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A Note to My Future Self When Considering Camp for My Kids Next Year

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Never forget the camps of summer 2017…

Dear Future Lindsay,

When you read this letter, it will be somewhere around March or April of 2018.

Summer camp fliers will start appearing in the mailbox. You’ll be seeing announcements on Facebook and getting emails reminding you to register your kids “before the sessions fill up!”

Time will have passed since the summer of 2017, so you may not remember things correctly.

You will think to yourself, Hmm camp was…okay. I think the kids liked it…right? We should do it AGAIN!

Other thoughts…

$175 sounds reasonable and WELL-WORTH IT!

So what if he’s never played basketball before? A one-week intensive camp of seven hours a day for a five-year-old sounds perfectly wonderful!

BUT WAIT. 

YOU ARE FORGETTING THE CAMPS OF SUMMER 2017.

The whining. The tears. The cost. The regret.

So before you sign up any one of your little “angels” for camp, Future Lindsay, I urge you to consider the following…

1. Kids are liars. My daughter told me “Yes, I want to do soccer camp.” LIE! Following Day 1, she told me that she hates soccer and never wanted to return to camp.

2. The money that camp costs could be better spent elsewhere. Like on clothes for myself from the Nordstrom nSale. (P.S. You can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now through August 6 with free shipping and free returns!) Because seriously, I paid almost $200 for a week of camp that you don’t even want to GO TO?!? Child, please.

3. You still have to get up early. The best part about summer is that there’s no rushing for the school bus. Except that now we are rushing to get to camp on time. 




4. You still have to pack a lunch. Are my kids the only ones who don’t like normal lunch food like SANDWICHES?! Every day is a struggle to figure out WHAT WILL THEY EAT FOR LUNCH??? Just eat a damn PBJ like the rest of the civilized world. 

5. And a backpack. With a very explicit list of items. Apparently my four-year-old son is expected to bring and reapply his own sunscreen and bug spray. Ha! Good luck with that, sir. He barely lets me put it on him.  

6. Your other kids will get jealous. “Why does he/she/they get to go to camp and I don’t?” My answer varies from “Because life is not fair” to “Why do you even want to go to camp? Your sibling clearly hates it” to “I’m sure I could scrounge up a camp for you if you don’t stop complaining!”

7. You will have to buy special equipment. And your child will lose that equipment. Soccer camp for my daughter required cleats (which we thankfully got hand-me-downs), shin guards, shoes for indoors, and a soccer ball…which she lost on the last day. 

So in conclusion, Future Lindsay, JUST SAY NO.

Your wallet, your sanity, and your kids will thank you. 

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