Channel your child’s energy into some good summer fun!
For many kids, summer camp means campfires and roasting marshmallows, along with plenty of outdoors fun like hiking along beautiful lakes, mountains, and woodlands. It can also mean making new friends, learning to be independent while spending nights away from Mom and Dad, and whispering secrets about your first crush after the camp’s lights out. Summer camps are springboards for many fond memories and also are opportunities to discover new abilities and passions.
In fact, summer camps have been a favorite American pastime for over a century, and the Millennial age camps have been gaining even more popularity and becoming more diverse in all the activities offered. Statistics show that summer camps have become a $15 billion cottage industry, according to flightnetwork.com.
In most families today, both parents are busy working to bring home income, but summer is here and your kids are out of school. They’re full of energy and it doesn’t take long for boredom to set in when they don’t have enough to do. Summer camps to the rescue!
Endless Choices for Summer Camps
There are seemingly endless choices for summer camps, but various sites provide reviews and details about the camps that top their lists. Here are 10 of the camps.
Raquette Lake Camp
Raquette Lake Camps was established more than 100 years ago in 1916 and has two camps, one for boys and one for girls between the ages of six and 15. Built around the beautiful scenic setting of Lake Raquette in Hamilton County, New York, this ACA-certified camp is highly in demand and has a limited number of openings each year, generally between 10 and 12. The lodgings are state of the art. Children wear required uniforms and on-site chefs prepare their meals.
An expansive waterfront enables campers to participate in various water sports, such as sailing, wakeboarding, canoeing and kayaking. The camp also offers other sports including gymnastics, ice hockey, horseback riding, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and tennis. Campers who are artistically inclined can participate in the theater and arts program. Ceramics and woodworking are a few of the crafts programs offered.
Close to Echo Lake and surrounded 160 acres of dense verdant forest, Camp Laurel is located in Readfield, Maine. Six campuses exist, three campuses for 240 girls and three for 240 boys, all between the ages of seven and 15. Founded in 1949, the camp has enjoyed a long heritage. Today the sprawling campuses provide numerous sports activities with its 3,000 square foot indoor gymnastics facility, 15 tennis courts, roller hockey arena, and a cutting edge fitness center where kids and do Zumba and Pilates. The campuses also have a pair of soccer fields and five basketball courts along with a beach volleyball court, zip lines, rope courses and an outstanding equestrian center that boasts 22 horses. For those who love water sports, there are four ski boats, over 30 sailboats, two fishing barges and fleets of canoes and kayaks.
Brant Lake Camp
Brant Lake has been a camping haven for boys for more than 100 years. Founded in 1917, it is located in the Adirondacks and provides facilities for 400 campers, which it divides into smaller camps for boys of different age groups. It has three watchwords for its operation: “a safe and healthy environment, “fun and positive experience,” and “exceptional instruction and sports participation.” In line with its focus on sports it provides three baseball fields, 17 tennis courts, two soccer fields, eight basketball courts, a roller hockey rink, an archery range, two volleyball courts, a putting green and a climbing wall. It also offers water sports through a water basketball area, waterskiing, wake boarding, snorkeling, boating, inner tubing, and a fishing dock. If that’s not enough, you can also enjoy building sandcastles, take part in arts and crafts, and participate in a song contest.
Camp Walt Whitman
Camp Walt Whitman sits on 300 acres that includes lakefront property in West Harrison, New York. The camp hosts 400 children, divided evenly between 200 boys and 200 girls. The camp is quite popular, which is evident by the 92% return rate. The founders of the camp, Chick and Arnie Soloway were inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing” and named the camp after this much loved poet. They had the goal of providing “a warm and caring atmosphere…and teach children how to reach their full potential.”
Activities include adventure programs with backpacking, hiking and camping, tennis, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse. They also focus on water sports, such as swimming, boating and white water rafting. For campers with fine arts interests, the camp provides arts with crafts, music and drama.
