Money Matters Paying for kids' camp: let's talk money
While a two-week stay at overnight camp averages $1,000 or more, a week of day camp averages a little over $200. Typically, the longer the stay, the lower the weekly cost, but coming up with the money can be a challenge.
Here are some ideas
Start a camping fund early in the year. Open a bank account and try to make regular deposits. When your child is old enough, suggest he or she contribute babysitting, paper-route or part-time-job money.
Take advantage of early registration discounts.
Some camps offer subsidies to families in financial need; don't be afraid to ask.
Camping association websites and some camp websites list information about subsidy programs. You can also find camps that offer financial assitance using the Advanced Search (just click on the "financial aid available" checkbox in "Specialties")
Community, church and charitable organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, help send children to camp.
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