SOCAPA Reviews - Reviews of our Summer Camps & Programs

SOCAPA Summer Camp Reviews

Sometimes it's better to hear it from someone else. Read what actual students and parents have to say about our summer camps and programs.


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Jan 10, 2020

"My 13 year old with a passion for photography but very little formal experience and no training went to SOCAPA Vermont for the 2-week Digital AND DARKROOM camp last year. Fantastic!!! They had a great... read on google"

"My 13 year old with a passion for photography but very little formal experience and no training went to SOCAPA Vermont for the 2-week Digital AND DARKROOM camp last year. Fantastic!!! They had a great time, especially learning the ways of the elders, in a real darkroom. Sounds like everyone teaching at Socapa and running the thing really love what they are doing, and have a breadth and a depth of knowledge that is impressive. Working artists when they are not there. This camp experience was at the top of our budget range but COMPLETELY WORTH IT. The facilities sounded really good, and the instructors seemed very adept at engaging a mixed-skill level group without anyone feeling bored or rushed. The photos and prints at the end of the summer experience were ample document of 2 weeks well-spent. They work the kids pretty hard, and also have constructive free time. My kid made a number of friends I think they may have for life---good value teens from a variety of places. HIGHLY RECOMMEND...in fact, going back again this year. Only one shortfall: there is no program for moms :("

Dec 24, 2019

"My son Evan attended the one week Core Acting Camp in Manhattan last summer, and it was quite literally life-changing. Growing up in rural Nebraska, and involved in community and school theater since ... read on google"

"My son Evan attended the one week Core Acting Camp in Manhattan last summer, and it was quite literally life-changing. Growing up in rural Nebraska, and involved in community and school theater since an early age, Evan wanted an experience to stretch to new levels and found it in SOCAPA. He learned so much, had great new experiences and made friends that he has continued to be in touch with all of this year. As a parent, I had natural trepidations about his experience so far away from home and the folks at SOCAPA were great about putting me in touch with parents and participants from previous years to find out more about the program and allay any concerns that I had. Staff was unfailingly responsive and helpful before, during, and after this experience. Evan plans to return this summer for a longer and more advanced camp experience."

Dec 23, 2019

"SOCAPA has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much and had such a great time. I have grown so much as a dancer and I owe so much to SOCAPA. I recommend SOCAPA for all types... read on google"

"SOCAPA has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much and had such a great time. I have grown so much as a dancer and I owe so much to SOCAPA. I recommend SOCAPA for all types of performers. A+!!!"

Apr 25, 2019

"Last year, our son, a high schooler, attended SOCAPA film program in New York. He came back enchanted, having written directed and edited three short movies. One per week. Each with a different and sm... read on google"

"Last year, our son, a high schooler, attended SOCAPA film program in New York. He came back enchanted, having written directed and edited three short movies. One per week. Each with a different and smart cinematographic prompt. Teachers were caring and competent. Our son made many friends, not only within the film department but also with the acting one and others. We highly recommend SOCAPA. Our son will return this year on the film program level 2."

Apr 13, 2019

"I have made some of my greatest friends at this camp. Not only are the teachers absolutely incredible, but everyone is overwhelmingly supportive. Everyone here wants the best for you, and sees potenti... read on google"

"I have made some of my greatest friends at this camp. Not only are the teachers absolutely incredible, but everyone is overwhelmingly supportive. Everyone here wants the best for you, and sees potential in every last person. Last summer, I learned more about acting than I have in my entire life. Maddy, my instructor, became one of my best friends. I looked up to her like she was my older, wiser, more knowledgable sister. Not only was she insanely talented, but also very down to earth. She helped me find myself, which allowed me to tap into emotions that I didn't even know I possessed. I strongly recommend this summer camp. The Vermont environment is quite peaceful and relaxing, which allowed me the ability to be able to concentrate on the art I was studying. Especially in the advanced programs, everyone is serious about their work. If you are looking for a summer camp in which you can further a craft that you are truly passionate about, this is the place for you. As an Eagle Scout, on my honor, you can trust me when I say that going here will having a profound impact on you for the rest of your life. Go."

Apr 08, 2019
 

"Both of my sons have attended filmmaking camps there for more than one summer. They returned on their own initiative. The program is organized, well-run, professional, and responsive. The staff and in... read on facebook"

"Both of my sons have attended filmmaking camps there for more than one summer. They returned on their own initiative. The program is organized, well-run, professional, and responsive. The staff and instructors were nurturing, encouraging, talented and inspiring. We have attended more than one showcase and been highly impressed by the caliber of the students' work and their obvious enthusiasm and delight at being together as part of the camp experience. Bonds were definitely formed among them. My sons continue to be in touch with their SOCAPA friends. My oldest son was inspired to apply to film school as a result of his SOCAPA experience. A SOCAPA instructor wrote him a recommendation, and he will be attending a university film school in the fall! I would definitely recommend sending your children to this camp."

Apr 05, 2019

"My name is Téha, and I am French. Last year, I attempted the three weeks core acting at Socapa on the Manhattan campus. It was a very interesting experience. Because during these three weeks, we di... read on google"

"My name is Téha, and I am French. Last year, I attempted the three weeks core acting at Socapa on the Manhattan campus. It was a very interesting experience. Because during these three weeks, we didn't just did some acting technics, but we also shot in different shorts films (that the filmmakers made), and went to two musicals at Broadway. I made many friends from different countries that has the same passion than me, and that was really good because we were helping each other to improves our acting. The class was very various: we did a lot's of improvisation, and some fifteen minutes act scene on a theme that we had to respect. Our mentor also gave us some exercises to do to warm us up before starting acting. I recommend Socapa three weeks core acting to every person that is interested in acting because I'm convinced that you will love it and that you will maybe discover a new passion."

