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Camps! Summer Adventures for Toddlers to Teens

by • March 5, 2014 • 2014, April 2014, Big Kids, Community, Directories, Teens and Pre-Teens

Summer is just around the corner. How are you going to keep your children and teens active and inspired? Here are 67 summer camps to get your wheels turning.

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A Little Dynasty Chinese School

Grades 1-12 • 6829 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine / 9844 Research Drive, Irvine • 949-509-0288 • alittledynasty.com • A Little Dynasty offers Chinese language immersion programs with a unique curriculum and a collaborative environment.

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Acting Academy for Kids

Ages 4-13 • Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano / Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente • 714-747-4915 • actingacademyforkids.com • Your child can create lasting summer memories, become more confident, and grow their repertoire of skills at the same time. Campers are guided through the production of a popular musical theme from start to finish via daily classes (music, acting, and dance) and the culminating event—a Friday showcase on the main stage! Participate for one week, the entire summer, or anywhere in between! No experience necessary!

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Art Steps

Ages 4-18 • 18212 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda 714-524-224 / 24000 Alicia Pkwy # 31, Mission Viejo 949-454-9555 • artstepsclasses.com • At Art Steps, students work step by step on a wide variety of subject matter such as animals, landscape, still-life, figure drawing and more.

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Camps_StAnneArts & Learning Conservatory 

Ages 9-16 • A&L Studios, 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana • 714-728-7100 • artsandlearning.org • Kids can join Shrek and Fiona as they take a journey through Far Far Away, and act and dance with an abridged version of Shrek, training and preparing for a staged production with full costume on the final day of camp.

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Astrocamp

Ages 8-17 • Idyllwild • 800-645-1423 • californiasummercamps.org • Astrocamp is a residential summer camp devoted to science, space and a variety of mountain activities. Campers study the sky through state-of-the-art telescopes, zip line on canopy tours and have the opportunity to experience a mock mission in space.

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Azarian Gymnastics Training Center

1 Argonaut, Aliso Viejo • 949.455.1020 • azariangymnastics.com • These camps are a great way to enjoy time with old and new friends. Azarian incorporates many exciting exercises and educational activities to ensure a fun-filled program for all campers.

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Bold Girlz Fashionista Fun Camp

Ages 6-12 • 369 E 17th, Costa Mesa &  The Kaleidoscope, Mission Viejo • 949-764-0098  (Costa Mesa), 949-348-1300 (Mission Viejo) • boldgirlz.com • Five-day summer camps cover fashion outfit selection and coordination, runway modeling poses and routines, skin care techniques, t-shirt decorating, a charitable fashion project, hair and make-up techniques and a fashion photo shoot finale.

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Banzai Surf School Summer Camp

Ages 8+ • PCH & Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach • 714-499-3315• banzaisurfschool.com • This is a week-long camp providing daily surf instruction, soft surfboards, and wetsuits (usually FULL length, something you won’t find at other camps). Banzai has fun-loving instructors that have passed background checks in addition to their water safety credentials, with a student to instructor ratio typically 4 to 1 or better, depending upon conditions.

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Bowers Kidseum Summer Art & Archaeology Camps

Ages 6-12 • 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana • 714-480-1520 • bowers.org/kidseum • The Bowers Kidseum takes kids around the world with eight, weeklong summer camps that are focused on the arts and archaeology. The program includes visits to the Bowers Museum exhibits, hands on art projects, cooking classes, and unique archaeological digs from around the globe.

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Brain Builders Educational Programs

Ages 6-14 • 26041 Cape Drive Ste 223, Laguna Niguel• 714-360-1101 • brainbuildersed.org • Brain Builders offers programs that build off of the STEM and use Lego robotics to make a fun and enriching experience for children.

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Bricks 4 Kidz

Ages 3-13 • 949-295-3046 or 949-842-7219 / North County: 714-515-0737 • bricks4kidz.com/summer-camps • This Lego-themed camp provides a variety of learning opportunities and activities for children from model building and junior robotics to learning about bugs and the great outdoors.

