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America's Finest Summer Camps

America’s Best Summer Camps

If you are looking for a true American experience for children ages 7-15, our 100-300 acre co-educational and single-sex campuses in Maine, Northeast Pennsylvania and New York state’s Adirondack Mountains and are among the finest camps in the world. Our camps are on beautiful, spring-fed lakes which play host to swimming, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, stand-up paddling, canoeing and so much more. Spectacular mountain and wooded views are the backdrops for these picturesque campuses located in some of the most beautiful, remote regions of the United States, yet within easy driving distance of major cities such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Campers participate in dozens of programs – many of which are exclusive to America’s finest summer camps – that are among the best in the U.S. Most importantly, children are encouraged to learn new skills, make new friends, become independent and have fun. Are you ready for your child to have the ultimate American experience?

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Why Choose One of America's Finest Summer Camps

Beautiful Summer Camp Locations

Beautiful Summer Camp Locations

At America’s Finest Summer Camps, children ages 7 ½ to 15 from all over the world have the opportunity to spend the summer on 100-300 acre campuses on magnificent lakes surrounded by the beauty of spectacular mountain regions.

The rural settings provide perfect co-educational environments for children to learn new skills, gain independence, make friends, and most importantly, have fun. The facilities at America’s Finest Summer Camps are among the very best in the United States.

All of the summer camps are easily accessible from major USA airports and cities, such as Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The Camp Directors are experts in international travel and will work with you to make all your travel arrangements.

Summer Camp Safety and Staff Training

Summer Camp Safety and Staff Training

Safety is the major priority at each camp. Each summer camp maintains a 3:1 camper to staff ratio. Prior to the summer, employees are provided with comprehensive training programs and complete any necessary certifications.

All of America’s Finest Summer Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and pride themselves on their reputation in the American camping industry as being safe, welcoming, quality programs and facilities… homes away from home.

Summer Camp Activities

Summer Camp Activities

As part of a daily structured program, during the course of their stay, campers may participate in more than forty activities including a full spectrum of the following:

  • Athletics (with a focus on tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, fitness, gymnastics, golf and hockey)
  • Waterfront (swimming, water-skiing, sailing and canoeing)
  • Outdoor Adventure (high and low ropes courses, mountain biking, fishing and nature)
  • Creative Arts (including drawing, painting, metals, woodshop, model rocketry and radio station)
  • Performing Arts (with an emphasis on musical theater, dramatic production, set design, costuming, voice, dance, hip hop, ballet and jazz)
  • Equestrian programs are also offered at some summer camps. Specialty camps, theater productions, themed days, and out-of-camp trips supplement the fun.

The action always goes well into the evening, when campers might decorate a sweet creation, go on a scavenger hunt, take part in a game show, perform an MTV music video with their cabin-mates, or enjoy a theater production.

International Summer Camps

International Summer Camps

A sleepaway summer camp is also the perfect setting for international children. They can immerse themselves in American culture while practicing their English.

Children come to the United States to attend camp from such countries as France, Spain, the UK, even as far away as Korea, and everyone is welcome.

You will find that each camp typically employs a very diverse, staff consisting of camp counselors from all over the world who are fluent in many languages. The lessons learned by living with others are priceless, and American children are eager to make new friends while learning about other nations.

An Enriching & Comfortable Environment

An Enriching & Comfortable Environment

The best summer camps place a great deal of value on friendship, family, and tradition in a warm, friendly atmosphere. At each of America’s Finest Summer Camps, campers live in modern cabins that feature plumbing and electricity. The 8-12 cabin-mates and 2-4 counselor staff members assigned to each cabin quickly become a summer family. They enjoy family-style meals in campus dining halls and come together daily as a camp for community meetings and/or evening activities.

Whether it’s for three, four, five or seven weeks, campers form bonds that last a lifetime and leave with a strong connection to the camp community.

Our Expertise

America’s best summer camps are operated by the most qualified professionals in camping. Emphasis is placed on fun as well as safety. All of America’s best summer camps are ACA accredited, and maintain strict local, state and national guidelines. Many of our camp directors attended camp as children and have a passion for continuing the American camp tradition. American summer camps facilitate an inclusive family environment that seeks to bring people of multiple faiths, cultures, and interests together through common interests. Every year, we interview thousands of potential staff members to identify those precious few who truly have what it takes to create the perfect camp environment with their skills and personalities.

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