Economy spoils summer fun for kids

STAMFORD - The sour economy is forcing kids in Connecticut to enjoy the thrills of summer camps a little less.

With less money flowing into their pockets, parents are choosing to cut the number of weeks they're sending their children to camp, and instead relying on old-fashioned summer fun.

"We typically would do eight weeks, but we have to do four," says Andrea Tolchinsky, who has two kids attending Wilton YMCA camps.

Officials at Barrett Park in Stamford say summer camp enrollment is down a bit, as are early drop-offs and late pickups.

While enrollment is down across the board, including at Camp Playland in New Canaan, there is a bright spot. The camp's owner, Gary Bloom, says he has a very qualified pool of applicants to hire from due to the recession, mainly teachers.

"I was a little perplexed by that because teachers still have their jobs," he says. "I think everyone is a little more nervous, and the teachers may have a spouse that lost a job."

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