On the Web
Free Web-based camp-finder services have largely replaced the printed versions. If you do not have access to the Web, try calling the ACA or NCA and ask whether they can help you locate a camp or whether they can mail you a printed guide to camps in your area.
American Camping Association (ACA) 765-342-8456, www.acacamps.org offers a searchable database of the 2,000 day and residential camps that have earned ACA accreditation, which assures that the camp is safe and provides a quality program. The ACA Web site has the most detailed entries. A parents information section www.acacamps.org/parents offers tips for choosing a camp, preparing kids for camp, packing for overnight camp and much more.
KidsCamps.com www.kidscamps.com is a nationwide directory of summer camps day, overnight, sports, arts, special needs and more. This site is a good place to start. The entries are not very detailed, but they do provide basic information.
SummerCamps.com www.summercamps.com lists 15,000 camp programs. You can search using only very broad criteria, and the basic entries are not very detailed, but you can fill out an online form to have more tailored information sent directly to you: www.summercamps.com/askcamp.asp
Camping Gear on the Web
Bunkline.com The commercial enterprise of KidsCamp.com, this site sells camping gear, luggage, stationery, cameras and more.
CampSupplies.com Offers everything you need for your camper, starting with the packing list. Order flashlights, backpacks and sleeping bags as well as warm socks and an array of camping gadgets.
NameLabels.com This site sells iron-on or sew-on labels for clothing identification.
The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp and Skip the Homesickness, by Christopher A. Thurber, Ph.D., Jon C. Malinowski, Ph.D., and Mark Scott; Perspective Books, 2000.