Teen Summer Camps

Summer time provides an opportunity for teens to experience new things; going away to summer camps is one way to do so. Many summer camps are geared towards teenagers and offer a specific focus in areas such as horse back riding, acting, adventure, computers or sports. Traditional teen summer camps on the other hand, offer a wide variety of sports and activities. These camps, as well as specifically focused camps can be: coed, all boys or all girls.

Traditional summer camps

One of the challenges to sending your teen off to this type of overnight summer camp for the first time is that more than likely many of the other 13 and 14 year olds have been going to that camp for years. This can make it hard for a new camper to break in. Another concern, of course with older teenagers, say 15, is that the camp experience may feel too young, or "boring". In this case your teen may want to become a junior counselor or look into leadership training options for a summer camp job. But remember, all residential camps are different. A traditional camp that markets itself towards teens and older teens may have a flexible program where campers choose the activities and sports they wish to participate in. If this is the case, and your teen might like the program, take a look at the camp's philosophy and teenage demographic.

Specialty Camps

Teenagers can really flourish and have a great time in these camps. Niche camps include just about every recreation, sport, special need, and academic interest you could think of. Here is a list of several popular teen choices:

  • Sports camps: tennis, soccer, football, basketball, golf, basketball, sailing, surf, swim, volleyball, horseback riding, golf, wrestling, ice hockey, cheerleading
  • Adventure camps: often referred to as wilderness camps, very popular with teens!
  • Academic camps: science, math, computers, college prep
  • Arts camps: acting, dance, music, film

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