Parent’s Guide to Summer Camp

School’s out and summer’s in, which mean it’s probably time to get ready to send your kids off to camp. But with so many great options to choose from, where does a parent even start?

From finding the perfect program for your child to knowing exactly what to pack, we’ve gathered all our best day and overnight summer camp tips in one easy-to-search place.

Kids at summer camp

The Benefits of Summer Camp 

The Benefits of Summer Camp for Preschoolers
Your preschooler isn’t too young for camp! Find out how summer programs can introduce them to structure and independence. 

4 Ways Summer Camp Benefits School Age Children
School age children and middle school students will love getting out of the house, whether it’s just for a day camp or overnight, and it’ll improve both their mental and physical health.

The Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens
Teens and high school students will learn to put down their phones, make new friends and even fit in their daily exercise.

4 Benefits of Summer Camps for Special Needs Children
Summer camp can broaden their worldview by exposing them to other children, animals, sports and activities.

Kids at summer camp

How to Choose the Right Summer Camp 

What Kind of Summer Camp Should Your Kid Attend?
Take our quiz to find out which type of summer camp best suits your kid.

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp
Is the camp accredited? What’s the staff-to-camper ratio? Find out what questions you need to ask before you click “register.”

How to Decide Between Sleepaway Camps and Day Camps
We break down the major differences and how to pick the best option for your child.

Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Summer Camp Questions
Find all the most common parent questions answered right here.

How Long Should You Send Your Kid to Summer Camp?
This quiz will narrow down what duration is best suited for your little camper.

How to Pay for Summer Camp 

9 Affordable Ways to Pay for Summer Camp
Summer camps can be expensive. We’ve got nine tips and tricks to cut down costs.

Kids at summer camp

What to Pack for Summer Camp 

Your Essential Packing List for Summer Camp
From bug spray to beach towels, to sunblock and snacks, our easy-to-use packing list ensures you don’t miss a thing.

The Best Packing Hacks for Summer Camp
When the packing gets overwhelming, turn to these tips and tricks to make it easy.

How to Send a Summer Camp Care Package 

The New Rules of Summer Camp Care Packages
Not sure what you can send your child while they’re away? Read on for the latest guidelines.

Yummy Summer Camp Snacks Your Kid Won’t Want to Trade
Your kid won’t be able to get enough of these delicious snacks—plus, their growing bodies will thank you, too.

The Best Camps by Region

The Best Dallas-Forth Worth Summer Camps for Kids

The Best Chicago Summer Camps for Kids

The Best Boston Summer Camps for Kids

The Best New York City Summer Camps for Kids

The Best Philadelphia Summer Camps for Kids

The Best Atlanta Summer Camps for Kids

The Best Washington D.C. Summer Camps for Kids

The Best L.A. Summer Camps for Kids

The Best San Francisco Summer Camps for Kids

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