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Camp Chinqueka

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Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

With more than 30 programs to choose from, tweens can always find a satisfying new way to express themselves at this 70-year-old performing arts camp. Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in central Connecticut, this bucolic spot offers older kids the chance to get creative through music, dance, improv, theater or stand-up comedy. In the theater program, campers audition for several plays and take classes from professional actors. Young dancers study a variety of disciplines, from ballet to hip-hop, and help choreograph pieces for the final performance. Music students have access to Studio 59, the camp’s professional-grade recording facility, where they can record, mix and edit their own songs. It’s practically impossible to get stir-crazy here, with off-campus field trips to see concerts at Caramoor and Tanglewood and dance performances at Jacob’s Pillow, plus visits to local museums, art galleries and theaters. There are spelunking (cave exploring) trips at nearby state parks and overnight camping excursions for a change of pace, and kids can try other arts, like metalsmithing, glassblowing and cooking. The final day of the season culminates in a festival, with performances and demos by campers, a picnic lunch and dinner. Parents and kids from earlier sessions are welcome to attend. 59 Buck's Rock Rd, New Milford, CT (860-354-5030, bucksrockcamp.com). July 1–Aug 22; $3,590–$10,390. Ages 9–16.

  1. 59 Bucks Rock Rd, 06776
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Camp Awosting

  • Price band: 3/4

Boys go mountain boarding, flip out on the bungee trampoline and play zombie apocalypse at this sleepaway camp on Connecticut’s scenic Bantam Lake. Summers at Awosting are packed with the classic camp activities of yore, from swimming and sports to wilderness survival lessons and weekly campfire storytelling. Young dudes can sharpen their soccer skills in a special program or try something new, like fencing or martial arts. Regular activities with Camp Chinqueka—Awosting’s all-girls sister camp six miles away—like field games, dances and overnight camping trips, restore their sense of gender balance. 296 West St, Morris, CT (860-567-4924, awosting.com). June 28–Aug 22; $1,500–$8,200. Ages 6–16.

  1. 296 West St, 06763
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Camp Chinqueka

  • Price band: 3/4

With everything from swimming, sailing, wakeboarding and sports to dance, drama and gymnastics on their agendas, campers at Awosting’s all-girls sister camp make the most of the sprawling Connecticut campus every action-packed day. Coed dances (complete with DJs), movie nights, an annual Fourth of July barbecue, and a four-day overnight camping trip to Cape Cod and Lake George give senior campers the opportunity to mix and mingle with boys. 1519 Bantam Rd, Bantam, CT (860-567-9678, chinqueka.com). June 28–Aug 22; $1,500–$8,200. Ages 6–16.

  1. 1519 Bantam Rd, 06750
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SJ Riding Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Girls learn about horses and take on the responsibilities of caring for them at this riding camp. They also get quality instruction in English riding—practice takes place in one of three rings, a cross-country course and nearby wooded trails. Riding highlights include a supper ride, swimming with the horses and an end-of-session horseshow. Campers fill the rest of their time with activities like arts and crafts, archery, tennis and swimming. Camp runs June 22–Aug 23; three-week session $3,200, two-week session $2,320, one-week session $1,185. Ages 8 to 16.

  1. 130 Sandy Beach Rd, 06029
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