North America’s Top 60 Summer Camps of 2017

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If we had to pick one coming-of-age fixture to forever freeze in time, it would undoubtedly be summer camp. Just think of that smoky scent of roasting marshmallows, or that unforgettable day of canoeing, right into the heart of the wilderness. Of course, there are those rowdy mess halls, and muddy treks back to cabin, but that’s all part of the deal. 

Then again, maybe we’re thinking of ’90s summer camp — a time when classic programs, like swimming lessons and tug-o-war, ruled all. Not premium horseback riding facilities. Not digital photography studios. And certainly not Caribbean snorkel adventures

 

Credit: Camp Can-Aqua
Credit: Camp Can-Aqua

 

Welcome to 2017. In an era when everything can be streamlined, tweaked, and individualized to perfection, so too can your summer experience. And at the forefront of this movement are none other than North American summer camps, which are working to change the way children, teenagers — and even adults — empower themselves, and their futures.

That’s why, after months of in-depth research and interviews, Flight Network is thrilled to present our 2017 list of North America’s top 60 summer camps. These select few camps beat out hundreds of contenders, in large part thanks to their originality, overall mission, and undeniable offerings. The best part? They’re all categorized according to specific experiences, so you no longer have to wonder what’s out there.

Grab those sneakers and swimsuits. We’re going to summer camp.

 

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Credit: Camp Merri-Mac

 

Seize your summer once and for all.

 

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Credit: The Taylor Statten Camps

 

Adventure

1. Avid4 Adventure  |  2. Wilderness Adventure | 3. The Wild Rumpus

4. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development  | 5. Camp Narnia

6. Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

Athletics

7. Perfect Day Surf Camp  | 8. Nike Soccer Camp | 9. Camp Winaukee

10. Camp All-Star  |  11. True North Climbing | 12. Toronto Athletic Camps

13. Cape Cod Sea Camps |14. Upright Rugby Canada  | 15. GymRep Camps

Education

16. UCode Programming Academy | 17. Camp BizSmart

18. Muskoka Woods | 19. Exceed Robotics Summer Camp | 20. STEM Camp

21. The Cube Technology Camp | 22. Camp Tournesol

Leadership

23. Steve & Kate’s Camp | 24. Laurus Camp | 25. Camp Kawartha

26. Hargrave Military Academy  | 27. Camp Challenge

28. Youth Empowered Action Camp

Specialty

29. Camp Summit | 30. Sail Caribbean | 31. French Woods

32. Camp Pocono Trails | 33. Camp Wildfolk | 34. Camp Kirk

35. The Taylor Statten Camps | 36. Camp Kodiak  | 37. Designer Camp

38. Camp Santosh  | 39. Two Islands Weekend

Spiritual

40. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp  | 41. Camp Merri-Mac

42. Camp Timberlake | 43. Camp Rockmont |44. Grindstone Lake Bible Camp

45. Rocky Ridge Ranch |46. Camp Massad

Traditional

47. Camp Champions | 48. Triple C Camp | 49. Camp Walt Whitman

50. Point O’Pines Camp for Girls  | 51. Camp Wigwam

52. Raquette Lake Camps | 53. Camp Pinehurst | 54. Camp Waziyatah

55. Lone Prairie Camp | 56. Camp Ecolart | 57. Camp Can-Aqua

58. Camp Couchiching | 59. Camp Cadicasu | 60. YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens

 

ADVENTURE 

 

1. Avid4 Adventure 

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Location: Colorado, USA

Dates: June – August (varies by program)

What To Expect:

 

Aside from classic skit nights and campfire tales, Avid4 Adventure introduces the incredible element of adventure sports to all of its programs. From rock climbing and mountain biking, to canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle-boarding, campers have a range of high-adrenaline activities at their disposal.

What’s more? The so-called “base camp” lies at the breathtaking base of Colorado’s own Mt. Evans and Windy Peak, so kids and teens have the chance to experience the natural world in all of its glory. Here, campers are divided up according to their school grades, which means expeditions are customized to fit their experience level.

Campers from first to twelfth grade are welcome. Visit Avid4 Adventure for more information.

 

2. Wilderness Adventure

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Location: New Castle, VA, USA

Dates: June 18 – August 12

What To Expect:

 

Residing in the heart of New Castle, VA, Wilderness Adventure is the definition of a non-traditional summer camp. For starters, the full-fledged “wilderness experience” is baked into every itinerary at the camp, and it’s meant to provide youth with their own sense of self-reliance.

How? Sometimes it comes in the form of caving trips, which take teenagers through some of the most incredible caverns hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains. Other times, independence means attending the mountain bike excursion or “Go With The Flow,” a two-week camp devoted to surfing kayaks, paddling canoes, and beachside camping on the shores of the New River and New River Gorge.

All campers ages 8-17 are welcome. Visit Wilderness Adventure for more information.

 

3. The Wild Rumpus

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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada  

Dates: June 30 — September 4

What To Expect:

 

Growing up is overrated, especially if that means you can’t attend summer camp. That idea is at the core of The Wild Rumpus, an adult-friendly wilderness adventure paradise, which welcomes legions of 18+ campers to its home on the beautiful Gambier Island every year.

To get there, you’ll have to board a boat taxi, and take a short, incredible ride up the Howe Sound, ultimately landing at a private beach where your Wild Rumpus journey can begin. After that, prepare for an zip line-filled adventure to the nth degree. From beach volleyball and hiking, to wall climbing and camp games, you won’t quite know what to choose first, but you’ll be relieved you joined the crew.

All campers ages 18+ are welcome. Visit The Wild Rumpus for more information.

 

4. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) 

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Credit: WYLD Facebook

Location: Campbell River, BC, Canada

Dates: July 1 – August 24

What To Expect:

 

You’ll learn how to build a shelter, construct a homemade raft, and cook in the ultimate oven: the earth. Placing a special focus on adventure and leadership skills, Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) offers everything from sea kayaking excursions to backcountry basics, alpine hiking, route finding, and paddle strokes. You can even customize your own itinerary to fulfill whatever D.I.Y. dreams of survival that may linger.

That said, there’s no better place WYLD could be based than its home in British Columbia’s oldest park, the legendary Strathcona Provincial ParkThis wilderness oasis offers a range of diverse terrain and powerful environments, which are ideal for youth who are truly looking to challenge their mind, body, and soul. Not to the mention the summer camp status quo.

All campers ages 12-18 are welcome. Visit WYLD for more information.

