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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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    • A High Sierra Wilderness Adventureby Deer Crossing Camp Ages: 9 - 18Deer Crossing is a co-ed summer camp filled with mountains, laughter, golden sunsets, sails, wildflowers, white water, bird songs, paddles, mirror lakes, and great friends.Subjects: activities, sessions, safety, rock climbing, camping, hiking, leadership training, white water rafting, back packing, summer camp, character traits, challenge, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, wilderness campingLocation: Mokelumne Hill, CA

    • Make Your own Tire Sandalsby Granny's Country Store Ages: 14+If I do not happen to dissolve my shoes in water, then I wear out the soles on gravel. It has always amazed me that tire companies can manufacture a tire and warranty the tread for some 50,000 miles, yet I can wear out the sole on any ordinary shoe...Subjects: instructions, recycle, rubber, car tires, sandals, hiking, camping, foot wear, primitive living skills, wilderness training, template

    • Buckeye Gatheringby YaKaAma  Ages: 5+This year instructors are threatening to teach: wild seed food bars, parfleche making, and even Mayan backstrap loom weaving. We may have an on-going acorn processing camp and classes in building shelters that will stay on-site. There will be simple fare every meal, with meat offered most meals; our cook is focused on local and organic cooking. Lunches are up to you!Subjects: family event, primitive camping, outdoor education program, earth sciences, Indian culture, nature crafts, primitive weaponry, nature tracking, herbal medicine, wild food preparation Location: Forestville, CA

    • Wilderness Therapy Programsby Second Nature Ages: 11 - 30Second Nature Wilderness Programs - the industry's most sophisticated wilderness therapy treatment program. At Second Nature we provide insight, direction and hope to troubled teens and their families.Subjects: treatment, adolescents, teens, family support , education, intervention, nature, depression, bipolar, anxiety, conflict resolution, ADHD, ADD, grief, adoption, abuseLocation: Clayton, GA; Bend, OR; Duchesne, UT; St. George, UT

    • River Way Ranch Campby Stan Oken Ages: 7 - 17River Way prides itself on creating successful camp experiences proven to increase a child's self-esteem and confidence. Our caring staff guides campers through new adventures as they learn skills, make friends, and reach each goal.Subjects: activities, events, Counselor in Training (CIT) program, paintball, ropes course, social skills, campers, outdoor education program, earth sciences, rocketry, geology, Indian culture, nature crafts, horsemanship, food preservation Location: Sanger, CA

    • Rock-N-Water Ages: 7+Rock-N-Water is a Christian Adventure Camp. It is our passion that you might bring your youth so that they might come to know God more fully through adventures in His creation. Come spend the day doing activities such as tracking, creating handcrafts, learning about trading, and playing traditional Native American games.Subjects: backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, canyoneering, adventure camping, living history, Sierra Nevada Mountains, ChristianLocation: Coloma, CA

    • Wilderness Trips for Young Peopleby Darrow Wilderness Trip Camp Ages: 10 - 18Since 1957 Darrow has led wilderness trips for young people that are truly challenging to mind and body. From our base camp in eastern Maine we send out trips into some of the most remote wilderness areas of northern Maine and the far north of Canada.Subjects: adventure, exploration, remote wilderness, wilderness expeditions, summer camp, canoes, challenge, character building, coed, fishing, canoe trip Location: Blue Hill, ME

    • Farm and Wilderness Ages: 4 - 17Flying Cloud is a wilderness skills camp for 35 boys on the side of Saltash Mountain. There are five components central to Flying Cloud: Simplicity and isolation, respect and community, common gender, honoring the land, and honoring the Spirit.Subjects: day camp, summer camping, education, wilderness camping, isolation, organic farm, gardening, crafts, music, dancing, outdoor adventureLocation: Plymouth, VT

    • Shaffer's High Sierra Campby Lisa and Scott Shaffer Ages: 8 - 17At Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camps, you'll try things this summer you never thought you'd try, and you'll do it while having fun and making new friends! You'll never be pushed into doing anything you don't want to, but you'll get lots of support and encouragement. Subjects: summer camping, rafting, moutain biking, physical safety, emotional safety, wilderness adventure, activities, Tahoe National Forest, Downieville Downhill route, wind surfing, kayaking Location: Sattley, CA

    • Wilderness Venturesby Mike and Helen Cottingham Ages: 10+Our adventures are not tours, but rather combinations of carefully planned activities in a wide range of wilderness and outdoor environments that are located in specific geographical regions. We spend the entire summer living in the outdoors.Subjects: backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, wilderness adventure, canoeing, fly fishing, hiking, glacier trekking, sailing, camping,Location: Various locations