Summer camp
The summer camp handbook : everything you need to find, choose, and get ready for overnight camp--and skip the homesickness
Christopher A. Thurber, Jon C. Malinowski ; illustrated by Mark Scott.
Los Angeles : Perspective Pub., c2000.
This resource includes information on how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different kinds of camps, how to prepare for the adventure, and how to prevent homesickness.
Getting the most out of diabetes camp : a guide for parents and kids.
Alexandria, Va. : American Diabetes Association, c2002.
Along with anecdotes and stories from campers, Getting the Most Out of Diabetes Camp covers topics such as why go to a diabetes camp, is your child ready, which camp is best for your child, what to expect, what not to expect, how to evaluate your child's experience, and more.
Moose : a memoir
Stephanie Klein.
New York : HarperPaperbacks, 2009.
Stephanie Klein was an eighth grader with a weight problem. It was a problem at school, where the boys called her "Moose," and it was a problem at home, where her father reminded her, "No one likes fat girls." After many frustrating sessions with a nutritionist known as the fat doctor of Roslyn Heights, Long Island, Klein's parents enrolled her for a summer at fat camp. Determined to return to school thin and popular, without her "lard arms" and "puckered ham," Stephanie embarked on a memorable journey that would shape more than just her body. It would shape her life.

Summer camp offers your child a unique experience of fun. It can help your child discover their own independence and improve many skills.

If your child is talking about camp they are old enough to go. Consider your child's age and experience when deciding what type of camp and how long they should go for. 


  • Day camps can be operated on a campsite for any part of the day. The young camper must be dropped off and pick up at the end of the day.
  • Sleep-away camps are now called residential camps because the camper resides there for a certain amount of days, usually a week or more.
  • Specialty camps focus on a specific activity like sports - learn more about soccer, the arts - work behind the scenes at the theater and technology - program their own computer games.
  • Special needs camp where children can be themselves because everyone at camp is dealing with the same issues such as Muscular Dystrophy, deafness or obesity.

Homesickness is what you feel when you miss the people at home. It is a normal feeling and you can help your camper cope with it before they go off to camp.


Look at the activities the camp offers and ones that your child enjoys. Are the activities structured where they are scheduled at the same time with their same group or do they just choose what, if any, activities they want to do? Look at a camp that offer an organized schedule but allows your child to make some choices as to what they want to do.

Look over brochures and visit the campsites together with your child. Decide which one is best for all and everyone will be a happy camper.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff