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. Be sure to check with the camps for current pricing as prices may have changed.

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

Tips on selecting the perfect summer camp for your kids

Camp WrightBy Kristy MacKaben


Nerves definitely got to 9-year-old Gracie English before her first week away at summer camp.

The Towson resident had been away from home before, but never for this long, or without any family members. The fourth grader was a day camp veteran, but last summer it was time to move on to sleep-away camp. Gracie and her parents chose Camp Wright, a Christian camp in Stevensonville that they heard about through word of mouth.

"We asked fellow parents about the good, the bad and the ugly of past camps," says Gracie's dad Steve English. "Parents with a tad bit older children were able to help tremendously as they were able to speak from experience."

Once she got over the initial jitters, Gracie had a blast and is begging to go back next year.

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