I am a camp person. I spent 11 Summers as a camper and counselor at a quintessential kids' camp, covering myself in layers of mosquito repellent before taking mud hikes, going on canoe trips, and cooking tinfoil-wrapped dinners on an open fire, and I started sending my daughter to the same camp the first year she was old enough to register as a day camper. I still look back at the Summers I spent at camp as some of the happiest memories of my childhood (nay, my life), and I admit to getting jealous when I drop my daughter off. Once she's old enough to be an overnight camper, I might just try to sneak into her trunk.
Recently, I realized that my Summer camp experiences don't have to be a thing of the past; I just need to book a trip to a family camp! Camps all over the country cater to creating memorable family experiences. Many offer kids-only programs during the day, giving adults a chance to chill or embark on their own adventures, and family-centric, yet totally childhood-nostalgic events like camp competitions, theme nights, and lots of campfires at night.
We've tracked down eight of the best family camps from across the country that you should check out and start booking now, because they all fill up fast. Who doesn't want an excuse to sing silly songs, shoot a bow and arrow, and eat their weight in s'mores?