We Uncover What Makes North County San Diego a Summer Camper’s Dream

Summer camps merge exploration and self-expression within a hands-on learning environment. They also promote independence, a sense of belonging, and friendship, which boosts self-esteem and development. And with a good amount of summer camps set in the beautiful outdoors, camps not only cultivate new skills but also provide us with the opportunity to immerse ourselves in nature and breathe in the fresh air. With prime locations near the ocean, parks, and campgrounds, North County San Diego boasts a wide variety of summer camps for children and teens of all ages and interests for the artist, athlete, comedian, or animal lover in the family. Whether a child or teen is looking for a traditional camp experience, a weekend science and discovery camp, a creative experience with an art camp, or a sports camp, summer camps in North County cater to them all. Our summer camp guide provides an inside scoop on the camp options available this upcoming season. We invite you to read along and discover the adventure awaiting you.


 

Outpost Summer Camps

by TORI MORRISON | photos by Robert Benson

Owner/Director of Outpost Summer Camps Stuart Jones grew up at an outdoor summer camp, Tom Sawyer Camps, when he was younger. “We hiked, rode horses, made forts, sang songs, performed skits, got muddy, and learned how to make and keep friends with both the campers and counselors,” he explained. He spent 14 summers there as a camper, counselor, and director, and then decided to start his own venture, Outpost Summer Camps in 2002. Since its inception, Outpost’s enrollment has grown from 25 campers in its first year to over 1,200 campers attending in 2014. Outpost Summer Camps offers three traditional camp programs to children between the ages of 3 and 14, serving communities in North County. According to Stuart, “Each camp has exciting, age-appropriate activities for the different age groups, but all share in the philosophy of creative, spontaneous fun facilitated by the counselors and campers.”

Three-week long sessions are what make Outpost Summer Camps truly unique. Stuart explained, “In this amount of time children of all temperaments have enough time to learn names, get completely comfortable with routines, and make and keep new friends.” Children are able to form genuine relationships while at camp, and in this way Outpost is like a resident camp but in a day camp format. Another way the camps stand out is with their commitment to safety. Outpost Summer Camps has been continuously accredited by the American Camp Association and has also received Markel Insurance’s coveted Safety First designation for many consecutive seasons with a perfect safety record. With this type of reputation, the camp has attracted camp professionals from all over the country who have visited the program to witness the traditional programming and staff training at work.

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Another hallmark of the camp’s uniqueness is the door-to-door transportation. Campers are picked up at their homes each morning, driven to camp, and dropped off at the end of the day. “Our families often tell us that the ride to and from, which consists of songs and adventure, is one of their children’s favorite parts of the Outpost experience,” Stuart explained. “Our drivers are also our counselors and that makes the camp experience something special and unique, as kids are used to being driven around by their parents.”

Stuart and his wife Kelly both have degrees in psychology and bring years of long-term child development experience to Outpost. Additionally, the duo hires, trains, and retains their director team from their best counselors, who have invested 8 to 10 years at the camps and are specialized in their programs. Stuart elaborated, “Our staff are trained to get to know each camper, to create an environment in which each one is encouraged to participate fully, play happily, meet new friends, develop those relationships, and have fun.”

Outpost Summer Camps is deeply invested in North County’s communities as well. The organization donates individual three-week sessions to over 50 elementary and middle school foundations in Scripps Ranch, 4S Ranch, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Santaluz, and surrounding areas.

For more information about Outpost Summer Camps visit www.outpostsummercamps.com.

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AT-A-GLANCE

Owners: Stuart and Kelly Jones
Years in Position: 14
Year of Establishment: 2002
Location: 12350 Black Mountain Rd., San Diego, 92129
Website: www.outpostsummercamps.com
Phone Number: 858-842-4900
Description of Summer Camp: Outpost Summer Camps provides traditional, old-fashioned summer day camp programs to kids ages 3 to 14, serving the North County area.

 


frozen_ropes_logoFrozen Ropes

As the all-star staff is proud to say, “There is never an off-season at Frozen Ropes!” The baseball and softball training program provides year-round opportunities for young athletes to learn and grow. With locations in 4S Ranch and Del Mar, Frozen Ropes is the largest baseball and softball development program in San Diego and offers private lessons, classes, cage rentals, clinics, camps, and travel ball teams. Frozen Ropes looks forward to the start of Summer League 2015 – last year’s program hosted over 200 young players! Participants in all programs range from 3 to 18 years old, and camps are offered for ages 6 to 12. Parents can sign their children up for morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions, and 2015 camps run every week of summer beginning June 12.

