Should My Child Bring a Friend to Camp

Posted by Steve Baskin on Mar 13, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Should my Child Bring a Friend to Camp

Understand the benefits of going to camp alone

should-my-child-bring-a-friend-to-campOne of the most frequent questions that parents ask me is about bringing a friend to camp.

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Best Summer Camps San Antonio Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Mar 12, 2014 11:02:21 AM

Best Summer Camps San Antonio 2014 Guide

best-summer-camps-san-antonio-camp-championsSummer camp is one of the most fun experiences children get to have every year. Who wouldn't want to spend two or three weeks living lakeside in a cabin with 12 of your best friends nestled in hilly Texas wilderness. Not to mention, camp is one of the most developmentally rewarding experiences for children as early as five or six years old all the up to teenagers. This post is not about the benefits of camp but you can read a lot more about the youth development, character building and critical skills camp provides if you are interested.

We have provided a list of the best summer camps in the San Antonio area. San Antonio is lucky enough to be very close to the Texas Hill Country which is home to many of Texas' traditional overnight summer camps. The Hill Country offers cool streams, large lakes, rolling hills, and miles of trails to explore. Let's not forget the higher elevation to keep summer a little bit cooler than the city. There are also a couple options for summer camps just North of San Antionio outside the Hill Country setting, but still on pristine locations.

This list highlights traditional overnight summer camps for boys and girls. There are several resources to help you refine your search for the right sleep away camp for your family linked at the bottom of the post. 

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10 Tips on How to Get your Child Ready for Summer Camp

Posted by Steve Baskin on Mar 11, 2014 2:10:19 PM

How to Get Your Child Ready for Summer Camp

Set your child up for success at camp

Girls_and_CupcakesSending your child to camp for the first time can be a little intimidating, especially if it is the first time a child is away from home for an extended period of time.  Parents want their children to get the confidence and independence that camp gives them, but they still worry about the first days.

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Should I Send My Child to a Christian Summer Camp

Posted by Steve Baskin on Mar 5, 2014 2:42:59 PM

Should I Send My Child to a Christian Summer Camp

VespersSteveParents often ask about the difference between traditional camps and Christian camps. Parents want to make the right decision about camp and this is an area that they often struggle with. In this blog, I will attempt to describe the difference to help you make this decision.

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Benefits of Long Summer Camp Session

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 17, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Benefits of Long Summer Camp Session

"What is the best summer camp term length for my child?"

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Every off season we get calls from parents asking about how long they should send their kids away to camp. Parents are looking for the ever elusive best summer camp term length. 

Here at Camp Champions, we focus mostly on three week summer camp terms, although we also offer two week summer camp terms. Industry research shows that 95% of 2nd graders are ready to go away for three weeks of camp. And in fact a majority of our campers are three week campers. The difference in personal growth, relationships developed, activities explored and fun experienced at camp compounds in the second and third weeks of summer camp sessions.

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Overnight Camp Vs Academic Camp: What summer camp should I go to?

Posted by Erec Hillis on Feb 11, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Overnigth Summer Camp Vs Academic Camp

Which summer camp should I go to?

overnight-camp-vs-academic-camp-choosing-summer-campIt's a question that all parents must wrestle with: “What do I want my kids to get out of their summer?”

Is it a time to have fun and enjoy a break from school, or is it a time to push ahead with advanced academic programs and college preparation?

Fortunately, there's an option that meets both needs. While academic summer programs may be a great fit for certain students, three weeks at an overnight summer camp presents the challenges and growth that all kids will need before they can go away to college and be successful.

In fact, one way we've learned to think about the benefits of overnight camp is with the phrase “College and Career Readiness”. It's practically the best college training we can think of!

College and Career Readiness

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Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Summer Camp is a fun-filled experience for our children. It's an opportunity for tremendous growth and youth development is another important aspect of every child's summer. Houston has a variety of options when it comes to summer camp. The city is host to several organizations that put on day camps in the city. However, about this time every year, parents and children start to think about going away to overnight camp.

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Overnight Camp vs Sports Camp: What summer camp should I go to?

Posted by Erec Hillis on Feb 6, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Overnight Summer Camp vs. Sports Camp

What summer camp should I go to?

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There are many kinds of camps that compete with resident camp for our kids' attention during the summer. As parents, it's important to understand what our kids are gaining and learning from different kinds of summer experiences.

One popular option is the specialty sports camp. We see more and more kids enroling at sports camp focused on specialized movement and athletic skils development at an early age. Most families recognize the benefits of both experiences. The best case scenario is for children to get both experiences, however, that is not always possible. This post discusses the benefits and differences between sports camp and overnight camp.

What does your child learn?

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Best Overnight Summer Camps Austin 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 5, 2014 1:56:00 PM

Best Overnight Summer Camps Austin 2014

Overnight summer camp is a fun way for youth to get outdoors, and it's an extremely powerful youth development experience. Finding the right summer camp can be a time consuming process. Finding the best summer camp for your family's needs is a process that begins early and involves lots of research and talking to people with sleepaway camp experience. Let's face it, summer camp is a place that is all about people. 

Austin has the distinct advantage of being smack in the middle of Texas, which is great. It gives you a lot of options for summer camp in Texas! Austin has a plethora of summer camping options that are not overnight. This post will provide the top resources for beginning your search in Austin Summer Camps. Additonally, we will provide a list of the best overnight summer camps in the Austin area.best-summer-camp-austin-guide-champions-ga-ga

Austin Family Summer Camp Fair

The Austin Family Summer Camp Fair has been put on every year for the past 16 years by the Austin Family Magazine. The event is put on every year at the Palmer Events Center, usually in late January. It is free to attend and offers a variety of camps to come and meet.

January 2014 Austin Family Camp Fair Event: at the Palmer Events Center, January 26th, 12 PM - 4 PM

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Best Summer Camps Texas Hill Country 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Jan 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Best Overnight Summer Camps Texas Hill Country 2014 Guide

Summer camp is a powerful and transformative youth development experience. Children learn to adjust to new environments, make new friends, take risks away from home, be a part of a community, and take part in something bigger than themselves. Let's not forget that camp is a ton of fun!

 
There are many resources available on our blog and website about how summer camp creates advantages, but most likely you already realize the benefits of  camp and are beginning your search process for the best summer camp in Texas for your family. We have compiled a list of the best resident summer camps in Texas Hill Country for you to begin your search process. This list highlights overnight Texas summer camps that focus on the traditional camp experience.
 
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