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Bridges Equestrian Horse Camp

Ages 8-13 • 26282 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano • 949-858-0970 • bridgestrainingstable.com/camps • Each day, campers with groom their own horses, ride for at least 45 minutes in a group riding lesson, participate in clinics dealing with a variety of horsey subjects, and participate in other hands-on horse activities.

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Camp James

Ages 4-13 • 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (Newport Dunes) • 949-729-1098 • campjames.com • Camp James offers a day camp experience in a natural, outdoor environment. The camp aims to expose children to a wide variety of activities – such as boating, archery, hiking, martial arts, drama, dance, rock climbing, miniature gold and much more – while providing abundant opportunities for them to increase their skill development each year they return for another summer session.

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Camp Heritage Oak

Preschool – 8th Grade • 16971 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda • 714-524-1350 • heritageoak.org • This year’s theme is “Navigating the Golden State.” Campers will learn about California from Redwood National Park to Yorba Linda in a fun-filled way. In addition to fun camps, enrichment programs, field trip camps and academic programs are available.

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Camp Izza

Ages 3-11 years • New Horizon School, One Truman Street, Irvine • 949-422-8123 • campizza.com • General camp focused on a variety of activities with a new theme each week, including water play, sports, art, technology and more.

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Camp OC at Team OC

Ages 3-12 • 385-B Clinton Street, Costa Mesa • 714-444-1144 • Camp OC’s experienced camp staff provide instruction for gymnastics, cheer, dance and trampoline. In addition, campers will be guided through an exciting array of fun-filled activities which include an inflatable obstacle course, zip-line, rock wall, water activities, games and arts and crafts.

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Carden Academy

Grades K-7 • 24741 Chrisanta Ave., Mission Viejo • 949-458-1776 • cardenacademy.com • Carden Academy Summer Campers will experience a thrill as they participate in a multitude of challenging, fun, and enriching activities. Each week will have its own special theme with special culminating activities.

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Catalina Sea Camp

Ages 8-17 • Toyon Bay, Catalina Island • 800-645-1423 • californiasummercamps.org • Catalina Sea Camp and Junior Sea Camp are dedicated to marine biology and located at Toyon Bay on Catalina Island. Kids can spend their summer on a private beach learning about the wonders of the sea at Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI).

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Center Stage Studio Musical Theater Song & Dance Camps

Ages 6-12 • 27101 Aliso Creek Rd., Suite 136, Aliso Viejo • 949-305-9758 • thecenterstagestudio.com • Each week campers participate in a unique musical experience with an end of week presentation to family and friends. Campers also sing camp songs, participate in team building exercises, arts, crafts and more.

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Child Development Center Summer Camps

Ages 5-12 • Multiple locations • 949-553-4440 • cdicdc.org • The CDC offers a variety of summer camps from the traditional day camp to enrichment experiences. Children can learn leadership skills, make jewelry and art, learn to bake, take field trips and more.

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City of Irvine Camps

Ages 3-18 • Multiple locations • 949-724-6610 • irvinecamps.org • There are more than 80 different camps offered by the City of Irvine. From adventure and science camps to tennis and arts camp, parents can choose from a wide variety of experiential programs with morning, afternoon and full-day schedules.

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City of Newport Beach Recreation Services

Ages 3-16 • Multiple locations • 949-644-3151 • newportbeachca.gov • The City of Newport Beach runs a variety of camps that feature everything from sports to the arts. Kids can learn to surf, sail, swim, dance and more.Camps_Concordia

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Concordia Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA)

High schoolers • Concordia University Irvine • 949-214-3198 • cui.edu • It’s never too early to teach young people the basic principles of business and entrepreneurship. Concordia’s TEA is a one-week residential summer camp academy for teenagers that encourages the next generation of entrepreneurs. This program “sparks or fans the flame” of business ownership in young people, with real-world business training that helps teenagers become leaders with ethics and integrity. 

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Creative Kids Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Orange County

Ages 3-14 • Various theaters around South County • 949-297-6257 • creativekidsplayhouse.com • In every Creative Kids Playhouse production, children work with professionals in drama, dance and voice who work to create a fun, rewarding and accomplishment-filled experience.

