A music and arts summer immersion program for girls
multiple sessions to fit any plans ★ ojai, ca
Welcome to Amplify Sleep Away Camp, a life-changing experience that empowers and inspires youth to explore their passions in music and the arts. Since 2012, we’ve created lasting memories for hundreds of campers every summer right here in SoCal.
Amplify campers immerse themselves in their chosen artistic pursuit, honing skills with top-notch instructors in music, photo, filmmaking, theater, and more. Plus with dozens of daily elective activities like screen printing, DJing, swimming, and more, campers choose their own personalized adventures.
Everyone deserves the chance to express their most authentic selves and feel joy and compassion through that process, so we provide an empowering environment where campers forge lifelong friendships surrounded by positive role models to inspire and support them. Join us at Amplify and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, artistic growth, and unforgettable fun.
Before arriving, campers choose their creative focus (“immersive”) for their camp sessions. Camp days are split between classes in chosen immersives, under guidance of expert staff and alongside rad, collaborative groups of immersive co-campers, and designed-for-fun elective activities. Then every session closes with a huge FINAL SHOWCASE: often the highlight of the whole summer!
Campers follow their passions and supplement their immersive with daily fun activities in a “choose-your-own-adventure” format. Amplify has dozens of electives to choose from, like designing and screen printing your own swag—there’s something awesome for everyone.
Amplify is a community that empowers participants through music education, the creative arts, and positive mentorship. We encourage our youth to find their power, be their most authentic selves, and lift each other up.
Proudly in residence at Besant Hill School in the beautiful Topa Topa Mountains of Ojai, CA. Set on 500+ private acres with hiking trails, sport + recreation fields/spaces, and state-of-the-art, 25-meter pool onsite.
Campers live together with counselors and their cohort in beautiful dorm buildings, with 2-3 campers in each dorm. Campers typically choose roommates through fun, fast, friend-forming activities on the first day of camp. Pre-arrival roommate requests are also honored.
Off-campus trips are one of the biggest highlights families rave about every year. From highschoolers’ rite of passage campouts to beloved FIELD DAYS spent at roller rinks or escape rooms, there’s something rad for everyone! Plus, campers coming 4+ weeks join us on BLOWOUT TRIPS like kayaking Catalina Island or whitewater rafting the Kern River.
Campers grow and evolve every year
Leaders in Training/LITs
“I wanted to say thank you. Sydney loved camp. She had gone to a well-known big sleepaway camp 2 summers in a row, and we both came away feeling like something was missing. She didn’t feel connected or herself there. She told me that at Amplify she felt accepted for who she is and fully appreciated and not self conscious at all. Can’t imagine anything more we could want for her.” —Mom of 9-year-old camper
“I can tell by Lemi’s response to camp that the investment is exemplary. The first thing she said to me about Amplify was: ‘Thank you so much for sending me there. I have never been so loved by so many people at one time who were not my family.’” —Guardian of 11-year-old camper
“THANK YOU! Especially with being able to teach bass this session, I almost cried this afternoon seeing how talented all these youth are, plus the experience of coming full circle around since I WAS them at one point 🙂 I’m so lucky to be on this team after all it’s given and shown me my whole life.” —18-year-old staff, former camper (for nearly 10 years!)
“This camp changed my life last year. So many people and staff made me feel welcome during my 2-week stay that this summer I’m coming for 4 weeks to live my dreams here at this camp. No matter what you do, everyone supports you…I’ve never experienced this. I wish everyone could come to this camp for classes and fun, right? But really this camp gives me much, much more…” —11-year-old camper
“My daughter has been attending Amplify since she was in 4th grade and is now joining the team as staff at 19. Her three siblings are following in her footsteps and I honestly don’t think our family would be the same without this special community. Whether you are into music or photography / film making – your kid will flourish here. No experience necessary either! The amazing staff meet your kiddo right where they are at. Raising four girls, Amplify is always the first thing I recommend!”
“This is a life changing summer camp!! The camp shows girls how to really support each other and removes the element of competition. The result: campers creating beyond incredible creative projects while making life long friendships and feeling genuinely proud of both their own accomplishments and their peers”
“My daughter has attended both Berklee Summer Immersion and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, and Amplify blew both of them out of the water. She came home with more technical skills than either program while being more inspired and happy than I have ever seen her. 1,000% worth it.”
“My daughter had an amazing week at Amplify Sleep Away Camp these past four weeks in Ojai. Wrote a song with 4 other girls and performed for the parents this morning. She had a blast! We’ll be back next year.”
“My daughter attended last year. It was her first time ever being away from home. She was so scared, but excited. I could not ask for a better camp for my daughter to attend.“
“My daughter just played me the song she wrote last week at Amplify. It made me cry it was so beautiful. This camp and these counselors opened a door to her creativity that was closed. What a wonderful gift. I highly recommend this camp for girls who need a moment in a nurturing environment to unleash their creative potential. I’m feeling filled with gratitude right now!”
“Amplify has been one of the best experiences of my life… Camp has taught me how to create art that makes me happy and creates an impact. I can’t wait to be part of the staff.”
“What an incredible two weeks for my daughter! She came home more confident than I have ever seen her. The staff is awesome, they totally rock. We’re so in.”
“i’ve been coming for 3 years and have learned how to express myself through music, write songs, and talk about how i feel inside… I’ve learned so much”
Not quite ready to join us for sleep away camp?
Sleep away camp just ain’t for everyone, and we appreciate that. We still want as many youth as possible to enjoy all the fun, creativity, and empowerment that is AMPLIFY! Day campers experience all our magical programming 9am–5pm M-F, including creative immersive instruction, elective activities, beach days, the big final showcase, and so much more.