Lessons in Being Human at Sleepaway Camp: So as good parent-consumers, we did as much research as we could. And when it looked like Camp Caribou was in the lead, we spoke to the Lermans (Caribou’s owners for three generations), as well as parents of current campers, and of course watched the camp video. In the end, we chose it because something felt different. What stood out more than anything was not its sports facilities, food, or bunks – it was its culture and values. One of the things the folks in charge often say is, It’s cool to be nice at Camp Caribou. And it’s true!

As we pulled into camp this year, I noticed something that may have always been there, but it caught my attention this time (maybe because I am writing a book about culture and values?!). Attached to the trees that flank the long windy road into the camp are flags flying for each of the camp’s values: kindness, fun, friendship, sportsmanship, and spirit.

SSYMCA 125th Anniversary Moment: In a 1950s marketing pamphlet for the Y’s overnight camp for boys on Cape Cod, Camp Burgess, special attention was paid to the availability of good food. “The best of food is served,” it read. “Pasteurized milk is delivered daily. As far as possible, fresh vegetables are used. The food is well prepared by a competent lady cook, experienced in satisfying the needs and desires of healthy boys’ appetites.”

Bug Juice Revival Coming to Disney Channel–Who's Ready to go Back to Camp Waziyatah?: "Bug Juice took viewers on a journey of adventure and self-discovery. Now, nearly two decades later, we are thrilled to be back in Maine at Camp Waziyatah with the creative team from Evolution Media and many of the same crew members who produced the original series," Susette Hsiung, executive vice president of production at Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.

New Y CEO Finds Footing: “I spent the next seven years on a full scholarship to a YMCA called Camp Beckett in Beckett, Mass.,” said Ihne, a native of Brooklyn. “My first taste of the Y was on a scholarship, and that's a lot of what the Y does, right? They don't turn people away, and they offer scholarships to folks in need. My mother needed the help.” He grew up going to camp, working with kids, and he became a counselor.

Adoption RI Holds "Duffle Bag Bash" This Sunday: Among its other efforts to improve the lives of foster children, Adoption Rhode Island—a nonprofit agency that offering support services and working to find permanent homes for children in foster care—holds an annual fundraiser to send foster children to summer camp. This year, around 80 children got the chance to travel to Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate. And there’s another session meant for siblings who have been placed in separate foster homes.

“They don’t see each other that often,” Rivera said, “so to be able to wake up in the same room as their brother or sister—it’s just so moving.”

Four Maine Authors to Headline Dinner for Camp Susan Curtis: Four Maine authors, including the best-selling writer of "The Giver," will take the stage at Stone Mountain Arts Center on Friday night to benefit Camp Susan Curtis, a tuition-free summer camp for economically disadvantaged youth in Maine. The evening will include a buffet dinner, author readings, book signings, and a silent auction to support Camp Susan Curtis and related programs of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.

Summer School Is In, and It Looks a Lot Like Camp: Two lines of fourth and fifth graders are waiting at the edge of a pond at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. “Ready. Set. Go, go, go!” yells a lifeguard standing on the beach. The kids race toward another lifeguard standing waist deep in the water.  After tagging him, they swim to the dock and watch the relay race. It’s hard to believe that a few weeks ago some of these kids didn’t swim very well, and some didn’t swim at all.

The five-week camp gives city kids like Innis new experiences, such as swimming and hiking, but it also addresses an academic problem. Low-income students lose one to two months of knowledge and skills over the summer.

Snakes, Ticks, and Kids: What it's like to be a Camp Counselor in Maine: I stood nervously in my raincoat and jean shorts watching the campers from Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville and swatted a mosquito buzzing near my face. It had been a few years since I’d had to be an authority figure and camp counselor to a group of kids, and I had forgotten how intimidating they could be, despite most of them being a third my age.

Maybe it’s the precociousness or that kids, having not developed the self-awareness that comes with age, are exceedingly confident in exactly who they are. Either way, I found myself standing in the woods, wanting to convince the campers at Tanglewood that I was cool. Quickly, I remembered this was a mistake.

NH Camp Gives People with Disabilities a Week They'll Never Forget - For Free: For one week, Camp Fatima in New Hampshire transforms into a place where anything is possible. "Campers come up here and they can do anything. They're normal. They're regular. Just kids at summer camp,” said Massachusetts District Court Judge and volunteer counselor Mary McCabe.

From horseback riding to swimming to arts and crafts, counselors help make sure the campers have an experience they usually cannot, and one they’ll never forget. It’s called Exceptional Citizens Week; it’s a co-ed camp for children and adults age nine and up with intellectual or physical challenges.

Sleepaway Camp a Safe Haven for Kids with Epilepsy: “It is our mission to educate people who don’t understand how common it is and how children struggle for acceptance at school and in the community.” EFNE started the overnight summer program, known as The Purple Camp, nine years ago. The weeklong camp, Ms. Linn explained, gives children the chance to have fun in an environment designed especially to support the needs of children with epilepsy.

The Sleepaway Camp, located at the YMCA Camp Frank A. Day in East Brookfield, was made possible through the compassion of 18 nurses from UMass Memorial Medical Center who volunteered to provide medical services to the 35 children, who traveled from Maine, Connecticut and across New England to attend, Ms. Linn said.

Mass. Girl Scouts Soak in the Eclipse, and the Science Behind It: A summer of fun for Greater Boston Girl Scouts was capped off Monday with a solar eclipse viewing party at a Waltham camp. The event was held at Camp Cedar Hill, where the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts had just wrapped up their summer day camp. The camp’s main hill offered a 360-degree view of the sky and the solar sight for the more than 125 Girl Scouts and their families who attended.

With New Pavilion, Girl Scouts Have Reason to Celebrate: The more than 600 girls who attended Camp Rice Moody this summer already celebrated the new pavilion. Thursday night it was the grown-ups turn.

Lorraine and Bernie Horn, along with other donors and community partners, led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rice Pavilion, a space for girls in grades K-5 from across the area to enjoy at a camp that is growing every year.

Maine Suitcase Party to Benefit Camp Sunshine 2017: Bring your suitcase because everyone is entered into a raffle, where the grand prize winners will immediately board a private jet and fly to New York City to spend the weekend in a luxury suite, with limo transportation in and out of New York and $500 spending cash! Other winners will win getaways at regional luxury resorts and hotels, and will travel to their destination by limousine. All proceeds benefit Camp Sunshine, a Maine retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Summer Camps Give Kick to Local Economies: Camp Howe, located in the Western Massachusetts town of Goshen, hosts about 900 campers who attend 1- or 2-week sessions throughout the summer. With almost 60 staff members, Camp Howe’s total number of employees and children almost approaches Goshen’s population of approximately 1,100.

Terrie Campbell, Camp Howe’s executive director, said she hires local contractors for maintenance and repairs at the residential camp. Camp Howe recently had a building and septic system upgrade that cost $575,000. A project to remodel the kitchen will soon begin. Other contractors hired by the camp include a gravel company, tree service, and heating and cooling specialist.

The economic impact of residential camps also includes tourism. Ms. Bussel said families visit Massachusetts not only to drop off and pick up children at camp, but also to explore camps the year before a child attends. According to the ACA study, summer camps bring 132,000 out-of-state visitors to Massachusetts, with spending of $43 million at restaurants, hotels and other tourist activities. At Camp Howe, Ms. Campbell said approximately 25 percent of the children arrive from out of state or abroad.