Adults try their best to create the ideal summer vacation — the perfect equilibrium between activity and relaxation — only to find it can often wind up being more stressful than just staying home. As kids, we had it down. What happened when we grew up?
Enter the family camp. Modeled after the traditional sleepaway experience, the multigenerational version is a vacation with less organizational stress — and best of all, you get to share it with your kids. Meals appear at regular intervals and cheery camp counselors whisk kids off to age-appropriate activities, leaving parents free to launch a canoe for old time's sake, or simply hobnob on a shady front porch overlooking the lake.
"Family camp can be a real relief for the cooks or the chauffeurs in the family," says Carole Blane, program director at Camp Common Ground in Starksboro. "It's also great fun for adults wishing to re-create the magic of going to camp. You get to run around barefoot, play soccer or just spend time enjoying your surroundings while your kids are being taken care of."