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Best Summer Camps for Your Outdoor-Loving Kids

Does your child run outside the moment he wakes up in the morning and isn’t seen again until dinnertime? Does your adventurous daughter love going on hikes and trying new outdoor sports? With summer upon us, it’s time to set your kids up with awesome outdoor opportunities that’ll help them grow and learn about the world around them! I can’t think of a better way to do that than by enrolling them in a summer camp that pushes their boundaries and exposes them to fun, exciting adventures not found in your backyard. After you check out some of the best summer camps for your outdoor-loving kids, the decision won’t be whether to sign them up or not … it’ll be which one to choose!

Avid4 Adventure—Colorado & California

Avid4 Adventure is all about outdoor exploration! In an effort to provide kids with a safe but challenging environment where they can put down their devices and pick up some awesome outdoor skills, Avid4 Adventure was born. The camp offers both daytime and overnight stays, but the confidence they’ll gain and the empowering experiences they’ll have will last a lifetime. Kids ages 3-18 will climb, paddle, bike, and hike their way to learning to love an active, outdoor lifestyle. Located in parts of Central Colorado and Northern California, kids will be surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, streams, lakes, and rivers. To create an avid outdoor lover in your child, click here!

Wild Whatcom—Bellingham, WA

Ranked by Outside Magazine as one of the top 5 best outdoor experiences for kids, Wild Whatcom day camps are an excellent choice for fostering a love of the outdoors in children and helping them grow into responsible, engaged citizens who help take care of the world around us. Located in Bellingham, WA, this camp offers both full-day nature adventures and overnight backpacking trips through the gorgeous terrain of the North Cascades Mountains. Kids will come upon cascading waterfalls, see local wildlife like browsing deer and marmots, meander around blueberry bushes, navigate over downed trees and over raging creeks, and so much more. Each trip is comprised of kids from similar grades and the adventures are age appropriate. Check out all that this amazingly wild camp has to offer, including year-round wilderness activities, by clicking here!

YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha—Northern Michigan

Located in beautiful northern Michigan, YMCA’s Camp Hayo-Went-Ha has a boys’ camp on the crystal-blue waters of Torch Lake and a girls’ camp on lovely Arbutus Lake. Day camps are available for kids ages 5-10, and 2-week or 4-week long stays are open to kids from grade 3-11. The extended-stay camps feature themes like biking, scuba diving, sailing, navigation, leadership training, equestrian, and so much more. They even offer a 3-week long Alaska program for those kids seeking the ultimate summer adventure. Your little camper will fall in love with northern Michigan after spending a few weeks here! Check out this amazing program by clicking here!

Camp Quinebarge—New Hampshire

Head up into the beautiful woods of the Northeast at Camp Quinebarge in Moultonborough, NH. This traditional summer camp gets kids outdoors and exposes them to activities they might not have at home, like kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, archery, horseback riding, a ropes course, fishing, hiking on wooded trails, all sorts of sports, and so much more. From sun up til sun down, your child will be building confidence and making friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Quinebarge runs for 7 weeks from June 25-August 12 and campers can stay for a minimum of 2 weeks or unpack for the entire 7 weeks. They also offer a trial one-week Rookie camp for young campers who might not be ready for two weeks away from home. Check out all the fun on Lake Kanasatka by clicking here!

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing Camps—New Castle, VA

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing was founded almost 30 years ago by retired Marine Colonel Gene Nervo as a backpacking camp. It has since grown into a year-round conference, adventure, and retreat center that offers awesome Summer Adventure Camps for kids of all ages. Through participation in adventure activities, campers will experience growth in self confidence and self esteem, will learn team building and leadership skills, and will tackle age-appropriate challenges that will lead to personal growth and development of character. The Outdoor Discovery Camp for kids ages 8-10 is perfect for first-time campers as it’s a gentle introduction to enjoying the great outdoors. Your little camper will go canoeing and rock climbing, learn how to make a fire, ride a 900’ zip line, and much more. For older campers aged 10-17, the Classic Adventure is the way to go! Divided by age, the campers will sleep in tents, bathe in creeks, make meals over camp stoves, and really experience life in the wilderness (with help from experienced leaders, of course). Click here for more information about these fun camps!

Outdoor Adventure Camp—Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Set your child up for an amazing adventure at Outdoor Adventure Camp in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where they’ll spend their days learning, growing, making new friends, and having boatloads of fun! This affordable camp offers the unique opportunity to visit four National Park Service entities in one week—Harpers Ferry National Park, Chesapeake and Ohio National Park, Potomac National Heritage Trail, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Activities include tubing, white water rafting, biking, hiking, canoeing, taking a zipline canopy tour, and more on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. A 3-day camp is offered at the beginning of the summer and 5-day camps fill the rest of the weeks. Kids ages 9-14 will love the busy days filled with fun outdoor games and activities. Click here for more information!
Coast to coast, there are thousands of awesome summer camps that help kids unplug and tap into their adventurous side! Whether your child is already an outdoor lover or has yet to experience the amazing gift of nature, spending time at a summer camp will be a life-changing experience. Your little camper with wide eyes and butterflies in his stomach will come home confident and strong and ready to take on new challenges and fun adventures. He’ll be asking, “Can I go again next year?” What a difference a week can make! Give summer camp a try!

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