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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Get A Clue

Wilmington, DE

#30 May 5, 2009
"Show us on the teddy bear what they did to you."

That's hucking filarious. Thanks for making soda come out of my nose.
Citizen Cane sez

Winter Park, FL

#31 May 5, 2009
WTF wrote:
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).
tomorrows front page story will be the orange county commissioners whining about how they don't have any money. Maybe if they cut out all of the social freebies they could afford to do the things government is supposed to, which is NOT pay for people's kids to go to summer camps, ridiculous.
Liam

AOL

#32 May 5, 2009
Get A Clue wrote:
"Show us on the teddy bear what they did to you."
That's hucking filarious. Thanks for making soda come out of my nose.
LOL, right back at ya. Its one of them days , if I dont laugh, I'll cry.
Jesus

Charlotte, NC

#33 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!
Great advice. Thank you for being positive and offering these great alternatives.
Jesus

Charlotte, NC

#34 May 5, 2009
Citizen Cane sez wrote:
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tomorrows front page story will be the orange county commissioners whining about how they don't have any money. Maybe if they cut out all of the social freebies they could afford to do the things government is supposed to, which is NOT pay for people's kids to go to summer camps, ridiculous.
And can we please stop with the tax exemption for churches already??!! Collect these needed tax revenues and lower EVERYONE'S taxes.
lets help

Orlando, FL

#38 May 5, 2009
A small 2% sales tax added to gas, food and clothing would really help out this summer camp project. Everyone could afford 2%.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#40 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!
All excellent suggestions; and an added bonus if your older child does volunteer work - if the schools in your area have "community service" requirements before your children can graduate high school, it's possible that some of the volunteer activities they do on their own can be counted towards the number of hours they need to graduate (this would include activities with the Scouts, churches, etc).
Trying to help

Winter Park, FL

#41 May 5, 2009
When looking at the summer camp these are some things you should consider:
1)Who is working the camp?
a.Are you paying for your child to be watched by a under 18 year old working doing a summer job for some extra cash, or a professional who organizes and works summer camps for a living?
2)What is the value in the camp?
a.Is your kid (s) interested in the camp?
i.If the kid wants to learn a trade or a skill the camp may be worth the money.
b.Are there certain daily awards / give away prizes?
i. T-shirts, Ball, bag, etc.
c. Is there a certain amount of instruction given?
i. Or are kids just hanging around playing a game they already know.
d. Are the kids safe and appropriately monitored?
i. Background checks for all workers.
e. What is the length of the camp?
i. Is it 7:00am 12:00pm or all day? Does it work around your work schedule?
f. What is the camper to supervisor/coach ratio?
i. Anything over 10:1 is too much.
g. What is the organization running the camp?
i. Are they a professional organization or someone just trying to run a low cost low grade operation?
There are good camps out there ran by strong organizations to help kids instill confidence, character and to help them learn while at camp.
Some Camps to Consider:
Complete Soccer Academy (Summer Soccer Camps)
Orlando Magic Basketball Camps (Summer Basketball)
Sea World Adventure Camp (Sea World Activities)
JoEng

Fairport, NY

#42 May 5, 2009
Very interesting article, and I do believe parents are waiting until the last minute to register their kids for Summer Camp. We are currently seeing very heavy web traffic at www.kidscamps.com , an online summer camp directory. 500,000 visits in April alone! So they are still looking!
William H

Summerville, SC

#43 May 6, 2009
Summer camp for my four siblings and myself was the backyard of our house and an occasional trip to a state park. We invented our own games and generally had a good time. My parents never told us that we were suffering so we didn't know. Go figure.
FedUp

Summerfield, FL

#44 May 6, 2009
DPack wrote:
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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!
I have seen it far too many times. Grandma is too old to take care of the kids, but says she'll do it anyway so as to not hurt feelings or alienate the kids so that they won't ever let her see the grandkids. How are they supposed to tactfully say no? They can't, then the next thing you know they're providing free babysitting and not being able to live their own lives because they're stuck at home with a kid.

Once in a while is fine. All the time, and especially for an entire summer, is not - that's called taking advantage of your family. Part of family is caring about those who care for you, and sometimes that means finding somewhere else to send the kids, even if it costs money, to save the grandparents from being forced into becoming unpaid babysitters.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#45 May 6, 2009
William H wrote:
Summer camp for my four siblings and myself was the backyard of our house and an occasional trip to a state park. We invented our own games and generally had a good time. My parents never told us that we were suffering so we didn't know. Go figure.
Sounds like when I was growing up; we had to be forcibly dragged back in the house when it got dark at night, we were too busy outside having fun. I live in a neighborhood where the houses all have nice yards, there's lots of parks in the area, and you hardly ever see the kids just outside playing; apparently they aren't capable of doing anything unless it's in an organized, structured group. Very, very sad.
DPack

Sarasota, FL

#46 May 6, 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.
No spin just fact. And my "brat" is college master degreed in second year of law having had the total support of parents in accomplishing it. Thanks for asking? Suggest you "get a clue" to what is happening to families in this economy!
DPack

Sarasota, FL

#47 May 6, 2009
Orlando Native wrote:
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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.
Thanks!
DPack

Sarasota, FL

#48 May 6, 2009
Silly wrote:
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.
Thanks!
DPack

Sarasota, FL

#49 May 6, 2009
FedUp wrote:
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I have seen it far too many times. Grandma is too old to take care of the kids, but says she'll do it anyway so as to not hurt feelings or alienate the kids so that they won't ever let her see the grandkids. How are they supposed to tactfully say no? They can't, then the next thing you know they're providing free babysitting and not being able to live their own lives because they're stuck at home with a kid.
Once in a while is fine. All the time, and especially for an entire summer, is not - that's called taking advantage of your family. Part of family is caring about those who care for you, and sometimes that means finding somewhere else to send the kids, even if it costs money, to save the grandparents from being forced into becoming unpaid babysitters.
Truthful comment and I think we can agree there is a point where the privledge is abused,but I would defend the position that individual families make their own choices and if it works for them who are we to critique otherwise?

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