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Camps in the USA

Find summer camps and programs in the USA

There are lots of camps in the United States. And across the US, from the east coast to the west, there are great summer and winter camps. For instance, there are camps offered in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Some of these camps are only open to Americans. But many of them are open to Americans, Canadians, and children from a wide variety of countries. Some also offer some special international programs.

Why go to a US camp?

US camps, like Canadian camps, offer a wide range of possibilities. They have both day and overnight options. They also offer traditional and specialty programs. And they can focus on sports, arts, and education, among other things. For instance, in the US, there are tennis, swimming, martial arts, dance, acting, science, and ESL camps.

If you’re a Canadian, a US camp offers your child a special opportunity to expand their horizons. Your child will live in a different country and be part of a new community. They’ll make new friends and connect with different people.

For many kids, this means stepping out of one’s comfort zone. And this can be very beneficial. It can lead to growth and maturity. It can also boost one’s confidence and self-esteem.

Finding the right US camp

Many of the things you should look for in a US camp are similar to what you would look for in any type of camp. Most importantly, as a parent, you’ll want to make sure you find the right fit for your child. To do so, you’ll need to reflect on a number of questions about a camp:

  • Location: is it in an appealing place?
  • Cost: is it within your budget?
  • Environment: are you looking for a city or rural camp?
  • Duration: are you looking for a short-stay or long-term camp?
  • Size: are you looking for a big or small camp?
  • Values and philosophy: are you looking for a religious, leadership, or health and fitness camp?

On the other hand, if your child is Canadian (or from any country other than the US), there are some special questions you’ll need to consider. They include the following:

  • Is your child ready for a sleepover camp?
  • Will your child be going to camp with anyone they know? If not, are they okay with this?
  • Does your child need special documentation for camp (a visa, passport, insurance, etc.)?
  • How will your child get to camp?
  • Is your child interested in American culture?

Finding a camp in the US (or elsewhere)

To learn more about how to find the right camp for your child, read our choosing guide. For the ultimate checklist on choosing a good camp, read our ebook.  

Below, we list camps in the United States. To learn more about a camp, click on its Our Kids profile.

 


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List of USA Summer camps and programs

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GTA Photography Classes : Camps   
Photography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER!
Ottawa; Downtown East, Toronto; Illinois
Visual arts: Photo/Video

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, Program
from $399/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, Program Coed3998-180Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario, Illinois, Illinois
Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure   
An adventure-based camp on a tall ship - leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships built through working alongside crew sailing the vessel(s). HS credits on Fair Jeanne, small group ages 12+ sailing Black Jack.
Ontario (4); United States (1)
Travel

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $900/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed90012-181Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ottawa, Kincardine, Sarnia, New York
Cornell International Summer Debate Camp   
Cornell University hosts an International Summer Debate Camp where students from all over the world engage in and advance their argumentation, debate, persuasive communication, and public speaking skills.
New York
Education: Public Speaking/Debate

  • Ages 13 to 19
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $500/program
Day, Overnight Coed50013-192New York, New York(USA)
Camp North Star   
A co-ed overnight camp on 200 acres in Poland, Maine. Campers enjoy an elective program with 100+ choices that focuses on instruction and skill development in Arts, Athletics, Enrichment, Outdoors and Waterfront.
Maine
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $3,100/session
Overnight Coed31007-173Maine, Maine
Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp   
Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs offers your young co-eds motivational summer leadership, academic, and recreation camps that encourage active involvement, accountability, skill development, and personal growth.
California
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $3,085/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed308510-174California, California
International Junior Golf Academy   
Stay on Top of Your Game with IJGA Golf Summer Camp! IJGA offers coed, summer boarding and day golf camps for the novice to elite level athlete ages 8-19. Choose from Core or Elite Camp Programs.
South Carolina
Sport: Golf

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $1,500/week
Day, Overnight Coed15008-185South Carolina, Florida(USA)
Bishops Gate Golf Academy   
Bishops Gate Golf Academy provides junior golfers with a plan and strategy to get better. Campers receive individualized fitness, mental and technical training techniques to continue improving their game.
Florida
Sport: Golf

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $1,500/week
Day, Overnight Coed15008-186Florida, Florida(USA)

Events

April 13, 2019
Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp
Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs Open House
May 11, 2019
Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp
Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs Open House
June 15, 2019
Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp
Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs Open House

News

April 5, 2018
Cornell International Summer Debate Camp
7 Valuable skills I learned from debate
February 13, 2018
Camp North Star
Camp North Star Tennis Academy Announcement
December 1, 2017
Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure
Tall Ship Pancake Breakfast & Open House in Ottawa
October 30, 2017
International Junior Golf Academy
IJGA Director of Golf voted one of the best teachers by Golf Digest.
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