The best family camp programs for all ages

Summer fun isn't reserved for kids. These family camp programs allow everyone in your crew to get in on the action!
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Summertime and the livin's easy...especially for kids. If you're a little bit jealous of your kids' adventures boating, roasting marshmallows and enjoying hikes through the woods, why not sign up for one of these family camp programs? It's the best way for you and the whole gang to enjoy a little quality time in nature and with each other. You know they're going to need help snacking on those s'mores anyway. Plus, our roundup of the best family camp programs in the area will make you reminisce about summers of years past. Grab the bug spray and go! 

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Best family camp programs

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Frost Valley YMCA Farm Camp

Farm-to-table reaches a new level at this camp, where kids gather eggs in the morning for breakfast. Campers here learn about farm life, working in the garden and greenhouse to grow and harvest food, as well as taking care of cows, horses, turkeys, pigs, llamas and goats. Camp runs July 1–Aug 24; two-week session $1,760–$2,010 (June 30–12, July 14– 26, July 28–Aug 9 or Aug 11–23). Ages 7 to 16.

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College of the Atlantic Family Nature Camp

At this oceanfront family camp in Maine, you and your crew can enjoy tide-pool walks, naturalist-guided ecology hikes in nearby Acadia National Park and nature cruises along the coast. Add nature arts and crafts and a presentation from the "Bug Man," and you won’t hear, “I’m bored” for the entire trip. Families stay in suites in the college’s residence halls. In the dining hall, you’ll eat meals made from mainly local, organic ingredients, humanely raised meat and freshly caught Maine seafood. All ages.

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Tyler Place Family Camp

This affordable family camp experience on the lake gives families plenty of time to learn new skills and pursue their favorite pastimes—plus it's all-inclusive. You'll be assigned a cottage or suite on the 165-acre property and receive bikes for everyone in the family to travel around the campsite. Tyler Place offers kids' programming and programming for adults, with the opportunity to enjoy activities separately or together. Hit the indoor and outdoor pools to cool off, and take older kids to the Lake Champlain waterfront to go banana boating or tubing! All ages.

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Medomak Family Camp

This stunning New England respite is just the place to enjoy a family vacation. Lodging, recreation and equipment are all included in the cost of camp, which means this summertime excursion is as easy as clicking the booking button and surviving the road trip out there (invest in some good family-friendly podcasts)! Parents can choose to participate in activities such as canoeing, fishing and arts and crafts, or they can kick back in a lawn chair while their kiddos burn off some energy. Parents can even enjoy adult-only activities like local beer and cheese tastings, yoga, gallery visits and appointments with a massage therapist. All ages.

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Camp Kaleidoscope

This family camp program creates a safe haven for children on the autism spectrum. Parents and kids can bunk up in a cabin, tent or Eco-Lodge at Common Ground Center, a 700-acre former farm in northern Vermont, where the experts help kids experience all the joys of the outdoors. Tots head to Kidville each morning for fun activities while the adults participate in art and nature. Moms and dads will also receive information autism education. While away the rest of the day with calming nature walks, music workshops, watercolor painting and swimming. Ages 3–11.

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Windsor Mountain Family Camp

The hills are alive with the sound of dance music, a cappella singing, stained-glass making and junkyard bands at the Windsor Mountain Family Camp. And all the usual camp activities are thriving, too, if some of your nearest and dearest want to do a spot of kayaking, fort building or perhaps some archery or zip-lining. You’ll sleep in dorms, bungalows and cabins. Meals are made up of homemade fare that includes fruits and veggies from the camp garden. Vegetarian options and plentiful snacks are also available. All ages.

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Camp Hi-Rock

Kids will hardly be able to keep it together on the long, winding drive to Hi-Rock—and not just because of annoying siblings in the backseat. Between the picturesque views, wooden cabins and myriad activities to try, it’s an idyllic camp setting—and every kid knows it. Gender- and age-specific cabins make for a slumber-party–style experience, plus everyone (boys and girls!) comes together for meals and activities. Whether your kiddos are busy scaling a high-ropes course, geocaching in the Berkshires, swimming in the pristine 90-acre lake or playing capture the flag, one thing’s certain: Every summer here is definitely one to remember. Ages 7–16.

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Appalachian Mountain Club Family Adventure Camps

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City families who fancy hiking and learning outdoor skills will dig this camp in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. These alfresco adventures range from the “Wee Wanderers” level, for families with children ages 2–5, to Above–Tree Line, Hut-to-Hut hikes for families with kids 9 and up. Activities include hiking and paddle excursions, map and compass skills, and ecology studies. Families stay in AMC’s lodges (private room, private bath) or high mountain huts (bunks). Meals typically consist of a breakfast buffet, a trail lunch and a sit-down family-style dinner with kid-friendly options. Ages 5-12.

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Club Getaway Family Camp

Sign up for a session at this Connecticut resort this summer for a guaranteed great time with your family! It has rustic cabins (with AC, believe it or not) so you won't burn up on a hot day, and the kiddos will flip for opportunities to get in on archery, arts and crafts, water sports and even the flying trapeze! There's also Club Getaway Kids Club and Teen Club, so you can scoot away on adult-only adventures such as rock-climbing classes. Evenings include activities such as campfires, Olympic challenges and big-screen outdoor movies. This is a family camp that's not to be missed. Ages 4 and up.

Farm and WIlderness Family Camp
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Farm & Wilderness Family Camp

For those seeking the family camp experience, this great program gives the whole crew an opportunity to leave the iPads at home and enjoy simple living in nature. Campers of all ages get to help out with barn chores—and meet super cute animals such as ducks, cows, pigs, sheep and goats—enjoy their fair share of traditional summer activities such as tie-dying, storytelling, crafting, acting, canoeing and frisbee. Embrace the lifestyle by sleeping in open cabins (those interested can opt to book their family's stay at an inn, motel or other accommodations in the area). All ages.

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