DAY CAMPS, OVERNIGHT CAMPS
AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
Read Gay Parent magazine's list of quick descriptions of day camps, overnight camps and summer programs for your child.
APPEL FARM ARTS & MUSIC CENTER
Igniting creativity, kindness, and confidence! Appel Farm is a creative haven for creative kids, age 7-17, with flexible, combinable 2-week overnight sessions on our beautiful, rural campus in Elmer, New Jersey. We deliver transformative arts and learning experiences in music, theatre, technical theatre, dance, visual arts, photography, video, creative writing, and more! Our mature staff and 3:1 camper to counselor ratio ensure your child’s physical and emotional safety. Our focus on camper choice, personal attention, and fostering a love of learning helps your child develop their unique strengths and skills. Our diverse community empowers your child to become their best self, teaching empathy and kindness through our unique approach to positive youth development, featuring collaborative problem solving, restorative justice, and emotionally intelligent leadership. Appel Farm’s balance of arts classes, free time, trips, campfires, and performances is the fun summer your child deserves!
We’d love to learn more about your creative kid! Connect with us at 856-358-6881 and email@example.com.
ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL
Experience the magic of theater at Atlantic Acting School's Summer Camps! Our one-week camps, running from June to August 2023, provide children ages 5-18 with a fun and exciting opportunity to explore different aspects of theater and performance. With classes from musical theater to sketch comedy, improvisation, scene study, film/TV, and more, our experienced instructors help students develop their skills, build confidence, and make lifelong friendships. Atlantic Acting School provides a supportive environment for children to learn, grow, and let their creativity shine. Sign up now and give your child the gift of theater at Atlantic Acting School's Summer Camp!
BBYO offers exhilarating summer programs for Jewish teens in grades 8–12. We pride ourselves on giving teens a safe space to be themselves and creating an environment that is welcoming to all. We host trips to Israel, Europe, and the Americas, and have member- only experiences for those interested in camp activities. Check out the Summer 2023 vibes at www.bbyopassport.org/gay-parent-magazine.
BOULDER RIDGE DAY CAMP
Boulder Ridge Day Camp, situated on 68 beautiful acres, offers campers ages 4 to 14 a variety of activities and special events to make their summer unforgettable! We also strive to make camp a great experience for parents, with flexible registration options and tuition that includes lunch, snacks, bus transportation, towel service, sunscreen, and bug spray, along with a camp t-shirt, backpack, and water bottle!
Camp Awosting is a camp that emphasizes individual attention to campers by our experienced, caring staff and camp administration. Life at Awosting is informal and friendly. This close-knit atmosphere allows us to focus on developing Awosting’s core values in our campers – brotherhood, independence, confidence, and experience. Our primary focus is maintaining a safe and respectful environment that encourages both personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.
Camp Chinqueka is a camp that emphasizes individual attention to campers by our experienced, caring staff and camp administration. Life at Chinqueka is informal and friendly. Our close-knit community allows us to focus on developing Chinqueka’s core values in our campers – sisterhood, empowerment, kindness & growth. Our primary focus is maintaining a safe and respectful environment that encourages both personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.
A Seriously Fun Place for Adopted Kids... And Now Teens Too.
CAMP COMMON GROUND
Come to Common Ground Center this summer for a week-long family camp vacation in beautiful Vermont.
Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, an all-inclusive, week-long family camp founded in 1994.
Fun structured morning programming for kids ages 3-12 gives parents a break and an opportunity to pursue their own interests. Our adult program teachers are professionals with years of teaching experience. Each week teens and adults choose from classes in arts, music, movement, and reflection.
Afternoons and evenings offer a variety of multi-age activities for the entire family. Our professional kitchen staff prepares inspired vegetarian meals and freshly baked delicacies using local and organic ingredients that meet a wide variety of dietary needs. The meat-eaters and picky eaters will love the food too!
In addition to our traditional family camps we are proud to partner with different organizations and community groups to offer a variety of programs for young people and families including Camp Outright, a camp for LGBTQA teens; Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for families with children on the autism spectrum; and multiple day camps for local youth.
Anya, a previous board member, states, "Plenty of spaces simply claim to be open to gay and lesbian families, but Camp Common Ground truly achieves the integrated, open and affirming community so many of us hope to create." Common Ground Center welcomes people of all ages, lifestyles, ethnicities, abilities and economic backgrounds. Site rental is available for your own programs, weddings, reunions, meetings or other events. Check out our website today at www.cgcvt.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Welcome home to Harlam! It’s not just something we say when you walk through our gates, it’s the feeling that brings more than 700 campers back summer after summer. Camp Harlam is nestled in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, with beautiful facilities and grounds. Campers spend time honing existing passions and discovering new ones: everything from outdoor adventures, to arts, to sports, and waterfront activities. But beyond all of these activities, Harlam offers something special that every camper feels from the moment they arrive. It’s the power of our community. It’s a sense of belonging and comfort. A place where you feel safe and free to express yourself. Campers gain confidence, independence, lifelong friendships and a love of Judaism.
