Take the whole family to camp this summer

family camp sandy cove Family WJason Middleton, a dad of two from Queenstown, loved summer camp so much as a kid he's been going back with his whole family for the past three years.

Middleton has been attending “family camp” at Camp Pecometh in Centreville — the same camp he went to as a kid and worked as a counselor. The memories he made and lessons he learned there were invaluable, he says, so he wanted his kids, ages 5 and 3, to experience camp early.

Camps for kids with special needs in Maryland and beyond

SpecialNeedscampAre you looking for just the right camp for your child who has special needs? Maybe you need a camp to help a child with a learning disability or maybe you want to find a camp for a child with autism or something special for a child with asthma.

Check out our list below to help you find camps that cater to children with different types of special needs. Be sure to call the camp for more information.

Also read our article on Finding a Camp for Kids with Special Needs to learn what to look for and questions to ask when selecting a camp progarm.

Updated February 2017

6 ways to save on summer camp

Finding an affordable camp can be tough.

A camp experience is an investment that yields a lifetime of benefits, according to American Camp Association CEO Tom Holland. But not everyone has the funds to invest.

These days camp doesn’t come cheap. Most weekly day camps average at least $200 for one child. Add multiple weeks and it can get pricey.

It is possible, however, to give your child the classic camp experience without breaking the bank — if you know where to look.

“The American Camp Association believes the benefits of a camp experience are priceless, but we also realize that parents’ pockets aren’t bottomless,” Holland says. “There is a camp out there for every child and for every budget.”

From available discounts to low-cost programs, here are six ways to save on camp this summer.

Tips to get kids excited for camp

Camp canoe WSome kids are excited to head to summer camp for the first time, while others are less thrilled and need a little help getting on board.

Dylan and Gabrielle Dumler of Centreville were pretty familiar with Camp Pecometh ­— having visited the camp for special events throughout the year ­— so when it came time for their first year of summer camp, they couldn’t contain their excitement.

A camp planning lifesaver for parents

Are you new to planning for summer camp and wondering where to start?

We have plenty of great tips for you, but Lauren Gruelich's story might give you the inspiration you need to get started on the camp hunt.

Lauren had so much fun at day camp at Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department that she never stopped going. Her story is what parents strive for when planning their kid's summer camp experiences in Maryland.

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