After the New York State health department officially put the kibosh on all sleepaway summer camps this year, well-heeled tri-state area parents are in a panic about what to do with their kids.
But instead of settling for a day camp — and the potential risk of contracting COVID-19 — parents are shelling out thousands of dollars for private, tricked-out luxury summer camps across the globe with price tags fetching up to $150,000.
Frazzled parents say the big bucks are worth it for a much-needed break after months of home schooling during the pandemic.
“I can’t entertain a 4-year-old all summer in the way that he needs to be,” admits one lower Manhattan mom, who preferred to stay unnamed, and is splitting a $38,500 bill with five other parents for a specialized program called Home Camp. “I started to get a little bit stressed out, because I realized it was looking like camp wasn’t going to happen, [and] I needed to find some activities.”
Big Apple camp expert and advisor Arlene Streisand says the last two weeks have been “an avalanche” of bad news as camps closed one after the other throughout New England.
Parents “are not happy,” says Streisand, the founder and director of Camp Specialists. “They’ve been home with the kids, cooking and cleaning … and there aren’t a lot of choices for them right now.”
Julie Danziger, a managing partner at travel agency Embark Beyond, saw the trend coming months in advance — and used the foresight to help launch a brand new, luxury summer camp.
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