What is your definition of “CAMP?” For adults who grew up going to traditional summer camp, they think of bunks, woods, campfires, songs and, of course, their lasting friendships. For others they really don’t have a set definition of camp. In 2011, camp can still be a full summer living in cabins, s’mores around the fire and swimming in the lake; but it can also be two weeks of dormitory style living with a combination of academic enrichment classes and sports or hobbies. It can be creative or performing arts with a performance for parents at the end. It can be computer programming and design, or a several week wilderness adventure sleeping in tents and exploring different regions of the US or abroad. It can be in Maine, California, Europe, Tanzania or anywhere in between! As families have evolved, so has camping. Camp has become almost a generic name for any appropriate summer program that fits your child’s interests, meets them where they are and stretches them a little further.
Barb Levison is an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps in Manhattan and was a happy camper and counselor for 12 years in the 70's and 80's.