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It might seem counterintuitive to celebrate camp while there's still snow on the ground, but if you're a parent planning to sign up your children for a summer session, now's the time to do it.

Here at Kids VT, we've been thinking about summer camp all winter. Last month, we held our 14th annual Camp & School Fair at the Hilton Burlington, where we met and talked with hundreds of parents, kids and camp staffers. We're thankful to everyone who participated.

Many of us who went to camp have fond memories of our time there. Plenty of us wish we could go back! In this issue, Paula Routly interviews six Vermonters who describe the powerful impact that sleepaway camp had on their lives.

And it's not just campers who get to have new experiences — in this month's "Use Your Words," mom Theresa Soares describes what her entire family discovered when her disabled son attended the Double H Ranch in the Adirondacks last summer.

If you're ready to find a camp for your son or daughter, our camp guide offers dozens of choices. Look for comprehensive Vermont camp listings online, too, at the newly redesigned kidsvt.com.

Still in winter mode? Check out Kate Laddison's report on the favorable skating conditions at Milton's Ice Barn, and Aimee Picchi's story about a new cross-country-skiing program that's helping some kids get on skis for the first time.

Cathy Resmer, editor

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