It won’t be long before schools let out for the summer, signaling the start of summer camp season.
Parents and campers can choose from dozens of choices within driving distance, some tailoring to specific interests while others feature familiar activities like canoeing, horseback riding, hiking and camping out.
Below is a list of camps, brief descriptions and links to websites with more information. Know of a camp not on the list? Let us know about it in the comments section!
Name: La Mesa Community Services camps
Location: La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. (Camp locations vary)
Type of Camps: Art Smarts, Kids in the Kitchen, Baseball, La Mesa Day Camp, Creative Theatre, Mad Science, Mad Science, Small Friends Fun Time, Fencing, Flag Football, Soccer, Tennis, Engineering Camp w/ Legos, Gymnastics, Jump Rope, Woodworking
Cost: Prices of camps range from $107 to $290
When: Weeklong sessions from June 17 to Aug. 14
Details: La Mesa Community Services offers 15 different camps in a variety of fields, for kids ages 5-16. Whether your child is an athlete, a future scientist, and artist, and actor, or a Lego maniac, there's something for everyone. Call 619-667-1300 for more information.
Name: Rawhide Ranch
Type of camp: Horse riding and care, farm life, other activities. Overnight.
When: Weeklong sessions from June 16 to Aug. 17
Details: For ages 7-15, with nine weeklong camps to choose from. Swimming pool, archery, arts and crafts, climbing wall and other non-horse activities are available.
Name: Nike Golf Camp
Location: University of San Diego
Type of camp: Golf instruction at a variety of courses. Overnight with a day camp option.
Cost: $1,445 overnight; $1,345 day camp.
When: Five five-day sessions in late June through July.
Details: Golfers of all abilities between ages 10 and 18 will be instructed by coaches Mike Wydra and Marc Chandonnet on several area courses. Campers will stay at residence halls on the USD campus in Mission Valley. Evening activities include barbecues, pizza night and a Padres game.
Location: San Diego
Type of Camp: A wide selection of day and overnight camps exploring the park’s marine life.
When: All summer long
Details: Four day camps for grades K-9, a day camp for ages 3-5 and their parents, and three overnight camps for grades 5-12. The ultimate SeaWorld experience.
Name: Digital Media Academy
Cost: $865-$3,015, with add-on options available.
Location: UC San Diego
Type of camp: Technology. Day camp with overnight options.
When: One-week and two-week sessions in July and August.
Details: One-week day camps for ages 6-8, 8-12, and 10-12; one-week and two-week day camps for ages 13-17 with overnight options. Campers get a taste of college life and learn about game design, digital filmmaking and photography, robotics and more.
Name: Academy by the Sea
Type of camp: Academic and recreational camps on the campus of the Army and Navy Academy.
Details: The Army and Navy Academy is a private boarding school that opens its Carlsbad campus to campers during the summer. Academic camp for grades 7-12 is held July 1-27; recreation camps for ages 10-17 are held July 8-27, with a shorter one held July 1-7.
Name: YMCA Camp Surf
Location: Imperial Beach
Type of camp: Surfing and other activities on the Y’s 45-acre beachfront property.
When: Nine sessions held from June through August.
Details: Four different camps to choose from, based on age (grades 3-6, 7-8, 9-11, 10-11).
Name: Nick Hardwick & Vincent Brown Football Camp
Location: University of San Diego
Cost: $800 for overnight, $720 for day camp.
Type of camp: Hardwick, Brown and other Chargers players will host campers and teach techniques for every position.
When: July 18-21
Details: Chargers players will be joined by college and high school coaches on the field using the same teaching techniques used in the NFL. Open to ages 7-8 and campers are grouped according to age, ability, size, experience and aggressiveness.
Name: Outpost Summer Camps
Location: Canyonside Community Park, Rancho Penasquitos
Cost: $160-$1,230, transportation included
Type of camp: Day camp with a variety activities in the park and around San Diego. Campers can be picked up and dropped off at home.
When: June through August
Details: Three different day camps are offered according to age: pre-camp for ages 3-5; day camp for grades 1-5; Senior Outpost for grades 6-9. Pre-camp is held at North City Presbyterian Church in Poway and no door-to-door transportation is available.