The 10 coolest summer camps for kids

Rollercoaster at a theme park
At Thrill Coaster Tours, campers visit 15 different amusement parks.
Credit: Colourbox

Forget popsicle stick crafts and singing Kumbaya. Today’s summer camps are more creative than ever. A “Game of Thrones” camp, a camp that’s on an exclusive private island and a roller coster tour camp are just a few of the places you can send your kids this summer. Keep reading to see our list of the coolest camps in North America.

Cheley Colorado Camp, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
www.cheley.com
If your kid loves adventure and the outdoors, they’ll love Cheley Colorado Camp. It offers a number of activities from horseback riding and hiking to archery and riflery.

Thrill Coaster Tours, Woodbridge Township, NJ
www.thrillcoastertours.com
Thrill Coaster Tours isn’t your traditional camp. This teen program allows kids to visit various amusement parks and try out different roller coasters across the country. Campers will travel by luxury bus and stay at Marriott hotels as they go from city to city checking out 15 different amusement parks.

New York Film Academy Camp, New York, NY
www.nyfa.edu
So your kid wants to work in film? The Film Academy Camp gives preteens and teens the opportunity to learn about filmmaking, animation, acting and more.

Pali Overnight Adventures, Running Springs, CA
www.paliadventures.com
This 74-acre mountain camp provides 16 specialty programs that go beyond your wildest dreams. In the fashion institute, campers get to draw, design and sew dresses for a red-carpet fashion show. In the filmmaking camp, kids will learn how to make their own movies. In the Hollywood stunt camp, kids will practice jumping from 50-foot windows. Campers will also spend time doing magic, riding go-karts and paintball shooting.

EAA’s Air Academy, Oshkosh, WI
www.youngeagles.org
This camp will teach kids ages 12 to 18 virtually all aspects of flight. Depending on the age and session, campers can participate in building and flying model rockets, watching flight demonstrations, taking a ride in a flight stimulator and learning about aircraft construction and maintenance.

Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Adirondack, NY
www.longlakecamp.com
This 200-acre camp will help young artists, dancers and rock stars hone their skills. Long Lake Camp is open to students ages 10 to 16 who want to study disciplines in music, acting, painting or dance. At the end of each session, parents see their kids perform in plays, circus performances, stand-up comedy acts and rock concerts.

Cape Hatteras Summer Camp, Hatteras Island, NC
www.capehatterassummerprogram.com
This exclusive camp has a homelike atmosphere while providing an academic program for teens and s 12 to 17. Held on a private island, it provides campers with opportunities to learn more about horses and horseback riding, go swimming and surfing every day, explore the area on and around Hatteras island, be a part of the growing and developing garden and explore wildlife as well as developing skills through crafting, cooking and baking.

Camp Motorsport, Clover, VA
www.campmotorsport.com
Camp Motorsport teaches kids ages 11 to 16 how to ride everything from go-karts to half scale racecars. This 52-acre camp is complete with a 17-acre lake for swimming and fishing, over 20 miles of off-road tracks and trials, paved go-karting, tracks, bike trails and sports fields. Kids get put through the paces on dirt and paved roads.

Camp Kern: “Harry Potter” Week, Oregonia, OH
campkern.org
For one whole week, kids will cease to be a muggle. This summer camp will give them a taste of what it’s like to be at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they make potions, play quiddich and learn the spellbook.

Camp Rivendell: “Game of Thrones” Fantasy Battle, Calgary, Canada
www.regnumchristi.org
In addition to swordplay and fort building, campers now learn how to live a “castle life,” which includes building functioning catapults and participating in a spirited arena battle. Kids can also return year after year to progress into kinghood.



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