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Camp Countdown: A Month-by-Month Timeline to Get Ready for Summer Camp

Camp Countdown: A Month-by-Month Timeline to Get Ready for Summer Camp

It can be overwhelming to decide how to pick a summer camp for your child, and it often seems like there is an endless list of things to do before your kids can actually go to camp. How do you pick the right camp? What should you ask the camp director before sending your kids away for the summer? What should you pack your kids for their time at summer camp? When should you send your child their first letter? But don't worry, we've got all the answers to those questions. Check out our full timeline for the camp countdown, with instructions about what to do each month of the year when it comes to camp planning. Is it time for camp yet?

Why Touring Camps This Summer Will Help You Pick the Best Camp for Your Kid Next Year

Why Touring Camps This Summer Will Help You Pick the Best Camp for Your Kid Next Year

Maine Camp Experience offers tips on when exactly to visit camps, what to look for when researching, and how to decide whether the camp is right for your child and family.

Advice and Help for Anxious Kids at Summer Camp

Advice and Help for Anxious Kids at Summer Camp

Is your child anxious about the upcoming summer at camp? Summer camp should be a fun experience for kids. For children whose anxiety gets in the way, NYC’s Child Mind Institute offers suggestions on how to clear the fear to make way for a more formative experience.

5 Expert Tips to Prepare Your Kid for Summer Camp

5 Expert Tips to Prepare Your Kid for Summer Camp

Camp season is coming up -- what should you do to get your kids (and yourself!) ready for this big change? Read on for our experts' tips on making summer camp a success for everyone involved.

Top 10 Summer Camp Movies (for Kids and for Grown-Ups!)

Top 10 Summer Camp Movies (for Kids and for Grown-Ups!)

If your kid is having a hard time getting into the "summer camp spirit," maybe these classics (and modern classics) will help get them in the spirit. And once they've gone to bed, there are plenty of goofy (or scary!) camp flicks for adults, too!

Top 10 Best (and Worst!) Camp Memories

Top 10 Best (and Worst!) Camp Memories

Swimming, roasting marshmallows, and getting outdoors are among the many things this author loved about her childhood camp experience. But what about the things kids don't love about summer camp, like awkward dance nights and cleanup duty?

Find the Best Summer Camp for Your Kid!

Find the Best Summer Camp for Your Kid!

Summer always arrives before we know it, and that means it's never to soon to start thinking about your kid's summer camp plans. Luckily, we're here to help, with the best expert advice and local resources on everything "camp."

The Nanny Dilemma

The Nanny Dilemma

This summer, when your kids head off to camp, your childcare needs may shift dramatically. Plan ahead with these tips from the experts on sending your kids to camp without losing your nanny — or breaking your budget.

More Summer Camp Fun for the Winter

More Summer Camp Fun for the Winter

As a way to combat the cold winter months and psych your kids (and yourself) up for summer that currently seems just out of reach, we’re bringing camp home with an array of slightly modified camp activities that can easily be implemented indoors. Our official guide starts in the February issue, but as promised we’ve got many more ideas, so here they are…

Re-Create Summer Camp at Home this Winter

Re-Create Summer Camp at Home this Winter

As winter descends, it can be tough to keep kids entertained indoors. Recreate summer camp activities in the comfort of your home and quickly become the coolest counselor/parent around.

Oh My Word! Fun Fill-in-the-Blank Postcards for Campers

Oh My Word! Fun Fill-in-the-Blank Postcards for Campers

These tell-it-like-it-is, fill-in-the-blank cards from Oh My Word give campers an easy and fun way to write home.

When Teens 'Graduate' Camp

When Teens 'Graduate' Camp

Your young teen can learn responsibility and professionalism (and have a little fun in the process) by becoming a Counselor in Training.

Prevent 'Summer Brain Drain': Academic Summer Programs for Kids in NYC and Beyond

Prevent 'Summer Brain Drain': Academic Summer Programs for Kids in NYC and Beyond

Don't let summer brain drain (the regression in math and reading skills that occurs over school vacation) happen to your children. Keep their brains active this summer at one of these great programs in the New York City area and beyond.

Ten Questions to Ask the Camp Director

Ten Questions to Ask the Camp Director

When researching summer camps, American Camp Association recommends asking the Camp Director the following questions to get a sense of the camp's environment.

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Camp?

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Camp?

How do you know when your child is ready for summer camp? Read on for the American Camp Association's suggestions for deciding whether it's time for them to take the plunge.

Four Ways to Prepare Your Child for the Day Camp Experience

Four Ways to Prepare Your Child for the Day Camp Experience

Is your child getting ready to attend day camp for the first time? The American Camp Association offers a few steps for getting them ready for a successful day camp experience.

Five Reasons Summer Camp is Important For Your Child

Five Reasons Summer Camp is Important For Your Child

The American Camp Association discusses why summer camp plays a vital role in a child's development.

Ask the Experts: What to Know Before You Send Your Kids to Camp

Ask the Experts: What to Know Before You Send Your Kids to Camp

Whether it's your first or fifth round with summer camp this year, heed the advice from these local experts for less stress at the starting line.

Broadway Theater Workshops Now Offers Advanced Theater Camp for Teens

Broadway Theater Workshops Now Offers Advanced Theater Camp for Teens

Broadway Theater Workshops is offering a new summer program, Advanced Theater Camp, for teens who want to master the craft of stage performance.

How to Manage Several Summer Specialty Camps

How to Manage Several Summer Specialty Camps

From soccer to theater to chess, there's a specialty camp for every interest. But what happens when you enroll your kids in more than one? Our experts explain how to make the hectic schedule seamless — and how to keep your sanity, too.

Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children to Offer Camp Get Enough Music Program This Summer

Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children to Offer Camp Get Enough Music Program This Summer

Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children will offer a new summer music camp called Camp Get Enough Music for kids in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

How to Choose a Camp for Children with Special Needs

How to Choose a Camp for Children with Special Needs

Day camp, sleepaway camp, or short-term respite camp—which is right for your child with special needs? Gina Maranga, director of program operations at Block Institute in Brooklyn, offers advice on how to select the best summer camp for a child with special needs.

How Parents Can Overcome Their Separation Anxiety When Kids Leave Home for Summer Camp

How Parents Can Overcome Their Separation Anxiety When Kids Leave Home for Summer Camp

When children leave home for sleepaway camp, sometimes it's the parents who struggle with separation anxiety. Here, the experts at the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey offer tips for how to cope.

From Homesick to Home Away from Home: One Boy's Tale of Overcoming His Homesickness at Sleepaway Camp

From Homesick to Home Away from Home: One Boy's Tale of Overcoming His Homesickness at Sleepaway Camp

One local boy shares his story of dreading his first sleepaway camp experience, in his own words, and how he overcame homesickness to have the best summer of his life.

How to Help Your Child Make Friends at Camp

How to Help Your Child Make Friends at Camp

If you're sending your older child to camp for the first time, chances are she'll be surrounded by kids who’ve attended before. Read on for advice for nervous newbies on really making friends, not just blending in.




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