Welcome to Sign Up For Camp
I am a mom in San Francisco with two young kids. Raising kids in San Francisco, I had been adequately warned about the arduous process of enrolling them in a kindergarten. Countless tours, interviews, essays, playdates and parent meetings, we found a school we loved and thought we were home-free for nine years.
Then came summer, and a new process entered my life. I was woefully unprepared for summer camp. Having to schedule activities for 10 weeks of summer turned into a part time job. The camps had to be reasonably located so that my husband and I had time to get work done between drop off and pick up. They had to have activities of at least some interest to my son. They had to cover every week we weren’t on vacation. They had to be willing to take a 6 year old boy. Lastly, they had to have at least one known friend attending. All these requirements led to hours of scheduling and almost 100 emails to friends, trying to arrange a happy summer.
If my effort of planning covered nine years of camps, I wouldn’t have complained. But clearly, this is a process I’ll be going through year after year. I don’t want to do that, so I’m building a website, Sign Up For Camp, to make it easier for parents to manage this process.
I also realized I made a lot of mistakes in planning my son’s first summer. For example, sending a 6 year old kid, even a very adaptable kid like mine, to 10 different programs, with different counselors, kids and activities, is probably a little much. Apparently, those 100 emails weren’t enough. I hope in this blog to share tips on camp as I build my website and talk with camp directors, and to learn from other moms who are much more experienced than me.