Years ago, Marla Coleman told us the camp experience could not be seen as discretionary.  She suggested the camp experience be described as vital. In today’s economy, few can afford to be viewed as discretionary.  That said our ability to articulate the added-value of the camp experience as an expanded learning environment that complements and supports a child’s academic growth and development is imperative. Yes,  the experience is fun.  Fun is important because that is how young people learn.  Fun  need not be frivolous or discretionary.  A dollar invested in camp - a child’s education - is a dollar invested in a child’s future success as a citizen of the world.  Children are not discretionary, either.  They deserve our best investment.