Today we got a flyer from the Center for Gifted – they host a day camp my daughter went to last summer. That place is expensive, but they have a variety of classes to challenge kids who want to learn something new in the summer months. The money is tight this year as her younger brother is starting a Kindergarten in the Fall, but we agreed that she would save throughout the year to go to this camp again.
The Camp for Gifted Children. What is it? Why is it?
Does your child have to be gifted to go to one of these camps? Yes and No. You do need a recommendation letter from a child’s teacher, but nobody checks for the above average IQ before letting a kid attend the camp. However, let’s be realistic, it is a summer school – the kids there don’t swim or spend time outside. No field trips, no pool – NADA! They take SUMMER CLASSES! I guess you have to be a bit unique to commit to a summer of learning. I have to agree; this is a curious kid sanctuary as they offer classes in programming, cooking, robotics, chemistry, and so much more.
On the flip side of things, this day camp is significantly more expensive than the one hosted by the Park District. The price tag is double what I would pay for the same time at the Park District.
Mom, I want to go to this camp next year!
At the end of last summer we had a conversation that looked something like this:
– Mom, I loved my classes, and I want to go there next year.
– That is wonderful! However, with your brother starting daycare, I won’t be able to afford to send you to this camp.
– But I want to…
– Here is what we can do. You have a whole year to earn a difference between the cost of the Park District camp and the Summer Wonders Camp.
– Sure! I can do that!
Today is five months after we had the conversation and Elise has a long way to go! After putting her birthday money and some extra money, she made she still has $500 to go.
What a Girl to do?
My 9-year-old needs to make $500 by July.
We broke down her goal into weeks, and she roughly needs to make $25 a week.
Ahhhh, how can you make $25 if you are 9-year old?
I am sure she can make some money by helping with my blogging work, but I seriously doubt that I will be able to pay her $25/week.
Question of the DAY
How Can a 9-year old make $550 by July?
We will be updating you on our progress, but we also want to know any ideas you might think of to help this ambitious girl!
Save enough money for the summer camp with our handy Summer Camp Savings Tracker. Click below to download!