Apr 04, 2019

"I had just graduated from my middle school and my mom signed me up for a one week film camp in California because I am super into that stuff. I showed up and was immediately met with open arms and lov... read on google"

"I had just graduated from my middle school and my mom signed me up for a one week film camp in California because I am super into that stuff. I showed up and was immediately met with open arms and love from the entire staff and student body. The lessons were engaging and absolutely fascinating. I was able to transform a passion for movies and making videos into understanding the process of filmmaking in a very real way. But beyond what I learned, and I learned a hell of a lot, I made friends that I still talk to after two years. After the camp ended, we would group Skype all the time. The bonds and relationships you will make at this camp are astonishing and everlasting. The next year I did the two week camp and met who I would consider some of the best friends I have ever had. I am going to SOCAPA this summer for three weeks this time and I am beyond excited for what’s to come. This place is amazing, please trust me."

Nov 15, 2018
 

"Our 16 yr old daughter Katherine attended the 2-week Core Acting program in LA. She had heard about SOCAPA from a friend who had attended the dance camp in NY the year prior. Not only did she have a g... read on facebook"

"Our 16 yr old daughter Katherine attended the 2-week Core Acting program in LA. She had heard about SOCAPA from a friend who had attended the dance camp in NY the year prior. Not only did she have a great experience at camp she met people from all around the world. The camp broadened her acting skills and gave her a better understanding of how to work in front of a camera as well as with a production team. Not to mention the great excursions into LA. She enjoyed the experience so much she is hoping to return in 2019 for the 3 week course."

Oct 23, 2018

"We can't thank SOCAPA enough for the amazing experiences our son has had at camp. At 14, he did a one week filmmaking boot-camp in Vermont. He loved it so much that at 15, he did a two-week filmmaking... read on facebook"

"We can't thank SOCAPA enough for the amazing experiences our son has had at camp. At 14, he did a one week filmmaking boot-camp in Vermont. He loved it so much that at 15, he did a two-week filmmaking camp at the Brooklyn campus. This year, he will attend a longer and more advanced camp and is already looking forward to summer. He has made many friends who he keeps in touch with from across the US and around the world. Meeting so many interesting and talented kids and teachers who share his passion has been a highlight for him. He has learned more than we could have hoped for and continues to work on his craft at home. As parents, we are not only thankful for the skills he has been taught, but also for the supportive and safe SOCAPA environment and for such caring teachers and staff. We highly recommend this camp!"

Sep 26, 2018

"My daughter has traveled for Socapa's dance sessions for the past 3 years from Istanbul, Turkey and she cant wait for her her final 4th summer next year before she heads for college scholar programs. ... read on google"

"My daughter has traveled for Socapa's dance sessions for the past 3 years from Istanbul, Turkey and she cant wait for her her final 4th summer next year before she heads for college scholar programs. Socapa New York has offered her experience beyond the dance training. She has met beautiful friends, worked with extremely qualified instructors. The professional setting and dance shoots has been a great exposure which she cannot get anywhere else. Also, the online portfolio will be very handy when it comes to college aplications. I as a mother would not think twice when recommending."

Jun 07, 2018

"Had the best summer, learning loads about photography in just one week at the Brooklyn campus. I had amazing teachers that supported all students in every possible way. I met so many amazing people an... read on facebook"

"Had the best summer, learning loads about photography in just one week at the Brooklyn campus. I had amazing teachers that supported all students in every possible way. I met so many amazing people and had an unforgettable summer. I highly recommend to everyone, that wants to experience an amazing summer and is interested in arts, whether just for fun or for their future! Thank you SOCAPA!"

May 30, 2018

"The SOCAPA program provided a wonderful experience for my stepson. Although he enrolled at the last minute, SOCAPA extended itself in making accommodations for him. He was able to join two classes, sc... read on google"

"The SOCAPA program provided a wonderful experience for my stepson. Although he enrolled at the last minute, SOCAPA extended itself in making accommodations for him. He was able to join two classes, screenwriting and filmmaking, and also participate as an actor in three of the projects. I was impressed by the seriousness and quality of the instruction, the support to the students that the instructors gave, and the diversity of the program itself, which included acting, filmmaking, and photography. Different students participated in different parts of the program, but the mix made the whole greater than the parts. The fact that there were young people from all over the US as well as from abroad added another very positive dimension to the program. There was great camaraderie, and my stepson made many friends from all over the world. He is still in touch with many of them. Although he was a day student, I saw enough through his eyes to know that the students in the residential program were well taken care of in terms of safety — while giving them enough freedom to have fun. All in all SOCAPA provided a high quality learning experience and a great summer."

May 25, 2018

"SOCAPA is the greatest arts experience that a teenager can have! They provide a welcoming and fun environment for all students. For anyone who has an interest in the arts, SOCAPA has the perfect progr... read on google"

"SOCAPA is the greatest arts experience that a teenager can have! They provide a welcoming and fun environment for all students. For anyone who has an interest in the arts, SOCAPA has the perfect program for you! Taking classes and learning more about photography really taught me who I am as a photographer and how to be even better. The teachers are all amazingly supportive and provide all the tools for you to be the best you can and think creatively. Making friends here is an extraordinary experience because everyone thats here are creative arts students from all over the world who help to build each other up and create a place to thrive. I will never regret my experience at SOCAPA, and there is nothing that can compare to it. If you are on the edge about whether or not to go, know that the greatest summer of your life is waiting for you here."

May 23, 2018

"Honestly such an incredible experience. I've gone to SOCAPA for about 5 years and it is one of the most welcoming places. It's a place were you can get away from any problems you have and just be your... read on google"

"Honestly such an incredible experience. I've gone to SOCAPA for about 5 years and it is one of the most welcoming places. It's a place were you can get away from any problems you have and just be yourself. I've made some of my best friends at this camp and still keep in touch with most of them today. I've learned an extreme amount at this camp. I found my style at this camp. I've been given opportunity at this camp. I found my dream at this camp. Anytime someone asks me about any good film programs I send them in the direction of SOCAPA because I honestly can't think of a bad experience, from the 5 years that I have, had at the camp. This past summer I interned at the camp and even as an intern I managed to make a film and help other students on theirs. This camp taught me about film festivals and how to get my name out there. All my success in the film industry I owe to SOCAPA and all the wonderful people that come out from it. If you are considering if SOCAPA is worth it? Take my word for it, IT IS."

