Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond?
TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun.
At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new places is so much more than a classroom add-on. Overnight programs let you experience life away from home. They teach responsibility, leadership and resilience. They might include academics, community service or leadership training, but they aren’t an older generation’s idea of “summer school.” You’ll find plenty of chances for adventure and friendships. And there’s a program for every budget and schedule.
Our guide has scores of listings for overnight summer programs as well as expert advice, such as how to spend a summer at an Ivy League school, live comfortably with people you’ve just met, succeed in an internship, or find out if the medical field is right for you. We have the breakdown for parents and college counselors on why summer programs support teens’ personal growth and the inside scoop from kids on why they picked a particular overnight program or camp.
Consider attending a Summer Opportunity Fair in January and February where you can talk to representatives from overnight programs and discover which one might be the best fit for you. Some of our favorites specifically for teens are organized by Teen Summer Expos - their fairs are taking place on Feb. 6 in Newton, Mass., and Feb. 13 in Bryn Mawr, Penn. Tips on Trips & Camps is also hosting two more fairs this year: Jan. 28 in Darien, Conn., and Feb 5 in Los Angeles.
So, imagine what you want from summer, then take it one step further. Explore the programs in our guide, on TeenLife.com, and at a fair. Then get ready for a life-changing experience!