Griffin came home from school yesterday with a notice about the Intermediate Camp, which is to be held from Monday 11th August until Friday 15th August, on Motutapu Island.
Two years ago Brylee went on a very similar camp, and it rained virtually EVERY day the kids were there, so the activities planned for the camp were severely restricted. In fact most of the water based activities were not held at all. I might add, there was no refund for all those activities the kids didn't get to do.
So, Griffin brings home this advance notice. And I am thinking... why the hell would I want to pay $275 for a 5 day trip that is bound to have half the activities rained off?
WOULD YOU be happy for your kid to go to a camp, on an island, in the middle of winter?
The last camp Griffin went on, Stew went too... to make sure Griffin coped, and returned with all of his clothes/shoes/bedding etc.
So, I've kinda told Griffin he possibly won't be going. So he's packed a shit.
Like he does. Often.
I sent an email to the teacher organising the camp last night, asking a few pertinent questions, like the weather, and what alternative activities they had in mind. She said there would be other things there to do if it rained.
I expressed my concern that in the weeks leading up to camp, would all the kids be working on 'camp related' projects in class? And if so, what about any child/children who were NOT going? Would they have to do all the camp work, and end up very unhappy because they were not going? Surely my kid is not the only one possibly NOT going? She didn't have an answer to that one.
I asked about WHY the school kept doing these camps in the middle of winter, and she said they were working on getting the camp dates changed for 2016. Yeah, good one.
I asked her would Stew be able to attend as a Parent Helper, so he could help keep Griffin organised? Answer: no idea. They already have more than enough volunteers, and Stew would have to pitch his name in 'the hat' and hope to be chosen, OR he could pay to attend. God knows how much THAT would cost.
So, not that happy with either choice (stay or go) for Griffin right now.
What would you do? Let him go? Make him stay here?
Today? I'm thinking of reading a few blogs, then doing a bit of housework, and some sewing. In no particular order.
Right. That's ME for now.
Doing the housework first it would appear. I've even hung washing out, in drizzle. There was a really heavy fog this morning too.
Kids at school, Bex and Dante at Playcentre. My morning is QUIET! I'm trying to rip me facial hair off with some stuff I bought ages ago... ya heat it in the microwave then apply to chin/upper lip. It seems to be working fairly well... not as good as at the place in the mall. But, I was starting to look like I had grown a woolly jumper on me face!
CAMP: it's really isn't about the MONEY side of things. It's the time of year they choose to go. And when you are paying a decent amount of money for your kid to experience certain things, and they don't get to do them due to rain... well it just annoys me.
AND as for Stew going. Yep, I kinda agree on reflection, he doesn't need to go. (even though he'd love to)
Griffin does need to start taking responsibility for his own gear/safety.
Soooooo.... thanks for all your opinions, which is an OVERWHELMING ... LET HIM GO!
He can go. I am sure he will be super excited when I tell him.
There will be some jobs set for him to 'earn' some money towards the camp, that's an excellent idea.
I always pack each day's clothes in separate bags, so he SHOULD be able to manage that eh?
gem: Griffin is quite a nice boy, except when he's packing a shitty! Stew and I will actually miss him.
So, I'm sitting here with a stinging face. I think I did pretty well with the hair removal. Not as fast or accurate as in the mall, but good enough.
I used a product called 'Nair Sensitive Wax'. Anyone used it? Do you know of a better one?
TRACY: true true! Wonder how I can take THAT photo... I will give it a go, or maybe Bex can take it.
Happy Elf Mom: again, so true, I do.
When Griffin got home I told him to sit down as I had something to discuss with him.... then Bex and I started asking him what had he done 'wrong' lately?
Of course, he had no idea, he reckons he's done NOTHING wrong! It was fun for a little while, then...
I told him that thanks to lots of my friends on my blog, he was going to camp afterall!
ABOVE: one happy boy. "Thanks ladies", from Griffin.
I just went out to get more potatoes for dinner, we have none!
And by the time I got home I was really angry and tried ringing the Police, but the buggers don't answer their phones after 4 pm, unless it's an emergency, then you dial 111.
So, that's something to do tomorrow. I will tell you about it tomorrow.
Right now, I must get started on dinner.
End of Day: time for bed. It's been a nice evening, good to wind down after a busy day.