As a full time working mom, I need my kid to attend summer camp. We are lucky to have grandparents in the area that can assist for some mornings or afternoons. While I’m even more lucky to be able to work from home full-time, the summer time makes is harder for me to do my job. My son can’t just stay home everyday. I’m working, not entertaining. So I try to find half-day camps at our local community center that can fill some of the void. I call these short (and cheap) camps “Daycare with Legos.” I know that these camps aren’t helping to prevent the summer slide or introducing him to any new concepts. It’s merely getting him out of the house so that I can continue to do my job without having to hear about how “staying at home is so boring.”
I am a planner by nature. So you’d think I’d be one of those Type-A moms that maps out the summer camp schedule in January. After all, I have vacations planned through 2016. But the Summer Camp scene is one that still baffles me. Some camps are so popular – and so restricted – that you have to get up at the crack of dawn to enroll your child. Others let parents put down a deposit to reserve a spot – making it look like it is full; only to find the week before that the camp really has 6 open spaces. Scheduling summer camps can drive me crazy.
We always start our summer schedule by looking at what is offered at Camp Galileo. It’s the only full day camp that my son wants to attend. Every Spring, he pours over the Camp Galileo catalog. He reads about each of the weekly themes and daydreams for when he’s finally old enough to attend Summer Quest. He decides which themes he really, really, really wants to attend and I move around our calendar to make sure that he can attend those weeks. I love Camp Galileo for all that it provides for my son; however, the ease of the enrollment process makes it near and dear to my working mother heart. There is no restricted enrollment dates. I can see online which dates are full and which still have openings. With dozens of camp locations through out the Bay Area, I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to try to enroll my son in a week of camp.
I know that my son is getting a fun summer camp experience that is also enriching his development. Camp Galileo is no Daycare with Legos. Check it out for yourself to see what makes Camp Galileo not your ordinary summer camp and enter to win a free week of camp at Camp Galileo or Summer Quest sponsored by Sifteo by submitting your entry before May 18, 2012.
Disclosure: Galileo Learning has sponsored my son for a week of camp in exchange for a series of posts. I have paid, and will continue to pay, for weeks at Camp Galileo. We honestly love the camp. I’ll continue to say that long after our free week is complete.