Kids who embrace adventure or those who have a specialized interest – roller coasters, space exploration, dinosaurs and more – won’t be able to resist these overnight camps.

Outdoors Adventure Camps

Tent camping-on-the-move with daily adventures such as hiking, rock climbing or white water rafting could best describe the experience at these two camps, and others that don’t have a fixed camp location. Alpen Girl for ages 11-16 has one-week camps for younger girls, and two-week camps for older girls with itineraries in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. Adventure Treks leads co-ed trips for ages 13-18, ranging from 13 to 30 days. Treks explore in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, California, Colorado, British Columbia and Alaska.

Spy Camp

Learn what it takes to be a spy in this two-week camp that includes martial arts, code breaking, surveillance techniques and undercover maneuvers, for fifth-graders and older. The camp in Lake Como, Pa., is part of Camp Lohikan, a traditional camp with areas of focus that include circus arts, extreme sports, gymnastics and more.

Dinosaur Camp

At Encana Badlands Science Camp offered by Royall Tyrrell Museum, Alberta, Canada, kids sleep in prospector tents in the Alberta Badlands and get a hands-on experience in paleontology while prospecting for dinosaur fossils. The one-week camps are for kids ages 9-12 or 13-16.

Roller Coaster Tours

Teens who love coasters can take a hair-raising one-week tour with ThrillCoaster Tours. Tours this year go to Cedar Point, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, in Sandusky, Ohio, and nearby coasters or sample the coasters in California, including those at Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disneyland. Kids stay at Marriott or Hilton hotels.

Space Camp

At the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., kids ages 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 train like an astronaut, launch rockets and work as a team to solve problems related to space travel.

Travel and Learn Camps

From fourth grade through high school, kids can travel in the U.S. or abroad with Overland Summer Camps, based in Williamstown, Mass. Camp groups are organized by age and interests, such as biking, hiking, field studies, languages, leadership or service.

On a Bold Earth tour, kids travel in the U.S. and abroad on adventures such as biking and hiking Italy, exploring the wildlife and waters of the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, attending surf camp in Mexico and more. Adventures are for kids ages 12 and older.

Wizards, Warriors and Zombies!

Kids ages 10-15 use physics and biology to fight monsters, battle with foam swords and find their hero within at Wizards and Warriors STEM Camp, a co-ed camp in Waltham, Mass. At Zombie STEM Summer Camp they fight off evil with NERF blasters. A counselor-in-training program is for ages 16-19. and

Culinary Camp

The Kids Culinary Camp of Florida in Cocoa Beach teaches kids ages 10-17 everything from kitchen safety to knife skills to cooking techniques for poultry, meat and seafood to how to make pastry or decorate a cake. Kids receive a professional knives kit, a cake decorating kit and a chef’s uniform.

Shark Camp and More

Teens with advanced scuba experience can research and dive with sharks off the Fiji Islands and younger campers who’ve completed at least the seventh grade can have other water adventures and get scuba certified during camps organized by Broadreach Global Educational Adventures, based in Raleigh, N.C. Two-week Discovery trips, some as close at the Bahamas, accommodate first-time adventurers, from middle school through high school.

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