Letter: Camp Acceptance

We all realize that there is a camp shortage this year.

The numerous articles written have caused us all to have fear and panic. Are our fears warranted? Will many kids be kept home due to the shortage? Time will tell.

What I’m noticing though is a new trend that is starting to take place among the camps. There are a few camps that are not accepting any children that live in certain neighborhoods or send to certain schools. This has always taken place to a small extent, but this year it is on a much larger scale and more common.

Why should children not get to spend time with their neighbors together in camp because they weren’t able to get into their school of choice? Why should children not get to enjoy camp with their classmates because they were only able to afford a house in a certain neighborhood? Camp was always the place where everyone came together from different schools and places to have fun, regardless of their backgrounds. Yes, the law of supply and demand gives the camp owners the ability to be selective. But can we please keep all the pressure and acceptance letters in the school arena, and out of the camp experience?

Thank you.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Lakewood families have general expectations of getting schools and camps at generally lower costs than outside of Lakewood. And then when there is a shortage,they complain and wonder why. If school tuitions and camp costs would be more like out of town ,then there probably would be plenty of schools and camps to go around .

  2. More like out of town?? Which town are you referring to? Our tuitions are probably triple what Lakewood tuitions are as are most OOT communities’. Same for camps

  3. Wow. What a nerve this post is. Where is this speculation even coming from?? The camps that are opening aren’t taking ANY new kids for the simple reason that they can’t expand bec there is NO STAFF. Mesivta bachurim are no longer encouraged to work in camps– they’re sent off to boutique sleepaway camps to enjoy concerts and barbecues (my own included). But to just stoke flames of Lakewood-bashing and victimhood by saying the camps don’t take kids form certain neighborhoods or schools? Where are you even getting that from??? That takes serious nerve and is just libeling and maligning the camps and their directors. What a chutzpah and a chutzpah to print.

  4. While it is true that some children don’t get into the school of their choice , and some people can only afford houses in certain neighborhood , there is also some truth to the fact that certain schools attract certain crowds , and certain neighborhood attract certain crowds . Camps are trying to keep their standards in hashkafa and tznius, and some people who attend certain schools and live in certain neighborhoods don’t hold of those levels. It’s the reality since Lakewood proper now includes Lakewood, Jackson , Tom’s river and manchester!

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