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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Outdoor / Adventure Programs

Our list of outdoor and adventure summer camps has something for every teen. Are you an adventure seeker or a lover of the outdoors? How about exploring the wilderness, surfing in another country, or traveling from location to location? Gain leadership skills while you learn more about nature, theater, marine life, exploration, and much more. The camps listed provide opportunities for every teen in middle school and high school, as well as 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.

EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make teen friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun. More courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program!

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ActionQuest(opens in a new window)

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

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

This dynamic overnight summer camp will expand teens' identities as writers through intensive workshop experiences.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

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

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American Leadership(opens in a new window)

NETC American Leadership summer programs are for high school students who want to travel abroad, experience new cultures, meet students from around the US, prepare for college and have fun!

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like academic summer courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening activities included.

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

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

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer program experience for teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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Chop Point(opens in a new window)

Canoe the Allagash, hike Mt. Katadin, sail the coast, sight-see in Boston, surf early morning waves, zip-line, eat great food and make lifelong friends. Three and six week summer camp sessions for ages 12 to 17.

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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake(opens in a new window)

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer camp in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures(opens in a new window)

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service summer 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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Hawaii Wilderness Adventure School(opens in a new window)

Ready for travel and adventure? At a summer camp with a focus on education, culture, service and leadership, teens earn high school credit while enjoying the best of Hawaii’s outdoors.

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Alfred University Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

The AU Theater Institute summer camp, created for talented high school students, offers a unique blend of in-depth performing arts training, dynamic, engaging faculty, terrific facilities and lovely surroundings.

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World Horizons International(opens in a new window)

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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Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing(opens in a new window)

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

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

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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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Teens, experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit at our summer camps. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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Lifeworks International(opens in a new window)

Incredible community service adventure travel 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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Global Works Travel(opens in a new window)

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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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute(opens in a new window)

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

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Ocean Studies/Acadia(opens in a new window)

AIO Ocean Studies summer camp introduces teens to marine science through a unique combination of biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, offshore, and lab work.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

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 with an SPI summer program!

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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

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

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Deer Hill Expeditions(opens in a new window)

Summer programs engaging teens in Wilderness Expeditions, Service and Native Cultures since 1984. Outstanding adventures, travel and service projects in the American southwest and Costa Rica.

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