Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of working parents more than the words, "Summer Vacation." As I mentioned in a previous post about Camp Galileo, I'm not one of those parents who scrambles to sign-up for camps in January for several reasons:
- I'm pretty laid back about these things. I've never not been able to find a nice summer camp for my kids to attend.
- I'm never sure about our summer travel plans—we tend to do things last minute so my camp plans need to be flexible.
- I can't afford to spend thousands of dollars at one time (because it is thousands of dollars for two girls to spend their summers attending camps) to sign up for all our camps at once.
Parents, how 'bout this? Let's stop buying into and perpetuating the hype that if we don't sign up for everything (camps, preschools, afterschool programs) RIGHTNOW, "all the good ones" will be taken. "Good" according to whom? Let's stop being sheep. Signing up for camps at your leisure allows you to discover wonderful camps you never knew existed, like hair accessory-making and braiding your local kids salon, art camps in an artist neighbor's backyard, or reading and story play camps at the local independent bookstore. (All actual camps in my community.)
Ranting aside, there is nothing worse than plopping down $250 for a week-long camp that your kids hate and complain about attending. When I brought up the subject of summer camps with my girls, they rattled off their lists of camps that they'd rather not attend but also shared their lists of favorites. At the top of both of their lists: Camp Galileo.