DEAR HARRIETTE: Why are summer camps so expensive? I have an 8-year-old son, and he is interested in playing organized basketball. I did some research, and I found the average cost of a sports camp is about $500. I also found out that the sessions are eight hours each day for five days. I understand paying that kind of money for a teenager, but not for an 8-year-old. Do you know a less expensive way to have my son learn how to play basketball? -- Novice Dad, New York City
DEAR NOVICE DAD: You are in luck. There are camps of all different prices -- you just have to do a little searching. Check with your local Y. Look for community centers in your area where there should be sports programs, including basketball, during the summer for a nominal fee. In New York City, the Children's Aid Society offers affordable camps. Visit childrensaidsociety.org/camps for more information.
Many churches offer camps for children, too. And some camps offer financial aid to families who need support. You can find a camp that will fit your budget. Don't give up!