50 All-Star Family Camps
It's just like traditional summer camp, but adults are allowed. That means meals in a dining hall, campfire sing-alongs and the chance to meet a lot of neat people. Pass the bug juice!
YMCA Camp Erdman, Oahu
On the North Shore. Double-decker ropes course, river kayaking, arts-and-crafts classes such as bookmaking and painting. Child care available. ACA accredited. LODGING: Bunkhouses with electricity and private bathrooms sleep 8 to 16; tent sites. FOOD: Three buffets daily. CONTACT: May 11-13, June 29-July 1, Oct. 26-28; $380 (kids 3 and under are free); 808/637-4615, camperdman.net.
Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, St. Paul
On 240 acres along the Flat Rock River. Climbing on the 50-foot alpine tower, rappelling down a limestone quarry, fishing in a pond. Guided hikes, hayrides, archery, BB-gun range. ACA accredited. LODGING: Wood cabins with electricity and private bath sleep 12 on bunks; yurts with electricity and shared bathhouse sleep 12 on bunks. FOOD: Three buffets in dining hall; snacks throughout the day. CONTACT: May 26-28, Sept. 1-3; $384; 888/828-9622, flatrockymca.org.
Little Lyford Pond Camps, Greenville
Owned and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, on the Katahdin Iron Works property. Hiking to the waterfalls in Gulf Hagas gorge, canoeing on Lyford Ponds, fly-fishing lessons. Evening programs in local history, science, and nature. LODGING: Log cabins with a wood-burning stove, gas and kerosene lamps, running water, and shared bathhouse sleep two to six; bunkhouse with no electricity and shared bathhouse sleeps 12. FOOD: Buffet breakfast, trail lunch, and family-style dinner daily; evening cookout. CONTACT: July 15-20; $1,270 (7 percent discount for AMC members, $75 annual fee); 207/280-0708, outdoors.org/adventure_camps.
Medawisla Wilderness Camps, Kokadjo
On the Second Roach Pond, between Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park. Owned and run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Search for lizards, salamanders, and newts around Emmit Brook; hike on local trails, including to Hinckley Logan to see an eagle's nest. Moose-watching trip. LODGING: Wood cabins sleep 2 to 10; private bathrooms, screened porches, and kitchens. FOOD: Buffet breakfast, trail lunch, and family-style dinner daily; cookout on the dock. CONTACT: July 8-13; $1,270 (7 percent discount for AMC members, $75 annual fee); 207/695-2690, outdoors.org/adventure_camps.
Medomak Camp, Washington
A secular camp on Washington Pond since 1904. Sailing, tennis, field games. Yoga, knitter's retreat, women's wellness workshop, classes on ecology and conservation. Massage therapist on staff. ACA accredited. LODGING: Eleven pine cabins sleep six; private bathroom. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily; coffee and tea throughout the day; beer and cheese tasting; lobster dinner once a week. CONTACT: June 24-Aug. 18; $3,050; 866/633-6625, medomakcamp.com.
YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, Mount Washington
On 1,000 acres of protected Berkshires forest. Waterskiing, sailing, and kayaking on Plantain Pond. Hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Ropes courses, softball, basketball, soccer. ACA accredited. LODGING: Wood cabins with electricity and shared bathhouse sleep 12 on bunks; lodge rooms with shared and private bathrooms sleep four to eight on bunks. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily; Saturday beach cookout. CONTACT: Aug. 20-26, family weekends year-round; $1,000 (kids under 3 free); 413/528-1227, camphirock.com.
YMCA Camp Pendalouan, Montague
Adjacent to Manistee National Forest, on 150 wooded acres. Canoeing, kayaking, and sailing on Big Blue Lake. Climbing tower, skit nights, arts and crafts, archery, horseback riding. ACA accredited. LODGING: Cabins with electricity and shared bathhouse sleep 14 on bunks. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily; cookout at Lake Michigan. CONTACT: June 30-July 3; $625; 231/894-4538, pendalouan.org.
YMCA Storer Camps, Jackson
On 1,200 wooded acres, next to Stony Lake. Talent show, pie baking, high ropes challenge course, climbing tower, arts and crafts. Theme nights: Kids learn about other cultures on Around the World in Eighty Days night. ACA accredited. LODGING: Cabins sleep 12 on bunks; shared bathhouse. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily. CONTACT: June 24-30, July 1-7; $1,146; 800/536-8607, ymcastorercamps.org.