Jul 19, 2017

"SOCAPA NYC is wonderful. My daughter loved every minute of her three-week core acting program. She learned so much and got to work with such talented, motivated, creative teachers and students in such... read on facebook"

"SOCAPA NYC is wonderful. My daughter loved every minute of her three-week core acting program. She learned so much and got to work with such talented, motivated, creative teachers and students in such a supportive atmosphere. She now has friends from all over the country and the world, and can't wait to come back next summer!"

Sep 01, 2016

"SOCAPA was the best summer dance intensive my daughter has ever attended, and it provided the necessary artist’s environment she needed as she explores and makes big life decisions as she enter... read on facebook"

"SOCAPA was the best summer dance intensive my daughter has ever attended, and it provided the necessary artist’s environment she needed as she explores and makes big life decisions as she enters her senior year in high school. The videos of solo and group dances will be amazing for the college applications! As far as the actual dancing went, she was pushed to her best limits and they helped her explore out of her comfort zone in such a way that she was able to find a different side of herself as a dancer. Thank you for an amazing summer dance experience, SOCAPA!"

Aug 10, 2016

"I was at the NYU campus in Brooklyn this summer and I absolutely loved everything about being at this camp. I was in the photography program- the teachers are awesome. The atmosphere that you're in is... read on facebook"

"I was at the NYU campus in Brooklyn this summer and I absolutely loved everything about being at this camp. I was in the photography program- the teachers are awesome. The atmosphere that you're in is great and you get to meet the best people. I do recommend this camp to anyone who's interested and is serious about being in the arts."

May 30, 2015

"Last summer, I had one of the best experiences of my life when I attended SOCAPA for six weeks (three in the filmmaking program and three in the advanced filmmaking program). It truly was an amazing s... read on google"

"Last summer, I had one of the best experiences of my life when I attended SOCAPA for six weeks (three in the filmmaking program and three in the advanced filmmaking program). It truly was an amazing summer and an unforgettable learning experience. I was interested in film for a while, but I had no real experience before I went to SOCAPA, and the program made me realize that film is something I am truly passionate about and that I want to continue doing for the rest of my life. I was nervous but excited about going away from Colombia to New York for six whole weeks, but I never felt uncomfortable while in the program because everybody was extremely nice and helpful. The teachers and TAs were constantly helping you improve and giving you feedback on your work, and they made learning fun and enriching. I also got to meet students from all over the world that are interested in film the way I am, and this created an excellent environment. I want to thank SOCAPA for an amazing, and definitely the most productive, summer of my life!"

Oct 30, 2013

"My son participated in this program the last two summers. It was OUTSTANDING. Excellent instruction, hands-on learning, in a very professional setting. This is the best program of its kind we have eve... read on facebook"

"My son participated in this program the last two summers. It was OUTSTANDING. Excellent instruction, hands-on learning, in a very professional setting. This is the best program of its kind we have ever encountered. My family highly recommends SOCAPA!"

Feb 22, 2020
 

"As a parent of a Sophomore who attended SOCAPA’s dance program at the Manhattan campus last summer and will hopefully attend again this summer, I highly recommend the camp. The different art de... read on facebook"

"As a parent of a Sophomore who attended SOCAPA’s dance program at the Manhattan campus last summer and will hopefully attend again this summer, I highly recommend the camp. The different art departments and even campuses attend each other’s pre-showcase performances and the groups attend various New York City performances and activities together, making for a very fun, friendly, supportive environment. The variety of evening events is amazing, including things like multiple art venues, a Broadway show, Coney Island, and other local fun spots. And the end of camp performances which include all the art forms are well done and showcase the hard work put in by the students during their days at camp."

Jul 03, 2019

"I'm going to keep this short and sweet . SOCAPA is a life changing experience that will make you a better artist, along side a better person . I went to SOCAPA 3 times and each time was better than th... read on google"

"I'm going to keep this short and sweet . SOCAPA is a life changing experience that will make you a better artist, along side a better person . I went to SOCAPA 3 times and each time was better than the last .The connections I made in the acting world were crucial in my development as an actor and the friends I made will be with me for life . SOCAPA's versitle curriculum will prepare you for the real world and will also make you never want to leave the program. Even though the experience I gained as an actor was incredible, the other social aspect SOCAPA offers is truly what made me fall in love. From seeing Broadway shows, to adventuring, and even doing bonding activities with your roommates made the experience different and better than any other summer program. The counselors and teachers are phenomenal, and the classes are fun and interesting. It truly prepares you for the real world and I will value SOCAPA until the day I die. I have nothing but love for SOCAPA, and it is a must if you are an artist looking to expirience the world of your craft and become a better human in general."

Mar 12, 2020

"I went here a little under a year ago and I can’t tell you how amazing it was! I made so many new friends that I keep in touch with still. I had very little acting experience and I didn’... read on google"

"I went here a little under a year ago and I can’t tell you how amazing it was! I made so many new friends that I keep in touch with still. I had very little acting experience and I didn’t feel left behind at all her bough there were many more people with more experience than I. This place is wonderful and worth every single cent- I highly recommend it!"

Feb 22, 2020

"Our Daughter attended the NYC Manhattan campus 3 week dance conservatory program in the summer of 2019. I was originally nervous at the thought of sending her to the big city for a summer camp, but it... read on google"

"Our Daughter attended the NYC Manhattan campus 3 week dance conservatory program in the summer of 2019. I was originally nervous at the thought of sending her to the big city for a summer camp, but it became obvious that the program managers and counselors were up to the task of keeping our daughter safe and in a controlled environment. We were able to travel to visit her twice during her program and received regular calls, texts and videos. It was clear to us that she was thoroughly enjoying her program, making lots of new friends, and expanding her dance abilities. It is my hope that she will attend SOCAPA again this coming summer."

