The Right Camp for Your Kid 3

Two Local Camps Weigh the Pros and Cons of Day Camps versus Overnight Camps

School’s out! Summer camps are the perfect excuse to get your children out of the house (and your hair) during the season, whether that means sending them away for a few hours a day or shipping them off for a full few weeks. Two local camps share what’s best about each option so you can sign up faster than your kid can say, “Mom, I’m bored.”

Geneva Day School Summer Camp for Young Children

A summer day camp is the perfect choice for all parents, as overnight camps don’t cater to younger age groups. Geneva Day School Summer Camp for Young Children accepts children as young as age 2 and does not require them to be potty-trained. Geneva’s recreational day camp includes plenty of opportunities to learn, have fun and even nap. Unlike most camps, Geneva has no minimum time requirement. Campers can register for the entire summer, individual weeks, or select days with half- and full-day options. Geneva’s weekly themed sessions are integrated across the curriculum from outdoor/sporting activities, story times, arts and crafts, cooking and a visiting specialist presentation. Weekly themes range from nature and the outdoors to imagination-inspired activities.

While day camps are generally more relaxed than an academic school year, maintaining structured daily routines are fundamental to a child’s sense of security and self-esteem. Children participate in a variety of outdoor activities and spend more time in nature. Children also benefit from the ongoing development of social skills with peers, camp counselors and the additional exposure to children of varying ages, which helps foster a sense of community. This is particularly important for young children who have not yet begun a school program as it gives them time to get acclimated to similar routines. Additionally, campers participate in a multitude of activities where they learn new concepts and develop new skills, which in turn builds confidence. Learn more at


Capital Camps

For overnight camps, Capital Camps has it all: an outdoor challenge course with a static tower, dueling zip line, a variety of team-building elements and a climbing wall; a state-of-the-art aquatics facility that houses two water slides and a diving board; an air-conditioned dining hall; spacious and comfortable cabins; sports fields; arts and craft facilities; and so much more. Capital Camps combines skill development in individual activity areas with plenty of time for community building, friendships and fun.

Overnight camping provides a unique opportunity for campers and staff to cultivate meaningful relationships and to deepen their skills and understanding through ongoing exposure to a variety of rich experiences. Unlike a day-camp setting where the camp day ends in the late afternoon, programming at overnight camp is quite literally 24 hours per day. As such, the feeling of community while living together is enhanced, and the relationships developed are deepened by that extra time. In addition to the wonderful skill-building that happens on the sports fields, in the art studios and in the pool, campers and staff are also learning what it means to live independently, share space with others and truly be a part something larger than themselves. These fundamental skills are essential for young people as they grow and mature and are a tremendous benefit as campers enter the next phase of their life either in university or other pursuits. Learn more at