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The Best Summer Camps in the U.S. for Kids With Unique Interests

Melissa Chapman and her brood of three live in the urban concrete jungle of NYC. She writes Kids in the City Kids in the City a weekly column and blog for the Staten Island Advance, contributes to SheKnows, Time Out NY Kids Time Out N...

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different

15. The French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, New York

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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Do have an aspiring musician in your home? Does your child yearn to be an actor? The French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is the perfect summer camp option. With more than 80 different specific areas of expertise to master, campers will find the type of arts they truly love. This camp is located adjacent to Hancock, New York within a serene landscape.

16. Surf Diva's All-Girls Overnight Surf Camp, California

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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This all-inclusive camp is only for girls and its focus — as the name suggests — is surfing. The girls get two surf lessons per day. In the evening, there are other activities such as movies, arts and crafts, talent shows and more. Located in always-sunny San Diego, Surf Diva's All-Girls Overnight Surf Camp is heaven on earth for girls who love the water.

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17. The Appalachian Mountain Club's Teen Wilderness Adventures

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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For East Coast teenagers, The Appalachian Mountain Club's Teen Wilderness Adventures is a highly-regarded summer camp. While the activities themselves are fun and unforgettable, the breathtaking scenery adds even more to the experience. With teambuilding outdoor undertakings, teens will see their self-confidence skyrocket as they conquer the wilderness. Teen Wilderness Adventures has camps in New Hampshire, Main and New York.

18. Campus Kids — NJ

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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This distinctive camp allows children to return home on the weekends while spending their weekdays participating in activities of their choosing. Those activities include everything from team sports and learning the guitar to swimming lessons and performance arts. Campus Kids is perfect for children in the New York City area because both of the camps are approximately 60 minutes away.

19. Westcoast Connection/360 degree Student Travel

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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For teenagers who love an adventure or want to travel the world, it doesn't get much better than Westcoast Connection/360 degree Student Travel. Their various programs include options such as touring the globe, language immersion and enrichment experiences to prepare for college.

20. Forest Acres Camp for Girls and Indian Acres Camp for Boys

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different
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Situated in the White Mountain foothills, these brother-sister camps (girls go to Forest Acres Camp, boys go to Indian Acres Camp) are approximately two miles from one another. While many different activities are offered, it's the horseback riding that is by far the most popular. They have up to 30 horses at one time and a handful of riding arenas.

From roller coaster tours to surfing, these 20 summer camps all offer something a little different

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