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Summer Camps (and how to afford them)

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Summer camp for kids can lead to some amazing memories. Outdoors, friends, games, and most importantly--NO SCHOOL! As much as the kids enjoy it, sometimes the costs can prevent parents from being able to send their child.

Different Types of Camps

Each child's needs are unique. That is why it is so great that there are camps available for so many needs, interests, and abilities.


Day Camps
Many camps offer day camp options. For these camps, you would drop your kids off each morning and pick them up each afternoon, much like daycare. The difference is usually in the location and the planned activities. During day camps, your child may participate in group games, arts and crafts, and nature hikes. Many local parks and organizations like the YMCA offer these camps in the summer as an alternative to traditional childcare.


Overnight Camps
Other camps offer options that include overnight stays. These camps are usually set up on a weekly basis and include you dropping the child off on a Sunday or Monday and picking them up on a Friday or Saturday. Most also offer a session where the children will show the parents what they have learned during the week by putting on a skit, show, or demonstration.

Special Needs Camps
Campers with special needs, both physical and mental, may find it more difficult to locate a camp that can help them thrive in the camp setting. Fortunately, there are many camps available for specific challenges.


Brittney, attended Camp Cuyamaca MDA Summer Camp

"When I was diagnosed at 2 with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, my parents tried to find any resources they could. My mom found the Muscular Dystrophy Association and after a few years, the director suggested I attend MDA camp.I was 6 years old the first time I got to experience camp. Like any other 6 year old who leaves her family for the first time, I was terrified and homesick. But the counselors worked hard to make me feel so comfortable and welcomed that I cried when I had to go home at the end of the week. I went to camp from age 6 to 19.

Those 13 summers were by far the best times of my life. I created friendships that have withstood the test of time—fellow campers and counselors. Speaking of counselors, they are all volunteers and majority of them are military. I grew up with a lot of military influences in my family but having them give up their time to help take care of kids like me meant more than they would ever know.

My favorite parts of camp were swimming, military hide & seek, and the talent show. There was even a dance where we would get dolled up, and party the night away! Being in a wheelchair doesn’t phase me on a daily basis but there are times where I wish I was “like everybody else.” When I went to camp, I was like everyone there, nobody was different.

Every activity planned was done so to make sure it was accessible - from the pool, to outside activities, and even horseback riding.These things aren’t a possibility in my everyday life but because of MDA, its now a memory I'll always treasure. Anytime somebody mentions MDA summer camp, a smile always come to my face. Every single child who has a form of muscular dystrophy deserves the opportunity to experience summer camp like I did."


Science Camps
Science can be so much fun! During the summer, there are camps for things like dinosaurs, robots, space, and even roller coasters. Whether your child already enjoys one of these topics or she just wants to learn more about it, these camps are a great way to sneak in some extra education while they have fun!


Sports or Talent Camps
Camps are also available for different sports and talents, like baseball, music, dance, or even magic tricks! These camps can help your child find other kids their age that enjoy similar things.

Don't know what camp to send your child to? Check out some of these great camps HERE.

No matter what type of camp your child is interested in attending, we want to help them get there. We are offering a grand prize of $1,000 to one lucky family so they can attend summer camp this year. Two other families will be awarded the runners-up prize of $500 each. To enter, please fill out the form below. Only one entry per family. Entries will be accepted until April 29 at 11:59 PM, PT. For more details and rules, please click HERE.


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