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One of my most treasured memories is a skiing trip I took one winter, with my Girl Scout Troup to Grayling, Michigan. The girls all became great friends, perhaps some lasted a life-time. These are the things we remember from our childhood.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to our children is fond memories, new friends and all the fun of summer camp. Welcome to the Budget Home$chool Camping section! Whether you need to find a summer camp for the kids, a daycamp just during working hours, unique camping recipes or camping ideas, you are certain to find something of interest here.

If camping isn't really your thing, don't worry, we've even included links to suggestions on how to camp, without the whole bug crawling camping experience (you know what I mean; lack of showers, lumpy sleeping bags, etc.).

You will find both popular and obscure camping information. Many of the camping programs found below and on our Summer Camp page page offer scholarship programs for those who are unable to attend due to distress with their personal finance.

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    • Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp Ages: 6 - 16The right camp should be one of the most fun filled and growing experiences of a child's life. At Pleasant Hill you'll find a camp home where you not only have a blast but you can learn new things, meet new friends, and discover the spirit of adventure, inside of you. Subjects: performing arts, marksmanship, drama, canoeing, crafts, nature adventures, swimming, a climbing tower, action sports, outdoor living, swim lessons, crafts, team sports, skits, mimes, horseback riding, wilderness skillsLocation: Perrysville, Ohio

    • Kids & Teen Summer Camps!by Internet Brands, Inc. Ages: 5+A comprehensive summer camp directory and summer camp guide for kids, teens and youth. MySummerCamps.com is the complete resource for finding summer camps, summer camp jobs and camps for sale or rent in the United States, Canada and the rest of the World.Subjects: resource, database, summer camps, kids, activities, fun, aquatic activities, archery, arts/crafts, camping skills, computers, counselor training, hiking, leadership development, music, nature studies, riflery, swimming, team sports, teambuildingLocation: Nationwide

    • Children & Nature Ages: 7 - 18The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.Subjects: summer camp, summer camp jobs, advisory service, guidance, referrals, staffing, camp directors, weight loss, selection, myths, childhood obesity, natural based activities, IQLocation: Nationwide

    • The Fresh Air Fund Ages: 7 - 18Sharpe Reservation's 2,300 acres is the site of The Fresh Air Fund's five summer camps. During the rest of the year, three of the camps serve as residential facilities for school groups, where each year over 10,000 children visit to learn about the environment. Swimming is the favorite camp activity, and each camp has a lake or a pool. Campers go swimming every day and take swim lessons. The five camps share a planetarium where children learn about the stars shining in the clear country sky. Subjects: summer camp, Hidden Valley, Mariah, sports, outdoor program, hiking, nature, cooperative games, fishing, boating, independence, Sharpe Reservation, Location: New York

    • Pali Adventures Ages: 8 - 16At Pali, we believe in the power and lifelong benefits of traditional, sleep away summer camps. Pali Adventures allows boys and girls to develop independence and self-confidence, expand their horizons, and learn new skills - all while challenging themselves in an incredibly safe and caring environment. Request our FREE DVD and Brochure Kit today!Subjects: summer camp, secret agent, watersports, rock star camp, leadership camp, themed, culinary, adventures, parents,dvd, eventsLocation: Running Springs, CA

    • Camping: A Complete Unit Studyby Paula Miller Ages: 6 - 14Learn the different techniques for building a campfire and try a different one each night to discover which works the best. Make a treasure hunt. Look for pine needles, different shaped leaves, rocks, sticks, pine cones etc. Bring along a compass and learn how to use it correctly. Go for a hike with a book on birds and see how many you can identify...Subjects: math, science, trees, arts, crafts, pond, compass, treasure hunt, hands-on, Bible, educational, fun activities, writingLocation: Anywhere, USA

    • Silver Spur Christian Campby Next Generation Churches Ages: 9 - 18Silver Spur is a non-profit facility providing quality year-round camp programs for children, youth and adults. Silver Spur has a month of week-long Summer Camps for youth from third through twelfth grades.Subjects: camping, hiking, biking, paddling, role playing, summer camp, outdoor education, juggling workshop, map reading, nature hunt, mineral mania, Stanislaus Wildlife, hands-on learning, storytelling, Hardluck LinLocation: Tuolumne, CA

    • Camp Victory Ages: 8 - 17Camp Victory is a non-denominational organization. We are part of Children's Bible Ministries, which is ministering in nine states. We are located in Hacoda, Alabama, near the Florida state line.Subjects: summer camp, kids, Alabama, fun, activities, Bible classes, Christian, golf, volleyball, horseback riding, archery, pedal boats, crafts, foosball, climbing wall, camping, outdoor educationLocation: Samson, AL

    • Sandy Cove Ministries Ages: 4 - 14Our programs are designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Your child's exciting journey of exploration will take place in North East, Maryland at Sandy Cove Ministries. At The Marsh, boys and girls are grouped by age for a dynamic, fun-filled week in our non-profit, non-denominational Christian day camp. In a child's eyes, The Marsh is a place where every day is filled with making new friends, learning about God's amazing love, discovering new interests and playing until they are worn out!Subjects: rustic camping, luxury camping, worships, tennis, volleyball, basketball, fishing, playground, miniature golf, pools, water aerobics, rock climbing, ziplines, moon bounceLocation: North East, MD

