Dear Matzav.com Editor,
Here we go again. Visiting day in summer camps. The issue seems to get new life every year, with the battle of the proponents and opponents getting more and more fierce.
I largely find that men are in favor of abolishing visiting day, while mothers and grandmothers are up in arms at even suggesting something as horrible as not visiting their children.
Firstly, with increased traffic, traveling to the Mountains and back home involves at least six hours on the road, depending on where you live, and possibly more if there is traffic. Also, if you have to visit more than one camp, the trip is that much longer.
By the time a typical family arrives in the mountains, all the father wants is a place where he can rest for an hour or two. Then the family has to go on a trip to the pizza shop for lunch or supper before the dreadful trip home.
Last but not least, the trip to and from the mountains requires filling one’s car with about $40-50 worth of gas, and that is in addition to the money that the campers ask for, the cost of taking everyone out to lunch, etc.
Tipping is a whole different issue, but let me just say that it would alleviate many problems if the tips would simply be added to the registration fee at the beginning of the summer.
It is time, once and for all, to abolish visiting day.