Caitlin Meuser is a 16-year-old from Simsbury, CT. She likes to write, make things with clay, and really wants a dog. Her two favorite subjects are art and English.
Summer is not only a break from tests and papers, but it is also an opportunity for teens to pursue something that interests them on a deeper level. By learning about and cultivating these interests, teens can decide if this hobby is something that they want to continue in the future.
I myself did a summer writing camp at a state university and found it wonderful. The talented instructors shared their obvious love of prose and poetry, and gave daily writing assignments that challenged me in new ways. I left the camp with a greater knowledge about the construction of poems as well as a group of new friends who shared a similar passion for writing.
Showing an early interest in a specified field also looks good on college applications. Admissions officers don’t like to see teens slacking off in the summer. They prefer that teens choose to participate in activities that interest them and show a commitment to a particular subject. Admissions officers view summer as a great time for students to get ahead of their competition.
Some important things to keep in mind while picking out a camp are price, the length of the session, and the daily structure. While many programs do offer financial aid to families in need, this aid can be hard to come by. It is true that longer programs are more expensive, but longer programs also allow for teens to learn more about their interest and to make stronger friendships. Finally, the schedule of a typical camp day can be found on most programs’ websites. Look for free time and recreational time allotted everyday, for these “chill sessions” will allow teens to take a much-needed break. After all, it is summer, and it is important that they also have fun while they learn.
Writing Camps: Writing Camps provide teens with helpful feedback from teachers and peers. The popular workshop style allows everyone to constructively critique each other’s writing, while traditional lessons teach strategies for writing.
- Young Writer’s Camp at Duke University- located in Durham, NC
- Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writer’s Workshop- located in Bronxville, NY
- Wesleyan University Center for Creative Youth- located in Middletown, CT
- Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop- located in Gambier, OH
- Bar College at Simon’s Rock Young Writers Workshop- located in Gt. Barrington, MA
Dance Camps: Dance Camps give teens professional instruction in order to perfect and learn new techniques in dancing. They also provide a friendly environment in which teens can meet new friends. Most end with a recital to showcase the work the students have learned.
- New York City Summer Arts Camp for Teens- located in New York, NY
- The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art- located in New York, NY
- Idyllwild Arts Summer Program- located in Idyllwild, CA
- Interlochen Center for the Arts- located in Interlochen, MI
- North Carolina Dance Institute- located in Raleigh, NC
Acting Camps: Acting Camps offer a plethora of opportunities for budding actors. Helpful instructors, fanciful props, and exciting scripts help to make the performances at the end of each session memorable.
- Young Actors Camp- located in Hollywood, CA
- New York Film Academy- located in New York, NY
- School of Creative and Performing Arts- located in Los Angeles, New York City, and Burlington, VT
- Stagedoor Manor- located in Loch Sheldrake, NY
- US Performing Arts Camp- locations throughout the country
Other popular camps include sports, music, and the traditional sleep-away camp. Summer is meant to be fun, and these camps provide a fun, stimulating atmosphere for teens to pursue their interest, as well as force teens to get adjusted to new situations and people, an essential life skill.