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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I do think some unscheduled down time is important for kids, for them to figure out how to fill their days and weeks with things they like to do, to figure out who they are outside of what they do. But kids' needs for unstructured time can vary pretty widely. My younger one can be QUITE creative with his time when he's bored....so to keep the neighborhood from being blown up, we have 2/3 of the summer filled for him.
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I have also discovered that in some peoples' opinions, "fancy camps" are defined as camps more than a days' drive from your home. Space Camp is a fancy camp here because you have to spend a day and a half driving there, but I guess if you lived in Alabama, it is not a fancy camp, unless the cost is such that it would be prohibitive for an Alabama family.
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my kids are very different too, one kid thrives on structure, schedule and the weird thing is she's hardest to please because she feels that pull of wanting to do what her sister is doing or figuring out her own hting.

 

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I paid a teenager $50/day - his mom is home and a good friend. The teen liked the money but could not handle much mroe than a week - there was alot of video game playing - which is cool with me for a week here and there. That was 2 kids - $250/week - the camps would have been $200*2 so $400 - that is my cheapest camp - and it is only that cheap because I buy an 8 pack - 4 weeks each kid.

Finding somebody other than a college student or HS student to come to your house is impossible around here for less than $500/week especially for just the summer. Nannies are looking for long term gigs.

There are some in home day cares but then you have to pay for each kid so summer camp is cheaper or the same.

I send them to about 3-4 instructional camps (aka fancy camps - everything associated with LAX is considered fancy around here) which are more $250-$300.

The bored comment was from a SAH mom but she does not lack for funds. Warning! Snarky comment coming - I think she want to come and go to their lake house whenever she feels like it.

The fancy camp comments are more from SAH moms but that is just because all the working moms are using "fancy" camps. I think in the past I would have thought it was a "mommy war" comment but now I just think it's a misunderstanding comment - maybe I'm growing as a person.

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I agree that some chill out time is important.

We have a few weeks for that - plus the 6 hours they get in the evening to chill with their friends in the

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I was discussing camps with a couple moms this spring--my youngest only wants to go to a camp if a friend goes along--not too convenient.

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If I were a SAHM with a lake house, I would want to be free to come and go to it as the mood struck over the summer, too. Otherwise, why bother with a lake house?
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Picture this - lake house and sleep away camp. HEAVEN!

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So I guess they don't do sports, music or any afterschool activities that cost money either.

Hmm! I don't know anybody that doesn't do some activity paid for at least once in their life. Even my parents paid for a sport twice a year.

To each his own.

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LOL, that's what I was thinking, too.

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