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What to Send Your Kids While They're at Camp

Carrie Kashawlic

If your camper is off to resident camp for the first time, you need to know that campers love to get mail. Here are a few tips about letter writing to be sure your camper’s mail brings out a smile instead of an onset of homesickness.

  1. Be positive in the letter. Write about what you want to hear about on Visiting Day or after camp ends — a new song, new friends, or an activity your camper was excited about.
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How to find a summer camp for your child with special needs

Emily Golinsky

If your child has special needs or unique circumstances, you might think that the process of finding the right summer camp falls anywhere on a scale from mildly terrifying to completely overwhelming to absolutely impossible. You might even think that, at best, you are looking for a camp that will “let” your camper come, or one that will expect your child to do all the trying when it comes to fitting in with the world around them. But relax, because it...

Questions to ask when looking for a sleep-away summer camp


Looking for a summer camp that is a perfect fit for a family is a daunting task. There are thousands of wonderful residential camps. Before coming up with a list of questions to ask a camp director, decide which type of camp is best for the child by answering these questions:

  1. Is the camper more suited for a single-gender or a co-ed camp, uniform or non-uniform, competitive or non-competitive, specialized or all-around, or traditional or atypical...

Residential Boys Camp is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago

Stephanie Kassels

The onset of the 20th century may be mostly identified with the close out of the American Frontier, rapid industrialization and urban growth. But did you know summer camping for boys also developed at this time? The growth of the boys camping movement can be closely linked to the late 19th-century view that suggested adolescent boys needed outlets to engage in invigorating physical activity. The...

Girls Camp Great for Girls!

Liz Young

Summer camp is a place where kids come together to unplug and have fun. They experience and improve upon not only traditional summer activities such as swimming, tennis or water-skiing, but also communication, conflict resolution and accountability. However, an all-girl camp environment provides so much more.

Self-Awareness At camp, you get to find yourself and be yourself. You get to break out of the hostile stereotypes from...


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