L.G. asks from Carrollton, TX on April 13, 2007
Seeking FT Summer Camp for 8 Yo Son in Carrollton/Addison/Farm Brnch or SMU Area
New to Mamasource, so thought I'd give this a try... My husband and I both work full-time. We live in the South Carrollton area but work near downtown Dallas. Looking for a fun, full-time summer camp where we can take our 8-yo son, either near our home or work. It needs to be at an affordable price around $100/week. We currently pay $55/week for afterschool care and most places I've found are about $200 +/week, which is way over our budget. We have an option to take our son to his 2-yo brother's home daycare for $50/week, but I just think he'd be bored out of his mind there if he had to go there all summer (he spent a couple of weeks there last summer). Most of the kids there are toddlers or pre-schoolers. My son is into a lot of different things... swimming, basketball, drama, drawing, etc., so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :)
So What Happened?™
After looking into your suggestions and finding out about some new ones through our friends & church, we have decided to split the summer between his younger brother's sitter and the Addison summer camp ($95/wk). This way we can save a little money on costs while we continue paying off our student loans and other debts. Once we're finished paying those off, then we'll have a lot more options to choose from. I appreciate all your input! :)
M.B. answers from Dallas on April 13, 2007
This is slightly more expensive than you're looking for, but my sons went to Cooper Institutes Youth camp for a couple years and really liked it. It's an excellent program that has alot of physical activity on their nicely shaded campus on Preston Road.
You might also check for the options available with your Town's recreation center or your local Y. Our town Flower Mound offers a very reasonably priced summer day camp that has lots of good activities.
L.S. answers from Dallas on April 16, 2007
A friend of mine recommended the YMCA camp to me. She said there is one where they take them out to Lake Lewisville and have different activities like swimming, horseback riding, sports, etc. They offer two weeks sessions for around $180. I think it runs from 8 to about 3 (with the option to go extended day til 6 pm). I sorry I can't remember the name of the camp, but I'm sure if you go to your local YMCA they can tell you which one it is. Good luck!
R.W. answers from Denver on April 14, 2007
You can look into the YMCA camps in the area..there are a bunch! Plano Y, Town North Y, Park Cities Y and there is the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce.
Check out their website.
T.G. answers from Dallas on April 16, 2007
If your son is enrolled in a CFBISD school, he can attend the After the Bell Summer program. He doesn't have to be enrolled during the year to go. This is what we did for my son last year, and will be doing it again this year. It is $110/wk. They go swimming one day a week, have field trips, do crafts, play on the playground, etc. The cost of the field trips is included, but sometimes you need to send a bit of money for lunch. They provide snacks, but you have to send a lunch. My son is also 8 and is looking forward to going again this summer. Information is available at http://cfbstaff.cfbisd.edu/afterthebell/Summer/summer_200.... This was a better alternative for us than putting him in day care with our youngest (we did that over Christmas break and he was bored to tears!) or leaving him at home with his older brother (also boring for him). Good luck!
J.P. answers from Dallas on February 18, 2008
We offer outdoor recreation on Lake Grapevine - www.AdventureDayCamps.com - for families that send their kids to our camp all summer, I work with them on special pricing...I can offer $100 per week vs $200 if you guys come at least 6 of the 12 weeks we offer. Let me know if that intersts you. Your son would LOVE our camp! Activities include Archery, Target Shooting, Kayaking/Canoeing, Fishing, Swimming, Arts & Craft Projects, Orienteering, Geocaching, and More.