Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day and sleepaway camps for your child.

Day Camps

AJCC Camp Komaroff
(562) 426-7601

At AJCC Camp Komaroff in Long Beach, California, it is a pleasure as well as a privilege for our great staff to work with your children, grades 1-12, in a setting that provides unique, innovative, and diverse programming. Our mission is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing place to discover dreams, find hidden talents, develop new skills, and become more independent. We believe in fostering relationships—children's relationships with each other, with staff, with family, with our diverse community, and with Judaism. To fulfill these goals, we provide a wide range of well-planned activities both on and off campus, facilitated by our highly-trained, energetic staff. We are ACA accredited and have adopted JCCA best practices.

Engaging and fun summer offerings include Swim University, Youth Water Polo, Jr. Maccabi Games, Basketball, 3-D Art, Dance, Jiu-Jitsu, Meet the Masters, Musical Theater, Soccer, Painting, Photography, Volleyball, Overnights, CIT Training, and Field Trips to great places like The Aquarium of the Pacific, Mother’s Beach, the Discovery Science Center, and Knott’s Berry Farm! Visit us at to learn more!

Beauvoir Summer
Washington, DC

Beauvoir Summer offers camp programs for children ages 3 to 11 years old over the course of seven weeks. Exciting activities include field trips, swimming lessons, outdoor adventure programs and specialty camps.

Located on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Beauvoir Summer strives to create an inviting, collaborative and warm community for campers during the summer months. Summer at Beauvoir is about play, discovery, exploration, friends and fun.

Some popular camps include the Fireflies (rising Pre-Kindergarten) and BlueJays (rising Kindergarten) programs. With emphasis on social and emotional growth, Fireflies are encouraged to explore at camp in a safe and nurturing environment. 

The Box Turtles (rising 1st grade) and Koalas (rising 2nd-3rd graders) programs emphasize discovery and outdoor play, with weekly themes that are explored through arts and crafts, music, cooking, stories and games.

The full-day programs such as Blue Jays, Box Turtles, and Koalas also enjoy daily swim instruction at the Beauvoir Pool.

Beauvoir Summer begins June 19th and ends on August 4th. Please visit our website for details and program information at

Bertschi School Summer Exploration 2018

Seattle, WA

Bertschi School Summer Exploration 2018

Week long camps for kids entering Kindergarten - entering 6th grade. 
June 25th – August 3rd

Different classes each week including: Sewing, Lego, Costume Design, Parkour, Cooking, Board Games, Math and more! Email Rachel at

The Language and Laughter Studio

139 Nevins Street
, Brooklyn, NY 11217


French Classes & Summer Camps for 6 months to 10 years old children!

Pioneer in French bilingual education in Brooklyn with ten years of experience, The Language and Laughter Studio offers a fun, progressive programs for your child:

• Puppets, Stories and Songs in French (6 months to 2 y),
• Preschool in French playgroup (2-4 y),
• French Songs, Arts, and Musical Games French class (4-6 y),
• Academic French class (6-10 y),
• Théâtre en français, and Tutoring for all ages.
Enjoy our unique Summer Program for children 6 months to 10 years old. French Summer Camps at the Language and Laughter Studio combine summertime fun and rigorous, interactive language learning. Our professional educators use project-based learning and arts integration to make speaking French feel relevant.

• Curious to bilinguals, all levels of French are welcome to join the fun!
• Camp for children 4years – 10 years old.
• Mini-camp with caregiver for children 6 months- 3.5 years old.

The Language and Laughter Studio is also a non-discriminatory French immersion Preschool for children 2 to 5 years. We use a progressive, interactive, and project-based curriculum. Our student’s initial experiences with school are positive, nurturing, and academically rich.
Give your child the gift of bilingualism!


647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 625- 3685

UrbanGlass is a glass resource center located conveniently in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Our goal is to connect youth with the medium of glass through workshops that enrich their spacial understanding, artistic development and confidence. We have a robust education program, offering workshops in a variety of glassmaking techniques designed for young artists from 7 to 18 years of age. These include glassblowing, mosaics, bead making and more! Our week-long Summer Camp workshops are designed to introduce students to this unique material and expand their breadth of art making activities. Whether you are looking to make your portfolio jump out of the college admissions pile, or searching for an exciting creative outlet, our Youth & All Ages Summer Camp workshops are the perfect fit!

Please visit to learn more about these and other workshops!

Overnight Camps

Camp Brave Trails

Family Camp, April 2018! For LGBTQ parents and their children. Come enjoy a weekend in the beautiful Angeles National Forest and participate in fun activities for the entire family! Please share and check out the website for more info and registration:

LGBTQ Youth Leadership Camp, Summer 2018! Camp Brave Trails is an LGBTQ leadership focused summer camp with a focus on activism and making change. Every day is centered around developing campers’ personal leadership skills through activities, workshops, and fun programming. From roasting marshmallows and drag shows to archery, swimming, and social justice workshops, there are plenty of activities to choose from! For more information, please visit:

Camp Common Ground

Come to Common Ground Center this summer for a weeklong or weekend family camp vacation in beautiful Vermont.

