We're not talking about when you and your partner decide to load up the Subaru Outback with your gear and go hike the Grand Tetons, or pitching a tent at any of the beautiful state/provincial parks nearest you, or even sleeping out under the stars on the Outer Banks. Nope, we're taking about the kinda overnight camps where parents
gleefully rid themselves of their howling brats for an entire week of peace and quietenroll their children for a week-long adventure of life-enriching programs, making new friends, and learning experiences.
There are more types of summer camps out there than there are pages in War and Peace. There are sports, band, scouting, gender-specific, religious, fitness, technology, art, space, special needs, academic camps....you get the idea.
When I was a kid, my parents sent me to band camp (no, Alyson Hannigan did not attend) and I remember being trundled off to both Camp Wakeshma (sounds almost as clicheed as 'Camp Granada', huh?) and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. On the whole I have to say I enjoyed the experiences quite a bit, but wish I could have done more of a hard core wilderness-type camping.
How about you - did you attend camp when you were a kid? What type of camp? As a parent, where do you send your kids off to?
Did you enjoy camp in your salad days, or were you that kid that moped and was homesick the entire week?