As the father of a now five-year-old girl, I have learned both the cognitive and financial pain of scheduling my precious child's summer activities. Sleeping out in line to register her for parks department camps. Fisticuffs with other parents who tried to butt into line. The embarrassment of unsuccessful bribes to camp owners and managers.
I decided to do something about it. Something that would give back to the community. Something that would ease the heavy burden that so many parents carry.
Free summer camps brought to you by The Soup Peddler! They run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, and all ages are welcome.
Session I: June 10 - July 12. Session II: July 15 - August 9.
We will start each morning with veg prep! We first teach your kids about proper hygiene and food safety guidelines and then move into knife work (age appropriate... younger children will concentrate on washing veggies and 5-6 year olds will use peelers).
You'll be surprised how efficient your kids will get with prep after a few 50 pound sacks of onions, carrots, and potatoes. Veg prep is an invaluable life skill, and we are proud to share our knowledge with the community to bring up our young folks well.
After lunch (you are welcome to provide a brown bag lunch or children will be welcome to pick from the stock pot after it has been drained), we move to the dish room.
As you know from home, there's just nothing cuter than seeing your kids hard at work scrubbing those stubborn bits from your pots and pans. Even more than team sports, dishwashing is an important character-builder for kids.
Once production is done, the fun really begins! Kids may think that sweeping and mopping a high-traffic kitchen floor is just an easy way to pass the time, but doing it properly is a skill that many people never have the opportunity to learn.
When I reflect back to the summer camps of my youth, I think about all the wasted hours of swimming and softball and camp songs. It may have seemed fun at the time, but it left me sorely unprepared for the life that awaited me.
Of course there's a lot more to The Soup Peddler and our summer camp than just cooking and cleaning. There are a lot of other maintenance issues that require constant attention... your kids will keep themselves busy and prepare for the future with computer, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing repair.
Soup Peddler Summer Camp is a great way for your kids to learn the value of hard work and earning a living... we even send them home with some change at the end of each day so they have a greater sense of reward. Too good to be true? The camp that pays your kids!