Camp Harlam is one of 14 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) summer camps, and our Reform Jewish values influence every aspect of camp life – especially the emphasis we place on creating a warm, inclusive community, where campers and staff of all backgrounds, abilities, and identities are embraced. In fact, we have a REDI Manager on our professional staff, a taskforce of lay leaders dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a Gender Sexuality Alliance for both staff and campers.
We would love to Welcome You Home.
Camp Hawkeye is the un-traditional camp!
Camp Hawkeye is for ALL HUMANS! A sleepaway camp for 8 to 17 year olds that maintains an organizational commitment to creating a diverse community.
With 60 campers and 25 staff Hawkeye is perfect for first time campers of any age. Hawkeye includes campers and staff from a variety of social, ethnic, economic, religious, and geographic backgrounds as well as across the gender spectrum.
Camp Hawkeye strives to be the most diverse and inclusive camp community possible.
Hawkeye is different; with the feel of family and the healthy experience of the outdoors, Camp Hawkeye uses the joy and fun of camp to break down social and cultural prejudices, misconceptions and barriers. The Hawkeye leadership is deeply committed to each member of the community and look forward to joining you in the healthy development of your child.
Visit our web site www.CampHawkeye.com or call 781-315-1297.
We believe that time spent together changes everything. Whenever people come together for good, the world gets that much better. Every meal shared. Every community built. Every minute spent listening, helping, laughing. These connections fill our soul. When you combine that with summer camp, that time becomes unforgettable. That’s Camp IHC.
We are a 7 week traditional co-ed sleep away summer camp for kids located in the beautiful endless mountains of North East Pennsylvania.
So come tour us and experience the magic first hand.
Your community is calling.
CAMP JEWELL YMCA
6 Prock Hill Road
Colebrook, CT 06021
CAMP JEWELL YMCA – Inspiring Growth – Fostering Independence – Discovering Yourself
Our two-week programs for campers ages 7-16 emphasize growth and strengthen character values in our campers.
Throughout the program, campers learn more about themselves and how to work together as a cabin group. Whether it is playing an all-camp game, learning new skills in one of the many activities offered, or eating dinner family style in our dining hall—campers form meaningful relationships, and try new things, while having fun. Our traditional overnight camps are full of outdoor activities like campfires, hikes, skits and songs, and the chance to sleep under the stars after cooking their own dinner over an open fire. With a wide variety of activity choices that meet the interests of any camper you can be assured your child will learn something new while at camp.
Over the two weeks, campers disconnect from the technology and distractions of outside life. At camp, our number one priority is providing a safe, positive camper experience. We believe that campers are most successful when given the opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zones and discover in themselves resiliency, responsibility, and confidence.
CampOUT is a non-profit organization and more than your average summer camp. Yes, it holds many components of your typical camp including canoes, archery, camp games, swimming, sports, arts & crafts, bonfires and more! What sets us apart from the rest is we focus on helping our campers do the most courageous thing possible, being and loving their authentic self. Utilizing workshops, adventures, experiences, peer connections, and positive role models we can create an environment our youth can thrive. Where they can take the knowledge learned from camp to build their confidence and have the bravery to express themselves and be true to their brightest colors. This week long sleep-away camp has youth ages 10-17 from all aspects of the rainbow and LGBTQ+ community. Including all genders, sexualities, allies, or children of queer families, all is welcomed and will be respected.
CAMP PEMBROKE, THE COHEN CAMP FOR GIRLS
Explore Camp Pembroke, a Cohen Camp: New England’s only inclusively-Jewish camp JUST FOR GIRLS.
Established in 1935, this unique sisterhood welcomes all girls ages 7-16 to gain confidence, try new things, make lifelong friends, and grow into the person they want to be. In the studio and the pool, on the stage and the field, in lakeside Shabbat services and late-night bunk talks, girls laugh, cheer, listen, hug, share, and flourish. Parents say their daughters “feel strong,” like they “belong to something,” and are discovering “respect for ‘self’ as a woman, a Jew, an individual.”
Pembroke offers fun, sun, sports, arts, and performance, with dozens of electives in an idyllic location south of Boston, near Cape Cod. Campers come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. We offer a two-week option for younger first-timers. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are the co-ed Camps Tevya and Tel Noar.
Learn s’more: www.camppembroke.org or 781.489.2070.
