2017 Summer Camps

Posted on April 7, 2017

Summer is coming and the time is right to decide where to send the youngsters for fun and a bit of education. The San Diego region has a wide range of sleep-away and daily summer camps to choose from. Junior scientists, cowboys, chefs, artists, wildlife biologists, and budding lifeguards can all find a place to pursue their passion. So look local for something to give everyone a break from the same daily routine.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Quench your budding naturalist’s thirst for new discoveries by unlocking nature’s wonders, past and present, from the ocean to the desert, at SDNHM’s summer camps, taking place June 19-August 18. 877.946.7797, sdnhm.org

Rawhide Ranch

Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall is a high-energy camp experience where respect, integrity, and hard work are learned in a fun outdoor environment. Kids can ride horses, experience real life on a working ranch, take a dip in the watering hole, play with baby goats, and more. A Friday and Saturday night stay-over option is also available. 760.758.0083, rawhideranch.com

Girl Scouts San Diego

There’s loads of fun in store at Girl Scouts San Diego’s 100+ camp sessions. Consider popular camps like Camp Out Loud, The Glee Project, and Cool Skates, plus new offerings like Shore to Summit, Experimental Squirrels, and Rowing Regatta. Any girl entering grades K-12 can attend. 619.610.0821, sdgirlscouts.org

Lux Art Institute

Lux’s popular Art Camp develops young artists, grades K-11, as they explore, make, and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each unique week of project-based camp gives young people the chance to meet contemporary artists in order to develop their own visual style. The Summer Art Camp culminates in a professionally installed exhibition in the Artist Pavilion. 760.436.6611, luxartinstitute.org

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

The Y’s Camp H2O takes place at the YMCA’s Aquatic Park, where kids can swim, slide down on the inflatable structure, bounce on the floating trampoline, kayak across the lagoon, hunt for crabs, and more. All staff are lifeguard certified. 760.942.9622, ymca.org/ecke

San Diego Zoo

Children can explore the wonderful world of animals through camp adventures that include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes visits, bus rides, games, and edible food crafts. Each camp is five days, from 9am-3pm daily. Adventures in Art is a blended art camp for grades 4 and up, while the all-new Summer Teen Adventures offers a one-day adventure or a full week of fun. 619.718.3000, zoo.sandiegozoo.org

Encinitas Jr. Lifeguards

The Encinitas Junior Lifeguard Program at Moonlight Beach is an ocean safety and educational youth program for those ages 9-17. By combining education with recreation, participants learn about the ocean environment, gain professional lifesaving skills, and enjoy swimming, paddling, bodysurfing, and skills competitions. The goal is to educate young people in ocean and beach safety while building self-confidence and appreciation for the environment. 760.633.2740, encinitasjg.com

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Cooking at Carrillo Ranch takes place from June 26-30 for kids ages 9-13. This fun week features cooking, baking, a tour of the Carlsbad park’s historic adobes, and roping. Campers will prepare tasty foods including enchiladas, chilaquiles, and corn tortillas cooked on the grill outside. On the final day, campers invite a guest to the fiesta, prepared and hosted by them. Cookbook included. 760.434.2826, carlsbadconnect.org

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