Looking for ways to bond with your family while enjoying the great outdoors? Why not try a family sleep-away camp? Here are ten terrific picks from Family Fun Magazine.
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1. Yellowstone for Families, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
Yellowstone for Families is for families with children 8 to 12 years old. Your family can explore canyons, geyser basins and more while learning about the natural life in the park. Activities include animal tracking, wildlife watching, photography, painting and hiking. Children have the opportunity to become Yellowstone National Park Junior Rangers. For children older than 12, try the Trails Through Yellowstone program.
There are four-day programs offered Monday to Friday and Friday to Tuesday from June 9 to August 28.
Limit: 14 people
Minimum Age: 8
Location: Four nights at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel or four nights at Grant Village.
Mammoth Rates: $595 two adults (member's rate $585); $803 one adult (member's rate $793); $365 each child (member's rate $355) -- plus tax per week.
Grant Rates: $625 two adults (member's rate $615); $869 one adult (member's rate $859); $365 each child (member's rate $355) -- plus tax per week.
Family membership begins at $30 a year.
For more information, visit yellowstoneassociation.org.
To make reservations, call (307) 344-5566.
2. Medomak Camp, Washington, Maine
The Medomak Family Camp is set on a lake and features old barns and grassy fields. The camp offers traditional activities such as canoeing, archery, fishing, arts and crafts and campfires. The camp also provides box lunches, which are made from organic produce grown in the camp's garden. Each cabin is furnished with queen beds for parents and twin beds for kids.
Rates: By the week -- people over 13, $850; children 5 to 12, $750; children 2 to 4 $400; children under 2, free.
For more information, call owner Holly Stone at (207) 845-6001 or visit medomakcamp.com.
3. Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp, Sequoia National Forest, Calif.
The Montecito Sequoia Lodge is open 365 days a year and is located on Lake Homavalo. Montecito offers both summer and winter activities like swimming, horseback riding, snowboarding and rock climbing. Parents can indulge in a massage or relax in a hot tub.
The lodge offers 36 lodge rooms and 13 cabins. Buffet style meals are served.
Rates: For two or more adults, $925; for one adult with family, $945; children 13 to 17, $885; children 2 to 12, $835. All prices for a six-night package.
For more information, call 800-227-9900 or visit mslodge.com.
4. College of the Atlantic Family Camp, Bar Harbor, Maine
The 2006 Family Nature Camp program began June 25 and runs through Aug. 5. The program includes naturalist-led field trips like whale watching, bald eagle spotting and sea kayaking. There is a strong emphasis on learning about the local ecology. For an additional fee, families can enjoy an authentic lobster dinner in the dining hall overlooking Frenchman's Bay. The camp is located near Acadia National Park.
Depending on the size of the family, a family can share one or two bedrooms and be accommodated in suites with two to four other families. Bathrooms are shared.