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Spending a week at summer camp can be a great experience for kids. In addition to having a lot of fun, campers can learn new skills, make friends, and gain independence. However, parents know that sending their kids to camp can be expensive. According to the American Camp Association, spending a week at camp costs an average of $622 per child.
In addition to the cost of the camp, parents also consider the costs involved in fulfilling the camp packing list. Camp packing lists can be quite lengthy and will usually include things like clothing, toiletries, footwear, and bedding as well as items such as flashlights, water bottles, and notepads.
The items on my kids’ camp packing list would cost several hundreds of dollars to buy new. Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce the cost of gearing up for camp. Here are seven:
Finally, look for other ways to save. Consider carpooling with other families to cut the cost of transportation to camp. And don’t forget to ask the camp if they offer any discounts. For example, many camps offer sibling discounts or discounts if you sign up for multiple sessions.
I believe that summer camp should be a good experience for both the camper and his or her parents. So before you run to the nearest sporting goods store to stock up on supplies, remember that your kids will always remember the good times they had, but probably not the fact that they got a new flashlight.
Try your local scout leader. He/She will most likely have loads of tents, sleeping bags, cooking supplies, etc.. to borrow. Better yet, join the scout troup and camp way cheaper than "summer camps". Both let your child experiance the outdoors safely, but being frugal is smart !
Your scout leader will have tons of supplies. You can also save by car pooling! I remember as a kid, half the fun was driving up with my buddies in the car!
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