Jan 18, 2020

"My 15-year-old had a wonderful experience at SOCAPA's Vermont photography program last summer. She learned new skills and ways to use her camera, techniques for light and dark, was inspired by her ins... read on google"

"My 15-year-old had a wonderful experience at SOCAPA's Vermont photography program last summer. She learned new skills and ways to use her camera, techniques for light and dark, was inspired by her instructor and made some amazing friends. She's followed up at school this year with independent projects and is really enjoying it, and keeps in touch with her new friends. The camp was everything I hoped it would be for her. Looking forward to this summer!!"

Jun 09, 2019

"I had a fantastic time at socapa photography boot camp! We explored all the great sights in new york city, we went to the botanical gardens, photographed the brooklyn bridge at night, and had great ad... read on google"

"I had a fantastic time at socapa photography boot camp! We explored all the great sights in new york city, we went to the botanical gardens, photographed the brooklyn bridge at night, and had great adventures at coney island. I made great friends and memories, that I will remember for years to come!"

Nov 01, 2019
 

"My daughter attended SOCAPA's 1 week photography bootcamp this past summer in NYC. She LOVED it. She wanted to go to camp but was not interested in a woodsy environment. She's always been very creativ... read on facebook"

"My daughter attended SOCAPA's 1 week photography bootcamp this past summer in NYC. She LOVED it. She wanted to go to camp but was not interested in a woodsy environment. She's always been very creative so when I found this camp she jumped at the chance to go. She had never done photography but was able to rent a camera to see if it was something that she would like to explore more. Needless to say, Julia will be getting a camera for Christmas and we just signed her up for a 3 week photography session next summer. She can't wait!! The teachers and all the staff were amazing! I was concerned about her being comfortable in such a big city but I clearly had nothing to worry about. Julia was perfectly safe and supervised at all times. She's excited to learn even more about photography and meet more kids from around the world that share her same interests. School of Creative & Performing Arts (SOCAPA) "

Oct 08, 2019
 

"I just did the last session and let me say I'm so glad I did it. It's such an amazing program and I got a lot out of it. I met these amazing people who were also Interested in the same thing I was. It... read on facebook"

"I just did the last session and let me say I'm so glad I did it. It's such an amazing program and I got a lot out of it. I met these amazing people who were also Interested in the same thing I was. It wasn't very hard to get along with everyone. But it's not just friends I made. It's what I got to learn in such an short amount of time. We got amazing instructors, and they were able to teach me so much. I honestly don't think I would have gotten as far with my film if it wasn't from the people surround me as well the the instructor along side with the RAs. I would honestly love to do the 2-3 weeks next year! It's a program you wouldn't want to miss. I would 11/10 recommend it."

May 20, 2019

"I did the 2-week core filmmaking program last year in the LA campus, and I had the time of my life! I learned so much from incredible teachers who are actually in the film industry, which is even bett... read on google"

"I did the 2-week core filmmaking program last year in the LA campus, and I had the time of my life! I learned so much from incredible teachers who are actually in the film industry, which is even better that just having amazing teachers because they can give even better advice because of their experiences. I met amazing people who were just as passionate and interested in film as me, which created such an amazing atmosphere, and I still talk to them all the time. I've done other film camps before, but I definitely enjoyed this one the most, because I could tell that both the other kids and the instructors really wanted to be there and get the most out of it that they could. I loved it so much that I'm coming back this summer to do the screenwriting program in Manhattan!"

May 10, 2019
 

"My son attended the SOCAPA Core Filmmaking camp in Los Angeles last summer and learned SO much. He came home even more excited about producing films and honed his skills in writing, editing, shooting,... read on facebook"

"My son attended the SOCAPA Core Filmmaking camp in Los Angeles last summer and learned SO much. He came home even more excited about producing films and honed his skills in writing, editing, shooting, sound and overall production. The staff were very supportive and trustworthy. This summer, he had several choices of film camps to attend and decided that SOCAPA is THE best and only place for him. We are sending him to the NYC program this year and feel confident that SOCAPA is preparing him for a future creating what he loves. Not to mention, preparing him to apply to the competitive University film programs! Three weeks at SOCAPA will provide him with 3 new completed film projects of high caliber for his resume, plus valuable experience working with like-minded and inspiring new friends."

May 02, 2019

"The summers I’ve spent at SOCAPA have been some of the best of my life. Through the teaching of film professionals I was able to learn so much about short movie production with made me confiden... read on google"

"The summers I’ve spent at SOCAPA have been some of the best of my life. Through the teaching of film professionals I was able to learn so much about short movie production with made me confident in my choice to study the subject. The friends I’ve made at SOCAPA are some of the kindest people I know and I know those friendships will last forever. SOCAPA has truly been an amazing experience."

May 01, 2019

"Excellent program! Our daughter learned so much during her time there and made many wonderful connections which continue today. She participated for three summers during high school and was recently a... read on google"

"Excellent program! Our daughter learned so much during her time there and made many wonderful connections which continue today. She participated for three summers during high school and was recently accepted to her dream college for film production. This program is well worth the money, and I can not recommend it enough!! Thank you SOCAPA!!!"

Apr 07, 2019

"My son has been attending SOCAPA since the summer before his 9th grade year and he will be attending again this year going into his senior year. He has gained incredible skills, met life-long friends,... read on google"

"My son has been attending SOCAPA since the summer before his 9th grade year and he will be attending again this year going into his senior year. He has gained incredible skills, met life-long friends, and loved every minute of the independence and education he has received."

