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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Community Service / Activism Programs

Are you a teen looking to learn about and impact the world? Our list of summer camps and programs is sure to have just what you're looking for. Topics include, but are not limited to, international study, service learning, community service, creating positive change, and sustainability. Interested in applying your skills in other subjects to community change? There are also camps focusing on activism and community service through science, adventure sports, writing, and the arts. Participate in cultural exchanges and immersion with other teens or programs created specifically for girls. Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.

UMass Amherst Summer College

A Pre-college program for qualified high school students. Two week or six week course intensives and research opportunities, the end of June through early August.

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Great Summers

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding programs for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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Abroad Programs by SPI

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life!

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Deer Hill Expeditions

Engaging young people in Wilderness Expeditions, Service and Native Cultures since 1984. Outstanding adventures and service projects in the American southwest and Costa Rica.

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Hawaii Wilderness Adventure School

Ready for adventure? With a focus on education, culture, service and leadership, earn high school credit while enjoying the best of Hawaii’s outdoors.

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Barnard Pre-College Program

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school young men and women from across the country and around the world!

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World Horizons International

Summer travel for teens includes community service, language and cultural immersion. Project locations: Iceland, Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada, Dominica, Maine, Utah, Hawaii.

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Global Works Travel

Global Works’ summer programs for teens encompass service projects, outdoor adventures, cultural exchanges and language immersion in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment, internship, and middle-school enrichment programs.

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UVM/GIV Engineering Institute

Start solving the world’s sustainability issues now! Empower yourself with knowledge through fun hands-on engineering projects and tours.

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp

Hands-on summer camps available to teenagers 14-17 in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Photography, Musical Theatre, Music Video, Broadcast Journalism and Game Design spanning from one-week to six-weeks.

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ActionQuest runs incredible summer adventure programs teaching sailing, scuba diving, and marine biology while exploring the British Virgin Islands, Australia, and Ecuador/Galapagos.

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Global Leadership Adventures

GLA offers volunteer programs for teens in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites, learn the local language and history, and serve the community through volunteer efforts.

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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute

Directly observe and research whales, dolphins, porpoise, puffins, seals in their natural habitat. College credit for writing and art programs. Based on beautiful Grand Manan Island between Maine & Nova Scotia.

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Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

ACA-accredited outdoor adventure camp & travel program for ages 8-18. Rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, caving, backpacking, mountain biking & more.

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Earlham Explore-A-College

A college-level summer program for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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embARC at UC Berkeley

embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). Students study architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios.

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Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service programs for teens. Build schools and homes, help children and elders. Live with other teens in a neighborhood of our host community; be more than a tourist.

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Lifeworks International

Incredible community service adventure programs in the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, India, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos. Teens actively participate in promoting positive change.

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Travel for Teens

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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French Woods Festival

America’s leading performing arts facility where every child chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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