News & Resources for Campers & Families

Research shows that camp experiences often increase a child’s confidence, self-esteem, social skills, independence, leadership qualities, adventurousness, and positive connections to nature. Combined with the strong supportive relationships between staff and campers, safety, and opportunities for skill-building and youth involvement, the camp experience offers a learning environment that contributes to the positive development of your child. 
 

For the Love of Camp Cabins

An event planner by day, I got a call to meet with the new executive director of my former sleep-away camp on planning events for its ninetieth anniversary. I couldn’t help but think of all of the people who have passed through the wooden doors of those cabins all those years.

Preparing for Camp: Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Guest post by Brooke Cheley-Klebe

I love those rare moments of parenthood when I am not preparing for the next thing. Most of the time as a parent, I feel as if my day is full of getting something ready. Small things like breakfast, sack lunches, and backpacks. Big things like preparing my children to become productive adults. Our job as a parent is to prep!

It’s spring, and summer camp is on the horizon. Here are some things that you can do to prepare your camper and yourself for camp. 

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Is Overnight Camp the Right Option?

Overnight camp can be an incredible growing experience for your child. Maybe you went yourself – or you wish you had. But for whatever reason, you just know your child will thrive in cabin-sleepover-living. Now, you need to make sure your child feels the same way.

The Value of Camp

Results confirmed that camps build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults.

The Case for Camp

The American Camp Association® (ACA) believes the organized camp experience is a vital component in the development and education of the whole child. ACA supports year-round educational opportunities and actively supports the extension of organized camp experiences to all children. 

Expert Advice

Dear Parent,

Welcome to a new chapter in the life of your family! I say this because when a child goes off to camp for the first time, everyone in the family grows from the experience, not just your courageous camper!

Camp Visits — Making the Most of the Interview

When you receive a camp's brochure, you will invariably have questions for the camp director. From that first phone call or letter, you begin developing an impression of what a particular camp is like and how it's run. A camp may be described in nothing less than glowing terms in its brochures. The setting may be absolutely breathtaking. Activities may run the gamut from racquetball to modern dance. In the end, however, it's the human equation of how those activities are operated and conducted that determines the quality of the camp program.

What to Bring to Camp

Travel Light — Tips on Packing and Gear for Summer Camp

  • Plan Ahead — Living Out of a Backpack, Duffel Bag, Suitcase, or Trunk
  • Review Camp Packing Lists
  • Label Everything — Classic Iron-on/Stick on Clothing Labels, Dishwasher Safe Vinyl Labels, and Laundry Pens -  ID Your Camper's Belongings
  • Break in Shoes and Boots Before Camp Begins

Packing Partners Buyers Guide 

  • Find all of your camper gear in one location

How to Afford Camp

There's a camp for just about every budget. Ask the director for summer camp scholarship options. .

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