Apr 04, 2019
 

"Had a blast at SOCAPA LA last summer! I had been doing video productions for four years but had never done scripted shorts. SOCAPA's Core Filmmaking taught me a lot about how to write, direct, shoot, ... read on facebook"

"Had a blast at SOCAPA LA last summer! I had been doing video productions for four years but had never done scripted shorts. SOCAPA's Core Filmmaking taught me a lot about how to write, direct, shoot, and edit short films. I had a lot of fun and made many great friends in the process. All of the staff members in LA were very friendly. The campus ended up feeling like a giant family by the end of the three weeks and I still keep in touch with many of my classmates. Can't wait to do the Advanced Filmmaking course this summer in New York"

Apr 04, 2019
 

"I highly recommend going to SOCAPA ! I have been to many programs in order to improve my dancing skills, but I have to say that this camp compares to none when it comes to its professionalism and abil... read on facebook"

"I highly recommend going to SOCAPA ! I have been to many programs in order to improve my dancing skills, but I have to say that this camp compares to none when it comes to its professionalism and ability to inspire youths in what they are passionate in. I have gained a lot from going to SOCAPA and I recommend to anyone who is interested in the performing arts to attend this camp."

Apr 04, 2019
 

"My 15yr daughter attended the 1 week dance intensive last year. The dancing was incredible and all of the kids became great friends. They mix the different talents up in the rooming assignments, which... read on facebook"

"My 15yr daughter attended the 1 week dance intensive last year. The dancing was incredible and all of the kids became great friends. They mix the different talents up in the rooming assignments, which allows all of the groups to interact. Finally the evening activities really allowed the kids to experience NYC. We have already reserved a spot for the 2019 camp!"

Jan 16, 2019

"My daughter attended SOCAPA for their music program last summer. She was so inspired by the experience that she has now taken up playing another instrument! She already played piano, bass guitar, uk... read on google"

"My daughter attended SOCAPA for their music program last summer. She was so inspired by the experience that she has now taken up playing another instrument! She already played piano, bass guitar, ukulele and sang. Now she has started learning to play guitar as well! She came back from the camp saying, "this was the best experience of my life"! Can't beat that!"

Jan 15, 2019

"My daughter went to core acting in 2018 and loved it. I was amazed when I saw her in the final showcase. Her acting was believable and emotionally charged. She had so much fun while learning a lot,... read on google"

"My daughter went to core acting in 2018 and loved it. I was amazed when I saw her in the final showcase. Her acting was believable and emotionally charged. She had so much fun while learning a lot, and making very close friends. She'll be back for the advanced course!"

Dec 29, 2018

"My son attended the two week film making camp in Burlington Vermont and he absolutely loved it. He loved his instructors and learned so much. The other campers were great and he really enjoyed makin... read on google"

"My son attended the two week film making camp in Burlington Vermont and he absolutely loved it. He loved his instructors and learned so much. The other campers were great and he really enjoyed making new friends and continues to stay in touch with several of the kids. His experience at the Socapa camp was the best summer camp experience of his life."

Oct 15, 2018

"My son took one of the filmmaking classes and not only learned a tremendous amount about the end-to-end filmmaking process, but also had a great time with the other students. Additionally, I can not s... read on google"

"My son took one of the filmmaking classes and not only learned a tremendous amount about the end-to-end filmmaking process, but also had a great time with the other students. Additionally, I can not say enough positive things about the staff! They were exceptionally attentive to needs of both the students and the parents. My son will be returning to the camp again next year. I can not recommend SOCPA's programs highly enough."

Sep 26, 2018

"Our daughter had the best experience at camp in Vermont this summer. She spent two weeks at the film camp writing, directing, helping other kids on their projects and receiving professional guidance f... read on google"

"Our daughter had the best experience at camp in Vermont this summer. She spent two weeks at the film camp writing, directing, helping other kids on their projects and receiving professional guidance from the camp staff. Her confidence in film making has grown exponentially as has her confidence in her SELF. The showcase at the end highlighted all the students projects and we were blown away by the talent and creativity. What a show! Thank you SOCAPA for such a positive, confidence building experience. See you next year!"

Jan 15, 2018

"Best summer of my LIFE! I still have friends all over the world from SOCAPA. One of them just visited me in Denmark. I learned so much about photography and it helped me build a giant network of inter... read on google"

"Best summer of my LIFE! I still have friends all over the world from SOCAPA. One of them just visited me in Denmark. I learned so much about photography and it helped me build a giant network of international creatives."

Mar 10, 2017

"SOCAPA Brooklyn's film program gave me a conceptual foundation I needed. Through incredible staff, friends and educators who I have stayed in contact with since, I have continued to grow as a filmmake... read on facebook"

"SOCAPA Brooklyn's film program gave me a conceptual foundation I needed. Through incredible staff, friends and educators who I have stayed in contact with since, I have continued to grow as a filmmaker. The piece I made at SOCAPA (and couldn't have made without) has been to Vidcon, All American High School Film Festival, NFFTY and more, winning several awards along the way. There's no question that it's quite an expensive program, but it helped me decide on my future career and helped me pushed forward as an artist when I didn't know how to get going. Tomorrow, I'll be getting up at 6 to go shoot a fellow SOCAPA camper's project. The opportunities the camp afforded me have been incredible."

Nov 01, 2015

"My daughter had an amazing two weeks in Vermont learning advanced photography. The setting was perfect and the curriculum very well organized and taught. She brought back a portfolio that reflected th... read on facebook"

"My daughter had an amazing two weeks in Vermont learning advanced photography. The setting was perfect and the curriculum very well organized and taught. She brought back a portfolio that reflected the new skills and concepts she had learned. I highly recommend this camp."

Feb 22, 2020

"Our Daughter attended the NYC Manhattan campus 3 week dance conservatory program in the summer of 2019. I was originally nervous at the thought of sending her to the big city for a summer camp, but i... read on google"

"Our Daughter attended the NYC Manhattan campus 3 week dance conservatory program in the summer of 2019. I was originally nervous at the thought of sending her to the big city for a summer camp, but it became obvious that the program managers and counselors were up to the task of keeping our daughter safe and in a controlled environment. We were able to travel to visit her twice during her program and received regular calls, texts and videos. It was clear to us that she was thoroughly enjoying her program, making lots of new friends, and expanding her dance abilities. It is my hope that she will attend SOCAPA again this coming summer."

