How to Find the Right Overnight Summer Camp for Your Child

Camp Mah-Kee-NacJan 13, 2023

Three boys on water raft at summer camp

Here are a few helpful tips to find the perfect summer camp program:

There are many benefits to sending your child to summer camp. It can be a life changing experience, allowing them to build character and leadership skills, make friends and long-lasting memories, and gain independence. Depending on the program’s offerings, campers can participate in unique activities across subject areas from watersports to videography. 

According to the American Camp Association, the United States has more than 16,000 camps, including about 1,500 accredited overnight camps. Narrowing your choices can seem overwhelming. Here’s what you should consider when choosing a camp for summer.

Focus on your child’s interests

Before selecting a camp, it’s important to see which summer camp programs fit your child’s interests. Not every child wants a camp focused exclusively on competitive sports or the arts. Consider their current hobbies at home and school across different areas, or if there is a new skill or interest they may be looking to learn. 

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac is a premiere overnight summer camp for boys with an elective-based activity program. Campers can comfortably explore their diverse interests such as waterfront sports, adventure activities, and our S.T.E.M. programs.

Boy climbing rock wall at summer camp

Determine your budget

Sending your child to camp can be a significant financial investment. It’s important to have the most updated financial information about the camp, including program offerings and amenities.

Don’t forget to research what’s included in the final price of camp, since most added benefits can bump up the cost. What is included in the tuition? Make sure you’re paying for the things that are most important to you and your family.

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac offers financial transparency as well as partners with organizations offering scholarship opportunities. 2023 Rates include camp tuition, room and board, laundry, and transportation. Sibling and Camp Danbee Sister discounts are also available.

two boys smiling at summer camp

Consider the camp setting and tone

Camps cultivate their programs to have a specific vibe and tone. Factors like location, staff, culture, values, and traditions help separate similar camps to help you find the right fit.

The spirit of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac lies in the commitment to the community. Mah-Kee-Nac prides itself on being the most well-rounded boys camp in the Berkshires, fostering healthy competition. Most of the MKN campers love sports, and many of them compete often, but they also love to explore other areas. Campers and staff feel supported, challenged and encouraged to participate in an action-packed day of sports, outdoor adventure, waterfront activities, media and S.T.EM. 

boys playing basketball at summer camp


Do your homework

Every camp family has their own needs and interests.  When you register for a camp you’re investing time, money, and trust in the care and wellness of your child. 

Consider a list of additional questions to ask to ensure your child will have everything they need to feel safe, supported, and have fun during their overnight summer camp experience. 

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac offers virtual open houses, one on one conversations and home visits with families, responses to frequently asked questions and a virtual tour of the camp.

Mother and son hugging at summer camp

For more information about Camp Mah-Kee-Nac and its offerings please visit or contact our staff today!


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