In one respect, one might think that with the environment of such a state, with the natural surroundings and many, many free or hugely affordable recreational and educational offerings, we wouldn’t “need” California summer camps and the like. But in another respect, one might be justified in seeking out a more rigorous experience for his or her kids and/or teens.

California summer camps, ranging from artsy-craftsy and mild adventure motifs to outward bound extreme soul-changing repertoire, offer something for every boy and girl–whether she is merely sick of being bored every summer or he is constantly transgressing or acting out.


For example, while the interpersonal skills are an important and inevitable byproduct of the summer camp experience, many California summer camps place the majority of emphasis on outdoor physical activities. The itinerary can include the following:

  • Backpacking/Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering/Mountain Climbing
  • Rappelling and Rock Climbing
  • White Water Rafting


Other California summer camps not only tone down the rigorous, strenuous activities (for those kids who are younger and/or less physically inclined) but emphasize academic and spiritual experiences. For instance, here is a list of possible activities included in the more balanced summer camp repertoire:

  • Academics
  • Animal Science
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Beach Combing
  • Campfire Gathering
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Dramatics
  • English/ESL Instruction
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature Studies
  • Ropes Courses
  • Sailing
  • Sand Sculpting
  • Snorkeling
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing/Body boarding
  • Swimming
  • Underwater Biology/Photography
  • Vaulting
  • Volleyball

Regardless, with each style of adventure, California summer camps tap into a series of personal characteristics for the kid camper: young people learn or develop further their leadership skills, the interpersonal skills, and their relationship skills in general and in particular, raising confidence levels, evolving intellectually and/or physically, and enhancing self-esteem.