Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens


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.

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Held at Stanford University, A+ Summer Program is designed for motivated middle school and high school students. Our stimulating academic camp builds teens’ proficiency in critical thinking, logic and writing skills.
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.
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.
This is an architecture summer camp for high school students offered by University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The program prepares students for college admission. Students will experience college life and create their own portfolios.
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!
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.
Experience college life and prep at our academic summer camps while exploring New York City with high school teens from across the country and around the world!
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.
A summer camp for high school students entering grades 10-12 who want to explore architecture and interior design.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The best summer of your life! Join other talented high school students in this summer academic camp as you take college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and explore college and career options.
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.
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.
Davidson THINK Summer Institute is a challenging, residential, academic program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students take two university courses in three weeks and earn college credit.
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.
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.
embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). Teens explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at our camp through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios.
Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer camps in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.
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Teenage students at our summer camp 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.
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.
Transforming communities, environments, and students’ lives through meaningful cross-cultural service adventures in the British Virgin Islands, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, India, Peru, and Australia.
Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college camp program experience.
Study Environmental Science from the mountains to the sea. During this pre-college opportunity, you’ll learn it…and live it! You’ll immerse yourself in the best of Hawaii. You’ll make a difference in the world.
If you're looking for a summer adventure, try Hollinsummer, our residential camp for high school girls. We offer exciting programs in theatre, riding, and creative writing.
Learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more. Campers meet new friends, learn awesome STEM skills, and gain self-confidence.
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.
Earn College Credit at the only leadership program of its kind. The program blends global politics, world history, current events, business and leadership. Live on campus at the University of Pennsylvania.
Based at Boston University, this hands-on, two-week workshop from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn the craft of investigative news reporting, experience life on a vibrant college campus, and explore the world-class city of Boston.
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!
Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This academic summer camp lets teenagers begin their college journeys early.
JKCP offers an innovative lineup of summer camps that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.
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.
An institution in sports camping since 1968, Kutsher’s Sports Academy offers the best of both worlds in camping! Learn, play and improve in the sports you love, in a fun, caring, traditional camp environment
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.
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.
Rising high school seniors: Marymount’s Institutes offer teenagers like you the opportunity to complete a college course during summer camp while experiencing the excitement of the nation’s capital!
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.
At our summer camps teens learn Java, C++, Flash, web development, Pocket PC, game programming, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, system administration...
Visual arts pre-college summer camp for credit for teens entering 11th and 12th grades. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.
Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute's summer camps for teens.
Teenage students at our summer camp 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.
Jump start your future in 4-weeks at Ringling’s PreCollege. Focus your creative exploration in college-level courses that integrate fundamental studio practice with two major-specific immersions, and a robust student life.
Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help teens explore their passions in a supportive summer camp environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!
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.
The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week summer camp sessions for teens beginning in June and July.
Been bitten by the writing bug? Teens, visit our summer camp for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.
Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.
Summer Discovery and Discovery Internships partners with universities including UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, and Penn State, to offer summer pre-college programs for middle and high school students.
Our 2, 3, 4, or 6 week academic summer programs allow high school teens the opportunity to study, explore career interests, and earn college credit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Pre-college summer camp for qualified high school teens. Two week or six week course intensives and research opportunities, the end of June through early August
Teenagers can immerse themselves in an accelerated academic summer camp program in Coastal Marine Ecology, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law. Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast, and earn 3 college credits. Scholarships available!
This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.
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.
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!
The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer programs for high school students in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, music business and theater.
Summer camp workshops for teens include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls
VISIONS has set the standard in service programs since 1989. We help teens tap into the best parts of themselves, while working with community partners to achieve shared goals.
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!
At Washington University Summer camps, pre-college teenagers can get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.
ACA-accredited outdoor adventure camp & travel program for ages 8-18. Rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, caving, backpacking, mountain biking & more.
Join our supportive and dynamic summer camp community of teen writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago’s national liberal arts college.
As a launching pad for teen actors who aspire to work in the Los Angeles film/TV industry, our training DURING and support AFTER summer camp is the most unique of its kind.


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