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20 Lessons From Camp We Use Every Day

20 Lessons From Camp We Use Every Day

The most important lessons learned at camp may be the ones you can’t see.

Kids Share Why Camp is Great

Kids Share Why Camp is Great

Kids share why they love summer camp.

Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Why Your Child Should Be A Camp Counselor

Is your child looking for his first summer job? Has she aged out of camp, but doesn't want to give it up? Here's why young adults should consider being a camp counselor.

The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

The Lasting Effect of Camp Counselors on Campers

Discover why kids love listening to their camp counselors—and why it’s important for parents to take a step back.

The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

The Importance of Summer Camp Friendships

Friendships that form in just a few weeks at summer camp, can last a lifetime.

Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Camp Dilemma: The Reluctant Child

Your child exclaims she doesn't want to go back to camp, now what? We spoke to experts about how you can get to the bottom of your child's feelings, and how to encourage her to give camp another chance.

STEM Camps in the NYC Area

STEM Camps in the NYC Area

Find a STEM camp for your child in our guide to math, science, and tech camps for kids in the NYC area, including programs in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT.

Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Important Questions to Ask a Camp Director

Are your kids ready for overnight camp? More importantly, are you? The moms behind Mabel's Labels offer some great questions to ask camp directors to put your fears to rest.

How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

How to Find the Right Camp for Your Kid

Looking for the right summer camp for your child? Here’s some helpful tips and advice from Mabel's Labels, a company founded by four moms. See below for their suggestions for great things to consider when choosing a summer camp for your child!

Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

Summer Camp Exposes Kids to New Interests and Experiences

The benefits of summer camp, and how sending kids to summer camp help them form new interests, gain new experiences, and learn new skills.

How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

How Camp Helps Kids Form a Connection with Nature

The benefits of sending your kids to summer camp are numerous, from preparing them for college to helping them form friendships outside your influence. Here are four ways camp helps kids form a connection to nature.

Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Ask the Expert: Can I Claim My Child's Summer Camp on My Taxes?

Did you send your kids to summer camp? You may be able to write off the expense on your taxes. Find out if your child's summer camp qualifies for Child and Dependent Care Credit.

The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

The Importance of Summer Camp for Kids and Teens

Even though you can find after-school activities for any interest your child may have, summer camp is still an important experience for your child, from making new friends to getting prepared for college.

Meet the Camps: Long Island

Meet the Camps: Long Island

Here are Long Island programs that offer children summer fun, great instruction and wonderful social settings. Get to know them all.

Sibling Storylines: Simplifying Summer Camp Plans for Several Campers

Sibling Storylines: Simplifying Summer Camp Plans for Several Campers

Juggling summer camp schedules for several kids can be tough, but if you plan ahead, it is possible to help each child enjoy camp and without having a crazy schedule.

3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

3 Campfire Desserts That Are Better Than S'mores

Who doesn't love s'mores? This classic campfire dessert may be delicious, but it can turn into a sticky mess, leaving kids covered in marshmallow and chocolate. Try these three less-mess versions that have all the flavor of the traditional treat.

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

Planning a camping trip? There are some things you should know about cooking food on a campfire. Check out these 10 expert tips for cooking safely and efficiently on an outdoor fire and you'll be making drool-worthy eggs al fresco in no time.

LIU Post Youth Camps Adds Three Programs

LIU Post Youth Camps Adds Three Programs

LIU Post Summer Youth Camps will add three new programs to its schedule of camp programs for 2014: cheerleading camp, horseback riding camp, and an academic enrichment camp.

Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp

Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp

What do you do when your child says she doesn't like her camp and refuses to go back? A parent shares tips to solve the case of What's Wrong at Camp to make your child's summer at camp enjoyable.

10 Things Camp Counselors Wish Parents Didn't Do

10 Things Camp Counselors Wish Parents Didn't Do

Local camp owners and directors share advice and tips for camp parents—10 things they wish parents didn't do when sending children to camp. Plus, counselors share five things they want parents to know.

Camp Countdown: Watch and Learn

Camp Countdown: Watch and Learn

Parents make the most of summer camp by having kids teach family members what they learned at camp during weekly family activities.

Camp Countdown: Camp Pride PJs

Camp Countdown: Camp Pride PJs

If your children are missing their camp friends, why not let them host a summer camp slumber party? Customize these flannel pajama bottoms from Appliké Couture and let your child show camp pride!

Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal

Camp Countdown: Keep In Touch as a Pen Pal

Summer camp may be over, but that doesn't mean your child has to stop communicating with their camp friends. We have five pen pal tips to help your child write letters and stay in touch with their summer camp friends.

Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups

Camp Countdown: S'mores For Grown-Ups

While the kids are at camp having their summer fun, why don’t you indulge in your own nostalgic treat and create a grown-up version of the best summer snack, the s'more? Sarah Warren, creator of S'more Bakery in Brooklyn, shows us how.

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

Camp Countdown: Geocaching Adventure

A geocaching adventure is like a modern day treasure hunt, and you can do it with the whole family.

How Camp Helps Kids Gain Confidence and Independence

How Camp Helps Kids Gain Confidence and Independence

Summer camp, and especially sleepaway camp, helps kids develop confidence and independence, and their experiences at camp help them break through their comfort zones, build lasting friendships, and find who they truly are.

These Are Not Your Traditional Summer Camps

These Are Not Your Traditional Summer Camps

Do your kids love summer camp but want to attend a less traditional sleepaway camp this year? Check out these four camps that we've profiled, which focus on activities like fashion, technology, photography, and making video games.

Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience

Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience

An ex-camper reflects on how camp has changed over the years, from activities to food to communications, and what hasn't changed.

One Big Family Heads to Sleepaway Camp in Catskills Mountains

One Big Family Heads to Sleepaway Camp in Catskills Mountains

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskill Mountains. They discovered new activities and interests. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn thought about their experience.

The Highlights of Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA

The Highlights of Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA

One Queens family attended Family Camp at Frost Valley's YMCA in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York. Here's what mom Nancy Johnson-Horn liked about the experience, and one thing she'd change.

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Keep your kids busy on bad-weather days with fun indoor activities like this camp-inspired craft: friendship bracelets. The Landyard Ladies in Nassau, Long Island offer friendship bracelet making kits that can be purchased online. It's the perfect way to bring camp arts and crafts home in the off-season.

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.

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.

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