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The top 20 summer camps in the U.S. offer something a little different

Melissa Chapman and her brood of three live in the urban concrete jungle of NYC. She writes Kids in the City Kids in the City a weekly column and blog for the Staten Island Advance, contributes to SheKnows, Time Out NY Kids Time Out N...

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid

7. Camp Chief Ouray, Colorado

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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With picturesque views of the Continental Divide and an amazing program that develops core values in its campers, Camp Chief Ouray is a spectacular choice for your kids. From archery to riflery and nature studies to teambuilding challenges, your kids will love every day at this YMCA camp.

8. New York Film Academy Camps — Worldwide

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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So your kid wants to be in the movies? With the Film Academy Camps around the world, tweens and teens can learn about filmmaking, animation, acting and more. From the Universal Studios back lot to locations in Paris, these premiere camps are top-notch.

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9. Camp in Medomak, Maine

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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Located in mid-coast Maine on more than 200 acres, Camp in Medomak is unique because it's a secular camp for the whole family. It can host up to a dozen families at a time and there are activities for adults and children alike. Each family gets their own cabin, while the food and activities are preplanned to ensure a relaxing and fun environment.

10. Camp Friendship, Virginia

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Camp Friendship has been offering amazing camp experiences for boys and girls since 1966. There are several options that embrace a couple different age groups, and you can choose traditional camping adventures or equestrian camping.

11. JCC Camp Chi, Wisconsin

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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Situated on over 500 acres in the state of Wisconsin, JCC Camp Chi is billed as the ultimate destination for Jewish campers between the ages of 9 and 16. This overnight camp for both boys and girls has a history that dates back nearly a century. From horseback riding to wake boarding, the numerous available activities allow for a highly customized stay.

12. Camp Mesorah

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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For Orthodox Jews in the New York area, Camp Mesorah is the premiere co-ed camp. The number of activities is endless and they offer numerous packages that can accommodate a camper of any level of experience — from those who are ready for a full four-week schedule to those want to just test it out.

13. Plantation Farm Camp, California

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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If you're looking for a sustainable, environmentally-conscious summer camp, Plantation Farm Camp is an immaculate choice. Located among the beautiful Sonoma Redwoods on the California coast, the farm dates back 150 years. While the activities are numerous and entertaining, it's the interaction with the plants, animals and nature in general that is the most memorable aspect.

14. Camp Shane — New York and Arizona

How to find the perfect summer camp for your perfectly unique kid
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For campers who want to shed some pounds, Camp Shane has more than four decades of experience in helping youngsters launch healthy, maintainable lifestyles. Children of all shapes and sizes will feel welcomed and empowered. In addition to learning about eating right and exercising, campers gain social skills through fun activities.

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