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I attended Camp Concord as an 10/11/12 yr old about 20 years ago.
This may be outdated, but if it's the same camp being run in South Lake
Tahoe, I remember it being a fun experience and would recommend it.
I attended a two one week session one summer and a two week session another
summer, both time with friend(s) from school and my sister (although I
never saw my sister because we were in different cabins - which was fine
with me!). The site is thickly wooded dotted with small cabins.
The camper to counselor ratio is about 8 or 10 to 1. I always knew I was
supervised and felt safe. Cabins are solid construction of wood w/ bunks
(thin mattresses), no heat or electricity. Showers, bathroom facilities are
separate from cabins. Boys and girls are separated for sleeping quarters,
but would socialize during group activities (arts & crafts, swimming at
lake,archery, hikes, excursions) or by age group with another (boys/girls)
cabin. Counselors were always present, very friendly and outdoorsey folks.
Swim tests (supervised treading of water in frigid lake tahoe - those who
pass get an armband). Overnight stays in a meadow under the stars. Nightly
campfire songs...i still remember some of them..., skits, etc. Send him
with a warm sleeping bag, jeans, sneakers, flip flops for the shower,
flashlight, sweats and windbreaker. It gets cold at night.
Does anyone have any experiences with sending their child to
Coppercreek Summer Camp, a sleepaway camp? I'd love to hear any
reviews. Thank you!
Parent of 12-year old girl
My nephew has attended CopperCreek camp frequently since he was
11. He is now 18 and will be a Jr. Counselor there this
summer. We have been so impressed with all that we've heard
over the years about the camp, it's safety, nurturing
environment, exciting activities and overall great experience
that we are sending our three boys (twins 10 and an 8 year old)
there this summer. It will be there first sleep-away camp
experience, and based on all I've heard, will be a wonderful
adventure for them.
Mom with 3 boys off to camp this summer!
I would like to hear about summer camps that were exciting
and engaging for kids ages 12 and up. Both overnight and
day camps that were stimulating, fun and where there was
good supervision of the kids so that a kid who is slow to
warm up would not be ignored but helped to join in.
looking for some great summer experiences
Hi. The first summer our son went away to a sleep over
camp was pretty traumatic for all of us. He went alone and
I really had to force myself to do it. He went to Deer
Crossing camp which is up in the wilderness near lake
Tahoe. It's run by the Wilten family who are absolutely
wonderful. They specialize in teaching responsibility and
optimism. All their counselors have more than the required
safety training, and the activities are both fun and
educational. There is canoeing, rafting, wind sailing on
the small lake near camp, and all kinds of educational
nature activities. When we went to pick our son up after a
week, he begged us to let him stay longer! We're sending
him back this year for two weeks and he's really looking
forward to it. Find them on the internet at
www.deercrossingcamp.com. Their web site is very
My 12 year old daughter has enjoyed overnight camp-she's been to
Pt Reyes camp and Winnarainbow. She'd like to try something else,
in the Sierras or the foothills, that has more activities. I've
heard Camp Tawonga and Mountain Camp are good, but they are too
expensive for us. Has anyone gone to Sierra Friends Camp, Snow
Mountain Camp, or Hidden Villa Ranch camp? Or any others? I
appreciate any info!
When I was 12 I attended a 2 week session at Hidden Villa camp
and I can't tell you what an positive impact it has had on my
life (I am now 27). The camp is on a beautiful farm where they
actually grow crops and raise animals. During the school year
they have naturalist programs for school groups and teach
environment awareness. For the summer camps there are
traditional cabins, a pool and sports field. There are (or
were) several different programs for your daughter's age group.
I was in a backpacking program called Bay to Sea where we hiked
through the Santa Cruz mountains to the ocean on a 2 week long
trip. I would recommend this one if your daughter is somewhat
athletic and is up for an amazing but challenging adventure.
However there is also a resident sleep away camp which a few of
my friends attended every year and adored. They do typical camp
activities arts & crafts, games, sports,storytelling,hiking
etc. as well as tending the farm, cooking and nature study In
my experience the counselors were fabulous, very experienced,
warm and attentive to all the childrens needs. I was a shy
child but I never felt lonely or left out at camp, the
counselors helped everyone to feel included as part of the
group family. There is a focus on community, acceptace and
tollerance. I came home from camp stronger, more confident and
more willing to embrace new experiences. As an awkward 12 year
old girl at the time, this was really powerful for me. I have
no idea what it costs these days but they do have financial aid
(I know I wouldn't have been able to go without it), they make
every effort to encourage a diversity. I don't know about any
of the other camps you mentioned by I urge you to check this
I have a question about the Skylake summer camp. Has anyone sent
their kids there and how do I contact them for a brochure?
Answer to Stella about Skylake camp
www.skylakeyosemite.com Great place.
--Victoria (Feb 2000)
Camp Venture Creek
Re: Sleepaway camp for 10-year-old (Jan 2003)
Camp Venture Creek in Nevada City is co-ed and has all the
traditional camp stuff in addition to a business-economics
curriculum. My son has been two years in a row and loves it and
cannot wait to be a junior counselor. It has a diverse group of
campers and an excellent staff. Price is based on a sliding
scale. The web site is www.campventurecreek.com. Email me
directly if your daughter would like to talk to my son about his
My step-son went to Camp Venture Creek last summer and
cannot wait to go this summer. The price is income-based,
only $100 for two weeks if your income is under $60,000/year.
The program and the staff are great. Check out the web
site, www.campventurecreek.com. The camp is located in
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