 

5. Camp Narnia

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Location: Parksville, BC, Canada

Dates: August 6-26

 

What To Expect:

Ask any youngster what Narnia looks like, and they’ll probably give you a thrilling description of a mystical wonderland, like the one they’ve only ever read about in C.S. Lewis’s classic novels. That is, until now.

Nestled away on the idyllic Vancouver Island, Camp Narnia offers a real-life community of forest adventures, set to the theme of the Chronicles of Narnia. What exactly does that mean? Well, aside from an all-out production of Prince Caspian, it typically includes orienteering, homesteading, kayaking, and a full-on challenge course. This is where you come to make your imagination the best reality.

All campers ages 6-15 are welcome. Visit Camp Narnia for more information.

 

6. Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

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Location: Canada (various cities) 

Dates: June 26 – August 31

What To Expect:

 

All aboard the 110′ Fair Jeanne or the ’87 Black Jack. Not sure what that means? Allow the Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure to educate you on every part of old-school sailing in the modern age.

From casting off and climbing the rig, to unfurling sails and taking your turn at the helm of a massive vessel, this co-ed summer camp is built around sea adventures, teamwork, and leadership. Once aboard the square-rigged tall ship, you’ll learn exhilarating techniques, like compass reading, chart work, and sensing weather patterns. The best part? You can set your sights on traveling to Quebec City, Atlantic Canada, Long Island Sound, and even New York City. 

All campers ages 12-18 are welcome. Campers ages 15+ can sail on the Atlantic Canada/Eastern Seaboard voyages. Visit Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure for more information.

 

ATHLETICS

 

 

7. Perfect Day Surf Camp

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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Dates: June 12 – September 6

What To Expect:

 

Forget school-centric day camps when mom’s at work. At Perfect Day Surf Camp, children are able to learn about Southern California’s tides in a series of epic surf and standup paddle lessons.

Unfolding across the beaches of Redondo, Santa Monica, Manhattan, and Torrance, this co-ed day camp is designed to educate youngsters on how to understand the unpredictable ocean, and learn to harness its power. At first, children will learn the art of boogie boarding, and eventually work their way up to surfing. It’s a progression intended to keep youngsters from being fearful of the ocean at the large.

All campers ages 4-17 are welcome. Visit Perfect Day Surf Camp for more information.

 

 

8. Nike Soccer Camp 

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Elmhurst Nike Soccer Camp

Location: Elmhurst, IL, USA

Dates: June 23-June 25; July 5-July 8; July 21-July 23; July 28-July 30

What To Expect:

 

David Beckham had to start somewhere, right? And we wouldn’t be surprised if the footballers’ origins had somehow started with the Nike Soccer Camps at Elmhurst College, in Illinois.

With Coach Dave Di Tomasso at the helm, soccer-crazed campers will learn the ins and outs of the sport, while working to take their game to the next level. Over the course of three sessions, they will hone everything from functional training, goalkeeping, and shooting, to attacking, decision making, supporting play, defending, and 11v11 games. 

All campers ages 8-18 are welcome. Visit Nike Soccer Camps for more information.

 

9. Camp Winaukee

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Location: New Hampshire, USA

Dates: June 24 – August 12

What To Expect:

 

Situated along the spectacular Lake Winnipesaukee, Camp Winaukee has long been known for being the premier boys’ sports camp around. Part of that distinction comes from its unparalleled locations — on the New Hampshire Mainland or a 50-acre private island — while the other part derives from its supremely diverse amount of athletic programming.

To give you an idea, Winaukee campers can play baseball, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and football. They can participate in archery challenges, golf, canoe, or scale the high-altitude ropes course. Then there’s waterskiing, weight training, swimming, fishing and sailing. Did we leave anything out? Oh, zip-lining.

All boys ages 7-15 are welcome. For more information, visit Camp Winaukee here.

 

10. Camp All-Star

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Location: Kents Hill, ME, USA

Dates: June 25-July 29

What To Expect:

 

Not many summer camps can say they reside over 600 acres of stunning New England landscapes. Then again, few places compare to Camp All-Star, which comes equipped with a 50,000-square-foot athletics center, NHL-size hockey arena, fitness center, and basketball gym.

Located at Kents Hill School in Maine’s scenic Belgrade Lakes region, Camp All-Star offers youngsters the chance to hone their athletic abilities across all mediums. Namely, ice hockey, soccer, flag football, yoga, lacrosse, golf, basketball, and many, many more.

All campers ages 8-15 are welcome. Visit Camp All-Star for more information.

 

11. True North Climbing

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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: June 26 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

From a very young age, it’s vital for children and teenagers to experience fun, while learning safe boundaries. And one of the prime places that can be done is Toronto’s own True North Climbing day camp, which offers a secure, wonderful environment for children to rock climb, boulder, and slackline.

Stay for two hours, one day, or even one week. True North Climbing is flexible when it comes to busy schedules, and all children are invited to partake in whatever session best fits their availability. So, what are you waiting for? Come experience summer at its finest, inside one of Canada’s best and safest indoor climbing facilities.

All campers ages 7-12 are welcome. Visit True North Climbing for more information.

 

12. Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC Sports) 

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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: June 26 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

Want to know where your child can experience an element of discovery, while benefitting from elite-level sport training? If so, you’re in the right spot.

For years, Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC Sports), has been devoted to offering exciting programs that specialize in soccer, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, floor hockey and mixed martial arts. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Now, TAC campers have the chance to participate in uniquely developed “biking and robotics programming,” which excites us on a whole new level.

All campers ages 4-16 are welcome. Visit TAC for more information.

 

13. Cape Cod Sea Camps

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Location: Brewster, MA, USA

Dates: July 2 – August 19

What To Expect:

 

It should come as little surprise that Cape Cod Sea Camps currently offers one of the top sailing programs in the nation. After all, the Massachusetts mainstay will celebrate its 95th anniversary this summer, and it’s still stocked full of an unparalleled fleet of sailboats.

In addition to recreational sailing and racing, Cape Cod Sea Camps has become known for its exceptional digs. This summer, campers will get to experience a new arts center, boathouse, swimming pool complex, and programs that widely range from archery and woodworking, to drama, guitar, and everything in between.

All campers ages 8-15 are welcome. Visit Cape Cod Sea Camps for more information.

 

14. Upright Rugby Canada

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Location: Ontario, Canada 

Dates: July 23-27; August 14-18

What To Expect:

 

Stop settling for a second-rate rugby experience, and instead, immerse yourself in the incredible first-class offerings of Upright Rugby Canada.

Taking place in the quaint Ontario cities of Oakville and Guelph, this summer camp is devoted to having campers eat, sleep, live, and breathe rugby. While training at premier facilities, campers will get the chance to work alongside like-minded athletes, in an environment bred for high-performance results. That means daily strength-training and classroom sessions are on the docket, as are sprinting, jumping, throwing and agility tests. 