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“Player development is our priority at Frozen Ropes,” explained General Manager Curt Holcombe. Staff members include coaches who have won National Championships and played in the Minor Leagues as well as Ron Witmeyer, who played with the Oakland A’s and coached at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Learn more at www.sdfrozenropes.com, or call the 4S Ranch location at 858-485-9399 and the Del Mar location at 858-643-9390.


mathnasium2Mathnasium of Scripps Ranch

Mathnasium of Scripps Ranch is ready to give your child a jump start on the next school year! As Center Director Archi Kapoor shared, students who don’t work to keep ahead over summer can lose over two months’ worth of grade level in academic skills. To help halt the “summer slide,” she and the rest of the talented team of instructors at Mathnasium of Scripps Ranch are offering a comprehensive summer program. Students will have the opportunity to review concepts from the previous grade, build upon their success, and prepare for the grade ahead. Mathnasium is well-equipped to help students understand the Common Core curriculum, integrating number sense and critical thinking. “From an educational perspective, many of the changes envisioned by the Common Core are already in place in the Mathnasium Method,” explained Archi. The summer program consists of 12 sessions with curriculum specially tailored to each grade level. Students can start their sessions during any week in June, July, or August. Sessions are offered during the days and evenings to accommodate the different needs of each family. “Because it’s not a regular group class, you can schedule your sessions around your family summer plans,” said Archi.

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The summer begins with an initial assessment of the grade level the student just completed, followed by a review of the results with the parents. That assessment allows Mathnasium to create an individualized learning plan to cover all areas of concern within the summer. Then the learning – and the fun – begins. “The student works on the program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium instructors who provide instruction – and lots of warm encouragement in a small group setting,” said Archi. Each session includes one-on-one instruction time, independent work time, and interactive math games to develop strategic thinking and logic.

To learn more call 858-800-4284 or visit www.mathnasium.com/miramesa.

Summer Offer Save $50 when you register by June 2!


danceology_logoDanceology Performing Arts Campus

Get into a new routine this summer with a fun-filled dance camp at Danceology Performing Arts Campus! Danceology offers a broad variety of camps and classes throughout the eight-week summer session for young boys and girls of all experience levels. “The camps are engaging atmospheres designed to build the foundation and love of dance while cultivating a personal relationship with the family and the student,” explained Danceology Owner Nicole Lucia. “We assess each dancer’s individual level and commitment and recommend classes specially designed for your child’s need.” Programs include five different tiny tot camps, intermediate workshops, and a beginning cheer/hip hop camp for ages 7 to 10. There are also boys-only hip hop and tap classes, as well as an adaptive dance class for young girls with special needs – the only local dance studio to offer such a program.

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Two important parts of the Danceology experience are the welcoming environment and high quality of instruction. Instructors are CPR-certified and always on-hand to guide young dancers. The emphasis on nurturing and confidence-building has proven to have incredible results. Over the years, Danceology students have accepted college scholarships and developed professional careers in the industry. “Since we’ve been open for over a decade, we’ve become experts in the field of dance,” said Nicole. “We’ve found our niche in creating that love and passion for performance and dance at a young age.”

Sabrina Roux, a proud Danceology parent, enthusiastically attested to the program’s success. “We treasure every summer spent at Danceology,” she shared. “My daughter would not be as poised and well-rounded of a dancer today without having started in one of Danceology’s dance camps.”

Find out more at www.danceology.biz.


gyminny_kids_logoNorth County Gymnastics & The Gyminny Kids

Get ready to tumble into summer! North County Gymnastics & The Gyminny Kids (NCG/GK) has the perfect camp for children of all ages and abilities. Children can choose from half-day recreational camps, skill clinic camps, high school, tumbling, and acrobatics-focused camps. Program Director Karen Mcguire explained, “NCG/GK was formed out of our enthusiasm for working with children and our desire to encourage students of all ages to lead a healthier and happier existence through physical activity.”

Sessions are offered throughout the year on holidays as well as during the summer. “Children are grouped by age and camp preference as well as with any friends they have requested to be with,” said Karen. “Each camp session starts with a warm-up and review of safety rules. Then groups take turns with our famous Bungee Bouncer system, trampolines, and other equipment as well as enjoying craft and snack time provided by the gym.”

