Poll: Do you find Visiting Day necessary?

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  1. I voted no because it’s a very big sheep to the camps from anywhere, but I think for campers who go the entire summer season for 8/9 weeks for them there should be only one visiting day smack in the middle of the summer like 4 weeks into the camp season.

  2. As someone who worked in Sleep away camps for over 50 years let me clarify something. I can let you all know every few years we sent out a letter re visiting day. we stress our opinion which is to abolish it for many reasons, but we offer to hear the parent body’s view in respect to them. which over and over overwhelming votes to continue it .so it does. it has nothing to do with the children in camp needing it . Families want it as an excuse for families to get a sunday in summer away on a trip ,get to swim and eat free in country. Certain issues or stupidities our communities has/have and we agree are, will just continue till Mashiach, from visiting day,to insanely expensive wedding cost,to technology destroying hundreds,to unfathomable preaches in Tznius,etc.Yes we are the greatest nation and ppl on earth!that doesn’t mean we dont have issues that need to be solved that just wont get solved.Safe traveling to all!

  3. I voted yes because for a young child that is used to being home the entire year it can be an adjustment to going away for so long, even if it is only 4 weeks. I remember when I was in camp how important visiting day was. How it was so much fun to leave the camp grounds.

  4. I voted no, but, it should be up to each family and if they want to shlep in hot weather and horrendous traffic , let them do so. Some kids need it and some kids don’t.

  5. My children are grown now, but when they were growing up, I looked forward to visiting day as much as they did. As one of the comments said, although he thought it was a negative thing, it was and enjoyable day for the whole family. Besides, I wanted to see where my child was spending his or her summer. I wanted to meet my children’s counselors. In those days the traffic from the mountains to Lakewood wasn’t as bad as today. I’m told that the trip is just too much of a hassle nowadays. I would feel badly if I had to miss out on visiting my kids in camp.

  6. If god forbid something was going on with your child in camp… you would not find out about it over the phone. A discerning parent will be able however to see it easier when they go into the camp.
    Aside from the fact that you sent your child away to camp it’s nice to connect with the camp grounds, the staff, the bunk mates… it’s a nice opportunity!

  7. For those of us that miss our children we find it necessary to have a day to visit and spend time with them. For the ones that don’t miss their children, they should indeed stay home. Your children are probably better off without you visiting them.

  8. Even if our children need a visit I wonder how beneficial “visiting day” actually is. The traffic and just the chaos in general is disturbing.

  9. By going to camp I was able to see for myself that my son’s counselor was the most immature, unfair, unqualified person to be a counselor. Something was done – that day. That’s a good enough reason for me to be inconvenienced. By the way, the food isn’t free in the country and neither is anything about visiting day.

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