All campers ages 10-18 are welcome. The girls camp is hosted at Appleby College, while the boys is hosted at University of Guelph. 

Visit Upright Rugby Canada for more information.

 

15. GymRep Camps

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Location: Quebec, Canada 

Dates: July – August

What To Expect:

 

For the past 22 years, GymRep has made an impressive name for itself in the world of professional gymnastics. As the operator of Canada’s largest outdoor specialized gymnastics and acrobatic camp, it’s been responsible for welcoming over 1150 global athletes to this corner of the world every year. 

Yes, there’s a flying trapeze, three outdoor gyms totaling over 18,000-square-feet, as well as a host of top gymnastics equipment on-site. Within the outdoor area itself, water activities are also plentiful, and there are adventure trails for when campers need to take a little breather.

All campers ages 7 and up are welcome. Visit GymRep for more information.

 

EDUCATION

 

 

16. UCode Programming Academy

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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dates: June 5 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

Let’s face it: we live in a hyper-digital world, with no technological end in sight. And as a result, it’s never too early to learn how to master computer science from every angle. Welcome to UCode Programming Academy, a place where children and teenagers come to learn how to solve complex problems, with the touch of (more than few) buttons.

Every week day, UCode Programming Academy runs four camps, with each one aimed at different computer specialities. In “Web Animators” and “Web Creators,” campers will learn how to transform or build amazingly interactive sites, using the fundamentals of HTML and CSS. In “Computer Builders,” techies will have the chance to build their own computer from scratch, while “Drone Programming” will teach students how to code and program their own flying drones. In other worlds, welcome to the kids of the future.

All campers ages 6-17 are welcome. Visit UCode Programming Academy for more information.

 

17. Camp BizSmart

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Photo credit: Camp BizSmart Facebook Page

Location: Santa Clara, California

Dates: June 11 to Aug. 4

What To Expect:

 

Camp BizSmart is the first entrepreneur academy of its kind, and it was recently named one of the five most unique camps in the United States by CNN Money. If you’re little executive is showing an interest in product design, business planning, this is the camp to inspire and educate him or her.

Kids who attend Camp BizSmart gain real life entrepreneurial skills — like finance, marketing, design and sales — from actual world business leaders, CEOS and company founders. There’s arguably no better place in the country to put your plan into action.

All campers ages 11-19 are welcome. Visit Camp BizSmart for more information.

 

18. Muskoka Woods

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Location: Lake Rosseau, ON, Canada

Dates: July 1 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

Where do we start with Muskoka Woods? This unparalleled summer camp takes place over a sprawling 1,100 acres of wooded land, and covers 2,800-square-feet of primetime real estate along Ontario’s awe-inspiring Lake Rosseau.

But that’s not even the half of it. Culinary classes, video production, fashion and graphic design are just a few of the offerings afforded to campers at Muskoka Woods. Then there’s wake-surfing, fine art, radio broadcasting, and sailing — just to name a few more. If it seems like paradise, blended with the perfect mix of the natural world and higher-level academic facilities, that’s because it is. 

All campers ages 7-17 are welcome. Visit Muskoka Woods for more information.

 

19. Exceed Robotics Summer Camp

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Location: Ontario, Canada 

Dates: July 3 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Computer design. 3-D printing. Robot building. Drone flying. Field trips. At Exceed Robotics — one of Canada’s most prestigious learning environments — the sky is truly the limit.

Offering the best in robotics and STEM education, this co-ed summer camp is designed for kids with inquisitive minds, and unrelenting spirits. Join the Vaughan or Mississauga, Ontario, chapters, and see what a hands-on science and technology experience is all about.

P.S. There are a number of Lego EV3 Mindstorms built into the curriculum. Could robots get any cooler? All campers ages 9-14 are welcome. Visit Exceed Robotics for more information.

 

20. STEM Camp

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Location: Canada (various locations)

Dates: July 4 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Does your child have a curious mind? What about a mind that is drawn to the wonders of outer space, technology, and the natural world? Answer “yes” to any of the above, and this Canada-based STEM Camp might just be the ideal place to live out those science-filled summer days.

Each week, 4,400 campers gather in over 28 locations to experience what STEM Camp has to offer. Furthermore, in order to understand how STEM translates to real life, campers get the opportunity to partake in number of diverse programs, and even speak with storied astronomers, scientists, engineers, computer experts, and Olympic athletes, in the meantime. 

All campers ages 5-13 are welcome. Visit STEM Camp for more information.

 

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Adventure

1. Avid4 Adventure  |  2. Wilderness Adventure | 3. The Wild Rumpus

4. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development  | 5. Camp Narnia

6. Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

Athletics

7. Perfect Day Surf Camp  | 8. Nike Soccer Camp | 9. Camp Winaukee

10. Camp All-Star  |  11. True North Climbing | 12. Toronto Athletic Camps

13. Cape Cod Sea Camps |14. Upright Rugby Canada  | 15. GymRep Camps

Education

16. UCode Programming Academy | 17. Camp BizSmart

18. Muskoka Woods | 19. Exceed Robotics Summer Camp | 20. STEM Camp

21. The Cube Technology Camp | 22. Camp Tournesol

Leadership

23. Steve & Kate’s Camp | 24. Laurus Camp | 25. Camp Kawartha

26. Hargrave Military Academy  | 27. Camp Challenge

28. Youth Empowered Action Camp

Specialty

29. Camp Summit | 30. Sail Caribbean | 31. French Woods

32. Camp Pocono Trails | 33. Camp Wildfolk | 34. Camp Kirk

35. The Taylor Statten Camps | 36. Camp Kodiak  | 37. Designer Camp

38. Camp Santosh  | 39. Two Islands Weekend

Spiritual

40. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp  | 41. Camp Merri-Mac

42. Camp Timberlake | 43. Camp Rockmont |44. Grindstone Lake Bible Camp

45. Rocky Ridge Ranch |46. Camp Massad

Traditional

47. Camp Champions | 48. Triple C Camp | 49. Camp Walt Whitman

50. Point O’Pines Camp for Girls  | 51. Camp Wigwam

52. Raquette Lake Camps | 53. Camp Pinehurst | 54. Camp Waziyatah

55. Lone Prairie Camp | 56. Camp Ecolart | 57. Camp Can-Aqua

58. Camp Couchiching | 59. Camp Cadicasu | 60. YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens

 

21. The Cube Technology Camp

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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: July 4 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Many parents believe that video games are akin to sugar or sodas; that is, they should be avoided except on weekends or special occasions. But that’s an outdated mode of thinking, if you can harness a child’s curiosity and interest in video games the right way.

Herein lies the ingenious model of The Cube Technology Camp, a co-educational experience based on the STEAM principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. At this camp, students are encouraged to be the masterminds of their own 2D video games, using the HTML and CSS coding they learn on-site. They’ll also get an introduction to Adobe Photoshop, and a chance to test their LEGO-packed robots on the final day of camp.

All campers grades 3-7 are welcome. Visit The Cube Technology Camp for more information.

 

22. Camp Tournesol

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Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada

Dates: July 10 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

While most camps offer the promise of new friendships and fun, very few can say they will have your child speaking French by summer’s end. But that’s all part of the Camp Tournesol experience. Since 2001, this co-ed day and overnight camp has been churching out multilingual students in true French fashion.

What might that mean? Well, take all of your classic summer camp activities, like rock climbing, soccer, and campfire songs, and now, remove English from the equation. Here, all counselors are French, and every meal, activity, and song will be spoken in French. Campers will stay in the heart of Muskoka, on a private 1,000-acre property that surrounds a pristine lake. Can you say, très chic?!

All campers ages 4-14 are welcome. Visit Camp Tournesol for more information.

 

LEADERSHIP

 

23. Steve & Kate’s Camp

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Location: USA Nationwide 

Dates: June – August (varies by location) 

What To Expect:

 

All across the United States, there is one destination pervading the summer scene: Steve & Kate’s Camp. From California to New York, and Washington to Colorado, this co-educational summer camp puts kids at the the helm of their own learning experience.

While one camper might choose to dive into the world of stop-motion animation, another might want to embrace technology, robotics or music. At least, that’s the idea behind Steve & Kate’s Innovation Lab, a newly launched venture that brings together a “crackerjack team” of hackers, Harvard learning scientists, improv comics, executive chefs, designers, and real-life kids.

It’s also worthing noting that the nationwide camp is rolling out all the stops in 2017. Select locations will offer inflatable slip ‘n’ slides, electric go-karts, and giant inflatable hamster balls.

All campers ages 4-12 are welcome. Visit Steve & Kate’s Camp for more details.

 

24. Laurus Camp 

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Credit: Laurus Camp Facebook

Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Dates: June 26 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

One of the most defining qualities of Laurus Camp is its complete and utter “lifestyle” approach. Here, counselors are devoted to teaching campers the importance of giving back to the community, while acknowledging the power of their own mind, body and inner selves.

Every day, Laurus Camp offers classes in Math, English, French, and Science. Campers are also allowed to specialize in immersive programs, like cooking, drama, dance, music, visual arts, and a variety of sports. As a gem on the Montreal scene, Laurus Camp offers the perfect summer bridge between entrepreneurship, self-empowerment, and leadership. Has there ever been a better time to be a kid? 

All campers ages 3-15 are welcome. Visit Laurus Camp for more information.

 

25. Camp Kawartha

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 1 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

It’s little wonder why Camp Kawartha remains an award-winning beacon of summer fun and leadership. Serenely situated on the shoreline of Clear Lake, this co-educational overnight & day camp has been around since 1921, though it’s continued to revolutionize its facilities with every coming year.

For starters, Camp Kawartha’s 186-acre waterfront property boasts a wind turbine, straw bale buildings, active and passive solar systems, as well as solar ovens and cookers. These innovations are meant to teach campers about energy-saving alternatives, especially when they are getting a firsthand look at the plants, animals, insects, and life systems that are supported by the natural world.  

All campers ages 4-17 are welcome. Visit Camp Kawartha for more information.

 

26. Hargrave Military Academy

Credit: Hargrave Military Academy Facebook
Credit: Hargrave Military Academy Facebook

Location: Chatham, VA, USA  

Dates: July 1-30

What To Expect:

 

Ten-hut! If there’s any place your son is going to learn about true leadership, it’s Hargrave Military Academy. Located in the charming town of Chatham, VA, Hargrave’s summer school and camp is dedicated to providing students with a higher level awareness of equality, ethics, and academic growth.

Here, students will get the chance to enroll in courses at the Colin Powell Leadership Center, and they will be offered SAT/ACT preparation (depending upon their age). Those who choose to partake in the “Adventure Camp” should expect some extraordinary sight-seeing; activities include canoeing Virginia’s waterways, and white water rafting along West Virginia’s rapids. 

All boys grades 7-12 are welcome. Visit Hargrave Military Academy for more information.

 

27. Camp Challenge

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Location: Carlsbad, CA, USA

Dates: July 2-29

What To Expect:

 

Presiding as the only JROTC credit-producing summer leadership course west of the Mississippi River, Camp Challenge offers a rare opportunity for campers to master the life skills of leadership, integrity, honor, respect and compassion.

Unfolding at the prestigious Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California, Camp Challenge also offers teenagers the chance to enhance their academic records by earning 180 hours of leadership credit. Through hands-on experiences and interactive classes, campers will learn how to overcome physical and mental challenges, while honing their self-confidence and accountability.

All campers ages 13-17 are welcome. Visit Camp Challenge for more information.

 

28. Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp

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Location: Charlton, MA; High Falls, NY; Wrightwood, CA 

Dates: July 9 – August 13 (varies by location) 

What To Expect:

 

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp bills itself as a “life-changing camp for world-changing teens,” and we couldn’t agree more. This is where youth with a keen interest in community service and social justice come to learn about the world in which they inhabit, and what more they can do to improve upon it.

Past campers have gone on to create their own school clubs, start local composting programs, and even intern for Congressional candidates. Translation? High-achieving teens with huge college dreams might want to consider traveling to one of the three YEA Camp locations around the country.

All campers ages 12-17 are welcome. Visit YEA Camp for more information.

 

SPECIALTY

 

 

29. Camp Summit

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Location: Dallas, TX, USA

Dates: May 15 – August 19

What To Expect:

 

By and far, Camp Summit is the ultimate testament to why summer camp can change a person’s life. Based in the heart of Dallas, Texas, this one-of-a-kind camp provides barrier-free outdoor experiences for individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, it places a deep focus on bringing out everyone’s potential — no matter their class, age, race, gender, or skill level.

From horseback riding and archery, to swimming, ropes courses and games, Camp Summit always makes a point of offering traditional camp activities, which are overseen by a caring, professionally-trained staff. At the end of the day, this camp gets to the core of what summer camp is all about: friends, fun, and feeling right at home. 

All campers ages 6 and up are welcome. Visit Camp Summit for more information.

 

30. Sail Caribbean

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Location: British Virgin Islands & Leeward Islands 

Dates: June – August

What To Expect:

 

Envision yourself carving a path through the ocean floor.  You’re surrounded by sea life at every stretch, and you can feel your horizons expanding from the sand in between your toes. That’s just one of the many scenes that accompany Sail Caribbean, a summer-camp-paradise-vacation hybrid, which gives young people the chance to explore exotic islands, and learn about their best selves.

First, you’ll want to choose your destination: the British Virgin Islands or Leeward Islands. From there, allow the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets to be your beloved campground. Possible excursions include snorkeling, standup paddle-boarding, wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, kayaking and wind surfing. While on land, you can also hike through an exotic rainforest or scale the top of a volcano. Pinch me?

All campers ages 11-18  are welcome. Visit Sail Caribbean for more information.

 

31. French Woods

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Location: Hancock, NY, USA

Dates: June 8 – September 3

What To Expect:

 

It’s time to go off Broadway, and embrace the ever-evolving world of French Woods. This co-ed performing arts camp is a quintessential New York fixture — one crafted with creativity, collaboration, and a whole lot of lively campfires.

In terms of activities, French Woods campers get the brilliant opportunity to choose from programs related to theater, dance, music, magic, visual arts, film, and so much more. Don’t believe us? There’s even a Cirque du Soleil-style tent, where campers can learn to master the flying trapeze or silk ropes. Other noteworthy facilities include a full-scale skateboard park, fitness center, 500-foot dual zip line, and an Olympic-sized, heated swimming pool.

All campers ages 7-17 are welcome. Visit French Woods for more information.

 

32. Camp Pocono Trails

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Location: Reeders, PA, USA

Dates: June 14 – August 16

What To Expect:

 

Quietly settled on 350 acres of private land in the Pocono Mountains, Camp Pocono Trails is one of the few ACA-accredited weight loss camps in the country. Devoted to helping individuals gain self-esteem, while working toward their weight loss goals, this co-ed overnight camp is aimed at promoting healthy habits in a caring, fun environment.

Here, campers can choose from over 100 on-site activities, including yoga, aerobics, golf, tennis, waterskiing and cooking classes. High-energy workouts are guided by professional instructors, and nutritional instruction is offered from beginning to end. On the whole, Camp Pocono Trails is really about providing folks with a safe, encouraging path to weight loss, and a happier future.

All campers ages 7-25 are welcome. Visit Camp Pocono Trails for more information.

 

33. Camp Wildfolk

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Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dates: June 19 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Every camper deserves the chance to chart their own adventure. This is the idea at the core of Camp Wildfolk, a project-based learning day camp, which is focused on raising creative, authentic leaders of the 21st century.

Perhaps one of the coolest things about Camp Wildfolk is its approach to a child-centered experience. Unlike more traditional camps, the Wildfolk Way is all about empowering and engaging children to embrace their ‘whole’ selves. Whether that’s through creative expression, movement or team building, young campers are invited to go a little wild, get a little messy, and have a lot of fun. 

All campers ages 4-12 are welcome. Visit Camp Wildfolk for more information.

 

34. Camp Kirk

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Location: Kirkfield, ON, Canada

Dates: June 30 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Summer 2017 marks an exciting time for Camp Kirk. This co-ed Ontario hideaway is slated to celebrate its 25th anniversary, which will continue its legacy as one of the region’s top camps for children with exceptionalities.

Though it’s hard to pick just favorite aspect of this camp, since there are countless standout qualities. For example, through offering a warm environment for children with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and high-functioning autism, Camp Kirk makes a point of having every child feel welcomed, encouraged, and no different from anyone else. The adventure-based programming and daily routine of activities also helps to give kids the self-esteem boost they need to take on the upcoming school year. 

All campers ages 6-13 are welcome. Visit Camp Kirk for more information.

 

35. The Taylor Statten Camps

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Location: Algonquin Park, ON, Canada 

Dates: July 1 – August 24

What To Expect:

 

Only one kilometer apart on charming Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, both Camp Ahmek for boys and Camp Wapomeo for girls fall under the famous fold of The Taylor Statten Camps (TSC).

These Canadian overnight institutions are well-known in the summer camp world, in large part due to the TSC Special Canoe Tripping Program. With canoe trips going all over Northern Ontario and Western Quebec, this program works to teach campers a back-to-the-basics way of life. Every day, campers will work together to put up a tent, collect firewood, and make it safely over to the next portage. Though trips tend to range in duration, they maintain an unparalleled level of fun and friendship throughout. 

All campers ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit The Taylor Statten Camps for more information.

 

36. Camp Kodiak

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Location: McKellar, ON, Canada

Dates: July 2 – July 29; July 20 – August 19; July 2 – August 20 

What To Expect:

 

Serenely settled along the picturesque Parry Sound, Camp Kodiak is the ideal place for young people with — and without — learning disabilities, AD/HD, and high-functioning ASD. This integrated, non-competitive environment comes equipped with modern, lakefront log cabins, 425 acres of stunning Ontario land, and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Every year, campers of all shapes and sizes are invited to Camp Kodiak to partake in a social skills and academic program, as well as the 50+ sports that are available on-site. From go-karting and horseback riding, to bouldering, drama, and rocketry, Kodiak campers are quickly taught that no activity is beyond their limits. 

All campers ages 6-18 are welcome. Visit Camp Kodiak for more information.

 

37. Designer Camp 

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Location: Los Angeles & Orange County, CA, USA

Dates: July 10 – August 4

What To Expect:

 

Art. Branding. Trend Forecasting. Photography. Set Design. Fashion. These are just a few of the specialities available to students at Designer Camp, the world’s only design-based summer camp, which is located in the Golden State’s flashiest corridor.

It must be said that an average day at Designer Camp is anything but average. Class sessions typically consist of hands-on creative workshops, and informative talks from working designers in the fashion industry. Attendees are also taken on behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries, as the camp effectively works to peel back the curtain on the vast world of design. Someone alert Project Runway. please.

All campers ages 11-17 are welcome. Visit Designer Camp for more information.

 

38. Camp Santosh

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Location: July 22 – August 6

Dates: Montreal, QC, Canada

What To Expect:

 

Folks, let’s hear a collective “namaste” for Camp Santosh. Located across 275 acres of breathtaking Montreal lands, this co-ed summer camp is centered around yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and human values education.

What does that mean? When campers are not channeling their tadasanas, or relaxing along one of the Santosh’s five beautiful lakes, they may be found picking vegetables in the two-acre organic garden, or learning how to achieve otherworldly levels of peace, happiness and confidence. 

All campers ages 8-17 are welcome. Visit Camp Santosh for more information.

 

39. Two Islands Weekend

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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: September 8-10

What To Expect:

 

It’s hard to adequately put Two Islands Weekend into words. Start by thinking of a world where adults can spend mornings in Beyoncé dance classes, afternoons chilling on lake inner-tubes, and nights gathered around an open bar. Then add in some “zorb soccer,” and wild edibles hikes, and you essentially have a Millennial paradise.

So, what exactly is Two Islands Weekend? Your ticket to flowing beer, A-list chef dinners, and childhood — amplified. Whether you’re a solo adventurer or part of a bigger group, TIW is designed to accommodate all adults who are down for some late-night dodgeball games and flip cup. Just come ready to connect with 250 of your peers, on a secluded 1,100 acre camp in the Haliburton Highlands.

All campers ages 21+ are welcome. Visit Two Islands Weekend for more information.

SPIRITUAL

 

40. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp

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Location: Stone Mountain, GA, USA

Dates: May 30 – August 1

What To Expect:

 

The stunning landscape of Stone Mountain, Georgia, serves as the perfect backdrop for Smoky Rise Summer Day Camp, a co-ed, Christian-oriented experience that focuses on spiritual and personal growth among children and teenagers. 

Through an active recreational and academic program, Smoky Rise campers are exposed to a range of summer activities, like weekly field trips, swimming, magic and puppet shows. As for elder campers? They’ll have the difficult task of balancing SAT prep amidst Six Flags outings, paintball games, and rock climbing.

All campers ages 5-16 are welcome. Visit Smoky Rise Summer Day Camp for more information.

 

Jump to any camp by clicking here:

Adventure

1. Avid4 Adventure  |  2. Wilderness Adventure | 3. The Wild Rumpus

4. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development  | 5. Camp Narnia

6. Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

Athletics

7. Perfect Day Surf Camp  | 8. Nike Soccer Camp | 9. Camp Winaukee

10. Camp All-Star  |  11. True North Climbing | 12. Toronto Athletic Camps

13. Cape Cod Sea Camps |14. Upright Rugby Canada  | 15. GymRep Camps

Education

16. UCode Programming Academy | 17. Camp BizSmart

18. Muskoka Woods | 19. Exceed Robotics Summer Camp | 20. STEM Camp

21. The Cube Technology Camp | 22. Camp Tournesol

Leadership

23. Steve & Kate’s Camp | 24. Laurus Camp | 25. Camp Kawartha

26. Hargrave Military Academy  | 27. Camp Challenge

28. Youth Empowered Action Camp

Specialty

29. Camp Summit | 30. Sail Caribbean | 31. French Woods

32. Camp Pocono Trails | 33. Camp Wildfolk | 34. Camp Kirk

35. The Taylor Statten Camps | 36. Camp Kodiak  | 37. Designer Camp

38. Camp Santosh  | 39. Two Islands Weekend

Spiritual

40. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp  | 41. Camp Merri-Mac

42. Camp Timberlake | 43. Camp Rockmont |44. Grindstone Lake Bible Camp

45. Rocky Ridge Ranch |46. Camp Massad

Traditional

47. Camp Champions | 48. Triple C Camp | 49. Camp Walt Whitman

50. Point O’Pines Camp for Girls  | 51. Camp Wigwam

52. Raquette Lake Camps | 53. Camp Pinehurst | 54. Camp Waziyatah

55. Lone Prairie Camp | 56. Camp Ecolart | 57. Camp Can-Aqua

58. Camp Couchiching | 59. Camp Cadicasu | 60. YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens

 

41. Camp Merri-Mac

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Location: Black Mountain, NC, USA

Dates: June 5 – August 9

What To Expect:

 

For the past 72 years, Camp Merri-Mac has resided in the beautiful Black Mountain region of North Carolina. Though this Christian summer camp for girls is lauded for its emphasis on friendship, spirituality, and adventure, it’s also become known as a place where young women can test out a range of exciting skills and interests.

Think canoeing, climbing, diving and dance. Or guitar, gymnastics, pottery and horseback riding. Campers can even help to train a litter of labrador puppies, or partake in a team-building ropes course of epic proportions.

All girls ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Merri-Mac for more information.

 

42. Camp Timberlake

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Credit: Camp Timberlake Facebook

Location: Black Mountain, NC, USA

Dates: June 5 – August 10

What To Expect:

 

Comfortably settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Camp Timberlake for Boys resides as one of the foremost Christian summer camps around. With premier wilderness locations, and an emphasis on character-building, this traditional summer camp takes on the modern age with spirituality firmly at its side.

Every year, eager Timberlake campers get the chance to put their leadership skills into practice, learning everything from mountain biking, to whitewater kayaking and rock climbing. For fun, campers can also check out the popular Airsoft and paintball programs, which feature all of the latest gear, including Tippmann markers, and VForce Morph full-face goggles. 

All boys ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Timberlake for more information.

 

43. Camp Rockmont

 

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Location: Black Mountain, NC, USA

Dates: June 11 – August 11

What To Expect:

 

Every summer, Camp Rockmont welcomes over 1,500 boys to its lively quarters atop North Carolina’s Black Mountain. There, young men eagerly join the ranks of Rockmont veterans, all of whom share an appreciation for self-reliance, strong Christian values, and summer fun.

What’s most interesting about Camp Rockmont is its seemingly endless array of programs and activities. Elder campers can take up things like air riflery, blacksmithing, rocketry, and trap shooting. Meanwhile, group activities are plentiful, offering campers a range of movie nights, relay games, challenge courses, and talent shows.

All campers 10+ are welcome. Visit Camp Rockmont for more information.

 

44. Grindstone Lake Bible Camp

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Location: Sandstone, MN, USA

Dates: June 18 – August 11

What To Expect:

 

Since 1932, Grindstone Lake Bible Camp has been committed to encouraging campers to develop long-lasting friendships, while enjoying a safe place to spend their summertime.

Minnesota youngsters with an interest in kayaking, archery, riflery, and bible stories will feel right at home here. If you’re not sure what to bring, start with bedding, toiletries, a pillow, swimsuit, and your favorite bible, notebook and stationary.

All campers grades K-12 are welcome. Visit Grindstone Lake Bible Camp for more information.

 

45. Rocky Ridge Ranch

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Location: Milton, ON, Canada

Dates: July 2 – August 26

What To Expect:

 

Settled on the lovely Niagara Escarpment in Halton Hills, Rocky Ridge Ranch is a year-round interdenominational Christian ranch devoted to making a difference in children and teenager’s lives. 

