Family sleepaway camp vacations offer fun, adventure and family bonding at reasonable rates. So, think about going to camp together with your kids this year. Plan ahead, and check out these great family sleepaway camps.
Parents who wish to relive their childhood camp days—or who simply want to enjoy quality family time away from the distractions of modern technology—are flocking to family camps to enjoy recreation and the great outdoors with their kids. Family camps welcome parents to enjoy the overnight-camp experience that is usually exclusive to tweens and teens. One of the fastest-growing trends in the camp industry, about 10 percent of camps in the U.S. now offer family programs, more than double the amount in 1995. Families stay in tents or cabins, eat communal meals in the dining hall, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. No cooking, driving, or planning an itinerary on this vacation!
Most family camps run three to seven days, and generally include all activities, food, and lodging. The price ranges anywhere from $200 to $1500 per person, although it is often less expensive than the typical family vacation. Family camp is ideal for families with children ages 7-12, however most camps welcome infants (some even provide the option of childcare), and many camps have teen-specific programs as well.
Here is our list of Top Family Camps located in the Midwest. In addition, our favorite family camping chain, with locations throughout the US and Canada is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
1700 General Motors Road
Milford, MI 48380
Situated on 626 acres of hills, forest, and plains in Dearborn, Michigan, this state park offers a place for families to enjoy the outdoors. There are six lakes within its boundaries, a 27-hole golf course, a heated swimming pool, playgrounds, and a baseball field. Families can enjoy hayrides, fishing, paddle boating, dancing, and many other camp activities. Cabins each have six cots, electricity, refrigerator/stove units, charcoal grills, and patio furniture. Those who choose to stay in a trailer or a tent have access to the same amenities in shelters located near their designated sleep sites. The camp offers weekly rentals of cabins or tents on their campgrounds from mid-June through Labor Day.
13400 Camp Nawakwa Ln
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
During the summer, Nawakwa, which is less than two hours from Chicago, Illinois, has 35 cabins and five tent sites available for rent. Cabins range from modern (log furniture, full bathrooms, large living spaces) to economic (furnished yet smaller; must use central wash houses). At Nawakwa, there is no dining hall, so each family is responsible for preparing their own food. Catered dining service is available for a fee. The camp provides you with refrigerators, dishware, cooking utensils, and campfire pits at no extra cost. Activities include archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, campfires, a water carnival, a triathlon, nature hikes, and many others. All programs are designed for full family participation, thus children are the sole responsibility of parents. There is, however, one morning per week devoted to a Kid’s club for children ages 5-12, run by the staff. Families must provide their own tents if they wish to stay on the tent site. Pop-up campers are allowed, but absolutely no RVs.
YMCA Camp du Nord
3606 North Ann Road
Ely, MN 55731
Located among the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in over a million acres of forest, Camp du Nord’s serene beauty calls families to gather here year after year for active, fun vacations. While there are organized activities and crafts for babies through 17-year-olds every morning, the bulk of time is spent “famiies-together,” enjoying hiking, fishing, sailing etc. There are 14 tent sites, and cabins with electricity; some cabins have cooking facilities, fireplaces and private bathrooms. Meals are prepared by guests in their cabins, or they purchase a meal plan for dining in the Lodge.
YMCA Camp Lakewood/Trout Lodge
13528 State Hwy AA
Located on Sunnen Lake in Potosi, Trout Lodge offers family cabins and seasonal activities throughout the year. The vacation package includes accommodations, all meals, and most activities. In the cabins, families will enjoy two bedrooms, a large living room, a screened-in porch, and a stone fireplace. Trout has a zipline, several climbing walls, and families can go on excursions like exploring a nearby cave, going on a pony ride, a property tour, or a hayride. There is also a riflery range, a gymnasium, and a mini-golf course, plus a variety of other ways to spend quality family time together.
Top Learning Camps for Families in the Mid-West
For families that are looking for something outside of the typical camp experience, many places offer family-oriented, camp-like learning programs. These camps are not always all-inclusive, yet are still relatively inexpensive for what they do offer. Parents and their children can learn about outer space, the arts, or other cultures over the course of a week or weekend. The following activity-specific camp is best for families with school-age children ages 6-13 or older.
Concordia Language Villages
901 8th St S
Moorhead, MN 56562
Spend a week in Germany without leaving the country! At Concordia Language Villages, families are immersed into a different culture, according to the language they wish to learn. During check-in, campers present their “passports” they have received in the mail, and they exchange their dollars for foreign currency at a camp bank. They learn the new language of their choice, eat the indigenous cuisine, and learn about the country’s song, art, sports, and dance. Family camp sessions offered in six languages (German, French, Finnish, Spanish, Danish, or Swedish) on weekends throughout the year.
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