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10 great multi-generational camps across the USA

ByABC News
June 11, 2009, 5:36 PM

— -- Sign up for playfulness at these multi-generational camps that have activities geared for all ages and abilities. "The camp experience benefits everyone, from the very young to the young at heart," says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association ( She shares her list of great places to go to camp with the kids with Kathy Baruffi for USA TODAY.

Medomak CampWashington, Maine "Unplug, relax and reconnect with what's important: family, community and the environment" at this camp on coastal Maine, Smith says. Adults and children enjoy counselor-led activities such as archery, sailing, sculling, arts and crafts, tennis and photography. Adults can enjoy massage, yoga, local Maine beer and cheese tastings. 866-633-6625;

Camp Motorsport Adult/Child Sampler WeekendsAlton, Va. "Enjoy the excitement of driving or riding together in the cars and carts here," Smith says of this camp at the Virginia International Raceway. No experience is required, as half the participants, from grandparents to kids, have never done it before. Stay in traditional camp dorms or opt for the resort hotel on property. 434-822-2999;

Cheley Colorado CampsEstes Park, Colo. "Families stay in covered wagons that sleep four people per wagon," Smith says of this camp near Rocky Mountain National Park. "Activities include a moviemaking day with camper screenings in the evening, technical climbing, riflery, crafts, horseback riding, day hiking and a "cinnamon roll hike to a general store about 1 mile away in town." 970-586-4244;

Camp Tecumseh YMCABrookston, Ind. "In addition to Family Camp, Tecumseh offers Grand Camp, a weekend just for grandparents and their grandchildren," Smith says. Soar into the lake on a Huck Finn-style rope swing, learn to play the popular ga-ga game or visit three-house treehouse, a hiking destination for an away lunch or overnight stays. The camp's private cabins have carpeting, a bathroom and built-in bunks. 800-382-2267;