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5 Types of Summer Camps Teens Should Try Out

Students prepare for summer at the end of a school year and think it will be the most fun they have ever had. For the first week, this may be true. There is nothing better than sleeping in, playing video games all day, and going swimming. 

Then the second week hits. 

With summer in full swing, kids often feel bored and want something to do. When kids or teens are bored, they either become non-productive or get into trouble. So what can be done to avoid this? One idea is to try out summer camps. A summer camp is great for teaching kids and teens new skills while keeping them entertained. 

Here are five summer camp ideas for kids or teens.

Music Camp

One of the best ways to express yourself is through music. Music camps can help kids learn to play instruments, sing, and dance while developing skills and making new friends. A variety of camps are available for all ages and skill levels.

At music camp, kids learn about all aspects of life as a musician—not just how to play an instrument or sing in tune with others, but often also how to make their own songs.

Sports Camps

Sports camps are another great way to meet new people, improve skills, and have fun. Several camps focus on improving skills in a specific sport, while others are more competitive. They will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and compete against other talented players if they choose this type of camp. 

During these camps, teammates always have a strong sense of camaraderie, and friendships can blossom.

Another type of sports camp to consider is a non-traditional sport such as rowing or rugby. It can be a great opportunity for kids to try a new sport and learn from the best in a controlled environment.

College Road Trip

Teens can learn about colleges that might be right for them by making a college road trip. They can learn a bit about the admissions process, get a sense of college life, meet students who attend the school and explore locations they are considering. 

Often, these camps are hosted by organizations that partner with universities. In these kinds of trips, multiple campuses can be visited quickly, giving students a clear idea of where they’d like to continue their education. 

Scout Camp

Scout camps are for young people aged 10-17. They’re a great way to build confidence, develop leadership skills, and make new friends. Most scout camps involve activities such as hiking, canoeing, or archery. In addition to learning new things, they can have fun outdoors while getting some exercise!

Through camping trips and other outings, scouting teaches life skills and builds character through community service. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been around since 1910, with more than 2 million members worldwide. The Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912. It has almost 1 million members with programs designed specifically for girls and women ages 5-21. 

Even if a child is not formally in scouts, joining a troop can be simple and easy. 

Summer School

Students who need to catch up on credits or improve their GPA may benefit from summer school. Since no transportation or housing is required, it is also the most affordable option for parents.

In contrast, if your teen is on the other end and is interested in learning more, consider sending them to a math or science camp. It can be helpful to prepare for next year and provide them with tips to continue to excel. 

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