Choosing the Right Overnight Camps for Kids

As a kid, one of my favorite things about summer was Girl Scout Camp. While we did get to take some weekend camping trips during the year, we only got to go for extended periods during the summer.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend summer camp twice. My first time was at a camp where groups of girls slept in cabins. The second time we all slept under the stars for a couple weeks. Both times were fun and each camp had their own unique charm.

My kids are still too young to go to an overnight camp, but when they’re a little older, I think it would be a good experience for them to have a similar camping experience. However, we are very cautious about the activities we allow our kids to participate in, so I would want to feel secure knowing I’m making a good choice of overnight camps.

Tips on Trips and Camps is a website that allows you to research overnight camps for kids. It was founded by a group of 40 educated women who care about offering quality information to parents about kids’ camps.

They feature information about the following types of camps:

  • Language Study/Immersion
  • Wilderness Expeditions
  • Teen Camps
  • Teen Tours
  • Sports Camps
  • Specialty Camps
  • Sleepaway Camps
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • Academic Programs (USA & Abroad)
  • Special Needs

You can request brochures about these camps or even call them up and talk live with them to find the right camp for your child.

I found it very interesting that over 140,000 families have benefited from their advice, and that they spend 90 hours each day on the phone talking with families about the summer programs they represent. It seems like they are very dedicated to what they do.

I’ll be bookmarking this website for when my girls are older. You can also learn more about camping from the American Camp Association.

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