🏷 Summer Camp sticker shock…

Fun doesn’t have to come with a price tag

The Carry All

Edition #117 | Read time: 5 Minutes

A day in the life of working moms generally involves some elaborate of exercise, packing lunches, school drop off, countless work calls and reports, the inevitable call from school to pick up a sick kid, car line, kid activities, making dinner, bath-time and bedtime. Oh — and that doesn’t even include spending time with your partner or, you know, sitting down and taking a breath. 

You get it, right?

So when we add the complicating factor of having to plan an entire summer’s worth of activities for the kids AND finding a way to pay for it — it’s about enough to push us over the edge. 😜

But as we all know, if we don’t do it, we’ll have kids bouncing off the walls at home all summer while we attempt to work. And if we procrastinate, there will be no more camp or childcare availability.

Like everything else you’re in charge of, you’ve got this too, mama.

This week in The CARRY™ ALL:

  • 😎 How in the world do I find the right summer camp?! 

  • 💰 Now that I’ve found a camp, how do I afford it?

  • 👶🏻 What if my kids are too young or too old for summer camp?


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THE BIG 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣

1️⃣ 😎 How in the world do I find the right summer camp?!

Believe it or not, simply Googling “Summer Camp Near Me” is a helpful way to get a list of options in your community. Another idea is to search FACEBOOK for summer camp groups in your area. There are countless parents in the same exact boat as you who are searching for great summer options, and who are similarly happy to share the intel that they’ve already gathered. You’ve got this!

2️⃣ 💰Now that I’ve found a camp, how do I afford it?

There are ways to lessen the sting of that summer camp invoice. In fact, there is likely a camp for every budget. Always ask your camp director for scholarship options/and — some camps may even provide some sort of assistance to campers who apply for such scholarships. The key? Apply earlier rather than later, since many camps have already depleted their scholarship funds by the time summer rolls around. 

The American Camp Association is also a great resource. They believe that every child should benefit from camp, and they provide scholarship dollars to ACA-accredited camps for qualifying families. Another great option is to look to your church or synagogue, or your local YMCA, which might have a fund to support campers.

3️⃣ 👶🏻 What if my kids are too young or too old for summer camp?

Excellent question. Most summer camps are available to kids 5 and older. So — what’s a working parent to do when you have little ones or teenagers and 10-12 LONG weeks to fill? A great option to consider is a nanny or sitter-share with another family. 

If the kids are a little older, this is a perfect job for your high schooler (hello moms with high school kids) looking for a summer job. But if you have babies, you might need to find a summer nanny or college student (again, hello moms with college students) at the very least. In either case, have the sitter and all the kids alternate between your house and the other family’s house every week, and split the cost of the childcare with that other family. 

It’s not perfect, but it allows you to have a bit of quiet every other week while the kids are at the other family’s house. And when they’re in yours? Maybe consider a pair of noise canceling headphones. 😉

P.S. If you have summer camp ideas for our community of mamas, please share in the comment section at the very bottom of The CARRY™ ALL ❤️

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➡️ “I feel like I am encouraged to "do it all" but when it comes time to take care of a sick kid, I am expected to pretend like I am not a working mom and pretend like I don't have a sick kid at home with me when I work.”

➡️ “I’m lucky— my manager is a dad and super supportive of working moms. I never feel like he’ll penalize me for putting my daughters first, and he actively tells me that my home life is more important than my work life. It makes me feel so much more invested in the company as a whole!”

➡️ “I’ve often heard women without kids negatively comment on a flex schedule of a fellow working mom or negatively comment b/c that working mom has a hard stop to her work day (that is within the expected working hours, schedule) due to kids.”


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