Camp Quest seeks to provide an inclusive camp experience, which is shaped by celebrating diversity and allowing campers to discover the natural world around them as they forge lasting friendships in a supportive, like-minded community. Our vision is that all Camp Quest campers come as unique individuals, learn and share in educational and inquisitive adventures, and leave as enriched individuals, confident in making an impact and passing on their humanist values in their own home communities.
Week-long resident programs serve campers aged 8-17 in 12 states, including Arizona, California*, Kansas*, Virginia*, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Washington*, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas*. Day camp is available for children in grades 1-6 in Greenfield, MA. *Gender Inclusive Cabins Available.
Camper-ships and counselor-in-training programs are available at most locations. Volunteer leadership opportunities are available for adults 18 and older. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Camp Shomria is a co-ed kibbutz-style, summer camp located in the Catskills, operated by the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement. We believe that learning should be hands-on, youth-centered and cooperative; and we strive to provide that kind of experience. Campers participate in swimming, sports, hiking, arts & crafts, and more, in addition to progressive Jewish programming and community involvement. Campers also actively participate in growing and harvesting organic vegetables in our garden and feeding the chickens on site. What makes us unique is our culture, which allows campers to create their own world, get a sense of ownership, and become empowered over their lives and education. Whether the activity is educational, fun, or a creative mix of both, the counselors at Camp Shomria plan and execute amazing activities guaranteed to promise your child(ren) a great summer! Through year-round programming and summer activities at Camp Shomria, each age group learns and grows together in an environment that promotes and models youth leadership, personal maturation, cooperation, and a passion for social justice.
This summer we have 2 three-week sessions (9-17 yro), plus a 5-day "taste of camp" experience available (7-8 yro). Scholarships available! For more information, please reach out to email@example.com or browse our website www.campshomria.org.
CAMP SLOANE YMCA
Camp Sloane YMCA is the place kids come to disconnect from their screens and re-connect with friends and the great outdoors. Located only 2 hours north of NYC, we are the perfect place for first-time and returning campers to have the BEST summer of their lives.
We have all the fun activities, like climbing towers, athletics, horse riding lessons and boating. What sets us apart from so many camps is our community feel - Camp Sloane truly is family. With a unique set-up that sees our campers and staff living in raised platform tents, Camp Sloane has mastered the art of building friendships and the feeling of belonging.
Since 1928, Camp Sloane YMCA has welcomed campers from all over the northeast and around the globe. We are so proud to serve EVERY family and provide a wonderful camp experience. We are inclusive for everyone, including families that may need some financial assistance. And our families are happy to share their experiences with you. Looking for a camp reference from an LGTBQ+ family? Just let us know!
CAMP TEL NOAR, A WELCOMING CO-ED COHEN CAMP
Discover Camp Tel Noar, a Cohen Camp: a special place that brings out the best in everyone.
Established in 1945, Camp Tel Noar’s smaller size, unique cabins, and appreciation for individuality create relaxed, warm camaraderie. Our nut/allergy-conscious facility provides peace of mind. And we’re great at welcoming first-time campers! We love water-skiing, swimming (lake AND pool), photography, basketball, art, performance, Israeli dance and tennis, shows, Color War, and so much more. You’ll live the Jewish values that bring our community together, especially on Shabbat. You’ll share the songs, enthusiasm and camp traditions. And, most of all, you’ll grow close with friends and counselors: our summer family.
Tel Noar is located an hour north of Boston in southern NH. Campers come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and experiences. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. We offer five-night mini-session options for younger first-timers. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are Camp Tevya (co-ed) and Camp Pembroke (for girls).
Learn s’more: www.camptelnoar.org or 781.489.2070.
CAMP TEVYA, A SPIRITED CO-ED COHEN CAMP
Welcome to Camp Tevya, a Cohen Camp, where we celebrate fun, self-confidence and friendships. Our committed staff helps our campers develop strong character and gain life skills as they encourage one another to be their best selves. Your child(ren) will enjoy favorite activities and try new ones, including land and water sports, arts, and performance, with dozens of electives.
Jewish values and our Israeli heritage inspire our community all week, especially on Shabbat. Tevya is trans-denominational, welcoming young people of all Jewish backgrounds and experiences.
Our campers return year after year – and alumni stay deeply connected – for favorite memories and lifelong friends in this special summer family.
Tevya is located on a beautiful lake an hour north of Boston in southern NH. Camp is Kosher, nut-conscious, and ACA Accredited. Scholarships, first-timer, and sibling grants available. Tours all year.
Our Cohen Camps siblings are Camp Tel Noar (co-ed) and Camp Pembroke (for girls).
Learn s’more: www.camptevya.org or 781.489.2070.