Camp Olympia is located in Trinity, Texas, and Texas is known for “thinking big.” Camp Olympia does just that through its location on more than 1,000 acres of private land. This expansive property allows plenty of room for a swimming pool, challenge course, horseback riding, golf, an archery field and just about any kind of athletic field you can think of. In fact, the 336 kids in the program get to choose from 45 different activities and the camp is known for fostering healthy competition by dividing the kids into the Spartans and the Athenians.
Founded by All-American football stars Corby Robertson Jr. and Chris Gilbert, the camp puts on a program that is jam packed with exciting activities. Building teamwork and leadership are some of the camp’s goals. Campers’ ages range from seven to 16. Located near Lake Livingston, the camp also offers water sports, including sailing, diving, canoeing and wake boarding. It also offers an arts program.
Camp Timberlane for Boys
Nearly 300 acres of land surrounded by secluded forests is the site for Camp Timberlane, located in Woodruff, Wisconsin and beautiful Lake Towanda. The camp was founded in 1961, and unlike other camps that focus on competition, Timberlane emphasizes teamwork through non-competitive sportsmanship and other activities. The staff takes pride in treating equally all of the 165 campers (from ages eight through 15).
The camp provides plenty of sports activities with its four tennis courts, two basketball courts, beach volleyball court, floor hockey, and athletic fields for lacrosse and other sports. Campers enjoy going on three to 12-day backpacking, rock climbing and canoeing trips, some of which extend as far away as Canada. Kids can also enjoy digital photography when they’re not busy making friends and creating lifelong memories.
Camp Mountain Meadow Ranch
Tucked away in the Sierra Mountains’ eastern slopes near Lake Tahoe, Mountain Meadow Ranch spans 900 acres in Susanville, California. The ACA certified camp was established in 1956 and expanded to include girls in the 1960’s. Its beautiful landscape, rich forest, spacious setting and temperate summer climate is ideal for kids to unplug digitally and connect with nature and make new friends. The camp promises a “summer of magic” and its websites says “fun is a given.” Children from ages seven to 17 enjoy a wide variety of activities at this family-owned and operated campsite, that offers mountain biking, riflery, fencing, high ropes climbing, horseback riding, fishing, paintball, photography, water sports, archery, arts and crafts, ceramics, color wars, drama and animal care.
Cheley Colorado Camps
Cheley Colorado Camps is ACA-certified and one of the top rated camps in Colorado that hosts 490 co-ed campers per session, ranging from the ages of nine to 17. The camp is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park and was founded by Frank Cheley in 1921, who had the goal of providing “formative experiences that nourish body and spirit.” With focus on fostering individual development, the camp offers five horse riding rings, a climbing wall, a soccer field, basketball courts, arts and crafts studios, an amphitheater, shooting ranges and a weight room. Campers can go hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, rafting, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding and technical climbing.
Space Camp Alabama
While many camps focus on nature and outdoor activities, Space Camp Alabama is a unique camping venue that focuses on a different frontier — the stars. Campers can explore the world of astronauts through simulated space voyages, by testing gravity chairs and hearing lectures given by a few of our nation’s top astronauts. The camp has been known to spark a child’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by combining fun activities with an educational slant. Some campers have later on pursued careers in aerospace, energy and biotech.
Kids will visit the US Space & Rocket Center and programs exist for ages nine to 11 (Space Camp), Ages 12 to 14 (Space Academy), ages 15 to 18 (Advanced Space Academy) and it even has a program adults also looking for a space adventure, ages 18 and up (Adult Space Camp).
Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center
Situated in the Catskills Mountains of Loch Sheldrake, New York, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center is a camp for children ages 10 through 18. The former resort hotel has been converted into dorm rooms for campers. The Stagedoor teaches youth about theater, and within three-week periods, 14 full-scale productions take place, divided between eight outdoor and indoor theatres. Well-known alumni of the camp include Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, Lea Michelle, Robert Downey Jr. Ansel Elgort, and other famous artists. The camp also offers recreation that includes volleyball, an outdoor pool, dance parties, open-mic nights, and outdoor movies.
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