“Why should I send my child to sleepaway camp?” For parents who did not attend sleepaway camp as a child, it is sometimes difficult to convey what is so magical about going away to camp. Simply put, sleepaway camp provides children with experiences they just don’t get anywhere else. Whether your child is a young McAlister camper going away from home for the first time, an experienced Talcott teen eager to explore the world beyond their immediate community, or an older teen ready to take on the challenge of leadership, our sleepaway camps are designed to change with the changing developmental needs of your child. We offer the perfect mix of fun, challenge and support at every age to ensure that camp is a place they never outgrow!
Regardless of age, all of our camp programs provide kids with a chance to grow, learn, make incredible friends, establish close ties to counselors who are true role models, and become the best version of themselves. More than that, campers are encouraged to move outside their comfort zone by trying new activities and mastering new skills, playing a part in a goofy skit at assembly, or befriending a fellow camper whose background is very different from their own.
In our tech-saturated world, campers learn to unplug and to embrace the moment–to enjoy the beauty of a sunset, to be awed by the majesty of a stand of pines, to experience the thrill of capturing the flag for their team during evening activity, or the warmth of a campfire and the circle of friends that surround it. Finally, campers get a chance to be part of traditions that have been passed down from one generation of campers to the next for over a century.