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Choosing a Sleepaway Camp

For parents who went to sleep away camp, the choice is easy. Of course, their kids will go. “Sleep away camp is a gift, Sleep away camp is the best time of my life, I met my best friends at Sleep away camp”. People say sleep away camp builds independence, resilience and confidence.

Ask yourself “What was my most memorable childhood experience and did it include your parents?” Most probably that answer is NO WAY, it happened at Sleep away camp. Many parents say that my kid grew up a lot when they are at sleep away camp, and if you went to sleep away camp as a kid do you remember when you came home from sleepaway camp, did you feel different?


If you live in New York and you are thinking of sending your child to sleep away camp this summer here is a few questions to ask yourself or some things to know that will help narrow your choices for picking a sleep away camp this summer:

Do I want a sleep away camp in New York?

Do you want a co-ed sleep away camp, single sex or brother and sister camps?

Boy’s summer camps are usually focused on competitive sports. And if your daughter goes to an all girls camp she won’t have to worry about how she looks when she steps out of the lake! Brother and sister sleepaway camps are fun for having mixers.

What is your price range for a summer camp this year?

What does a sleep away camp in New York offer different than one in other states?

Sleep away camps prices range from $1,500 for one week to over $15,000 for the summer.

How long do you want your child to go to sleep away camp?

There are camps as short as two weeks or up to eight weeks. Some sleep away camps offer multiple options so your child can stay for 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks or the whole summer.

What kind of facilities does the summer camp provide?  Do you care about air conditioning , swimming pool facilities, bathrooms in the bunks?

How many staff work at the sleep away camp?

What is the Camper/counselor ratio at the sleep away camps?

You can go crazy trying to find the best sleep away camp for your child.

The best thing to do is visit the camp, take a tour and see what your child’s reaction is. If they are beaming and cant stop smiling…your sleep away camp choice is much easier.

To schedule a tour of Forest Lake Camp in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York please call 518-623-4771 and speak with one of the directors.