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Help a Mom: Overnight summer camps for grade schoolers

Posted January 29, 2013

I received a message from a mom who is looking for a week-long sleep away camp for her son, who is about 9.

She tells me that she's looking at Camp Cheerio in the N.C. mountains and Don Lee Center near the coast. She would love to hear reviews of those camps and any others.

And thanks to all the Facebook fans who shared information about camps on Tuesday.

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  • info308 Feb 3, 2013

    Find Camp Cheerio and other NC kids programs at KidNimble helps parents connect witht he best resource for finding kids' programs: each other!

  • MissMyTripod Jan 30, 2013

    HIGHLY recommend New Life Camp in Raleigh and Camp Oak Hill in Oxford. I went to both as a child, and my kids have been to both.

  • missparrothead Jan 30, 2013

    Camp Don Lee! My son is going again this summer, but for a two week session. He really likes the counselors, activities and has learned how to sail! Pretty location/reasonable price.

  • Lovestosave Jan 30, 2013

    Camp Oak Hill in Oxford, NC

  • ecupurplhze Jan 30, 2013

    We love Don Lee. They are great with kids and hire some of the best counselors around. We have a friend who sends their son there who has autism and it's the only camp they trust. Says a lot!

  • margaretted Jan 30, 2013

    Camp Kanata!!! I went there as a kid and loved it so much I went back and spent three summers there as a counselor. It is in Wake Forest, about 45 minutes away from Raleigh. It is associated with the YMCA and they have recently undergone some awesome renovations! Here is the link;

  • rmbirchhill Jan 30, 2013

    Camp Birch Hill is a great overnight summer camp in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!
    You can check them out by going to their website at .

  • Mom2two Jan 30, 2013

    Defintely Don Lee, but also any of the 4-H camps. There is a coastal near Columbia, NC, Betsy Jeff-Penn in the northern piedmont, and one near Asheville. Great experience and VERY affordable. Also if she has an interest in marine biology, Marinequest at UNC-W in Wilmington is excellent (though I think residential doesn't start until age 10)

  • edmustian Jan 30, 2013

    Summer Sonsations Youth Camp is in Henderson, NC on Kerr Lake. Here is the website url in which you can check out the campground and amenities: It is very reasonably priced.

  • 301229 Jan 30, 2013

    New LIfe Camp is right here in Raleigh but you would never know it once you get on the property. It has some summer camp classics - a pond with a raft and slide, dining hall, mail call and some updated amenities as well - new swimming pool, air conditioned gyms. The staff are wonderful and well trained. It is certainly the highlight of the summer for my kids ages 9-14. Great info on their website also.