Are Overnight Camps Worth the Cost?

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Overnight camps can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,200 a week, but in the words of Dr. Christopher Thurber, author of “The Summer Camp Handbook,” it may well be “a luxury you can’t afford to pass up.” Let’s see what kind of bang you get for your buck.

At sleep away camp, kids learn…


Overnight camp helps kids learn how to dothings on their own. Because you’re not there to remind your child to make their bed, brush their teeth, or eat healthy foods, they have to remember those responsibilities by themself – or suffer the consequences.

To work with others for a common good

A camp program is a community made up of fellow campers, camp counselors, instructors, and the camp director. Campers work together to clean their cabin, to win a camp-wide competition, and to help one another learn new skills.

To have fun WITHOUT electronics

Because camps often disallow electronic devices, cell phones, iPads, and other plugged-in distractions, your child will learn to appreciate worthwhile experiences that they may have previously avoided. 

New skills

Your child will definitely learn new skills at camp, and they just might discover a hobby or life passion that they otherwise might never have known about.

How to make new friends

Helping kids make friends is a primary focus of all good camps. A camp friendship may last a summer or a lifetime, but either way kids have an opportunity to branch out from their regular circle of friends and connect with other people in a positive way.

How to make decisions

Because camp counselors don’t hover the way parents often do, your child will be forced to make their own decisions – a skill that will serve them well throughout their lifetime.  

How to resolve conflicts

Because campers have to resolve their disagreements without help or interference from an adult, they learn how to give and take and compromise and resolve conflicts on their own.

The learning opportunities and social interactions that kids get from summer camp are invaluable. Instead of sleeping late, playing on the computer, texting, or playing video games for hours on end, kids make new friends, try new activities, get lots of exercise and frolic in an unlimited dose of fresh air. They try new skills, conquer fears, and occasionally discover a hidden talent. And finally – they build memories and make friendships that last a lifetime. – Jacquie McTaggart

Washington FAMILY Virtual Camp Fair 2021

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