Feb 21, 2020

"My son is looking forward to returning to camp this summer. He had a great experience meeting lifelong friends and learning about film making. It’s a wonderful community that fosters creativity... read on google"

"My son is looking forward to returning to camp this summer. He had a great experience meeting lifelong friends and learning about film making. It’s a wonderful community that fosters creativity and gives students the inspiration and courage to put a voice to their passion!"

Nov 17, 2019

"My niece attended a 2019 summer session specializing in photography. I had the privilege to attend the closing show and was absolutely blown away by what these kids were able to put together in a wee... read on google"

"My niece attended a 2019 summer session specializing in photography. I had the privilege to attend the closing show and was absolutely blown away by what these kids were able to put together in a week. The information she came home with, the memories she made and the friendships she acquired will be with her for the rest of her life. That was her first year and as soon as she could sign up for a 2020 session she did... only this time, instead of a week, she'll go for three. I can't say enough about what SOCAPA did for her."

Nov 03, 2019
 

"My Daughter went last year for the 2 week Core Acting Intensive, the first time she was ever away from home. We were ready for the rescue call, or even a homesick call home. However, that call never c... read on facebook"

"My Daughter went last year for the 2 week Core Acting Intensive, the first time she was ever away from home. We were ready for the rescue call, or even a homesick call home. However, that call never came! She was having so much fun and making the best friends that she barely had a minute to even call and say goodnight! She is still talking about " the time of her life", we have already signed her up for next summer!"

Nov 01, 2019

"My daughter attended the 1 week photography bootcamp this past summer. She has always been very creative but wanted to give photography a whirl. She loved everything about this camp. She loved explori... read on google"

"My daughter attended the 1 week photography bootcamp this past summer. She has always been very creative but wanted to give photography a whirl. She loved everything about this camp. She loved exploring NYC. Taking pictures in all of the different locations throughout NYC gave her a true appreciation for city living. My daughter has suffered from anxiety for many years now. This camp did wonders for her anxiety. She made friends pretty much right away, learned about the camera and how to take pictures, and fell more in love with NYC. Her self confidence is soaring now after attending this camp. We would highly recommend SOCAPA to anyone looking for a unique, fun, creative camp."

Apr 30, 2019

"I've been to SOCAPA 3 summers in a row and I'm greatly looking forward to returning this year as an intern. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, and the students and staff are passionate and in... read on google"

"I've been to SOCAPA 3 summers in a row and I'm greatly looking forward to returning this year as an intern. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, and the students and staff are passionate and inspiring!"

Apr 23, 2019

"Awesome camp! Had a great time and learned a lot more about biking. Meet a lot of new people and ride awesome trails. Can’t wait to go back and create another video!... read on google"

"Awesome camp! Had a great time and learned a lot more about biking. Meet a lot of new people and ride awesome trails. Can’t wait to go back and create another video!"

Apr 21, 2019

"I went to SOCAPA last summer, and I will be returning again this year. The experience I had last year was unbelievable, it revealed in me a real passion for film. In the Filmmaking course I took, I wa... read on google"

"I went to SOCAPA last summer, and I will be returning again this year. The experience I had last year was unbelievable, it revealed in me a real passion for film. In the Filmmaking course I took, I was surrounded with smart students, friends, and teachers. This allowed me to make three films in three weeks, and each got more powerful than the previous one, while at the same time being all very different. I recommend SOCAPA to anyone who wants an enlightening experience."

Apr 21, 2019
 

"My daughter spent two weeks in Brooklyn for the photography camp. Teachers were knowledgeable and engaging. They took a very personal approach with her and in developing her talent. She was able to en... read on facebook"

"My daughter spent two weeks in Brooklyn for the photography camp. Teachers were knowledgeable and engaging. They took a very personal approach with her and in developing her talent. She was able to enjoy the city and all the activities under the supervision of caring counselors that made it all that much fun. She will be back this summer for the three week advance in Manhattan!"

Apr 09, 2019

"Absolutely LOVE this program. Teachers are so involved and enthusiastic. Learning in this environment an amazing experience.... read on google"

"Absolutely LOVE this program. Teachers are so involved and enthusiastic. Learning in this environment an amazing experience."

Apr 04, 2019

"I went to Socapa as young as I could and had a great time. The food is great and occidental college has a great cafeteria. The evening activities were great and came with a lot of freedom to walk arou... read on google"

"I went to Socapa as young as I could and had a great time. The food is great and occidental college has a great cafeteria. The evening activities were great and came with a lot of freedom to walk around with friends. The classes were very fun and have a bunch of good tips and tricks as well as choreography in them. I definitely recommend Socapa to everyone, it is very inclusive and an overall great experience"

Apr 04, 2019

"My daughter loved her time at SOCAPA last summer and is returning this year. The quality of teaching is excellent, and she went to so many fun, interesting, photogenic spots to learn the fundamentals ... read on google"

"My daughter loved her time at SOCAPA last summer and is returning this year. The quality of teaching is excellent, and she went to so many fun, interesting, photogenic spots to learn the fundamentals of photography."

Feb 15, 2019

"My 13 year old son grew tremendously as an actor in a short amount of time. His teachers were incredibly inspiring and before the session was over, he was begging to return next summer.... read on google"

"My 13 year old son grew tremendously as an actor in a short amount of time. His teachers were incredibly inspiring and before the session was over, he was begging to return next summer."

Feb 02, 2019

"Ceylan had a fantastic experience at SOCAPA -- LA 2018. She's eager to return next summer for three weeks rather than two!... read on google"

"Ceylan had a fantastic experience at SOCAPA -- LA 2018. She's eager to return next summer for three weeks rather than two!"

