Point O’ Pines Camp
7201 State Rte. 8, Brant Lake
With an ethos of fun over winning, Point O’Pines Camp in the Adirondack Mountains pushes girls to play big. Campers can build on their favorite hobbies—whether that’s volleyball or photography—or pick up something new, like waterskiing or dance. But where PoP really shines is the food: high-quality ingredients, fresh fruit, homemade scones, and an organic garden where campers learn to plant and harvest fruits and vegetables. If there were an adult version, we’d be there in a heartbeat. Don’t worry if your daughter is on the shy side: The camp’s big sister program pairs first-timers with veterans to make sure everyone is properly oriented. There is an undeniable kindness here. With a 90 percent return rate—highly unusual, even among the best camps—Point O’Pines offers the chance to make bonds that last a lifetime. Those seven weeks tend to fly by.