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Summer Camps for Teens in San Bernardino County, California

by Jane Rodda

San Bernardino County encompasses a vast region of the southeast portion of California. Much of the area is a mountainous wilderness, providing an ideal location for summer camps. As you search for the right camp for your teen, you will find that the county is home to a variety of options.

Wild Adventure

Perhaps your teen would benefit from an outdoor adventure. Crazzy's Wasewagon Camp and Retreat in Angelus Oaks offers all kinds of camps for teens in a wilderness setting. Teens up to age 16 can participate in leadership training, ropes courses, whitewater rafting, hiking, campfires, fishing, mountain biking and kayaking at the various camps offered. The Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation provides wilderness camps in Big Bear. Teens will learn outdoor survival skills, take part in team-building activities, experience the ropes course and learn about the environment. Other activities include water sports, rock climbing, horseback riding, caving and astronomy viewing.

Calling All Athletes

For your teens who are inclined to participate in sports and athletics, it's a good idea to keep them involved during the summer. San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino features several sports camps for teens. The volleyball camp is led by the head coach of the team and covers all positions and skill levels. The basketball camp is for boys and girls up to age 15 and teaches the fundamentals of the sport. The city of Fontana runs a sports day camp for teens up to age 14. The daily schedule is busy with all kinds of sports activities, such as field hockey, soccer, basketball and dance fitness programs.

Camps that Specialize

If your teen has a specific interest, you may be able to find a camp that is just the right fit. The youth development organization, 4-H, focuses on the heart, health, hands and head. In Crestline, the 4-H Summer Camp takes place providing a variety of experiences for teens. They will learn invaluable lessons about the environment, handicrafts, sports and horticulture. In Running Springs, your teens can participate in Pali Adventures. It has 17 different themed summer camps including dance, culinary, broadcast, film, fashion, acting, Hollywood stunt and motor sports.

Christian-based Camps

There are a number of summer camps for teens that emphasis Christian principles while providing an exciting outdoor experience. Mile High Pines Christian Camp in Angelus Oaks features summer camp programs for teens that focus on team-building, friendships and fun with a Christian message. The facility features a ropes course, climbing wall, volleyball courts, basketball, horseshoes, a swimming pool and table games. Forest Home Camp in Forest Falls is another option featuring summer camps that focus on empowering, encouraging and strengthening teens based on Christian values. The program includes recreational activities and outdoor adventure.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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