Parents might wonder what the difference is between camps, usual classes and after-school activities. We’ve explained why camps are a great way to boost children’s social skills, and we have a story straight from Beijing-based kid campers who went to the US last summer.
Here’s a list of some awesome and exciting overseas summer camps. Some focus on academics and learning, while others are sports oriented or geared towards travel and exploration. Though they may look distinct from each other, the underlying fabric weaving them together is mainly their high safety standards.There are camps, for example in the UK, that offer accommodation or lodging. In South America, the camps we’ve listed are mostly for natural and wildlife exploration, while in Asia and Oceania, they’re cultural and highlight interaction with nature.
Camp Eden, July 2 – August 16
Ages 7-17. Camp Eden offers the campers a healthy summer and a Canadian tradition at the camp in Haliburton, Ontario. Classes include English language courses, team building projects, survival and navigational skills training, sports, and other cultural activities that are patterned to Canadian tradition.
USD 1,400 per week (minimum of two weeks) and fees include all meals, accommodation, full programming, and material costs. (www.edencampcanada.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / 136 2134 2192)
Tawingo Camp, July 4-21
Ages 7-15. Explore nature, tour and do water activities and sports at Canada Tawingo Camp in Ontario. There will be a variety of fun sports activities to encourage campers to explore and take adventures.
RMB 31,800 inclusive of program fee, accommodation, meal, transport within Canada, certificates. More details at www.51camp.cn (in Chinese). (WeChat Yingtianxia101 / email@example.com / 185 0092 0692)
Sleepover Summer Camp, June 18 – August 27
Ages 6-17. Independent Lake Camp has a long history of delivering unbelievable summer experiences to campers. The camp also creates a mini United Nations atmosphere because it purposely attracts campers from around the world from Europe, South America, Australia, and now China. The camp in Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania has over 40 different mini activities, including the famous circus camp, sports and extreme sports camp, performing arts camp, and equestrian.
USD 3,150 for two weeks, including activity costs, food, boarding, and airport pick-up and drop-off. (WeChat: jingjingsydney / firstname.lastname@example.org / 135 0120 5267)
American Timber Lake West Camp, July 23 – August 16
Ages 7-15. This overnight camp in New York will be held at a private lake with facilities. There will be more than 60 activities that will focus on building cooperation and friendly competition in a safe and comfortable environment.
RMB 56,800 inclusive of 3 week summer program fee, accommodation, meals, transport within America, certificate, and photography. More details at www.51camp.cn (in Chinese). (WeChat Yingtianxia007 / email@example.com / 159 0120 1421)
Underwater Discoveries Voyage, June – August
For kids in grades 7-12. Whether you’ve never been diving or sailing before and want to start at the Discovery level, or want to earn advanced certifications on the Explorer level version, this voyage is one of Broad Reach’s most popular programs for good reasons.
Tuition starts at USD 4,850, depending on trip.
Photography Adventure, June -July
For kids in grades 7-11. Dig into your passion for photography as you master techniques and find inspiration on Panama’s cobblestone streets, on its thrilling rapids, or among its indigenous Gnobe community.
Tuition starts at USD 5,280 depending on trip.
Yucatán Advanced Scuba and Safari, June – July
For kids in grades 7-11. Known for its incredible drift diving, Cozumel provides the perfect introduction to Mexico’s finest reefs. Nestled down by the border of Central America, the Yucatán Peninsula is a diver’s dream: sharks, rays, turtles; you name it, it’s there.
Tuition starts at USD 5,380 depending on trip.
Ecuador & Galápagos Biodiversity, June – July
For kids in grades 10-12. Tropical ecosystems exhibit an amazing degree of biodiversity and species richness, and this program brings you into the heart of it all – the Andes Mountains, Amazon jungle and the Galápagos Islands.
Tuition starts at USD 4,180 depending on each trip.
Oxford Summer Courses, June 25 – July 29
Age groups: 10-12, 13-15, 16-17, 18-24. Oxford Summer Courses use the same interactive teaching methods employed by the university. Courses will be held only at top quality sites including Wycombe Abbey and University of Oxford. The classes include seminars and activities such as debating workshops, TED-style talks and stimulating excursions to famous museums and hidden historical sites.
Fees for age 10-12 group start at £1,495 (one week); for age 13-15, 16-17, 18-24 groups start at £3,895 (two-weeks). (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01865 264194)
Bournemouth Parent and Child Summer Camp Course, July 9-22 and July 23 – August 5
Parents and teens ages 13-17. The program offers an exciting home stay opportunity for students in a quiet and safe residential area of Bournemouth where students can live with a local family for an authentic cultural experience and maximum progress in English. The parent-and-child courses recognize the importance of the family, enabling families to live together and spend their recreational time together.
RMB 62,800 for two weeks for 1 adult and 1 child (get RMB 2,000 discount for registrations before April 15). Fees inclusive of registration, visa application fee, flight ticket, full-board accommodation. (WeChat: BeGoEdu / www.begoedu.com / email@example.com / 135 2299 9196)
UK Scout International Camp, July 9-22 and July 29 – August 12
Ages 8-13. Participant kids will have survival training at the camp in London using a program developed by Bear Grylls. There will also be other international children and altogether the participants will do team building activities, sports, adventure, and sight-seeing visit of natural places in London.
