"It's one of the fastest-growing trends within the camp industry," says Peg Smith, CEO of American Camp Association, the main U.S. accrediting body for overnight resident camps as well as the more heavily attended day camps. "We like to say that camp now is for people 3 to 93."
Though most of the 12,000 accredited camps in the USA remain the exclusive domain of teens and tweens, about 10% now have programs for families, up 154% from a decade ago. And the trend shows no signs of slowing as camps respond to demand, Smith says.
Sleeping arrangements vary, but often a system is set up to give families privacy. At Cheley Colorado Camps, families sleep in covered wagons; each family gets its own. Camp Grady Spruce, for example, which overlooks Possom Kingdom Lake near Graford, have specially designed family cabins with extra bunks and kitchenettes.
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