Baltimore Attractions Gear Up for Family-Friendly Summer

A lot of times it is the tourists who hit up places like the Inner Harbor or Maryland Zoo more than those who live here. However, this spring and summer, the main attractions in Baltimore are that for a reason — and some of the best kid-oriented, family-friendly destinations. From cruises on the Bay and… Read More

The Scoop on Summer Arts Camps

Baltimore’s wide range of cultural offerings don’t just cater to adults. Artistically inclined kids can find and fulfill their creativity this summer at an impressive number of local camps. We’ve highlighted a few of them. Habimah Arts Camp at the JCC’s Owings Mills campus brings a wide range of the area’s art offerings to one… Read More

Howard County Offers Diverse Camp Experiences

For Jessica Harvey, running her own summer camp is a good way to turn the page from the school year after being cooped up inside a classroom. Harvey, a third-grade teacher at Scotchtown Hills Elementary School in Laurel, has operated Adventures in Camp since 2005 to provide children ages 3 to 12 with fun, hands-on… Read More

How Jewish is Jewish Camp?

For most parents, it is important to consider what factors dictate the Jewish identity of a camp, since the camp experience can go a long way in helping a child form his or her Jewish identity. For many, sleepaway camps provide the best option. Being away from parents can provide children with the opportunity to… Read More

Could It Be Magic? The Transformative Power of Sleepaway Camp

Renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, author of “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow,” has written that there are three reasons that the residential camp experience remains so magical: being away from one’s parents; the relationship between campers and counselors; and inhabiting a camp’s “private world with its own… Read More

A Dip in the Pool

Despite January’s chill, now is a good time to start considering which swim camps and clubs might be best for your child or children. Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Road, Cockeysville Padonia Park Club CEO Kathy Angstadt reports that her location offers six pools. “Three of which are in our ‘children’s zone,’” Angstadt said. This… Read More

Planning Ahead for an Affordable Summer

For many parents, sending their kids to a summer camp, either day or overnight, is a luxury at first glance. However, with a little extra planning, that crucial summer experience can be within reach. A variety of resources are at the disposal of parents to ensure that their child has an incredible summer experience. Where… Read More

Summer Camp: Finding the Right Fit for Your Child

Now that summer camp sign-up season is upon us, parents of children with disabilities face added pressures and concerns in their search for the right fit. According to Jennifer Lazlo Mizrahi, president of Respect- Ability, “there are two kinds of camps: a camp for just kids with disabilities and a camp for everyone with an… Read More

Inside Scoop: Where to Shop

Unless you’re roughing it in a tent, your basic needs for summer camp likely will be covered by shopping Target or Wal-Mart. But a visit to everythingsummercamp.com provides tools that will help you organize your thoughts when making that all-important packing list. The site is so popular and helpful that 270 camps have recommended it…. Read More

Inside Scoop: Friendships Are the Key

Summer camp is generally an on-the-go adventure, but undoubtedly there may be those times when your camper will be sitting on his or her bunk in need of something to do to fill the time. Camp Louise alum Ayme Lederman says her two daughters, who also attend Louise, have much less free time†than she did… Read More