'Camp paints a pricey picture for parents in need'
I saw an article in 7DAYS for a summer camp for the kids that involves drawing and painting.
I thought it would be great for my kids, until I saw the price - Dhs900 for a five-day camp. That’s almost Dhs200 a day - to play with some paint and crayons!
Now it’s a long time since I went to summer play schemes, as they were called in my day.
There was no camping - come to think of it, there’s no staying over at these ones either, so why are they called camps? Anyway, back in the day we used to pay the equivalent of Dhs30 and we’d be there 8am-5pm. During that time we’d get to paint, draw, play, eat lunch etc.
If they took us swimming or bowling you paid extra but it certainly didn’t come to Dhs200 per day.
I know people are in business and trying to make money but they’re basically holding parents to ransom - and some don’t have any other option but to send their kids to these camps - minus tents.
It’s just business I hear you say, well it’s not good business in my opinion. Right, I’m off to help my kids practice their dirham drawing skills, so we can pay for the camp and I don’t have to leave them at home with the cat.