Dear Snarky – Church Camp Went Straight to Hell Before It Even Started

Dear Snarky,

 My daughter has been excited about going to summer sleep away church camp since we signed her up for it in January. I recently found out that she won’t be bunking with her three best friends. A mom, who signed up late, bribed the church secretary to change the cabin assignments. The secretary sells some nutritional juice line and I was told that this mom bought a ton of it to get her daughter into the “good cabin” which meant my daughter got kicked out.

 I’m so angry! I can’t believe this has happened to my child. Right now I don’t even want her to go camp. Also, what can I do about this horrible church secretary?

 Signed, Summer is Already Ruined

Dear Summer,

 The first thing you need to do is put a mom spin on the cabin re-assignment. Tell your daughter there’s been a snafu and while she won’t be rooming with her best friends she will get a chance to make some new friends in another cabin which is a big part of summer camp –broadening your horizons.

 Also, remind her that she will be very busy at camp and will still get to do everything with her best friends except share sleeping quarters. Make it seem like this could be the best of both worlds. Sell it sister!

 As for the scheming mom and the greedy church secretary I would go straight to your minister about this wanton display of broken commandments. The secretary needs to be fired – pronto. She abused her position of trust and I bet the entire Sunday offering plate that this wasn’t her first rodeo. I’m sure she has a long history of being super shady.

 And to the mom who bribed the secretary she’ll eventually get what’s coming to her – like maybe choke on all that nutritional juice she bought. What YOU don’t want to do is give her the power to ruin your daughter’s summer camp experience. You need to rise above this and encourage your child to have a wonderful time.

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5 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – Church Camp Went Straight to Hell Before It Even Started

  1. Worried Mom says:

    If this had happened to my kid I wouldn’t want her near that camp. I usually agree with you but this advice is bad. I think it shows that the camp sucks and no one should send their kid there.

  2. Lisa k Waller says:

    Sadly, some of the most devious people are church members. Not all by any means, but as a lapsed Southern Baptist have seen too many.

  3. Kimberly says:

    So sad that even church-related activities are not off limits to competitiveness.

    I would go to the minister as well, and, depending upon what transpires (i.e., the secretary being fired or not) determine if my daughter would still go to this camp. Totally would “mom spin” it and not let it ruin my daughter’s summer!

  4. Bethany says:

    My church camp had two big open dorms with space for 30 or so kids in each. The bunks were first come, first served, so I always made sure to show up early enough to get a top bunk. The other camps I worked at mostly tried to separate groups if there were more than three people, so the kids were forced to make new friends. In this case, at least one girl would have also been reassigned.

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