Making S'mores by the Campfire1 of 11
There's no better dessert than the combination of melted chocolate and a gooey marshmallow stuffed between two crunchy graham crackers. Add a smoky campfire burning in the glow of summer moonlight, and the treat becomes even more delicious.
Swimming in the Lake2 of 11
What better way to cool off from those hot summer days than taking a dip in the lake? Many summer camps offer a variety of water-based activities, from canoeing to kayaking; some even take it to the next level with massive water slides or a trampoline in the middle of the lake.
Making Arts and Crafts3 of 11
What kid doesn't like getting their hands dirty? Give a child paint, construction paper and some glue, and the possibilities are endless. They'll love being creative and have something to bring home and show off.
Playing Games or Sports4 of 11
From archery to baseball, summer camps offer tons of games and sports to keep kids active. There's nothing like learning to shoot a bow and arrow for the first time or hitting the game-winning home run.
Catching Poison Ivy/Bug Bites5 of 11
Becoming one with nature and spending hours on end outdoors are both crucial parts of the summer camp experience. While it might not be the most enjoyable experience at the time, rubbing calamine lotion over bug bites and poison ivy is a rite of passage for a camp kid that always leaves them with a story to tell.
Making New Friends6 of 11
Going to summer camp gives kids the opportunity to meet kids from all over and make life-long friendships. Maybe they'll bond with a new friend over their shared hatred of the mess hall food, learn how to swim with the help of a buddy or meet a long-lost twin sibling. Either way, your child will never forget the first time they met his or her summer camp bestie.
Stargazing7 of 11
Getting to experience the quiet summer nights away from home is one of the best parts of camp. There's no better way to connect with nature than to unfold a big blanket underneath the stars, lie on your back and stare up at the sky. Trying to make out constellations and getting lost in the sea of lights is sure to be a cherished memory for every camper.
Singing Camp Songs8 of 11
"John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt! His name is my name, too!" Kids singing songs like this at the top of their lungs with all their friends is a summer camp trademark. And think of how much fun it will be when they come home and sing those songs for you.
Learning Camp Traditions9 of 11
Each camp has its own set of traditions passed down from generation to generation. Whether it's a secret handshake or prank day, your child will carry that tradition for years to come, especially if he or she returns to the same camp next summer.
Hiking10 of 11
Marching through trails filled with grassy hills will give your child a chance to learn about different wildlife. Kids will be rushing through trees, pursuing the uphill climb and finally making it to the summit, all while taking in the sights and sounds. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of the whole camp. They'll love coming home and telling you about everything they saw.