Summer Camp Anxiety, 2008
We recently received an annoucnement about or two about summer camp schedules being released soon. In the past, we have done round-ups of summer camps around town. (See the CAMP index) It's a bit too early to do a complete round-up of summer camps 2008, but it's never too early to start talking about your favorite camps. Our daughter is her 3rd year of being of summer camp age, and there are a few camps she is most definitely looking forward to. Her summer won't be complete without it.
Staci recently emailed:
The time is drawing near to start figuring out where to send my son during the day in the summer. He is 10 this year, and YMCA is no longer offered as a summer program at his school, so I thought this would be a good year to start him in camps that follow specific interests. He has talked about going to animation camps and outdoor camps, and I would love love love to put him in a drama or acting camp - he has such natural talent.
I don't know where to look for all these camps! OMSI isn't posting anything specific yet, so I am asking for some urbanMama help!
What is your tactic for tackling the 10 weeks of summer this year? Any MUST-DO summer camps for your child? Are there alternatives to camps for school-aged kids? What about a real full-time summer camp offering? What are working parents to do when some summer camps only run from 9am to 3pm or from Monday to Thursday? What do you do if your children go to a public school and you pay zero tuition all year, but are then expected to pay $X amount per week over the summer? What programs are more affordable?
We recently also received another email from Maura:
I know it may seem early, but I’m thinking about summer camp. I have looked over the old 2006 recommendations and have lots of great ideas. Some of these places are just about to begin registration! I am still in need of something sporty for a 4.5 year old who is REALLY bouncy and athletic. We are in inner SE Portland. It’s our first summer with no childcare, so we have a number of weeks to fill.