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Camps say economy is helping attendance


Laurel Madison is sending her kids to summer camp and says they can't wait. "We do participate in summer camps, it's a time for us to do some activities that we don't have time for during the school year."

Camp Tannadoonah Director Amber Grundy says camp is a good experience for kids of any age. "It's an amazing opportunity for kids to go to camp, there's just so many things they can learn and do and it's so much fun."

She says attendance at Camp Tannadoonah has doubled in the last few years. "As of today, we are about 40 kids ahead of where we were at this date last year and we've been increasing over the last couple of years."

She thinks the increased attendance is an indication of an improving economy. "So parents have a little more discretionary funds this year to send their kids to recreational activities."

At Camp Crystal Springs, Director Dan Stuglik says they're preparing for a lot of kids. "We're right on track for the season."

He says good or bad economy, they see the perks of both. "You'll get people who sign up for camp because now they can afford it because of the better economy, but we found that with a lower economy, sometimes our registration goes up because it's a very affordable option as a summer getaway."

Money is definitely a factor when it comes to choosing camps for the Madison family. "You have to do your research. There are some that are very expensive and then you can find really good ones that are really affordable."

But a tough economy or not, they say they'll do what they can to be at camp this summer.

For both camps, directors say they take registration up until their starting dates around mid-June. However, they say spots are filling up fast, so the sooner the better if you want to secure a spot.

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