Tips on selecting the perfect summer camp for your kids

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Camp WrightBy Kristy MacKaben


Nerves definitely got to Gracie English before her first week away at summer camp when she was nine-years-old.

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 was begging to go back the next year.

Summer camp is one of the rites of childhood. Camp experts, parents and campers agree that camp is a time for kids to mature and exert independence, as well as make friends and memories. Whether you're thinking day camp or sleep away camp, far or near, begin the hunt for the perfect summer camp at our Summer Camp Fairs using the tips below.

Click "next" below for things to consider when choosing a summer camp and remember, some camps offer perks for early registration.

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