CCG, now in its 16th year, welcomes people of all ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, abilities and economic backgrounds. In addition to our traditional family camps which emphasize fun, the arts and community, we offer family camps focused on Chinese culture, families affected by autism, homeschoolers, and African dancing and drumming.

Our camps offer fabulous adult programs in the morning focusing on the arts, wellness, and nature taught by experts in their craft while kids are entertained by counselors in traditional camp fun. Afternoons are for mixed age activities including arts, music, swimming and exploring 700 acres of fields, mountains and the creek. Intermingled are 3 delicious vegetarian meals. Special diets can be accommodated. Nights include more multi age activities such as African dancing, camp fires and games.

Anya, a previous board member, states, "Plenty of spaces simply claim to be open to gay and lesbian families, but Camp Common Ground truly achieves the integrated, open and affirming community so many of us hope to create."

Site rental is available for your own programs, weddings, reunions, meetings or other events.

Check out our website today at We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Camp Highlight

Camp Highlight is a one week overnight camp specifically for children from LGBT families. While at Camp Highlight, campers enjoy a top notch recreational experience delivered by caring and experienced counselors. Alongside recreation, we focus on reinforcing positive social values such as responsibility, cooperation, and kindness. Our goal is to introduce children from LGBT families to their lifelong friends while encouraging them to be their very best and most honest selves. Please visit and for more information.

Campus Kids Weekday Sleep-Away Camp

Monday through Friday at camp and home with the family on weekends. The best of both worlds! Transportation from NYC, NJ, Westchester and Rockland included!

CAMPUS KIDS is the perfect introduction to sleep-away camp, as well as a great camp/family lifestyle choice. 2-weeks up to full season offered. Every camper chooses his/her own activities every day. Sports, fine arts, performing arts, nature . . . including squash, tennis, golf, skateboarding, gymnastics, ceramics, ultimate Frisbee, theatre, drums, guitar, singing, crafts, painting, photography, yoga, fitness, swimming, softball, soccer, lacrosse and lots more. Fun, active, involved staff that treats everyone with kindness and respect and puts safety first.

CAMPUS KIDS is located in Blairstown, NJ on the beautiful, rural campus of Blair Academy; near the Delaware Water Gap and about an hour from NYC. Amazing program facilities and comfortable dorms.

From parents: “What I like best about Campus Kids is my daughter's total and complete comfort level and happiness. . . . The bonding and respect which forms between the counselors and campers is very special. . . . Many thanks for making our children feel so special and secure at CK.”
“I want to thank you all for the great job that you're doing in providing our son with, as he said to me this morning on the way to the bus, ‘this is my best summer so far in my life!’  For our son, who does not often say much, you can only imagine how thrilled we feel. Thank you all so much.”

ACA-Accredited. Private tours given on weekends, year-round, by appointment. Call 973-845-9260 or email

Camp Northwood

Camp Northwood

Gordie Felt, Director
Located along a secluded nine-mile lake in the Adirondacks of New York State is a private/ independent socially therapeutic residential camp and life skills training center for 125 children from across the United States and around the world. Camp Northwood is oriented toward socially anxious campers with immature social skill development, high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and learning challenges in need of a structured and supportive summer experience.

Northwood’s program, developed and supervised by an outstanding staff of special educators, focuses on the development of social skills, self-esteem and independence.

Northwood campers participate in a fully non-competitive, socially oriented, “main-streamed” styled camp program. Our 2:1 camper/ counselor ratio provides a high level of individualization throughout the day insuring success. In addition to traditional camp activities and formalized social skills training, campers participate in a daily academics program designed to help maintain current skill levels throughout the summer season. 

Immersion in our Northwood community exposes campers to a variety of social experiences designed to foster age-appropriate social skill development. Group social skill sessions and reinforcement within the cabin setting cultivate growth in each camper’s ability to work as part of a team, interpret social situations and feel a sense of inclusion.

The Cape Cod Sea Camps

The Cape Cod Sea Camps are premier day and resident children’s camps located on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. Owned and operated by the same family for over 90 years and serving campers from throughout the world.

At CCSC developing friendships are essential and integral parts of campers’ connection to and enjoyment of the experience. Counselors are sensitive to the task of helping new campers feel comfortable in their away from home surroundings as quickly as possible. Campers enjoy an Elective Program with a wide variety of activities, including Sailing, Tennis, Arts, Archery, Sports, Swimming, Drama, Nature, Woodworking, Riflery, Guitar and much more.

Intentional goals for campers include Independence, Exploration, Respect, Self-Confidence and Self-Reliance. Going away to camp is a big step for any age child. Familiar support of family and hometown friends is carefully supplanted by caring, engaging staff and new peer groups to create a comfort zone from which new experiences dare to be tried. The feeling of accomplishment at having mastered a new situation is a source of pride forever and a great building block for other goals. Community Core Values are addressed on a daily basis through morning assembly talks, cabin/unit meetings and activities.