    • Anatomy & Physiology Campby Greg Landry Ages: 14 - 18These camps provide a learning environment that gives students an academic and skill set advantage. It also enables them to meet and spend a week with other students who have similar interests. Camps are lead by Christians who have expertise in their fields and are great teachers.Subjects: resource, camping, civil war, biology camp, chemistry camp, anatomy, physiology, C.S. Lewis, mock trial, pre-law, composition, journalism Location: Boone, NC

    • Winter Campby CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point Ages: 3 - 14Discover and enjoy science and nature this summer. Join us to wonder about worms, find out about flight, experiment with energy, and explore the outdoors. Dig into hands-on investigations and uncover the wonders of our world!Subjects: winter camp, day camp, preschool, explore, summer camp, wildlife, science, nature detectives, hiking, biking, art adventures, leadership development, digital photography, Zoo ULocation: San Mateo, CA

    • Camp Regis-Applejack Ages: 6 - 16Today's youngsters have a lot of exposure to the pressure and anonymity of the everyday world. Summer camping provides a welcome interlude: a time to realize that nature can still set the rhythms of our lives.Subjects: summer camp, overnight, kids, teen, co-ed, waterfront, wilderness, adventure, nature, farm, athletics, arts, tennis, drama, dance, gymnastics, boating, waterskiingLocation: Paul Smith's, NY

    • Super Camp Ages: 12 - 18At our summer enrichment programs, students gain new levels of confidence and motivation from the powerful learning and life skills they acquire in ten action-packed days. Our camps help students prepare for college in so many ways.Subjects: academic, summer camp, kids, activities, teen, camping, math, reading, writing, SAT preparation, creative thinking, outdoor adventure course, conflict resolution, problem-solving Location: Various locations

    • Jameson Ranch Campby Jameson Ranch Camp Ages: 18+Quality fun on a real ranch at Jameson Ranch Camp, a unique summer experience. Our summer camp offers campers friendships that last a lifetime, staff carefully selected to be wholesome role models, and adventure!Subjects: summer camp, solar energy, drama, mountain biking, vaulting, rock climbing, sports, Sequoia National Forest, family camp, archery, sailing, hiking Location: Glennville, CA

    • Sally Ride Science Campsby  Education Unlimited Ages: 8 - 15Sally Ride Science Camps encourage girls' interests in science by giving them hands-on science learning and activities in an environment that is designed to be supportive, enriching, and -- most importantly -- fun!Subjects: day camp, science, marine science, astronomy, hands-on, rockets, robots, marine habitat, engineering, leadership, problem-solving, workshops, experiments, recreational activitiesLocation: Berkeley, CA

    • Swift Nature Campby Lonnie & Jeff Lorenz Ages: 6 - 15Swift Nature Camp is a Wisconsin summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-15. Our focus is to blend traditional summer camp activities while increasing a child's appreciation for nature, science and environment.Subjects: summer camp, activities, kids, co-ed, crafts, outdoors, horseback riding, sports, swimming, canoeing, adventure, spanish campers, teens, science, animal, environmental educationLocation: Brook, IL and Minong, WI

    • Technique Kids Activity Centerby Technique Gymnastics Ages: 1 - 22A day camp. Professional, Passionate, Positive, and Personable TNT staff will team up with your child to set and then accomplish their individual goals. Our TNT Staff is highly trained, CPR, and safety certified. They follow progressive lesson plans constructed to teach your child proper technique while building skills and confidence.Subjects: adventure camp, gymnastics, rock climbing, indoor swimming, trampoline, Hip Hop, games, soccer, karate, yoga, arts, craftsLocation: Rancho Cordova, CA

    • iD Tech Camps Ages: 7 - 18Summer fun! Our family company offers award-winning technology programs at top universities in the U.S. and Canada. Gain skills that last long after summer camp ends.Subjects: game design, modding, modeling, programming, robotics, web, graphic, digital arts, video editing, digital photography, sports, tech specialty Location: Various locations

    • Lake in the Forest Black Bear Resortby Debbie Olson Ages: 1+Lake in the Forest Black Bear Resort is one of "Florida's Best Kept Secrets". This beautiful, family-run campground is located on Half Moon Lake, nestled in the middle of the Ocala National Forest.Subjects: family camp, ceramics, photography lessons, glass fusing, glass etching, t-shirt design, karaoke, swimming, fishing, boating, movies, basketball, volleyball, golf, billiards, bird watching, nature hikes, campfiresLocation: Ocklawaha, FL

    • Jenness Park Christian Campby Hal & Melanie Young Ages: 1+Before planning a camp it's important that you clearly understand what you would like to achieve through your camping experience. This makes it easier to communicate with your group and church leadership what exactly they will be getting, while preventing frustration down the road. Take some time to prayerfully consider what your retreat goals are, and how you expect to achieve them.Subjects: homeschool, speakers, teachers, music, camping, revivalLocation: Cold Springs, CA