How to Find Summer Camps and Activities for Your Kids

We know that, while you love your Progress home, getting out and about is key to a great summer. There’s only so much backyard time your kids can take before boredom starts setting in. So, here are some places where you can find camps and daytime activity programs to help your kids have a fun and educational summer!

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
What better place for your child to spend this summer than at an organization whose mission is to enable young people to reach their full potential and become productive, caring, responsible citizens? Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have a stellar reputation for helping students improve their character, their grades, and their attitudes. With locations nationwide, BGCA offers a variety of daytime programs for kids of all ages.

Girl Scouts
This well-known organization for young ladies offers a variety of camp locations (organized based on their distance from your zip code), each with varying durations and dates. When you find the one that fits you and your daughter’s schedule best, you can simply click on the individual camp’s website for a summary of the type of activities she’ll be taking part in. Click here to type in your zip code and find a camp near you.

Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most values-based youth development organizations, and offers camps for boys and girls alike. Children are separated into the various programs based on their age and, in the case of 14-20-year-olds, their interests. Teenagers can choose from three program options: Venturing, Sea Scouting, and Exploring. Click here to learn more about what goes on in each of the five programs.

The Y (YMCA)
The YMCA is one of the largest providers of youth camp programs. The Y offers 1,850+ day camps and 315 overnight camps for youth and teens, as well as specialty camps for children with disabilities and/or illnesses. So whether you’re searching for a day or overnight camp, the Y has you covered. Find a camp near you here.

American Camp Association
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who have provided quality youth programs for over 100 years. Their impressive database includes 3,738 camps, 11,097 programs, and 7,306 sessions. You can click here to search through their options of day camps, overnight camps, and even family camps.

Other Local Options
If you’d prefer for your children to stay close to home and simply attend a couple of day camps throughout the summer, check out schools, martial arts studios, skating rinks, libraries, rock climbing gyms, trampoline parks, and movie theaters near you. When hand-selecting our Progress homes, we focus on great neighborhoods that have these kinds of programs and resources that your kids will love.

Looking for more options? Summercamps.com lists a wide variety of camps that are based all over the country. Camps for coding? You bet. Astronomy camp? Definitely. Motorsport? Of course. Here’s the list of camp options that you can narrow down by category and location.

We hope these suggestions help lower your stress-o-meter and help give you some ways to keep your children entertained, engaged, and learning, this summer. As always, please leave your own suggestions in the comments below – we’d love to read them.

Cover photo by Liam Macleod

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