Ah, the sweet scent of pine, the crackle of a bonfire, and the laughter echoing through the woods — summer camp memories are etched into the fabric of our youth. From canoe races to late-night s’mores, the experiences at camp create a tapestry of nostalgia that we carry with us for a lifetime.

As we reminisce about those carefree days, it’s essential to ensure that the next generation of campers are equipped for all the fun and adventure that awaits. And what better way to start than by choosing the right footwear? Here, we dive into the top five features your summer camp shoes should have.


When the sun beats down, the last thing you want is sweaty, uncomfortable feet. Look for footwear with breathable materials that keep your feet cool and dry.


Campgrounds can be as diverse as the activities they host — rugged trails, sandy shores, or slippery riverbanks. Your footwear should provide reliable traction to keep you steady on various terrains, ensuring you’re ready for any adventure that comes your way.


From surprise rain showers to impromptu water balloon fights, summer camp is a wild ride. Choose shoes that dry quickly, so you spend less time worrying about soggy feet and more time enjoying the spontaneous joys of camp life.


Summer camp can be tough on footwear, with constant exposure to the elements and the rough and tumble of outdoor play. Opt for shoes that are built to withstand the challenges, ensuring they last not just one summer, but many.


Long hikes, group games, and nights under the stars demand footwear that feels like an extension of yourself. Choose shoes with cushioning and support to keep your feet comfortable, allowing you to embrace every moment of the camp experience.

Equipped with the right footwear, the next generation of campers can forge memories as enduring as those we hold dear. So, lace up, strap in, embark on new adventures, and let the spirit of summer camp live on in each footstep.

This blog is sponsored by Chaco.

Periodically, the American Camp Association (ACA) makes timely and relevant information about products and services available to its members so they can make informed decisions for their camps. However, the ACA does not endorse products, services, or companies.