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Parents reconsider summer camps costs

Posted March 31, 2009

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— With the down economy, some parents say summer camps are an expense they can’t afford.

Registration is down this year at Wake County’s 4-H Sleep Away Summer Camp, organizers say. The camp is held June 21 – 26.

“Parents are hurting and don’t have the money to do that,” Wake County 4-H and Youth Development Project Management Consultant Andrew Meyer said.

Kerr Family YMCA Some parents rethink summer camps

The 4-H camp costs $355 per child and is open to children ages 8 to 12. The fee includes transportation, all meals, lodging, a camp T-shirt and a $15 camp store credit.

Sharon Williams said she and her husband are being forced to decide whether to send their two sons to camp this year, despite the cost.

“You really need to start somewhere and it would end up being the campus probably being cut,” Williams said.

Registration for the YMCA’s summer program has remained steady, but directors say they are offering an incentive plan to keep parents interested. People registering their children before April 30 will be entered for a chance to win a $500 prepaid credit card.

“We’re finding that people want to make this a priority,” said Allison Crumpler, senior associate director of youth programs at the Kerr Family YMCA.

The YMCA also offers financial assistance, Crumpler said.

Gary Itenson spent $150 to send his two boys to the YMCA camp.

“That’s not bad at all. I know a lot of parents that spent that on a weekend going out drinking and cigarettes and such,” Itenson said.


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  • edith wharton Apr 1, 2009

    I was a bit confused about the focus of the article. The 4-H camp is a sleep-away camp and the Y camps in our area are day camps. The audience and cost for the two are vastly different. As Kal said, the Wake Co Parks and Rec have very affordable day camps. For much more affordable sleep-away camps, parents should check into the Girl Scout and Boy Scout camps. The child does have to join the organization to go to camp, but for Girl Scouts, membership for a school year is $10. Boy Scouts are more expensive, but less than $100 to join.

  • Ladybug1 Apr 1, 2009

    If camp is an important part of the summer for your kids, help them have a yard sale to make money to go to camp. This not only will teach responsibility but that one person's trash is another person's treasure and to recycle. In the end it would help Mom and Dad to....getting all the unnecessary "stuff" cleared out of the house.

  • russh198 Apr 1, 2009

    Why is Gary's last comment relevant?

  • kal Apr 1, 2009

    Look into Parks and Rec. Camps- for the most part they are resonably priced