Give Summer for Christmas

As your children get older it can be difficult to come up with meaningful gift ideas. The ease of picking out a Lego set or an American Girl doll accessory seems like a distant memory. Now all they want is a sparkly new gadget. And you’re wondering, what is the value in getting them the latest model of a device they already have?

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Spotlight: Camp Rockmont

Rockmont is very intentional about designing programs that address each stage of a boy’s development. Activities and lessons are specifically geared to enhance emotional, spiritual, and physical growth. The goal is to help create “whole people.”

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Spotlight: Camp Ton-A-Wandah

This camp is nestled along one side of the lake, with a mountain rising on the other. You immediately feel cozy and protected. Girls are encouraged to have fun and focus on becoming who they want to be.

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What Type of Sleepaway Camp Should I Choose?

Why I sent my child to a College Dorm instead of a Cabin in the Woods

When your child is ten, it may seem like you have all the time in the world, and what’s not accomplished this summer can be done the next. However, you really only have eight opportunities for key summer activities before they go to college. Given the cost of residential programs, most families are lucky to be able to choose one each summer.

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Questions to Ask Camp Directors When Considering Sleepaway Options

There are other ways you can ascertain whether the camp is right for your child besides scouring camp websites for hidden insights. Personal tours, open houses, in-home info sessions, and family camp weekends provide opportunities to meet the staff and see things first-hand. If you can’t make it to one of those, set up a time to speak with a camp director on the phone. Come prepared with a list of questions.

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Spotlight: Falling Creek Camp

My first thought upon arriving was, “Now this is camp.” To get to Falling Creek you meander up a long gravel road, which makes you feel like you’re heading into the backcountry. After passing a few outbuildings the road opens up to a parking area with an expansive view of the lake. The main building is reminiscent of a national park lodge, complete with round wood post railings. The setting implies “rustic yet grand."

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When Should I Register for Overnight Camp?

The answer is Now. Run, do not walk, to that online application.

Registration for overnight camps is a little crazy. Some camps ask you to sign up for next year when you pick your kids up. Many popular camps in North Carolina are already running a waitlist in September.

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