On June 12, the New York State health department announced that sleepaway summer camps in order to contain COVID-19 from spreading. The state health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, said it was too risky to have children in such close quarters, New York Post reported.
Parents and kids in the tri-state area erupted in opposition to the ruling, demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo come up with an alternative idea.
For now, instead of settling for day camp, some parents are now shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to send their children to luxury summer camps elsewhere.
Some parents are admitting that after homeschooling their kids for so long, they can’t handle the stress of entertaining them during the summer as well.
Julie Danziger, a managing partner at the travel agency Embark Beyond, anticipated the trend months in an advance and launched a new summer camp in Saratoga, Wyo.
The camp allows parents to choose from several 5-star resorts to house their kids and has activities like horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides and go-kart racing. There are on-site chefs and private jet information available for clients to get their kids to the camp.
The heftiest price tag for 10 days at the camp is $150,000.
Some parents are even looking outside the U.S. for their kids. Les Elfes International, a camp in Switzerland that costs $9,000 a week (not including airfare), reported an uptick in American families being interested in its programs.
In addition to regular outdoor activities, Les Elfes International offers “enrichment workshops” such as etiquette and table manners and Swiss watchmaking.
More than anything, parents say this will be a sense of normalcy for their children and a much-needed opportunity to socialize, so it’s worth every penny.
If you enjoyed reading this article, you might also like reading about Kristen Bell’s scathing homeschooling review by her daughter.
More from In The Know: