Summer camps feel economic pinch

Summer camps feel economic pinch

There are 36 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 4, 2009, titled Summer camps feel economic pinch. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Kids react as a beaker foams over during a summer-enrichment program at Winter Springs High School.

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FedUp

Lady Lake, FL

#1 May 5, 2009
I just love how many of today's parents expect the grandparents to drop everything and be available as free babysitting whenever needed. Grandparents have already raised their own kids. They shouldn't be forced to raise more.
DPack

Sarasota, FL

#2 May 5, 2009
FedUp wrote:
I just love how many of today's parents expect the grandparents to drop everything and be available as free babysitting whenever needed. Grandparents have already raised their own kids. They shouldn't be forced to raise more.
Sorry to disagree with you here! For some families that are hurting through this economy (a fact that somehow you might not quite understand) the solution is to turn inward. I personally applaud those families from grandparents to smallest child that have the strength in tough economic times to turn to themselves and help. Afterall if you can't count on family when times are tough who then can you? It is not about raising kids its about pulling together a fact that you are missing in the true meaning of family!
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#3 May 5, 2009
Before you send your child to any summer camp or Vacation Bible School make sure you have every adult go through a background check, then meet them and ask questions.
Otherwise, your child is in danger!
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#4 May 5, 2009
DPack is obviously someone who majored in "spin." His parents probably feel a lot different about raising his brats for free.
Star

Kissimmee, FL

#5 May 5, 2009
It really bites, ive been looking into camps in my area and they are just too expensive. I have 3 children and for each child its $100 - $150 a week ok now multiply that times 3... yeah not good at all, im trying to make sure my mortgage and light get paid how am i going to pull out another mortgage out my rear. Im not an ATM machine. They are just simply too expensive.
Star

Kissimmee, FL

#6 May 5, 2009
You know, family will always be there. my kids are going to be watched by my mother...so she doesnt mind and when in need family should be there and in my case are there. Fedup, you know not everyone can afford the luxury of sending their kids to a nice camp. So family is the answer to most people now and if they dont mind then whats the problem.
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#7 May 5, 2009
Why did you pop out kids before you made plans for their well-being?
Did you think they'd just watch themselves until they started popping them out at 15, like you did?
(rolls eyes)
Jane Says

Winter Haven, FL

#9 May 5, 2009
FedUp wrote:
I just love how many of today's parents expect the grandparents to drop everything and be available as free babysitting whenever needed. Grandparents have already raised their own kids. They shouldn't be forced to raise more.
I remember a couple of hot, sweaty and boring summer camps from my childhood. Most of the time we just hung out on a playground all day.

I also remember days with my grandmother. We sewed, crocheted, made ice cream and baked cookies. She took me swimming and we really bonded. She is 80 now and we are still close. I take my kids to her house and we all spend time together. That is what family is all about.

Who is going to be there for you FedUp? When you are older and need help I guess you will just rely on a nursing home.
Frugalista

Olla, LA

#11 May 5, 2009
Here are some ways to save...

1. Library has free activities all summer for kids.
2. Some theaters show movies for $1 or free..check Regal or AMC.
3. Go to the park or ride the Trail with the kids..pack a lunch
4. Go to a splash pad or aquatics facility...Dr. Phillips Park has a nice one
5. OMA is free on Thursdays 1-4
6. Leu Gardens free on 1st Mondays 9-1
7. If you have an older child have them volunteer..my son is 12 and does it all the time through handsonorlando.

Just my 2 cents for those looking at alternatives

Have a great summer everyone!
Orlando Native

Oviedo, FL

#16 May 5, 2009
Get A Clue wrote:
DPack is obviously someone who majored in "spin." His parents probably feel a lot different about raising his brats for free.
You know, just because your family probably wants nothing to do with the pack of wild brats you've raised doesn't mean you need to be rude to others.
Silly

Orlando, FL

#17 May 5, 2009
Part of the problem with society today is that we have gotten away from extended families helping to raise our children, as well as adult children helping to care for their elders. I agree with DPack, family should be about pulling together and helping each other out. My daughter's two sets of grandparents are looking forward to the week or two she will be spending with each of them this summer.
Silly

Orlando, FL

#19 May 5, 2009
Frugalista wrote:
Here are some ways to save...
1. Library has free activities all summer for kids.
2. Some theaters show movies for $1 or free..check Regal or AMC.
3. Go to the park or ride the Trail with the kids..pack a lunch
4. Go to a splash pad or aquatics facility...Dr. Phillips Park has a nice one
5. OMA is free on Thursdays 1-4
6. Leu Gardens free on 1st Mondays 9-1
7. If you have an older child have them volunteer..my son is 12 and does it all the time through handsonorlando.
Just my 2 cents for those looking at alternatives
Have a great summer everyone!
I think it's awesome that your som is already volunteering! You have obviously done something right! Kudos to you!
Liam

AOL

#20 May 5, 2009
Get A Clue wrote:
Liam, you know your momma always says she wished she'd swallowed instead of spread that night with the carny 9 months before you popped out.
spread the night?
Liam

AOL

#21 May 5, 2009
Get A Clue wrote:
Liam, you know your momma always says she wished she'd swallowed instead of spread that night with the carny 9 months before you popped out.
Now I get it, not bad, but you can do better
Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#23 May 5, 2009
I'll type slower since your ability to comprehend isn't all that fast.
But thanks for stating the obvious.
We already knew it, but it's good that you're finally catching on. I told you those 2 extra years in 4th grade would help someday!
;-)
MOLLY M

Eustis, FL

#24 May 5, 2009
Wait a minute..........there is still money in budgets for Summer Camp "scholarships" ? Where does that money come from ? Sadly those of us who pay our bills, took finances into account when we planned our family and have decent jobs will not be able to afford to send our child to camp this summer. This is fine...like adults, children need time to unwind and be kids..........
I love working hard so that others who didn't can have the finer things in life.
Liam

AOL

#25 May 5, 2009
Get A Clue wrote:
I'll type slower since your ability to comprehend isn't all that fast.
But thanks for stating the obvious.
We already knew it, but it's good that you're finally catching on. I told you those 2 extra years in 4th grade would help someday!
;-)
We? How many voices are you hearing today? Show us on the teddy bear what they did to you.
Citizen Cane sez

Orlando, FL

#27 May 5, 2009
glad to hear orange county has plenty of money to give away, I guess the budget crunch is over. How many more thousands did they hand out for these summer camp freebies? this woman got $900 all by herself.
WTF

Orlando, FL

#28 May 5, 2009
no wonder the city/county/state have budget problems, they have way to many social programs.
take care of your kids and keep your hands out of the taxpayers pocket parent(s).
FedUp

Orlando, FL

#29 May 5, 2009
and why are tax dollars being spent to send people's kids to summer camps?
Isn't that the parents responsibility...oh, never mind, it's that word again "responsibility"

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