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  Hot Fun in the Summer Sun

Hot Fun in the Summer Sun
An Interview about Summer Camps

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Summer camp is on the minds of kids and parents right about now. For those with school-aged children, finding a camp is the challenge of the moment. Whether it's a sleepover, specialty or day-camp, you've got to do your research to make sure your kids are happy and safe. Then you've got to find a way to pay for the fun -- which can run more than five thousand dollars a summer for overnight camp.

For advice, we've asked Susan Silverstein, the Director of Paradise Farm Camp in Dovington, Pennsylvania to stop by. Her camp is the oldest in the country. It was established in 1875 to bring financially disadvantaged city kids to the country.

Summer Camps On the Web

Interested in finding a camp for your kids this summer? Luckily, the Web is packed with information for you. Below we've compiled a list of camp resources, and while the focus is on kids' camps, some include information on adult camps, family camps, etc. as well. To reach Paradise Farm Camp, send them e-mail at ccwapfc@voicenet.com.

  • National Camp Association, Inc
    An organization dedicated to helping parents find the right camp for their children. All NCA camps are accredited programs that have met strict standards including health, safety, quality programming, and have been evaluated by NCA staff.

  • The CampPage Guide to Summer Camps
    A resource for information relating to residential summer camps in the United States and Canada. The focus is on traditional summer camps with general programs rather than specialty camps or sports camps. They also provide a great list of links to the other major summer camp directories, gift ideas for campers, and camp staff employment.

  • Intercamp: Summer Camp Directory & Resource
    In addition to a directory of 2000+ camps, this site also boasts online chat rooms, bulletin boards, interactive guest books, camp.mag (an online camping magazine) and info on getting your child outfitted for the summer.

  • KidsCamps
    Guide to camps and summer experiences, including family camps, resort camps and tours/adventures.

  • Camp Channel
    In addition to the camp directory, this site features a store for gear, listing of summer jobs at camps, and resources for camp directors.

  • CampSearch
    The search engine for camps, with info on adult camps, tours/adventures, and conference sites, as well as the 2000+ camp directory.

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