The Country's Best Family Sleep-Away Camps


Session dates: June 25 to July 1, July 2 to 8, July 9 to 15, July 16 to 22, July 23 to 29 and July 30 to Aug. 5. Families arrive Sunday afternoon, field trips begin Monday morning and sessions end Friday afternoon.

Rates: adults, $690; children 5 to 17, $290; children under 5, $105. Rates are by the week and per person. It not recommended to bring young children

For more information, call Jean Sylvia at 800-597-9500 or visit or

5. Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, Groveland, Calif.

The camp is located on the Tuolumne River just seven miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. It accommodates about 300 campers a day. The camp also offers a Kiddie Kamp for 2- to 5-year-olds every day. Activities include family volleyball, archery and swimming. The camp's artist-in-residence program features a different professional artist each week who teaches classes in ceramics, drawing or performing arts. Campers will stay in tent cabins with porches.

Daily rates for Berkeley city residents: adults older than 16, $83; children 11 to 15, $58; ages 7 to 10, $53; children 2 to 6, $41; infants are free.

Non-Berkeley residents: adults older than 16, $86; ages 11 to 15, $61; ages 7 to 10, $56; children 2 to 6, $44; infants are free.

Rates are for five or more days. There is an additional $40 per night fee for two people and a $58 per night fee for single occupancy. The camp offers a 50 percent reduced rate for low-income families of Berkeley.

For more information, call (510) 981-5140 or visit

6. Cascade Science School Camps through the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Ore.

Families with curious kids -- and adults -- will enjoy the weekend programs offered by the OMSI. The weekends have different themes, such as the Archaeology and Paleontology Family Weekend and the Lewis and Clark Family Weekend. Don't worry, the activities are mostly outdoors, so you won't be trapped indoors on a beautiful summer day.

For more information, call (503) 797-450, e-mail or visit

7. The YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center, Colo.

Families can enjoy some quality time together in one of the world's most beautiful settings. The camp operates year-round, and its cabins, vacation homes and lodge rooms can accomodate up to 2,800 at any given time.

In addition to enjoying the natural surroundings, families can participate in activities including fly-fishing, mini golf, tennis and volleyball. If the weather doesn't cooperate, there's an indoor pool. The fun doesn't stop at night -- there's storytelling, campfires and concerts.

For more information, call (970) 586-3341, ext. 1010, or visit

8. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center and Museum, Livermore, Maine

Looking for something different? Spend a few days pretending you're living in 1870 on a working farm. The farm chores will keep your family busy, but there is some leisure time scheduled in. The immersion doesn't stop at night -- you'll sleep in an old-fashioned bunkhouse. Chamber pots and privies are the bathroom facilities.

For more information, call 207-897-4366 or visit

9. Camp Seafarer, Arapahoe, N.C.

This popular YMCA camp is known for its excellent sailing program, but there are many different types of activities offered.

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