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Should Siblings Attend Camp Together?

At our children’s summer camp outside of Chicago, we have sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and a blended session (with intentional opportunities for them to interact). So there are options when considering the best option for a single child. When there are other siblings in the family, you should also consider whether it’s better for them to attend camp together, or to be able to have their own individual camp experience.

Here are some useful factors to analyze about siblings going to camp together:

Single-Sex or Not

  • Consider whether the individual child would benefit specifically from a blended experience or if a single-sex atmosphere would give the child more freedom to just be themselves free of that particular pressure. (More on the benefits of single-sex camps at this link).

Owning an Individual Camp Experience

  • Consider whether one or more of your children should “own” their own camp experience, free of the other siblings.

4-Week Separation

  • Consider whether you think it’s beneficial for your children to be away from the other sibling(s) for 4 weeks (given the sequential dates of the camps).

Potential for a Child-Free Household

  • Consider whether it’s beneficial for the adults in your family to be completely child-free for two weeks, or have one child at a time for four weeks.

Family Summer Schedule

  • Consider how the specific dates impact your family’s summer planning (since that may make other considerations moot).

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“Our kids have been growing, learning, and enjoying themselves at Camp Kupugani since 2007. The dedicated and diverse leadership and staff provide a safe, encouraging, well-rounded, and valuable experience for campers. Campers learn from and with each other how to value differences, create meaningful connections and thrive.”


“This camp is amazing and exceeded my expectations. I went for a Mother / Daughter Weekend to reconnect with my daughter and we did that for sure. Thank you Camp Kupugani! My daughter loved it so much we immediately signed up for the 2-week girls-only session for the following summer.”


I love camp because it is a safe place to be myself without being criticized for it.”



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