Though not yet official, several camps with several hundred children each, are expecting be closing their doors.
One camp owner tells TLS the reason for the closings are mainly due to the rising costs.
“People don’t realize, costs went up tremendously,” said the owner of one of Lakewood’s largest day camps. “Parents think we’re making a killing – they don’t understand that everything costs money.”
At least one of the camps may be merging with another day camp in order to bring down costs by having a larger ‘buying power’.
Camp Yachad, one of the camps closing, says they are not opening due to not being able to find a suitable location.
“We need to share the news with you that the Planet will not be opening this summer. Unfortunately, construction is planned for our building and we’ve been unable to find a suitable location (though we’ve been trying!). We’ve been back and forth these past few weeks waiting and hoping but it just wasn’t meant to be,” the camp said in a statement.
In addition, parents can expect a jump in camp prices this year due to cost increases on the camps’ end.