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8 Best Summer Camps for 2021

Best summer camps of 2021? Oh, where do we start?! There are so many great choices out there to choose from! We will be covering several categories along the way. We have boys camps, girls camps, Christian camps, ski camps, and all of these camps are just all around fun! Admit it, after your wonderful homeschooler had been locked up with you, making all of those awesome grades, they deserve a get away!

We know it’s hard to let go sometimes… We also know that you probably remember the first time you went to summer camp. You still remember all the people and fun you experienced. How can you possibly deny your child that experience?


Is the summer camp you are choosing safe for your child? This is a great question that all parents may have. In our research, we discovered that there is an accreditation group called the ACA-American Camp Association. The ACA has a website and a number you can call to check if your camp is a member.

The ACA sets standards for a camp to abide by in order to be a member. Some of the standards are safety-first aid training, all the way to food services, and in some states the camps may be required to have background checks on the people who work at the camps. ACA Accreditation means that your child’s camp cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation.

You can go to the ACA’s website ACA Camps to find out more information, or you can contact ACA directly through their ACA Contact Page.  It never hurts to know who you are dealing with when sending your kid off for a couple of weeks!

If you are ready to take the leap and allow your child some independence, here are some great camps to choose from. Horse back riding to snow boarding and amusement park tours. We have them all. Let’s DIVE in!!



How can we not start with a camp that travels to over 12 amusement parks? Your teen can ride around 100 roller coasters throughout 15 days at the parks listed below. Also with this trip, your teen gets to visit multiple water parks, see baseball games, go white water rafting and jet boating. Seriously, what kid would not want this?!

Drug test and criminal background checks are performed on all the staff members, and everyone is CPR – First Aid certified. There is a zero tolerance policy for all of the campers and staff.  Staff to camper ratio is 1 counselor for 8 campers. The Thrill Coaster camp is fully insured.

Tours last year began at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN and ended at Hershey Park in PA. The price of the tour was $1,850 plus airfare.

Call Thrill Coaster’s Tours at 888-542-4842                                                              Thrill Coasters Tours



Love the water? You’re going to love this one! Set in the crystalline waters of the British Virgin Islands, SeaTrek programs offer opportunities for self-discovery and adventure!   Hike through rain forests, explore rocky intertidal areas, learn island culture from the locals, play beach volleyball, and even dance during camp beach parties.  Trekkers learn SCUBA diving and get to experience kayaks, knee boards, wake boards, and other based adventures. Your teen will learn sailing along with marine biology to go with all these other great excursions! Perfect for your future marine biologist!

  • Trek 1 – Open Water Diver
  • Trek 2 – Advanced Diver
  • Trek 3 – Master Diver
  • Trek 3+ – Dive Assistant Recognition
  • Trek 4 – Divemaster
  • Trek 5 – Instructor
  • Trek 6 – Internship
  • Set Sail – 10-day Introductory Voyage

All of the staff at SeaTrek are trained professionals and have been in this line of work for a long time.  You can see all of the great staff and their information on this link. SeaTrek Staff.

Prices start around $2,175 and go up from there with a number of great choices and locations. Dates and Cost. 1.877.467.2454 [email protected]



Oh, summer is so so hot! Wouldn’t snow be wonderful? Well we have the spot for you! How would you like access to two private snow board parks for summer camp? It is real! All you have to do is sign up for an all-inclusive, 8-day summer snowboard camp located in Mt. Hood, Oregon. High Cascade is a ski camp where you have access to two private snow board parks, 72,000 sq. ft. skateboard park, along with lessons and 24 hour supervision. Youth ages 13-17 are provided airport shuttle, lift tickets, food, lodging, and lots of free stuff! Here are some of the great lessons you will learn.

  • Technique
  • Balance
  • Body positioning
  • Approach and Landing
  • Edge Control
  • Speed Control
  • Air Awareness

Campers are divided into coaching groups according to ability first, age second, and placed with the most suitable male or female coach. There are several sessions and dates available with prices starting at $1,749.  Dates and Prices Link.




