Skip to comments.Moms paying pros $1,000 to pack their kids for camp
Posted on 05/23/2014 10:21:17 PM PDT by grundle
Professional organizer Barbara Reich demonstrates her bag-packing prowess.
So much for roughing it!
New York City mommies with money to burn are hiring professional organizers to pack their kids trunks for summer camp because their darlings cant live without their 1,000-thread-count sheets.
Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants says she and other high-paid neat freaks have been inundated with requests and the job is no small feat.
It takes three to four hours to pack for clients who demand that she fit all of the comforts of home in the luggage, including delicate touches like French-milled soaps and scented candles.
At $250 an hour, the cost for a well-packed kid can run $1,000.
I talked three people off the camp ledge, Reich told The Post. For a lot of mothers, particularly when their child is going away for the first time, its very stressful. Clients will say, I need to touch and feel the sheets for softness.
But these are the kinds of things they can control. Theyre paying $10,000 for sleep-away camp, so they shouldnt feel so bad for their child.
Two years ago, she had one trunk request. Last year, she had five trunks, and this year, she has packed 10 trunks and its not even Memorial Day.
Professional organizer Dayna Brandoff of Chaos Theory has at least four camp-packing requests on the books and expects at least 15 more in June.
Some of her clients have requested she recreate their childs bedroom so they can feel completely at ease in their air-conditioned bunks.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
I’m running a special this week. I’ll pack a trunk for just $999!
Just like Sparta.
These are the people that will be among the first to die if there is ever a serious catastrophe. They will expect they can swipe a credit card or write a check and others will take care of them. And they will find out that when it comes down to it, you need to be able to take care of yourself.
Scented candles and extra shelving at camp is not a way to make sure your child can care for themselves. *shudder*
For $1,000 I’ll whip the rug rodent and tell him to pack his own bag!!!
Remember how in 2012 we were supposed to grovel to these folks as our saviors, they were the ‘job creators’ after all.
“These are the people that will be among the first to die if there is ever a serious catastrophe. They will expect they can swipe a credit card or write a check and others will take care of them. And they will find out that when it comes down to it, you need to be able to take care of yourself.”
When I think about it, a complete collapse doesn’t sound bad at all.
These people are frankly, dross and the reason our culture is such a mess. They want someone else to face the reality of earning a living for them and this sheltered way of life is why they are so impractical.
Keep those mirrors handy, sister. As even our ideas of honest work would have been scoffed at by forebears.
These parents obviously have no clue why they should be sending kids to camp, and it’s not just so Mommy and Daddy can take their dream vacations (probably separately). My kids packed for camp themselves, starting at age 11. They found the list of what they needed and checked to make sure they had everything. I went through their lists and asked if they had everything, but it was their responsibility to pack, and I didn’t physically check on whether they did it correctly.
The difference is I’m not raising dependent democrats. My kids are the productive ones that they are counting on to protect and care for their inept parasites.
$250/hour... that’s awesome! I love the free market.
When I was a child living in a blue collar neighborhood in Chicago in the 40s and early 50s, our backyards, the streets & sidewalks, open fields, our bikes, neighborhood ball games with friends, whatever our ingenuity could muster in a way of how to spend our summer at home with our friends in the neighborhood. Going to the neighborhood Chicago Boy's Club as it was known back then to learn how to swim, do crafts and attend teen club dances on Friday nights, or going to the neighborhood park district to play and watch ball games, play tennis, have picnics. We never heard of anyone going to summer camp, and no family in our neighborhood could even afford to do so, had we known about such things. We had some wonderful times, full of great adventure and fun. It was sweet to get up each summer morning, have our breakfast and then run out to play away the summer. Or maybe our parents would drive out into the country to visit my aunt & uncle and their pets, drink well water, eat country style food and sleep in total peacefulness that the country provides, while breathing cool, clean sweet air. Great memories of a city kid in a country town in Illinois.
I'm so thankful for the wonderful years I spent as a youth...and very sad that this generation and those to come will never know what it's like to enjoy simple, uncomplicated, inexpensive pursuits and pleasures with friends and family during summer vacation, right in their own neighborhoods.
They're sending their children to camp for the whole summer in order to be rid of them. If paying $1,000 for packing help makes them feel better about it ... cebu, it's only money.
I went to Bible camp for a week every Summer. I can still remember the excitement when the list of “items to bring” came in the mail...I spent hours getting things ready BY MYSELF...starting when I was about 8 year old.
Thread count on sheets?? We slept on 30-year-old mattresses, in metal bunk beds (probably left over from some WWII barracks). That was not counting the days where we went “into the field” when we slept on the ground in pup tents a two-mile hike from the “main” camp (one night a tornado came through just a 1/2 mile away).
The first year, a horse stepped on my foot; which I’m sure in retrospect resulted in a broken toe...but after a good crying session I just “got over it.” I’m fairly certain that unless a limb was actually severed, our teenaged camp counselors would have remained completely unconcerned. And, we loved it.
