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    Quote Originally Posted by cuca_ View Post
    I think this is regional. OP Im not sure where you are but tipping was a thing when my kids went to day camp in NY. We are now in the midwest and all of the camps my kids have attended have a no tip policy. Same with sleep away camps. I have no advice re: specific tips, as we have not dealt with this in years.
    I'm in NY. I just told a friend I need to move somewhere where tipping everyone isn't the norm.

    This was just a one week STEM program. The helpers don't get paid. The high school kids do it for credit. The middle school kids are "counselors in training" and parents pay for them to help. I paid for my oldest DD to be a CIT. Even she asked why do I have to pay for her to help. Anyway, I hope $5 doesn't seem cheap but any more than that, I'll be paying more in tip than for the program itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleycat View Post
    I'm in NY. I just told a friend I need to move somewhere where tipping everyone isn't the norm.

    This was just a one week STEM program. The helpers don't get paid. The high school kids do it for credit. The middle school kids are "counselors in training" and parents pay for them to help. I paid for my oldest DD to be a CIT. Even she asked why do I have to pay for her to help. Anyway, I hope $5 doesn't seem cheap but any more than that, I'll be paying more in tip than for the program itself.

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    Westchester County? That's where I encountered the tipping practice. I found it annoying too. I think I would tip the head counselor for each kid and leave it at that. We have to pay for CITs here too, but its worth it, because they get their foot in the door.

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    Not a thing for me here. And I live in HCOL NJ, we do give small something to our kids counselors thatís with them for the 6 weeks each summer. Like iTunes GC. I gave DS1s counselor this year cuz it was 2nd year in a row he had the same counselor who is just fantastic with the group.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alleycat View Post
    I'm in NY. I just told a friend I need to move somewhere where tipping everyone isn't the norm.

    This was just a one week STEM program. The helpers don't get paid. The high school kids do it for credit. The middle school kids are "counselors in training" and parents pay for them to help. I paid for my oldest DD to be a CIT. Even she asked why do I have to pay for her to help. Anyway, I hope $5 doesn't seem cheap but any more than that, I'll be paying more in tip than for the program itself.

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    Camp Invention? I was very happy this year that DS1 is finally a volunteer. He did camp for 4 years, CIT for 3 and finally is old enough to be free, lol.

    We've never thought to tip a camp counselor.
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    We tip here but only for full summer camps, not for one week camps.


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    I can't imagine tipping 8 counselors and 11 helpers! Was there one or two that really stood out? This sounds like a lot. My kids have never attended camp, but sounds like it is very specific to your area based on other responses.

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    I have NEVER heard of tipping camp counselors!

    This tipping/gift giving is getting to be a little much.... teachers, bus drivers, and aids multiple times a year.... Music teachers, coaches...

    My DH says NO to all of it. I am starting to agree with him!

    However, if there is a counselor that went above and beyond definitely send a note and/or small gift if you would like to. Just don't feel like you have to!

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    I never tipped all the years my girls went to day camp all summer nor did any other parent. I used to bring a big treat tray each year at the end of the season for all the staff to much on that day.

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