Trip Coach: Family Camps Budget Travel Editorial Assistant David LaHuta answered your travel questions on Tuesday, March 15 at noon ET Budget Travel Tuesday, Mar 15, 2005, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Trip Coach: Family Camps

Budget Travel Editorial Assistant David LaHuta answered your travel questions on Tuesday, March 15 at noon ET

Need help choosing a family camp?

Budget Travel Editorial Assistant David LaHuta answered your questions Tuesday, March 15, at 12pm EST.

David LaHuta is Editorial Assistant at Budget Travel magazine. He grew up in New York City and visited nearly 40 U.S. states by the time he was eleven. While studying at the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, David lived in Bayswater, London and backpacked across Europe on $34 a day. After getting his degree, he moved to St. Croix, U.S.V.I., then to Lund, Sweden where he worked on freelance projects traveling through Scandinavia, Russia, and Eastern Europe. After a long cold Swedish winter, David returned to the sunny Caribbean where he worked as the government and politics reporter for the St. Croix Avis. His work has appeared in Newsweek,, and The Staten Island Advance, among other publications, and has been a part of the BT team since October 2003.

David LaHuta: Hello everyone and thanks for joining me! I'm ready to answer your questions so fire away.


Merrill, WI: I am looking for a week long spiritual (not religious) retreat where I can learn more about meditation, yoga, inner-self, energy, etc. In USA preferably, in July. Thanks

David LaHuta: The Western Unitarian Universalist Life Festival, in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico should be right up your alley. The camp is Presbyterian-owned, but focuses on spirituality, personal wellness, and "earth-centered awareness." Located 6,500 feet above sea level in high desert, the camp offers yoga, workshops on building your own theology, shamanism, drumming and chanting, and off-site trips to hot springs. This year the camp meets June 6-June 12, and a room with three meals daily costs $1,090 not including a $475 registration fee (register before April 3 and you'll receive a $25 discount). 303/832-1106,


Lindenhurst, NY: Are there any good camps for families that really enjoy reggae music? Or maybe just some sort of a band camp? I've heard of someplace called the Regal Begal that's supposed to be phenomenal but I can't find any info on it. Thanks for your help. Ja Rasta!

David LaHuta: I'm not sure about the Regal Begal-wasn't that a bar on the television show Three's Company?-but there are a number of family camps that specialize in music and the performing arts. One not to be missed is Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in Sonoma, California (510/527-7500, Tucked under the tall redwoods of the Russian River Valley, the camp offers salsa dancing, African drumming, jazz ensemble, chamber music, circus arts, and drama. Just north in Mendocino, Lark Camp-it's the sister camp to the Camp David-has celtic fluting, Middle Eastern drumming, Zimbabwean marimba, jazz singing, and accordion (707/964-4826, With all that great music, you shouldn't have to search too hard for those reggae rasta rhythms you're looking for.


Chicago, IL: We have six kids. Which camps are best for large families? Do they have private cabins to accommodate families of eight?

David LaHuta: Fortunately most family camps have cabins big enough for at least eight people, the majority of which utilize bunk beds or cots in wooden cabins to accommodate the masses. Near Chicago, check out YMCA Camp Pendalouan in Montague, Michigan (231/894-4534, Its cabins sleep 12-14 people on bunk beds and include electricity and a shared bathhouse. Also in Michigan, YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson has wooden cabins with electricity each with six double bunk beds (800/536-8607, Camp Nebagamon on Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin has cabins that sleep up to 16 on cots or bunks with electricity and a shared bathhouse (763/476-7676, and also in Wisconsin, Camp North Star in Hayward offers log cabins that sleep 12 on bunk beds with electricity and shared bathhouse (715/462-3254, Have fun!


Sacramento, CA: Where can I travel to for spring break and not have to pay a single supplement? Every package I have seen (Hawaii, London) seems to have one.I like traveling on my own!

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