5 Reasons I Send My Kid to Camp During Our Family Vacation

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kids campIt seems like it's taken forever to get here, but in a few weeks, we'll finally be taking our annual summer vacation to Maine (not that I'm counting down the days or anything).

And while I really look forward to our trip mainly because I can't wait to spend quality time with my family, I won't lie -- I'm pretty excited about enjoying a little down time and relaxation while my son is at camp. Yes, I said I send my kid to camp on vacation.

In fact, part of the reason I booked us at the resort we're staying at is because they offer a kids' program, something more places should consider adding during the summer months as a means of drawing in loyal guests who can't wait to return year after year. (Just a suggestion.)

Vacation camp is a total win-win for both parents and kids, and there are several reasons I can't imagine not enrolling my son each and every summer.

  1. Moms need a break -- There. I said it. The whole purpose of taking a vacation is to unwind and recharge, which is kind of tough to do while entertaining our little ones every single second. Camp gives moms time to soak up the sun, read a book, go to the spa, or even take a nap -- which makes us even more ready and excited to play with our kids on the trip.
  2. Kids need a break -- Hanging out with adults 24/7 can get pretty boring for kids after a while, so attending camp is a breath of fresh air and allows them to spend some time with people their own age. Camp is such a nice reprieve for them, and it's a lot more fun than sightseeing with mom and dad. (My little dude practically begs me to go. He LOVES it.)
  3. It keeps them in a routine -- If your kiddos are anything like mine, they thrive on having a little bit of structure in their day, even in summer. Even if camp is only for a couple of hours, they know what to expect and stay accustomed to being on some sort of schedule.
  4. Camp is fun and educational -- Most kids' programs go beyond taking the kids swimming or to the playground. They do crafts, sports, go on nature walks, and even learn about the environment wherever you happen to be vacationing. They'll come home with all sorts of new knowledge and have a great time soaking it up too.
  5. New friends and lasting memories -- While attending vacation camp, your children will meet kids from all over the country who they'll never forget, and they'll also create memories they'll carry with them into adulthood. Sending them to camp is basically like giving them the gift of summer experiences they'll cherish forever.

Do you send your kids to camp on vacation? Why or why not?


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peanu... peanutsmommy1

no, sending your kid to camp on vacation seems to me to defeat the entire purpose of going away on a vacation as a family!

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

No, because I actually like my kids and like spending time with them. So let me get this straight. You one have 1 kid. School aged. Not only do you "need" to take several "mommy vacations" a year, but you also get rid of your 1 kid during a FAMILY vacation? Wow.

Coles... Coles_mom

I'm the same way as the above posters. I LIKE...no..LOVE being with my kids. Especially my school age son. I literally show up hours ahead of time to wait for him to be done most days. I hate having them away from me.

tinyp... tinypossum

Ah, sanctimommies. Always lurking to tell other moms how much they suck. Kids and parents actuallly do need some time apart now and then. I'd totally send my kids to camp for a couple of hours a day while on vacation. I'd like to do some non-kid focused things and they'd love having other kids to play with. People who cannot separate from their children are smothering them and stinting their social and emotional growth. Not to mention, not having any sort of life for themselves outside their children. What boring people you must be. What are you going to do when the littles have grown up and gone out on their own? Oh wait....you'll have smothered them so much they'll be living in your basement when they're forty.  

ashjo85 ashjo85

Seems like it would be cheaper to just send them to a sleepaway camp for a week at home, and enjoy your time there. Rather than flying away and doing the same thing in another state, but that's just me. I LOVED camp when I was a kid.

bella... bellacazzate

My parents did the same for us when we were kids. We'd go up to Smugglers' Notch in the summers where we'd go to camp during the days and be reunited with our very relaxed parents in time for supper. It was tons of fun... what 7-15 year old wants to be hanging around their parents all day anyway -- especially when there are tons of other kids around to become friends with. Everyone -- adults and kids -- needs to unwind in different ways. 

fave82 fave82

Ugh, no. I work full time so vacations are the time i actually get to spend some quality time doing fun stuff with my kids... Not just dinner, bath, bedtime, like our regular week routine. Why do people have kids if they dont wanna spend time with them?

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

My question exactly fave82. You people treat your kids as something to be dealt with and a phase to get through rather than people you love and enjoy.

nonmember avatar Gretta

Sounds lovely... But most people can't afford vacation or camp.

MsLin... MsLinneyMinnie

until years later when they tell u that while u were being selfish the camp counselor was touching them

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