The most interesting one I haven't blogged about was Magic Camp. We went to a half-day, one week magic camp put on by Round Rock's Parks and Rec, so it wasn't as in-depth as the other big magic camp around Austin. But I think the boys still learned enough fun tricks to make them happy, and hopefully I won't hear pleas to go to magic camp every year in the future. The week of camp ended with a Magic Show put on by the kids.
This was about as much fun to watch as you think it was. And with 25 kids, the show went on for what seemed like forever, but was really only 78 minutes. Of the 35, Ryan was child 22 and Alex was child 24.
Alex spent a week back at Camp Doublecreek (aka BB Gun Camp). Ryan didn't want to go this year without a friend, so he went to our YMCA again. Alex loved Doublecreek, and he is all excited about returning next year because he'll get a Four Year Pin. You gotta give Doublecreek props - they know how to ensure the campers want to return. Alex wants to go so long he can be a CIT - Counselor in Training - I just wondered if I had to pay for that, or if he gets paid, or if its pro bono - somehow I suspect I still pay $300 a week for him to work.
This year, Alex came home with a "GaGa for GaGa Ball" ribbon. Not as cool as the BB gun champ ribbon from last year, but the boys love gaga - they play it every. single. day. at recess at school, and its a Big Deal for Alex. So good for him.
And then there were the YMCAs. Ryan had three weeks (Alex two) at the YMCA run out of our school. They would go swimming at the Northwest Austin YMCA twice a week, and on a field trip somewhere else one other day. They had several friends here most of the time, which made this a fun place to be. But I didn't really feel like they were doing anything too exciting - it felt more like, well, like it was just their afterschool program (which it is). I'm glad we didn't do this more than we did. My malaise about the Y camp probably shows in that I have no pictures whatsoever to show for it.
Finally, the last week of summer vacation, we tried out the Camp Twin Lakes YMCA. Its run by the Williamson County Y, as opposed to Austin's Y, and its a lot further away for us, and in the completely wrong direction for traffic purposes. But I've been intrigued enough to try it out, and basically it was one of only two camps I could find with open spots for us that week. Most camps either didn't realize we had an extra week of summer vacation, or didn't care. I finally gave up on moving beyond spots 34 and 35 on the Austin's Y wait list, and decided now was the time to try the Williamson County Y.
The facility is stunningly gorgeous. Everything you could want in a camp. But it was kind of odd how they just have you drive through their "express lane" to pick up and drop off the kids. The folks we would drop off and pick up from never seemed to know anything about my child, or how his day went. I received absolutely no feedback from any person in authority, and that was very troublesome for me. I'm also a bit irked that Ryan only went to the canteen store once during his week, after I had been assured he would go 2-3 times, and deposited $10 in his account so that he could buy some snacks and a lot of useless cr*p. They don't refund your money, either, so on Friday, I voiced my concerns to the powers that be, and he came home with items certain to be used a lot, like a coozie ("so I can warm up my cold sodas," said Ryan. Like he drinks sodas from a can - ever - or that this is the correct coozie purpose. I digress.)
Our summer camp wrap-up. Some camps they loved, some they didn't. Some camps they loved, and I didn't. And some camps we all loved.