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At NCG/GK everything is possible with an award-winning facility and highly trained staff. The 17,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility is recognized as a Gold Medal Children’s Facility by the Character Counts Program. With a combined total of over 300 years of experience, the star-studded staff of 27 includes Miss Yufei, the 2005 Chinese All-Around Champion, Mr. Dave, a California Coaches Association High School Coach of the Year, and Mr. Daniel, a nationally ranked judge at regional gymnastics competitions. All staff members are CPR/First Aid Certified and many also hold safety certifications through USA Gymnastics.


Pacific Sps_ra_logoswim + Rancho Arbolitos in Poway

Rancho Arbolitos and Pacific Swim are excited to help kids make a splash and serve up some fun this year with their swim and tennis camps! Directed by the talented tennis coaches from Rancho Arbolitos and the superb swim coaches from Pacific Swim, these camps are a great way for children ages 5 to 14 to build skills, learn strategy and sportsmanship, and make friends. Campers are divided into groups by age and ability for the best individual experience. The weeklong sessions are filled with games, prizes, and smoothies, and with Pizza Fridays and an open snack bar every day. Full-day and half-day camps are offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 9 to 11 a.m., and 12 to 2 p.m. Early drop-off or aftercare services are available to accommodate your schedule. Spring session runs from April 6 through 10, and summer camps are offered from June 15 through Aug. 14. For more information visit www.ranchoarbolitosclub.com or www.psswim.com, or call 858-486-3670.

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del_mar_junior_lifeguard_logosDel Mar Junior Lifeguard Program

This summer, let your child build confidence, improve fitness, and learn how to save lives. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguards (ages 9-17) and Little Turtles (ages 7-8) programs offer an opportunity for children to learn about the ocean and practice First Aid and lifesaving techniques. Activities during the one, two, and four-week sessions include beach games, warm-up swims, surf lessons, oceanography lessons, and mock rescues. “We are here to learn and have fun, make new friends, push ourselves physically and mentally, have new experiences, and expand our horizons,” shared Director Turtle Rudolph.

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The comprehensive training programs are led by a team of enthusiastic instructors, each of whom is First Aid/CPR certified and has at least three years of certified lifeguarding experience in addition to specialty qualifications. “Each strives to pass along their excitement about the ocean and their sense of discipline and integrity to their students,” said Turtle. By prioritizing leadership, respect for others, and responsibility for self and others, she and the rest of the team create a positive and enriching environment for all campers.

To learn more call 760-944-1657 or visit www.delmarjg.com.



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4S Ranch Sports Park
www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/parks/centers/4s.html

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Academy by the Sea
www.abts.com

Academy of Dance Arts
www.academyofdanceartssandiego.com

Academy of our Lady of Peace
www.aolp.org

Academy of World Dance n’ Arts
www.worldancenarts.com

Ace Tutoring
www.acetutoring.com

ACT – San Diego
www.actsandiego.com

Adrenaline Lacrosse
www.adrln.com/lacrosse/camps

All-Star Academy
www.all-staracademy.com

All Star Dance
www.allstardance.net

Art 4 Children Summer Camp
www.art4children.com

Art Venture LLC
www.artventurellc.com

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Bishop’s School Summer Camps
www.bishops.com

Bounce California
www.bouncecalifornia.com

Boys & Girls Club of America
www.bgca.org

Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego
www.sdyouth.org

Bronco Ball – RB
www.rbbroncoball.com

Buck Up Rides
www.buckuprides.com

Bushikan Karate Dojo
www.bushikan.com

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California Ballet School
www.californiaballetschool.com

California Youth Conservatory Theatre
www.cyctheatre.com

Camp Fire USA
www.campfiresdi.org

Camp Jaycee
www.lfjcc.org/camp

Camp Run a Muk
www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-Run-A-Muk/104123639677819

