An Oldie But Goodie- Camp Torture

So school ends in less than two weeks.  Time to find summer camps.  Yay- NOT! I”m not so motivated considering the debacle that happened last summer when I signed up Oldest for one camp close to our house.  I decided to pull up that post just for good times sakes.  Reminds me how fun motherhood can be.  Oh the joys. *forces smile and rolls eyes.*

Thought I would re-post this Oldie but Goodie.  I can actually laugh about it now.  Nothing like re-living those moments we are all living for- torturing our precious children.

Enjoy!

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Remember my post yesterday about how I found this great exploration camp for Oldest? Well he hated camp. In fact, he hated it so much he had a huge outburst when I picked him yesterday afternoon.  As he walked to the car, I could tell by the look on his face that he had no plans on going back today. So I asked him what happened and he began telling me the series of events that he described was “a day of torture” that he couldn’t believe “[I] paid to put him through.” {His words, exactly.}

First, they made him play football “outside in the hot sun.” And, “[I] know just how much [he] hates sweating.”  He asked the counselor if he could sit out or sit inside and he said no. So he “was forced to play football.”  They also wouldn’t let him get water when he wanted it and was forced to wait for water breaks.

After football, more games,  arts & crafts, and lunch inside, they made all the kids, “even the 3rd graders” take a 30 minute rest. He said he spent the whole 3o minutes not believing he was forced to take a nap.

The last straw was when they made him *gasp* dance.  He told the camp counselor he wasn’t going to “participate in dancing” and she told him he had no choice.  He was forced to dance against his will to “Kids Bop, or something.”   Didn’t I know he hated to dance?

As I tried my best not to go into a long speech about how he was acting like a spoiled brat, I explained to Oldest that he needed to give the camp another chance and that so far, I hadn’t heard a single thing about the camp that made it sound like torture. Then I reminded him about the field trip to the movies planned for the next day and before I could even finish my sentence, next thing you know this boy has a huge outburst.  He couldn’t believe he was forced to go to Camp Torture, it was hot, it was boring, he hates dancing, etc. Right there in the back seat while sitting right between his 4 and 5 year old younger siblings.  We all stared at him in shock.  The outburst ended with Oldest declaring he was going to lock himself in his room all day if I forced him to go again.  I think he even kicked my car seat! 

Oh really????!!!!

I had to take a long, deep breath, because I was really about to go off the deep end. Here I was, listening to some story about having to play football, do arts, watch movies, ect. as if he was forced to do hard labor which I would like to point out, many kids in other countries are!   The only reason I even put him in camp was because he had been complaining about how bored he was at home for the last two months.  And let’s not forget all the fun stuff we did while he was at home because during this time, I was planning multiple activities including play dates, fishing outings, beach days, library days, s to do just to make sure they had a memorable summer.  Now this is how he reacts?   

Seriously, these kids want to see me institutionalized!

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13 Responses to “An Oldie But Goodie- Camp Torture”

  1. Time to Find Camp!?!! My kids don’t finish school until late June, and if we hadn’t signed up (even for the general county camp) by March – we would have NOTHING. ABSOlUTELY nothing. it is crazy here.

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  3. Maybe a different camp would work better for oldest. I never got to do such things, and wish I had. Good luck!
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  4. I remembered this from last year — SO funny! But did he end up going back?? I can’t remember!

  5. Are you guys coming back?

  6. what a funny story! thanks for sharing, but camping is always fun! isn’t it?
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  7. I had to take a long, deep breath, because I was really about to go off the deep end. Here I was, listening to some story about having to play football, do arts, watch movies, ect. as if he was mark to do hard labor which I would like to point out, many kids in other countries are! The only reason I even put him in camp was because he had been complaining about how bored he was at home for the last two months. And let’s not forget all the fun stuff we did while he was at home because during this time, I was planning multiple activities including play dates, fishing outings, beach days, library days, s to do just to make sure they had a memorable summer. Now this is how he reacts?

  8. chance and that so far, I hadn’t heard a single thing about the camp that made it sound like torture. Then I reminded him about the field trip to the movies planned for the next day and before I could even finish my sentence, next thing you know this boy has a huge outburst. He couldn’t believe he was forced to go to Camp Torture, it was hot, it was boring, he hates dancing, etc. Right there in the back seat while sitting right between his 4 and 5 year old younger siblings. We all stared at him in shock. The outburst ended with Oldest declaring he was going to lock himself in his room all day if I forced him to go again. I think he even kicked my car seat!

  9. I love camps i think they’re the best thing of my life. any particular reason why you find camps torture?

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  11. I was planning multiple activities including play dates, fishing outings, beach days, library days, s to do just to make sure they had a memorable summer. Now this is how he reacts? thanks

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