Summer's on the horizon, and it's time to swap those school bags for sleeping bags, pencils for pine trees, and homework for... s'mores-work?

Whether you have babies, toddlers, tweens or teenagers, this guide will help you find the perfect summer camp (or camps). Isn't a parent's goal to make the Summer of '24 the "best ever" for your kiddos?? And give parents some down time and fun of their own (Perhaps book that overnight summer camp to coincide with booking your own little getaway!)

Introducing our adventure and fun-packed, and (whisper it) educational guide to choosing the perfect summer camp. Read on to discover the best summer camps where memories are made, and experiences are tailored for all—from the tiniest tots to the most independent teens.

For the Little Ones (Babies and Toddlers) - Toddler Trails & Tadpole Tales

For your delightful diapered darlings or your tottering toddlers (pardon the alliterations...we couldn't help ourselves), we’ve got camps that know the value of nap time and the sheer thrill of a messy finger-painting session. Expect camps dressed in so many colors that you'll think you've belly-flopped into a giant box of crayons. And worry not, these places are as secure as a mother hen's bear hug – because we know your mini-me's safety is your numero uno.

Babies and toddlers may be small, but their curiosity and zest for fun are huge! Look for camps that offer:

  • Music and Movement Classes: Little ones can groove to the rhythm and start their love for music.
  • Storytime and Puppet Shows: Stimulate their imagination with heartwarming stories and playful characters.
  • Sensory Play Camps: Touch, see, and explore with camps focused on sensory-rich experiences.

Keywords to whisper to the sandbox secret society: `itty-bitty adventure`, `baby-friendly summer camps`, `diaper dynamos`.

Kids Camps (Young Children) - Mischief Makers & Mud-Pie Maestros

Leaping lizards! The little 'uns are growing faster than bamboo on a caffeine spree. To harness their boundless energy, scout out a camp sprinkled with sports ranging from soccer to splash battles, or arts and crafts that’ll probably end up on your fridge – think Picasso meets kindergarten chic. It's about creating those ooey-gooey macaroni art memories, with just a side of learning to play nice with the other super tykes.

Young children have boundless energy and a growing interest in the world around them. Consider camps that offer:

  • Art and Crafts Camps: Nurture their inner artist with a variety of materials and projects.
  • Nature Day Camps: Kids can explore the wonders of the great outdoors while learning about the environment.
  • Sports Camps: From soccer to swimming, sports camps help kids stay active and develop teamwork skills.

Keywords to tag in hide and seek: `kiddo camps`, `creative critters summer camp`, `pee-wee players`.

Adventures for Tweens

Here comes the tricky tribe! Tweens – not quite big kids, not quite teens, but 100% convinced they rule the roost. We’ve spotted nature nooks that'll have them building forts like they’re preparing for a medieval siege. Or STEM camps that turn the math they moaned about into the coolest rocket ship this side of Mars. And talk about green – these camps are so sustainable, they practically photosynthesize!

Tweens are at an exciting stage where they seek more independence and opportunities for personal growth. Great options include:

  • STEM Camps: Encourage their inquisitive minds with science, technology, engineering, and math activities.
  • Adventure Camps: Rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking to get tweens excited about adventures in nature.
  • Dance Camps: Whether it’s ballet, hip-hop, or contemporary, dance camps can offer a fun, energetic outlet for creativity.

Keywords to plug into their solar-powered walkie-talkies: `eco warrior camp`, `STEM summer adventure`, `not-your-average tween camp`.

Teens and Older Kids

Dear parents of teens, we salute you. Luckily, we've got camps that are cooler than the flip side of their pillows. For your budding Billie Eilish or Elon Musk, there are overnight escapades featuring bonfires where they'll sing like no one's tweeting and engineering challenges that don't include building the perfect burger stack. Plus, dance-offs where the only misstep is not having fun.

Teenagers are ready for more sophisticated and challenging experiences. They'll enjoy:

  • Overnight Camps: These camps promote independence and offer a more immersive experience in various interests.
  • Leadership Camps: Help teens develop valuable skills that will serve them beyond the campfire.
  • Specialized Sports Camps: Teens can hone their athletic skills in a more focused environment, such as tennis or golf camps.

Keywords to slide into their DMs: `teenagers' overnight camps`, `extreme teen adventures`, `dance revolution summer`.

Cost, Commotion, and Campfire Cuisine

We’re talking affordability with a capital “Ahh, we can actually do this!” Whether you're investing in the next von Trapp family band or raising a solo virtuoso, there's a slice of summer-sun-pie for everyone, without the need to mortgage the house. Most camps dish up delicious snacks and meals for every child's taste and needs (gluten-free graham crackers anyone?) And the icing on top? Many camps are built to respect the environment, so you can feel good about your choices.

Keywords to ask around the campfire: `budget summer camp`, `family-friendly pricing`, `eco-conscious camps`. Let's make 2024 a summer of adventure, memories, and affordability for all kids! Let's continue exploring, growing, and having fun together. Here's to a summer for the books! See you out there!

But First...Plan Ahead for Summer 2024

Summer may seem far away, but spots in popular camps fill up quickly! Start your research early, explore early bird discounts, and register ahead to secure a place in the camp of your choice.

Selecting the Right Camp

When choosing the perfect summer camp, consider these key selling points:

  • Cost: Find camps that offer great value and fit within your family's budget.
  • Activities: Look for a diverse range of activities that cater to your child’s interests, personality, level of independence, and encourage personal growth.
  • Involve your Kids: Talk to them about what they might enjoy and look for camps that provide a balance of structure and freedom—ensuring a summer filled with growth, fun, and friends. Visit camp open houses if available, or request to speak with camp coordinators to get a feel for the environment and staff.
  • Gender-Inclusive: Some camps offer activities geared towards specific genders, while others promote inclusivity for all kids.
  • Do Your Due Diligence: Pay attention to camp accreditation and staff qualifications to ensure your child is in good hands. Look for flexibility in cancellation times and date changes should your circumstances change.

Connect with Other Families

Share your experience with other families looking for summer camp recommendations! If you're a seasoned camp parent, leave a comment with your top tips, or if you're new to the camp game, ask questions about your concerns. Together, we can ensure our kids have the best summer experience possible!


Summer camps can be the highlight of your child's year—a chance to explore new interests, meet new friends, and create lifetime memories. By considering each child's uniqueness and interest, you can pick the perfect summer camp experience that your kids will remember for years to come!

 Tell us in the comments....what are your kids favorite summer camps?