Choosing From the Many Family Summer Camps

Whenever most of us think about summer camps, we usually think about the children being shuffled off to their own location while the parents spend a little bit of time on their own without the kids around. When it comes to family summer camps, however, nothing could be further from that reality. As a matter of fact, these camps are one of the best places for you to grow together as a family and to really spend some quality time, away from all of the distractions at home.

Of course, you’re going to have a lot of decisions to make when it comes time to choose from all of the family summer camps that are available. Here are just some of the things you will have to consider.

Select a setting: Some people enjoy a rather rustic setting and there certainly are plenty of camps that give you that option. There are also family summer camps that are near mountains or beaches and others that give you a few more luxuries. Regardless of location you will be able to spend plenty of family time together.

Pick a religious or secular camp: Some family camps are operated by church groups and emphasize the beliefs of that denomination. Others, like the many YMCA family camps, do not promote or require a particular religious stance.

Consider the costs: Most family camps are surprisingly affordable, but they charge by the head. Some offer free or reduced rates to tiny tots; many others offer financial aid so that more families can enjoy camping together.

Choose a time: You can pick weekend or longer family camps. Keep in mind that weeklong camps may be too much for first time campers or very small children. There are lots of weekend family camps including some themed camps around holidays like Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, or even Halloween.

What can you expect once you reach camp?

First of all, there are going to be plenty of activities to keep you and the kids busy, but most will be optional. From arts and crafts to outdoorsy type of activities, you will be able to test your skills and even to gain some new ones along the way. Best of all, you will be able to spend quality time as parents and children, learning a little bit more about each other and growing together as family should.

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