Camp Winnarainbow is a transformative children’s performing arts and circus program located in central Mendocino County, California. CWR was founded in 1975 by Woodstock veteran Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara with the mission to provide children from diverse racial and economic backgrounds the means to learn circus skills in the embrace of community. Their philosophy that children playing together will break social barriers and build compassion has produced generations of children who are now leading the planet in creating a mindful, just, and collaborative society.
COTTONWOOD GULCH EXPEDITIONS
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore. We’ll take you on word-class backpacking and hiking into pristine wilderness areas. We’ll connect you with hands-on science and nature. We’ll engage you in the art and culture that is the backdrop of The Southwest. Treks with the Gulch are an opportunity to immerse yourself in this majestic land and cultural heritage.
Here at the Gulch, our ability to operate with a flexible approach is part of what makes our program so rewarding and unique. Our Treks travel around the Four Corners region looking for discovery and adventure. Each season we outline the Trek plans and then allow our knowledgeable staff to embrace unique opportunities that couldn’t otherwise be planned. Our staff understands that our adventure may change should we find ourselves presented with something we just can’t pass up. We will often adjust our itineraries when we’re invited to a ceremonial feast day, local flea market, or rug auction. This flexibility is at the core of our uniqueness as a program.
At CRS Summer, we celebrate the joy of childhood each day. With camps for ages 4-14, a Leadership/CIT program for 15-16 year olds, and a toddler drop-in program, there is something for everyone. Set on our beautiful 16-acre campus, our camps span interests from STEM, Science/Nature, Creative/Performing Arts, Leadership and Entrepreneurship and are led by experienced specialized educators. We provide an inclusive and welcoming community environment for campers and staff.
EAGLE ROCK DAY CAMP
At Eagle Rock Day Camp, we pride ourselves on being the best day camp in Washington and one of the best day camps in Connecticut. Situated on 50 beautiful acres in northwestern Connecticut, we offer campers ages 4 to 13 a variety of activities and special events to make your children's summer one they'll never forget! We also strive to make camp a great experience for parents, with flexible registration options and tuition that includes lunch, snacks, bus transportation, towel service, all activities, along with a camp t-shirt, backpack, and water bottle!
ESF CAMPS & EXPERIENCES
Our campers, our families, and our team members continue to be our inspiration and motivation. The Summer 2023 camp season promises many exciting opportunities for children to learn new skills, form and nurture friendships, and create lifelong memories.
Our goal for our 42nd camp season, through best-in-class curriculum, is for boys and girls, ages 3 – 15, to grow up ESF – whether it’s sports, science, technology, the arts, or all of the above. Our experiences, all-adult staff knows that the most important role we play in our campers’ lives is to provide a safe space where they can develop the tools to become independent, confident, lifelong learners.
Our 2023 program line-up includes 60+ award winning activities, uniquely designed to encourage exploration, personal growth and create MAX JOY memories to last a lifetime.
We guarantee that your camper will enjoy a summer with no limits, where they can be themselves and try new things while their friends cheer them on. The MAX JOY memories they will make and the feeling of having a summer home to call their own are all a part of the ESF experience.
Spots are limited! Enroll today at esfcamps.com.
Learn more about how we can customize your child’s ESF Experience at 800.529.CAMP(2267) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAIRVIEW LAKE YMCA CAMPS
Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offer campers a beautiful, fun, adventurous setting in which to grow, play and thrive. Each of our camps has traditions, songs and stories that develop a sense of belonging for campers, even if it's their first time away from home. Our highly trained and caring staff are selected to ensure the safety of our campers, and to help them realize their full potential, make new friends and try new activities. Join us this summer as we turn moments into magic at camp!
We’re located in Sussex County, NJ, with 660 acres of forests and fields to play and learn in and a 100-acre lake for swimming, sailing, boating and fishing. Children entering grades 2-11 can choose from a variety of programs – one, two or three-week adventures set in an inclusive, fun and safe environment. Kids can try their hand at archery or woodworking, take a sunrise hike to the ridge, stargaze in an open field, learn to feed a goat and ride a horse, or skim across the lake in a sailboat.
Have a wonderful, Fairview Lake kind of day!
FROST VALLEY YMCA
Frost Valley YMCA offers traditional Overnight Summer Camp, teen and pre-teen Adventure Trips, Equestrian Camps, Farm Camp, Tokyo Camp, and Adventure Survival Camp. Children and teens grow confident and resilient in a safe and engaging environment, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on mountain hikes, swimming and boating in Lake Cole, zip-lining, sleeping beneath the starry Catskill sky, putting on music concerts for their friends, playing games, making crafts, and much more. Frost Valley YMCA offers 1- and 2-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 10. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Frost Valley is an experience that lasts a lifetime!