RMB 40,999 inclusive of international return flight fee, summer program fee, accommodation, meals, entrance fees, transport within the UK, and certificates. More details at www.51camp.cn (in Chinese). (WeChat Xialingying51 / firstname.lastname@example.org / 189 3140 6706)
Discover Boarding School Life at Stowe School, July 9-22 and July 23 – August 5
Ages 7-12, 13-17. Stowe School is one of England’s most prestigious schools and is rated as one of the top 15 private schools that are hardest to get into in the UK. Participants will be immersed in international English-speaking and focused atmosphere, with other students from more than 30 different countries around the world.
RMB 42,800 for two weeks (get RMB 2000 discount for registrations before April 15). Fees inclusive of registration, visa application fee, flight ticket, boarding/accommodation. Register at . (WeChat: BeGoEdu / www.begoedu.com / email@example.com / 135 2299 9196)
UAL Summer Camp, July 23 – August 20
Ages 16+ Students will have the opportunity to study at UAL and experience the creative heart of the world in London. Participants will study English at UAL Language Center and take arts courses at Central Saint Martin, London College of Fashion, Chelsea and London College of Communication.
RMB 38,800 for the camp duration, inclusive of accommodation, meals, language tuition, arts course fee and materials cost, and UAL ID card. (WeChat: ualchina / firstname.lastname@example.org / 8418 6733; 8418 6788; 8418 6799)
Shakespeare Camp, July 2-18
Ages 12-17. Staying with local families in their homes gives participants a unique experience of English culture and language, and helps them prepare for study abroad. Every morning English lessons will be provided at Birmingham College, and there will be afternoon and full day excursions to cultural sites: Shakespeare’s Stratford, Oxford University (including locations for the Harry Potter movies), Liverpool and of course London.
RMB 30,000, including accommodation, meals, travel within UK and entrance fees. Flights not included. (WeChat andrew2307 (Chinese), karenKil (English) / 0851 27725522)
Benfica Elite Training Soccer Camps, June – July
Ages 13-18. Benfica Elite Training Soccer Camps in Lisbon, Portugal, is a football camp program developed by Sport Lisboa e Benfica for youngsters born between 1999 and 2004 who want to develop and improve their sporting performance.
USD 1,595 for one week.
FC Barcelona I Summer Camp, July – August
Ages 11-17. The FC Barcelona soccer camp is a unique and exciting opportunity for boys to experience specialized soccer training through an official partnership with the world’s most successful soccer team and their expert Soccer Schools Coaches. Enjoy exclusive access to FC Barcelona’s training methods for the true Barça experience, at their official home in Spain.
USD 3,995 for two weeks.
FC Barcelona Women Summer Camp, July – August
Ages 12-17. The FC Barcelona Women Soccer Camp in Barcelona, Spain is a unique 7- or 13-day girls-only residential soccer camp for soccer players who want to experience an intensive soccer training in Barcelona at the exclusive FC Barcelona professional club’s facilities. Training practices are hosted at FC Barcelona’s official training facilities.
USD 3,995 for two weeks.
AC Milan Junior Camps, July – August
Ages 7-16. The AC Milan Football Academy Camp also known as Milan Junior Camp (MJC) is the children’s summer vacation soccer camp organized by the famous AC Milan football club from the Italian Serie A League and carried out by local organizations.
USD 1,195 for one week.
Filmmaker Course at Foundation Summer Camp, July 31 – August 11
Ages 8-11. Make a movie this Summer with Foundation Academy by training in various filming techniques such as storyboard making, camera angles, dialogue delivery and acting. The course is aimed at developing children’s imagination, critical thinking and confidence through exciting platforms.
HKD 4,500 inclusive of course materials, equipment and logistics, and final presentation. (email@example.com / +852 3107 8810)
Novelist Course at Foundation Summer Camp, July 31 – August 11
Ages 8-11. Write and publish a book this summer by learning to write original narratives-from poetry to comic books. Develop life-long skills in expression and authorship. It is a unique experience with a creative platform that makes the learning process fun. (firstname.lastname@example.org / +852 3107 8810)
Study Global Medicine, July – August
For kids in grades 10-12. Take in healthcare from a global perspective while getting hands-on medical experience in the tranquil hills of southern India.
Tuition starts at USD 5,980 depending on course.
Learn Veterinary Medicine in Bali, June – July
For kids in grades 10-12. In Bali, encounter, treat and rehabilitate an array of animals and endangered species that are as varied and exotic as this magical island.
Tuition starts at USD 6,780 depending on course.
Ultimate Predators, June – July
For kids in grades 9-12. Learn about the world’s most revered predators both above and below the surface. Travel to the Indian Ocean to snorkel during the great sardine run, a feeding frenzy of millions of sardines by the ocean’s top predators.
Tuition starts at USD 6,480 depending on trip.
Broadreach Global Educational Features
A listing of various summer programs for middle school and high school students. See available programs at www.gobroadreach.com.
Advanced Sailing, June – July
For kids in grades 10-12. Follow the path of ancient Polynesians and sail more than 700 nautical miles across the South Pacific. Below the surface, encounter a staggering array of marine life including sharks, rays and dolphins.
Tuition starts at USD 7,880.
Shark Studies, July-August
For kids in grades 9-12. Work alongside conservationists and researchers, and dive with sharks in a controlled environment. Dispel negative myths surrounding sharks and discover how they’re vital to ocean ecosystems.
Tuition starts at USD 7,280.
This listing is an updated version of the article that originally appeared on p. 54-55 of beijingkids March Issue. Download a copy here.
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