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October 7, 2015

Starting Your Search for a Music, Arts, or Sports Camp

What do a finger painting, a pipe cleaner sculpture, a silent documentary about the plight of a cricket trapped in the bathroom, a marching band cadence, a professional production of the Nutcracker, and a spoken word poem about racism in elementary schools all have in common? They are all forms of artistic expression – the powerful and moving manifestation... Read More

September 13, 2015

3 Ways Summer Camps Need to Evaluate their Programs at the End of the Season

Summer camps are constantly looking at both qualitative and quantitative data to assess how well their programs did for the season. A good program gathers evaluations from all participants in their chain – campers, staff and parents. Each of these three groups offers insider information about how effective and successful the camp is, and where the gaps may be.... Read More

August 20, 2015

How Parents and Kids can Choose a Summer Camp Together

The decision to send your children to summer camp isn’t always an easy one. Even after they’ve decided on a space camp, do you send them to an overnight camp or a day camp? How do you find a program within your price range or in a certain geographic region? And then, how can you know that this institution... Read More

August 14, 2015

Summer Camps for Young Athletes

In addition to building athletic aptitude, sports summer camps foster many other components of kids’ personal development process: discipline, wellness and nutrition, teamwork, communication, and leadership – are all woven both naturally and intentionally into quality sports programs. Beyond traditional summer camps, sports camps also create a unique bond among their participants because these kids are striving to improve... Read More

August 5, 2015

Sports Summer Camps for Kids: Find the Best Programs for Girl and Boys

The summer camp industry often groups sports by gender, catering to social norms of boys in football jerseys and girls with their pompoms on the sidelines. Many young girls do dream of being flyers at the top of the cheeramid while their male peers grapple for the pigskin on the field. But we are also seeing more camps break... Read More

July 28, 2015

Core Principles of Great Horseback Riding Summer Camps

Horses are special — it’s no wonder children feel drawn to them. But riding is certainly is a costly sport as well. Horseback riding summer camp is a great way to introduce your kids to a relationship with horses, the different styles of riding, and the care and maintenance involved, without the investment costs of competition. Horseback Riding Camps... Read More

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