But what’s the best part about Frost Valley? Every aspect of a Frost Valley experience integrates our 8 signature core values: caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility, and stewardship. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.
THE GOW SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM (GSSP)
The Gow School Summer Program (GSSP) is a five-week program running from the end of June to the beginning of August. Designed for students ages 8–16 who possess the potential to excel but who have struggled in school or who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and ADD.
"Summer school" doesn't begin to cover Gow's exciting and enriching summer program. With options for boarding, full or academic day, families can choose an option that works for them. In the morning campers get to work in the classroom taking four classes that include Robotics, Reconstructive Language, and much more.
GSSP is settled on 125-acres which gives our campers plenty of room to learn and play. On the weekends campers load the buses to go camping, to water parks, to baseball games, or Cedar Point!
The Gow School Summer Program helps improve academic performance by teaching skills as well as material, enhancing confidence, and instilling discipline and sportsmanship.
By combining a structured program and environment with flexibility, individualization, and room for fun, The Gow School Summer Program provides a rich school experience that is precisely what dyslexic students need to learn and to enjoy learning.
THE HARKER SCHOOL - SUMMER PROGRAM
500 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
The Harker School’s summer programs for children K-grade 12 offer the perfect balance of learning and fun!
Camp Plus for K-5 students is school and camp rolled into one. Morning academics focus on math, language arts and science. Summer Institute for grades 6-12 has academic options including rigorous for-credit high school courses and non-credit opportunities for enrichment and growth. All classes are taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff on our beautiful lower, middle and upper school campuses in San Jose. Afternoon activities for all include swimming, games, sports and more.
Sports camps and Swim School allow students to try something new, improving their skills in a positive, skill-focused environment.
Summer @ The Conservatory is for students grades 6 -12 who are passionate about performing arts and want to improve their skills with classes focused on technique and performance instruction. Classes take place in Harker’s beautiful Rothschild Performing Arts Center.
Harker has been offering outstanding summer programs for over 50 years. Our professional, caring faculty, enthusiastic activity staff, great facilities and positive environment add up to a well-rounded summer experience.
Join us for a seriously smart (and fun) summer at Harker!
Register today at summer.harker.org.
JCC CHICAGO CAMP CHI
For over 100 years, Camp Chi, in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, has transformed children’s summers. We unplug campers from their daily lives and connect them to life-changing moments while supporting their personal growth. Camp Chi’s staff is committed to creating an environment where each camper can thrive and benefit from individualized support and attention. We have a dedicated team of Camper Care specialists, which includes licensed social workers, who provide the necessary support to navigate relationships, take positive risks in a safe environment and be successful at overnight camp.
Our beautiful 600-acre campus is the perfect place for campers to discover who they are. There are over 50 activities to choose from including athletics, water sports, performing arts, media, and outdoor adventure. Where else can you sail a boat, fly down a zip line, record an original song, jump in a pool, hit an archery bullseye and sing around a campfire all in one day? Campers see opportunities for adventure and fun, while we see them making decisions for themselves, gaining independence and discovering their passions.
KILDONAN’S CAMP DUNNABECK
Lake Delton, WI
Camp Dunnabeck is an academic summer camp for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. Founded in 1955, Kildonan’s Camp Dunnabeck is the oldest residential program of its kind providing 1-to-1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring. We are now accepting applications for the summer of 2023. Our six-week in-person summer camp is for students ages 8 to 16. Boarding, full-day, and half-day options from Saturday, July 1 thru Saturday, August 12.
RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY
Riverside Park Conservancy hosts a multi-sport summer camp in Riverside Park – a weekly low-cost, high- quality sports camp experience for children ages 4 to 14. Camp runs for 12 weeks from June to August. The camp uses the sports fields and courts in Riverside Park between 96th and 110th Streets and employs on-site medical trainers. Well-respected local sports instructors kids love and on-site medical trainers! All programs provide uniforms or t-shirts, healthy snacks, lunch option as well as early drop off and late pick up. Riverside Park Conservancy and the sports instructors dedicate 20% of the camp’s revenues to scholarships.
Basketball (ages 6-14)
Baseball (ages 4-14)
Flag Football (Ages 8 and up)
Girls’ Basketball (ages 8-14)
Soccer (ages 4-14)
Futsal (ages 10-16)
Tennis (ages 4-14)
Volleyball (ages 6-15)
Multi-sport options too!
18 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937
Ross Summer, built on the innovative, educational foundation of Ross School, is an exciting and enriching experience for kids and teens! Ross Summer offers fun programs in the arts, media, sciences, and more, plus for-credit academic courses with top faculty, and high-level athletic training! Ross is a leader in COVID preparedness and offers premium services to enhance the Ross Summer experience and provide an opportunity for families to create their ideal summer.
