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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
  • 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 at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center offers classes for ages 6–17:
    • Kayaking
    • Marine science
    • Sailing
    • Surfing
    • Wakeboarding
    • Waterskiing
    • Windsurfing
  • Outback Adventures offers 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
  • 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