Looking for perspectives, summer camp theme day.

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Looking for perspectives, summer camp theme day.
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 10:38pm

My dd#2 is in a theater camp this week.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 1:20am

I think it's a non-issue.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 6:53am

I have no issue with the older kids setting the rules, at all, that's the way it's always been, will always be, and some day she'll be the older kid.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:04am

I think your aggravation has boiled over a bit.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:29am

I agree with you.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:43am

As far as having to make or find costumes on last minute when you offered to help long ago, I hope you just said that it wasn't enough time for you to do it now.

Now I happen to work a block from a men's homeless shelter--and I'm wondering how homeless people actually dress?

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 12:24pm

Well, since the play/show deals with themes of homelessness, and since the older kids <<< didn't choose the "dress like a homeless person".

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:34pm

You're not blowing things out of proportion at all. As you correctly assumed, it's not about getting to dress a certain way, it's about mocking a group of human beings. This is offensive, and doesn't teach kids anything. The mature ones will be uncomfortable with the theme and feel conflicted; the less mature ones will have great fun putting on shabby clothes. What does that teach anyone other than to perpetuate a shallow stereotype?

The irony is that many homeless people dress like everyone else. We just hosted 3 homeless families at our church fo the past few weeks and there was nothing in the way they dressed that made them stand out.

Let your DD fight this battle. She and her friends can wear nice dresses or whatever, and then just tell everyone that, yes, this is what some homeless teens wear. That would be a good lesson for the younger kids and some of the adults to learn.

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:39pm

I'm glad others found it troublesome too.

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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 7:36pm

Update, a number of the kids (including dd and her friend) talked with the leaders about thinking the theme was inappropriate.

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Wed, 08-10-2011 - 7:55pm

So glad to hear they resolved this in an inoffensive way. It's great that the kids took the initiative to change the theme.