Celebrating its fifteenth year, Ross Summer is a place where children can learn and grow in a supportive environment under the tutelage of professional instructors. Along with all the fun of a traditional summer camp, our immersion programs offer campers a wide range of exciting week-long programs focused on specific topics including visual arts, performance, nature explorations, film-making and stop-motion animation, coding and robotics, cooking, fashion design, and surfing! Early childhood programs offer music and creative exploration programs for campers 6 and under.
Our summer sports programs provide young athletes with an opportunity to spend their summer training under expert coaches and sports professionals, including renowned tennis coach Larri Passos. From specialized U10 programs to our high-performance training with live ball drills and match play series, our all-encompassing summer program is our most intense and complete junior tennis education offered. Ross also brings the same dedication and experience of the Ross School Tennis Academy to our soccer and multi-sport programs, designed to help young athletes of all levels build their skills. Partnering with the NY Knicks, our summer basketball program provides campers with expert, small group training sessions with Knicks alumni and coaches.
• High-performance tennis training for players 6–16
• Strengthen individual and team basketball skills
• Individualized soccer instruction for all levels
• Multi-sport program for ages 3+
• Limited capacity, enrolling now
An academic Summer Term allows students age 14–18 to earn high school credits and participate in enrichment programs, working with Ross School’s world-class faculty. Rigorous academic courses are balanced with relaxation and time at the beach in idyllic East Hampton.
SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL - CAMP CAVALIER
Sacramento Country Day School's Camp Cavalier program offers a dynamic learning environment for children interested in refining their skills and expanding their knowledge. Camp Cavalier's philosophy is consistent with the school's mission, which inspires intellectual discovery and engages a diverse community to think critically, live creatively, and act compassionately. Mornings on campus for K-8th grade students are spent in academic or enrichment classes. K-5th grade students continue the day in a series of recreational activities led by enthusiastic, responsible, and caring camp counselors. This is your child’s opportunity to make new friends and increase their independence in a positive and healthy environment. We encourage our campers to have fun and embrace their day. We have done our job if your child doesn’t want to leave camp, goes home dirty, or even sleeps through dinner!
SILVER LAKE CAMP & RETREAT CENTER
Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, an ACA-accredited camp, is a place where young people experience nature, make new friends, and explore their faith. With more than 60 acres of wooded land on lakeside shores in Northwestern Connecticut, Silver Lake offers many opportunities for young people to take risks and try new things with the support of an intentional Christian community.
Time and again we hear from our campers: "Silver Lake is where I can be the real me!" We are committed to providing an experience of welcome and acceptance to youth and adults from diverse family situations and of all gender expressions and sexual identities. We invite you to take the plunge this summer and find your true self, new friends, and a closer connection to God.
We worship, learn, play, serve, and work together, respecting the right of private judgement. We seek to provide a safe environment of acceptance regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, reflecting our unity in Christ and respecting the faith journeys of all of God’s children.
Silver Lake is the year-round Outdoor Ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Visit us online at www.silverlakect.org.
THE STORY SCHOOL
Story-based, STEAM Adventure Camp in Charlton, MA
The Story School has been delivering immersive, interactive, and inclusive overnight camp adventures since 2013.
We build “character” by encouraging our heroes to be courageous, honorable, and compassionate in a story that reacts to their every choice. Education and imagination collide in our “STEAM-powered” adventures and heroes are challenged to complete engineering projects, master math puzzles, and solve chemical formulas to advance the story and level up new abilities. Campers are invited to try on and test out aspects of their identity when playing their character, encouraged to accept everyone for who they say they are, and driven as heroes to defend and protect each other. Differences are embraced and celebrated in our fantasy worlds creating an LGBTQ+ and neuro-diverse friendly community.
Our overnight adventures start at age 8 and continue up to 17 for our teen adventurers with Counselor-In-Training programs and employment opportunities for those who are still children (and heroes!) at heart. Come spend your summer in a story!
SURPRISE LAKE CAMP
Since 1902, Surprise Lake Camp has provided a haven for Jewish children in the picturesque mountains of Cold Spring, NY. What makes SLC the best is the beauty of the site, the richness of the people and the program, the sense of history and tradition, and the magic we create when the whole thing comes together.
Our program is filled with camp favorites like soccer, volleyball, ropes courses, a zip line, basketball, tennis, gaga, floor hockey and more. We also have more creative opportunities, such as extensive arts & crafts, drama, music, dance, photography, Israeli Culture and more!
Our waterfront program offers Red Cross swim instruction, swim teams, sailing, canoeing, row boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and aqua-jump water trampolines. We have a pristine private lake as well as a heated swimming pool.
