Late August sleep-away camp for 10yo?

Hi. I'm looking for a sleep-away camp for my 10yo. The only two weeks that work for us are August 16 and August 23, but we're flexible on length of stay. 

It'd be his first time at a sleep away camp, but he's very outgoing and independent. Maybe best to start with a shorter stay away from home. He's not into organized sports or arts and crafts, but loves the outdoors, swimming, fishing, making stuff, nature, etc. 

Please share your recommendations, suggestions, and experiences. Thanks. 

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I did significant research on this topic earlier this year. I don't think there's going to be many (any?) camps running that late into the summer, because they are all staffed by college students who need to get back to school. Also, by this time, many camps are full for 2021, perhaps because there is limited capacity to some extent because of COVID, but also because camps are going out of business so demand is higher for the remaining spots. For next year, I suggest starting to look in January and booking around March.

if your 10 year old is entering 5th grade, it looks like trackers may still have a spot in the Aug 16 week.  https://trackersbay.com/youth/overnight-camps-bay

I just researched this for my 13yo son. There are a few overnight camps that still have openings. Maybe check out: Hidden Villa (in Los Altos), Natoma (Paso Robles), Camp Unalayee Base Camp (Trinity Alps), and Camp Chrysalis. I don't remember the exact dates that were open but do know that they all had availability.