Summer Camps for 2011

Posted on 02. Jun, 2011 by in For Kids

The research is done.  Here is this years recommendations for summer camps. As the camps are San Diego oriented, hopefully they will give you some ideas where to look for camps in your town.

If you have any camps to add, please do.  Love to hear from others!

Summer Camps for 2011

Every spring research, polls, interviews and articles are reviewed to find the most interesting, affordable and exciting camps for kids. This year the RockIt Daughter and RockIt Son decided they didn’t really want to do camps. RockIt Daughter is doing her annual surf camp, but this year we are going to explore and try new adventures instead of going to camp. So also look for our Summer Activities Guide.

However, for those who kids are interested in heading off to camp, here are the ones with stellar reputations, excellent customer service and rated Super Duper by kids. These camps are primarily in San Diego County but use them to brainstorm about where you can go in your local community for similar camps.

SurfCamp USA (www.surfcampusa.com). This camp is one of the few that has a 3:1 ratio in and out of the water. The instructors are knowledgeable and mature, along with being great fun with their kids. Louie, the owner, is very professional. They are offering a $25 discount, if you sign up before June 1, 2011

Seaworld (http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/Educational-Programs). This camp is highly rated as the “best camp all year” by most kids under 10 yrs. old. The camp is taught by teachers with at least 5 years elementary education. This is the first year they are not doing half day camps, only full day camps. This is kind of a bummer because Mom has to hang out in San Diego all day for 5 days.

 San Diego Zoo/ Wild Animal Park (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/park/special/summer_camp). Always a great experience for any animal lover. The Wild Animal Park tends to be much hotter than the zoo, because it is out in Escondido, CA. If you munchkin isn’t excited about doing a camp, there is always Nighttime Zoo (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/nighttimezoo/index.html) which is fun for kids to experience “park after dark.”

Scripps Birch Aquarium (www.aquarium.ucsd.edu/Education/Public_Programs/Summer_Learning_Adventure_Camps/).

These camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.

Helen Woodward Animal Center (http://www.animalcenter.org/education/critter_camp_summer.aspx).  This camp provides an opportunity for children to interact with and learn about the animals who share our world. As they have fun, campers learn respect, compassion and how to provide a lifetime of care for animals.

Super Spanish (http://www.superspanish.net/courses/verano.html). This camp is 100% Spanish immersion summer camp for kids ages 3 -9. We will have shows, performances, traditional foods, water fun, costumes, crafts and much, much more!

Art4Children, Inc. (http://www.art4children.com/a4c/pages/sanmarcos.html). This is not only an art school, there music, theater, sports, science and animals. The program allows you to pick a number of classes for your kiddo to engage in during the camp. They have locations in North County San Diego.

 YMCA (http://www.ecke.ymca.org/lib-local/assets/catalog/catalogsml.pdf). If you want your child to engage in a huge variety of activities, this is the place to go or your local YMCA as well. Besides swimming and gymnastics, they have archery, cooking, skateboarding, surfing, water sports, music, Dodgeball, laser tag, kites and even Legos.

Knuckleheads (http://knuckleheadscarlsbad.com/summer-fun-day-camp/). This is THE KIDS GYM. Knuckleheads Gym has a dynamic camp program that keeps kids active and entertained while they’re getting fit and learning lifelong healthy habits.

San Diego Junior Theater (https://sdjt.org/camps/). There are locations in Balboa Park and La Jolla. Honestly, I don’t know much about this camp, exempt it came highly recommended by a very good friend and her children. The activities are engaging, the hours are great for working parents and the price is perfect.

Fossil Finders at the Natural History Museum (http://sdchildrenandnature.org/partnerevent/790/node/814). Camps are designed to teach and inspire children from Pre-K–5th grade about the natural world. Through hands-on activities, exhibition tours, garden walks in the Park, and visits from Museum scientists, our campers experience just how amazing nature is.

Engineering with Legos @ City of Carlsbad (http://sdchildrenandnature.org/partnerevent/790/node/814). The City of Carlsbad offers a variety of themed summer daycamps as well as traditional daycamps appropriate for a wide variety of ages.

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