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#1 Halcyon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

We just got a note home about camp for next year.  The total cost for the camp is $380.  

The camp is for 10/11 year olds and is for the school week (leave mon and arrive back fri)

I am just wondering if anyone else thinks that this is excessive or am i a little delusional re costs?

#2 Frockme

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

Doesn't seem to bad for 5 days, 4 nights. What will they be doing? How far are they going?

#3 Baggy

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

I guess it would depend on where the camp is? What sort of accommodation they'll be staying in? What they will be doing?

I remember my school camps costing around the same or sometimes more, depending on what we were doing.

Edited by Baggy, 12 December 2012 - 11:51 AM.


#4 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:53 AM

Our Yr 6/7 camp this year was 4 night and 5 days (left early Tues, home late Fri night)Cost $280.



#5 Samistar

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

DS1 went to a week long camp this year ( in year 5 ) the cost was $300. So I would say its fairly standard. Next year he goes to Canberra for 3 days and the cost is also $300.

#6 CountryBumpkin

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

My kids aren't at that stage yet, but holy crap, $380?!

#7 Halcyon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

It is cabin style accommodation but take all your own bedding.

It is about an hour away by bus and food and activities are included in the price

#8 Halcyon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

QUOTE (CountryBumpkin @ 12/12/2012, 12:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My kids aren't at that stage yet, but holy crap, $380?!



We have never had to pay for a camp before so I had a similar reaction to yourself.


Also it is a govt school, and I would be surprised if that amount of money was affordable to all parents.

#9 BadCat

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

For a whole week?  Cheap as chips.

Ours is 2 nights for $310.

#10 missjoads1234

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

QUOTE
It is cabin style accommodation but take all your own bedding.

It is about an hour away by bus and food and activities are included in the price


originally i was like  ohmy.gif but now you mention it i think its reasonable.

#11 weepingangel

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

I'd say its pretty standard for a camp of that duration.

We've paid similar for our DD's when they were in primary school.



#12 MGB

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

I think for a week away with all meals, activities and travel it sounds reasonable.

#13 LynnyP

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

That would be just cost recovery.

#14 Overtherainbow

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

It sounds about right to me.  Is there fundraising to reduce the costs?  Remember you will also have camping purchases to factor into the cost like sleeping bag, some clothing, etc.

I'd encourage my child to self fundraiser over holidays.  Establish an amount you would like them to contribute to costs and look at ways to raise it.  Walking friend's pets, weeding neighbours garden, collecting mail for those who are away and doing chores they don't normally do (I know this still comes out of household budget but they earn it).

#15 MsNorbury

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

Seems OK.  The school would be trying to keep costs down as we dont like to exclude students based on it being too expensive, but it is hard.

I am a high school teacher and we do a one night two day camp and it is a struggle to keep the cost under $150.


#16 Halcyon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:28 PM

I guess the cost is what it is and by the sounds of it, it is fairly standard.  

I still feel a little put out by having to find that cash somewhere but what can you do if it is the going rate original.gif

#17 ~She~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

Doesn't seem a lot to me tbh. Accommodation, food, travel, activities, etc for a whole week would add up.

At DS's school the first camp they go on is to Canberra for 3 nights for $500, although he's only in Year 1 yet so we have a while to prepare for it

#18 sparassidae

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

I can't remember offhand what ours have cost but for a full week that seems standard or even a bit cheaper.

#19 Halcyon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE (~She~ @ 12/12/2012, 01:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Doesn't seem a lot to me tbh. Accommodation, food, travel, activities, etc for a whole week would add up.

At DS's school the first camp they go on is to Canberra for 3 nights for $500, although he's only in Year 1 yet so we have a while to prepare for it



Wow $500.  

I am definitely out of touch re costs of children s camps.

#20 boatiebabe

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

DD (8) just went on a two day one night camp and cost was $130. She had a blast!

So $380 for five days and four nights seems reasonable.

#21 Coffeegirl

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

Year 6 camp to Canberra and Skiing at Threadbo  $600.

2 nights away - 3 really long days.  Cabin style accommodation.   Included all food, ski hire and ski pass (pass is $80-90 a day), ski clothing, entrance to all the Canberra exhibits, bus.

No fundraising for this trip - but we could pay it off in installments.



#22 somila

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:49 PM

I think our Canberra trip was closer to $1000?  Airfare and accommodation included (from Brisbane).  Our son didn't go so I may be "misremembering".

That is fine for a four-night camp, OP.

#23 Chchgirl

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

Ours was $280.00 for two days to Canberra, for year 5 nsw(my daughter is 11 )..this is a public school and the camp was november, we had notice in March and had till then to pay it off.

I think for 5 days that is good.

#24 i-candi

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

Our school had three camps in year 6 (last year of primary). One was nearly $400 and that was for the full week, the other was a few hundred and that was overnight to Canberra and the other they scrapped the year my DS was in year six much to his disgust. The parents were a bit upset at there being 3 camps in one year.

I think $380 for a full week camp is cheap. Break it up into daily food, accommodation and activities that are fully supervised.

#25 Lazycow

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

DS1 camp is going to cost $250 for 3 days and 2 nights, all food, accommodation, travel and activities are included in the price.

So I think it is a reasonable price for a week.




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