Parents, Leave Us Alone This Summer
Written by: Rashmi S
Summer is here and so are all the tempting summer camp invitations pasted next to staircases and elevators. Now, summer camps used to be fun. Like everything else which used to be fun, we revisit the very notion of summer camps and ask the big question in our internet-addicted times. Are summer camps still fun for kids?
Raghuram wrote an interesting post on DNA:
This is no ordinary summer, it is a virtual enactment of the Pink Floyd’s number ‘Brick in the wall’. Those parents who wanted their children to spend their summer vacation in some sort of ‘organised’ activity when they both go to work, is no more happening, kids have started saying ‘no’ to pointless summer teaching and camps that have no fun and freedom.
The organisations, which held summer camps for kids last year, have not ventured into holding them this year due to lack of interest among the kids. Youth clubs, mahila mandalis, social welfare groups, social service clubs, even schools and ad agencies that organised summer camps have had no or little response. But on the other hand, outbound activities like kite flying, trekking, nature camps, wildlife tracking, sand castling, boating and creating bio-diversity registry have received good response.
My question to social media savvy parents – have you taken your kid to summer camp? If yes then why?