The best summer camps teach skills that last a lifetime, like resourcefulness, resilience, and leadership.
"They really are lifelong skills," says Dustin Pierson, the operations manager for Breakthrough Basketball, which operates camps throughout the U.S. and Canada. "I certainly found myself using them last summer."
The summer of 2020 was a difficult one for camp operators to navigate. The pandemic forced them to pivot, sometimes on a moment's notice.
"It was, no doubt, an incredibly challenging year," Dustin says. "But because of that we're prepared now and have a plan in place. We are ready and our schedule is full."
Yep, that's right. Summer camp is BACK.
Families can certainly expect camps to take precautions in 2021, like capping enrollments, creating virtual options, and following local and state guidelines.
But it's time to get back to the true business of summer: Fun.
"It's going to be a great summer," Dustin says. "I'm really looking forward to it."
Ready to enroll your kids in an amazing summer camp? Check these eight camps out, each of which is offering savings through our Macaroni Kid partner CertifiKID:
This summer, learn new skills from an international team of soccer coaches - at Challenger International Soccer Camp! Challenger weaves together the best soccer coaching methodologies and practices from England, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, and France to create a multi-faceted on- and off-field summer camp experience for kids ages 2 to 18. There are more than 2,000 soccer camps in every state nationwide!
With 275 basketball camps in nearly every state nationwide, Breakthrough Basketball coaches firmly believe that they have a very important responsibility and an amazing opportunity to have a positive impact on their players' lives. Breakthrough Basketball Camps includes camps for kids as young as kindergarten, overnight camps, elite skills camps, and much more!
Have Fun in 2021! Science Explorers Summer Camp is for ages 4 and up and includes topics such as Final Frontiers: Sea & Space, Loose in the Lab, STEM Lab Extravaganza, and Jr. Explorers! In-person camps available in 25-plus locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, plus virtual options (they'll even ship all experiment materials directly to you!), make this camp available everywhere.
Take their game to the next level with North America Caribbean Training Method Academy's Soccer Camps! These specialized camps are designed for the competitive/travel level soccer player. NACTM Academy's unique international methodology will help your child develop and learn from different styles of play, what to do, how to do it, and when to do it – at the technical speed that is required in today’s game. Camps are located in more than 20 North American cities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as more than 10 Caribbean cities.
Camp Stonewall Sleepaway Camp— View deal on CertifiKID
Are your kids ready for a sleepaway camp with endless activity options? This camp is perfect for the kid who loves sports one day, crafts the next, and having a TON of fun! Camp Stonewall is a co-ed sleepaway camp nestled on the Marianapolis Prep School campus in Connecticut. They offer 45-plus daily activities in athletics, drama, music, dance, and visual arts. Their community values promote independence, flexibility, and character among all of their campers and staff. Camp Stonewall is open to kids entering grades 2-10. A stay at Camp Stonewall is sure to be an experience of a lifetime!
Camp Netimus 2 or 3-Week Sleepaway Camp + FREE Transportation— View deal on CertifiKID
Girls, Ages 7-16
Looking for a summer camp just for girls? Camp Netimus for girls is your premiere choice. Camp Netimus, located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is where girls grow and have fun while building confidence, character, and lifelong relationships. The camp welcomes 145 sleep-away campers, ages 7 to 16, along with more than 80 staff members every summer. Campers can enjoy a variety of over 40 activities such as horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, hiking, boating, canoeing, water skiing, sailing, mountain biking, tennis, photography, and crafts to name a few.
Little people have BIG dreams too and Rising Stars Youth Theatre Company provides our kiddos with an artistic environment designed to nurture, educate, encourage, and expand their imagination in the world of theater. Students in grades 5-8 can sign up for these workshops. An in-person acting workshop will be held at Miami Country Day School and a Musical Theatre Workshop will be held on Zoom, which means it's available no matter where you live! A great way to help your kids build self-esteem, communication, and confidence while making new friends and nurturing a love for theatre and arts to last a lifetime!