Learning to paddle a canoe, making new friends, eating s’mores around a camp fire and singing silly songs are just some of the activities kids look forward to every year at camp. However, with the rising cost of living, are summer camps becoming a luxury?
“[Camp is] definitely a luxury for us. Having moved from NV to WA – the cost of camps, swim lessons and sports activities are two times what we used to pay. With three boys we definitely don’t do as much. Two of our boys are attending Cub/Boy Scouts this year and they are very reasonable for week long programs”. – Springfree™ Trampoline fan and mom Gail Ruschman Hoobler.
While camp may be a luxury, for some it is a necessity. In homes where both parents are working, kids need a place to spend their summer vacation. The average price of a day camp is $400 per child per week. If you’re thinking of sending your child to overnight camp, the price ranges from $500-$2000 a week.
“We run a holiday arts camp and the fees are over $300 for a week! When we started out 10 years ago it was $100. Camp site fees and insurance has skyrocketed prices”. – Helen Gynther, Springfree fan and camp coordinator
Just like families, camps are feeling the crunch in this economy. In a recent NY Times article entitled When S’Mores Aren’t Enough: The New Economics of Summer Camp, the owner of an overnight summer camp discussed how the cost of running a camp has risen. It is more than just the facility. Parents are looking for more than just a fun summer experience for their kids; they now want ‘results’, whether it’s a better tennis swing or improved algebra.
Whether your kids are going to day camp, overnight camp or just camping in the yard, it is all about having fun and creating great summer memories that last a lifetime.
How will your kids be creating summer memories this year?
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