It seems outrageous to me that I’m somehow supposed to have Selam’s summer all locked up by now. The cost of the summer programs is staggering. Selam’s classmates are enrolling in a dizzying array of “programs” most of which run 9-3. A few are hiring a nanny for “wraparound care.” Others have stay at home parents. One classmate is doing a French Immersion program. Several are going on this schooner program, or to archeology camp, or inventor camp, or music camp.
Have I mentioned that these children are in kindergarten?
It looks like we are doing
3 days of camp mommy between the last day of school and the start of summer season
5 days of Girl Scout Day Camp-
6 weeks of JCC camp– Possibly, I could switch to 2 weeks of GS camp and 5 of JCC, since GS camp is cheaper, but GS camp is riskier–she’s never been before, only one friend is going, and it’s out of town.)
This gets us to August 13, where we’re stuck.
I think I’ll take vacation from August 13-17. There is the option of the JCC but that camp costs more for that week, and they’d be back inside, not at the outside camp with the swimming and whatnot. I think it’s pretty much childcare. So a week of Camp Mommy (most likely at the beach every day unless it rains) might be best. All of the other camps are closed at this time, except for the inventor camp, which is a possibility but it only goes until 2:30.
August 20-24–I have no idea what I will do. Again, JCC will offer a possibility, IF 10 kids sign up–and again at the pricier rate. Fancy private school offers camp that week at high prices that week (are they dipping the children in gold leaf?), but this is the only thing I’ve found so far. This is the killer week, as it’s orientation at the grad school where I work, so missing another week of work isn’t such a good plan. Last year, at the last moment, a group of local churches advertised vacation bible school, which would have been perfect, but last year, I went to a conference, and Selam stayed with my mom.
August 27 & 28–Probably Camp Mommy.
So, we’re committed to 1800 dollars , and still don’t have coverage for 2 weeks (3 if you count the two half weeks) , one of which can be vacation, but 2 weeks of vacation would be killer at that time of year, both in terms of what I need to be doing at work, and also in terms of zapping out most of my annual vacation at once. I think I’m going to try to see if there are a few other families that want to go in together on a babysitter….
What’s driving me the most crazy about all of this is that what I want to do is send her to a week of day camp with the girl scouts and spend the rest of the summer running through sprinklers and riding bikes! On the other hand, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the JCC day camp. Kids are absolutely bonkers for it. She is going to have tons of friends in the program–kids from her pre-school, her after school and her elementary school program will all be there. So cool. There are lots of college kids working there, which she’s going to just love.
What are your kids doing? Anyone have a super awesome practically free summer program that is so great I should move to your town?
Please tell me that my child is going to be fine taking the bus to and from all these programs???Right? 5 is old enough, right?