We have delicious kosher food service, fun & engaging Jewish activities (Joyful Judaism!), and a unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for those who never had the chance to have one.
Surprise Lake Camp offers 2 week, 4 week and 8 week sessions.
For campers who are considering a sleep away experience for a future season but aren’t sure if they are ready, we offer a 5-day Get Your Feet Wetsm program in August for first time campers entering grades 1-4. Surprise Lake Camp has a sliding fee scale based on family income and size, and also offers a first-time camper discount.
URJ CAMP KALSMAN
URJ Camp Kalsman is the premiere Jewish sleep-away camp in the Pacific Northwest. Nestled on 300 beautiful acres just outside of Seattle, our variety of sessions for campers currently in 1st-11th grades offer a great balance of nature immersion, learning, growth, friendship and FUN! We practice experiential, values-based Jewish education, which incorporates Judaism into many different activities. Our campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs. Join us for a summer of belonging, fun, and an unparalleled Reform Jewish experience. We can’t wait to welcome you home this summer!
URJ CAMP NEWMAN
Here at URJ Camp Newman, we celebrate the journey of discovering your best, most authentic self and help cultivate the courage to BE that person both at camp and in every facet of life beyond camp’s gates.
Camp Newman, a Reform Jewish sleep-away camp in Northern California, is in Santa Rosa, CA on nearly 500 acres of rolling hills and towering redwood trees. Campers currently in grades 1-11 enjoy art, sports, archery, our Alpine Tower, Skypark High Ropes Course, initiative course, miles of hiking trails and overnight camping activities, all in a warm, joyfully Jewish community.
Everything we do at Camp Newman revolves around building a holy community. We support one another, create friendships and mentorships, and live together in Jewish community. When you ask our campers and staff why they return year after year, they say they return because of the community they experience in our sacred space.
Camp Newman is proud to welcome and support campers, staff and family members of all genders and sexual identities. Every child is unique, and we want to learn more about your camper so we can ensure a safe space for them to be their authentic selves at camp. We recognize and celebrate that gender lies on a spectrum. Each summer we welcome campers and staff into the housing option where they will feel most comfortable and safe. We also offer all-gender housing options for campers currently in grades 7-11.
The Wayfinder Experience is a Live Action Role Playing camp for kids and teens aged 6-17 and has been named Best Summer Camp by Hudson Valley Magazine for 6 years running. We offer day camps and overnight camps, both of which feature our 20-year-proven programming centered around the Adventure Game: an immersive play experience where campers enact a storyline as characters of their own invention. Throughout the week, we teach the building blocks of the Adventure Game, filling our inclusive community space with improvisational theater, character building, and play fighting with our safe foam swords. Wayfinder’s programming is built to give campers time for self-exploration through community and character building. All characters are welcome. Come out and play with us and find the hero inside!
WINSTON PREP'S SUMMER PROGRAM
Enroll Your Child in Winston Prep's Summer Program 2023
It's that time of the year again! Winston Preparatory School is gearing up for its 2023 Summer Programs in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Please learn more about each campus' exciting and comprehensive program at https://www.winstonprep.edu/our-campuses and choose a campus nearest to you. We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis.
As an extension of Winston Prep's educational philosophy, the Summer Program offers a highly individualized learning environment for students grades 4-12 with learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, and nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD). The Summer Program is a comprehensive day program that will both enhance academic skills and foster independence for your child.
What makes Winston Prep unique is our commitment to an in-depth understanding of each student. We accomplish this through Winston Prep's Continuous Feedback process, designed to gain a deeper comprehension of each student while building a strong community.
Students are grouped based on their skill level and learning style and participate in Winston Prep's unique daily one-to-one Focus Program with a Focus Teacher geared toward their greatest needs.
The month-long programs are designed to develop language, encoding/decoding, reading comprehension, writing, math, test preparation, organization, and time management skills at each student's appropriate level. And to have fun with other students inside and outside the classroom!
Every child brings something unique to the Winston Prep experience, and diversity and inclusion from around the globe are embraced at each school.
For more information, visit https://www.winstonprep.edu/our-campuses/
WOLF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S SUMMER THEATRE CAMP
Shine even brighter this summer at Wolf Performing Arts Center’s Summer Theatre Camp! Led by industry professionals for over 17 years, campers from Kindergarten through 12th grade are immersed in theatre programs that focus on making connections, building creativity, and gaining confidence through a variety of performance opportunities. Our community of talented and creative theatre professionals are excited to share a summer filled with acting, singing, dancing, storytelling, script writing, musical theatre, friendships, and so much more!
