My fellow Matzav.com readers, no matter what kind of camp your child is attending this summer, there will be a handful of individuals – counselors, junior counselors, rabbeim, waiters – who will supervise, teach, entertain and comfort him during his time away from home. These adventurous camp counselors have signed on for a summer’s worth of kid-related fun … and challenges.
In many cases, they’re getting paid to do so. But even when their monetary compensation is lacking, camp counselors typically report that they receive a valuable internal reward – the satisfaction that comes from helping children to learn and grow. And they also report that they rely on tips from the parents.
Parents often want to show their appreciation of the counselors’ work, but it is just too expensive. I don’t think parents don’t want to tip. I think they want to, but just find it too hard.
We camp parents are paying through our noses for our children to attend camp. I fargin the camp owners to make money, but I just don’t see how I can cough up $250 in tips twice a summer on each visiting day.
The counselors have a great time in camp. If they took the job to make money, maybe they took the wrong job. Or maybe the camps should pay them appropriately and not take advantage of them. I am not sure why the burden falls on us.
The same applies to junior counselors and waiters. I mean, do I have to cover the salary of the person who serves my child food? In many camps, the waiter doesn’t receive a salary. He gets room and board and the camp relies on parents to pay the salaries of the waiters in tips. Will the camps soon be sending us a bill, asking for us to chip in to cover the recent shipment to the kitchen of beans, potatoes and carrots? Where does it end?
And as for tipping a camp rebbi, he surely deserves it, but it seems somewhat difficult to comprehend that a two-month camp rebbi who teaches a couple of hours a day receives $50 twice a summer while my son’s yeshiva rebbi, who teaches him for 10 months for many hours each day, merits a check on Chanukah and mishloach manos and Purim. It doesn’t make much sense.
It’s not that we don’t appreciate these camp employees. We do. But hasn’t the tipping thing gotten out of control?
Dear Matzav readers, shouldn’t the camps be covering the salaries of the camp employees from A to Z? Aren’t we paying more than enough in camp tuition?
A ‘Tipped Off’ Parent
Sullivan County, NY