Every summer, new activities are added to the Rocky Ridge roster, which is filled with multi-age programs that appeal to different types of campers. What’s more? Two of the on-site camp counselors are former IHL hockey & CFL football players, which mean campers will get the chance to learn from some of Canada’s finest sports athletes. 

All campers ages 8-17 are welcome. Visit Rocky Ridge Ranch for more information.

 

46. Camp Massad

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Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Dates: July 3 – August 20

What To Expect:

 

Where can campers promote pride in their Jewish identity, while connecting to their faraway Israel community, and experiencing everything that summer has to offer? Quite simply, Camp Massad, a multi-dimensional camp designed with safety, comfort, and creativity in mind.

Here, attendees can participate in beach volleyball tournaments, or take a ride down the inflatable waterslide. They can also take immersive treks into the nearby forest, and learn the art of orienteering and camping firsthand. For those less interested in outdoor life, theatrical programs, such as songwriting, drama and costume making, are also in high supply. And remember: speaking in Hebrew is always encouraged.

All campers ages 4-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Massad for more information.

 

TRADITIONAL

 

47. Camp Champions

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Location: Marble Falls, TX, USA

Dates: June 4 – August 12

What To Expect:

 

Located in the picture-perfect Hill Country of Central Texas, Camp Champions takes a technology-free summer experience to the next level. Complete with a petting zoo, pirate ship, and “Texas Two Step Tower,” this co-educational sleepaway camp has long been devoted to growing champions, and encouraging young leaders.

If you’re one of the lucky summer 2017 attendees, we suggest you prepare for some unparalleled outdoor activities. From jet skiing and wakeboarding atop lake LBJ, to flying down the waterslide at the Champion-approved pool, you’ll won’t know what to do first.

All campers ages 5-18 are welcome. Visit Camp Champions for more information.

 

48. Triple C Camp

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Location: Charlottesville, VA, USA

Dates: June 5 – August 25 

What To Expect:

 

Triple C Camp has one enduring mission: to provide young individuals with a safe, exciting experience, which channels traditional camp values, and teamwork. Located in the charming town of Charlottesville, VA, this co-educational camp is devoted to discovery, adventure, and most of all, taking on new challenges by choice.

Now, for the fun stuff — at Triple C Camp, attendees are broken up into grade-based categories, and offered a range of field trips and community service opportunities. Keeping social growth and emotional development in mind, campers are able to understand the Triple C concept through fun, engaging programs, which will keep them coming back every year.

All campers grades K-10 are welcome. Visit Triple C Camp for more information.

 

49. Camp Walt Whitman

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Location: Piermont, NH, USA

Dates: June 24 – August 12

What To Expect:

 

Somewhere along the New England backroads — nestled far into the pine-covered woods of New Hampshire — Camp Walt Whitman confidently resides. As a co-ed sleepaway camp devoted to community, and a sense of belonging, it’s become one of Piermont’s local treasures.

Offering a well-rounded program that appeals to campers with a variety of interests, Camp Walt Whitman is truly about teaching campers the value of teamwork, cooperation, and support. And nowhere is this more evident than at the camp’s outdoor adventure program, which features a high and low ropes, and climbing wall. 

All campers ages 7-15 are welcome. Visit Camp Walt Whitman for more information.

 

50. Point O’Pines Camp for Girls 

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Credit: Point O’Pines Camp For Girls Facebook

Location: Brant Lake, NY, USA

Dates: June 24 – August 11

What To Expect:

 

Every year, on a wooded peninsula overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, Point O’Pines Camp for Girls reestablishes itself as one of the region’s finest all-girls sleepaway camps. How? Just take a gander at some of the camp’s remarkable facilities and on-site activities.

There’s a 500-acre farm. There are twelve outdoor clay and Har-Tru tennis courts. There are three performance ski boats, and a water trampoline.  Oh, and did we mention there’s an incredible 2,700-square-foot Arts & Crafts Center? Equipped with an on-site ceramics studio, and top-of-the-line sports fields, Point O’Pines is quickly setting a new standard for summer camps around New York — and far beyond.

All girls ages 6-15 are welcome. Visit Point O’Pines Camp for Girls for more information.

 

51. Camp Wigwam

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Location: Waterford, ME, USA

Dates: June 24 – August 12 

What To Expect:

 

Cradled within an awe-inspiring pine grove in southwestern Maine, Camp Wigwam has long existed as a private boys camp for the ages. Since 1910, its locale in the foothills of the White Mountains has made the camp a sought-after destination, both for wilderness enthusiasts and veteran campers alike.

One of its standout offering (and there are many) would have to be its daily golf lessons, offered at no extra charge. Then there’s its world-class water skiing program, which pretty much goes without saying.

All campers ages 7-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Wigwam for more information.

 

52. Raquette Lake Camps

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Location: Raquette Lake, NY, USA

Dates: June 24 – August 12

What To Expect:

 

Summer after summer, a legion of loyal campers flock to the quiet shores of the Adirondacks, in search of a place they call home: Raquette Lake Camps. Both of these brother-sister institutions have been family-owned and operated since 1916, and there is certainly no end in sight.

Why? For one thing, Raquette Lake Camps remains one of the oldest, most legendary overnight camps in America. Every year, it welcomes first, second, third, and even fourth-generation campers to its New York hideaway, with natural surrounding that have been crystallized in time.

Then again, modern upgrades are plentiful, too. Boasting a fully supplied sports complex, dining hall, canteen, and an infirmary, Raquette Lake Camps is surely cementing its place in history.

All campers ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit Raquette Lake Camps for more information.

 

53. Camp Pinehurst

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Location: Raymond, ME, USA

Dates: June 25 – August 6

What To Expect:

 

Ingeniously built on the sandy shores of Crescent Lake, Camp Pinehurst has easily become one of Maine’s most illustrious camping destinations. Open since 1946, this co-ed sleepaway camp is dedicated to providing children with an unforgettable summer experience — most notably, at an affordable price.

Every session only has about 50 campers, which helps to create a safe, supportive environment for each attendee. What’s more? Camp Pinehurst makes a concerted effort of sticking to what summer camp has long been about: catching a fish, hiking a mountain, jumping in a lake, playing capture the flag, and most importantly, making a friend. 

All campers ages 6-14 are welcome. Visit Camp Pinehurst for more information.

 

54. Camp Waziyatah

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Location: Waterford, ME, USA

Dates: June 25 – July 20; July 23rd – August 17

What To Expect:

 

Not many camps hold the distinction of being television-worthy, which is why Camp Waziyatah is a star-studded outlier. In fact, it was once the setting for the legendary Disney Channel show, “Bug Juice,” and it’s held the title of being the highest-rated camp in Maine for quite some time.

