Are your children not quite ready for a summer job? Are you already searching for ways to keep your kids from spending their entire vacation locked to the television or tablet? School will be out before you know it, and while there is no shortage of activities in Orange County, if you want to get your older kids into the area’s more popular camps, you want to plan ahead. Match your teen’s interests with any of the specially tailored programs below, and make your reservations for fun and fulfillment now.
UC Irvine Sports Camps
4004 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697
Summer means sports camps and UCI has got them. Every youth sport to capture any interest is available at the conveniently located, thoroughly appointed UC Irvine campus. Come learn about and play basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, golf, swimming even water polo at state-of-the-art collegiate facilities. UCI camps are open to all age groups and athletic abilities. Learn and have fun participating in the game you love, or choose a new sport you’ve always wanted to try. UCI summer camps begin weekly, beginning in June.
YMCA Of Orange County
13821 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
The camp you grew up with is even better than you remember. The Y summer day camps are so packed with activities, your teens may even forget about their smartphones. Sports of every sort and an outpouring of outdoor activities await. Enjoy a summer of friends, field trips, clubs, games, swimming, dance, mentoring, martial arts, exercise, interaction, community, caring, art projects and adventure. YMCA Orange County summer camps begin June 12.
Lazy W Ranch Camp
23852 Hot Springs Canyon Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92530
Are you looking for a camp experience that will refresh your kids’ spirits, as well as their faith? Nestled in the glorious, peaceful San Juan Capistrano foothills, Lazy W Ranch beckons. Teens can commune with nature, connect with like-minded friends and explore matters of life, family, religion and relationships. Campers are immersed in the surrounding Cleveland National Forest, exploring and learning about California environment, climate and rich history. Junior high school camp is July 21 to 26; high school camp is from July 28 to Aug. 3.
3042 Enterprise St., Suite E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Does your teen want to be in pictures? Do they want to make them? Not your typical camp, Incrediflix summer programs are for the creative, the imaginative and the budding film star in the family. Incrediflix exposes campers to every aspect of the creative film and television production process. Has your child ever wanted to direct or star in a movie or commercial? Do both at Incrediflix. Teens will also learn camera operation, animation and writing skills, go on casting calls and produce their own live action feature.
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Summer camp is for building lasting memories and the offerings at the Ocean Institute are unforgettable. Specializing in marine science and oceanography, Institute guests receive an education as part of an incredible adventure. Classes are held in hands-on sea labs, at the shore and on the water itself. Hop aboard the institute’s floating laboratories, trawlers and sailing vessels for a glorious, educational field trips to Catalina and the open ocean.
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