6 Awesome Outdoors and Travel Summer Camps

If you think sum­mer camp is all marsh­mal­lows and camp­fires, you bet­ter think again. Today, there are tons of enrich­ing sum­mer camp options that will get kids to shut off those elec­tron­ics and enjoy the world around them. Here are 6 excel­lent camps that’ll have you dream­ing of days forg­ing ever­last­ing friend­ships and sleep­ing under the stars.

Four Winds West­ward Ho Camp, Wash­ing­ton
Get the kid­dies away from those tablets and smart phones and get them enjoy­ing the out­doors at Four Winds West­ward Ho, where tech­nol­o­gy and mod­ern com­forts will be quick­ly for­got­ten. Locat­ed on Orcas Island near Seat­tle, girls and boys of all ages stay in small cab­ins and tents and will enjoy dai­ly activ­i­ties that range from sail­ing and music to just being kids and play­ing outside.

Camp in Medo­mak, Maine
Feel­ing nos­tal­gic for your sum­mer camp days? No rea­son why kids should be the only ones to expe­ri­ence the fun of camp. In Medo­mak, they offer fun for the whole fam­i­ly. Locat­ed mid-coast on more than 200 acres, up to a dozen fam­i­lies can be host­ed at a time with each fam­i­ly receiv­ing their own cab­in. There are plen­ty of activ­i­ties for kids and adults alike to ensure fun and relax­ation for everyone.

The Appalachi­an Moun­tain Club’s Teen Wilder­ness Adven­tures
All along the east coast, teens can embark on char­ac­ter build­ing adven­tures in some of the country’s most beau­ti­ful nat­ur­al locales, such as White Moun­tain Nation­al For­est, Aca­dia Nation­al Park, and more. Campers will be chal­lenged as they learn about the out­doors and var­i­ous sur­vival skills. A 20-day lead­er­ship train­ing Back­pack Course for old­er teens will pre­pare them for their own excur­sions, with hik­ing, back­pack­ing, rock climb­ing, and canoeing. 

West Coast Connection/360 Degree Stu­dent Trav­el  
Let the trav­el bug take a nib­ble this sum­mer with one of the largest stu­dent trav­el com­pa­nies in the U.S., West Coast Connection/360 Degree Stu­dent Trav­el. They offer sev­er­al pro­grams around the world that allow teens to immerse them­selves in cul­ture, adven­ture, and Pre-Col­lege Enrich­ment. Learn to cook in Italy, snow­board the Swiss Alps, or climb the Eif­fel Tower.

Surf Diva’s All-Girls Overnight Surf Camp, Cal­i­for­nia
Surf’s up lit­tle ladies! This camp is a ton of fun under the sun, and girls will spend their time hang­ing 10 at the beach with two surf lessons per day off the coast of beau­ti­ful San Diego. In the evening campers can unwind with movies, crafts, and tal­ent shows. Lodg­ing and meals are includ­ed and campers will get to jet around town in the famous pink “Bet­ty Bus.”