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(CNN)   Summer Camp prices getting so high parents may soon have to simultaneously brutalize and bore their own children   (cnn.com) divider line
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3 days ago  
I'm sure the rich people that send their rich kids to summer camp can handle it.
 
3 days ago  
There's always budget-conscious kamps to consider:

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3 days ago  

Spego: There's always budget-conscious kamps to consider:

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/Hail to thee, Kamp Krusty
 
3 days ago  
Summer camp?  You mean where the oldest child is in charge while the adults are at work?
 
3 days ago  
Camp Runamok
 
3 days ago  
Getting a kick out of this because Jakedata jr. is a jr. counsellor this year. Good pay and recouping some of the kilobucks we sent their way in the past decade. College $$.
 
3 days ago  
It doesn't matter because all the really good-looking girls would still go out with the guys from Camp Mohawk 'cause they got all the money.  It just doesn't matter!  It just doesn't matter!
 
3 days ago  

neongoats: I'm sure the rich people that send their rich kids to summer camp can handle it.


It costs a lot because it's worth it.

/My parents used to ship my brother and me away for eight weeks. I can't blame them one bit.
 
3 days ago  
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3 days ago  

Fear the Clam: neongoats: I'm sure the rich people that send their rich kids to summer camp can handle it.

It costs a lot because it's worth it.

/My parents used to ship my brother and me away for eight weeks. I can't blame them one bit.


I'm sure.

I'm just saying the kind of people that can afford to send the kiddos on White Water Summer can just suck it up and pay the extra, no one cares to hear about how they might not be able to service the 4th Bentley this fall due to the yacht racing surcharge on little lord fauntleroy's summer vacation.
 
3 days ago  
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3 days ago  
When I was a kid, I went to a camp that I later found out offered financial assistance, so that it wasn't all rich kids. Rich or not, though, it offered them an experience of living outside the city or suburbs for a couple weeks that they might not have had otherwise.

Of course, the camp staff has to get paid. That's a significant cost.

Food adds more cost than you might expect. For camps that are out in rural or semi-rural areas, they might have farms to grow their own fruits and vegetables, but a fair amount still has to be trucked in.

The big one, though, is insurance. Kids are gonna run around, climb trees, get eaten by bears... well, maybe not, but there's still the potential for injuries that require medical assistance.
 
3 days ago  
I looked up the YMCA camp where I went as a youngster. $750/week. $875/week with more horse-riding.

Protip: If you're a boy wanting to be with girls, choose the horse camp.
 
3 days ago  

jaytkay: I looked up the YMCA camp where I went as a youngster. $750/week. $875/week with more horse-riding.


Clarifying - those are TODAYs prices, I have no idea what my parents paid.
 
3 days ago  
As a survivor of two Scout camps across six summers, I highly recommend the experience
 
3 days ago  

jaytkay: I looked up the YMCA camp where I went as a youngster. $750/week. $875/week with more horse-riding.

Protip: If you're a boy wanting to be with girls, choose the horse camp.


You went to camp with Sarah Jessica Parker?
 
3 days ago  
I went to Purdue basketball camp in 1990.  I won the Hustle Award, which is the award given to the kid who isn't very good, but tried.
 
3 days ago  
Worth every penny. Just look how happy the kids are...

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3 days ago  

listernine: Summer camp?  You mean where the oldest child is in charge while the adults are at work?


We also went to city-run day camps, Vacation Bible School, regular summer school (both for remedial students and for kids with working parents who could take "fun" classes)  until we were old enough to pick strawberries, raspberries and pole beans - they'd pick you up early morning in a dilapidated old school bus and you'd get home mid-afternoon and you'd earn a little green for school clothes or whatever.
 
3 days ago  
I understand the Homowack Lodge attempted to re-define itself as a day camp for Jewish girls.  It was a Borscht Belt thing, you wouldn't understand.

Darn near ran off the road when I saw a billboard for it. I was laughing so hard I had to stop for a bit.
 
3 days ago  
Camp Celo Highlights
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We sent our kids to this camp, but could only afford to do it one year. Our kids wanted very much to go back again. I've always felt a little bad that they never got to go again.
 
3 days ago  
This one time at band camp...
 
3 days ago  

John Hopoate: This one time at band camp...


...you were brave enough?
 
3 days ago  
Wow. Subby, you make it through comfortably adjusting to general society Okay?
 
3 days ago  
Where's my white privilege? I was supposed to get killed nailing a buxom teenage blonde at camp. I feel gypped.
 
3 days ago  
My sister and I wanted to go to one camp that a lot of our friends went to. We were told no for this reason or that. Found out later it was a Prod waspy camp so no Catholics. That shiat was going on even in the 70's. But then my Dad bought a summer home at the shore  where we were free to exercise our privilege.
 
3 days ago  
I put in 15 years as a scout leader, and for at least a dozen of those years I spent a week of my vacation time chaperoning grubby 11 to 17 years old's as they attempted to get their merit badges.  The cost was always reasonable, but then again the food usually sucked which made up for the difference.
 
