Camp Pain

Popular summer camps are already booked, but you can still find a good spot for your kid

For the past five years my husband and I have been telling our 10-year-old, who is quite possibly the freest spirit on the East Coast, that maybe she can go to sleep-away camp next summer. But early this year she finally called our bluff, forcing us to move on to "We'll think about it." That was before we encountered the unfortunate correlation between the stock market and summer-camp enrollment.

During the past five years of double-digit gains in the Dow, enrollment at residential and day camps has swelled by 8% to 10% a year, to an expected record of 9 million...

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