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shoney
07-21-2011, 09:59 PM
I know we should be tipping the counselors at camp...but how much???? Do you base it on the cost of the camp...10%...15%...20%? We haven't done this camp before. It is full day at our town park....$200 per week per kid...we did 4 weeks for 2 kids. My one son only has 1 counseler and the other one has 3...how do we split this up???? Any thoughts from those out there..........To me, cash is the only way to go...no gift cards, gifts, etc...

okeydokey
07-21-2011, 10:19 PM
I have never heard of tipping camp counselors.

Shanna-like-Banana
07-21-2011, 10:24 PM
I also have never ever heard of tipping camp counselors.

May I ask : what would make you think that you would have to tip them ?

clh2
07-21-2011, 10:26 PM
I have never heard of this either. Seriously - if you want to do something for them - what about $10 itunes GC's? Or - what about sub shop GC? I wouldn't do more than that. Heck - I wouldn't do it at all!

AverageDiser
07-21-2011, 10:32 PM
I worked at several different camps as a Counselor, from Girl Scout camps to private $5000/summer camps, and at NONE of them were we allowed to accept monetary tips. You're better off doing a gift card or something like that if you feel like you need to do more than say thank you. I actually don't remember ever getting a gift though, maybe I need to go back into it..lol.

shoney
07-21-2011, 10:41 PM
After speaking to friends who send their kids to private camps (500 to 1000) a week....they tip.

At our camp some our cit's in traing, so tips are there only compenstation.
The other olds kids make about 8 an hour. While no one has said the tip must be xyz...I don't want to be cheap or bust the bank.....If anyof you have tipped the counseler please share with me what you based it on....I am at a total loss here!!!

Alsobrook
07-21-2011, 10:48 PM
Your best bet, then, is to ask your friends who tip at camp OR call the camp and ask the director what is customary at that camp.


That having been said, let's see....I went to 3 different camps, my wife was a camp counselor, my children have been to two different private camps each, and I have never heard of tipping a counselor.

And I don't mean to be nasty or ugly about it.... but I actually think it's sort of absurd.

aprilgail2
07-21-2011, 10:54 PM
My daughters camp gives you a "suggested tip" paper- it lists what you "may want" to tip the head councelor and assistant ones. The head one was 75.00-100.00 the assistants were 25.00-30.00 each.

poohbear22
07-21-2011, 10:56 PM
Maybe we should just start keeping a wad of ones in our pocket and start tipping everyone. :sad2:

fakereadhed
07-21-2011, 11:15 PM
My daughters camp gives you a "suggested tip" paper- it lists what you "may want" to tip the head councelor and assistant ones. The head one was 75.00-100.00 the assistants were 25.00-30.00 each.

Is that camp or a Disney Cruise? :rotfl2:

I was a counseler and never got tips, and didn't want any either.

aprilgail2
07-21-2011, 11:18 PM
Is that camp or a Disney Cruise? :rotfl2:

I was a counseler and never got tips, and didn't want any either.

I know the people they have working at camp don't get paid much- they rely on tips to make the money. Same thing with the town camps here- they make very little but get tips.

RangerPooh
07-21-2011, 11:35 PM
I worked at camp that was on the pricier side and we never received tips, but then I worked on the day camp side rather than the residential camp side. The one time that I did receive something was from a parent who's son attended almost the entire summer. As a thank you she made all of the counselors at day camp large fleece blankets. It was unexpected and very thoughtful.

pixiewings71
07-22-2011, 12:35 AM
DBF was a camp counselor while he was going to college, he did the camp thing over the summer. He was never tipped....and he actually drove the kids to and from camp in addition to being a counselor. Honestly, I would not tip a camp counselor, they are paid for what they do. If there was a certain counselor that impacted my child I would give that counselor a gift but it would not be a cash tip, it would be gift cards, probably a variety for places like Cold Stone, Starbucks, movies......but I wouldn't spend a ton of money.

fakereadhed
07-22-2011, 01:09 AM
I know the people they have working at camp don't get paid much- they rely on tips to make the money. Same thing with the town camps here- they make very little but get tips.

I made 11.50 per day. It was hard work, but a great opportunity. And lots of fun on days off! We would get "real food". $5 gift cards to local fast food joints would be a great thank you.

Franne
07-22-2011, 06:04 AM
I work in a pricey camp. Tipping is sort of expected but not always done, but most of the parents tip. My DDs are counselors there and make $900 for the summer, that's 8 weeks from 8-5 and they are also bus counselors. If it weren't for the tips they would never work there, even though they love working with the kids. They don't seem to mind not getting paid too much and even the hard work they do in the heat each day.

With that being said we send out a suggested tip letter, for a 4 week camper $30 for the group leader and $15 for each junior counselor. Then there are also suggested tips for the bus driver, bus counselors, and swim instructors. If it's an 8 week camper, double all those numbers.
When my kids were campers, I had to take my first paycheck and save it just for the tips!

