There are copious summer camp opportunities for kids in the Los Angeles area. Especially parents in search of cheap summer camps for teens do not have to look too hard. So … what camps will your teenagers attend this year?
Aloha Beach and Surf Camp: Aquatic Summer Day Camp for the 12 and Over Set
P.O. Box 4443 in West Hills, CA 91308; (818) 932-4600
Finding cheap summer camps for teens that are also a blast can be a tall order, but this summer day camp might fit the bill. Enrollment is on a day to day basis, so there is no need to make long-term commitments. Summer camp activities include surfing, boogie boarding, jet skiing, beach volleyball, beach hikes, tie-dyeing, crafts, wakeboarding, tubing and whatever else can be done on the beach or in the water.
These summer day camps go from June 21 to August 20 and run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Depending on the package, it is possible to send the kids to summer camp for $75 per day; transportation to the beaches and back is part of the enrollment fee. There is a five-day minimum when signing up. Meeting points for Los Angeles area teens are Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, UCLA Medical Center, 3rd Street School, El Rodeo School and the Jules Stein Eye Institute.
SOCAPA (School of Cinema & Performing Arts): Teens Aged 13-18
375 Greenwich Street in New York, NY 10013; (800) 718-2787
Even though SOCAPA operates out of New York, its summer camps also take place in Los Angeles at the Occidental College campus. Available summer camps options include screenwriting, film-making, digital photography and acting for film and dance. Tuition ranges from $2,060 (for two-week sessions) to $2,940 (for the three-week teen summer camps).
What makes this one of the cheap summer camps for teens is the fact that room and board – for students staying on campus – is added separately, usually to the tune of $1,190 for two weeks and $1,785 for the three-weeks sessions. Teens may earn college credit for taking the three-week sessions by paying an additional $390 fee; this earns them three college credits from the School of Visual & Performing Arts at Long Island University.
UCLA Computer Summer Camps: Teens up to Age 17
42 West Campbell Ave, Suite 301in Campbell, CA 95008; (888) 709-8324
Available as summer day camp or overnight summer camps, UCLA teaches teens web design, video game design, programming and robotics. Overnight kids’ summer camp starts on Sunday while day camp activities begin on Monday. Day camp goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $779 per week. Lunch is extra for $50 per week. Overnight camps cost $1,249 per week, which includes all meals.
One of the little known perks that UCLA offers are the ultimate gaming weekends for $349. The definitive option in cheap summer camps for teens, the youngsters stay from Friday 3:30 p.m. to Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and play video games. Now that’s a camp any teen can get into!