential. We teach how to become competent in the water regardless of ability. We emphasize proper swimming techniques. Safety in the water is our #1 priority.

Bubbles Swim School Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Spring Valley
Ages 2 mos.-Adult; Summer lessons    
Family-owned and operated since 1976, Bubbles starts lessons as young as two months old. We emphasize comfort and safety, instead of just playing. Swimming provides freedom of movement in the water, helping children to develop motor skills and improves decision making. Our highly advanced program produces results.

Floaties Swim School Summer League  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Ages 5-10; June-August  
Floaties is San Diego’s premier learn to swim school. We introduce children to the fun and exciting world of swimming in a safe and structured environment complete with age appropriate skill instruction, safety skills, games, races and toys. Our small class sizes, indoor salt water pool and and warm water are the perfect environment for fun and learning.

Flow Camp at Belmont Park
Mission Beach - 858-228-9317
Ages 6-12; June 22-August 21
This unique camp is the quintessential California experience! The only camp in San Diego with a FlowRider wave machine, your child will have the opportunity to master their flowboarding skills in addition to enjoying all Belmont Park has to offer including amusement park rides, laser tag, rock climbing, mini golf and, of course, beach fun at our doorstep!

Noonan Family Swim School  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Multiple locations
Ages 3 & up; Summer lessons    
Noonan Family Swim School, Inc. is offering its 2-week summer swim lesson programs. Get a jump start on swimming by participating in swim class Monday through Thursday. We offer summer sessions at all of our locations - San Diego, Del Mar, 4S Ranch, Carlsbad and Murrieta.

Watersports Camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
Mission Beach

Ages 6-17; June 8-September 3     
The Watersport Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, provides a fun and encouraging environment for campers to participate in full and half day camps including wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddling, windsurfing, and marine science! Our focus is to provide a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment.


Camp Flips Elite Gymnastics Academy
El Cajon
Ages 4-14; June 22-August 28
Camp Flips is a high-energy experience designed to excite, motivate and stimulate kids. Each of the gymnastics events introduces a different world of challenges for a child’s mind and body. Camp Flips is open to children ages 4 and older and is fully supervised by our trained and accredited staff.

Del Mar Golf Center Junior Camp
Del Mar
Ages 4-13; June 8 - August 13
It is about having fun and developing a love for the game of golf over 4 days of FUNdamentals at Del Mar Golf Center. We create this enthusiasm through proven programs that make learning golf easy and exciting.

Fit Kids
Carmel Mountain
Ages 5-11; June 15-August 24
Join us for a fun-filled summer! This all-around camp includes a variety of sports, games, crafts and good times. Kids participate in activities such as swimming, tennis lessons, dance, yoga, tumbling, sports and lawn games. With each activity, kids will be grouped according to their age and ability level.

The Futbol Factory Summer Camp

Chula Vista/Eastlake
Ages 6-17; Beginning June 8
Camp attendees will receive 20 hours of training, 4 hours per day (9:00 am–1:00 pm). Training includes trapping, passing, dribbling, shooting, goal keeping and defending at our state of the art facility. You’ll get to work out on turf, natural grass, cement and sand courts to maximize your training!

If I Was A Bird Yoga
San Diego
March 30-April 30
This yoga studio is for kids, tweens/ teens and families! Classes for all levels from beginner to advanced. Signature athletic tween classes include Hula Hoop Flow, Flow with Weights, Yoga/ Zumba, Athlete Stretch and Spa Savasana! Our highly trained and qualified teachers offer hands-on assistance and adjustments for safety and deepening postures.

Poway Gymnastics Summer Camps
Ages 5 & up; July 13-August 14
Weekly camps run from 9 am to 3 pm. Campers learn basic gymnastics with proper technique on all four events, do arts & crafts, play games, bounce on trampolines, enjoy our inflatable and perform all the gymnastics they learned for their parents on Friday. All children receive a medal and a certificate.

Pro Kids Golf Camp
San Diego & Oceanside
Ages 7-15; June 15-August 21
Campers enjoy a daily golf program as well as activities such as outdoor science, arts & crafts, survival skills, community gardening and weekly field trips. Camp activities will teach kids new skills and help them learn about themselves as they have fun.

SDSU Tennis Lessons
College Area - 619-594-7946
Ages 6-18
SDSU Aztec Recreation offers beginning, intermediate or private lessons year round. Classes include rules, scoring, stroke, form, technique, positioning and general play. Small group lessons allow students to learn and develop skills through activities and playing other participants with similar skills. Private lessons allow participants to develop specific skills based on their needs.

SDSU Volleyball All Skills Camp
San Diego - 619-594-1797
6th-12th grade; July 9-10
All of our camps are conducted at SDSU in a fun, encouraging and competitive environment. Come learn from former Olympian, Coach Deitre Collins-Parker, her staff and players. They  deliver a challenging and fun summer camp experience in the SDSU gym.

Soccer Shots Play and Craft Camp
Ages 2-10; June 23-August 29   
Soccer Shots camps include fun and age-appropriate soccer skill instruction and character development lessons wrapped in fun! Our goal is to positively impact every child we serve. 

Sword and Bow Camp
El Cajon
Ages 8-18; July 20-August 7
LionHeart Academy offers beginning fencing and archery camps at our air conditioned indoor facility. Easy access from 3 freeways. Attend either half-day or full-day camps. Come learn these exciting sports in a format designed to explore in a safe and dynamic way. We emphasize self-discipline and respect for others in all we do. All equipment is provided.

