A portion of the content in this post has been sponsored by multiple summer camp guide partners.

We have rounded up the best summer camps in San Diego so you can choose one that’s right for you! Whether you are looking for a summer camp close to home or a specific type of camp, we have you covered with our summer camp guide. 

A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Champions Champ Camp and all of our partners for making this guide a true resource!

Many summer camps are still finalizing their programming. So keep checking back for updates and additional summer camp offerings.

Not ready for summer? Check out our Spring Break Camp Guide.

Tips for Choosing a Last-Minute Summer Camp

Summer camps are a great way for kids to learn, grow, and have fun during their break. But finding the right summer camp can be tough as a parent. This is especially true when you’re searching for last-minute openings after the summer has already started, but you can still get your kid into a camp that fits their interests and provides a safe and fun environment with the right approach and a little persistence.

To make your summer camp search easier, we have broken it down by category and location. Searches via the location buttons will open a new window, and searches by category will jump to that section of the page.

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June Care: A More Flexible & Affordable Childcare Option

If you are looking for an alternative to Summer Camps or just want an option to supplement your busy summer schedule. With June Care’s community-based approach to childcare, you’ll be matched with local families who share your values and can offer the flexibility you need for a stress-free summer.

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Looking for a fun way to cure your kids' boredom and fill in the gaps between summer camps? June Care connects families that need childcare with stay-at-home parents who can care for your kids. All host parents have their own kids present, so your child(ren) can meet friends in your neighborhood, like a playdate! You can book full-day, half-day or a few hours here and there. You submit the day(s) and […]

Arts, Theater & Music Camps

Whether you are raising an artist, a mathematician or an athlete, an arts-based camp may be just what your child needs to balance out, or further enrich, his or her developing brain.

Included in our Arts / Theater / Music category are all camps focused around (but not limited to) art-focused projects, theater, drama and music. Give your child the opportunity to take the stage and wow the crowd. Arts-based camps foster public speaking skills, inner confidence and a sense of self-worth, mastery of the written language, science, math, and so much more.

Art camps broaden horizons and invite new perspectives to come to play for growing young minds. Dance and music invigorate and inspire daily movement. Crafting and creating will give you plenty of new stuff to put up on your refrigerator; and make you proud.

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If you love dance, theater, AND art, why should you have to choose?! Join your friends at Seaside for a summer camp where you can act, sing, dance, and create an all-in-one camp experience! June 3 - 7: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory June 10 - 14: Moana June 17 - 21: Hairspray (No Camp 6/19) June 24 - 28: Alice In Wonde […]
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Paint Box Art Studio Summer Camps offer sewing and art instruction for 6-18 year olds. We have different themes each week of camp. Our most popular camps are Dollhouse camp, Entrepreneur Camp and Fashion Camp. During Dollhouse camp, each student leaves with their own decked out dollhouse. Entrepreneur Camp culminates in a big sale […]
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San Diego Art Camp is held every summer in Balboa Park and is focused on art, including photography, digital media, ceramics, Painting/Drawing, music, and dance for children 1st – 6th grade, minimum age 6 years old see detailed program , frequently asked questions & Cancelation Policy Photography | Ceramics | Pain […]
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School may be out but theatre is in! Elementary students are welcome to join us for five fun-filled days rotating through classes in drama, music, dance, and a specialty subject (improv, stage combat, design, etc). Whether your child is used to the spotlight or new to the stage, their Summer Break camps have something for everyone! Frien […]
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Casa del Prado building in Balboa Park
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Camps begin with a daily ballet class where students are introduced to ballet technique, as well as music and performance. Activities like arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, and field trips to other cultural institutions in Balboa Park make every day of camp an adventure. Each week of camp ends with an in-studio pe […]
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Culture Shock® San Diego is a nonprofit Hip Hop dance organization dedicated to innovative performance, entertainment, artist development, education and community outreach. Founded in 1993 Culture Shock San Diego is the originator of the world-wide network of Culture Shock International. Culture Shock utilizes DANCE to cultivate educatio […]
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Join Dynasty Dance Co. this summer for 10 weeks of summer camp! We have Dance Camp, Musical Theater Camp, Visual Arts Camp, STEM Camp & Teen Leadership Camp. Register by May 1, 2023 to save $50 with code SUMMER.  Dance: 5, 6, 7, 8, our dance camp is really great! Campers of all skill levels are welcome at our high-energy dance camp, […]
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Join us for 5 days on hands-on DIY crafting! Each week campers will complete a variety of projects based on the session they sign up for. Check out our website for more information on which projects are offered each week! Little Crafter camps ages 6-9 General camp ages 7+
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Laura’s Sew Inspired Home Studio
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Kids absolutely LOVE our ICONIC summer camps. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!  Each year have an entirely NEW set of projects. Evert year we create a new camp bag to carry all the great things we make each day! Kiddos use a real sewing machine and create a mix of summer-time fun projects. Just bring a lunch! It is 3-days […]
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School of Rock San Diego’s music camps offer a wide selection of various music experiences. From beginner music camps to intermediate and advanced sessions, our music camps and workshops near you will further a student's musical foundation. Most of their camps end with a live show performed by the campers. Check School of Rock San Diego […]

