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Re: Sleepover camp for third grader?
I've got just the place for you! Camp Jack Hazard (www.campjackhazard.org) is a sleep-away camp in the Sierras near the Sonora Pass. They do week-long sessions, but also have a shorter 3 night ''rookie'' camp for kids age 6 to 10. The three night sessions are a great option for kids who are new to sleep-away camp. The camp involves a lot of the traditional camp stuff: arts and crafts, campfires, etc but also has a ropes course and they take the kids backpacking too: the week-long sessions involve a two night backpacking trip, but even during the rookie camp, they take the kids backpacking for one night (they only ''backpack'' about a 1/2 mile, but still get the experience of setting up camp in the woods).
My 10 year old did her first sleep-away camp there last year. She did the week-long camp (she actually did two sessions, with a week break between) and, although she had moments of homesickness, the counselors were great with her and I think things were so fun and busy, the homesickness was fleeting. She had a friend with her, which also helped, and they accept requests to be in the same cabin.
Best part: its pretty cheap as sleep-away camps go. Three night sessions are are $295 and week sessions are $495, and they offer financial assistance.
Full disclosure: I serve on the board of directors, which is made up entirely of alumni of the camp. Lots of happy former campers! Feel free to email me if you want more information. Stephanie
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