"Do you send your kids to camp?" That was the question put before me last evening at a gathering of dear friends. My first thought was the angst I feel in standing behind my choices to go against the grain. "No, we don't have the money," is the brief answer I gave, taking the easy way out.
It is true that we don't have the cash allocated to send our 3 children to camp for $300 a week, each. But, if it was truly important to us, we'd find a way. There are scholarships of $50 per child available, too.
The real reason is that I don't have a desire to send them away for a week, even to a good church camp! A lot of my friends do send their kids to camp and each year,and I see the frenzy it causes. The list of things they need to bring is very long and expensive. It causes a lot of running around to gather. And then, there is the 3 hour round trip drive with gas to pay for.
I know that the kids who go have a wonderful time and make great friends. I don't look down on the decision to send their kids. I just don't see the value in sending my own children. It would lead to a lot of disruption and expense. Therefore, it would not line up with my desire for a simple life.
Besides, if we want to go camping, we want it to be as a family. These days of having a family are quickly going to end. Our oldest is already 14! I want to be purposeful with our time left. I don't want our family fragmented, going in different directions. This takes courage and commitment. It is hard to go against the grain. But it is good!