Today’s parents are wild about creative camps, classes and innovative programs. You love your kids loving their dance, music, sports, camps and more, and your comments exude enthusiasm and zeal for these terrific spots, where children combine fun and learning.
Winner: Wilderness Awareness Camp
Duvall’s Wilderness Awareness School absolutely rocked this category, with enthusiastic voters proclaiming that its camps offer “real outdoor experiences with outstanding naturalist instructors!” and that there is “nothing else like it out there!” The wilderness school delivers a variety of programs and camps for kids to adults, including overnight camps for ages 11-18. These teen camps focus on survival skills. Kids explore nature and acquire confidence through learned skills and self-reliance. One parent claims, “The people involved with this organization are the most genuine and wise people on the planet.”
Canoe Island French Camp, on its own tiny island in the San Juans, earned your votes for both its traditional overnight camp atmosphere and its focus on French language and culture. One fan describes it as “a unique, inspiring and otherworldly experience on a private island,” and another raves, “The location and the staff are unmatched.” Several readers also mentioned the food — très délicieux!
Camp Fire USA’s Camp Sealth, on Vashon Island, has fostered 91 years’ worth of happy campers, and counting. One voter shared, “My kids adore Camp Sealth,” calling the staff “amazing.” Camp Sealth welcomes all kids ages 6-17 for horseback riding, archery and other traditional camp activities. During all that fun, it also aims to help kids build strong character, values and life skills.
You praise the YMCA’s Camp Colman as a “great and safe environment for kids” and a “huge confidence-builder.” Located in the south Puget Sound area, Camp Colman celebrates its 100th anniversary this year (a few more years of history on it than even Camp Sealth!) What never gets old: kids playing outdoors, growing and thriving at camp.
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