Happy Camper: Is Your Kid Ready for Sleepaway Camp?

Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

With more than 7,000 resident camps around the country, there are plenty of possibilities. There are one-week camps or multiple-week camp options. You can choose one that specializes in a sport, performing arts, or other interests and select coed or single-sex camps. (Visit the American Camp Association's family resource website, campparents.org, to learn more.) Personal recommendations are one of the best ways to find a potential camp. No matter how you hear about it, before you sign up meet or talk on the phone with the director -- and if you're not able to take a tour of the camp, ask for a DVD or take a virtual tour on their website.

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