Debate, French, coding, leadership, science, and the marine word


SEACAMP: snorkeling, and a floating classroom boat trip
  • SEACAMP: snorkeling, and a floating classroom boat trip


  • Fiesta Island Road
  • Mission Bay Park

SEACAMP San Diego is a residential camp for budding marine scientists from 7th through 12th grade. Camp sessions run from Saturdays through Thursdays starting June though August 9. Students will study shark ecology, plankton evaluation, reptiles, marine birds through labs and field activities, trips to the Living Coast Discovery Center, Mission Point for snorkeling, and a floating classroom boat trip. Campers will have opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and boogie-boarding. All meals and housing and gear in the registration price of $895 per student. The camp has dormitories, aquariums, and a private beach nearby. Graduates of SEACAMP 1 are able to move on to SEACAMP II which is open to 8th graders through high school. More advanced lab work is done at this camp, and campers will complete an Independent Research Project along with enjoying a two-day Channel Island liveaboard boat excursion for kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Included in the camp are visits to Stephen Birch Aquarium and a tour of Scripps Institute of Oceanography research pier, and the San Diego Zoo. $1665 per camper for SEACAMP II.

Capitol Debate

  • University of San Diego
  • 5998 Alcala Park
  • Linda Vista

Held in locations all over the United States and internationally in Singapore and British Columbia, the Capitol Debate San Diego camp will be held at University of San Diego from June 17 through June 29. For middle schoolers and high schoolers, this camp “teaches the key processes of public speaking and effective argumentation, enabling students to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. We work on debate case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus.”

Two courses are offered this summer, Public Speaking & Debate Camp and Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp with either overnight camping options (kids stay in Camino or Founders Hall) or commuter options, with prices ranging from $2399 to $3499. Sports, karaoke, movies, team-building exercises, a talent show, and an excursion off campus make for a well-rounded couple weeks of learning and fun.

San Diego French American School

  • 6550 Soledad Mountain Road
  • La Jolla

Parlez-vous Francais?” Six week-long day camps are being offered at the San Diego French American School for kids ages 3 through 14. Themes vary from Les Petits Explorateurs to Mon Petit Atelier, Voyage Culinaire to Camp Nature. The six weeks of camp start June 18 and run through July 27, from 9:30 to 2:30, half days from 9 to 12 for the 3- to 5- year-old set. Extended morning and afternoon daycare available from 8:30 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm. Mornings are full with learning, afternoons are for games and sports and Tuesdays for field trips. No need for prior knowledge in French to participate. Pack your own lunch or take advantage of the hot lunch program cooked up each day by the Girard Gourmet. ($25 per week) Full day camp rate is $295 per week if registered by April 30. After that date it goes up to $315. “Oui, je parle francais!”

Summer Coding Camps

  • Fleet Science Center Summer Camps
  • 1875 El Prado
  • Balboa Park

Week-long computer science and STEM technology day camps at Fleet Science Center are offered for 3rd graders through 8th graders from June 18 through July 27. Helping our kids become problem solvers, and creative thinkers can only help with our future. With ThoughtSTEM instructors, and a 1-to-5 mentor-to-student ratio, the campers will have lots of time for instruction in Python coding: 2D game design, robotics and Coding, Java programming, Minecraft modding, coding and engineering, and “Video Game Academy.” Pricing for the half-day sessions, either morning or afternoon, runs $200 for members, $215 for non-members. Nota Bene: Those wanting to take advantage of other camps at the Park might be interested in the “Collaborative Half-Day Camps,” where staff will escort children from one camp to another during the lunch hour. San Diego Art Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Youth Ballet, Spanish Village Art Center and the San Diego Air & Space Museum are all partaking in the collaboration.

Camp Marston: the teens will work with the 7-11-year-old campers.

Camp Marston: the teens will work with the 7-11-year-old campers.

Leaders in Training

  • YMCA Camp Marston
  • 4761 Pine Hills Road
  • Julian

San Diego’s oldest camp (Camp Marston has been around since 1921) is offering a Leaders in Training two-week overnight camp for teens ages 15-17. “Campers are trained through leadership development workshops, practice exercises, and hands-on activities,” states the YMCA site. During week two of the camp, the teens will work with the 7-11-year-old campers to hone their newly learned skills of mentoring and leading. In the evening, campers regroup with their fellow Leaders in Training to evaluate their day. The teens are housed separately from the younger campers. There will be two sessions to chose from, the first running July 15-27, the second from August 5-17. Pricing is on a voluntary three-tiered system running from $1242 to $1422 for members, or $1380 to $1580 for non-members.

Mad Science

  • Locations around San Diego

At Mad Science Summer Camp, the five days are full of hands-on activities such as exploration in chemical reactions or the investigation of security systems. Campers will delve into cool spy equipment and forensic tools. Building options include making a rocket (and launching it), as well as making a working robot. Camps are designed for kids K-6. However for the pre-K set, getting a little green thumb is still an option. Kids explore different parts of the garden and learn about seeds, soil, and sprouts. Pre-K campers will also examine plants, fruit, and vegetables with a microscope designed precisely for preschoolers. Butterflies, ladybugs, and bees will also be studied. Camps run half-days, 9 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 4 pm. Fee: $125-$305, depending on camp and number of days attended. (Most camps run for five days.) June 18th -August 17.

Robolink: loops and variables, using snaplock-based programming language

Robolink: loops and variables, using snaplock-based programming language


  • 5677 Oberlin Drive
  • Sorrento Valley

At Robolink five-day summer camps, kids learn how robots sense their environment, and explore the use of artificial intelligence to solve problems. Camps are designed for first grade and up, and kids are put into age-appropriate groups. The basic robotics camp has kids building robots and getting them to perform actions. In Drone Block Coding Camp, kids will learn the basics of coding with the use of loops and variables, using snaplock-based programming language. An Advanced Drone Block Coding Camp is offered as well, as is Intro to the Vex IQ Competition, a crash course in modifying robots using the Vex IQ platform. Fee: half-day (9 am to 12 pm or 12:30 to 3:30 pm) $295, full day (9 am to 3:30 pm) $495. June 4th - August 20th.

Life Launch

  • 9500 Gilman Drive
  • La Jolla

Life Launch is a 12-day program held at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and is designed to teach teens real-life skills through workshops in leadership, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Staff-camper ratio is 1:5 and staff employees are a mix of professionals of all ages and from all walks of life. Professionals from companies such as GoPro, Mission Edge Excelerator, and Sriracha Factory will be in attendance. Fee: overnight $5500, daytime $3900. Life Launch Intensive is an intimate one-week program in which students, organizers claim, will create a personalized guide to help them in the future. They will receive one-on-one personal coaching and learn about international protocol and etiquette. Limited to 10 students. Fee: $7300. Life Launch Etiquette is a two-day program which runs from 9 am to 5 pm, covering professional business etiquette at home and on a global scale, as well as communication skills and social polish. Fee: $1300. July 11-August 25.

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