Expensive summer camps for kids still going strong

Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:57pm EDT
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By Daniel Lippman

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The recession may have forced families to tighten their budgets but many are still willing to send their children to expensive summer camps.

Nearly half of the priciest camps in the country are in Maine, which boasts beautiful beaches and lakes, or scattered throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Connecticut, according to Forbes.com.

A typical seven-week stay can cost more than $10,000.

Takajo boys camp, Tripp Lake Camp for girls, coed Camp Laurel, all-girls Camp Vega and boys camp Wildwood, which are all in Maine, have five-figure tuition fees, as does Raquette Lake for girls in New York,

"The steep price tags reflect the constant updating and refurbishing these elite camps do," according to Forbes.

Last year Laurel South, a camp near Portland, Maine, spent $1 million updating its kitchen and dinning hall. The amenities at the camps are also top of the line, said Forbes.

Camp Laurel has more than 30 sail boats and sail boards and an outdoor roller hockey facility. Tyler Hill camp in Pennsylvania features a nine-hole professional golf course and Camp Vega has an equestrian center, a tennis ranking program for elite junior players and ski jumps on the lake.

At Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, tennis enthusiasts are coached by Davis Cup team players.   Continued...