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Keeping up with the Jones summer camp

April 20th, 2022 at 07:48 pm

So I am not a keeping up with the Jones person or else I wouldn't live where I live and drive what I drive.  I alsotruggle with spending money on stuff I deem unworthy (it is an individual thing and I am not a spendthrift, nor frugal but I try to be cognizant of my spending). 

That being said I got an email that "your DK2 has been taken off the wait-list for the sleepaway camp, please register by April 23rd, 2022 to hold your spot."  The camp is a 1 week sleepaway camp and it's expensive. It's $1500 for the week not to mention getting there and back (although I may not have to do it since friends are going...)

That being said I don't put the kids in much camp because I am home and usually not working.  We enjoy hanging out and travel a lot.  Plan this year is hawaii for 2 weeks, Canada for 2 weeks (family wedding) and potentially a road trip up and down the west coast with friends?  So we are busy. I signed my kiddos up for 1 week of girl scout camp because that's the one thing we do.  I also signed up for a half day paddleboarding camp.

But back to the sleepaway camp I didn't sign up for initially because it's expensive.  Realize only one of my kids is going so it's not like other friends whose spending $3000 - $4500 sending 2-3 kids so we are not parent vacationing solo. I still have my older one who won't go (autism).  So I was like I could spend $3k on our vacation.

I don't know if this is something worth doing or completely ridiculous.

5 Responses to “Keeping up with the Jones summer camp”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow, that is expensive. Campfire Girls and Boys Camp is where my kids went 15 years ago and that was $250 each and they had horseback riding for an additional $50 per kid if they wanted to do that. We didn't do girl scouts because it cost so much it was ridiculous.

  2. Amber Says:

    I probably wouldn’t do it, given all the other activities planned. Maybe plan and save for next year.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Agreed with LifeBalance. We have spent that kind of money on our kids if we felt the experience was worthwhile.

    Of course, we could always afford these things more for our older kid because our younger kid was never interested. That makes it easier.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Yes it's expensive and it's not girl scout camp. Dang it that would have been only $750 for sleepaway camp. No instead it's a YMCA camp sleepaway and the other neighbors kids all the same age are going. My DK1 isn't interested and said she would do girl scout sleepaway next year when they open it up. So at that time I'll do both.

    I'm leaning to okay fine I'll do it. There are few annoying adjustments I'll have to do to our schedule

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh man! Our YMCA 6-day sleepaway camp is $715 per kid. But with cost of living it's probably about comparable.

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