Gina
07-22-2011, 09:29 AM
Just when I thought I had heard it all... I was a camp counselor for a bunch of years, and it would have never crossed my mind that I should have been tipped. Now as a parent, it still would have never in a billion years crossed my mind to tip a camp counselor.

I know this is a novel idea, but how about everyone just does the job they signed on to do, for the amount of $$ they agreed to, and leaves it at that? Why is any job more deserving of some extra tip, and WHY do people feel that everyone else should subsidize their job choice??

Tipping camp counselors... I am just flabbergasted.

JamesMom
07-22-2011, 09:40 AM
I was a YMCA day camp counselor the summer before college and made an average of $14 a day when minimum wage was $3.50. Yep I made about $2 an hour, but I was still a kid myself so it was fun. I don't recall getting any tips.
For the past two years I have worked (as a volunteer in addition to paying for camp for my boys) at my son's Cub Scout Day Camp - where was my tip, LOL!

sk!mom
07-22-2011, 09:53 AM
Add me to the list of people who've never heard of tipping camp counselors. My DD15 is at a private 5 week dance Intensive now. This is her 5th year to attend some type of camp and tipping has never been suggested at any camp she's attended.

She flew across the country for camp this year and last so I don't meet the counselors. I'd have to give the tip to DD to pass on or mail it and hope that it was passed on to the right person.

Never done it- Never heard of it but I'm going to ask around.

shoney
07-22-2011, 10:54 AM
I also have never ever heard of tipping camp counselors.

May I ask : what would make you think that you would have to tip them ?

my kids have done the 1/2 day playground program before and at the last day everyone has an envelope in their hand! My neighbors teen was a CIT and didn't get paid because he was in training...they just work for tips.

No one seems to talk about the amount in the envelope...this is the first time we did a full day so I am not sure what to do.

Sorry, I really didn't mean to start trouble...just asking if anyone had a formula or had a kid who received the tips....

My5Mouseketeers
07-22-2011, 11:05 AM
I would not feel obligated to tip any camp counselor's/employees, but if you feel that someone went above and beyond to make your child's experience better then i would definitely tip them. My total tip "budget" would be about 20% of the cost of the camp.

I have tipped bus drivers who have either waited for my kid, dropped my kid at a more convenient location (or cleaned up vomit). I have tipped counselors that have drawn my child out of his shell, worked hard to encouraged him to be part of the group. and one counselor that really worked hard to improve my child's backstroke.

I would not feel obligated to tip any one who just treated my child as part of the "herd".

Kokopele
07-22-2011, 11:48 AM
;)

3boymthr
07-22-2011, 12:31 PM
The only tips my oldest DS has gotten as a CIT has been the "you need to do this" type of tips ;) but my kids don't go to pricey private camps. Just the town sponsored and BSA camps.

aprilgail2
07-22-2011, 03:22 PM
Tipping camp counselors... I am just flabbergasted.

I am flabbergasted that people DON"T tip the camp counselors!

poohbear22
07-22-2011, 04:35 PM
I am flabbergasted that people DON"T tip the camp counselors!

Do you tip the camp cook, nurse, and all the other people behind the scene that make the camp happen? They get paid about the same as camp counselors and do just as much to make your child's experience a good one.

aprilgail2
07-22-2011, 05:03 PM
Do you tip the camp cook, nurse, and all the other people behind the scene that make the camp happen? They get paid about the same as camp counselors and do just as much to make your child's experience a good one.

Believe me the camp nurse gets paid a regular salary- where the camp counselors depend mainly on tips. My friend was the camp nurse and she made decent money- the cooks also. Only the counselors depend on tips.

poohbear22
07-22-2011, 05:30 PM
Believe me the camp nurse gets paid a regular salary- where the camp counselors depend mainly on tips. My friend was the camp nurse and she made decent money- the cooks also. Only the counselors depend on tips.

Sorry, sometimes I forget there are a lot of the people on "This Dis" are ultra-rich taking $5000 Disney vacations and have money to throw away at everyone they deem to be "poor". I am glad you are so well of :thumbsup2

shoney
07-22-2011, 05:42 PM
Sorry, sometimes I forget there are a lot of the people on "This Dis" are ultra-rich taking $5000 Disney vacations and have money to throw away at everyone they deem to be "poor". I am glad you are so well of :thumbsup2

Wow that was harsh! I am not throwing money at the "poor" for tipping at camp! It is customary here to do so. They are teenagers with a summer job...that's all!

3boymthr
07-22-2011, 05:43 PM
Believe me the camp nurse gets paid a regular salary- where the camp counselors depend mainly on tips. My friend was the camp nurse and she made decent money- the cooks also. Only the counselors depend on tips.

