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50 All-Star Family Camps

It's just like traditional summer camp, but adults are allowed. That means meals in a dining hall, campfire sing-alongs and the chance to meet a lot of neat people. Pass the bug juice!

PENNSYLVANIA
Deer Valley YMCA Camp, Fort Hill
On 742 acres in the Laurel Highlands. Sailing regattas on 125-acre lake, white-water rafting in Ohiopyle State Park, biking across covered bridges, hikes up Mount Davis, rock climbing, horseback riding, bouldering. ACA accredited. LODGING: Cabins with private bathrooms and shared shower house sleep seven on double bed and bunks; private cottages with full bath sleep eight on double bed and bunks. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily; chuckwagon barbecue on Fridays. CONTACT: June 9-Aug. 25; $1,700 (family weekends year-round); 800/962-2386, deervalleyymca.org.

New Jersey 'Y' Camps, Milford
On 1,250 acres in the lower Poconos. Sailing, ropes course, zip line, climbing tower, field sports, tennis, archery, square dance. Optional Jewish services on Friday evening and weekend mornings. ACA accredited. LODGING: Cabins with electricity, porches, and private bathroom sleep 2 to 20 on bunks and cots. FOOD: Three cafeteria-style meals daily (vegetarian options); all food is kosher. CONTACT: June 15-17, Aug. 24-26, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 (grandparent and single-parent weekends available); $660 (kids under 4 free); 973/575-3333, njycamps.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Cleveland
On 1,800 acres in the Appalachian foothills, run by the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Belayed tree climbing, overnight camping, trout fishing. Outdoor worship. ACA accredited. LODGING: Concrete cabins with shared bathhouse sleep eight on bunks; lodge rooms with common area and shared bath sleep six on bunks. FOOD: Three family-style meals served daily. CONTACT: June 29-July 1, July 1-6 (weekends for fathers and sons, grandparents raising kids, and children with special needs available); $980; 864/836-3711, asburyhills.org.

TEXAS
Pine Cove Christian Camps, Tyler and Columbus
Three nondenominational camps: Bluffs and Woods, both near Tyler, and Crier Creek, near Columbus on 700 rolling acres. WaveRunners, horseback riding, adventure sports, and paintball. Daily worship, and Christian speakers on marriage, parenting, and scripture. LODGING: Wood cabins, lodge rooms, and hotel-style rooms with A/C and private bath sleep four to eight. FOOD: Three restaurant-style meals daily; adults-only banquet. Snacks nightly. CONTACT: June 3-Aug. 18; $1,600; 877/474-6326, pinecove.com.

VERMONT
Camp Common Ground, Starksboro
About 23 miles south of Burlington. Nontraditional families encouraged. Classes on nonviolent communication, photography, and paper arts, including pastel and watercolor. Chamber music instruction, glass-bead making, children's theatrical performance. LODGING: Cabins (with no electricity) with shared bathhouse sleep two to six; tent sites, some with platforms. FOOD: Three vegetarian buffets daily (vegan options); most food is organic and locally grown. CONTACT: July 28-Aug. 24; $1,950 (financial aid available); 800/430-2667, cgcvt.org.

Farm & Wilderness Camp, Plymouth
An organic farm on the Woodward Reservoir. Sign up for daily chores in the barn: Collect eggs; milk cows; feed goats, sheep, and pigs. Harvest fruits and vegetables from the garden, press cider from apples in the orchard, make ice cream from fresh milk. ACA accredited. LODGING: Three-sided cabins (some with no electricity) sleep 10 to 12 on bunks; shared bathhouse. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily. CONTACT: Aug. 21-26; $1,025; 802/422-3761, fandw.org.

WASHINGTON
Camp Burton, Vashon Island
Affiliated with the Washington Baptist Convention, accessible by ferry from West Seattle, Tacoma, or Kitsap Peninsula. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. Day trip to Point Robinson Lighthouse on Maury Island with docent-led tour. Bible study and storytelling. ACA accredited. LODGING: Carpeted cabins with private bathroom sleep 10. FOOD: Three family-style meals daily. CONTACT: July 29-Aug. 4; $750; 206/463-2512, campburton.com.

WEST VIRGINIA
Camp Alleghany, Lewisburg
On the Greenbrier River, accessible by ferry or rowboat. Rifle range, skeet shooting, swimming, canoeing, archery, scavenger hunt, skit night, tennis. ACA accredited. LODGING: Platform tents with no electricity sleep four to six on cots; shared bathhouse. FOOD: Three buffets daily; barbecue cookout. CONTACT: Aug. 4-12; $1,680 (kids under 2 free); 540/898-4782, campalleghany.com.

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