Summer camps are the best way to give kids a taste of freedom without having them lick the Liberty Bell. Ring in summertime with this Groupon.
$199 for Four-Day Classic Camp Session ($410 Value)
July 1st through July 4th, kids escape to Camp Sealth for a classic sleep away camp experience. Students in grades 1 through 8 bunk overnight in cabins with peers, spending their days in a largely self-directed exploration of the camp’s dozens of activities. They might test their rock-climbing skills on the bouldering wall or study the natural and environmental sciences in the gardens. They can even interact with living sea life thanks to the camp's three marine aquarium touch tanks. Staffers provide transportation to Vashon via a ferry ride on their dedicated camp vessel, Da Boata. Parents are responsible for picking kids up at the end of the week.
In 1920, a few intrepid explorers transformed the unpopulated shoreline of Vashon Island into an outdoor classroom, where they invited kids to come stay, play, and learn valuable skills. In the nearly 100 years since its founding, Camp Sealth's facilities have evolved, but its mission and activities have remained much the same. Camp organizers still helm resident camps for kids ages 6 to17, bunking them together in cabins by night and offering exploration of the 400 acres of forest and shoreline by day. Staffers lead horseback trail rides and teach survival skills such as archery and fire-starting.
They also provide more focused full-day retreats for students that teach leadership skills to teens. And to back all their camps and activities, the camp boasts an excellent safety record and a ban on frozen underwear pranks, as well as accreditation from the American Camp Association.
Also at their secluded getaway location, surrounded by 400 acres of forest and wetlands on one and a half miles of private beach along the Puget Sound. They are a short ferry ride away from both Seattle and Tacoma on the Vashon Island.