Dec 10, 2018
 

"I attended SOCAPA 2018 in Los Angeles in August. I went in not having confidence and had no idea what I wanted to do musically. I met so many new and amazing friends at SOCAPA, and it was so life-chan... read on facebook"

"I attended SOCAPA 2018 in Los Angeles in August. I went in not having confidence and had no idea what I wanted to do musically. I met so many new and amazing friends at SOCAPA, and it was so life-changing. I want to thank the SOCAPA counselors and I know I'm definitely going next year!!!?"

Nov 15, 2018

"I had a wonderful experience in the acting boot camp! The instructors were wonderful, the food and dorms were outstanding! the staff really connected with the students- can’t wait to go back ... read on google"

"I had a wonderful experience in the acting boot camp! The instructors were wonderful, the food and dorms were outstanding! the staff really connected with the students- can’t wait to go back next year!"

Nov 11, 2018

"My daughter loves her time at SOCAPA! She will be going for her third year of film in 2019, and is so thrilled to go back to Burlington. With no film program locally to speak of, SOCAPA's faculty and ... read on google"

"My daughter loves her time at SOCAPA! She will be going for her third year of film in 2019, and is so thrilled to go back to Burlington. With no film program locally to speak of, SOCAPA's faculty and program offer something really special, she has made work she is proud of and excited about. I recommend this for anyone interested in a complete, fun, immersive and amazing experience!"

Nov 09, 2018
 

"My daughter was so inspired by this music camp that she began playing another instrument -- in addition to piano, bass guitar, ukulele, and singing -- she started playing guitar! She came home from ca... read on facebook"

"My daughter was so inspired by this music camp that she began playing another instrument -- in addition to piano, bass guitar, ukulele, and singing -- she started playing guitar! She came home from camp saying, "this was the best experience of my life!" Can't beat that!"

Nov 08, 2018
 

"This has been transformative for my son, Dylan, who is 13 years old, and wants to be a movie director. He did one week in 2018 and was so sad to see it end, so he is doing 2-3 weeks in 2019 !... read on facebook"

"This has been transformative for my son, Dylan, who is 13 years old, and wants to be a movie director. He did one week in 2018 and was so sad to see it end, so he is doing 2-3 weeks in 2019 !"

Nov 03, 2018
 

"My 14-year-old daughter attended SOCAPA and she absolutely loved it! I only heard positive things about her experience. She came home with a new sense of self, new friends and a new energy for her pas... read on facebook"

"My 14-year-old daughter attended SOCAPA and she absolutely loved it! I only heard positive things about her experience. She came home with a new sense of self, new friends and a new energy for her passions."

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Nov 03, 2018

"Such an amazing experience, best summer of my life by far. Everyone is extremely talented and share a common passion for the arts that is hard to find in an everyday environment. Highly recommend!... read on google"

"Such an amazing experience, best summer of my life by far. Everyone is extremely talented and share a common passion for the arts that is hard to find in an everyday environment. Highly recommend!"

Oct 22, 2018
 

"My 13 year old attended the two week acting program at SOCAPA Los Angeles. I was incredibly impressed with what the kids produced in that amount of time. He was extremely busy "working" and learning d... read on facebook"

"My 13 year old attended the two week acting program at SOCAPA Los Angeles. I was incredibly impressed with what the kids produced in that amount of time. He was extremely busy "working" and learning during the days and having fun with new friends and program counselors in the evenings. From the written feedback given to me at the end of the program, it was clear that the teachers got to know my son very well and identified his strengths. It was a serious acting program in which a tremendous amount of teaching and work occurred in a short amount of time. Before we even left campus, my son was begging for my promise that he could return next year."

Oct 15, 2018

"My son loved the core film making camp and is so excited to attend the advanced program this summer! I highly recommend this camp.... read on google"

"My son loved the core film making camp and is so excited to attend the advanced program this summer! I highly recommend this camp."

Sep 20, 2018

"The counselors set the tone for a positive vibe throughout the week. Our daughter will definitely be back at Socapa Mountain Bike/Film Camp next year.... read on google"

"The counselors set the tone for a positive vibe throughout the week. Our daughter will definitely be back at Socapa Mountain Bike/Film Camp next year."

Sep 15, 2018

"Our daughter attended the dance program out of the Brooklyn campus and it was a thrilling growing experience for her! ... read on google"

"Our daughter attended the dance program out of the Brooklyn campus and it was a thrilling growing experience for her! "

May 23, 2018

"I had such an awesome at time at SOCAPA. It was great to be surrounded by so many amazing people who shared my passion for acting. At first I was a bit unsure as I'm not a particularly social person b... read on google"

"I had such an awesome at time at SOCAPA. It was great to be surrounded by so many amazing people who shared my passion for acting. At first I was a bit unsure as I'm not a particularly social person but the moment I arrived all my doubts vanished. I highly recommend it to everyone. I learned so much from the experience and it was easily one of the highlights of my summer."

Jan 20, 2018

"I was so lucky to be able to attend this camp in the summer of 2016. It was an experience that was truly indescribable. They take students that are at all different places in their craft and work wi... read on google"

"I was so lucky to be able to attend this camp in the summer of 2016. It was an experience that was truly indescribable. They take students that are at all different places in their craft and work with us to help us all become better in the art. I went for the songwriting three week program, and the people I met and worked with are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Students get to meet people from all over the world, from all different backgrounds, and that love doing all different forms of the arts."

Jan 01, 2018

"SOCAPA Mountain Camp is an amazing experience! I had a blast progressing my riding and making an awesome edit! By far the best camp I have ever done, I will definitely be coming back!... read on google"

"SOCAPA Mountain Camp is an amazing experience! I had a blast progressing my riding and making an awesome edit! By far the best camp I have ever done, I will definitely be coming back!"

Nov 07, 2017

"Our son attended the acting session at Champlain College and it was a transformational experience for him... he found his clan and passion and it has guided his high school experience.... read on google"

"Our son attended the acting session at Champlain College and it was a transformational experience for him... he found his clan and passion and it has guided his high school experience."