CUBS campers (K-2nd grade) will feature original scripts based on folktales and fables from around the world. PAC campers (3rd-8th grade) will build upon their musical theatre skills while working as an ensemble toward a final performance. PAC shows include Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Elf JR, and more! There are two summer options for grades 9-12. Summer Studio is a unique, creative experience blending exciting rehearsal & performance opportunities with mentoring younger campers. Counselors-in-Training (CITs) will assist with all aspects of the camp day, including tending to camper needs and assisting with rehearsals for the final performance. Camp is 10 weeks - June 19-August 25th, 2023.
YMCA CAMP BENSON
You know that feeling of togetherness after so much time spent apart? That is the feeling campers have each summer at YMCA Camp Benson. For first-time campers and returning campers alike, camp is a home away from home where everyone is welcome and everyone belongs. Our primary focus at camp is to help campers make connections, build friendships and learn very important social skills.
We are intentional when it comes to quality service and creating positive memories for children. We believe that children need a safe place to explore, try new activities, have fun and make lasting friendships.
We discuss character traits and values in many ways during the week. YMCA Camp Benson places an emphasis on learning, growing and doing your
best. Our core values are Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Dedication. Our staff members not only talk about these values; they model them every second of the day and praise these values when they see them.
In all we do, the health and safety of our campers is our first priority. Join us this summer for fun, friendship, adventure and character building. Sending your child to camp helps them create positive memories that last a lifetime.
YMCA CAMP DUNCAN
32405 N US Hwy 12
Ingleside, IL 60041
For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Duncan, located in Ingleside, IL, has been an oasis for safe, fun, and transformational experiences.
Few environments are as special as camp. Out in nature and away from daily distractions, youth become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group. At Camp Duncan, we teach self-reliance, a love for the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character—all amidst the fun of campfires, canoeing, blobbing, archery, swimming, and so much more.
There is never a dull moment at YMCA Camp Duncan! Campers participate in activities that promote confidence, cooperation, independence and are fun for all. Camp Duncan is unique because our programs and partnerships allow all campers to meet and learn from others who may have different backgrounds or differing abilities.
YMCA Camp Duncan believes that everyone, regardless of ability, race, gender, income, faith, or sexual orientation, has the right to live life to the fullest and enjoy the Y's programs and facilities. Moreover, the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion inform every aspect of our camp— including staff hiring and training, strategic planning, program offerings, and more.
Registration is now open, and YMCA of Metro Chicago members can save $25 if they sign up by December 31.
YMCA CAMP FOSS AND YMCA CAMP MI-TE-NA
Located in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, YMCA Camp Foss and YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na offer both one week and two week session options filled with a diverse mix of exciting and challenging camp activities. Every day is an adventure you can count on to give your kids the fun they want and the growing experience they need. Talented counselors and staff are a dedicated group of individuals joined together by a shared passion, to foster growth and independence of every camper. With endless activities ranging from archery, tomahawk throwing, and sports activities to high and low ropes courses, boating, and swimming, our compassionate staff create a safe and supportive environment where kids can challenge themselves, make new friends, explore, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Inclusion is a priority at our camps and our hope is that every camper feels as though our spaces and programs were created with them in mind.
Flexible payment options and financial assistance are available to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the magic of overnight camp. For more information please contact us at email@example.com or browse our website.
YMCA CAMP LOMA MAR
YMCA Camp Loma Mar, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, offers traditional overnight summer camp, pre-teen and teen overnight programs, and teen leadership programs.
But what’s the best part about Camp Loma Mar? Every aspect of a Camp Loma Mar experience integrates 4 signature core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. And a mission to serve all guides every activity, program, and event the camp offers.
Children and teens grow in a safe and engaging environment, spending their first nights away from home, gaining skills as young leaders, and bonding with new friends on forest hikes, swimming in our pool and creek, ziplining, sleeping beneath the starry Bay Area sky, putting on skits for their friends, singing silly songs, and more. YMCA Camp Loma Mar offers 1-week programs from June to August for grades 2 through 12. Come for an open house or schedule a private tour. While camp only takes place for a matter of weeks – Camp Loma Mar is an experience that lasts a lifetime!
YMCA CAMP MASON
At YMCA Camp Mason we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Since 1900, YMCA Camp Mason has inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. Together, our proven programs and trained counselors engage and encourage young people and deliver meaningful and memorable experiences that keep families coming back year after year after year.
For children and young people, summer camp at Camp Mason builds confidence, self-esteem and relationships while developing independence and empathy. It’s also an opportunity to switch off, go tech-free and enjoy spending time outdoors.
Check out this video to see a snapshot of summer in action at YMCA Camp Mason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoSJ_KOie0k. Join our caring, inclusive camp community and find out how your child can belong, grow and thrive at Camp Mason! We look forward to seeing you for the BEST SUMMER EVER!