Summer Camp: Have You Started Planning?
Last summer was my first time navigating the maze of summer camps. It was like working a puzzle trying to figure out what would work within the schedules of two full-time working parents and also that of close friends. My son had an enjoyable summer biking, doing art, playing basketball, with the grandparents, and being bored with a babysitter. Though I found coverage for my grade-school aged child, I longed for the days when childcare was year round. What I want more than anything for this summer is to drop my kids off at the time and same place every day knowing that they will have fun-filled day full of play and fun activities (art, music, biking, swimming, etc.). Piecemealing care together is not my cup of tea nor is keeping track of different camp hours and location. On top of this is cost. Camps cost on average $250-$300 a week, which can become unaffordable quickly especially with two grade school kids this year. Have you started planning for summer camp? What are your strategies? Do you choose by activity or convenience? Location? Cost? Or have you decided to avoid it and go for some type of childcare swap?