As a former camper and camp counselor, I am very well aware of the unwritten custom of tipping at many summer camps. As a counselor at an all-day, all-summer, upscale camp, I would often receive tips of $100 or more from campers.
This year marks Buddy’s first year at “camp”…if you can call it that. Camp is really just an extension of his school year, with some water time thrown in each week. Camp lasts for six weeks, and consists of three days a week of three-hour sessions of of art, play, and other activities. After asking some other parents, it seems we are all quite confused on the big question: “Should we tip or not tip?”
During the school year, I would consider myself a generous tipper, chipping in with the class gifts twice a year and sending an extra $40 gift card to each teacher for the holidays. The teachers during the school year worked hard to communicate with us through detailed lesson plans, send photos of our kids in action, and provide easy ways to get in touch with any concerns. Summer is more laid back, with little communication and a vague curriculum. Would you tip? I’d love to hear your reasons why or why not.
I decided against the monetary gift this time because I didn’t feel comfortable giving each of the five counselors enough money to not insult them, and I avoided the tschotskes, as meaningless clutter personally drives me nuts. Instead, I used my Silhouette Cameo to download and cut the 3D Gable Box.
I used a combination of garden twine and ribbon to tie a bow, then I wrote a message on washi tape along the bottom of the box. Filled with some sweet treats, I hope these gifts let Buddy’s counselors know I appreciated the time they spent with my boy this summer!