Camp Simcha
www.campsimcha.org/calendar

Camp Stevens
www.campstevens.org/summer

Carlsbad Art Farm
www.carlsbadartfarm.com

Carlsbad Educational Foundation
www.CEFAcademy.org
www.CarlsbadEd.org

Carlsbad Lagoon
www.carlsbadlagoon.com

Carmel Valley Art Studio
www.cvartstudio.com

Church’s Martial Arts
www.churchsmartialarts.com

City of Carlsbad
www.carlsbadconnect.org

City of Poway
www.poway.org/218/Day-Camp-Program

City of San Marcos
www.san-marcos.net

City of Vista – Recreation Day Camps
www.vistarecreation.com

Club Dive San Diego
www.divesandiego.com

Coast Volleyball
www.coastvbc.com

Congregation Beth Am
www.betham.com

Country Montessori
www.countrymontessori.org

CP3 West Coast Youth Camp
www.cp3camps.com

CYT (Christian Youth Theatre)
www.cyt.org

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Dance to Evolve – Dance & Tumbling Class
www.dancetoevolve.com/san-diego/summer-dance-camps

Danceology
www.danceology.biz

Del Mar Ballet
www.delmarballet.com

Del Mar Golf Center
www.delmargolfcenter.com

Del Mar Jr. Lifeguards
www.delmarjg.com

Del Mar Pines School
www.delmarpines.com

Drawn2Art San Diego
www.kidsartclasses.com

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EDU Learning Center
www.edulearningcenter.com

Encinitas Country Day School
www.encinitascountrydayschools.org

Encinitas Junior Lifeguards
www.encinitasjg.com

Endless Summer Surf Camp
www.endlesssummersurfcamp.com

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Fox Mountain Adventures
www.foxmountainadventures.com

Frozen Ropes
www.sdfrozenropes.com

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Genuine Volleyball
www.genuinevolleyball.com

Get Air Sports
www.getairsports.com

Girl Scout Camp
www.sdgirlscouts.org
Gyminny Kids & North County Gymnastics
www.gyminnykids.com

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Helen Woodward
www.animalcenter.org

High Bluff Academy
www.highbluffacademy.com

Horizon Prep
www.horizonprep.org

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iD Tech Summer Camps – Cal State San Marcos
www.idtech.com

Innovations Academy Charter School
www.innovationsacademy.org
Inspired Movement Dance & Peforming Arts
www.inspiredmovementdance.com

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego
www.jfssd.org

JH Ranch
www.jhranch.com

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Kid Ventures-4S Ranch
www.indoorplaysandiego.com

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La Jolla Country Day School
www.ljcds.org

La Jolla Surf Camp
www.lajollasurfcamp.com

Lancer Dancer Junior Dance Camp
www.lancerdancers.com

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
www.lfjcc.org

Leading Note Studios
www.leadingnotestudios.com

Leucadia Surf School
www.leucadiasurfschool.com

Little Artists
www.mylittleartists.com

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Mad Science of San Diego
www.sandiego.madscience.org

Maggie’s Art
www.maggiesart.webs.com

Maranatha Christian
www.maranathachristianschools.org

Master Sports
www.mastersports.com

Mathnasium – 4S Ranch
www.mathnasium.com/4sranch

Mathnasium – Carlsbad
www.mathnasium.com/carlsbad

Mathnasium – Carmel Valley
www.mathnasium.com/carmelvalley

Mathnasium – La Costa
www.mathnasium.com/lacosta

Mathnasium – Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch
www.mathnasium.com/miramesa

Mathnasium – Poway
www.Mathnasium.com/poway

Mathnasium – PQ
www.mathnasium.com/ranchopq

Mathnasium – San Marcos
www.mathnasium.com/sanmarcos

McArt Studio
www.mcartstudio.com

Mega Arte Riding Academy
www.ridingacademy.biz

Menehune Surf
www.MenehuneSurf.com

Mission Bay Sportcenter Summer Camp
www.missionbaysportcenter.com

Monart School of the Arts
www.northsandiegomonart.com

Morgan Run Club Resort
www.clubcorp.com

Morgan Run Resort
www.clubcorp.com/MorganRunClub

Museum of Making Music
www.museumofmakingmusic.org

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North County Soccer Park
www.ncspsoccer.com

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Outpost Summer Camps
www.outpostsummercamps.com

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Pacific Lacrosse
www.paclax.org

Pacific Swim+Rancho Arbolitos
www.ranchoarbolitosclub.com

Palomar Outdoor Adventures Camp
www.pccc.org

Pari Land
www.pariland.com

Poway Youth Soccer League
www.powayyouthsoccer.com

Prodigy Dance Company
www.prodigydance.com

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Rancho Bernardo Swim and Tennis Club – (Tennis Camp)
www.rbstc.com/tennis

