Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess
I totally agree. Fortunately, I rarely have to make this call because my kids generally think it's nuts to just take off with a strange adult and wave goodbye to me, so we don't do it.
I will say, though, and this is really getting off topic, the soccer camp my big kids attended offered a 90 minute/day week-long camp for ages 3-6, and I watched them every day (while I sat watching my big kids). The counselors were in their 20s, no high school - visiting from the UK for this summer job, and they were excellent, very playful, wrestling, water play, and the soccer part was all games. If anyone DOES want a soccer camp for any age, I can recommend those people - my kids have liked it two yrs in a row.
I agree that that there are some great programs available. My 12 yr old did a sailing/tennis camp for two weeks this summer that was spectacular. And my 14 yr old loves riding camp. When my little one is older, I am going to send her there as well. It's too much time for a little, imo. And it would not be appropriate for a preschooler. Hard work of tacking and mucking out stalls etc. And no other choices but riding, tacking and mucking. In fact, I think a child has to be 8 to attend. Interest camps for older kids with actual interest is nearly heaven, I think.
My youngest also did a Reggio art program this summer and last, in a Reggio School (preschool to 3rd grade). I keep telling them they need to add a very part-time component for people who arent interested in full time school. It's adult run, by very energetic, respectful, knowledgeable, creative, dedicated folk who actually understand the Reggio model.
I know excellent camp programs exist (although I can't say they exist in abundance for preschoolers!), just as I know there are excellent part time preschool programs out there for interested children.