Selecting the right summer camp for your child can be a difficult process. There are so many things to consider: location, day camp vs. overnight program, and your budget to name a few (for more info, see my recent Summer Camp 101 post).
Some families opt for traditional camp programs that include many activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, and outdoor activities, while others choose one area to focus on.
From horseback riding to robotics, there are summer camps for every interest your child may have. There are so many options that selecting just one can be overwhelming!
I’ve rounded up 10 specialized camp programs for kids who want to base their experience around a particular focus. Some are day camps while others are residential, and they’re located across the country.
No matter what your child is looking for, there’s a camp out there to meet your needs. Happy camping!
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For the Young Actor
Camp Lohikan, a co-ed residential camp in the Poconos, offers kids from 1st-12th grade the chance to take part in their summer drama program. Each year campers produce 4 theatrical productions, which have included Music Man and Little Shop of Horrors in recent years. For information visit Camp Lohikan's website
For the Water Sports Enthusiast
Camps Seagull (for boys) and Seafarer (for girls) provide kids with a variety of water-oriented activities on the coast of North Carolina. From sailing to maintaining boats, these camps give kids skills to gain confidence not only on the water, but in life. For information visit Camp Seagull's website
For the Young Writer
Does your high schooler have a passion for writing? The Iowa Young Writer's Studio gives rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders a place to hone their skills and connect with others who share the same passion. For information visit Iowa Young Writer's Studio's website
For the Musician
Frenchwoods offers multiple programs in the performing and visual arts. According to its website, it's "one of the finest non-competitive, comprehensive summer camp music programs in the United States. Students are given instruction on all levels and perform in ensembles based on their age/ability and schedule." For information visit Frenchwoods' website
For the Lover of the Great Outdoors
Most summer camps offer some nature-centered activities, but the Anderson Camps specialize in it. Located in the Colorado Rockies, kids from 7-17 can practice whitewater rafting, hiking, riding horses, and more. For information visit The Anderson Camps' website
For the Techie
Digital Media Academy, based in locations across the US and Canada, offers many courses for the tech-obsessed kid. These include 3D modeling and animation, programming and robotics, photography, art and design and more. For information visit Digital Media Academy's website
For the Young Artist
Minneapolis College of Art and Design's kids' camp has something for every kids who's passionate about art. From learning the basics for younger kids to portfolio prep for the college-bound, the program's professional art educators help kids ages 5-18. For information visit MCAD's website
For the Foodie
The Kids' Culinary Academy of Vermont offers kids who are interested in cooking many fun ways to learn the art of cuisine. Both a residential and day camp are offered. For information visit the Kids' Culinary Academy of Vermont's website
For the Fashionista
NYC-based Camp Fashion Design is a unique program for girls 12-18. In this Project-Runway style experience, campers attend daily workshops and learn from the pros! For information visit Camp Fashion Design's website
For the Astronaut in Training
Camp Kennedy Space Center gives kids ages 8-14 a glimpse into the NASA's world. They'll experience simulated space flight, explore current issues in space travel, and even meet an astronaut! For information visit Camp Kennedy Space Center's website
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