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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens


Travel / Touring Programs

Learn a wide variety of academic and personal skills while traveling the world. Our list of summer camps includes options for touring colleges, other states, europe, the caribbean, Asia, Africa, and much more. Spending time with other teenage middle schoolers and high schoolers you'll gain leadership skills while learning about new cultures, music, writing, dance, the sciences, or whatever else inspires you. Check out the programs created specifically for girls, too. Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.


Great Summers(opens in a new window)

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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Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College(opens in a new window)

Join our supportive and dynamic community of writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago’s national liberal arts college.

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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 in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Creative Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley and Stanford, this two-week imaginative writing program is designed for entering 10th-12th graders. Students choose a focus of Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction.

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity to assess your talents, interests, and values. Your experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming community of outstanding young people, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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Omega Teen Camp(opens in a new window)

Omega Teen Camp is an exciting summer program designed to provide teenagers, ages 13-17, with dynamic experiences to strengthen self-esteem, develop lasting friendships, and have the time of their lives.

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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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Global Leadership Adventures(opens in a new window)

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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Deer Hill Expeditions(opens in a new window)

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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Emory Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

The Emory Pre-College Program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program(opens in a new window)

A two-week intensive creative writing experience in NYC for girls in grades 9-12. Students and staff stay at Juilliard. Program includes classes, daily writing time, museum visits, city sights and Broadway shows.

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Smith College(opens in a new window)

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Writing Workshop, Women’s History, Environmental Sustainability, or Engineering. Scholarships available!

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Duke University Youth Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 9-11. Creative writing, performing arts, leadership/service learning, and college selection/admissions. Study with professionals and published writers.

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our programs give students the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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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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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school students.

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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass(opens in a new window)

Intensive fiction and poetry workshops, and exposure to world-renowned authors, for writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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Cornell University Summer College(opens in a new window)

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students this summer taking college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and exploring college and career options.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory program engages you in the most rigorous and rewarding study of your life.

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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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The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Work with published writers, live on the University of Virginia campus, and join a visionary artist’s community. Take your writing where it’s never been before.

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

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

Experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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College Admission Prep Camps(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, offers multiple versions of this pre-college program that covers SAT Prep, Personal Statement Writing and College Counseling for students entering grades 11-12.

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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion program that offers a personal and small group approach to exploring Spain. LITA programs focus around a homestay and explorations off the beaten path.

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. We offer 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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University of Dallas Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Experience a unique combination of informed European travel and rigorous study, and earn college credit, through University of Dallas High School Summer Abroad.

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

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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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

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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Lifeworks International(opens in a new window)

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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A+ Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford University, A+ Summer is designed for motivated middle school and high school students. Our stimulating curriculum builds students’ proficiency in critical thinking, logic and writing skills.

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Northeastern University Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Northeastern’s Summer Programs include credit and noncredit options designed to prepare rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the academic, social, and campus experiences of college.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like 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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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Designed to prepare high school students for the demands of college-level writing.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment with professional artists and instructors.

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Churchill Academy - Westminster(opens in a new window)

Take this opportunity to really experience college life and enhance your leadership skills.

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Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop(opens in a new window)

Since 1983 the Young Writers Workshop has offered students the opportunity to explore new directions in their writing in a supportive, collaborative environment.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive programs for high school students in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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Phillips Academy Summer Session, Andover(opens in a new window)

Phillips Academy Summer is the premier summer academic enrichment program for high school students, offering over 60 courses within a diverse, rigorous, and supportive day or residential environment.

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer program for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College(opens in a new window)

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This program lets you begin your college journey early.

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American Leadership(opens in a new window)

NETC American Leadership 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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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Discover GW and DC! Two residential programs enable you to explore your academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day mini courses for grades 9-11.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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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!

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ActionQuest(opens in a new window)

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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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help you explore your passions in a supportive environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Stanford Summer College(opens in a new window)

Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic program allows high school students to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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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, internship, and middle-school enrichment programs.

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

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make 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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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer program for gifted students. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer opportunities in theater, creative writing and visual art for students ages 13-18. Come immerse yourself in poetry, fiction, playwriting, acting, dance, and musical theater right outside Boston!

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Lone Star Scholars Academy(opens in a new window)

Two-week residential program for high school students, offering university-level courses for college credit, awesome field trips, fun evening activities and a group service project.

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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts(opens in a new window)

BIMA engages Jewish teens in an intensive summer arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.

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Focus at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

Summer Focus allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college program at UC Berkeley gives you an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

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Atlantic Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

We seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds and educate them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Harvard Summer School(opens in a new window)

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college experience.

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Sewanee Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Been bitten by the writing bug? Visit us for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute this summer.

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Iowa Young Writers Studio(opens in a new window)

Join us this summer to share your work, practice craft, and improve your writing. Find out how much your writing can improve after just 2 intensive weeks!

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