The best family camp programs for all ages

Not all kids have the opportunity to go camp, therefore not all adults have been to camp. If you’re a grown-up with a family of your own and thinking that your time to experience camp has passed—it hasn’t. It’s called family camp! Parents and kids alike can enjoy outdoor activities, sports, and overall team-building exercises. If you don’t want to send your kid to camp (or maybe you do and just want to tag along), try checking out a family camp program this summer.

Instead of going to Disney World again or taking that cruise, you’ve been thinking about, try something new. Get the whole family in the car with one destination in mind: The great outdoors.

Best family camp programs

Photograph: Courtesy Camp Hi-RockCamp Hi-Rock

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Beaches, boating, mountains, and… fun! Seriously, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock has it all (this isn’t the first time it’s made this list). Families can enjoy a private cabin or private rooms. You don’t have to adhere to a strict schedule either. The 90-acre lake, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, and high-ropes courses mean that Hi-Rock has just what it takes to put a smile on kids’ and parents’ faces. Not to mention that it’s also been rated one of the nation’s top 50 Family Camps in Arthur Frommer’s Guide! Ages 7–16.

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This is the family camp for the big families. Forget about just bringing your kids. Bring your siblings, nieces, and nephews. Oh, and don’t forget your cousins! Club Getaway is the spot for large groups. You can turn your phone on airplane mode (I’m sure your family will keep you entertained just fine). The whole bunch will enjoy family races, swims in the lake, and hikes around the 300-acre adventure resort. You can feel safe knowing that the camp was in operation last year with zero COVID-19 cases. Ages 4 and up.