Animals, Nature & Outdoor Camps

Animals, Nature & Outdoor Camps are a great way to combine learning, fun and fresh air! Your children can spend time in the woods or on the water learning about plants and animals, go on a hike or develop their riding skills at a Horsemanship Camp.

Included in our Outdoors Camps category are anything that has a specific focus on the outdoors, animals, farming, nature, and/or wildlife. Unlike traditional camps, these camps take place 90% outdoors, and are focused on the wondrous outdoors with less traditional options throughout the day. 

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Shadow our experienced animal keepers for the entire day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the intimacy of your private group with up to 3 children. You will have the opportunity to help your keeper with their duties while interacting, at length, with all our animals. There is always something new happening at the Farm – no one day is the sa […]
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Camp CaHiTo day camps in Balboa Park have various themes to choose from and different activities each day; activities include hiking, archery, arts and crafts, sports, singing, swimming and much more. Children must be at least 5-year's old of age to attend Traditional Day Camps. Is your camper between the ages of 3-5? If so […]
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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
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Do you have a creative and curious problem solver? Spend the summer exploring with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum! Each day of camp includes access to Museum exhibits, hands-on exploration with trained education staff, and an opportunity to make new friends. Explore electrical engineering, practice your paleontology skills, and bl […]
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1298 Prospect street Suite 2L, North County San Diego
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Coastal Kiddos is an outdoor education and recreation program. We use games, activities, and lessons to teach children about the natural world. Our camp rotates locations and activities each meeting, so every session is something new.  ​ From the beaches to the chaparall and everything in between, Coastal Kiddos covers all the different […]
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Private Orchard
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Kids Korner Explorers is inspired by the childhood philosophies and research of Reggio Emilia paired with the traditional 3 Rs (Reading, writing, arithmetic.) By facilitating learning and using the environment as the 3rd teacher, we provide quality education which encourages children to explore using their 9 senses in a multi sensory app […]
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Different location each day in San Diego
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Outdoor adventure camp for children ages 7-13. Tons of fun!!! No experience necessary but must be a capable swimmer with a positive attitude! Excellent supervision - staff to camper ratio is 1:5 and median staff age is 30+.  Surf, Sail, Kayak, Climb, Beach Scavenger Hunt and more!  
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Pali Adventures is a one-of-a-kind overnight summer camp for kids ages 8-16, in Southern California near Los Angeles. The Pali experience is unique: campers choose a camp activity focus for their mornings and all of their own afternoon fun for a personalized adventure. Our campers follow their dreams, try incredible new things and gain […]
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Sugar Sweet Farm Private Address Encinitas, CA 92024
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With a mission of connecting children to nature through farm-based education, Sugar Sweet Farm has served thousands of local children through farm tours, parties, and farm camps. Each day on the farm brings new topics for ever-changing exploration and fun. Campers grow, learn, and play through creative, hands-on projects, hikes with llam […]

Traditional Camps

Having spent months in the classroom, are your children ready for a breath of fresh air?  When you think of the “traditional” summer camp for kids, what comes to mind? Perhaps a setting in the woods with hiking, canoeing, and s’mores around the campfire?