Farm & Wilderness Summer Camps

The F&W experience will offer your child new friendships, exciting challenges, immersion in the natural world, and the discovery of new skills. Our six camps nestled on 4000 acres of Vermont woods and lakes are the perfect setting for a wilderness summer. We offer overnight programs from three and a half to seven weeks for children 9-17 and day camp programs for children 4-10. At F&W, children practice outdoor living skills, participate in a working farm, swim in the lake, make their own music and art, discuss social issues, and play rousing games.

F&W campers experience a sense of confidence and joy in their daily lives, because they have an important role in the community. Campers participate in real work at camp, and find it really fun. They learn to build cabins, milk cows, harvest vegetables and serve them for lunch, paddle canoes, blaze trails, and much more. Our programs include hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing adventures. We work to have a diverse staff and camper community. Our counselors receive anti-bias training and discuss issues of diversity with campers in age appropriate activities. Financial aid available. For information, write or call 802-422-3761.

Frost Valley YMCA

Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional overnight summer camp, teen and pre-teen adventure trips, equestrian camps, farm camp – and the very first Bear Grylls Survival Academy Summer Camp!

But what’s the best part about Frost Valley? Every aspect of a Frost Valley experience integrates 8 signature core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.

Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on mountain hikes, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, putting on music concerts for their friends, singing silly songs, and more. Frost Valley YMCA offers 1- and 2-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 10. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Frost Valley is an experience that lasts a lifetime!

To learn more, visit But hurry - sessions fill fast! Avoid the wait list and call: 845-985-2291 or email today.

Oxbridge Academic Programs

For over 30 years Oxbridge has organized summer study programs for students aged between 13 and 18 (grades 8 to 12) who would like to enrich themselves intellectually while immersing themselves in new cultures. Our programs are held in some of the world’s greatest academic and cultural centers, including Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York, Boston and Los Angeles, and offer a wide variety of courses, ranging from History, Medicine, Law, and Business to Art, Fashion, Photography, Psychology, and French and Spanish immersion, among many others. These courses are taught in small groups by leading university academics and creative professionals.

For more information, including dates, a complete listing of courses, and faculty, visit: or email

Shire Village Camp
Founded in 1972, Shire Village Camp was described by The Boston Globe as a camp that "...espouses liberal values; it's nonprofit, nonsexist, nonracist, nonhomophobic, nonsectarian, and noncompetitive." A coeducational residential summer camp for 7 to 13 year olds, it also offers vegetarian meals and has a policy to avoid chemical additives and preservatives in their food. Shire Village Camp is located on 96 acres of beautiful hills and woodland in Cummington, Massachusetts. On the grounds are two riding rings, a tennis court, athletic fields, a filtered pool and a large brook which flows into a private pond and into the Westfield River which flows through the campgrounds. Traditional activities offered are theatre, music and dance, arts and crafts, film and photography, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, gymnastics, field trips, and nature exploration. In addition, the camp offers tai chi, shiatsu, meditation, yoga and emphasizes a nonsexist, noncompetitive approach to sports activities which include archery, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball and Frisbee. This approach has created a more relaxed atmosphere and according to a camp counselor, more girls are playing sports and more boys are trying to motivate them.

Many Shire village campers return year after year and former campers have sent their children. Some return to work as counselors, support staff and administrators. The camp boasts a popular teen staff training program and several former campers are now serving on the Board of Directors. Sessions begin the first week of July through the end of August and introductory two-week sessions are available for children 7 to 9 years of age. Discounts are available for siblings and early tuition payment. To receive a brochure and enrollment information contact Beth Schneider, 175 Eastern Parkway, Apt. 6J, Brooklyn, New York 11238, telephone 718-622-8204. Summer contact information: Shire village Camp, Mellor Road, Cummington, Massachusetts 01026, 413-634-2281. Visit

Tabor Academy Summer Program

Join us for an unforgettable summer by the sea full of friends, sports, adventures, and learning!

Established in 1917, the Tabor Academy Summer Program allows young people ages 6-17 the opportunity to develop their full potential as individuals. Under the guidance of highly qualified and energetic counselors, coaches, and teachers, the program encourages young people to have fun and take pride in their personal achievement in our optional enrichment courses, on the playing fields, and on the waterfront.

The program provides a variety of engaging and enjoyable activities on the beautiful 85-acre seaside campus of Tabor Academy, in Marion, Massachusetts. TASP offers engaging activities and enrichment courses such as: Art, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Clay, Crafts, Drama, ESL, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Marine Science, Photography, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Theater Arts, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and so much more! If your child is ready to try a new sport, such as sailing on Sippican Harbor, and/or simply wants to learn more in our classrooms, like our Marine and Nautical Science center, please browse through our website at to find out more about our wonderful opportunities.


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