Your teen will love spending the summer at any of these fun day camps and overnight camps for girls and boys. When it comes to the activities teens can enjoy during the summer, there are an infinite number of possibilities. Campers learn to work as a group and live in harmony with the environment.
In the summer of , when I was 12 years old, I spent my first summer away from home, in Zionsville, Indiana, at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, which everyone called GUCI for short, pronounced like the luxury goods line. Founded in for Reform Jewish kids, the place was bland, nothing to write home about: some cabins and a dining hall, an all-purpose building, swimming pool, and play fields scattered in flat, dry, central Indiana. I was shy and self-conscious that year, still dressing in matching outfits that my mother picked out, and the idea of going away for a month was terrifying. But Becky had an older sister from whom she learned about the ways of the world, and she said it was time for us to go to overnight camp. Camp was divided into three age groups, and within each age group there were a few cabins of boys and girls. Becky and I were the youngest of the middle group—in other words, nothing in the middle of nothing.
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No doubt a bit more rustic than his own room, it is where he will sleep, relax, socialize and play games during his stay. Importantly, it is a place where close relationships with campers and counselors are forged—which is one of the primary philosophies of Brant Lake Camp. The bunks have hot and cold water, washing and toilet facilities and most of the younger age group bunks have showers—although the boys generally use their nearby area shower houses. The bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized daily by our camp maintenance staff while the boys have the responsibility, with guidance and help from their counselors, of keeping their living area swept and clean, beds made daily and clothes as well as belongings put away in their respective cubbies.
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