When planning your kids' summers, do you wish you could go away to camp with them? They sound so great — outdoor adventures, nightly campfires, and the chance to unplug and make great memories.
So why not go with them? That's right: You can go along on your kids' camp adventures by finding a Family Camp this summer!
The number of family camps have doubled over the last 15 years, according to the American Camp Association. Typically multi-day sleep away camps, Family Camps offer everything traditional kids' summer camps offer — but for the entire family.
A recent study on the impacts of family camps found families reported reinforcement of good parenting, and reinforcement of good family relationships while at family camps. The study also found family camps are a great opportunity for first-time campers to explore and acclimate to the camp experience with the comfort of their family nearby.
It helps that there's so much to do at camp: If Mom is the only one excited about a sunrise hike, she can go alone. The rest of the family can sleep in a little and hear all about the morning adventure at the pool later.
How to choose the right family camp?
You have to do your homework, just as you do when choosing camps for your child. From pricing to what's included, to activities offered — there are many choices out there!
Here are two of our favorites, along with ways to save at each of them this summer:
Club Getaway All-Inclusive Family Camp Getaway
Get all the fun of summer camp with all the amenities of an all-inclusive at Club Getaway in the Berkshires. Run around, race, jump in a lake, check out the new 400-foot sky cycle zip line... there’s so much to do while you create fun family memories with your kids. Professional staff guide you every step of the way, through sports and endless activities, to kicking back and simply relaxing. When you need time alone? There are Kids and Teen Clubs with fully-supervised days of activities. This CertifiKID deal includes the all-inclusive beverage package, which means open bar with all the fixings for the adults!
Club Getaway All-Inclusive Family Getaway— View deal on CertifiKID
Select Travel Dates June 27 - Sept 2
Medomak Family Camp
With a capacity for just 12 families, Medomak Family Camp in Maine is the perfect spot to unwind with your family for the week. Parents can choose to participate in activities or just relax and read a good book. Kids learn new skills, share new experiences with their families, make new friends, and develop an appreciation for the outdoors. Barn dances and campfires liven up the evenings while lobster dinners and a massage therapist on-staff make a week at camp a real vacation for the parents.