Summer Camp Guide: Sleep-Away Camps for the Family-Oriented

Medomak Camp

Medomak Camp

Washington, ME (866) MEDOMAK;

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Want the summer-camp experience without saying good-bye to your little ones? Bring the whole family to Medomak Camp, where adults and children alike can enjoy canoeing, archery, fishing, arts and crafts, tennis, and campfires. And when mom and dad need some adult-only time, activities such as massage, local beer and cheese tasting, yoga, and gallery visits are available. Part traditional summer camp, part family vacation, each family at Medomak gets their own cabin and can indulge in pre-planned food and activities. (No squabbling over who has to cook and clean!) With more than 200 acres of campground to explore plus the charming local area (Maine Lobster Festival, anyone?), both kids and parents here can find camping bliss.

Ages: All ages Dates: One-week sessions from June 21 to Aug 8 Fees: $3,235 – $4,490 per week (average for family of four; no charge for children younger than two-years-old) Transportation: No Drive Time from White Plains: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Campus Kids Summer Camps

Blairstown, NJ/Port Jervis, NY (973) 845-9260;

Get the best of both worlds with this “weekday sleep-away camp,” where kids spend Monday to Friday at camp and come home on the weekends. Both first-time sleep-away campers and families with big weekend plans will love this flexible format. Kids choose their own activities each day from a wide range of specialties including sports, fine arts, performing arts, aquatics, and nature. Camp takes place in two separate locations: the rural campus of Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ, which offers comfortable dorms, an indoor heated swimming pool, and extensive sports and arts facilities; and a lakeside campground in Port Jervis, New York, which boasts adventure courses, boating, and mountain biking as well as sports and arts.

Ages: 7 to 15 Dates: Two-, four-, six-, and eight-week sessions, from June 29 to Aug 21 Fees: Sessions start at $2,550 for two weeks; $4,860 for four, $7,110 for six, $9,240 for eight Transportation: Yes Drive Time from White Plains: 1 hour, 25 minutes to Blairstown; 1 hour, 15 minutes to Port Jervis

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