The following letter was submitted by a camp director in response to yesterday’s letter on TLS.
Below is a letter to Lakewood community as a response to the “over the top girls camps”.
Firstly, I want to address some of the ideas and even misconceptions out there regarding Lakewood summer camps. If you can keep an open mind for the next couple minutes than perhaps we can agree on certain things otherwise we may be looking at another vax vs anti vax debate.
I’ve been a camp director for over 25 years and let me tell you, absolutely Lakewood camps is way over the top! Find me 500 kids that will come to my camp only because of my Ruach and wholesome camp experience and I will give those kids the time of their life! In fact I have been doing that for many many years. However, unfortunately no camp can not survive on that because 500 kids will not come! You know why?? Because parents no longer make the decision which camp to send their girls to. Sadly – It’s the mind of a child that decides in this town. Kids will always opt for more slush and garbage , less safety and more hype, colorful ads and awesome trips.
Over the top promotions & YES trips is the ‘new normal Lakewood camps registration campaign’.
Is it a sad reality? Yes! But it’s reality – I had 4 camps call me for help with their budgets (I offer any camp struggling with budget issues for me to help) these camps had 350-500 kids and did not put $ in their pocket!!!
Not because of the trips or slush costs money, but because the basics camp expenses ex;building 75k busing 80k staff 185k (I can go on & on!) That’s before we even start. The only way to survive in the camp business is to have a minimum of 500 kids! But how do we get those kids? Do you think over the top camps cap their campers? Nnno!!
We camp directors are mega talented & creative & we will continue to compete so we can offer you choices and to fill the quota!
So yes, I am offering your daughters an awesome trip in the winter as an incentive to join camp CC, the best most wholesome camp around. Safety, real wholesome fun, and a cap of how many campers I take is MY value system! And as a benefit for joining, your daughter will get a free winter trip-that perhaps many kids wouldn’t of had otherwise! I love what I do and do it with a passion, please let us run healthy camps (I am open minded to anyone who would like to start a scholarship program to assist families camp expenses.)
Keep in mind this competition allows you parents to have more camp options to choose from. Now it’s up to you to do your research and make the best possible choice for your daughter as opposed to the other way around.