No one on FR knows anyone like this, indeed 99.9% of Americans don’t know anyone like this. BUT reporters for the Leftist media do.
That tells you a lot about what drives the news.
If it’s their honestly earned money I have no problem with this. I think it’s silly, but they are providing a job for somebody else. That’s capitalism. What I do have a problem with is that these people more than likely vote Democrat, and they don’t see the irony in this scenario.
Can’t the maid do it?
One of the guys at your local moving company would probably do it for <$100/hr.
If ever there were a picture of a “First World problem”, I believe we have found it in this article.
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it :)
I loved your post. We, too, spent our summer days doing absolutely nothing but playing. All day, every day. There were 5 of us, close in age, and a neighborhood of kids. A huge deal was when mom signed us up for a one-week arts and craft dayclass at the elementary school....which was one block away. It’s only now, with the luxury of growing older and wiser, that I can look back and value the brilliance of the simple life.
Who packs it back up when it’s time to go home? I wonder if it will fit. Maybe they give them photos with how to re-pack the items.
I had almost the same thought, who is their audience? Just shows how out of touch the elite really are.
“Professional organizer Dayna Brandoff of Chaos Theory has at least four camp-packing requests on the books and expects at least 15 more in June.”
This is just one tiny segment of the population being reported as news to distract from the serious problems facing this country - a complete non-story.
No, it’s isn’t a non-story. And this is one of the problems facing this country.
At the root of many of our problems is the idea that we don’t have to do anything ourselves if we can pay for it. And this doesn’t affect just the rich. “If we can pay for it” also includes looking to the government for handouts. People assume that “we can pay for it” because we are a wealthy nation. They assume that if they don’t have the cash in their pocket, it’s okay because the government can handle it. After all, the government is even richer than most people!
I never went to camp either. Our summers consisted of being sent outside in over 100 degree weather. We knew to be back for lunch and then was sent out til dinner. We knew to come home when it was dusk. We thought of all kinds of ways to occupy ourselves.
And I love it when stupid, lazy rich people get separated from their money.
I don’t think it’s a distraction as much as it’s a background story used by the media to illustrate the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.
It’s great that the rich are spending their money. Think of all the jobs they’re providing.
I see the media have convinced you that rich people are lazy. It makes the government's job easier.
Lazy is an atittiude, Madame. Sloth is a lack of action. Words mean things.
Yes, words mean things. To attribute the characteristic of ‘lazy’ to people who have a lot of money illustrates the pervasiveness of class envy in our culture.
I’m surprised at how that attitude is so entrenched here on FR.
I don’t envy them. Some would say I’m one of them. They are stupid for wasting valuable resources paying someone to do something they could be doing on their own.
They are lazy for not spending their own time on what could be a very valuable bonding and educational experience with their kids.
I stand by my statement and it has absolutely zero to do with envy.
Many of these mothers work full time, sometimes at a law firm, sometimes doing charity work that enhances her husbands business/career. $250 is nothing compared to the value of the other activities.
Do you mow your own lawn?
I thought she was going to say that she would miss tucking her kids in at night.
When I was a little kid, I lived in a Norman Rockwell neighborhood. Dinner bells. Playing hide and seek until dark. Pick-up baseball. The ice cream man... It was kid heaven.
But there was one kid in the neighborhood who was sent to camp for the entire summer.
What did I think when I was 8? "His parents must not want him around." I was very grateful that my parents didn't send me away. Looking back, I think of all the wonderful summers he missed.
Today, he says that he enjoyed his time at camp.
But I would describe his relationship with his parents as tortured.
And neither he nor his other sibling have had any children.
Too bad school doesn't run year-round, and go all day. But you'd still have to send them somewhere on the weekends. Maybe there's an app for that?
“At the root of many of our problems is the idea that we dont have to do anything ourselves if we can pay for it. And this doesnt affect just the rich. If we can pay for it also includes looking to the government for handouts. People assume that we can pay for it because we are a wealthy nation. They assume that if they dont have the cash in their pocket, its okay because the government can handle it. After all, the government is even richer than most people!”
You’re missing my point; she has had four people sign on. This tiny number is just being blown into a sensationalist news “story”.
“I dont think its a distraction as much as its a background story used by the media to illustrate the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.”
I understand the thrust of the story, but she had four people sign up. It is a non-story; more wealthy people pay plenty of money to other people to walk their dogs every day...
Yes, totally a non-story. One of the ‘organizers’ probably has a publicist who arranged for it or maybe one of the organizers is her sister-in-law.
You make a good point about the money spent by the wealthy to walk the dog, clean the pool, polish the silver, oversee the trust funds.
I am always surprised at the attitudes here toward the rich. “They’re lazy” and “they didn’t build that” is the domain of Democrats who think anybody with money is bad and either stole it or somehow cheated to get it.
As a matter of fact I do mow my own lawn. Mrs L enjoys trimming and the like.
