What makes a summer camp a "fancy camp?"

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What makes a summer camp a "fancy camp?"
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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 12:01pm
One of the terms that is often thrown around in the debate is "fancy summer camp." As in, "We can't take fancy vacations or send our kids to fancy summer camps on one income, but that's about all we sacrifice." What, in your opinion, is the difference between a "fancy" camp and a regular one?
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So price determines what is a "fancy camp?"
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Price is definitely a factor, but a lot of people think music camp (or robotics camp or art camp), regardless of cost, is a fancy camp just because it's something their own kids don't do. For about 3 years, DD sang in a youth chorus that was connected to

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Around here, people call those types of camps resume building camps.

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I don't think there is a real definition. It is just a dig at working moms who use camps as daycare instead of babysitters.

It makes it sound like we work so our kids can live like kings/queens instead of just a way to make it through the summer.

My kids love their camps. A babysitter may save me a few hundred bucks but the kids have such a rich (no pun intended) experience at their camps.

I am sure my kids camps would be decribed by some as "fancy" but I think they are just fun. Believe me I would trade a week at their camp over my work any day. (okay maybe not a rainy day or a 101 degree day)

We set a few week aside to lay around and play video games too.

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my DD is in horseback with a girl who is in the school's robotic club, that group has gone to regional/state? competitions and some of the places they've gone, places htey've stayed were

 

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" What, in your opinion, is the difference between a "fancy" camp and a regular one? "

Not sure.





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How long is the five thousand dollar camp for, though? A lot of kids go to camp for a month, six weeks, even all summer. A thousand dollars a week is pricey, but not unheard of. Space Camp is about seven hundred dollars for six days now.
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A lot of kids whose parents are very well-off.;)
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The five thousand dollar camp I was talking about was for 21 days, according to the friend whose child went there. And really, it is one of several camps in that price range. Her point wasn't that it was expensive, but that it was not the type of camp experience she found beneficial for her child.

I don't think it's "wrong" to spend a lot on camp, as long as you can afford it and consider it a good value. Value and cost aren't the same thing. A couple of kids in our church couldn't afford even the $440 camp so the church is paying their way; to them, $440 is no different than $5000 because both are out of reach.