There are so many options for summer camps today, from traditional to specialized. In addition to the type of camp, parents struggle with the decision to send their child to either a single gender camp or a co-ed camp. There is a 3rd option though, a brother/sister camp! Our camps, Rio Vista for boys and Sierra Vista for girls, allow for the unique bond of a single-sex camp and the social interactions in a quality co-ed community.
What is a brother/sister camp?
A brother/sister camp is a hybrid of traditional single gender and co-ed camps. Meaning, they are two separate camps on the same acreage, or very close, and maintain separate activities throughout camp. Boys and girls only come together for joint activities, such as camp dances and socials.
Why attend a brother/sister camp?
The typical pressures of boys and girls interacting are gone! Campers feel no need to impress the opposite sex and can enjoy a fun summer by fully engaging in their age group/cabin. Girls can go makeup free and not worry about what to wear while boys are able to open up in a comfortable environment. Campers are able to forge deep social connections without the pressures of the boy-girl dynamic that they are used to during the school year.
At Vista Camps, each camp has its own staff and facilities. All programs and activities are kept separate except for Sunday chapel services and the occasional evening activity or event. While our camps have similar traditions with Tribes, Chiefs and Chieftain selections, and special honors and awards, they still have their own unique aspects for their programs.
We have created a schedule that lets the boys and girls enjoy camp without overlapping during daily activities. For example, while the boys finish breakfast, the girls are on to their first activity of the day. This keeps everyone active and engaged throughout the day with plenty to do, see and learn!