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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Registered: 02-24-2009

Indeed! We had several friends in NY who sent the kids to camp for 6-8 weeks every summer. The mothers were SAHMs, but as they told us, this was parent vacation.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

And this is why I've never wanted a vacation house. I'd feel obligated to use it, which would make it hard to go some place else. Going back to the same place every summer doesn't appeal to me the way it does to many people.

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Registered: 03-27-2000

LOL, so true!

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Registered: 05-27-1998

LOL! Every parent I know tries to get their kids' weeks at camp to line up so the parents can sneak off to Nantucket or some place like that. Everybody wins.

That has never worked out for us, but while the kids were off on separate

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Registered: 07-17-2007

Hasn't worked for us,yet.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Some kids definitely take longer than others to be ready for sleep away camp. My DD, who will be 16 next week, begged to go to camp when she was 8. DS 14, never wanted to go until last summer, and even then, it was only for a week. This year,

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Registered: 02-04-2009

I think that's the appeal of an RV.

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Registered: 03-27-2000

I can understand that.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wow; that's almost identical to my dd1's experiences at camp, right down to the no communication rule and the website pictures. She started at 11 and has now been several times. She would love to go for two weeks, but I've told her she'd have to pay for the second week, so it hasn't happened.;)
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Registered: 06-04-2003

I think the no communication rule is pretty standard and put in place for a reason.