Camp Fair

Exploring 2024 Summer Camp Experiences for Teens

By NCOAE Headquarters January 25, 2024

Summer Camp

It’s that time of year — from mid-winter to early spring — when teens, parents, and others are asking for recommendations about fun, educational, and enriching summer camp experiences and outdoor adventures for late-May, June, July, and August. 

With all of the outdoor options available, finding the right summer camp experience can pose a formidable challenge. First off, you need to narrow your choices down to one of three broad categories: day camp, residential camp, or virtual camp. 

From there, you need to choose a focus, such as outdoor adventure, academic enrichment, arts and crafts, sports (football and soccer camps, for example), or performance arts (such as ballet or theater). And, at some point, you’re going to need to choose a location, perhaps in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, or North Carolina.

Young backpackers walking through the backcountry with NCOAE

In this post, we tell you about three upcoming opportunities for you to personally meet with experienced summer camp leaders — including our staff at The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education (NCOAE). These summer camp specialists will provide you with information about the benefits of leadership-focused summer camp experiences for teens who have an appetite for camping, rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, and other human-powered outdoor adventures.

2024 Teen Summer Camp Expos

If you’re shopping for an outdoor adventure this summer for your teen, consider attending a summer camp fair near you. This year (2024), NCOAE will be exhibiting at three camp fairs — two in North Carolina and one in Georgia:

  • Wilmington Parent Magazine’s 21st Annual Summer Camp Fair: This is the only event of its kind in the area, providing families with a unique opportunity to explore the summer camp and enrichment options available to their children during summer break.
    Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024
    Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Elks Lodge, 5201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC
    For more info, visit: Wilmington Parent Magazine’s 21st Annual Summer Camp Fair 
  • Triangle Summer Camp Expo
    Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Location: Wake County Shrine Club, 6015 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC
    For more info, visit: Triangle Summer Camp Expo 
  • Atlanta Camp Fair
    Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Location: Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA
    For more info, visit: Atlanta Camp Fair

Appreciating the Benefits of Leadership-Based Summer Camp for Teens

Accredited adventure-based experiential and outdoor education companies like NCOAE offer leadership-based summer camps that provide a unique opportunity for teens to develop technical outdoor skills along with personal competencies in the following four areas: (more…)

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