Farm camp: Because farm-to-table is the future
It might be tough to get your child to help out around the house, but at Farm Camp in Plantation, CA, that’s the main activity. Here, campers choose their own chores, ranging from helping to raise the farm animals to cooking the camp meals. There are plenty of other, more typical, camp activities as well, like canoeing, arts and crafts, and campfires. They’ll come home ready to take charge around the house (and they’ll probably want to buy some chickens).
Etiquette camp: Beyond handshaking
It is true, manners are important. But a camp for good manners doesn’t sound nearly as fun as, say, Explosives Summer Camp! Activities at Civil Savvy Camp, in Palms, South Carolina, include learning why a fork isn’t a shovel, extending and accepting invitations, the proper form for handshaking, and how to talk on a phone like Emily Post. Since camps can get expensive (no matter where you’re sending your child), check out our round-up of ways to save on summer camp.
Sea camp: Testing the waters
At Catalina Sea Camp in San Juan Capistrano, CA, campers will learn the ins-and-outs of marine biology and the ocean ecosystem. They’ll get to try their hand at kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and basic scuba diving. And when their sea legs get tired, there are plenty of on-shore activities (like cooking and playing gaga ball) to keep them busy. No matter what camp you send your child to, there will likely be a few things that go down without your knowledge. Read the 13 things your kid’s summer camp counselor won’t tell you (sometimes it’s for the best).