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'Vent Camp' Gives Summer Fun for Kids on Respirators

Imagine being a quadriplegic teenager confined to a wheelchair and tethered to a respirator. Think of all the childhood experiences that would be denied of you. You could never play sports, dance at the prom, join the cheerleading squad, go to...Camp gives kids a break from being "disabled."

Helping Kids Beat Homesickness at Sleep-Away Camp

I visited nine sleep-away camps last summer and talked to a lot of children about their experiences of being away from home. What impressed me was how proud kids are of overcoming their homesickness, especially if they had a pretty bad case of it...Ninety-five percent of children experience at least a bit of homesick feelings when they are away from their parents at summer camp.

Getting Your Child Ready for Camp

I remember once speaking about camp with parents of a 12-year-old girl I'd been seeing in my psychotherapy practice. The girl had expressed an interest in going to a horseback riding camp in Vermont and the father was balking at the cost. "Two...Camp is about making some of the best friends of your life. It's an exercise in self-reliance and social learning.

The Handwork Studio Summer Camps

Yep, we're one of those parents. You know, the parents who wait until the very last minute to figure out what the heck we're going to do with our kids once school is out for the summer. And, from the looks of the calendar, we've got about two wee...Let your kid get her "Project Runway" on with this touring day camp.

How Camp Changes Kids

Over the past few years, there's been talk of a new camp ailment: childsickness. It's not children getting sick, it's parents homesick for their kids. Pathetic, but understandable. After all, this is a generation of parents who spend a huge chunk ...Camp is the ultimate field trip -- one that doesn't need Mom or Dad tagging along for the ride.

Malia Obama is Heading to Summer Camp

Malia Obama is trading her White House digs for summer camp bunk beds. Credit: Mandel Ngan, AFP / Getty Images
Bug juice, anyone? Being the president's daughter and living in the White House doesn't make for a typical tween existence, but no...

My First Child is Off to Summer Camp (and I Never Got to Go)

I never went to summer camp. In fifth grade, Girl Scout camp presented me with my first opportunity, but my Spanish-born mom who was unfamiliar with and somewhat suspicious of this all-American summer tradition, surmised it was an unnecessary ...

Summer Camp and Tipping: What You Need to Know

Should you slip some cash to your kid's camp counselor? Credit: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains / AP
Soon, parents everywhere will be packing up their children and sending them off for the adventure of a lifetime at summer camp. It's...

ParentDish's Top 25 Summer-Themed Movies for Kids to Teens

Summer movie night? Pick a flick with a camp or summer theme. Credit: Corbis
"No more pencils, no more books; no more teachers' dirty looks; no more math and history; summer time has set us free!" So sing the kids at Camp North Star in the 1...

Diane Falanga's 'P.S. I Hate It Here!' Helps Homesick Kids Adjust to Camp

Desperate pleas for food, strapless bras and tickets home fill the pages of Diane Falanga's new book. Photo courtesy of Diane Falanga
Diane Falanga's new book, "P.S. I Hate It Here!" is a compilation of 150 hilarious letters written by kids at ...

When Sleepaway Camp Becomes an ADHD Medication Vacation

School's out for summer, but what about the meds? Credit: Getty Images
This year, parents of kids going to Eisner and Crane Lake Camps in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains can't say they didn't get the memo. An e-mail went out recently st...

Worried About Paying for Summer Camp? Apply for a 'Campership'

Summer camp doesn't have to be out of reach. Credit: Courtesy American Camp Association
If you've been hit by the recession and think you can't afford to send your kids to summer camp this year, talk to the camp director. You may qualify for a "...

As Bus Driver Dies, Teen Takes The Wheel And Saves Kids

Camp counselor Rachel Guzy's quick thinking saved lives. Credit: New York Post / Splash News
A 16-year-old New York girl is being hailed as a hero after stopping a bus Tuesday with nine children on board when the driver suddenly died. "I just did...

Economy Hits Summer Camp, More Free Time for Kids

Summer camp attendance is down, due to the economy. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography/Flickr
As families everywhere tighten their belts and pinch their pennies, summer camp attendance is taking a hit. The American Camp Association reported at 10 t...

Kids Struggle to Unplug At Summer Camp

Could your teen unplug for a week? Image: sxc.hu
Sending the kids off to summer camp is a time-honored tradition for many families. For parents, sleep-away camp is a rare break from parental duties and a chance to let the kids take some baby step...

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