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A California Summer Camp - for the time of your life.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

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California Summer Camp Directory & Parent Resource Guide


Explore • Adventure • Discover

As a parent, you want the best opportunities for your child. We know that a quality California summer camp experience can have a profound, positive and lasting impact on a young person's life. Camp offers a unique opportunity to enhance a child’s development, and should be considered an essential part of a child’s education. 


Great camps thrive on nurturing kids’ natural abilities. Campers are encouraged to be curious, and education driven by curiosity is a truly transformational opportunity. Camp is a place where kids can “come of age”, benefiting from new experiences that serve as a catalyst for growth. It is a place where kids can feel safe being themselves and accepted for who they are. 

With supportive leadership, California summer camps help campers learn to be more independent, without the safety net of Mom & Dad close at hand. Campers gain confidence by learning new skills, successfully completing challenges, and working together with new friends toward common goals.

Fun activities & epic adventures.
Exciting journeys to special places.

Explore pristine wilderness and the natural world.
Experience the thrill of outdoor adventures with new friends.
Enjoy quality time in nature.
Discover more about yourself.

Find your ideal California Summer Camp, right here.

California overnight or “resident” camps - the classic camp experience with many program options.

California sports camps allow athletes to develop their skills in one or more specific sports.

Enhance your child’s love of learning while focusing on academics. STEM camps, robotics camps, and more.

For campers who aren’t quite ready to spend the night, or are too busy for overnight camp.

California arts camps specialize in dramatic arts, dance, music, visual arts, and literary arts.

California has a wide selection of faith-based camps, including Christian camps and  Jewish camps.

Small groups travel to many interesting and exotic places, generally without a base facility.

Girl Scouts of California offers many camp options, including both overnight camps and day camps.

There are many quality camp programs for your special child with a disability or serious illness.

Adventure camps focus on outdoor activities like backpacking, climbing, rafting and wilderness immersion.

Choose from a selection of overnight camps and day camps across California operated by the YMCA.

251 California summer camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

- John Muir, The Mountains of California