Friends for life: Camp can create strong bonds

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp magazine 2019. Elizabeth Much's summer camp days are long behind her, but the friendships she made 30 years...

Survival tips: The benefits of going phone-free at camp

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp magazine 2018. Kids today are super-connected, so it can be a surprise or even a shock to learn...

Austin company Waldo Photos has new way to find kids’ camp photos

By Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com Every July, as I send my kids to a three-week camp near Waco, I become a crazy person. Each day, I log...

For first time campers … and their parents

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp magazine 2018. Sleep-away camp is a big deal for both campers and their parents, and it often brings...

Safety Questions to Ask

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp Guide 2020 Keeping kids safe at summer camp involves everything from first aid kits and sunscreen to camper-to-staff...

Before you forget: Evaluate this summer’s camps for next year

By Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com Every year you swear your going to write down some things about the summer camps you’ve been sending your kids to so...

Camp-packing tips

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp magazine 2018. Packing for summer camp can be a chore or a fun family activity. Follow these tips...

Tips on making friends

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp magazine 2018. Making friends is easy for some people and harder for others, but at summer camp making...

The Value of Letter Writing

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp Guide 2020 No matter how traditional or 21st century, all summer camps have one thing in common: letter...

How to survive parties, school, camps in a gluten, dairy and...

By Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com San Francisco-area chef Amy Fothergill had to put her training to use in a different way when she had two children with...

Expert Advice on What to Bring

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp Guide 2020 Most camps offer packing lists and guidance on what to bring and what not to bring,...

Allergies at Camp: How Parents and Campers Can Both be Prepared

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp Guide 2020 From food allergies to insect stings, allergic reactions can spoil a summer camp experience. Parents may...

Set Your Child Up for Success

Melissa Erickson This article appears in Summer Camp Guide 2020 Whether your child is filled with excitement or feeling a bit anxious, summer camp can be...

The Questions Every Parent Should Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp

Summer dawns, which means one thing for thousands of Texas children: camp. Here are the questions every parent should ask when choosing a summer camp...