Types of Summer Camps

Children’s summer camps fall into several different categories i.e., private residential or day camp, agency, non-denominational, Y camps, scout, religious and special needs. These camps are owned either privately or by an organization.

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Private Camps

Campers are usually from middle to high income families. Camps will offer waterfront activities as well as specialized sports both team and individual. High ropes, hiking, outdoor cooking as well as music and dance can also be found here.

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Day Camps

More and more popular every year day camps usually enroll campers between the ages of 3-16. The majority of day camps offer all the same activities as resident camps and hire staff to teach many of the same skills. Day camps offer housing accommodations either on the camp premises or in nearby homes.

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Special Needs Camps

Have been established for special need clientele only who can range in age from children through adults. They offer activities from sports to arts and crafts to swimming but those that are full care also need hands on help. Those that are not full care also need counselors and specialists to teach and in addition have a caring personality.

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Religious Camps

These camps vary from Christian to Jewish. They offer many of the same activities as the private camps but also introduce a religious aspect to their programming. Many times just a willingness to experience a different environment is sufficient for a rewarding summer for you.

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Not-For-Profit Camps

Similar to private camps they may not have the funds to provide all activities but the campers and staff will be well cared for. These camps still need to meet the same standards for accreditation as the private camps.

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Girl Scout Camps

Just what the name implies – lots of outdoor activities but also swimming, boating, arts and crafts. Fun around a campfire. Their facilities range from platform tents to cabins and may or may not have electricity.

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