Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Pregnancy

Font Size

How to Pick a Summer Camp

There are more than 8,000 summer camps in the U.S., offering everything from canoeing to computers. Take some time with your kids to decide which summer camp is right for them and how long they should be away from home.

How Long to Stay at Summer Camp? continued...

"Of course, that's flexible," says Christopher Thurber, PhD, co-author of Summer Camp Handbook, and a spokesperson for the American Psychological Association. "In my experience, the lower end for a one-week sleep-away camp is 7-years-old. But even some 10-year-olds may need a shorter session."

Years ago, a seven- or eight-week camp was the norm. Now, much shorter stays are common, as are stays at several camps.

"Most camps use a two-week session," says Thurber, who also is a faculty member at the Phillips Exeter School in New Hampshire. "Now, there are many more specialty camps, and kids are interested in getting a variety of experiences, so they may go to several camps over the season for shorter stays. They're at soccer camp for two weeks, then they are at computer camp for a week."

The costs for camp vary as widely as the type of summer camps available. In 1999, the average cost for a week's stay at a non-profit camp was $250 to $800, says Thurber. Costs are higher at for-profit camps, where a week's stay runs from $350 to $1,200.

"Generally, the average is about $500 per week," he says.

Dealing With Homesickness at Summer Camp

"About 95% of all boys and girls between 8 and 16 experience some feelings of homesickness on at least two days of a two-week stay at camp," says Thurber.

While younger kids are more likely to be homesick, the better predictor of whether any child will experience homesickness is the kinds of experiences the child has had with previous overnight stays, such as weekends with grandparents or sleepovers at friends' houses.

"Avoiding homesickness all comes down to the child's attitude," says Thurber, whose scientific work focuses on how kids deal with separation at camp. "That's why it is so very important to include the child in the decision process about a camp. Kids who feel forced to go to a camps are much more likely to feel homesick than are kids who feel like they had a chance to influence the decision process."

Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

Today on WebMD

hand circling date on calendar
Track your most fertile days.
woman looking at ultrasound
Week-by-week pregnancy guide.
Pretty pregnant woman timing contaction pains
The signs to watch out for.
pregnant woman in hospital
Are there ways to do it naturally?
slideshow fetal development
pregnancy first trimester warning signs
What Causes Bipolar
Woman trying on dress in store
pregnant woman
Close up on eyes of baby breastfeeding
healthtool pregnancy calendar
eddleman prepare your body pregnancy