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Midwest Traditional Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

Midwest traditional summer camps, also known as overnight camps or sleep-away camps, include programs in destinations like Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. While the Midwest doesn't have quite as many summer camps as regions like the Great Lakes or Northeast, families can still find many quality traditional camps that offer arts, sports, enrichment, and special events activities.

Every camp in the Midwest has something unique to offer, and subtle programming differences give each camp a distinct feel and philosophy. Some Midwest traditional camps focus more on sports, while others have a greater emphasis on the arts. Some programs encourage healthy competition, while others are distinctly non-competitive. The region is particularly known to be home to quite an abundance of traditional summer camps with religious affiliations. Regardless of the traditional summer camp that your family chooses, your boy, girl, or teen camper will have an amazing opportunity to make friends, build confidence, and enjoy an incredible summer experience in the great outdoors!

Ages, Tuition, and Session Length at Midwest Traditional Summer Camps

Overnight traditional summer camps in the Midwest typically accommodate campers between the ages of 7 and 17 (elementary, middle, and high school students in grades 3 through 12). Most programs group campers by age and grade to maximize learning and social opportunities.

Most Midwest traditional sleep-away camps run 1 week, 2 week, 3 week, 4 week, and 7 week sessions. The cost of traditional summer camps can vary considerably, but most programs fall between $250 and $950 per week, making them among the most affordable in the country.

Choosing the Best Midwest Traditional Summer Camp

There are important questions to consider when choosing a traditional summer camp in the Midwest. Does the program offer a variety of activities, or do they concentrate on just a few specialties? Does the camp encourage competition, and if so, at what level? Do campers choose their own schedule, or does the camp provide one for them? Does the camp offer off-site trips and activities? What is the camp's staff and camper annual return rate? What values does the camp look to instill by the end of the summer? Does the camp have a religious affiliation? Knowing which program elements will suite your children best is essential to choosing a Midwest traditional camp.

To help match your family with the perfect traditional summer camp in the Midwest (or anywhere else in the United States or Canada), Choice Camps offers free camp placement advice - just call our office at 617-264-0939 and we'll recommend great programs that should be a perfect fit for your kid or teen!

Recommended Midwest Traditional Summer Camps

Camp Inc. - Boulder, CO

  • Camp Type: Traditional, Academic
  • Camp Specialty: Business and Finance
  • Camper Ages: 12 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,300
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Camp Pillsbury - Owatonna, MN

  • Camp Type: Traditional
  • Camper Ages: 6 - 17
  • Average Weekly Tuition: $1,100
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