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July 20, 2015

Choose from a Variety of Different Summer Camps!

Day Camps While overnight camps tend to have more diverse programming due to their longer duration, day camps often focus on a specific skill or interest, like basketball or computers and technology. Other benefits include the cost and scheduling: day camps are a more economical and less intensive option that allows your child to dig into one theme for... Read More

July 13, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (8) – An Overview of Summer Camp Accreditation

This is the seventh article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” Accreditation Helps Confirm Credibility of a Summer Camp When looking for a camp it’s important to know how the program is evaluated and improved over time. Many camps are members of organizations that provide standards for the industry and educational opportunities... Read More

July 5, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (7) – The Staff Makes the Camp

This is the seventh article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” Why a Great Camp Staff Is Important When choosing your family’s summer camp, consider the camp’s staff.  Most administrators will tell you that having the best facility and equipment is meaningless without an outstanding staff. Good counselors can inspire campers to... Read More

June 26, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (6) – Camp size matters

This is the sixth article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America”. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider its Size The “size” of a summer camp can mean the size of the facility or how many campers it can accommodate. Enjoy the Outdoors Many of the established traditional camps are lucky enough to... Read More

June 18, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (5) – Consider the Camp

This is the fifth article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Location Part of a quality summer experience is the opportunity for kids to feel a bit of independence from home. If the location is too close to home, part of the adventure may be... Read More

June 18, 2015

Core Principles of the Best Hiking and Backpacking Summer Camps

Backpacking is not only an unforgettable experience, it’s the backbone of a community of people who love to explore different terrains, climates, flora, and fauna first hand. They love to watch the sun go down every evening and wake when the sun rises in the morning. They hear the birds and look at the stars, they make friends with... Read More

June 11, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (4) – Consider the Cost of Summer Camp

This is the fourth article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Cost When I first attended Scout camp in 1968, the cost was less than $20 per week. I had a great experience and went back year after year. Once I became a staff... Read More

June 3, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (3) – Consider the Camp Program

This is the third article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” When Choosing, Consider the Camp’s Program What sort of experience are you looking for? There are high adventure camps, traditional ones with a wide range of activities, dance camps, skateboarding, football, computer, and the list goes on. The length of the... Read More

May 26, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (2) – Consider the Camp Philosophy

This is the second article in a series of ten on “Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.” When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Philosophy. Every summer camp has a philosophy, and each is different from other camps. Some summer camps are strictly for fun and entertainment and others have a definite educational goal. Some camps use... Read More

May 17, 2015

The Best Summer Camp in America (1) – Choosing the right summer camp is a family decision

I was listening to a syndicated radio show as the host said how “awful it is to send your kids away to summer camp.” I agree. “Sending kids to camp” against their wishes is not the right way to begin a positive and enriching camp experience. When you choose a summer camp, include your child in the decision. Picking... Read More