Aug 01, 2017

"This Camp exceeded our expectations. My daughter learned so much in 3 weeks. The staff, teachers and campers made it an experience of a life time. So glad she chose Burlington, Vermont as her destinat... read on facebook"

"This Camp exceeded our expectations. My daughter learned so much in 3 weeks. The staff, teachers and campers made it an experience of a life time. So glad she chose Burlington, Vermont as her destination - the perfect place to film. We highly recommend Socapa - it will motivate young teens who want to perfect their craft."

Jun 13, 2017

"Ended up doing Acting, Photography and Music prpgrams in Vermont, NYC and Costa Rica with SOCAPA and they were undeniably the best weeks of my summers/winter breaks!... read on facebook"

"Ended up doing Acting, Photography and Music prpgrams in Vermont, NYC and Costa Rica with SOCAPA and they were undeniably the best weeks of my summers/winter breaks!"

Aug 12, 2016

"I've been at SOCAPAVT for 2 years, my first year I was a one weeker and my second year I was a two weeker. I loved every second of both years and can't wait to go back. Champlain College is beautiful ... read on facebook"

"I've been at SOCAPAVT for 2 years, my first year I was a one weeker and my second year I was a two weeker. I loved every second of both years and can't wait to go back. Champlain College is beautiful and the staff is amazing. The laughs are never ending and the memories last a lifetime."

Jul 18, 2016

"Two year music major from the NYC campus here. SOCAPA's simply the best place to be!... read on facebook"

"Two year music major from the NYC campus here. SOCAPA's simply the best place to be!"

Jul 19, 2014

"My daughter just got home from 3 weeks at the Manhattan campus. She had a fantastic experience and made great friends. We couldn't be happier with the quality of the experience.... read on facebook"

"My daughter just got home from 3 weeks at the Manhattan campus. She had a fantastic experience and made great friends. We couldn't be happier with the quality of the experience."

Nov 19, 2013

"I attended this past summer and it was one of the best experiences of my life.... read on facebook"

"I attended this past summer and it was one of the best experiences of my life."

Nov 06, 2012

"There are not words to describe this program. I went first two years ago; the summer was great, the people were amazing, and the food was sooooo good. Two years ago I went to Saint Johnsbury, but th... read on google"

"There are not words to describe this program. I went first two years ago; the summer was great, the people were amazing, and the food was sooooo good. Two years ago I went to Saint Johnsbury, but that does not nearly compare with the summer I had this past year in Burlington. The people were absolutely amazing; there was always support and I had never laughed so much in my life. The rooms are beautiful each person has a bed, a desk, and burue; in some rooms eveveryone has a closet as well. Though in Burlington there is not a pool on campus, the lake is frequently visited, and the gym is open to all students. Micheal Kaplan is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever met. I don't think anyone in both my years did not improve immensely even just through two weeks of work. The class is boiled down into two (or three) weeks of what a freshman in college would experience in one year. Every actor is apart of at least six movies (some up to ten depending on how many actors and filmmakers there are). Also each actor works on a monologue which they perform at the final showcase. In addition each actor and dancer walks away with headshots shot and edited by the very talented photographers. Though I was not apart of the dance program, it was very clear that they were working very hard, they learned I believe four dances in two weeks, some choreographed by the students and some by the dance teacher. I would have to say hearing from my friends that the photography program was better in Burlington then it was in Saint J, just from how much more students seemed to do in Burlington. Filmmaking has got to be the most complicated stressful course at the camp. In the first week, the students have to learn how to use Final Cut Pro, they need to write a script, learn how to opporate the boom and camera, and they need to be directors to the acting students, and they need to edit their films. I would definatly bring a computer no matter what program you're in but especially the film students. Each filmmaker creates three projects. One is a one scene shot, then they get into making movies that people more regularly see in movies, then they create an even longer version of that one. All of the programs are fantastic and all of them offer college credit if you are over a certain age. The food is fantastic, there is a lot of diversity, and there's always ice cream. The teachers are funny, young, and super sweet. The friends I made there are some of the best friends I have, I talk to them most everyday. I can't imagine a better place to spend my summer. No other program can compare. I miss SOCAPA everyday, and I can't wait to go back next year.-Debbie "

Jan 01, 2020

"I loved this place so much. Everybody was very friendly and kind.... read on facebook"

"I loved this place so much. Everybody was very friendly and kind."

Oct 13, 2019
 

"My daughter attended the Film program (Summer of 2019) and she LOVED it so much that we already signed up for Summer of 2020.... read on facebook"

"My daughter attended the Film program (Summer of 2019) and she LOVED it so much that we already signed up for Summer of 2020."

Sep 29, 2019

"It was so much fun. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in acting as I did the acting program. The location is great and the people you meet along the way are also great.... read on google"

"It was so much fun. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in acting as I did the acting program. The location is great and the people you meet along the way are also great."

May 13, 2019

"I went to SOCAPA for film and I thought it was a great program for those who really have a passion for film. I was able to learn many important things including how to edit using Premiere what the lin... read on google"

"I went to SOCAPA for film and I thought it was a great program for those who really have a passion for film. I was able to learn many important things including how to edit using Premiere what the lingo is for directing and how to use a camera. During the camp I made three films from start to finish which was a great learning experience. I started by writing a script, then I directed group of people in making the film, and finally I edited the final part. SOCAPA was a great experience."

Apr 11, 2019

"SOCAPA was an amazing experience and I would even say it is the best programs I have gone to in order to further my dancing skills. I highly recommend going!... read on google"

"SOCAPA was an amazing experience and I would even say it is the best programs I have gone to in order to further my dancing skills. I highly recommend going!"

Apr 06, 2019

"I loved my experience here. My acting teacher, the fun trips, the people I met from all over, and so much more. I wasn’t expecting all of this. I want to go again!... read on google"

"I loved my experience here. My acting teacher, the fun trips, the people I met from all over, and so much more. I wasn’t expecting all of this. I want to go again!"

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