Summer camps have been a staple for kids around the world since the early 1900s. While at camp kids get to explore the great outdoors, learn important skills, and make friends.  Camp offers opportunities that will stick with them forever. There are more than 12,000 summer camps in the United States, all of them with there own unique camp experience. But, there is no denying that some camps are better than others, and here are just a few of the best unique summer camps.



Raquette Lake Camp

If you have a lot to spend on a summer camp for your kids, and I do mean a lot, we’re talking about $13,000 for a 7-week program then Raquette Lake may be the camp for you. It’s considered the Harvard of summer camps and getting into it isn’t easy. There are just a dozen spots available to the public every year as most attendees are grandfathered in after their siblings attend. You will have to apply to attend and undergo an interview process. But there are a variety of activities for the kid to take part in. So, you may not be able to get your kid into Raquette Lake but there are some other great camps to consider.


Stagedoor Manor Acting Camp

If your child loves to act then Stagedoor Manor Acting Camp may be the place for them. Famous alumni include Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, and Zack Braff. While there kids days are divided between rehearsal and recreation which includes open mic nights, outdoor movies, dance parties, and more. The camp is for kids ages 10 to 18 and costs $6,000 for a three-week program.


River Way Ranch Camp

It has been called one of the top summer camps in the United States by mothers and international experts. River Way Ranch Camp is a co-ed camp in California that offers martial arts, horseback riding, archery, graphic design, kayaking and so much more.



Camp Moosilauke

Camp Moosilauke is one of the oldest summer camps in the US that is still running today. It was established in 1904 and today hosts 140 boys every summer on 200 acres of land in New Hampshire. Activities there include basketball, windsurfing, sailing, orienteering, and backcountry cooking.


Teton Valley Ranch Camp

If your kid dreams of being a cowboy now they can thanks to Teton Valley Ranch Camp. There they’ll be able to learn how to fly-fish, ride, and live like cowboys. It’s for boys and girls ages 10 to 16 and they sleep in log cabins.



Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls

Lake Bryn Mawr Camp is a place where girls can be a girl without the usual social pressures that go along with that. They follow a four-point “Angel Code” which focuses on loyalty, merit, beauty, and comradery, with the understanding that beauty comes from within. There girls can enjoy tennis courts, a cooking studio, hiking trails, and of course an equestrian center.


Pali Adventures

Where else but in California will you find a camp that allows your kids to try out 18 different fantasy jobs including being a rock star, a Hollywood stuntperson, a fashion designer, and even a spy. It was opened in 1999 by UCLA graduate Andy Wexler who envisioned the ultimate summer camp. I can’t say for sure that it is the ultimate summer camp, but it certainly is unique.

There are so many amazing camps, please research and find what’s best for your kiddo… and share what you find.