Co-ed Summer Camps

Summer Leadership Camp FAQs

General Questions

The Army and Navy Academy is an all-boys school, is the summer leadership camp for boys only?

During the traditional school year, the Army and Navy Academy operates as a college-preparatory boarding school for boys. Each summer, the campus is transformed into a co-educational environment hosting a unique mix of male and female campers residing in separate, gender-specific areas, housed separately by age groups.

If a camper is considering attending the Army and Navy Academy in the fall, is the summer leadership camp a good transition?

Many summer campers decide to attend the Academy in the fall. Should families be interested in applying for the fall program, it is best to contact the Admissions department at 888.762.2338 or by emailing

What is my child going to do at this summer leadership camp?
Army and Navy Academy’s Summer Leadership Camp offers coed campers various activities and classes that motivate and encourage social interaction, accountability, skill development, and personal growth. Campers enjoy full access to our unique oceanfront location and are treated to morning classes and afternoon activities to develop leadership skills and strategies. Daily physical training periods push campers to new physical limits, and afternoon recreation periods allow campers to socialize with their peers and participate in staff-led and camper-led games and activities. Off-campus trips to various locations like the Camp Pendleton obstacle course, U.S.S. Midway, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum enhance the camp with unique and memorable experiences.
What should campers bring to summer camp?
The dress code for Camp Challenge is polo shirts, Army Combat Uniforms, or physical training attire. While the Academy provides most of the campers’ uniforms, there are additional items required. Please refer to the specific packing list on the Academy website. Parents/guardians should ensure that all clothing is appropriate and in good taste. The Academy reserves the right to approve clothing.
What items are banned from camp?

Campers may wish to bring certain unnecessary, inappropriate, unsafe, and even illegal items to camp. Do not bring the following to camp: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, non-prescription drugs, knives, weapons, matches, cigarette lighters, fireworks of any kind, electrical appliances (irons, refrigerators, TVs). Also, we ask that you do not bring the following items to campus: skateboards, rollerblades, televisions, DVD players, valuable belongings including clothing, watches, jewelry, large amounts of cash, etc.

How does the Summer Leadership Camp support children requiring unique physical or emotional needs?

The Army and Navy Academy Summer Leadership Camp is a leadership training camp for children; it is not a behavioral modification program. The camp is not designed to address or rectify behavioral or emotional issues. It will not provide a therapeutic experience for young men and women who have been acting out at school or rebelling at home.

Also, the Summer Leadership Camp consists of arduous physical programming, intended to push campers beyond their own perceived limits and experiential instruction periods designed to equip participants with beneficial leadership skills and strategies. Applicants that are emotionally, physically, and mentally equipped and prepared are most likely to have a successful summer experience.

When necessary, as part of the application process, Academy staff will initiate dialogues with families, share detailed information about the camp, and ask applicants questions to determine the likelihood of their participation being successful. In cases when the applicant has “special needs,” the answers to these questions about the applicant’s background and potential limitations assist in determining whether or not Academy staff can implement reasonable modifications to facilitate the applicant’s access and involvement in the camp.

While the Army and Navy Academy complies with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled camp applicants, and would only deny a camper’s application if their participation in the Summer Leadership camp would:

  1. result in an undue burden (e.g., “high” cost, training, etc.) on the Academy
  2. fundamentally alter the nature of the camp session or program (for the individual and others)
  3. compromise the safety of others attending the camp

Due to the nature of the summer camp, the application of some modifications to the program would likely compromise programmatic content and the Academy’s ability to provide full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges included in the summer camp.

How do you support gender-expansive youth?

Army and Navy Academy Summer Leadership Camp promotes equal opportunities for all campers without discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, or disability. Including youth who do not comfortably relate to gender roles based on their physiology and self-identify untraditionally on the gender spectrum

For campers with traditionally marginalized identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities), the Academy priorities are to:

  • ensure consistency in the provision of a physically and emotionally safe camp experience
  • avoid situations creating isolation that contribute to compromised emotional experiences, increase situational anxiety, and put physically and emotionally safety at risk
  • provide gender-neutral programming that allows participation by any interested camper while considering participation exceptions relating to skill level and camper safety
  • respect and protect campers’ confidentiality regarding gender identity status equal to that of their health information

Academy staff work to maintain flexibility while managing minority campers’ unique needs on a case-by-case basis. One of the best resources for understanding these needs and establishing the most effective approach towards facilitating a successful experience is a conversation with the camper and the child’s parent(s). This open communication allows the administration to determine where the child will feel safe and helps staff understand and address their unique needs in the camp setting.

Application Questions

How do we apply for the summer leadership camp?

Campers can apply online on the Army and Navy Academy website using our convenient, user-friendly online system to begin the application process. Once you’ve registered, the system will guide you through the application step-by-step as you enter all necessary family and camper information.

After your online application is submitted, you will be required to complete supplemental forms for your camper’s record. These forms will be available on the registration confirmation page, as well as in the confirmation email you will receive from the Academy.

What happens after an application is submitted?

A camper application packet is only complete when a completed online application is submitted, an initial payment is paid, and all required documents are submitted for review. Once an application packet is done, it is reviewed and screened by Army & Navy Academy staff. Within 72 hours, applications are accepted or rejected. For rejected applications, administrative staff make contact with the family and alert them of the decision. Accepted applicants receive an acceptance email message.

What are the electives, and how do campers choose them?

The summer leadership camp offers a split weekday schedule to all campers. The morning period concentrates on the course content selected during the application process, and the afternoon is dedicated to recreational and teambuilding activities. Course content includes Leadership, Aviation, Cyber-security, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. While four-week campers’ classes will concentrate on leadership philosophies, skills, and strategies, those attending two-week sessions have the option of replacing their morning leadership class with an alternative subject. Should a two-week camper wish to stay in the leadership concentration, they may choose leadership as their morning class.

aviation tour

Communication Questions

How can I stay in touch with my camper?

In case of emergency, parents can contact campers through either the camp office or the Academy operations office. For regular communications, campers can receive periodic phone calls during pre-scheduled periods and have email delivered daily via the email address.

Can campers call home? Can parents call campers?

The constant use of cell phones has become a way of life; however, when campers arrive, they must secure their cell phones with our security team. Campers can sign out phones during select weekends and regular phone call periods. If necessary, parents can contact campers through either the camp or Academy operations offices. Except in emergencies, campers may not make or receive phone calls during activity periods such as classes, activities, or study hall. Incoming calls are received by our camp office 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All incoming calls are given to campers once a day as written messages.

Can parents visit campers at the leadership summer camp?

If restrictions lift before the summer of 2021 and it is deemed safe to do so, parents and guardians may make arrangements to visit and take campers off-campus during camp. We do, however, feel that these visits may disrupt the camp experience. We try to keep them very busy with activities, and taking them away from these experiences may result in them missing opportunities to make friends or try something new.

If there are plans to take a camper off-campus, the Academy Operations Office must be notified, in writing, and no less than 48 hours, of the plan on pickup and return. Should these arrangements be scheduled during a weekend trip, the child is the parent or visitor’s responsibility until the group arrives back on campus.

Summer Camp Activities

Medical Questions

How do you handle camper medical needs?

Academy medical personnel are on campus daily, urgent care, and two hospitals are nearby. Campers are required to submit detailed medical documents with their application. Medical insurance is required for all campers to facilitate the provision of medical care by an outside provider. Proof of insurance needs to be provided before being accepted into camp. For international students, the health center must approve their insurance before their application is complete. We offer international campers one-month insurance coverage for an additional fee.

How do you handle food allergies, dietary restrictions, or nutritional accommodations?

Any request for special diets, i.e., food allergies, vegetarian, etc., must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance through the camp office. Detailed documentation of the situation will be requested from the guardian registering the camper. This information is recorded in the application record and shared with the food service director to generate signage in the dining hall alerting diners to food content and make menu accommodations whenever possible.

Contact Mike Basista
Associate Director of Admission, Summer Camps