Get ready for summer camp with these tips

4/9/97 Ralph Barrera/AA-S; Eco Camp goers Rene Ruedas, center in boat, and Shauntey Walker, center back in boat, try to manuever pass another canoeist, Juan Carlos Ibarra, with paddle in air, without colliding in the waters of Lake Travis at Camp Texlake Wednesday morning. These kids, all from Barrington Elementary School, combined with kids from Zavala Elementary were attending Ecocamp, sponsored by the LCRA and BFI Industries to educate inner-city students about the enviornment in a natural non-urban setting and celebrate April as Earth Month. About 50 kids from the Young Scientist group at the schools camped overnight and learned about composting and water analysis, and tried their hand at canoeing, and a nature hike. (feature only)

For this year’s camp guide, we offer a choose-your-own adventure to find the choose the right camp based on your child’s personality.

We’ve been writing about camp for 25 years and have shared a lot of tips.

Here are some of our favorite recent camp tip stories:

How to pick a camp

How to find the right summer camp for your kids

The questions every parent should ask when choosing a summer camp

Know what to ask before signing kids up for camp

Let kids try something new, challenging at camps

Our to-do list

Get your camp plans made with our to-do list

Pick your camp: How to map out your summer schedule

Plan for camp Mommy or Daddy now


Get swim lessons now before kids head off to camp

Take lice precautions before sending kids off to camp

Get your physical, medical forms lined up

Who’s on the list to pick up your child from camp?

Keep kids safe around water this summer

A guide to sun screen and sun protection 

Packing tips

Find the right containers to pack for camp

Get packing for camp with these tips

Special considerations

Talk to camp early about child with different physical, emotional needs 

Tips on paying for camp

Once at camp

Letters from camp: What they say and don’t say about your child