What’s the Wazi secret? A few things. It’s set in a stunning location, across 130 acres of private, wooden Waterford land. Offering over 40 activities, Camp Waziyatah also leaves the door open for campers to enjoy the wonders of horseback riding, arts, theater, dance, outdoor trips, water skiing, and other summertime classics. It’s got the formula down — now it’s just a matter of securing your spot. 

All campers ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Waziyatah for more information.

 

55. Lone Prairie Camp

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Location: Ferintosh, AB, Canada

Dates: June 30 – August 25

What To Expect:

 

Few things compare to a week at summer camp, which is why Lone Prairie Camp knows how to make a stay worthwhile. Located in the lovely Canadian village of Ferintosh, this co-ed camp has provided children with opportunities to start new friendships, and build lifelong memories since 1993.

If you’re a younger or elder camper, this is one incredible place to be. From the legendary “Mud Pit” and slingshot competitions, to scenic hikes through the Rocky Mountains, Lone Prairie Camp is all about bridging the wilderness with unique fun.

All campers grades 1-12 are welcome. Visit Lone Prairie Camp for more information.

 

56. Camp Ecolart

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Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Dates: July 2 – August 13

What To Expect:

 

If you can manage to snag a spot on the roster of Montreal’s prestigious Camp Ecolart, you’re in major luck. This international summer camp only welcomes around 500 privileged children every year, making it one of the most exclusive experiences around.

Come here if you’re looking for a mini-United Nations, or the perfect combination of academia, outdoor activities, and cultural outings. Attendees often hail from over 30 different countries, so there’s more than enough conversation — and languages — to go around.

All campers ages 4-17 are welcome. Visit Camp Ecolart for more information.

 

57. Camp Can-Aqua

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 1 – September 4

What To Expect:

 

Camp Can-Aqua is comprised of 160 acres of stunning Ontario landscape, which makes for quite the summer experience. Here, campers can partake in traditional camp offerings, or join a unique program that fits their deeper interests.

For the latter, you’ll want to look into one of the four exciting 2017 options available for specialized programs. From Comic Camp and an 8-day canoeing trip, to wake/water ski adventures, and a film camp focused on the magic of moviemaking, Camp Can-Aqua is perfect for kids who have keen passions, and are looking how to further them.

All campers ages 6-16 are welcome. Visit Camp Can-Aqua for more information.

 

58. Camp Couchiching

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Location: Longford Mills, ON, Canada

Dates: July 2 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

For over 60 years, Camp Couchiching has existed as an Ontario mainstay. Lovingly referred to as Camp Cooch, this co-ed overnight camp offers one of the most exciting Longford Mills experiences around.

 

The best part? Campers are afforded the chance to get certifications in a diverse number of programs, and learn important pre-career skills. With programs ranging from media, swimming, sailing, and sports, you’ll never get bored when you’re living that Cooch-approved life. P.S. Be sure to attend the camp’s special nighttime activities, such as Kangaroo Court, Cooch Follies, and five-star campfire.

All campers ages 6-17 are welcome. Visit Camp Couchiching for more information.

 

59. Camp Cadicasu

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Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Dates: July 2 – August 26

What To Expect:

 

Are you an Apisi, Piikani or Samurai? That is one of the many questions you’ll need to answer before choosing which route to take at Camp Cadicasu, a co-educational summer camp located across some of Calgary’s greatest natural marvels.

Apisi refers to “Earth Skills,” and it is a program that shows campers how to thrive in the wilderness by teaching skills like shelter building, water purification,  spears and arrows. Piikani, on the other hand, refers to a well-planned backpacking edition, which unfolds over the course of three mountains. As for the “Samurai”? Let’s just say martial arts — and a whole lot of primitive living — is involved.

All campers ages 8-15 are welcome. Visit Camp Cadicasu for more information.

 

60. YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens

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Location: Kenora, ON, Canada

Dates: July 3 – September 1

What To Expect:

 

Majestically spread across five islands on Canada’s storied Lake of the Woods, YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens celebrated its 125th summer just last year, christening it as the longest-running camp in the nation. 

Some of its stellar offerings include extended canoe trips, campfires, bouldering, and kayaking — with the beautiful Kenora scenery serving as your backdrop. Equipped with 18 camper cabins and a 250-person dining hall, Camp Stephens offers a community-minded experience, while encouraging individuality and inclusiveness.

All campers ages 8-17 are welcome. Visit YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens for more information.

 

 

Jump To Any Camp By Clicking Here:

 

Adventure

1. Avid4 Adventure  |  2. Wilderness Adventure | 3. The Wild Rumpus

4. Wilderness Youth Leadership Development  | 5. Camp Narnia

6. Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure

Athletics

7. Perfect Day Surf Camp  | 8. Nike Soccer Camp | 9. Camp Winaukee

10. Camp All-Star  |  11. True North Climbing | 12. Toronto Athletic Camps

13. Cape Cod Sea Camps |14. Upright Rugby Canada  | 15. GymRep Camps

Education

16. UCode Programming Academy | 17. Camp BizSmart

18. Muskoka Woods | 19. Exceed Robotics Summer Camp | 20. STEM Camp

21. The Cube Technology Camp | 22. Camp Tournesol

Leadership

23. Steve & Kate’s Camp | 24. Laurus Camp | 25. Camp Kawartha

26. Hargrave Military Academy  | 27. Camp Challenge

28. Youth Empowered Action Camp

Specialty

29. Camp Summit | 30. Sail Caribbean | 31. French Woods

32. Camp Pocono Trails | 33. Camp Wildfolk | 34. Camp Kirk

35. The Taylor Statten Camps | 36. Camp Kodiak  | 37. Designer Camp

38. Camp Santosh  | 39. Two Islands Weekend

Spiritual

40. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp  | 41. Camp Merri-Mac

42. Camp Timberlake | 43. Camp Rockmont |44. Grindstone Lake Bible Camp

45. Rocky Ridge Ranch |46. Camp Massad

Traditional

47. Camp Champions | 48. Triple C Camp | 49. Camp Walt Whitman

50. Point O’Pines Camp for Girls  | 51. Camp Wigwam

52. Raquette Lake Camps | 53. Camp Pinehurst | 54. Camp Waziyatah

55. Lone Prairie Camp | 56. Camp Ecolart | 57. Camp Can-Aqua

58. Camp Couchiching | 59. Camp Cadicasu | 60. YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens

 

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Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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