Parents around the world recognize The Summer Camp Handbook as the premier preparatory resource. Winner of the 2003 Parenting Press Gold Award, The Summer Camp Handbook is now celebrating a completely updated 15th Anniversary Edition. Inside is everything you want to know about:

  • All the different kinds of campus
  • Ways to find the best camp
  • Homesickness prevention techniques
  • Getting the most out of camp
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…required reading for every camper’s family and for every camp counselor. It is the most comprehensive and scientifically sound coverage of the camp experience available. This is the book my son and I are using to prepare for his first overnight camp.

Dr. John R. Weisz
Harvard University Professor of Psychology
CEO Judge Baker Children’s Center & father of four

This 15th Anniversary Edition also includes an updated “Resources & References” section, information on ACA and CCA accreditation (do you know what that is?), expanded discussions of electronic technology policies, and an in-depth review of the pros and cons of single-sex vs. coed camps. There’s even a “Just for Kids” chapter that explains safe touch and coaches healthy social connection. Best of all,The Summer Camp Handbook is now available for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks!

Individual copies: $14.99 or less on or from  To read the authors’ latest blog posts, visit the book’s offical website,

Many camp directors gift this book to their new camper families as part of their homesickness prevention and camp preparation program. Or, simply send your new camper families this link:

Help your family prepare for a fantastic camp experience!

…a common sense, meat-and-potatoes guide for all families interested in camp. It’s well-researched, thoughtfully written, easy to read, and–most important–reflects the love and knowledge the authors have for kids and camps.”

Mary Pipher, PhD, Parent and best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia

…full of practical information. Especially helpful is advice to parents about conversations they should have with their children before they go to overnight camp. Highly recommended reading for families and camp professionals.

Bob Ditter, MEd, LCSW, camp consultant and author of In the Trenches

…a comprehensive, invaluable, and powerful preparation tool…a compelling read.

Peg Smith, Executive Director of the American Camp Association and mother of two