The Boxing Club
University City
Ages 5 and up
Led by world class boxing coaches and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt, our program is perfect for ages 5 & up. Choose from Kid’s Boxing/Kickboxing, or Jiu Jitsu classes held Monday-Friday. A great way to build discipline & confidence while conditioning for other sports. See p. 39

Top Gun Basketball Camp
San Diego
Ages 6-14; June 29-August 6
The camp will be focused on the development of both individual basketball fundamentals and team concepts. The camp will be a fast paced, fun, and positive learning environment. Playing the game the right way will be emphasized with teamwork and leadership skills from guest speakers.


College Center Montessori
La Mesa
Ages 0-12; June 22-August 21
College Center Montessori School offers an exciting variety of opportunities for activities that include arts and crafts, literature, science experiments, field trips and much more! Come join us for a summer of fun-filled learning and adventure! Session I: June 22 – July 22 and Session II: July 23 – August 21.

Mission Bay Montessori Academy
University City
Ages 4-12; June 29-August 14
Dreaming about summer? We are! Students from grades 2-6 have 69+ activities to choose from a blend of academics and fun. 4-6 years have full day programs available. Week to week sessions; day care until 6:00 pm. Experienced staff on large campus, freeway accessible to 5, 52, and 805.

Montessori American School Summer Camp
Chula Vista
Ages 2-6; July
Now offering a summer camp program that will provide your child with hands-on experience, learning activities, arts & crafts, cooking, games and lots of fun. Kids will love our themed camp, make new friends and have a blast! All this within the traditional Montessori environment.

Mt. Helix Academy
La Mesa - 619-243-1400
Pre-K-8th grade     See p. 47

Old Mission Montessori School
Oceanside - 760-757-3232
Pre-K-8th grade     See p. 40

Renaissance Village Academy
Scripps Ranch
K-12th grade; June 22-July 30    
K-3rd grade: 6 one-week programs, sign up for AM, PM or whole day. Math, science, thinking skills, folklore, games. Limit 10 students. Grades 4-12: 2 three-week programs, sign up for specific classes (writing, math, vocab, logic, geography, mysteries) or the whole day. Limit 15 students. Monday-Thursday. Priority/discount given to full-day students. See p. 61

The Grauer School
Ages 7-18; June 22-July 31
Try something new or get ahead this summer with one- and two-week enrichment camps: poetry, multi-media digital production, art, theater, music, and guitar building; middle school bootcamps: geography, spelling, writing, and math; and for-credit academic courses: math, science, foreign language, and history. Come experience what “expeditionary learning” and “relationship-driven education” is all about.


FUNBelievable Play
Ages 3-10
Our multi-activity camps are perfect for boys and girls. Activities include playtime and games on our giant play structure, group games, parachute, arts & crafts, family movie and snack. Let your kids run, jump, climb, be creative and meet new friends at our fantastic morning camps.

Get Air
Ages 2-5; Wednesdays 10-11 am
$8 gives you jumping & playing with an interactive fun teacher! Did you know that jumping on a trampoline supports whole brain learning? It uses both sides of your brain. This helps you get ready to read & write! Gotta Love That!

Kid Ventures Summer Camp
Ages 3-8; June 8-August 28   
Kid Ventures Camp makes it possible for parents to have free-time, while children are  busy having the time of their life! Sign your child up for a day, a week, or longer. Our creative camp themes engage all the senses with opportunities to develop gross motor skills, improve social interaction, and explore creative play!

Urban Jungle
Ages 3 & up
Urban Jungle is a one of a kind city metropolis indoor fun park offering a safe family-friendly environment for kids. Participants can enjoy a dozen high-energy, action-oriented activities all inside its 8,000 sq foot air-conditioned facility.


CYT Theater Arts Summer Camp
(see Drama/Theater)

Girl Scout Resident Camp
(see Traditional Day Camp Experience)

Safari Park Summer Camps
(see Animal Encounters)

Wellspring Camps
(see Specialty)

YMCA Overnight Camps
Julian, Imperial Beach
Ages 7-17; June 14-August 14  
Three “intentionally awesome” YMCA Overnight Camps in San Diego County: Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, and Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean. No matter what your child enjoys the YMCA has something for everyone.


Central Montessori School
Encinitas - 760-479-9889

Ages 1.5-6; July-August
Various activities are planned for the children throughout the summer: cooking, water activities for toddlers, indoor & outdoor physical education, in-school presentations, BBQ, bouncy castle & ice cream party at school. Daily activities: sensorial activities, outdoor play, arts & crafts, stories & games. Please contact the camp office if you have questions, suggestions or concerns.

Children’s Choice Learning Academy
EL Cajon 619-442-1685
El Cajon 619-442-4014
Lakeside 619-561-1178
All ages; June-August
We care for infants, preschool and school-age children. Our summer program provides extra fun activities such as fieldtrips, arts, crafts, special guests and great curriculum. Classes include math, science, music and kinder-readiness skills. Join us for a free trial day at any of our three locations. Use code FAMILY.

City Tree Christian School
Downtown - 619-232-3794

Extended School Services (ESS)  Camp is certified to care for children with special needs
La Mesa & Spring Valley
1st-8th grade; June 22-August 7    
Affordable, quality summer childcare including weekly field trips and/or assemblies. We offer a well-rounded enrichment program provided by qualified and caring staff members.

Scripps Montessori Summer Camp
Scripps Ranch - 858-566-3632

Ages 18 mos.-12 years; June 15-July 31
We offer many exciting activities including swimming, art, music, dance, cooking, Radical Reptiles, sports, field trips and more! Summer is fun at Scripps Montessori!

Tri-City Christian School
Vista - 760-630-8227

K-12th grade; June 9-August 8
We offer wonderful Enrichment classes (chess, art, science, creative writing, and more) as well as Athletic camps (tennis, basketball, football, and more).

     >> Find more information in our camp extravaganza section!

Updated: April 2015