Summer Care

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Summer Care
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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 4:54pm

Summer is getting close, for those of you that aren't teachers and don't have the summers off with your kids, what do you do for summer care? 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
In reply to: arryl
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 6:59am

Oldest will go to summer camp. Youngest will still be in day care and FINALLY next summer I will have both kids in same place as youngest will be old enough for summer camp!!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 11:47am

It's been a long time but my kids used to go to the town run day camp which was great--they went to the beach every day (we live in a coastal town), they did sports, arts & crafts, had field trips and it didn't cost that much.  My Dd liked it, my Ds not so much--but there were always a couple of weeks that there was no camp, plus it was only for kids up to age 12.  I think the worst ages are between 12 & 16 when they can work and you don't know what to do with them and don't want them sitting at home all day watching TV.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 4:45pm
Yep Musiclover, the last year or two with DSS visiting has been hard, the first few years we tried a few camps and he was blah about them, he goes to work with DH often but complains the entire time and we don't like him being home playing video games all day long either. He's already complaining this year about us "making him miss football practices" this summer, which they claim are mandatory, but are not... He's 14, I am already dreading this visit this year... My younger two are both at the daycare. I would love the middle one to do some other camps or even the day camps through the school, but its the opposite way from where i work and I can't get her there in the mornings and get to work on time. I did pick up the packet for the school-agers camps at the daycare and they are doing a ton of field trips and stuff this year, it looks really cool. The theme all summer is entrepenuers and innovators.
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Registered: 09-12-2003
Mon, 05-20-2013 - 7:17am

what I love about DS camp is they have every thing. A pool, tons of open area for sports, arts and crafts area and even an auditorum for talent shows and rainy day fun, plus they are right next to a park. They also have different themes per session. Because weather can be iffy late june, first session they do bowling field trip but other then that they stay on site. They do a carnival where they get to dunk the directors. I went there as a kid and its been around since before then. Its held at a temple but its not religous just one of the founding memebers realized there was SO much land they should do something for ALL kids in the city. I will admit as they climb through middle boys to oldest boys they numbers dwindle. Sometimes its sports camps, some do require and its 2 weeks sessions so if you sports camp conflicts you can't do a session and then parents are forced to look for alternatives. Sometimes its just not cool. Its great from elementary but I can see middle schoolers no longer feel cool going to camp or the Y and boys and girls clubs run camps that are weekly and incude trips to amusement parks and beaches. Or even just parents can't justify the cost if they feel their kid can be home alone. Right now DS wants to go until he can't be a camper and then be a CTI and since I got one 5 years younger hoping that sticks.

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