Skip Navigation

Summer Camp

What does a summer camp experience offer kids?

What are some factors to consider when choosing a summer camp?

How do I prepare my child for summer camp?

What about homesickness and separation anxiety?

What are some resources for kids and teens?

Are there any good books on kids and summer camp?
The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp—and Skip the Homesickness, by Christopher Thurber and Jon Malinowski.
The authors are psychologists and former campers/camp counselors. The book guides parents’ in choosing the right camp for their child, preparing for it, preventing homesickness, and helping their child get the most out of the experience, and even has a special section for kids.

What about kids with special needs?

Where can I find more resources?

Compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN.  Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan.
Updated June 2011

U-M Health System Related Sites:
U-M Pediatrics

Back to top