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Crystal Cover Native American Summer Camp

Ages 5-11 • 31392 La Matanza St., San Juan Capistrano • 949-248-2558 • journeystothepast.com • This camp engages, enlightens and educates for a whole week but most importantly children will have fun with hands on activities learning about the Indians and the environment. They’ll weave baskets, make Indian games, make gourd rattles, paint rock art, carve soapstone, make arrowheads, make shell necklaces, make and paint with yucca paint brushes and even make Indian rope.

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Discovery Science Center Summer Camp

Ages 5-10 • 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana • 714-542-2823 • discoverycube.org/summercamp • When school ends the science adventure begins as we travel beyond the classroom to explore during week-long, immersive, hands-on day camps. Little scientists will find themselves engrossed in experiments, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and discover new concepts for themselves.

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Eldorado Emerson Summer Session

Preschool – High School • 4100 E Walnut Ave., Orange • 714-633-4774 • eldoradoemerson.org • Eldorado Emerson offers a summer session open to students as well as children not enrolled at the school.

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etnies Skateboard Camp

Ages 4-17 • 20028 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest • 949-916-5870 • etniesskatepark.com • etnies camps include access to the largest free public skatepark in California, lunch and drinks included daily and each camper will receive a skateboard deck which they will get to design and use during camp, and of course a camp shirt!

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Evolution Sports Camps

Ages 5-12 • San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Montana, San Juan Capistrano / Nellie Gail Tennis and Swim Club, 25281 Empty Saddle Drive, Laguna Hills • 949-388-454 • evosportscamps.com • Evolution Sports Camps operates a fitness-based summer day camp for youths with an emphasis on physical activities that promote health, combat sedentary lifestyles and keep children active.

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ExplorOcean

Ages 6-12 • 600 E. Bay Avenue, Newport Beach • 949-675-8915 • explorocean.org • Explore Ocean offers several different unique, hands-on camping experiences from Ocean Explorer camp and Underwater Robotics to Mathobotix with Legos.

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Fairmont Summer Programs

Preschool -12th Grade • Campuses in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin • 714-765-6300 • fairmontsummerprograms.com • From summer school to summer camps, Fairmont offers a wide range of activities for students, including enrichment classes, themed day camps, camp counselor training programs and more.

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Fashion Camp

Ages 7+ • The District at Tustin Legacy / The Shops at Mission Viejo • 949-478-0846 • fashioncampoc.com • Fashion Camp is a creative learning space, where children and adults can learn the principles behind fashion, design and sewing.

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Girl Scouts of OC Camp Scherman

Grades 2-12 • San Jacinto Mountains • 949-461-8800 • girlscoutsoc.org • Camp Scherman provides a safe environment where girls of all backgrounds and abilities can safely test their limits and develop an “I can do this!” attitude.

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iD Tech Camps

Ages 7-18 • Multiple college campuses • 888-709-8324 • idtech.com • iD Tech camps foster learning environments that allow kids and teens of various backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles to better understand computers and technology.

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IncrediFlix

Ages 10-14 • 3042 Enterprise St. Unit E, Costa Mesa • 949-548-5424 • incrediflix.com • Focused on expanding imagination and creativity using hands-on activities, filmmakers will learn story structure, storyboarding, and how to work together in our camps.

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Camps_RinksIrvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF)

Grades K-12 • Various schools • 949-263-8340 • ipsf.net • IPSF offers enrichment courses for children in areas such as art, music, science, math, reading and writing, languages, drama, and technology, along with outdoor sports classes.

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LangoKids Irvine

Ages 1-10 • Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine • 714-864-4680  • langokidsirvine.com • Camp Lango is an day camp designed to give children ages 5-10 a unique summer experience. Campers get to spend their summertime having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips to different destinations of Latin America, France, or Asia.

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Lazy W Ranch Camp

Grades 3-12 • 23852 Hot Springs Canyon Road, P.O. Box 579, San Juan Capistrano  • 949-728-0141 • lazywranch.org •This year’s summer camp experience will help campers of all ages get to know the real, historic, biblical Jesus–what he did, what he said, why he lived and why he died and rose again.

