Summer Search is the largest provider of summer experiential trips for diverse low-income young people in the country.

“Summer Search kids win by being able to participate on a wilderness course, the NOLS experience is improved by having Summer Search students enrolled, and every NOLS student wins by being exposed to students who come from diverse backgrounds and are natural leaders.”

– Bruce Palmer, Director of Admission & Marketing, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Each Summer Search student has the opportunity to participate in two summer experiential learning trips, one after the sophomore year and the other after the junior year, selecting from over 100 programs worldwide. Opportunities include participation in wilderness expeditions, academic enrichment on college campuses and community service in the United States and abroad.

In 2009, 58 program partners awarded almost $1,400,000 in scholarships to send Summer Search students on life changing summer trips. In return, Summer Search students add tremendous value to any summer program experience, providing diversity and inherent leadership ability.

Summer Program Partners


Academic Study Associates
Adirondack Field Ecology
Bryn Mawr College Summer Programs
Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Programs
Concordia Language Villages
Cornell University Summer College
Cushing Academy
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
Exploration Summer Programs
Gillette Economics for Leaders Program
Gould Academy Summer School
Junior Statesmen Summer School
National High School Institute
Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Session
Ojai Valley School Summer Programs
Phillips Andover Academy Summer Session
Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
Rassias Language Programs Abroad
SEA Education Association
Mount Holyoke SEARCH
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program
Stanford University High School Summer College
Summer Academy at Suffield
Summer Philosophy Discovery Institute
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program
Summer Study Programs
Mount Holyoke SummerMath
Super Camp
Syracuse University Summer College
Teton Science Schools
USC Summer Seminars

Community Service and Homestays Abroad

Adventures Cross-Country
Amigos de las Americas
Cross-Cultural Solutions
Global Leadership Adventures
Global Routes
Global Works
Greek Summer
International Doorways
Landmark Volunteers
Lifeworks International
Seeds of Learning
The Experiment in International Living
The Global Education and Action Network
Viviendas León
Where There Be Dragons
Windsor Mountain International
YMCA Global Teens Program
Youth for Understanding USA


College Orientation Workshop
Culver Summer Camps
Devil Pups
Marine Military Academy

Music, Art, Literature

Camp Encore/Coda
CSSSA InnerSpark
Idyllwild Arts
Interlochen Center for the Arts
National High School Music Institute
Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp
The Putney School
Rhode Island School of Design
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Summer in Provence
US Performing Arts Camps
Young Writers Workshop

Wilderness Adventure

Adventure, Risk & Challenge
Apogee Adventures
Atlantic Challenge Foundation
Biking X
Bold Earth Adventures
Camp Echo
Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe
Cheley Colorado Camps
Cottonwood Gulch Foundation
Deer Hill Expeditions
Eagle's Nest Foundation
Environmental Traveling Companions
Farm and Wilderness Questers Program
GO Adventure!
High Mountain Institute
Longacre Expeditions
Longacre Leadership
Maine Teen Camp
National Outdoor Leadership School
Open Roads
Outpost Wilderness Adventure
Outward Bound
Plantation Farm Camp
Sail Caribbean
Student Conservation Association
Trailmark Outdoor Adventures
Treetops Expeditions
Williwaw Adventures


Aspen Camp School for the Deaf
Building Bridges for Peace
Career Explorations

Global Youth Village

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