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Let's talk camps: Saturday 3.13 @ Urban Grind NE

DSCN0086 This is our 2nd year facing a 12-week summer hiatus from school for our kids.  We muddled through last summer break with a carefully (painfully?) cobbled together combo of cousins, camps, vacation and crazy work schedules.  Now that it's March, it's high-time to firm up our summer 2010 plans, right? 

I've perused the Metro Parent camp issue (out this week!), reviewed last year's uM camp conversations (natch), emailed 1,000 times with friends for recommendations and to coordinate calendars (good luck!), and searched high and low for that perfect camp that wants all your kids, has the perfect hours, offers fascinating activites, doesn't cost and arm and a leg ($250/week x 12 can break the bank, especially with more than  child!), and is in the neighborhood. 

OK, so I'm actually just hoping to find a camp that meets one or two of those criteria!

If you, too, are on the hunt for summer camps, join other urbanMamas (and Papas) to swap experiences, discuss camps, learn about new ones, maybe even find a carpool buddy! 

Where: Urban Grind NE @ 2214 NE Oregon

When: Saturday, March 13th from 3-4:30 PM (or whenever the conversation dies down)

Coming? Great - let us know in the comments if you're planning to be there.  

Urban Grind typically has copies of Metro Parent by the front door, so if you haven't already you can grab the camp issue there (if there are any left!).

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I'll come, and bring some info about Girl Scout camps. :-)

I'll be there with my calendar! Also, please note that this event it not intended for camp reps, just parents sharing their faves (and not so faves). See you there!

I for one am looking forward to hearing about some options that I've never heard of before.

Here's an option you may not know about:

Working parents who don't want their child in camp ALL summer can also hire a nanny for part of the summer. That way kids can have a little down time. It might be hard to find a nanny who can do sporadic weeks unless you use a nanny agency. I own Care Givers Placement Agency and we do a lot of summer placements that weave through camp schedules.

Man, I need help getting familiar with camps. I'll be there.

Count me in!! I'm a newbie to Portland and just returning to the "out of the house" workforce and spent my entire salary on summer camps as I had no knowledge of the many options out there. Would also be interested in some nanny sharing over the summer or some sort of alternative rather than the typical 8-5 camp.

I am a special education teacher and am interested in doing an art and music camp this summer with my friend who is a speech language therapist. We're only at the beginning stage of this and not quite sure we're going to do it. Our thought is to offer a camp for kids with and without special needs. We have lots of experience teaching social skills, play skills and communication skills and thought there might be a need for this over summer months. Just wanted to see if any mamas out there thought this might fly....

Not sure if I can come but I do want to let you all know that Shining Star Waldorf School is going to offer camps in July, the weeks of the 12th, 19th, and 26th, one for the little ones, M-Th ages 3-6, 9 am to 1 pm, and Intensive Art Camps for grades 1-5, M-Th, 9 am to 12 noon! Affordable and wonderful camps! Location, 602 NE Prescott, just 2 blocks off MLK Jr with a full sized Garden Play Lot attached to our bldg. Call the school for an application 503 753 4459 or visit shiningstarschool.com

Hi, I just read about this gathering which I obviously missed. Id love to hear any great suggestions. We're nw to the area and need to sort out summer soon...

Our "camp" referral forum is up but hard to find. So, please, check it out HERE for plenty of suggestions: http://www.urbanmamas.com/camps/

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