OTHER DAY SUGGESTIONS:
SCIENCE DAY - plan 2-3 experiment stations at home and break up the kids to do them supervised or alone.
SEWING LESSON DAY - Set up tables with sewing projects (e.g. sewing buttons on) at home. Both boys and girls could use this life skill!
MUSEUM DAY - kid admission is usually very low or free. I think it is easier when the days are at home so the kids don't mingle with a crowd, but museum visits are so educational, they are worth the extra work
ZOO DAY - Most zoos have special activities during the summer in addition to petting zoos.
FARM DAY - Got a friend with a nearby farm or ranch? Let the kids be farm hands for a day. City kids will especially learn a lot.
MOVIE DAY - At home or at the theater. Great alternative if bad weather ruins a planned outdoor day.
We do not charge money for MOM CAMP so it is a social function, the same way hosting a kids party would be. The moms in our group are all responsible as are our kids. It is important to find responsible adults to be in charge. For the safety of all, it is also important that kids who need extra supervision (e.g. very young, behavior issue or special needs) receive extra supervision or be excluded. Moms are not professional caretakers so no one should be placed in a position of taking care of too many kids or being spread out too much to properly supervise the entire group.
The Buddy system was always used. Even on days when we were at someone's house, the kids were all assigned a buddy (or two) to stay with so the moms could keep track of everyone more easily.
Cost is not that great, however, it is up to the moms to decide budget for their day. Most moms bought most of the supplies, but if some projects were going to be $10 per kid or more, we decided to chip in extra to cover that. We also sent lunch with the kids. I am not sure if this camp cost less than sending my daughter to a regular camp would have (because I am bad about sticking to a budget in a craft store) however, MOM CAMP allows her to spend time with her childhood friends and be influenced by my friends, so that adds a lot of value to the camp imo. If you belong to a social club or if you are close to neighbors or relatives with young kids, then you could unite to pull off a MOM camp. It is a pretty cool camp for a week. A lot of our kids have said it is their favorite summer camp.
Questions? Feedback? Let me know in the comments section.
WRITTEN BY ELDAROSE
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