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Monday, July 16, 2007

Thoughts on Visiting Day

Camp visiting day is the stupidest idea ever invented.

Think about it. You drive between 4 and 10 hours on a Sunday so that you can spend a few hours with your kids and drop off some junk that they certainly don't need.

And, kids fall into two major categories. Those that have no real interest in seeing you and those who were doing fine but now get ridiculously homesick once you leave.

Yesterday, we drove for a total of about 6.5 hours and stayed in camp for two hours to visit OYS. OYS, a junior counselor, was busy dealing with his campers' parents so two hours was about the right amount of time.

In the meantime, we got to watch (or listen, depending where you sat) to Elmopallooza twice and listen to an Uncle Moishy CD about 4,000 times.

The good news is that we are getting close to the day when we will no longer have to go to camp on visiting day. (We have a few years before we have to worry about The Toddler. In any event, I think we will choose her camps based on whether or not they have visiting days).



  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If visiting day is such a hassle either skip it or send your children to day camp.

  • At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Cyberdov said…

    On the other hand...our kids go to Camp Massad, north of Montreal (8 hr drive from NY) so we always go for 4-5 days around visiting day. It's a beautiful area and makes for a nice little vacation in the middle of the summer. Also our kids always enjoyed seeing us - or was it the BBQ chicken we always brought? - and did not suffer much homesickness. The camp wisely restricted visiting to a 4-hour period - which is enough time without being too drawn out.
    As a camp counselor years ago, though, we always did dread the emotional aftermath of visiting day.

  • At 11:07 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    Easier said than done. Neither option is viable.


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