There are of course a number of reasons, but here is one I came up with a few years ago when I started the blog…
A family vacation has two, sometimes competing, interests going on: 1) What is fun and relaxing to the parent? 2) What is fun and relaxing to the kids? A great family vacation finds a way to make those interests intersect.
And speaking of intersections, try thinking of family camps as the intersection of two streets…one is named ‘family vacation’ and the other is ‘summer camp’. Recall your fondest memories of both and this is what family camps strive to provide for vacationing families. When you think about it family camps take the convenience and relaxation of a quality all-inclusive family vacation spot and mix it with the wholesome fun and treasured friendships of a well-run summer camp. Admittedly this concept isn’t obvious and still takes a lot for people to completely wrap their heads around. I’ve been advertising my camp for years and I still regularly get the question, “so where do I send my kids?” I will tell you this: If you have heard of family camps before and you are sort of skeptical or on the fence, I can tell you that our most satisfied customers are those that took the chance and gave it a try. And when you don’t know what to expect or even better, you get dragged in by a spouse and have low expectations (I’ll bet you’re thinking mosquitos, fish sticks and camp cots aren’t you), family camp comes through big time. The first realization is usually, “hey this bed is comfortable and the showers have hot water.” The second realization is about the food and any quality family camp understands that the food had better be good. The last realization usually comes mid-week when the parents step back and recognize the harmony of it all: the kids are not complaining (having a blast, actually), the parents are relaxed from not having to plan anything or cook and clean, and are even having fun doing the things they loved to do as kids. Family camp is wholesome, good, clean fun that believe it or not, the whole family actually agrees on.