The Summer Camp Handbook

“…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 parepare for his first overnight camp.”  – Dr. John R. Weisz, Harvard Univeristy Professor of Psychology, CEO Judge Baker Children’s Center & father of four

Parents around the world recognize The Summer Camp Handbook as the premier preparatory resource for new campers and their families. Winner of the 2003 Parenting Press Gold Award, The Summer Camp Handbook is now in its third printing. Inside is everything you want to know about:

* The camp experience and camp culture

* Finding the best camp for your child

* Homesickness prevention

* Getting the most out of camp


This revised edition also includes an updated “Resources & References” section, information on American Camp Association accreditation (do you know what that is?), and an expanded discussion of the pros and cons of single-sex and coed camps. There’s even a special section “Just for Kids.” In-depth coverage of all that is camp. Best of all,The Summer Camp Handbook is now available online for free!

Individual copies: $14.95 or less on or from the ACABookstore.  Or, you can view the entire book online for free by navigating to

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

“…a comprehensive, invaluable, and powerful preparation tool…a compelling read.”  – Peg Smith, Executive Director of the American Camp Association and mother of two

“…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