Tips on Trips and Camps just completed our 3-day Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This is a time to review the past summer and hear about what’s new for next summer. It was a great content-packed, in-person meeting that included visits from teen summer programs.
Across the board, our sleep away camps and teen trips and experiences report that summer 2023 was wonderful. Attendance was higher than in previous years, and Covid accommodations took a back seat, though some camps incorporated protocols into everyday life at camp. Lots of hand washing stations are now common.
Here’s what’s new…
Many overnight camps now have a variety of session lengths to offer their families. A number of traditionally full-season camps now offer a shorter session for their first-year campers as an introduction to a summer overnight camp experience. Families with LGBTQ+ kids have wider choices of summer options than ever before with many camps happy to work to welcome kids of all types. And for those campers wanting to focus on sports there are numerous new options for short-session sports and dance camps.
Teen travel is back! Many destinations that were on pause over the last few years are open in 2024, including Bali, China, Japan, Peru and South Africa. Career exploration offers high school students hands-on experiences in emergency medicine, psychology, neuroscience, engineering, forensics, entrepreneurship, architecture, drone cinematography and more on college campuses around the US and abroad or as high school internships in a variety of countries.
The prospect of summer 2024 includes so many options! The Tips on Trips and Camps team is ready to help craft an amazing summer for your kids.