There are a lot of different types of summer camps, and traditional camps are by far the most common. Camps in our Traditional Camp Category spend a lot of time outdoors, but also offer indoor and outdoor activities. Therefore, your camper may enjoy animals, arts, wild life, sports, as there are plenty of activities to choose from. With hands-on experiences at a traditional camp, your child will blossom.

They will cherish these memories for the rest of their lives.

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Camp Jaycee at the Lawrence Family JCC is a place you can count on for a summer filled with adventure, friends, and memories!  Their ACA-accredited camp features camp types covering a wide range of interests, including traditional, sports, theatre, and much more for toddlers to teenagers. Camp Jaycee’s facility includes […]
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Crown CoveAquatic Center
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Welcome to Camp Ecolart San Diego, the ultimate beach summer day camp for boys and girls 8 to 16 years old in Coronado, CA. This summer Camp Ecolart celebrates 10 years of creating amazing memories and unforgettable adventures for more than five thousands kids from over fifty different countries. Join us in this celebration as this will […]
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Academy of Our Lady of Peace
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KidzToPros has what you need to get through the summer months! Join us for exciting summer camps that bring together our most popular programs for an exciting and skill-building mix of STEM, Arts, and Sports activities. These on-campus camps keep kids happy, healthy, and learning while schools are on break. KidzToPros camps have cur […]
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KidzToPros has what you need to get through the summer months! Join us for exciting summer camps that bring together our most popular programs for an exciting and skill-building mix of STEM, Arts, and Sports activities. These on-campus camps keep kids happy, healthy, and learning while schools are on break. KidzToPros camps have cur […]
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San Bernardino National Forest
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Camp Mountain Chai is the realization of a dream of a number of committed leaders in the San Diego Jewish community. After years of searching, the current facility in Angelus Oaks was purchased in 2004 by the Jewish Community Camp and Retreat Center, Inc. and Camp Mountain Chai officially opened its doors to Jewish children in 2006. In […]
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Come experience CMP’s Sizzling Summer Fun. We are year-around but our Summer is extra special! Through specialized instruction, hands-on activities, and on-site field trips, children will think, create, and explore the world around them. Our Summer weekly themes provide children with the opportunity to do something they love or try somet […]
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The Encore Event Center & Spark TV Studios
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Encore Creative Arts & Enrichment Camp is focused on live, in-person camps where not only will kids use their minds but will interact and socialize. Please read this article from Forbes which illustrates our mission for kids. Click here. The Encore Event Center in Kearny Mesa is home to the camp and fea […]
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Keystone South, the premier summer camp program in North County San Diego. Recently awarded BEST SUMMER CAMP IN SAN DIEGO, Keystone South Summer Camp provides a truly diverse summer program for campers– combining sports, the arts, traditional camp experiences, and progressive, state of the art equipment to offer “the best of all worlds” […]
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St. Columba Catholic School
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KidzToPros has what you need to get through the summer months! Join us for exciting summer camps that bring together our most popular programs for an exciting and skill-building mix of STEM, Arts, and Sports activities. These on-campus camps keep kids happy, healthy, and learning while schools are on break. KidzToPros camps have curricu […]
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In Your Neighborhood
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Looking for a fun way to cure your kids' boredom and fill in the gaps between summer camps? June Care connects families that need childcare with stay-at-home parents who can care for your kids. All host parents have their own kids present, so your child(ren) can meet friends in your neighborhood, like a playdate! You can book full-day, […]
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Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. Kids choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, baking, sports, and more! As kids try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of the world with cre […]
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Walker Elementary (Hillery), Kavod Academy (Balboa), Village Elementary (Coronado), Innovations Academy (Ruffin)
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Take convenience, flexibility, and laughter to the max! School’s out, but that doesn’t mean learning stops or boredom sets in—discover unplugged awesomeness that lights up your child’s mind, not their screens. Over 1,000 families shared what they’re looking for in a summer program. With their needs and wants in mind, we bring you: Champ […]

Academic or Technology Camps

When school is out, camp is in! Keep your child’s mind active and engaged during school breaks this spring and summer and check out some of the technology-based camps available and enrolling now.

Included in our Technology category are camps focused around (but not limited to) coding, game developers, robotics engineers, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), video and media. Give your child the opportunity to enter the science and tech fields and gain hands-on experience with trained professionals.

Inspiration for STEM careers begins in the lab, the classroom, behind the camera, and behind the microscope. Has your child expressed an interest in topics including astrology and biology? This is the right place to begin your search for the perfect break activity.

Hands-on Technology Education Featured Camps at SDSU

eSports + STEAM Adventure Camp: Fortnite + League of Legends

Each camp selects 1-2 games as the primary focus for the week as campers increase their gaming and teamwork skills in daily camp activities. Campers work together to form their own student-run “eSports Gaming Club” through the camp week and provide highlights to there week-long fun in our end of camp showcase event.

Curriculum topics include eSports fundamentals (gaming skill, recreational competition, teamwork, sportsmanship & technology awareness) while also promoting  STEAM fundamentals (coding & circuits) with dailyshort, fast-paced activities. Games in this camp will focus on Fortnite (PC) & League of Legends.

Camp Dates: July 24th – 28th
Time: 9am-2:30pm | Ages: 10-16 | Price: $375

eSports Jr. + STEAM Adventure Camp: Nintendo Switch + Rocket League

Esports Jr. Camps rotate games throughout the camp week in order to get campers exposure to different game types. The focus of camp is for campers increase their gaming and teamwork skills in daily camp activities. Campers work together to form their own student-run “eSports Gaming Club” through the camp week and provide highlights to there week-long fun in our end of camp showcase event.

Curriculum topics include eSports fundamentals (gaming skill, recreational competition, teamwork, sportsmanship & technology awareness) while also promoting  STEAM fundamentals (coding & circuits) with dailyshort, fast-paced activities. Games in this camp will focus on Nintendo Switch Games (e.g. Mario Kart, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros!) and Rocket League (PC).

Camp Dates: August 7th – 11th
Time: 9am-2:30pm | Ages: 8-12 | Price: $375

Game-gineers: Play, Build, Code! `{`Code: Python, Level:200`}`

Game-gineers is the ultimate camp featuring STEAM Activities for Kids who love Games… Video Games Especially! Campers will play a variety of STEAM-based games (digital & physical), learn game design principles (genres, storyboards, animations, sprites, artificial intelligence) and finally enjoy building+coding their own video game throughout the camp week! This camp’s focus is meshing the joy of GAMES with the experience of STEAM, Computer Science & Engineering. We’re excited and your kids will be too!

200-level Game-gineers will build their own games in the Python language. 100-level Game-gineers will use Scratch Programming.

Camp Dates: July 31st- August 4th | Time: 9am-2:30pm | Ages: Grade 5th – 8th | Price: $375

Robotics Builder: Technology Adventure Camp

Excite your camper with the Robot Builder Tech Camp Adventure! In this innovative camp, students will engage in daily, hands-on activities that demonstrates how robots think, move, and feel. By the end of camp, all campers will have built their very own robotic creations! All campers will also be automatically enrolled in Mobile Technology Core Curriculum workshops.

These workshops complement weekly adventure themes by giving students insights and experience into how Software (Coding) & Hardware (Electronics) can work together to make awesome things!

