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Top 10 Overnight Summer Camps

Posted by Jud Millar on Wed, Mar 6, 2024

overnight-teen-campAre you ready for an unforgettable summer filled with adventure, friendship, and lifelong memories? Look no further than these top ten overnight camps. From traditional outdoor experiences to specialized programs focusing on arts, sports, adventure and more, there's something for every camper to enjoy. Let's dive into the details of each camp to help you find the perfect summer getaway for your child.

  1. Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp, Huntingdon, PA is a family owned co-ed overnight camp founded in 1983 and servs campers ages 12 to 16.  Stone Mountain Adventures offers Adventure Activities, Water Sports, Creative Arts, Community Service and Sports.  The mission of Stone Mountain Adventures is provide growth experiences for tweens and teens via the awesome camp activities they offer and the cooperative process of living together at camp. Stone Mountain Adventures offer specialized programs focused on skill development and fun in Rock Climbing, Wakeboarding and Mountain Biking.  

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  2. Camp Puh’tok (Monkton, Maryland) Founded in 1942, Camp Puh’tok welcomes campers ages 5-17 to explore nature and adventure in a beautiful wooded setting. Activities include swimming, hiking, outdoor cooking, ropes courses, and environmental education. With a commitment to fostering respect for nature and diversity, Camp Puh’tok offers a welcoming and inclusive community for campers of all backgrounds. https://www.camppuhtok.com/ 

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    Camp Miniwanca (Shelby, Michigan) Established in 1925, Camp Miniwanca offers a unique blend of adventure, leadership development, and character building for campers ages 7-17. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, campers can enjoy activities such as sailing, kayaking, ropes courses, and wilderness trips. With a focus on the values of the American Camp Association's Accreditation Standards, Camp Miniwanca promotes respect, responsibility, and resilience in a supportive and inclusive community.


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  4. YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha (Central Lake, Michigan) Founded in 1904, YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha has a long-standing tradition of providing campers ages 7-16 with transformative outdoor experiences. Set on the shores of Torch Lake, Michigan's second-largest inland lake, campers can enjoy a variety of water activities including sailing, kayaking, and swimming. Additionally, land-based adventures such as hiking, archery, and ropes courses are available. With a focus on character development, leadership, and community, Camp Hayo-Went-Ha fosters lifelong skills and friendships. https://hayowentha.org/ 

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  5. Camp Lindenmere (Henryville, Pennsylvania) Founded in 1935, Camp Lindenmere provides a well-rounded summer experience for campers ages 7-17. From traditional camp activities like swimming and campfires to specialized programs in theater, dance, and adventure sports, there's something for everyone at Camp Lindenmere. With a focus on creativity, exploration, and personal development, campers can discover their passions and build confidence in a supportive community. https://www.camplindenmere.com/ 

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  6. Astrocamp (Idyllwild, California) Founded in 1988, Astrocamp offers a unique summer experience for campers ages 8-17 with a passion for science and exploration. Located in the San Jacinto Mountains, Astrocamp provides hands-on STEM activities, astronomy workshops, outdoor adventure, and traditional camp activities like archery and ropes courses. With experienced educators and state-of-the-art facilities, campers can ignite their curiosity and discover the wonders of the universe.  https://astrocamp.org/ 
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  7. Mountain Camp Woodside (Portola Valley, California) Established in 2002, Mountain Camp Woodside offers a traditional camp experience for campers ages 7-15 in the scenic hills of the San Francisco Peninsula. Campers can enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming, hiking, archery, rock climbing, and outdoor adventure. With a commitment to promoting personal growth, environmental stewardship, and inclusivity, Mountain Camp Woodside provides a welcoming and supportive community for campers to thrive. https://mountaincampwoodside.com/

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  8. Sanborn Western Camps (Florissant, Colorado) Founded in 1948, Sanborn Western Camps offers a range of outdoor programs for campers ages 7-17. Located near Pike National Forest, campers can participate in activities like horseback riding, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and environmental education. With experienced staff and a commitment to safety and stewardship, Sanborn Western Camps provides a fun and enriching experience for campers to connect with nature and build lifelong skills. https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/ 
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  9. Eagle Lake Camps (Cascade, Colorado) Founded in 1953, Eagle Lake Camps offer Christian-based summer programs for children and teens ages 8-18. Set on 400 acres of forested land near Pike National Forest, campers can enjoy activities such as watersports, horseback riding, ropes courses, zip-lining, and Bible studies. With a focus on spiritual growth, character development, and building meaningful relationships, Eagle Lake Camps provide a supportive and uplifting environment for campers to thrive. https://eaglelakecamps.com/ 
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  10. Camp Live Oak (Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, Florida) Established in 1989, Camp Live Oak provides campers ages 5-16 with enriching outdoor experiences in two scenic locations. Set in lush natural environments, campers can engage in a variety of activities including kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, arts and crafts, and nature hikes. With a focus on environmental education, sustainability, and outdoor adventure, Camp Live Oak encourages campers to explore, learn, and connect with nature.https://www.campliveoakfl.com/ 
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No matter which camp you choose, your child is sure to have an unforgettable summer filled with adventure, friendship, and personal growth. From traditional outdoor experiences to specialized programs, these top ten overnight camps  offer something for every camper to enjoy. Start planning your summer adventure today!

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