If you think summer camp is all marshmallows and campfires, you better think again. Today, there are tons of enriching summer camp options that will get kids to shut off those electronics and enjoy the world around them. Here are 6 excellent camps that’ll have you dreaming of days forging everlasting friendships and sleeping under the stars.
Four Winds Westward Ho Camp, Washington
Get the kiddies away from those tablets and smart phones and get them enjoying the outdoors at Four Winds Westward Ho, where technology and modern comforts will be quickly forgotten. Located on Orcas Island near Seattle, girls and boys of all ages stay in small cabins and tents and will enjoy daily activities that range from sailing and music to just being kids and playing outside.
Camp in Medomak, Maine
Feeling nostalgic for your summer camp days? No reason why kids should be the only ones to experience the fun of camp. In Medomak, they offer fun for the whole family. Located mid-coast on more than 200 acres, up to a dozen families can be hosted at a time with each family receiving their own cabin. There are plenty of activities for kids and adults alike to ensure fun and relaxation for everyone.
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Teen Wilderness Adventures
All along the east coast, teens can embark on character building adventures in some of the country’s most beautiful natural locales, such as White Mountain National Forest, Acadia National Park, and more. Campers will be challenged as they learn about the outdoors and various survival skills. A 20-day leadership training Backpack Course for older teens will prepare them for their own excursions, with hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing.
West Coast Connection/360 Degree Student Travel
Let the travel bug take a nibble this summer with one of the largest student travel companies in the U.S., West Coast Connection/360 Degree Student Travel. They offer several programs around the world that allow teens to immerse themselves in culture, adventure, and Pre-College Enrichment. Learn to cook in Italy, snowboard the Swiss Alps, or climb the Eiffel Tower.
Surf Diva’s All-Girls Overnight Surf Camp, California
Surf’s up little ladies! This camp is a ton of fun under the sun, and girls will spend their time hanging 10 at the beach with two surf lessons per day off the coast of beautiful San Diego. In the evening campers can unwind with movies, crafts, and talent shows. Lodging and meals are included and campers will get to jet around town in the famous pink “Betty Bus.”