How to select a residential camp in the U.S. for your child or teen?
Looking for a residential camp is a lot like trying to find a
needle in a haystack. When you consider that there are over 8,000 residential
or overnight summer camps in the U.S to choose from the question many
parents face is, how to begin? Well here are some basics and facts to
Facts: Residential Camps
- The term residential is synonymous with an overnight, or sleepaway
- A residential camp session may run for only a few days and up to 10
- There are about 4,000 private residential overnight camps in the U.S.
These camps are the most expensive from about $800 to $1600 per week.
- There are about 8,000 non-profit agency run residential camping programs
in the U.S. These include youth agencies and religious organizations.
These camps offer parents a more affordable choice, costing between
$300 and $800 per week
- There are residential free camps designed to serve underprivileged
and special needs kids and youth. These camps tend to be agency sponsored
So you see; there are plenty of non-profit and privately run overnight
summer camps. These residentially operated camps run for varying sessions.
The most popular camp stays are one and two weeks. However, many traditional
camps, those with a broad range of activities and interests, often offer
longer - four, six and eight week programs. Tip: Consider shorter length
camping programs for first time and young campers.
To begin the process, consider what is important, or not
- Finding a camp near you - Since there are overnight summer camps in
the Northeast, West coast, Midwest and Southeast, decide if location
is a deciding criteria.
- Does it matter - If interested, there are Christian summer camps,
Jewish and other religiously run camps to consider. There are also coed,
all boy and all girl camps.
- What's your type - Do you want a traditional summer camp or specialty
- If you have an idea about the above, your next step is to consider
ways to obtain more information about
residential summer camps that fit these criteria.
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