Children’s summer camps and wilderness programs for boys and girls in the United…

November 11, 2014

What to Look for in a Kids Camp

camppage-kidsarcheryAuthor: Hank Birdsong has more than 25 years of experience working with children at summer camps and with outdoor programs such as Outward Bound and Discovery. Hank provides camp with a rich background of knowledge and technical skill. Hank has served on the National Accreditation Council for the Association for Experiential Education and is an Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout troop. Hank is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Recreation Management. He enjoys soccer and rock climbing.

Choose an Accredited Camp with Experienced Staff

Accredited kids camps are reviewed every few years by the American Camping Association, which assesses the facility’s safety, emergency procedures, and infrastructure. Accredited camps have counselors with formal training for all sorts of emergency and adventure situations, and are sufficiently staffed for addressing campers’ needs. In either reviewing the admissions page of a camp website or speaking to a representative, you can find the accreditation, staffing ratio and support services staff (like administrators on duty, camp nurses, etc.) to make sure that the infrastructure is just as awesome as the program itself.

Choose a Kids Camp with Diverse Activities

Just watching your kids bounding around the living room – bouncing from the television to the Legos to the iPad to the fort – is evidence enough that a diversity of activities is imperative for a successful summer camp program. A rotational curriculum keeps kids engaged, allows them to work different mental functions, and caters to variant personalities. For example, some obstacle courses and games encourage critical thinking while soccer promotes social skills, physical coordination, and spatial awareness. Some kids may totally dig the attention of a theatre group while others would much prefer to find friends among the worms and beetles at a science camp. Counselors know how to tune into different kids’ personalities and encourage them to balance new opportunities and challenges with their current interests.

camppage-kidsclimbingChoose a Camp in a Location Right for You and Your Child

Sometimes the location of your kids’ camp can present a limiting factor or open your summer up to new travel opportunities. On the one hand, if you want to stay close to home – just a few hours away for an overnight camp or even down the road for a day camp – the choices are limited by your geography. On the other hand, if your child is interested in a specific activity offered in a few select sites around the country; or if you want to plan a vacation around a trip to camp out West, you have a few more options. You can search by both activities and region as you explore kids camps on

Find a Summer Camp in the United States or Canada on

If you do decide to open up your search for kids camps across the continent, the directory on lists different camps by region. Narrow down your search to electronics camps in Nova Scotia or arts and crafts camps that offer ceramics classes in the Pacific Northwest. Through, you and your family can create a summertime adventure that includes travel, convenience, and the ideal kids camp all at the same time.