I went to summer camp once as a kid. I was only 15 miles from home, but it felt like 150. We slept in un-airconditioned cabins in the woods, swam in the lake, made cheesy crafts, went snipe hunting, short-sheeted our counselor's bed, and snuck junk food into our bunks at night. It was a blast.
Eventually I'd like to send Maddy to something like that. She's been tent camping, but being away from the parents, running amok in the woods, and doing pranks like hiding all of your bunkmates' left shoes, is an experience I think every kid should have.
In the meantime, I tried to get her involved in some day camps this summer. Apparently, the poor child has bad camp karma.
The first camp I signed her up for was a fun-filled week packed with horseback riding, visiting the Arch, and a picnic at Pere Marquette. She was stoked about the Arch and horses (we've camped at Pere Marquette). Alas, the camp was cancelled due to lack of reservations. So, I told her we'd go visit the Arch this summer. As for the horses, I don't ride, but I'd see if I couldn't figure out something. She was bummed, but got over it. I'm sure there was a Webkinz involved in her recovery.
The next camp was an Olympic-themed day camp, complete with a torch relay and mock games. Maddy was the only one to sign up for it, so it was cancelled. However, she now has a $60 credit at Turn 2 for the batting cages. She told me after it was cancelled that she wasn't really looking forward to it. Well, thanks for telling me that before I spent the money!
Finally, I signed her up for a softball skill camp that was supposed to be held next week. The camp coordinator called me today and said it was being cancelled due to....poor turnout. I told her that this would probably give Maddy a complex.
So, I've scheduled a day off work at the end of the month and we're going to the Arch and the City Museum. We'll make our own camp!