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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens


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Our list of summer programs and camps has something for every teenager. Explore, comment, or write a review on the great opportunities available on college campuses, nationwide, and overseas.

If you have attended one of our listed programs, please take a second to add a comment about your experience below. You can also write a longer review of any summer program, trip, or activity.



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Global Scholar Summer in International Affairs(opens in a new window)

Ahead of the Curve is a new two-week seminar-style summer camp on globalization at Michigan State University. The seminar is designed for talented high school students who have an interest in international affairs.

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USC Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp workshops for teens include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

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

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

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Prep Camp Excel(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley, and UCLA, this academic summer camp has entering 9th-10th grade teenagers focus on the critical skills necessary for success in high school and get a head-start on building impressive academic resumes.

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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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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program(opens in a new window)

The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) summer camp at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University offers a full schedule of summer courses and activities for college credit. Experience Boston and college life.

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Teton Science School(opens in a new window)

Join teens from around the country on an educational adventure exploring field research, natural history, and backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone/ Teton Ecosystem.

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NYU Precollege Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Make the most of your summer vacation with this six-week academic summer camp for high school juniors and seniors. Earn college credits, explore NYC, and experience academic and student life at NYU. Scholarships are available.

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

Internationally recognized for our summer camp programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You’ll find a dynamic, intense teen student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer camp 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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University of Miami Summer Scholar(opens in a new window)

Teens entering their junior and senior years in high school learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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

A 6-week academic art summer camp tailored toward highly motivated teens who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals(opens in a new window)

Our summer camps accept teens entering 8-10th grade who have a strong interest in chamber music or environmental science. Hands-on instruction from well-known faculty, scholars and artists. Substantial financial aid is available.

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Design at Harvard(opens in a new window)

Our Career Discovery summer camp helps teens decide if a career in design is right for them and prepares them for admission to a professional degree program.

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp(opens in a new window)

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! Teens get professional instruction, field trips, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor studios, lots of art, gourmet food, and FUN! No applications, portfolios or previous art training needed to attend our summer camp. Ages 14-16.

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Lone Star Scholars Academy(opens in a new window)

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

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American Academy of Dramatic Arts(opens in a new window)

Alumni of our summer theater camps have been nominated for 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys and 83 Tonys. 6-Week Intensive Programs. New York. Los Angeles.

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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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Crow Canyon Archeological Center(opens in a new window)

Touch the Past. Archaeology Learning Adventures summer camp programs for teens offer a chance to experience archaeology firsthand. Have fun, make new friends, and gain experience in excavation and analysis.

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

Teenagers can 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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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Savannah College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

SCAD offers summer art camps and workshops for younger teens in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and a precollege experience for rising high school seniors in Savannah.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.

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

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

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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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JSA Summer School(opens in a new window)

Held at Georgetown, Stanford and Princeton, the JSA Summer School camp provides teens with an advanced college curriculum, skills-based leadership activities, and interactive sessions with prominent politicians and other leaders.

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University of Connecticut's Mentor Connection(opens in a new window)

Summer camp designed to provide teens with opportunities to participate in creative projects and investigations with university mentors.

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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Teens can explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in a summer camp that provides an art-school setting for four weeks. Our students earn college credit during the summer and experience college life.

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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts(opens in a new window)

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts summer camp for high schoolers, where teens will learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

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

Discover GW and DC! Two residential summer program enable teens to explore their academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day camps for grades 9-11.

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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. Our summer camp program offers 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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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 summer camp activities included.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic summer camp allows high school teens to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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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 at our summer camp!

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Virtual High School(opens in a new window)

Take your summer school course online. Earn the credit you need, while getting the tan you want! Visit us at www.goVHS.org to learn more about these hot summer offerings for teens!

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp(opens in a new window)

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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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio(opens in a new window)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Pre-College Summer Studio--Teenagers can explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more while earning college credit at summer camp.

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Catholic University Summer(opens in a new window)

Skip summer camp – as a teenage CUA Summer College student, become immersed in college life and get a head start on your college career before you finish high school!

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Public Speaking Institute(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, the Public Speaking Institute focuses on delivery and debate skills for entering 4th-12th graders. A one-week summer camp offers teens a focus on the American judicial system.

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YUGA Leadership Camp(opens in a new window)

Attend YUGA Leadership Camp and meet teens from across the country and around the world who are interested in global issues such as poverty, HIV and AIDS, climate change and child exploitation.

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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 at Churchill Academy's academic summer camp.

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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

This summer camp offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that teen lovers of the Hunger Games and Elizabethan-era lore will find incorporated into fun events, courses, activities and campus housing for one or two weeks!

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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute(opens in a new window)

This summer camp program offers 3-week summer classes to teenagers serious about art. All abilities welcome! Classes include video, photography, architecture, sculpture and zine-making

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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 academic summer camp lets teenagers begin their college journeys early.

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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 teens.

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

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

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania(opens in a new window)

Penn Summer High School Programs offer an outstanding Ivy League academic challenge to teens in the US on a beautiful, historic campus.

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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Academic online courses designed to prepare high school teens for the demands of college-level writing.

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UDayton Women in Engineering(opens in a new window)

Join other teenage girls at our summer camp for total immersion in through classroom activities, participatory experiments, visits to industries and contact with practicing women engineers.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

Teenagers who enroll in our summer camps can study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

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SEA Education(opens in a new window)

SEA summer academic travel camps for teens focus on the coastal and offshore marine environment around Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Northeastern University Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

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

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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Our exciting Summer Academy for teens in grades 6-10 provides parents and students many different summer camps to choose from that are flexible and convenient.

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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college summer camp for credit for teens entering 11th and 12th grades. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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UVM/GIV Engineering Institute(opens in a new window)

Start solving the world’s sustainability issues at summer camp! Teens empower themselves with knowledge through fun hands-on engineering projects and tours.

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

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

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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 summer camps give teenagers the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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Michigan Engineering(opens in a new window)

At our summer camps teens learn Java, C++, Flash, web development, Pocket PC, game programming, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, system administration...

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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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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion summer program for teens 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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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 camp program experience.

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Actors Movement Studio: Summer Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

Our unique summer camp offers training in techniques to develop teenage actors’ Voice, Presence, and Imagination. Work with some of the world’s most respected teachers and Guest Artists. 5 weeks in NYC, begins June 1.

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Boston Architectural Center(opens in a new window)

A summer camp for high school students entering grades 10-12 who want to explore architecture and interior design.

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

A creative summer camp 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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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school teens who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

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Sewanee Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Been bitten by the writing bug? Teens, visit our summer camp for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

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Maine Media Workshops(opens in a new window)

These intensive hands-on programs for teens are taught by working artists using state-of-the-art equipment. Combine an exploration of filmmaking, photography or multimedia with a true Maine summer camp experience.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

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

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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 and teen camps for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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

A college-level summer camp 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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ColoradoCollege Summer(opens in a new window)

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Teens, earn college credit during the summer as well as participating in Colorado summer camp-like activities. Find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

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Westfield State(opens in a new window)

Westfield State features residential summer camps for teenagers ages 14 to 17. Check out Westfield CSI or Flight Academy!

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Beloit Summer Language(opens in a new window)

If you’re serious about learning a language, come to one of the nation’s finest language summer camp programs, the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at beautiful Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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Idyllwild Arts(opens in a new window)

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program camp has offered teens an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

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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 teen artist’s community. At this camp, take your writing where it’s never been before.

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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School(opens in a new window)

The Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy seeks bright, highly motivated teens to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery at our summer camp.

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