Canoeing, hiking and hanging out with bunkmates in your cabin. Sometimes kids just want to take part in traditional camp activities, the kind their parents and even grandparents enjoyed in their youth. After all, telling scary ghost stories around a roaring campfire is almost a rite of passage. Here’s where your youngsters can experience it.
Situated on 35 acres in Carter Lake, Iowa, this camp offers themed weeks, but also all the traditional summer camp trimmings, including fishing, hiking and archery. The great outdoors awaits.
When: June 13-July 29; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4101 N. 17th St., Carter Lake, Iowa
Who: Ages 5-15
Now entering its 104th year, Camp Foster has been bringing summer fun to campers for multiple generations. In addition to traditional activities, this perennial favorite offers extras such as fishing, waterskiing and paintball.
When: June 19-Aug.13; resident, half-day and full-day camp options available
Where: Lake Okoboji, Iowa
Who: Ages 4-17
Cost: $129-$590; financial assistance available
This camp helps youth explore the science in their everyday lives via activities such as water sports, challenge courses, shooting sports, zip-lining, arts and crafts, and plenty of singing around the campfire.
When: May 31-Aug. 6; day camps, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; overnight, 3 p.m. to 10a.m.
Where: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center (Gretna) and Nebraska State 4-H Camp (Halsey)
Who: Ages 5-18
GENE EPPLEY CAMP
Swimming, boating, challenge courses, archery, arts, crafts and a variety of sports all play starring roles in this biblically based traditional summer camp located on 118 recreational acres operated by the Salvation Army.
When: June 13-July 28; 2 p.m. to 10 a.m.; includes pick-up and drop-off service options
Where: 915 Allied Road, Bellevue
Who: Ages 7-17
Cost: $15 per day; financial assistance available
From scaling its legendary Tower Tango rock-climbing wall to paddling the Niobrara River, Kitaki’s resident camp creates classic summertime memories in a beautiful, natural setting. Kids come home dirty — as they should.
When: June 5-Aug. 13; 3:30 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Camp Kitaki, 14917 E. Park Highway, Louisville, Nebraska
Who: Ages 7-17
Cost: $290-$480; financial assistance available
— Compiled by Kim Carpenter