3 days ago  
I never went to summer camp as a kid. I was happy just being home and not in school. I went out and did what I want and learned to enjoy the space around me. I hated camping as a kid and still do as a grown up. 

"Camping is fun and a great way to experience nature!" they would tell us kids at school before summer vacation. 

Me who went on a camping trip to the same dirty run down campground every year and was cold and wet most of the time and to get a hot shower you had to pay at the store a dollar for 2 tokens so you could take one in some dirty moldy public shower thought "Yeah right, I rather stay home make smores in the microwave and sleep in a bed," 

Summer camp to me was no different, it was kid warehousing while your parents went and make your next baby brother or sister. 

We were too poor for it anyway.
 
3 days ago  

Rapmaster2000: I went to Purdue basketball camp in 1990.  I won the Hustle Award, which is the award given to the kid who isn't very good, but tried.


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3 days ago  
I went to Boy Scout camp in NoCA as a kid. It was absolutely great, and great for me growing up as well.

I wanted to give my 2 daughters the same experience. They've had 2 weeks of summer camp the last 2 weeks of June from their late years of elementary school through early high school. They love it. And they always return different people - a little more grown-up, with experiences of their own and friends and stories to tell.

It's cost a mint for sure, but the value for them is huge.
 
2 days ago  
I went to a couple camps as a kid. The first one was for kids with the autoimmune condition I have since most camps wouldn't take us, which was amazing and had financial assistance options.

The second one was 4-H camp, which was also awesome, but not expensive for families since all the clubs worked together to support it so everyone could go. (Side note, 4-H is amazing and should be available to all kids, I learned so many useful things and it was fun...).

I also did math day camp, which let me graduate high school early (which as a kid who went to math camp, was a plus).
 
2 days ago  

alice_600: "Camping is fun and a great way to experience nature!" they would tell us kids at school before summer vacation.


There are plenty of summer camps that aren't roughing it in the wild.  Plenty of options with an academic or artistic focus and even some nature ones with dormitory type accommodations.

I'll just post the most famous one.

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2 days ago  
Sending my 5 year old to a summer day camp at the Smithsonian Postal Museum.  They do lot of field trips and play on the mall, so he's not just philateling all day long. It was pricey, but not too bad and it gets him in museums and learning so I'm happy.
 
2 days ago  

12349876: alice_600: "Camping is fun and a great way to experience nature!" they would tell us kids at school before summer vacation.

There are plenty of summer camps that aren't roughing it in the wild.  Plenty of options with an academic or artistic focus and even some nature ones with dormitory type accommodations.

I'll just post the most famous one.

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I didn't have parents that loved me that much.
 
2 days ago  

12349876: alice_600: "Camping is fun and a great way to experience nature!" they would tell us kids at school before summer vacation.

There are plenty of summer camps that aren't roughing it in the wild.  Plenty of options with an academic or artistic focus and even some nature ones with dormitory type accommodations.

I'll just post the most famous one.

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Space camp is actually surprisingly affordable. I super wanted to go as a kid, and a few months ago it popped into my head. I looked into it, and was, holy shiat, we could so do this for my daughter.

So i run and tell her all stoked, like, "dude, I have an idea, check this out, do you want to go to SPACE CAMP this summer?!?!?!"

And she was, "naa....i'm good with six flags"
 
2 days ago  
10 years ago it was too expensive too.

At least for the secular camps nearest me that I wanted to send my kids too
 
2 days ago  

meat0918: 10 years ago it was too expensive too.
At least for the secular camps nearest me that I wanted to send my kids too


If you have one job on this earth, it's to raise your kids.  Not pay someone else to do it, so that they're worth more.

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But if we weren't doing it wrong, our economy would crash.
 
2 days ago  

Uzzah: It doesn't matter because all the really good-looking girls would still go out with the guys from Camp Mohawk 'cause they got all the money.  It just doesn't matter!  It just doesn't matter!


Thank you for that. At one time, it was a favorite of mine.
 
2 days ago  
My neighborhood had a very casual "summer camp" which was essentially the auditorium of the local elementary school was open with some moderate adult supervision. Come and go as you please. Perfect for bored kids looking for something to do. Mostly board games and self-organized sports. I think one time there was a field trip to go bowling. More or less a rec center but minus the equipment. I think it was $10 per kid for the whole summer but that had to be on the honor system because we didn't have wrist bands and there was nobody taking roll.
 
2 days ago  

imaconnect4guy: They do lot of field trips and play on the mall


They even have a climbing wall!

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2 days ago  
Gonna light some fires here...

My at the time "middle-class" parents were able to send me off to the dregs of Ontario (Barrie) for 3 months out of the summer to play hockey.

They probably were doing all sorts of crazy shiat while I wasn't around. Coke, choke-sex, who knows.

All I know is that it made me appreciate Canadian women for the nice, loveable people they are.

They nurtured me through months and months of feeling sent away to be someone else's problem.

The blowjobs were awesome too. I didn't know poutine through a straw was a thing...but you never learn anything until you cross borders...
 
2 days ago  
It's amazing how much parents will spend so that other people will take care of their kids for a while.

Thank goodness for free daycare, I mean, public school.
 
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