I don’t know how it is for other parts of the United States, but MANNNN, children’s field trips in Orange County, CA are so freakin’ expensive and even the cheaper trips add up. Just this last month alone (not entire school year)- my 5th grader approached us:
“Hey, mom, we’re going to Trabuco Field studies” (here need to return this)
The paperwork states $25.00, for two different days. It’s a local charter school in the next city, surrounded by fields and they go hiking and there’s an awesome computer lab) Apparently, this is to pay for the bus fuel, driver, and insurance. And bring a sack lunch.
“Hey, mom, we’re hosting Colonial Days at our school, and we need to bring something.”
The paperwork states to bring something(s), plural! They can’t participate if they don’t wear attire from that era. (that cost $15.00 for black pants, thankfully the white collared shirt and knee-high socks were borrowed. He was a rebel with his blue tennis shoes and not black shoes.) Also, bring fruit enough for 10 people, plus $2.00 to contribute to chicken and bring a pie tin.
“Hey, mom, as part of our Colonial Days study, we are staying overnight on a ship.”
The ship is the “Before-the-Mast program” in Dana Point, and the paperwork states $110.00, plus particular attire. I’m still filling out this thick stack of paper pertaining to that outing (and wincing while writing the check that is a very cool idea, but still a little over-priced) when my daughter hands her latest 3rd grade field trip slip to her dad.
“Hey, dad, we are going to Heritage Park, need to return this tomorrow.”
“Why does it cost $2.00 to walk across the street from the school? What will you be doing? It doesn’t cost to get in…you can donate, but it’s free entrance. “
A tiny voice explodes, most exasperated:
“(sigh)…Cuz, we have to pay to WALK, dad! Just sign it. I have to turn it in tomorrow!”