Kid campers (Jan. 27)

January 24, 2008

When I blogged about school open houses earlier this week, I intended to follow it up with something on the Savvy Family Summer Expo on Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at West County Center. But now I’m less enthusiastic — not because I don’t think the expo will be worthwhile.* My feeling about summer camps is that they seem to be such an industry.

I love to focus on free or low-cost activities, and summer camp definitely is not. On the other hand, I understand the need they fill — and next year when M. graduates from his year-round preschool into a traditional kindergarten schedule, I’ll be scrambling to fill those three months too! All week I’ve been getting e-mails from COCA and other local institutions announcing their summer programs (now is definitely the time to think about what your kids will be doing this summer!). As I scan the e-brochures, I see lots of great ideas and fun-sounding topics. But for this year, I’m sticking with just one camp, a Spanish-immersion week at Casa de Ninos Montessori Bilingual Academy.

I’m hoping the boys build some good memories there, like I did at my favorite summer camp. We called it Bible camp, but because of its location near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota, the camp seemed to be less about religion and more about hiking and swimming and capture the flag and campfires — the kinds of outdoorsy things I picture when I think of a summer getaway for kids. I don’t know how many camps still do that; I know the one I went to is gone, although I’ve heard it was replaced by a similar venture in the same area. Maybe when the kids are older I’ll have to check it out.

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* I just don’t know much about the expo other than it’ll have info from schools, camps (day and away) and other family centers. There was no phone or homepage listed, and when I called the magazine’s publisher, Suburban Journals, to follow up (314.822.0823) I had to leave a voicemail in the promotions department.

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One Response to “Kid campers (Jan. 27)”


  1. I’ve been to the Tri-State Camp Expo. If it is similar it is very worth while just to network and get ideas. They had great ideas, and some great speeches from leaders in the industry about low cost trips and projects. I would check it out.

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