Family Summer Camps: Classic Warm Weather Getaways for All Ages
The tradition of sleep-away camp lives on for campers of all ages at family summer camps across the country. Some still keep it old-school with rustic cabins and campfires, while others provide a new type of experience with language immersion programs or beer and cheese tastings.
The best part? They can be totally affordable, offering reasonable rates for all-inclusive experiences – food, lodging and activities included.
Here are five such examples – each slightly different from the last, but all still offering wholesome family fun.
Appalachian Mountain Club, New Hampshire and Maine
AMC's Family Adventure Camps are held in White Mountains, New Hampshire and the Moosehead Lake region in Maine. The five-day programs, geared especially for families with children ages 5-12, can include activities such as hikes, river rafting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and evening programs. Campers stay in private bunkrooms with shared baths, and meals are included. Weekend programs are also available.
Rates: Child: From $530; Adult: From $586 (non-members)
Camp Denali, Alaska
At Camp Denali in Alaska's Denali National Park, the camp experience is a bit more on the rustic side. Guests stay in cabins fitted with wood stoves, propane lights, staff-sewn quilts and an outhouse. Water is fetched from outdoor spigots (the modern bathhouse is a three- to seven-minute walk from the cabins). While away from the cabins, campers can take part in hiking, canoeing, sightseeing flights, fishing and more. Three, five or seven night stays are available and include transportation from the Denali Park rail depot, meals and use of fishing equipment and outdoor gear.
Rates: Adult: From $1,545; Child: From $1,159
Concordia Language Villages, Minnesota
Not quite typical outdoors summer camps, Concordia Language Villages specialize in language immersion environments for families for a weeklong or weekend stay. For the weeklong programs, families can choose between Arabic, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish or Swiss. Children and adults will take their language sessions separately, but can enjoy typical camp activities like sports, crafts, hikes and cooking classes together. Two or three families will stay together in a dorm-style cabin and internationally inspired meals are included.
Rates: Adult: $595; Child: $475
Camp Concord, California
Due to local budget cuts, Camp Concord in South Lake Tahoe was almost closed. Although the youth and teen programs did suffer, the family camp is still up and running. Daily schedules are generous but not jam-packed, and include activities like hikes, kids' social hours, volleyball games against rival camps, rafting, barbecues and ice cream socials. All meals are included and each family stays in its own private cabin. Stays are available in per-night increments, or as 6 night/ 7 day and 3 night/ 4 day packages.
Rates: Adult: $410; Teen: $354; Child: $276 (non-resident, 6 nights)
Medomak Family Camp, Maine
Originally founded in 1904 as a camp for boys, Medomak has also offered traditional camp experience for families since 1995. The weeklong camps here are intimate, with only 11 or 12 families in each session. All of the typical camp activities are available: Archery, drama, arts and crafts, fishing, hiking, swimming, canoeing and others, And, adults can indulge in a few special experiences like massages, yoga, local beer and cheese tastings, and gallery visits. Lodging is available in one-room cabins with a private bathroom, sinks and a separate shower. Linens and towels are provided as are family-style meals featuring once-weekly lobster and produce from the camp's organic gardens.
Rates: Adults: From $845; Child 5-12: From $695; Child 2-4: From $595
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