Clara Brady, 8, climbs at the Rock About Climbing Adventures Camp in Reimers Ranch last year. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

We’re getting excited about our summer camp guide. Find in on Feb. 24 at You can find last year’s guide now.

Fantastic Magic Camp instructor Elias King teaches the art of juggling to kids attending magic camp.

For this year’s camp guide, we visited three very different camp last summer where we learned to rock climb, do magic and make art. We also went to a camp where high school girls get skills toward finding a career.

We’ve been writing about camp for 25 years and have shared a lot of tips.

Here are some of our favorite recent camp tip stories:

How to pick a camp

How to find the right summer camp for your kids

The questions every parent should ask when choosing a summer camp

Know what to ask before signing kids up for camp

Let kids try something new, challenging at camps

Our to-do list

Get your camp plans made with our to-do list

Pick your camp: How to map out your summer schedule

Plan for camp Mommy or Daddy now


Get swim lessons now before kids head off to camp

Take lice precautions before sending kids off to camp

Get your physical, medical forms lined up

Who’s on the list to pick up your child from camp?

Keep kids safe around water this summer

A guide to sun screen and sun protection 

Packing tips

Find the right containers to pack for camp

Get packing for camp with these tips

Special considerations

Talk to camp early about child with different physical, emotional needs 

Tips on paying for camp

Once at camp

Letters from camp: What they say and don’t say about your child