Camp Dates: July 24th – August 28th | Time: 9am-2:30pm
Ages: Grades 4th – 8th | Price: $375

Note: All Gaming Equipment will be provided by the camp!  Note: Other PC & Nintendo Switch games are optionally available during camper free time each afternoon.

All Camps listed above take place at the San Diego State University located at 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182. Hands-On Technology Education offers camps at over 20 different locations, see their listing below for more info.

Virtual Reality Experience: Technology Adventure Camp

A hands-on experience with Virtual & Augmented Reality Headsets awaits as your camper surveys the landscape of VR/AR technology, identifies key concepts that makes VR/AR work & creates virtual world(s) with the Oculus Quest Headset! All campers will also be automatically enrolled in Mobile Technology Core Curriculum workshops. These workshops complement weekly adventure themes by giving students insights and experience into how Software (Coding) & Hardware (Electronics) can work together to make awesome things!

Camp Dates: July 31st – August 4th | Time: 9am-2:30pm
Ages: Grades 4th – 8th | Price: $375

Academic or Technology Camps

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Your 2023 Tech Adventure awaits with Hands-On Technology! Technology Adventure Camps are a great opportunity for students to gain extended exposure to innovative, technology trends while also building core fundamentals in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. Hands-On Technology is offering camps in Technology Adventure Themes s […]
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Canyon Crest Academy Building D & E
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inGenius seeks to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math by: offering the highest-quality education and learning environment promoting innovation and facilitate immersive learning experiences advocating leadership, teamwork and critical thinking skills throughout al […]
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You have been selected by the Crazy Science Mission Control to join a team of elite scientists and engineers who have been tasked with determining if humans can live on Mars. Your mission includes designing a rover, launching a rocket that will bring your rover to Mars, finding a way to land your rover safely on the surface of Mars, c […]
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Melissa & Lavanya Jawaharlal, Co-Founders STEM Center USA
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Full Day: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm Campers will arrive between 8:30-9:00am and have some free time for games and socializing. Learning with technology is broken up with outdoor field games or campus fun! The whole camp gets to eat in the UCSB dining hall, which features all-you-care-to-eat service with so many options. Finally, each d […]
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At Code Ninjas San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), kids learn to code by building their very own video games. Our flexible coding programs for kids make it easy on parents with convenient drop-in hours on weeknights and weekends. Code Ninjas® is the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids coding franchise, with hundreds of locations in the Uni […]
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At Juni Learning, we believe that learning should be fun, challenging, and empower learners to find joy in continuous learning. Each course is designed with our students at the center and piloted to ensure engagement, rigor, and cohesion throughout their journey with us. We take great pride in training our instructors to deliver a person […]
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Various Locations Throughout San Diego & Surrounding Cities
Science Guys Camps are the perfect mix of fun and education! We call it "EDUTAINMENT!" Our science camps are designed to inspire kids to get creative and explore the world around them. All of our science camps are packed full of FUN, hands-on, engaging experiments, including many take home activities! We offer a variety of themes, and ea […]
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The Well Community for Women
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All classes are for kids in grades Kindergarten-5th grade! We will be holding these classes from 9am-12pm with curriculum, however, your kids are more than welcome to stay for lunch (parent provided) and watch a movie until 2pm! This IS a drop off program, but you are also welcome to take advantage of our co-working space without […]
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All of our STEAM Summer Camps Specialize in Hands-On Learning with Weekly Themes Like Gross Out Chemistry, Lego Robotics, and Science Detectives. WOW Summer Camps are the BEST Camps for Kids Ages 5-12. We give children a safe and inspiring space to direct their energy, build confidence, make friends, and develop key life skills they tak […]
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University of California San Diego
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Getting hands-on with the latest tech. Finding like-minded friends and expert mentors. Exploring a university campus and igniting a love for future learning. There’s so much to look forward to at iD Tech! Guarantee an unforgettable experience for your child. Coding, game dev, robotics, and more.

