February 24, 2007

"Where to go to learn more"

Parents who want to find more information on summer camp can research just about any topic by visiting these Web sites.

American Camp Association – www.acacamps.org – is a nonprofit oranization (formerly known as the American Camping Association) of camp professionals that has been around for nearly 100 years.

ACA accredits more than 2,400 camps that voluntarily meet up to 300 standards for health, safety and program quality.

The “Parents” area of the site includes “Find a Camp,” where you can search through those accredited camps to find the one that's right for your child. You also can access “The Ultimate Camp Planner” for information on everything from what ACA-accreditation means to tips on packing for camp, dealing with homesickness and interviewing camp directors about their programs. In addition, there's general parent-child information.

Western Association of Independent Camps – www.waic.org – represents 50 private children's camps in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. You can search by state, name, resident or day camp. Each of these camps also is an accredited member of the American Camp Association (ACA).

Christian Camp and Conference Association – www.ccca-us.org – offers resources to find Christian camps, conference centers, spiritual retreats and jobs at those facilities.

KidsCamps – www.KidsCamps.com – is a database, in Spanish and English, of more than 10,000 summer camp programs. The site, created in 1995, also links to several other camp-related sites, including CampJobs.com, a directory of summer camp jobs, and CampersMall.com for online camp products.

To celebrate its 12th anniversary, the company is offering 12 tuition prizes – six for $500 each and six for $250 each – toward 2007 camp fees. To enter, visit the site and click on the “Summer 2007 Camp Tuition Giveaway” link.