Meanest Mom says: Thinking of sending your child to camp this summer? I hope you have deep pockets.
The cost of sending my 5-year-old daughter to a week-long YMCA camp last week exceeded the amount of her monthly preschool tuition ... and that was just for a half-day program run by high school students. If you want your child to do something more at camp than draw pictures and play Duck-Duck-Goose, then you have to pay for it--big time.
Five mornings of Dinosaur Camp in my city will cost you $150, while five hours of the popular Pony Camp will set you back a whopping $200. That's $40 an hour! For that kind of cash, I would strap on a saddle and let a dozen horse-obsessed preschoolers ride me around a ring.
Why do summer camps cost so much? Cheap labor (from high school and college students) is most plentiful between the months of June and August, and warm weather makes entertaining kids easy and inexpensive (can anyone say "water balloons?"). I understand that camp directors need to make a living, but c'mon! For the cost of two sessions of Pony Camp, I could buy my own pony.