Gymnastics, Ninja and Martial Arts Camps

When your child is in school, you want him or her to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. What can you do to help them practice focusing and concentrating? In martial arts, gymnastics, or ninja training, kids face obstacle courses and must be extremely focused, and we think that’s a great way to start!

As your child attempts gymnastics routines, ninja-kid warrior courses, or martial arts moves, they are forced to focus on the obstacle in front of them. To avoid distractions around you that could lead to a slip, you’ll need to be “in the zone.” Being focused on what you’re doing, not what others are doing, is essential to success.

Included in this category are all things Gymnastics, Ninja and Martial Arts!

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An action-packed schedule consisting of everything Ninja, Gymnastics, Team building, Arts n Crafts, Outdoor Fun and More! KidWonder Camp is designed to give your child a great experience as they engage in American Ninja Warrior training, Gymnastics, Arts n Crafts, Capture the Flag, Team Building, Character Building and more. Our coache […]
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Registration for our Stronghold Kids Spring Break Camp is now open for March 27-31! We are also taking requests for other Spring Break and Summer Camp Weeks. Join us for a full day camp from 9AM-3PM or half day camps from 9AM-12PM or 12PM-3PM. Activities include Jiu Jitsu, Self-Defense, Laser Tag, Nerf, Board Games, Arts/Crafts and more! […]

Sports Camps: Indoors, Outdoors & Water-sports

When school’s out, camp’s in! Keep your child active and engaged during school breaks in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Sports camps provide fun ways for kids to strengthen their bodies and minds through physical activities, critical thinking exercises, and creative projects.

Give your child the gift of movement that entertains and keeps them occupied on long, hot summer days. Some of our camps welcome students of virtually all ages and preferences; others are tailored to a specific sport or a specific age group for more focused training. Whatever your child is ready for and whichever level they are currently at, you can find the right resource below.

Included in our Sports category is all traditional sports, indoor / outdoor fitness-focused venues and activities, water sports and swimming.

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  Join our field hockey camp in San Diego for girls and boys, ages 10-18! Athletes of all abilities will have the opportunity to train with former UC Davis Head Field Hockey Coach, Vianney Yamada, and her dedicated coaching staff. The Nike Field Hockey Camp At University Of San Diego is designed for athletes looking to im […]
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Junior Seau Sports Complex (La Mesa)
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East County Surf hosts some of San Diego’s most popular youth soccer camps. Whether you are looking for extra touches or the opportunity to work with our high-caliber coaching staff, our camps provide a fun and challenging atmosphere. East County Surf offers multi-day camps throughout the Summer and Winter seasons. Join us to see what ma […]
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Fulcrum Surf’s Summer camp provides students of all ages with a unique Summer surf camp experience. Their camp experience will have an emphasis on safety, ocean awareness, surfing fundamentals, and the lowest student to instructor ratio in the business 2:1. The best experience your child will have all summer! Don’t hesitate as spots fil […]
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Mission Bay Sportcenter
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Our campers will spend their summer on the water paddleboarding, sailing, swimming, and learning new and exciting games and activities! Water Safety is stressed in all classes. Basic Swimming skills as well as feeling comfortable in the water are a must. All campers are given a swimming assessment the first day of camp. Programs are ava […]
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Mission Bay Aquatic Center
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The Watersports Camp is an exciting day camp offering kids ages 6 to 17 camps in wakeboarding, sailing, surfing, paddling, marine science and much more. The camp is held at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, which is owned and operated by Associated Students of SDSU and UCSD Recreation, and the camp is sponsored by the Y […]
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Multiple Locations throughout San Diego
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US Sports Camps currently offer 24 programs in 16 different sports. With over 133 camps locally here in San Diego from Basketball, Contact Football, Swim, La Crosse, Field Hockey, Golf, Cross Country, Soccer, Rowing, Water Polo and more!  US Sports Camps offers a number of programs for a variety of age groups. Most of their junior […]

Interested in adding your summer camp program to this guide? Email Niki at [email protected] or click the button below to learn more!

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