Happy Camper: Is Your Kid Ready for Sleepaway Camp?

Lots of kids this age love sleepaway camp, so think about whether your child is ready to pack his trunk.

How to Determine if Your Kid Is Ready

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Alexandra Grablewski

Your 7- or 8-year-old has been bitten by the sleepaway-camp bug -- and has been talking nonstop about s'mores, swimming in the lake, and singing songs around the campfire -- but you may not be sure he's mature enough to be away from home for so long. Before you make the decision and start ironing those labels in his underwear, consider this laundry list.

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