Do Your Kids Do Summer Camp?

I know it’s only February, but summer is seriously just around the corner… at least it feels that way!  With summer comes summertime plans.  We have never let Abby go to an overnight summer camp before, unless you count Camp Grandma and Grandpa, where she spends 1-2 weeks every summer.  She loves it!  There’s something unsettling about sending your child away to let strangers tend to her health and safety for days on end.  We try so hard to protect our children and it can be a bit scary to let them go, but I know there comes a time, and summer camp is a great experience for kids.

There are so many summer camps out there.  I went to a Christian summer camp in south Wisconsin just about every summer starting in 5th grade, but if I had my choice back then, I would have chosen a camp like this…

Paradise?  Perhaps. Welcome to Catalina Islands Camps.  Catalina Island Camps is located off the coast of Southern California and is one of the country’s best overnight summer programs. CIC offers campers entering grades 2 through 11 the opportunity to develop life long skills through fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment.  The location is amazing and the activities are perfect for the adventurous at heart!

  • Climbing Wall
  • High Ropes Course
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Archery & Riflery
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Tubing
  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards

I cannot tell you how much Abby would love a camp like this!  There are no words.  We looked at the website for a little while this evening and she was in awe that a place like this existed.  What an amazing camp and amazing experiences.  Catalina Island Camp has been in operation since 1922… 90 YEARS!!!  I think they must know what they are doing.

Do your kids go to overnight summer camp?  
Is it hard for you to let them go?

I am entering to win a session of summer camp for a child at Catalina Island Camps from The SITS Girls!


  1. Sini says:

    I dont yet have kids,but I definetly would let my kids go to summer camp. When I was young, I went to theatre camp and horse riding camps, every summer for 2 weeks. The rest of the holidays were spend at the grandparents farm. It’s a great experience for kids,learning to be more independent. Even with little homesick, I think the first time at the camp is more hard for the parent than for the kid.

  2. thais says:

    it sure looks and sounds like paradise. good tip for when my girls get bigger ;) missed your blog, which looks really great. hope you have a lovely valentines day!

  3. Byrdi says:

    I’ve been going to summer camp since 3rd grade. My parents realized that it was good for me to go to camp. I was terribly homesick every night for one, the next year I was homesick minus the first day or two. The year after that, I was only homesick the last day or two. After that, I was fine for the week. I loved camp and I think it’s awesome. It was always hard for my parents but it was in my best interest; by knowing that I didn’t have to stay with my parents, I’m not terribly homesick at college. One girl left here within a week because she was so homesick! Now, I don’t think not going to camp will mess kids up but I think it’s good for kids to know that they can “spread their wings” a little.

  4. Pamela R says:

    I never had the opportunity to go to a camp as a kid and I always wished I did :( I definitely want to send my kids to a summer camp when they get older!

  5. squareby says:

    I never went to sleepaway camp as a kid, only day camps in our area. When I reached high school I did pre-college programs where I’d spend the summer on a college campus, and it was the BEST THING EVER. Camps of any sort are great. I think they really help kids with socialization skills and help them become more independent.

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