Summer Computer Science Camp

There’s been concern in recent years that a number of young people in the U.S. and elsewhere lack the essential skills to become successful and productive adults. A study several years ago in the Journal of Youth Development expressed “widespread concern” that only one out of four high school seniors were ready for college and that about one out of three employers surveyed said they were struggling to fill available positions because workers do not have the specific skills needed.

According to the Journal article, private foundations, policymakers, and educational organizations are attempting to fill the “skills gap” by increasing the number of programs and other ways for youth to “develop the robust suite of skills necessary to succeed in academics, work, and life.” 

One often-overlooked resource that can equip young people with the skills necessary to succeed is a structured summer camp, according the Journal article, “Examining the Role of Summer Camps in Developing Academic and Workplace Readiness.” In addition to offering robust recreational programs, many of these camps teach interpersonal skills such as self-respect, respect for others, teamwork, good character as well as, in some cases, leadership, responsibility and accountability – traits and skills that prepare them to succeed in the classroom and later, the workforce.

One highly rated summer camp program that makes it really fun to learn these and other life skills and principles is the Summer Leadership Camp series of summer camps for boys and girls on the oceanfront campus of the Army and Navy Academy, a college preparatory boarding school during the school year in Carlsbad, Calif. Now in its 12th year, the Summer Leadership Camp includes basic and advanced Leadership Development Programs for middle school students (sixth- through eighth grade boys and girls) and  basic and advanced Leadership Education Training programs for high school-age boys and girls (9th– through 12th-grade).

Both middle school and high school programs have classes and activities that concentrate and develop the principles of sound character and responsibility while enhancing self-confidence and providing opportunities for campers to experience the following benefits:

  • Become self-disciplined and resilient leaders, modeling independence and self-confidence;
  • Build positive relationships in a supervised environment that promotes independence and a sense of belonging;
  • Develop cherished friendships and a sense of community connections; 
  • Experience the daily lives of Cadets who attend the Academy during the school year with emphases on mentoring, safety, personal development, and sportsmanship;
  • Learn to avoid and if needed, to resolve conflicts while demonstrating respect for others; and,
  • Raise self-esteem and realize one’s own potential.


Introduction to Leadership

  • For middle school campers, this two-week session is an introduction for campers interested in exploring potential and learning the fundamentals of citizenship. Campers gain invaluable life skills through fun activities and adventure-based challenges, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, discipline, and respect. Returning campers can follow up their primary leadership classes from previous camps with an advanced curriculum, emphasizing the ore values of responsibility, loyalty, and selfless service, all focused on preparing them for high school
  • For high school campers, this leadership education course includes group instruction, hands-on learning and outdoor adventures. During the two-week session, campers learn to focus on achievement while overcoming physical and mental challenges.

Advanced Leadership

  • For middle school campers, this is a four-week session for younger campers interested in gaining primary- and secondary-level experience by combining both the introduction and principles courses in a four-week period.
  • For high school campers, this four-week course introduces them to the U.S. Army’s high school-level Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), focusing on the core values of honor, integrity, and selfless service that motivate campers to succeed. Returning campers from a previous summer camp will receive instruction on advanced citizenship and leadership skills that reinforce the confidence and principles learned from their previous training.

Introduction to Leadership Elective Courses
Included as part of the Supplemental Enrichment Options programs are the following electives, each offered in two-week sessions:

Leadership (Session One or Session Two):  For motivated middle school and high school campuses to become better citizens, the Advanced Leadership option enhances the camp’s core leadership element, reinforcing communication and cooperative skills, personal strengths, and self-confidence.

Aviation (Session One for middle school campers; Session Two for high school campers):  Named after the Army and Navy Academy’s “Warrior” mascot, this popular course introduces campers to aeronautics through in-class discussions and project-based learning. Topics include the principles of flight, aircraft anatomy, space travel, remotely piloted aircraft systems as well as what they will need to earn drone, glider, and private pilot licenses.

Cyber Security & Computer Science (Session One for high school campers; Session Two for middle school campers.) This course introduces cyber security through the use of virtual machines to run Windows 10 and Linux. The elective reinforces the scientific process and promotes the appropriate use of technology. It introduces the concepts of personal responsibility for data, online behavior, and digital leadership. Campers will become familiar with the digital defense of operating systems and take responsibility for their data.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This course teaches active listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for English learners, using a variety of instructional media and technologies. 


  • At the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus:
    • High Ropes Confidence and Team-Building Course 
  • At the nearby Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base: 
    • Leadership Reaction & Obstacle Course
    • Overnight camping
    • Water Safety and Survival Skills class that includes a high-tower water jump
    • Indoor simulated marksmanship training
    • Rock climbing and rappelling 


  • Trips to the Camp Pendleton Military Museum and the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
  • Wilderness hikes
  • Kayaking at Camp Pendleton
  • Movie nights
  • Enjoying the beach next to the campus 

Following the guidance from local, state, and federal organizations, the operational procedures for operating safety amid the COVID-10 pandemic included, but are not limited to the following procedures:

  • Configuring the campus to optimize social distancing protocols
  • Conducting wellness assessments throughout the day
  • Implementing facilities sanitation tasks per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards
  • Using of personal protection equipment by campers and staff 

What follows are the dates and fees for both the middle school and high school programs:

  • Session One: June 28 to July 10
  • Session Two: July 12 to July 24
  • Four-week session: June 28 to July 24

Four-week session:  $5,260
Two-week boarding sessions:  $3,200
Two-week day camp sessions: $1,850

For further information on the Summer Leadership Camp or — to reserve an Open House date, e-mail or call 760.547.5207 or 760.547.5288
Address: 2605 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA 92008