We do our own laundry, except for dry cleaning.
We clean our own house.
We walk our own dogs.
When our son went to Boy Scout summer camp he packed his own gear. What he didn’t have he did without and made darned sure he had it the next year.
And we manage to do all of this while both working full time jobs.
I’m all for the entrepreneurial sprit here. I firmly believe that the stupid and the lazy need to be separated from their money, honestly of course.
But the folks are flat lazy. Good on the woman who is clipping them.
I think there are employees to cover the weekends.
We went to a "camp fair" a few years ago and got information about all kinds of summer programs, including some of the high-end, all-summer camps. My sons thought it would be fun, but we don't have that kind of money.
Two of my teenagers are on staff at Boy Scout camps this summer, which is almost like going to an 8-week camp, and they even get paid a bit.
“One of the organizers probably has a publicist who arranged for it or maybe one of the organizers is her sister-in-law.”
My thoughts exactly when I see such a strange story (when so many more important issues could be discussed)...
The whole idea that rich people got their money by cheating others (including workers) goes back to Marx himself. The American people (including many FReepers) are in denial about the de facto communist revolution that has been going on since the financial collapse; a communist has won the White House in the two national elections since. Across the Hudson River from me NYC has elected a communist mayor; while the media won’t refer to Obama & DeBlasio as communists they trumpet their very obviously communist positions.
The media won’t honestly discuss how destroying the profit motive has killed the economy (as it does in all communist countries); work itself has been completely marginalized, and worker harder for additional income is nearly impossible now for most. The wealthy would do well to hunker down and protect their wealth, the Reds (Democrats) are whipping their masses into a frenzy about them EVERY DAY.
Huh. Rich kids camps.
As a kid, my family was dirt poor. The only camps I went to (against my will) were camps for poor kids, run by charitable organizations that cost us nothing. But then what do you get at a cheap, free of charge camp for poor kids? Surly, abusive counselors, lousy food (just oatmeal and a hard boiled egg for breakfast each and every morning for the entire month), sleep in a cabin with 30 strangers, on a mattress that has been urine stained by campers of previous summers, empty promises of hikes, trips, campfires, and horseback riding (never lay your eyes on a horse, much less get to ride one) and total boredom.
At the risk of being flamed, these are the types of mothers who are SAHM (stay at home mothers) who went from their parent’s bank account to that of their husbands and never learned resourcefulness or self sufficiency or anything like that. So frankly these women are essentially silly little kids with adult bodies and adult bank accounts.
They don’t have to learn coping skills and to them, to their delicate psyche, they can’t handle one simple stinking thing. So as far as I’m concerned, I understand why most successful men get sick of them and leave them after so many years. Tired of the same silliness, the hesitant delicacy, the relentless paying for high paying beauty treatments, spas, therapy because they have such a good life that they literally WANT to find something to complain about.
This is kind of why I don’t really sympathize when I hear about how a high level exec leaves his wife. Usually the wife is essentially a fully grown ‘child’ who spends his money, socializes, and spends much of her time pawning the kid off to a nanny while pushing the cook and maid around.
I agree with you. The women you describe, such as those you see on TV’s Real Housewives of whereever, are empty, shallow, moneyed, constantly looking for luxury, fun, liquor, and disgusting, grossly crude & rude behavior. What role models they are for their children. And the men who marry them are no better. They know what they want & can afford them, so they're both getting what they want.
These are ugly, dangerous times to be alive, and the frantic, frenzy that women and men go through to obtain the biggest, the best, the most expensive, the most impressive lifestyle money can buy, isn't being envied by those of us who lived in simpler times, when morals and values meant something. I don't envy these women whatsoever.
Ten grand for camp?!? I can take the kid on a road trip and teach him all the computer science or biology or survival skills or whatever the camp is about and make 5 grand. And the kid will have great stories to tell.
Sign me up.
“the frantic, frenzy that women and men go through to obtain the biggest, the best, the most expensive, the most impressive lifestyle money can buy, isn’t being envied by those of us who lived in simpler times, when morals and values meant something. I don’t envy these women whatsoever.”
Neither to I, I in fact view them as upper class mistresses with a wedding ring.
“These are ugly, dangerous times to be alive, “
Which is why I can’t understand why these women are so stupid; I don’t begrudge someone privilege, but thing is, that as time goes by, men are going to be less interested in supporting their spouses with their money, just so the wife can indulge in her spoiled neurotic behavior.
One of the social trends I see disappearing is that men who work like fiends and make mounds of cash are no longer interested in taking care of someone just because they (the women) have expectations that someone else is going to allow them to continue a privileged life without working or paying their way.
It’s not right.
So when the deluge occurs, I won’t be feeling sympathetic for them when they are forced to sink or swim.
After 9-11, the upper class widows got donations, but they started complaining that the amount given would only cover a few year’s salaries, not sustain them forever in the lifestyle that they were used to while their husbands were alive (yes, this did happen). So my sympathy these days is limited.