Why have American style summer camps ever taken off in the UK? Is it because it would be unaffordable for the vast majority of the UK population? They always look like so much fun in films (I know that might not be the case in reality) and would solve a lot of child care issues maybe?
HatchetJob · 04/06/2023 20:05
I imagine the lack of cheap land next to lakes etc make it too expensive. There’s probably stricter rules here about adult to children ratio as well, all costs more.
I had a friend who worked at a fat camp in America one summer, wish I had done it. They used to confiscate all the banned foods the kids parents would sent to them (whole boxes of Twinkie’s etc) and eat them. It was a really expensive camp as well.
lavenderlou · 04/06/2023 17:44
Day camps exist in the UK.
coxesorangepippin · 04/06/2023 17:43
I live in Canada and one of the best things is the fact that we have day camp (where your kids don't sleep overnight) which my kids adore.
I do not know how UK parents manage to find childcare for the entire summer, begs belief
00100001 · 04/06/2023 18:23
Yep. Bit way more families have stay at home parents, because houses aren't extortionate on the whole, like they are here and you probably need two incomes!
ssd · 04/06/2023 18:21
I didn't realise American kids get 3 months school holidays, what a nightmare for the parents!
Cantstandbullshitanymore · 05/06/2023 03:29
This seems to be the default answer to anything American raised on mumsnet. That doesn’t really answer the question given average will be what 30 days which includes bank holidays while employees with low vacation days in the US will have about 11 - 15 plus 11 bank holidays.
The difference does not explain why summer camps are popular in the US but not the UK.
PatriciaHolm · 04/06/2023 17:22
As well as the reduced amount of holiday days many Americans get.
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