Summer camp consultation (anytime)

February 20, 2009

I’ve just taken my first-ever king cake out of the oven, and it looks smells fabulous, if I do say so myself!  (The recipe’s at CHOW, if you’re interested.)  The whole time I was mixing and kneading (the food processor’s on the fritz, unfortunately!) and chopping pecans into meal, I was thinking not about Mardi Gras tomorrow, but about summer camps.  Moms and Dads are already talking furiously about the eternal question of what to do with the kids all summer … and once those sorts of seeds are planted, they’re like mental weeds.

So I was debating: swimming vs. theater, arts vs. soccer, Spanish vs. science.  This is our first summer where preschool isn’t an option, so we’re a little clueless.  I’m very tempted to contact Tips on Trips and Camps, an international free consultation service for parents who’re investigating summer programs.  (Jenny Wolkowitz is the local consultant at 314.432.8642).  Based on what I’ve heard, it’s most useful for families whose kids are older and ready for serious sleep-away camps.

M. isn’t quite there yet, but based on last year’s experience I know he’ll be bored at camps where the kids just run around playing without much focus. It’s a lot of pressure for a parent, especially when you consider that a wrong choice could mean you’re arguing your kid into going to a camp that cost you hundreds of dollars. The site’s “what to ask” section is helpful as a starting point; even if you don’t consult in person, it’s worth a visit as you start pulling those mental weeds!

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3 Responses to “Summer camp consultation (anytime)”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    I’ve never heard of a King cake, but rest assured that the girls and I will be eating some Krapfen on Mardi Gras…although the Munich version with apricot jam aren’t as tasty as Stuttgarter Berliner with berry jam.

  2. mom22kids Says:

    Stuttgarter Berliner … mmmmm!! And the Fasching parades in Swabia were so much fun too — do you ever go to any around Munich?

  3. ejmfcg Says:

    We haven’t made it to any parades in Munich yet — most of them don’t look as kid-friendly as the Swabian version, although there was one on Sunday for kids…but it started at 2:30, right when Julia is napping, so it felt like too much work! I’ll send you an email soon.

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