As I mentioned Oldest DS is a counselor in training - at the camp he is at the CITs rotate through all the positions in camp. This week he is cooking (and cleaning latrines) - since I am paying for him to go to camp and with the exception of the head cook all the people working in the dining hall are CITs I'd say this is not the case everywhere.

drcmk
07-22-2011, 06:22 PM
Sorry, sometimes I forget there are a lot of the people on "This Dis" are ultra-rich taking $5000 Disney vacations and have money to throw away at everyone they deem to be "poor". I am glad you are so well of :thumbsup2

That was a really weird thing to say. Everyone here is just comparing notes and it seems like expectations vary from region to region. I don't get why you got all sarcastic about it.

drcmk
07-22-2011, 06:26 PM
You know it's weird. I just picked up my daughter from a week of Girl Scout camp and it never occurred to me to tip anyone at the camp. This was in central PA.

But now that you mention it, in the 80s I worked at a day camp in Voorhees, NJ (more affluent area) and I was shocked at the end of the camp to get tips from several parents. I'm sure I made minimal wage at the time (maybe $4 per hour) and I think the tips were in the $15 to $20 range from about 1/3 of the kids' families--with families that had multiple kids in the camp more likely to tip than families with just one kid. I had totally forgotten about that.

Maybe I was supposed to tip the Girl Scout counselors? Oops.

sk!mom
07-22-2011, 06:49 PM
I am flabbergasted that people DON"T tip the camp counselors!

I'm not opposed to tipping camp counselors, I've just never heard of it. My DD15 attended Day Camp at two different places when she was younger and now 3 different sleep away camps. None of the camps ever provided a suggested tip list.

I'm wondering if this is a regional thing kind of like the age old, "how much should be given at a wedding?" If it's regional, then I may be known as the ungrateful Texan who doesn't tip to DD's camp in PA. She flies there and back so I'm not around to see if envelopes are changing hands on departure day.

Anne34
07-22-2011, 09:10 PM
Never heard of tipping camp counselors either. My kids have been to many types of camps (GS, church, sports) and we have never tipped at any of them or heard of anyone who tipped.

lovetheduck
07-22-2011, 10:43 PM
I always tip my dd's counselors at the end of the summer. In fact, it is very common here. I have asked around before to find out how much, and everyone gave different amounts. If the child went for the full day, for the full summer, the range went from a low of $10 to the youngest counselors to a high of $100 to the most senior. Most were in the $30-$50 range. The younger the child the higher the tips.

My dd is now 7. She goes for a full day (no bus) for 6 weeks. Her group has 4 counselors. I will give them about $50 each. None seem to be more senior or junior in their responsibilities so they will all get the amount.

I think it depends on where you live. I grew up in the same are I live in now (metro NY) and my mom always tipped my counselors at the end of the summer. And that was 35 years ago.

Alsobrook
07-23-2011, 10:44 AM
I wanted to add..... while yes, I think it's absurd.... I'm also well aware that this could well be a regional thing or even something town or camp specific. For all I know, the OP has kids at a camp that's done things this way for 4 generations.

That's why I reiterate.....ask some of the other parents what they believe is a customary "rule of thumb" (Don't ask specifically what they do). And when all else fails, call the director's office and make an inquiry. You won't be the first to call.

shoney
07-23-2011, 12:31 PM
I wanted to add..... while yes, I think it's absurd.... I'm also well aware that this could well be a regional thing or even something town or camp specific. For all I know, the OP has kids at a camp that's done things this way for 4 generations.

That's why I reiterate.....ask some of the other parents what they believe is a customary "rule of thumb" (Don't ask specifically what they do). And when all else fails, call the director's office and make an inquiry. You won't be the first to call.

It is just a town program at a town park...nothing fancy! I did ask a few years ago when they did a 1/2 day town playground program and they said it was "up to you" and that they did not have a specific amount.

For the record, this is on Long Island.

disneymomjcs
07-23-2011, 05:17 PM
Friends of ours tip the counselors at their child's camp. Camp counselors are paid nothing and the camps who recruit them should be ashamed of themselves when they are charging top dollar for camps and barely paying the counselors.

Like restaurants that are classy and expensive and pay their servers a few dollars and hour we pay them tips. The restaurant makes out. Just like the camps.........

We don't tip the swim coach because our pool pays them and gives them bonuses too! I do give dance teachers gifts but thinking about it. They are paid. Teachers are paid and I don't tip but do give lots of generous gifts.

I tip my hairdresser and she is paid very well like $120.00 for 1 1/2 hours of work mostly me sitting and waiting but sometimes I wish I didn't have to tip. :rotfl:

I pay for her expertise but then why should I have to tip. :confused3

meg8017
07-23-2011, 09:24 PM
wow, I never heard of this either. I went to several different camps as a kid and my mom never tipped. (or new anyone who did). I might get my sons group leader a $10 gift card after he finishes (has one week left but we could add one more after). I thought I was being nice giving her a little something extra, but now I hope she doesn;t think I'm a cheapo.