Overnight Camps Cook Up Memorable Fun

Finding a residential camp for your child takes legwork, but your investment in research will mean peace of mind for you — as well as dividends of fun for your child.

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Considerations For a Successful Sleep-Away Experience:


Most kids are ready by age 9 or 10, but consider your child’s physical and emotional maturity first.

Plan ahead. 

If possible, start researching camps a year out. Research online, talk to friends and family for recommendations and visit prospective camps. Many overnight camps offer family weekends in the fall.

Length of camp. 

How long do you want your child away at camp? Camps offer both short- and long-term sessions.

Size of camp. 

Decide whether your child would do better in a large setting or a smaller gathering.


Choose from a single-sex or a co-ed camp. Not sure which? Consider whether a younger sibling may eventually join your older child at camp.


Determine the types of activities you want your child to experience. Because of their geographical location, some camps offer better outdoor or adventure activities than others. Also, camps in a well-known adventure destination are more likely to have access to experienced adventure specialists.


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