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International travel, sailing, yoga and massage. These things sound like the ingredients for the ultimate adult getaway. They're also what some kids will enjoy at summer camp this year.

That's right. Throw out your notions about kids living in the woods and sleeping in creaky bunk beds after a dinner of who-knows-what. Kids at some spectacular, high-end summer camps aren't exactly risking poison ivy.

"Who wouldn't want to give their child the best?" asked Jeffery Solomon, executive director of the National Camp Association. "If there are families where cost is not a factor, then they're going to want the best of the best."

The best of the best often involves more advanced locations - whether it's a college campus or an exotic resort - professionally trained staff, gourmet food and unique activities.

No question about it, these are pricey camps. The American Camp Association reports that camp fees generally range from $201 to $400 per week for resident camps, but Solomon said average high-end camp tuition is about $1,500-$1,600 per week, and staying more than one week is often required.

"But that shouldn't be misconstrued to say that highest cost camps are the best. Other camps can provide a terrific experience also," he said.

Parents want more bang for their buck these days, too, increasing the popularity of high-end camps. "The change in camp isn't wanting the most expensive programs, but because the cost of camp has grown, the expectation of parents has also grown," Solomon said. "Parents now are saying if I'm spending that much, I also want my child to become a better tennis player, develop skill in ceramics or learn how to horseback ride."

Upscale camps offer sailing in the Caribbean, wilderness rock climbing, culinary arts and language immersion. Weight loss camps are more popular than ever with rising childhood obesity rates, and more stress-relief programs are popping up geared toward overscheduled kids.

Parents giving their children multiple enrichment opportunities each year seems to be a trend, said Marla Coleman, immediate past president of the American Camp Association.

"Today's society and kids are very sophisticated; they have a lot of exposure to a lot of different kinds of things, and parents are concerned about preparing their children for the future," she said.

Many parents seek "a high quality camp experience in a traditional camp way," Coleman added, including cabins, campfires and cookouts, but with the best of amenities.

Camp Echo in Burlingame, N.Y. - where Coleman volunteers - is located in a traditional camp setting and offers structured activity periods with time for choices and supervised relaxation. Activities include water polo, cooking, lacrosse and photography. Tuition is $8,125 for eight weeks.

"If you were to come see the kids in action, you wouldn't see any differences other than a very intentionally designed program, staff trained in a very intentional way," she said.

Kids leave the camp with increased resilience, perseverance and leadership skills, Coleman said, but these skills can come with any camp, "whether there are curtains in the cabin or not, whether it's a clay tennis court or a blacktop court."

The EAA Air Academy is an aviation summer camp for kids ages 12-18 located at the Experimental Aircraft Association's headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis. Kids learn about aviation, fly flight simulators and ride on a personal flight with an instructor. Tuition for a one-week session ranges from $600 to $1,000.

Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs, based in Philadelphia, offers innovative tennis, golf, enrichment, business, sports, fitness, cooking and performing arts camps. Each camp boasts two complete, separate staffs. The first staff works during the day and a second comes in fresh at 4 p.m.

"We found that's a formula very unusual for camp programs. We believe the tennis pro who has been with you all day long makes a very poor looker-after all night. He's exhausted," said Public Relations Director Tina Krinsky.

The camps are located at college universities and so part of the cost is to account for what is similar to room and board for a college student.

"There is a desire of kids that live a pretty connected life - they have computers in their rooms, they have iPods - that they really don't want an experience that's so far removed from what the rest of their school year is like. The nice thing about being in a college situation is they can bring their iPods, take certain things if they want. They are allowed to because it's conducive to that sort of thing."

Plus, kids have refrigerators in their rooms so they can bring their favorite foods and drinks from home.

Though many other camps are just about fun and play, Krinsky said, "that's perfectly fine. It's like everything else; there's something out there for everyone."

One of the company's most popular programs is the Julian Krinsky/Canyon Ranch summer camp, where teenagers learn about fitness, relaxation and nutrition and choose from workshops like Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, spinning, meditation and cooking. They also choose personal services like massage, reflexology, facials and one-on-one workouts. The Canyon Ranch executive chef and on-site nutritionists work with the culinary staff to create what can hardly be considered "camp food." The average stay is four weeks; the minimum is two weeks, and weekly tuition is $1,375.

Sail Caribbean is a sailing and scuba diving summer camp with programs encompassing three Caribbean island chains. There, kids ages 13-18 learn to sail and choose from scuba diving, cultural exploration, leadership training and environmental studies. Students live with a staff captain and mate aboard 50-foot monohulls and 46-foot catamarans, sailing in fleets of two to eight boats. Tuition ranges from $2,795 for 10 days to $4,895 for 21 days.

Despite the luxurious location and amenities, kids on this and other similar camp trips aren't just sailing and sun tanning, said Nancy LaPook Diamond, president and co-founder of NicheDirectories.com, which publishes www.kidscamps.com and other camp websites.

"These kids and teenagers are learning skills, learning how to operate the ship, sail, and it is a rigorous experience," Diamond said. "These are programs where they're expected to work and learn. It's not that they're putting their lotion on and laying back and reading a book."

That's exactly the case at Pali Overnight Adventures Spa and Well-Being Camp, where kids enjoy facials, manicures and spa treatments only after learning to perform the procedures themselves. Campers also are taught the nutritional value of foods, perform a daily exercise routine, including yoga and stretching, and unwind using Zen meditation techniques. Tuition is $1,485 per week.

Pali Adventures, located in California's San Bernardino Mountains, also offers a Hollywood Stunt Camp, where campers learn stunts like high falls and sword play techniques, a Secret Agent Camp for the aspiring 007, a Rock Star Camp, Extreme Action camp and more. Meals from the camp's executive chef typically include choices like Belgian waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries for breakfast, assorted sushi rolls with tempura shrimp and dipping sauces for lunch and prime rib and charbroiled sirloin steak for dinner.

Some high-end summer camps can be found closer to home.

Famous singer Josh Groban was once a camper at Interlochen Arts Camp, located 16 miles southwest of Traverse City. The camp offers programs in dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, motion picture arts and music. Campers at Interlochen stay in cabins and share a private beach, tennis courts and laundry (laundry service is available at an extra charge). Tuition varies: A one-week Advanced Horn Institute session is $750, a three-week creative writing session runs about $3,290 and a six-week piano session costs $5,802.

In the Southwestern part of the state, Greenwoods Camps - The Grove for boys and The Glen for girls - offers modern, spacious cabins and activities like golf, tennis and archery. Tuition for a 13-day session is $2,000, plus optional fees for horseback riding and computer instruction.

The esteemed Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills host a variety of summer day camp programs. Cranbrook's historic campus allows for special activities like orienteering, in which kids use antique-replica maps of the original Cranbrook Campus of 1904 to search for the rumored Lost Gold Mine along the banks of the Rouge River. Tuition is generally around $260 per week or $1,300 for six-weeks.

Cranbrook also offers a Summer Art Institute, which utilizes resources from the leading graduate art school Cranbrook Academy of Art; a Young Author's Day Camp for aspiring wordsmiths; a theater school summer program; and a Jazz Ensemble program that features lessons from world-class jazz musicians.

Though some of today's high-end camps may seem extravagant, "not every child is interested in a traditional camp experience," Diamond said. "Children start so young with preschool and after school activities and whether it's the parents wanting their children to develop these skills or the child asking for it, we see a growth in these camps and there's certainly an audience for them.

"I think parents just operate on the creed to give your child the best you can. Camp is one of the best experiences a parent can give."