HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – Some parents are already looking at summer camp options, and depending upon where you live, this year you might see higher prices and fewer options.
Folks at the Hanover County Department Parks and Recreation are busy gearing up for summer camp. It's a program that budget issues affected but didn't put an end too.
More than 1200 children take part in Hanover's summer camp program, so officials wanted to make sure it was not on the county's budget chopping block. Those looking to register next month need to know that made a fee hike necessary.
"If someone were to sign up for the entire 6 weeks it would double the price they paid last year. Last year for 6 weeks it was $150, this year for each 2 week session it's $100. The fee for the program now covers all costs related to summer camp. The field trips, the visitors, the arts, the crafts and the staff," said Recreation Program Director Marcy Durrer.
To offset the added costs, leaders broke up summer camp into 2 week sessions.
"We think it's really a great opportunity for us to be able to serve more children for such a highly demanded program and plus provide financial alternatives for the folks, it was either 6 weeks or bust, so now it's 2 weeks, 4 weeks or 6 weeks," said Marcy.
Elsewhere in the region: Chesterfield County hasn't made a final decision but is considering raising fees and even reducing the number of camps to deal with budget woes. Henrico county's prices are the same as last year and one more camp is available. In Richmond, prices and the number of camps stayed the same.
The YMCA of Greater Richmond is another major summer camp provider, serving 1500 children each week. Prices are the same as last year and there's also options to help families who can't afford to pay.
Hanover County also has a scholarship program called fun funds in which they can provide some children a free summer camp experience.
"We use the schools free and reduced lunch program as a criteria," said Marcy.