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l’Ecole du Soleil

Ages 2.5-10 • 2625 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana • 714-771-4710 • ecoledusoleil.com • l’Ecole du Soleil focuses on language, however, previous exposure to French is not required. The school offers a fun and valuable experience to all children with the intent of introducing children to the French language and culture at an early age.

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LePort Schools Summer Camp

Ages 18 Months – 8th Grade • Multiple campuses in Huntington Beach and Irvine • 949-427-3970 • leportschools.com • These camp programs are designed to let children try out new interests, engage a bit deeper in nascent passions, and apply their general capacities to particular areas that call to them.

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Lil Chef School

All ages • 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine  • 949-679-8390 • lilchefschool.com • Beat the heat in this cool kitchen as the Lil Chef School heats up some hot NEW recipes. Whether you like to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry or just blend, we have a camp for you.

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Mad Science of South Orange County

Ages 3-12 • Multiple locations throughout South County • 949-582-5071 • soorangecounty.madscience.org • Mad Science of South Orange County camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented.

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Mater Dei High School

Grades 1-9 • 1202 W Edinger Avenue Santa Ana • 714-754-7711 • materdei.org • Mater Dei offers youth camps focused on athletics and performing arts in the summertime.

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Merage Jewish Community Center of OC

Ages 2-17 • 1 Federation Way, Irvine • 949-435-3400 • jccoc.org • A variety of camps for all ages. Each camp is designed to create memorable Jewish camping experiences and friendships for your child. Open to the community.

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Renaissance Summer Art Camp

Ages 5+ • Anaheim Hills, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita • 800-430-4278 • fineartclasses.com • Summer Art Camp provides a balance between learning how to draw and paint and exploring other various arts and crafts projects. Kids will learn the fundamentals of drawing using The Gluck Method and then they’ll move on to pastels, watercolor, and even oils – artistic skills that will last a lifetime.

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Muckenthaler Cultural Center Multi-Arts Summer Camp

Ages 6-12 • Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton • 866-411-1212 • themuck.org • The Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts a popular Annual Multi-Arts Summer Camp that includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theatre, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science.

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Newport Mesa Equestrian Camps

Ages 5-17 • Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center, 905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa • 949-244-8615 • saboeventing.com/camps • These camps are a way to allow your child to become familiar with horses and horseback riding and develop self confidence, self esteem, relationship skills and more. Students will learn about riding, grooming, feeding, horse anatomy, safety and more.

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Newport Sea Base

Ages 6-17 • 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach • 949-642-5031 • newportseabase.org • Discover the wonders of the waterfront with experiential learning camps that promote values, teamwork, leadership skills and teach nautical safety skills.

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Ocean Institute Summer Adventures

Ages 5-17 • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA • 949-496-2274 • ocean-institute.org • Camps offer single-day, weeklong and multi-day overnight opportunities. Family programs and special occasion Adventure at Sea programs are also available.

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Our Lady of Fatima Falcon Summer Fun Camp

Grades K-8 • 105 N La Esperanza, San Clemente • 949-492-7320 • olfschool.net/summer-camps • Daily activities include light academics, themed activities, technology, quiet and outdoor play, with weekly themes of art, science, water and sports. Field trips and extended hours too!

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Olympica Gymnastics

All ages • 26601 Cabot Rd., Laguna Hills • 949-582-3329 • olympicagymnastics.com • A dynamic camp for children of all ages focused on gymnastics as well as a variety of other sports.

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OCSA Summer Arts & Academic Enrichment Program

Grades 3-12 • Orange County School of the Arts, 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana • 714-560-0900 x 3259 • ocsarts.net/summer • Online registration is now open for the Orange County School of the Arts Summer Arts & Academic Enrichment Program. Build your basic skills, get a jump on the coming year, or explore something completely new. One-week to five-week programs, June 23-July 31.

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Play-Well TEKnologies

Grades K-8 • Multiple locations • 714-861-9807 • play-well.org • Kids learn to collaborate and build elaborate objects at this Lego-inspired engineering camp.

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Prentice School

Grades K-12 • 18431 Lassen Drive, Santa Ana • 714-538-4511 • prentice.org • Prentice School offers both enrichment and remediation, with a focus on having fun during an important time for students to relax and recharge between school years.

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The Rinks Summer Hockey Camps

Ages 5+ • HB Inline: 5555 McFadden Avenue, Huntington Beach / Irvine Inline: 3150 Barranca Parkway, Irvine / Anaheim Ice: 300 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim / Corona Inline: 4325 Prado Rd. #101, Corona • HB: 714-901-2629, Irvine: 949-559-9949, Anaheim: 714-535-7465 Corona: 951-279-7465 • the-rinks.com/SummerCamps • The Rinks are hosting the nineteenth annual All-World Hockey Institute Summer Camps featuring challenging programs with professional instruction available for all levels of players from AAA to novice – there is a camp for you! Camp Director Rick Hutchinson, a 19-year veteran of the All-World Hockey Institute, brings both experience and leadership to the camps.

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Rawhide Ranch

Ages 7-15 • 6987 W. Lilac Rd., Bonsall • 760-758-0083 • rawhideranch.com • Discover real ranch life at Rawhide Ranch overnight camps. Learn to vault, rope, ride and more.

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Robotis Kidslab

Ages 6-12 • 9 Truman, Irvine • 949-559-6868 • robotiskidslab.com • Students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) through building robots and engaging curriculum. Children receive a take-home kit after each class.

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Scats Gymnastics

All ages • 5742 McFadden Ave, Huntington Beach • 714-895-2909 • scatsgymnastics.com • Our summer camp is for kids of all ages and abilities. We offer half or full-day camps, and our scheduling is completely flexible.

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School of Rock

Ages 9-18 • 530. E First Street (Larwin Square), Tustin • 714-975-9116 • tustin.schoolofrock.com • School of Rock’s performance bootcamps are five days of learning music, playing music, fun, band bonding and performance.

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Soul Surfing School

Ages 12-19 • Various locations, Laguna Beach • 949-637-0463 • soulsurfingschool.com • All camps include exclusive locations, amazing surf spots, great for all levels, Super-fun time with friends, Focus on Jesus with Awesome worship, speakers, Bible studies and activities, Trips include missions and community service projects.

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St. Anne School Summer Knights Day Camp

Grades Pre-K – 8 • 32451 Bear Brand Road, Laguna Niguel • 949-276-6700 • st-anne.org • St. Anne Summer Knights Day Camp is filled with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly themes, special guests, cooking, and field trips with a flexible schedule for working parents or for kids who are just looking for some fun this summer.

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Servite Summer Camps

Ages 6-13 • 1952 West La Palma Avenue, Anaheim • 714-774-7575 • servitehs.org • Servite High School provides a variety of summer camp opportunities for children from sports and leadership camps to theatre.

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St. Catherine’s Academy Leadership Camp

Ages 10-16 • Camp San Luis Obispo National Guard • 714-772-1363 • stcatherinesacademy.org • A learning program for boys developed by St. Catherine’s Academy, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of San Jose, and supervised by former military officers and enlisted personnel, this camp physically, mentally and spiritually challenges young men while immersing them in a total leadership learning environment.

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Tall Ship Summer Sailing

Ages 10-18 • Channel Islands • 800-645-1423 • californiasummercamps.org • Tall Ship Summer Sailing is a live aboard sailing camp that focuses on sail training, marine science, and island exploration. It is designed to stimulate minds, encourage teamwork, develop  self-esteem, and more.

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Write Away Academy

Grades 2-9 • Rush Park Auditorium, 3001 Blume Drive, Los Alamitos / 8552 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley • 562-259-8892 • writeawayacademy.com • Students can get ahead in writing Writing instruction and practice taught in small groups of no more than 20 kids and taught by credentialed teachers.

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YMCA of Orange County

Ages 5 -17 • Multiple locatios • 714-508-7616 • ymcaoc.org • Summer camp at the YMCA is fun, action-packed experience with opportunities for sports, outdoor activities, field trips, specialty clubs and more.

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Zoomars Summer Animal Camp

Ages 4-12 • 31392 La Matanza St., San Juan Capistrano • 949-248-2558 • journeystothepast.com • Through crafts, games, songs and storytelling the children will be enriched and enlightened each day about the amazing world of animals.

 

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