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Old 05-29-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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how long are sleep away summer camps in your area?

I have always read about all summer long camps for kids but have never actually seen one or been to one.


In all of the places that I have lived camp has been a week, M-F usually. I would always go for that one week, DS goes to his week but volunteers at the little kids camps for 2 or 3 other weeks during the summer so he is gone awhile. I dont know that I could go a whole summer though.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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I attended a church camp and now am a counselor/dean there. It's one week, Sunday through Saturday. There are some half week camps for younger kids and some specialty camps that run on weekends. Most church camps, 4H camps, and scout camps are only 1-2 weeks. Many of the private summer camps here in Maine are all summer long. Camp Cobbossee, Camp Weekela, and dozens of others have 2, 4, 6 and 10 week sessions.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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This isn't my area - but I went to Camp Crestridge as a kid in Ridgecrest, NC & there you can go for 2 weeks & up (all summer) campers start I think @ 1st grade thru highschool - all girls @ that one the boys is Camp Ridgecrest across the highway.

I know Truett Cathey, founder of Chick-fil-A also has a camp in ROme ,GA (I think that's the city) called Camp Winshape & I think they also have the option for the full summer - can't remember though.

The campes around here are just local church camps that churches go to for 3 - 7 days - there are 2 around here.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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my son went to camp in New Hampshire and it was for 7 weeks...their full summer season.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:54 PM   #5
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My 11 yo son goes to sleep away camp. He will be leaving in 4 weeks for his second summer away.

Our camp has 3 sessions...3 weeks/3 weeks/2 weeks. You can go for one session or a combination of them. My son does sessions 1 and 2 so he'll be gone about 6 weeks (it's actually a bit less).

We pack him up with a soft sided trunk and a big duffel bag and put him on the bus. We don't speak to him for the first week, then we have a 10 minute phone call from him sometime in the next 2 weeks. Visiting day is July 25th. We will have 1 additional phone call and then he comes home.

He loves it. It's definitely an adjustment having him gone for so long, but I know that he's having an incredible summer doing all sorts of great, fun things. And he meets great friends too.
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Local camps around here are mostly 1 week church or scout camps.
However my daughter went to Camp Meri Mac last year in the mountains of NC and it has whole summer options.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:17 PM   #7
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Wow?!?! The entire summer??? When I was young (many moons ago) Summer camp (church camp, girl scout camp ect.) was one week. I can't imagine sending my child away for an entire summer Of course my son is 19 yrs old now and I look forward to ANY time he spends with me
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Wow?!?! The entire summer??? When I was young (many moons ago) Summer camp (church camp, girl scout camp ect.) was one week. I can't imagine sending my child away for an entire summer Of course my son is 19 yrs old now and I look forward to ANY time he spends with me
I could see one or two weeks but all summer or more than two weeks sounds like child abandoment (flame suit on now) I know kids have fun over the summer but sometimes they just need to have nothing scheduled an relax with mom and dd. Summers are for memory making in my house.. we stay up late, go swimming, take short trips and really have fun as a family. We could never do this if I shipped my kids off for most of the summer....
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Well my daughter only went for two weeks -but some kids want to go for the whole summer. I think it is often the kids choice not the parents.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:40 PM   #10
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Every time i went to camp as a kid, it was always for around 4 or 5 weeks. The specialty camps, like sports camps, are usually only a week. But the camps weren't that local, they were both a few hours away.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:41 PM   #11
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Well my daughter only went for two weeks -but some kids want to go for the whole summer. I think it is often the kids choice not the parents.

At my house "kids" didn't make this kind of choice we (aka the parents) did Just sayin
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I see your point.
What I meant was it is not necessarily a selfish parent trying to get rid of their child for the summer.

some people have histories of going to camps -it is normal for them- part of their culture and family traditions.



One thing that I have learned here on the dis -is that people have VERY different ideas on what makes good parenting. Just because it is different from me doesn't make it wrong.

I can't imagine myself sending a child away for the whole summer -or sending a child to a foreign country for study abroad while they are still living at home.
But I won't say never -or criticize the people who choose to do it.
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I see your point.
What I meant was it is not necessarily a selfish parent trying to get rid of their child for the summer.

some people have histories of going to camps -it is normal for them- part of their culture and family traditions.



One thing that I have learned here on the dis -is that people have VERY different ideas on what makes good parenting. Just because it is different from me doesn't make it wrong.

I can't imagine myself sending a child away for the whole summer -or sending a child to a foreign country for study abroad while they are still living at home.
But I won't say never -or criticize the people who choose to do it.
True and good point Didn't mean to come across as snarky Every family is different
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:12 PM   #14
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Longest time around here is 2 weeks, which I did attend. I did have friends gone for up to four weeks at a time to North Carolina camps, but I never was interested. I think If I would have been my parents would have sent me.
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My 11 yo son goes to sleep away camp. He will be leaving in 4 weeks for his second summer away.

Our camp has 3 sessions...3 weeks/3 weeks/2 weeks. You can go for one session or a combination of them. My son does sessions 1 and 2 so he'll be gone about 6 weeks (it's actually a bit less).

We pack him up with a soft sided trunk and a big duffel bag and put him on the bus. We don't speak to him for the first week, then we have a 10 minute phone call from him sometime in the next 2 weeks. Visiting day is July 25th. We will have 1 additional phone call and then he comes home.

He loves it. It's definitely an adjustment having him gone for so long, but I know that he's having an incredible summer doing all sorts of great, fun things. And he meets great friends too.
This is how camp was for me... 3 week sessions, and we wanted to stay for more than one. I went to that camp for 5 years. Good times, Bad times and bug bites. Love it

Now, my kids signed up for a week at Girl Scout Camp, but if my old camp was still running, I would force them to go there.
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