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Best Summer Camps Or Workshops For Teens In Baltimore

As the days get warmer, teens around Baltimore will be looking to their parents to find the most fun, exciting and unforgettable summer camps. From activities in the water and outdoors, to challenges on the sports field or science lab, parents can use this list to find the best summer camp that fit their child's personality and unique interests. Additionally, these camps are flexible to fit your unpredictable summer schedule--whether that's overnight accommodations, all day, or just morning and evening sessions.
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Merritt Athletic Summer Camps
8757 Mylander Lane
Towson, Md. 21286
(410) 821-0160

Maryland's premier fitness and health club, Merritt Athletic Club offers top-notch aquatic camps that will ensure your teen has a summer to remember. Plus, aquatic camps are perfect for keeping cool and wet during the heat waves of summer. Two options at Merritt are the Splash and Swim Camp, which combines swim lessons with water games, or Junior Lifeguard Camp, which teaches water and boating safety, lifeguard equipment, as well as ways to rescue a distressed swimmer. Free swim time is also available daily in both programs. Depending on your location, consider additional camp locations in Eldersburg and Canton.

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Virginia Space Flight Academy

Virginia Space Flight Academy
P.O. Box 188
Atlantic, Va. 23303
(757) 824-3800

Although about a three-hour drive for Baltimore residents, Virginia Space Flight Academy is a six-day, five-night co-ed adventure camp that is adjacent to a favorite family vacation destination for many Marylanders, Chincoteague Island. Created for teens 11-15 years old who are interested in spaceships, robotics, rockets, gravity, aerodynamics and weather, this camp provides the extraordinary opportunity to visit NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and gain a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. rocketry program. Working in teams, teens will enjoy building and launching several types of model rockets as well as collaborating on a robotics project.

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Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21209
(410) 578-1919

Teens can choose between full day or half-day summer camps to explore the aesthetics of ceramic arts and learn more about the varieties available with clay and multimedia at Baltimore Clayworks. Open to artists with any level of experience, campers can explore their creativity by following different themes set for each week and will also learn hand-building and throwing techniques to create unique works of art. Students will meet and work with local ceramic artists to ask questions and gain further inspiration.

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McDonogh School Camp

McDonogh School Camps
8600 McDonogh Road
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
(410) 363-0600

McDonogh offers a variety of co-ed summer camps to meet the need for diversity in any teenager. Outdoor Adventure Camp immerses campers in challenging activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, high and low rope courses and even outdoor skills training. For athletic youth, The All Sports Camp provides a suite of physical activities including (but not limited to) basketball, baseball/softball, lacrosse, water polo and track and field. Or water lovers will want to experience the Ultimate Watersports camp with exciting choices like paddle or wind surfing, kayaking, water trampolines and more.

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Baltimore Blast Summer Soccer Camp
1301 South Ellwood Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 73-BLAST

What about those pre-teens? Camp sessions are available in the mornings or evenings for youth soccer players at any skill level up to age 13. One of the biggest perks of this camp is instruction by actual Baltimore Blast and local college soccer players. The trainings focus on both individual skill and contribution to team effort. By simulating real-game situations, players will increase their soccer skills while creating relationships with pro players and learning the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility. Every camper will also receive a Baltimore Blast Summer Soccer Camp t-shirt, a soccer ball and a ticket to an upcoming regular season Baltimore Blast game.

Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at

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