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UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs

Find out about summer and year-round UC San Diego camps and enrichment programs for children and teens.

These camps and programs held at UC San Diego are open to children of staff, faculty, students, returning families, and the community.

Also see Summer Camp Programs located at UCSD, which are not necessarily sponsored by the university.

Summer Session

Grades 9-12

Students may choose from lower division courses (1-99) offered during two 5-week sessions to:

  • Get an early start on a college career
  • Fulfill 1 year of language in only 9 weeks
  • Take courses to prepare for Fall Quarter
  • Accelerate time to graduate

Academic Connections

Grades 9–12

  • Residential and non-residential program
  • Pre-college summer program
  • Hands-on college subject matter courses
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio

American and Chinese Future Leaders Summer Program

Grades 10-12 

Based at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy, this unique summer program challenges high school students to think globally. 

  • Participate in game-based role-playing focused on four global challenges that concern the U.S. and China.
  • Foster problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Develop critical thinking about global policy issues. 
  • Learn diplomacy and conflict resolution techniques. 
  • Cultivate intercultural skills beyond the classroom through team-building activities and educational field trips. 
  • Experience lectures by world-renowned scholars on the U.S. and China. 


Grades 8–12

Residential academic experience for top high school students in mathematics and science

Knock Around Camps

Ages 5 and up

Sponsored by UCSD Recreation, includes general camps plus leadership, sports, and beach camps

La Jolla Playhouse

  • Conservatory, grades 10–12
  • Young performers workshop, grades 2–12
  • Young performers academy, grades 3–12

Mission Bay Youth Watersports Camp 

Ages 6–17

Located at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center

  • Kayaking
  • Marine science
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Waterskiing
  • Windsurfing

Outback Adventures

Trips and classes, including:

  • Backpacking
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding

San Diego Area Writing Project

Grades 3–12

  • Young Writer's Camp
  • YWC — College Writing
  • YWC — The College Admission Essay

San Diego Supercomputer Center Summer Camps

Middle and high school

  • Art
  • Android app development
  • Animation creation
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Skateboard creation
  • Video production

Sally Ride Science

Grades 6–12

  • Summer STEAM workshops for middle and high school girls
  • 1-week courses, 15 hours total, 3-hour classes
  • Morning & afternoon sessions

Summer Learning at Birch Aquarium

Ages 4–15

  • Week-long camps
  • Day camps
  • Animal encounters
  • Arts and science

UCSD Jazz Camp

Ages 14 – Adult

  • Jazz history and theory
  • Improvisation workshops
  • Master classes
  • Performance ensembles
  • Jazz composition and arranging
  • Online application

UCSD Recreation classes

See descriptions of quarterly classes and activities for children, including:

  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts
  • Sports
  • Swimming

UCSD Sports Camps

Ages 5–18

Specialized sports camps and clinics available through UCSD:

  • Baseball
  • Boys' basketball
  • Girls' basketball
  • Crew
  • Boys' soccer
  • Girls' soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & diving
  • Tennis
  • Girls' volleyball
  • Water polo