50 All-Star Family Camps Remember summer camp? The fun doesn't have to stop just because you've grown up. You and your kids can make s'mores and go fishing, all without spending heaps of money--for a family of four, some camps cost less than $1,000 for an entire week Budget Travel Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006, 4:06 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


50 All-Star Family Camps

Remember summer camp? The fun doesn't have to stop just because you've grown up. You and your kids can make s'mores and go fishing, all without spending heaps of money--for a family of four, some camps cost less than $1,000 for an entire week


Camp Sunshine At Sebago Lake, Casco

For kids with serious illnesses. On Sebago Lake, 27 miles northwest of Portland. Bass fishing, indoor swimming pool with wheelchair lift, miniature golf, family workshops with counselor, 24-hour doctor, and social worker. ACA accredited. Lodging: Forty family housing suites with private bath sleep six on twin beds, pull-out futon, and built-in bunks. Food: Three buffets daily; once per session there's an adults-only gourmet meal (prime rib, stuffed fish, karaoke). Dates: Feb. 17-Nov. 12. Price: Free (made possible by grants from foundations and private donations). Summer sessions fill quickly. 207/655-3800, campsunshine.org.

Ferry Beach Camp And Conference Center, Saco

Affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Daily worship in outdoor chapel, "friendship circle" on beach for prayer and meditation, folk singing and dancing. Learn to play an instrument; photography, weaving, and quilting. Lodging: Dorm-style rooms sleep two to four on doubles, twin beds, and bunks. Food: Buffet breakfast and lunch; family-style dinners; lobster bake cookout. Dates: June 23-Sept. 4. Price: $2,335. 207/282-4489, ferrybeach.org.

Medomak Camp For Families, Washington

On three-mile-long Washington Pond, surrounded by pine forests and blueberry fields. Activities include tennis, sailing, photography, archery, yoga, swimming, gymnastics, nature hikes, boating, arts and crafts. Lodging: Wooden cabins sleep six on queen and single beds; electricity and private bathrooms. Food: Three family-style meals daily with coffee, tea, and fruit throughout the day; afternoon snack daily; lobster bake once a week. Dates: June 25-Aug. 19. Price: $3,300. 866/633-6625, medomakcamp.com.

Wyonegonic Camps, Denmark

Celebrating 105 years. Lots of water sports on nine-mile-long lake: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, waterskiing, bass fishing. Six tennis courts, archery, high and low ropes courses, pottery, arts and crafts. ACA accredited. Lodging: Wooden cabins sleep up to 14 on cots; platform tents sleep four on cots; none have electricity, and all share bathhouses. Food: Family-style breakfast and dinner, buffet lunch, served in lodge; lobster cookout once per session (costs extra). Dates: Aug. 18-21; Aug. 21-25; Aug. 25-27. Price: $490. 207/452-2051, wyonegonic.com.


YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, Mount Washington

On 1,000 acres of protected woodland in the southern Berkshires. Waterskiing (costs extra), sailing, boat races, fishing tournament on 90-acre private lake. Hiking, camper-versus-counselor volleyball, soccer, square dancing, bingo, archery, talent show. ACA accredited. Lodging: Wooden cabins (some with porches) with electricity and shared bathhouses sleep up to 12 on bunks; carpeted lodge rooms, some with private baths, sleep 8 on bunks. Food: Three buffets daily in the dining hall; beach barbecue every Saturday. Dates: Aug. 20-27. Price: $1,300. 413/528-1227, camphirock.com.


Rainbow Families Great Lakes Family Week, Saugatuck

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and their families, on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Picnics, sunset social hour, family dance celebration with bubble machines and music, kite making, teen bowling night, personal story sharing, workshops for kids and adults on coping with homophobia. Lodging: Accommodations aren't included (for information on where to stay, visit the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau at saugatuck.com). Food: Continental breakfast daily; some lunches and dinners. Dates: July 8-13. Price: About $125 per family. 616/218-9679, rfgl.org.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan, Montague

Ten miles from Lake Michigan on the edge of Manistee National Forest. Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming on 200-acre lake. Camouflage hike--kids paint themselves and play hide-and-seek in the woods. Fifty-foot climbing tower, horseback riding, fishing, riflery, capture the flag. ACA accredited. Lodging: Wooden cabins with electricity sleep 14 on bunks; shared bathhouse. Food: Three family-style meals daily with snacks throughout the day; weekly cookouts at Lake Michigan. Dates: July 1-4. Price: $625, kids under 5 free. 231/894-4538, pendalouan.org.

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