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June 4, 2017

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

This is the fifth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.

CP-choosethebestcamp5When 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 lost. Too far from home, and travel time and cost can become an issue.

Escape the Every Day at Summer Camp

Many families will look for a location that offers something that can’t be found at home. It is common for a flatlander to choose a mountain spot or for a family that lives in an area that is very hot in the summer to seek a cooler climate. There is a reason that so many facilities are located in mountainous areas.

Nearby natural resources can add to the venture. If your child wants to experience whitewater canoeing and rock climbing, look for a program that is close to those resources, and make sure they’re utilized! If you looked at a map of North America that has a dot for each residential camp, you would see clusters near natural resources suited for hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities.

Lake Activities and Water Sports

Many sleepaway camps are located on a lake, but that doesn’t mean the waterfront activities will be the same. For sailing and water-skiing, a bigger lake will provide the best opportunity to get the most out of those activities. If located on a public lake, be sure to ask what safeguards are in place to protect waterfront activities from outsiders.

If your son or daughter is looking for an adventurous surfing or sea-kayaking program, there are numerous coastal camps that will fit the bill. “Coastal” generally means a warmer climate. In those warmer climates check to see if cabins are air-conditioned or if the location generally has a cooling evening breeze

How to Choose the Best Place to Spend the Summer

With these ten considerations in mind, you’ll have an easier time finding the best camp for your children:

  1. Family decision
  2. Philosophy
  3. Program
  4. Cost
  5. Consider the Location
  6. Camp size
  7. Camp staff
  8. Standards & accreditation
  9. References
  10. Facility

Once you decide where you’d like your kids to spend the summer, visit for a long list of camps throughout the United States and Canada.