Oh my goodness, I want to go to this one myself! Camp Lohikan in Lake Como, Pennsylvania has all kinds of cool stuff going on! You can choose Survival Camp!!! How cool is that? Survival Camp is a three day program full of hands on lessons, survival games, and overnight field trips with wilderness specialists. You will be able to learn how to stay warm, what to drink and eat, how to make fire with no matches, signaling for help, finding your way out of the woods, along with how to navigate using the moon and stars. This is honestly stuff everyone should know! This is not even close to all this camp has to offer! This camp goes above and beyond. Go to this link and have a look. Camp Lohikan Website.

Camp Lohikan’s has 5-6 registered nurses and a Health Service Manager.  The health center includes an examination room, male and female dorm rooms, and living quarters for all of their medical staff, not to mention, is open 24 hours a day. The camp dates start around June 25th through Augest 18th and prices range from $900 to $9,200 depending on length of stay. Camp Tuition & Sessions.

Telephone: (908) 470-9317 Fax: (908) 470-9319
E-mail: [email protected]



Wow! Another really cool place! Heritage Park is located in Calgary, Canada and if your student loves history and has a great imagination, they will love this five day program! The Home on the Range Overnight Camp only cost around $535 dollars plus a $50 dollar costume rental. This is a really affordable camp experience that your child will remember forever!

Campers will live the lifestyles and perform the activities of settlers and ranchers at the turn-of-the-century as they spend the week at Heritage Park.  Each day, you may be called to help with chores at the ranch, learn to become a teamster or apprentice in a trade. Once the work is done, they might listen to traditional Blackfoot stories or a play in the Canmore Opera House, maybe even take part in a barn dance. Campers will get to stay in a bunk house that is a restored barn, home of the Talisman Heritage Education Center.

Phone: 1.403.268.8500  Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fax: 1.403.268.8501



Hmmmmm! You better ask dad about this one! “Dad, you think you can talk mom into me going to a camp where I can blow stuff up? Please!!!!” If you manage to get a yes on that question, we have found a camp for you! How does Explosives Engineering Summer Camp sound, kiddos?   Missouri S&T runs this first of its kind camp where high school students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with explosives. I mean, who doesn’t love to blow stuff up?  The camp is set up with a variety of lectures, demonstrations, handling and shooting of explosives, field trips, projects where you can take part in the setup and shooting of a fireworks display. It encompasses detonators, high explosives, blasting agents, rock blasting, display fireworks and demolition. Students obtain a behind-the-scenes look at how explosives are used in industry and entertainment.

Students pursuing a career in the explosives field will get this great opportunity to learn great skills required for the profession. Sorry, minimum age for this camp is 16 and anyone over 18 has to submit a background check, along with being screened to ensure good moral character.

These are just some of the courses offered through this camp, if you want to see more click on this Course Link.   US law prohibits certain individuals from handling explosives.  Before you continue, please ascertain whether you are eligible or prohibited under their eligibility page. We could not find the cost of the summer camp. Here is the contact info to call, if interested. 1201 N. State St., Rolla, MO 65409 | 573-341-4111 | 800-522-0938.




Do you think your student could use some confidence or structure in their lives? Could your student be needing a little self esteem boost, or possibly just need some positive goals in their life? Well, we have found the camp for them!  How about the Extreme Military Challenge at Camp Liberty? For teens 13 to 18, they have programs set up that range from 2 to 5 weeks in length that will boost the confidence of any teen! The staff there have twenty five years experience running Military Summer Camps in locations throughout the United States. This is NOT a correctional camp or for juvenile delinquents, and limited spaces are available, so if you think this is for you, just click this link to find out more. Camp Liberty Link. Some of the courses you will find here are:

  • Cadet Basic Training
  • Cadet Field Leader Course
  • Cadet Ranger School
  • Cadet Fitness Challenge
  • Cadet Scuba School
  • Cadet Aviation Challenge

These are just some of the great training courses available with this camp. We could not find the prices or start dates, but if you would like to learn more, you can contact the camp directly with the information listed below.

855-965-0900  (Toll Free)

Email: [email protected]