Most sleepaway camps run from two to eight weeks, but if that seems like a big commitment, consider a week-long, half-week or even weekend-long overnight camp to ease kids into the experience. Shorter camps can be ideal for very young children who are begging to go to camp, but may not understand what’s in store. Here are a few options:

Camp Allegheny in Greenbrier County, W.V.a, has a one-week “mini camp” to give 7- to 10-year-old girls a taste of what the full three-week camp would be like. (campalleghany.com/mini_camp.html)

The Girl Scouts’s Camp Potomac Woods in Leesburg, Va., has half-week camps (gscnc.org/potomacwoodsprograms.html). In addition, the Girl Scout’s “Core Camps” offer a weekend of camping with activities like hiking and canoeing (gscnc.org/core_camp.html).

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s day camp is typically two weeks, but also offers “summer fun weeks” for kids as young as pre-K (http://tinyurl.com/okaubtx).