Ah, summer camp. It really is an important childhood rite of passage that every kid deserves to experience. Sure, leaving home for the first time is scary, but going to camp creates memories that will last a lifetime. Not all summer camps, however, are created equal.
Now more than ever, kids need a good summer camp where they can unplug from today's modern conveniences and learn a new skill while out in nature. If you're looking for the best-of-the-best sleep-away camps for your child, these 20 should be on your radar.
Located at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheley Colorado Camp is an amazing summer camp for kids that offers a number of activities from horseback riding and hiking to archery and riflery. If your kids love adventure and the outdoors, this is a terrific option.
Situated on Orcas Island near Seattle, Washington, Four Winds Westward Ho is a place where kids can get away from technology and modern comforts and discover new friendships and interests in the great outdoors.
For something completely different, consider sending your kids to the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps. This three-week residential program allows kids to live and work in the state park, preparing meals, performing chores and enjoying nature.
This all-girls camp in New Hampshire is located just south of the White Mountains on Newfound Lake. Girls enjoy water sports, creative arts, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures at Camp Wicosuta.
Not your traditional camp, this teen program is all about roller coasters. Thrill Coaster Tours allows kids to visit various amusement parks and try out different roller coasters all over the country. The "campers" travel by luxury bus and stay at Marriott hotels as they go from city to city.
Located on 6,000 acres of aspen, spruce, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine-filled forests, and an hour west of Colorado Springs, Sanborn Western Camps provide the perfect place for kids to do everything from fly-fishing to horseback riding and community service to science projects.
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Updated by Sarah Long on 5/30/17.
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