Rancho Bernardo Youth Basketball League – RBYBL
www.rbybl.com

Rancho El Camino Riding School
www.ranchoelcamino.com

Rancho Family YMCA
www.rancho.ymca.org

Rancho Valencia Resort
www.ranchovalencia.com

RB Community Summer Tennis Camps
kirsi.tenniscoach@yahoo.com

Royal Dance Academy
www.royaldanceacademy.com

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San Diego & Seaside Volleyball
www.sdvbc.org

San Diego Air and Space Museum
www.sandiegoairandspace.org/education/summer_camps.php

San Diego Botanic Garden
www.sdbgarden.org

San Diego Children’s Discovery
Museum Summer Discovery Camps
www.sdcdm.org

San Diego Circus Center
www.sandiegocircuscenter.org

San Diego Humane Society
www.sdhumane.org

San Diego Ice Arena
www.sdice.com

San Diego Junior Theatre
www.juniortheatre.com

San Diego Park and Recreation
www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers

San Diego Rowing Club
www.sandiegorowing.org

San Diego Saddle Club
www.sandiegosaddleclub.cm

San Diego Soccer Club
www.sandiegosoccerclub.org

San Diego Sol
www.sandiegosol.com

San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park Summer Camp
www.SanDiegoZoo.org

San Marcos AYSO Soccer
www.sanmarcosayso.org

Santa Fe Montessori
www.santafemontessori.org

Scripps Performing Arts
www.scrippsperformingarts.com

SDFD Junior Guards Program – City of San Diego
www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/junior

SDSC
www.sandiegosoccerclub.org

Seacamp San Diego
www.seacamp.com

SEP So Cal Youth Camp
www.sepsocal.org

Seven 4 Studio
www.seven4studio.com

Silver Spur Riding School
www.silverspurridingschool.com

Sing, Move, and Play Music Academy
www.singmoveandplay.com

Soccer Kids/TeeBall Kids – San Diego
www.sd.soccerkids.com

Southwestern College Crown Cove
Aquatic Center Adventure Camp
www.swccd.edu/crowncove

Spirit Kids Sports
www.SpiritKidsSports.com

STAR Repertory Theatre
www.starrepertorytheatre.com

Summer Kidz Kamp
www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/carmelsabre.shtml

Sundevil Basketball Camps
www.sundevilbasketball.org

SuperCamp
www.supercamp.com

Surfin Fire
www.surfinfire.com

Swiftkick Martial Arts
www.swiftkickma.com

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The Academy by the Sea Camp Pacific
www.abts.com

The Foundation Music and Art Center
www.foundationmac.com

The Inspired Mind Learning Center
www.myinspiredmind.com

The Kicking System
www.kickingsystem.com

Theraputic Literacy Center
www.theraputicliteracycenter.com

The Safari Kid School
www.safarikidusa.com

The Wave Waterpark
www.thewavewaterpark.com

Torrey Pines Pop Warner
www.torreypinespw.com

TRC Gymnastics Inc.
www.trcgymnastics.com

Tutoring Club
www.TutoringClub.com

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UCSD Camps
www.digitalmediaacademy.org

UK Equestrian
www.theukequestrian.com

United States Youth Volleyball League – Whole sports
www.USYVL.com

University of California at San Diego Summer Soccer Camps
www.UCSanDiegoSoccerCamps.com

US Arts Center
www.usartsd.com

US Sports Camps
www.ussportscamps.com

USA Tae Kwon Do
www.baiktkd.com

USD Sports Camps
www.usdcamps.com

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Velocity Sports Performance
www.velocitysp.com/sandiego

Victory Gymnastics Academy
www.vgasd.com

Villa Musica
www.villamusica.org

Vista Music
www.vistamusiclessons.com

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Water Sports Camp at Mission Bay
Aquatic Center
www.watersportscamp.com

Wave Volleyball
www.wavevb.com

We Are Coaches, Inc.
www.wearecoaches.com

Wellspring Camps
www.wellspringcamps.com

Westwood Club
www.rbwestwoodclub.com

Wild Wonders
www.wildwonders.org

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Yak Academy
www.yakacademy.com

YMCA Magdalena
www.ecke.ymca.org

YY Art Center
www.yyartcenter.org